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  1. Chesh
    January 6, 2015 @ 12:12 pm

    Good luck to you and Mrs Allen Tom!
    It is indeed your open mind, kind heart and honesty that keep me coming back.
    The last I saw of Sydney was fluorescent lights from the floor of a doctor’s surgery. An unfortunate consequence of having just hauled my back passage to India. Let’s just say I was bowelled over by the place.
    Stay well,
    Chesh.

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  2. Andy Welch
    January 6, 2015 @ 2:30 pm

    Good luck in Oz. I hope that you will address your discontent. Mind the sharks.

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  3. Liz
    January 6, 2015 @ 7:05 pm

    A thoughtful read – obviously a time of reflection.
    Wishing you health, happiness and contentment in 2015

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    • Erin
      January 7, 2015 @ 6:26 am

      I highly value your insights, Tom, much more than even the most useful bloggers’ technical and touring tips, because your spirit brings THE most important ingredient: the struck flame of inspiration.

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  4. Steve Jones
    January 7, 2015 @ 10:57 am

    Best of luck Tom! I just came back to Japan after spending Christmas in Australia on Lord Howe Island (Just a two hour flight from Sydney) Amazing place! When you get settled and have a chance you simply have to check it out! It’s pricey to book a place to stay there but once you get there, you just stock up on provisions at the local store, get around by bike ( like everyone else does) and enjoy the natural beauty of the place.

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  5. Jason
    January 10, 2015 @ 9:25 am

    Good luck in Sydney – it rocks. I moved here with my wife (from Bristol) 14 years ago and have no regrets. I now live in the Sutherland Shire and spend my life in the ocean and the bush. Daily adventure awaits on the outskirts of this amazing metropolis.

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  6. Dave Woods
    January 10, 2015 @ 4:57 pm

    One word. Meditation!

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    • Tom Allen
      January 10, 2015 @ 8:50 pm

      This has come up frequently. I’m definitely going to try it. Do you have a suggested starting point? Thanks!

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      • Ian Hoy
        January 11, 2015 @ 4:08 pm

        Hi Tom, you could try Headspace for meditation. There’s a free intro and relatively low cost thereafter. Good luck down under.

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      • kevin burrett
        January 11, 2015 @ 11:30 pm

        http://www.dhammasukhs.com the website of Bhante Vimalaramsi, American Buddhist monk. Everything you need to get started on this site…it’s the gold standard. PS, are you coming to Adelaide…I’m a friend of Darren Alffs and just got back from cycling in Taiwan with him. If you’re down this way give me a hoy and I’ll shout you a beer.

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  7. Pat Head
    January 12, 2015 @ 2:55 pm

    Tom, your blogs continue to inspire me…..I became a friend of your parents when they moved next door to us in Surrey nearly 30 years ago. I remember you coming to our house as a babe in arms, determinedly fascinated by our dimmer switches. I knew then somehow that you were not going to let life be boring! Continue to do what you do….it is so very very refreshing!

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  8. Elizabeth
    January 19, 2015 @ 1:35 am

    Welcome to Sydney! Get in touch if you’d like to get a beer or coffee or go for a ride. And I second the recommendation of Headspace – I read the book before using the app (https://www.headspace.com/).

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  9. Luke
    March 16, 2015 @ 4:14 am

    Tom, love your site, outstanding writing. My cure for 30+ years of discontent and window gazing… have a baby… i’ve never felt so happy and complete. i still window gaze but for different reasons… when can i leave work for play time! My two cents. Keep up the great work, look forward to following your future projects.

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  10. Vincent Brouillet
    May 4, 2015 @ 12:23 am

    Hey Tom.
    I’m riding the Bicentennial National Trail and making my way north from Sydney today ( I started near Melbourne a couple of mnthw back). The BNT is not well known but truly amazing. It’s for adventurous people. I suggest you tide some of it if you are looking for long distance ride in the bush and farmlands. Reach out toe if you need more info! And I would love got you guys to ride along with me. Trying to skill up as a cameraman for possibly making a short video, watching your movie tonight in my tent!

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  11. Jennifer Doerflinger Hill
    May 20, 2016 @ 7:46 am

    I’ve begun reading yr blog, again, recently, & was worried as I’d heard nothing about yr wife, Tenny. Hoping all is well with the two of you & that you’re well & happy in Oz.

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