Archives for August 2011

A Chinese Proverb That Is On The Money


Happiness Can Be Found In Helping Hands


‘If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.

If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.

If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.

If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.’

Chinese Proverb

More Reviews of The Parrot and the Lady



‘Read the book and loved it. I have sent it toNZ to a mate of mine.

It’s something that made me want to feel like I was on holiday and was there.

Spent a lot of time in Vanuatu myself and had a real deja vu trip.’

Gary J Cody – Melbourne, Australia

‘Hey, just finished reading your book – had a good laugh. Well done!!!!!! 🙂

Britt Crockford – Fremantle, Australia

“I’m glad I got your book.”

Dave Covell, Perth Australia

“A ripping yarn. Well done.”

Mark Raine – Somewhere in the middle of Australia

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My NLP Gurus And How It Really Works

George Faddoul & Tony Inman

George Faddoul & Tony Inman

I am very excited – both about the new skills I have been learning this year, and about the amazing people I have met.

I would like to thank Roberta Faddoul at QC Seminars for her vision in creating the scholarship programme for people wishing to learn about Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).

My friend, Stan Nelson of the Streetsmarts Self Defence Tactics Academy recommended the NLP course to me and it sounded interesting. Thus  I attended the I-NLP Practitioner Programme in Perth in June.

Matt James & Tony Inman - Perth WA

Matt James & Tony Inman

It was frankly one of the best decisions I ever made. I have always been interested in the subjects of the power of self talk, the psychology of success and body language, so this was right up my street.

It was very quickly apparent to me that George Faddoul and Matt James are masters of their craft – they are gifted teachers and absolute gurus of NLP.

Furthermore, Matt, who is from Hawaii is a master of the esoteric teachings of Hawaiian Huna, which assists you in connecting body and spirit. That’s why I had to wear a Hawaiian shirt, to make him feel at home!

Nik Halik & Tony Inman

Nik Halik & Tony Inman

I was also delighted to meet former Australian astronaut and financial guru, Nik Halik, who was promoting his Sharelord programme.

By the way, here is a modern definition of ‘guru’ from the  Miriam Webster dictionary:

a : a teacher and especially intellectual guide in matters of fundamental concern
b : one who is an acknowledged leader or chief proponent
c : a person with knowledge or expertise : expert
A Real Life Story About The Application of NLP
I used my recently acquired NLP skills to be able to anchor my thoughts to a very empowering moment in my life, which I was then able to put into effect in a very dramatic way.
My partner, Jo’s father recently passed away and the family asked me to deliver the eulogy at his funeral. My initial reaction was that I would struggle to get through the speech without choking. (They do say that a lot of people have such a fear of public speaking, that they would rather be in the coffin than delivering the eulogy!)
My concern was less about the public speaking, because I am pretty at ease with that now, it was about wanting to do a good job for the family. Initially, I didn’t believe I could do it, so I declined and suggested that the celebrant could deliver the speech if I wrote it.
We had a family brainstorming session on anecdotes and I crafted a speech, linking the various stories. When I read it out to the family in the safety of their loungeroom, they implored me to make the speech in public at the funeral.
Having just completed the basic course, I had learned a powerful empowerment technique so now I began to believe I could do it. In fact, being a visual person, I could see myself doing it.
When we entered the room and saw the screen filled with a lifetime of images to the right, a sea of mostly unknown faces to the left, and of course the emotional sight of Alan’s coffin in front of me, my heart started pounding like a steam engine. To say I was a tad nervous would be a huge understatement.
I used the technique to slow my breathing and my heart rate, to calm myself and to change my whole state.
As I stood up to deliver the eulogy and faced that crowd, I knew I could do this.
As the words began to flow, I was able to relax and adjust the tempo, the tone and the timbre of my speech. I have to confess to choking very slightly on the final sentence, in fact to some people it went unnoticed. I was proud that I had been able to do my best to honour the life of a fine man in a way that gave comfort to his family.
Without the NLP skills, I know I would have struggled – in fact I might well have left the job to the celebrant, who had never met the man.
I was so impressed that I then invested in my continuing education by flying to Sydney to attending the 6 day NLP Master Practitioner Course. That too, was life changing.
Nick LeForce & George Faddoul

Nick LeForce & George Faddoul

Once again, we had the wonderful teachings of George Faddoul, accompanied this time by Nick LeForce, another guru in his field.

Just as I had in the first course, I met some extraordinary people on the advanced course, may of whom I believe will be lifetime friends.
When I sold my tourism business I had owned for fourteen years last year, I was at another crossroads in my life.
Now, one year later, having contemplated and explored several opportunities, including writing a novel, I know with clarity where I am heading.
Nick LeForce & Tony Inman

Nick LeForce & Tony Inman

My future lies in helping and inspiring others to achieve amazing successes.

NLP is another wonderful tool to put in my personal toolbox to assist me in my mission.

For those who have known me for a while, I can also tell you that with the help of NLP, I am now progressively regaining the fitness of my youth, and will be running the Perth City to Surf 12 km fun run on the 28th August, sponsored by local charity, the Activ Foundation and by Chevron.

If you want to learn more about NLP, see George’s link here, where you can obtain his free DVD on ‘How To Get A Bigger Bite Out Of Life’ , or contact me using the form on this website.

Until next time, live your life with passion!

Epilepsy – Raising Awareness


Epilepsy is a disruption of brain function that interrupts the normal electrical activity of the brain causing brain seizures. Normally, neurons, which are cells that carry electrical impulses, allow communication between the brain and rest of the body. In epileptics, neurons ‘fire’ or send electrical impulses toward surrounding cells, stimulating neighbouring cells to fire at one time, causing an ‘electrical storm’ within the brain, which results in physical changes called seizures or ‘fits’. It is only when there is a tendency to have recurrent seizures that epilepsy is diagnosed.

More than 60 million people across the globe are diagnosed with epilepsy. The current trend indicates that more new cases are discovered in developing countries. In Australia, it is estimated that more than 200,000 people suffer from epilepsy.

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Some Latest Book Reviews!

The Parrot and the Lady

The Parrot and the Lady

The Parrot and the Ladyhere are some recent reviews!

The One Liners

‘All he thinks about is sex! I enjoyed it though’. – Alan Small (Australia)

‘Who the xxxx is Tony Inman?’Probable comment from The New York Times (USA)

‘Hand of God scores own goal for German dive team’Possible comment from The Daily Mirror (UK)

‘Absolutely no comment, ever’News of the World (UK)

‘I have no recollection of this incident’ former USA President Richard Nixon (Doesn’t remember where he is)

‘My Dad used to say that self-praise is no recommendation. Well sorry Dad, this time you were wrong – it’s the best book I’ve written so far!’Tony Inman, best selling Perth author (Australia)

‘I guarantee an optimum level or satisfaction’Rajeev Vindaloo, Dive shop proprietor (Vanuatu)

‘It just makes me want to have sex with Tony Inman, but he knocked me back’What Paris Hilton might have said (USA)

‘I laughed out loud several times!’Catherine James, Perth artist (Australia)

‘A light and entertaining read’Stan Nelson, Perth Self-defence Instructor (Australia)

‘… such an entertaining piece. Your insights on life are masterful and just go to show that whilst we are all different, deep down we are all pretty similar.’ Andy Inman – Shrewsbury, UK

‘Having read this book today from cover to cover, whilst lying in bed recovering from my snip operation, I laughed so hard I popped a stitch… Bo!!@cks! It was nevertheless a day well spent and I have been laughing like a drain. I can’t wait for the next instalment…’ – Ministry of Defence Spokesman – UK

‘It was a great read and I chuckled all the way through. Can’t wait for the next one! Everyone you need to read The Parrot and the Lady! Excellent stuff!’ – Denine Booker, Michegan, U.S.A.

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The More Detailed Reviews

‘The Parrot and the Lady by Tony Inman follows the exploits of, Randy Short 008 Secret Agent.  The scene is set in Vanuatu and alternates between present day and major historical events.  Tony’s knowledge of Vanuatu, its history, politics and geography is astute and insightful and he has the wit and humour to make what he had to say funny and enjoyable.

Tony takes great pleasure in the minutia and some of the stories he tells reflect this, like, for example, his story of  Gus McTompkins who plays a crucial role as Randy’s accomplice or Tammy Whineburger and her unfortunate lack of luck.

Tony presents lots of fact and figures on the history of Vanuatu and the President Coolidge and the bibliography of the book would suggest he did detailed research. In addition, and from reading between the lines, his research would appear to be also gleaned from folk tales, local myths and literature and materials he would have picked up as he experienced Vanuatu as well as the joys, turmoil and politics of everyday living. The real gems in this book were the humorous anecdotes, witty observations and laugh-out-loud comments made by Tony and there are many.

The concluding chapter of the book sums up Tony’s perspective on life by saying, “If life hands you a lemon, it’s up to you to turn it into lemonade “. This is one of those rare books that can beautifully blend facts and be funny seamlessly.’

Joanne Small – Perth, Western Australia

‘As your first attempt, the book was a very enjoyable read. It kept my interest in the main story and was full of great side stories which at times had me laughing out loud. I look forward to the next Tony Inman addition to my bookshelf.’

Alan Wilkins – Perth, Western Australia

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Friends and Laughter – Main Ingredients Of A Recipe For Fun

Yallingup Wine Tour July 2011

Yallingup Wine Tour July 2011

When our good friends Welshy and Mandy invited us to join a bunch of their mates in sharing a house for a weekend down South at Yallingup, we knew we were in for a great time.

We should never really be astonished at anything that happens in life, so it should come as no surprise that when you have friends who are really nice people, it’s a pretty safe bet that their other friends would also be fantastic folk.

We were not disappointed as the whole crew were wonderful – happy, quirky, intelligent and witty people with a zest for life.

After the three and a half hour drive down from the big smoke, we were greeted by the sight of the guys huddled around the outdoor setting, beers in stubby-holdered hands, talking ‘bloke-speak’.

The girls were of course running around busily preparing things, organising linen on beds and generally making the house into a home, while Bec cooked yummy ‘spag bog’.

‘’Ow you doin’ Tone?’ enquired Welshy, in – you guessed it, a fine Welsh accent.

‘I’ll be better when I’ve had a drink!’ was the typically blokey retort from me, though it was in fact true. After a long drive, on dark winding roads into unknown territory, a few snorts of my fave bourbon were just what the doc ordered.

The first night was one of polite introductions and recovery from the drive down after a day’s work.

The Saturday was winery tour day and it fully attained and surpassed all expectations, despite wintery weather.

The first winery topped up the levels from the night before and was very pleasant, with a trés chique assistant, fabulous wines and chill out music. Polly found a tea towel on display that I swear was an image of either her or Velma from Scooby Doo (only Poll has a better figure and a more tenacious attitude).

The Connect 4 Challenge

The Connect 4 Challenge

The winery also had a giant Connect 4 game, where Troy kicked Welshy’s butt for a $50 bet, thus wiping out the $50 owing over a wager about Welshy’s fire lighting prowess. Troy had been introduced to the concept, having won his last $50 bet several weeks earlier, by foolishly chewing and swallowing a complete and superhot chilli and almost hospitalising himself in the process. Nevertheless, he had been able to buy the Xbox game he had craved so desperately. This time, however, (to use his teenage vernacular) he ‘raped’ the Welshman in true pants-down fashion.

The experienced bus driver had sensibly remembered to take the ‘before’ photo of the group. I fear the ‘after’ shot was actually forgotten about as he was only too pleased to collect the cash and leave hastily at the end of a fun-filled day. The back row had just begun to discuss the positive benefits of doing moonies at passers-by.

The second winery was more than equally delightful. The hostess was actually the owner, who took great satisfaction in regaling us with tales of the revenge she planned to exact on the staff member who had suffered inexplicably from ‘Australian industrial disease’ and had been unable to attend work that morning.

Although this lady had clearly parted company with her 20’s, and we’ll leave it there, she was still stunningly hot, with a feisty attitude to boot. It had very clearly been extremely cold in her sales office just prior to our arrival and the lads eyes were finding it very hard to concentrate on the wine labels. In fact some of the girls were even a little distracted. Ryan and Christian were unencumbered by the shackles of polite etiquette in their obvious appreciation of the lady’s two main attributes.

This lady not only had penetrating though vibrant eyes, but also the wit and pizzazz to sell sand to an Arab and candles to the Pope, but with her headlights on high beam as well, I reckon she could easily have sold Viagra to a dog with pink lipstick.

Needless to say, nobody left without purchasing something.

3rd winery

3rd winery

The next winery could have only ever been an anti-climax as the poor cellar door man was alas a young man. His gender ruined any chance of a positive comparison. Yet he was saved, courtesy of an evil sounding but wonderfully tasting concoction by the name of ‘Snake bite’.

The lunch at the brewery was a gourmet feast. The music was inescapably foot tapping as Rusty and the Tinman (I think they were called) played us some blues and a Johnny Cash number to soothe our souls, though the alcohol was already doing a pretty good job of that.

Betraying a background of cashed up boganness, the merry group abandoned the idea of another winery and headed for the local pub, one that had for many years been of the ‘spit and sawdust’ variety, but in recent times of political adherence to draconian legislation had been knocked into the shape of conformity.

The décor has been upgraded to suit a more discerning clientele, though the local males still love their flannelettes, luminous work shirts and dreadlocks – one even sported a green safety hat? WTF? The local girls were wonderful but oozed that kind of Jerry Springer show appeal. You know what I mean!

Then it was back to the mansion in the woods for a night of drunken revelry. There were actually some very deep and intelligent conversations going on between highly qualified professional people, until the opening of the ‘Snake bite’ and the appearance of my guitar transformed the crowd into a tightly bonded choir of new best mates.

Thanks Mandy :-)

Thanks Mandy 🙂

Drunken superstars crooned their way through the evening. Mandy revealed a song she had written in childhood, along with a new and unique way of playing guitar that had no musical basis I could find, but that was played with an intensity and integrity that rendered such considerations irrelevant.

Jo passed out, before re-appearing with her burst of second wind. Cath AKA Polly as well, for extra confusion value, found a microphone with a karaoke disc upstairs and was clearly enjoying her newly discovered, loud and almost-in-tune, vocal talents, though everyone is loud at that time of night, after consuming that much alcohol. Young Mum, Di was less pleased that the singing had disturbed her toddler and threatened to awaken everyone for one of the early morning Zumba classes that had honed her figure to what someone called ‘supermilf’ category (No idea what that means John!). Young Dad, John AKA Welshy 2, was happy just to go with the flow (of amber beverage).

Breakfast was a very welcome aid to recovery though the previous day’s determination to play hard had been replaced by sedate apathy. The crew chatted and some watched the footy on TV before gradually dispersing.

Yallingup waves

Yallingup waves

Jo, Troy and I made our way down to view the white foam of the 6 metre swell, then on via a gastronomically enchanting bakery to the local caves.

The mites and tites were magnificent and I highly recommend a visit if you haven’t yet done it. I was truly happy to discover a staff lady there who is completely passionate about caves. It’s always enriching to my soul when I come across people who absolutely love the work that they do.

Ngilgi Caves

Ngilgi Caves

Even more enriching is the realisation that we are truly blessed to have such good friends, with whom we could share heartfelt stories of daily challenges, as well as enjoying uncontrollable laughter at the rapid banter. We started the weekend knowing only our two hosts and left, basking in the glow of a houseful of new friends, whom it feels as if we have known for years.

We also had some great ‘us time’, and dare I say it – a cultural experience, away from the daily grind, and can return, refreshed for a new working week. As a life coach, I was walking the talk.

Friends and laughter – they make the world such a great place.