Am I fake?
Yes, that was a question I was asked by email just the other day when a reader said “Anyway who are you and why you open this web site and its true or fake?”
Guess what? I’m real!
As you will know if you have thoroughly studied my about me page, my real name is Rob Kiernan, but some people call me Bob; hence Bobinoz.
Since starting this website back in January 2009 I’ve appeared in print on quite a few occasions, so I thought I’d add some information about that here just to help prove that I really am real.
Australia and New Zealand magazine
Australia and New Zealand magazine is the UK’s only dedicated magazine to life down under. I was lucky enough to start writing for them back in 2010 when my first article appeared in the July edition.
The magazine recently celebrated its 100th edition and when I wrote an article for them recently called “Summer holidays”, that was my 52nd article in their 104th magazine.
That’s something I’m very proud of.
Every article I have written for them gets reprinted here on this website, you will find them pop-up about once a month in the blog.
The Irish Queenslander is another print magazine which, you won’t be surprised to hear, is for the Irish who live in Queensland. I have a bit of Irish in me, my great grandad was Irish and that was good enough for me to start writing for their magazine.
This magazine is a more recent start-up, the brainchild of editor Mary Allen who it also won’t surprise you to hear came from Ireland and now lives in Queensland.
I got an email from The Telegraph sometime in 2012 asking me if I would like to do an interview. “Yes, why not” I thought. It was for their online UK version of their newspaper and they wanted it for their Expat Life section.
The interview was straightforward, but when they asked me for a photograph of me, my wife and my daughter Elizabeth all together, that was a taller ask.
After trawling through hundreds and hundreds of photographs on my PC, I found one. Yes, just one picture of all three of us together. And it was awful. “Oh, that’ll have to do” we thought.
You can see that picture and read the full article over at The Telegraph Expat Life.
And most recently, May 2014 to be precise, I was contacted by Global Relocation who were creating an online magazine which was also to be “An Independent supplement distributed within the Guardian on behalf of Mediaplanet who take sole responsibility for its contents.”
After a telephone interview with Tony Greenway the article appeared in a downloadable PDF and also in a supplementary magazine given free with The Guardian.
Unfortunately, the Global Relocations website or the article are no longer available online.
ABC Radio Live
On the 13 January 2016 I did my first ever live interview on the Barry Nicholls afternoon radio program ‘Drive” on ABC South West WA. The subject matter, believe it or not, was how to make new friends. Due to copyright restrictions I am unable to republish the interview here.
More coming soon……maybe.