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Brian O'Raleigh

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Brian O’Raleigh was born into an Irish family in 1941 in the English seaside resort town of Blackpool. He attended St Joseph’s College, Lytham, until the age of 14 when he was expelled for fighting with a Christian brother. At the age of eighteen, accused of being involved in an IRA threat on Blackpool Tower, he emigrated to Australia, just a few steps ahead of English justice. Arriving in Sydney he worked at a dozen different occupations including, salesman, construction worker, driver, bulldozer operator, factory worker, steel fixer, security, trade union official and nightclub bouncer. After his first wife, Jean, left him with their daughter, Kathleen, he realized that his drinking was out of control and volunteered for the 6-Day-War in ...more

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Brian O'Raleigh I refuse to worry about it. I do my usual early morning walk on the beach, go to my favorite cafe on Bondi Beach, Sydney, (Speedo's) I order a black…moreI refuse to worry about it. I do my usual early morning walk on the beach, go to my favorite cafe on Bondi Beach, Sydney, (Speedo's) I order a black coffee and begin writing. Anything! Anything at all. I do not edit, I don't pause, I don't criticize what come out no matter how bad it seems. I just keep writing until my Muse takes over and begins to write the real stuff I need. I guess what I'm actually doing is getting out of my brain. Leaving behind the intellect that worries about style, quality, amount, etc. But I am blessed, mostly I just sit down and it comes to me without thought or effort and I feel very blessed in that. (less)
Brian O'Raleigh The best thing about being a writer is meeting all the strange and wonderful characters that emerge like magic from the tip of my pen. Fully shaped…moreThe best thing about being a writer is meeting all the strange and wonderful characters that emerge like magic from the tip of my pen. Fully shaped characters who live, breath and argue more clearly and passionately than anyone I've met in the 'real world'. I see them living, talking, breathing, weeping and loving. Going about their daily lives as I walk alongside them as a voyeur, recording their conversations, feeling their pain and joy and celebrating their successes. (less)
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Do we all have a Purpose in life’?

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From the great blue whale who traverses the depths of the Southern Ocean, to the tiniest amoeba crawling along through the primordial ooze, all things in nature swim, dance, and sing to their own peculiar rhythm; only mankind        has lost its direction. Anon.

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“When they knock you down, stand up. When they knock you down again, stand up. Eventually, they will hurt you so bad that you simply cannot stand up. Then, if you can try just one more time, at that precise moment, they will know that they have lost.”
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“Every human life contains a potential, if that potential is not fulfilled, then that life was wasted...”
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“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”
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“Don't wait, make it happen. Take action to be great. My motto is 'Don't wait for others to say yes. You can say yes'.

I live it everyday because of my past experiences in my studies not leading to a job in the field that we all hope for and imagine while we study. After years of frustration and struggle, I decided to make my own luck and returned to my childhood dream of being an author.

Because of my own belief in my self, my own struggles and determination, I am currently the author of 2 books. All in the space of less than 12 months. So when you want to achieve something, tell yourself that 'I say yes and my yes is the only one that counts.”
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