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So far Nick Bendel has created 200 blog entries.

The man who finds the truth

By |2021-05-07T15:48:26+10:00May 7th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Tony Johns, the 177th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, is charming, street smart and a great reader of people. It makes sense once you know Tony’s background – he owns Inner Sydney Investigations and has been a private investigator for more than 40 years. Tony fell into the industry [...]

They’ve‌ ‌done‌ ‌the‌ ‌crime,‌ ‌they’ve‌ ‌done‌ ‌the‌ ‌time‌ ‌…‌ ‌but‌ ‌then‌ ‌what?‌

By |2021-04-28T16:25:05+10:00April 28th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Imagine you were a woman and you had to roam, unprotected, around a maximum security prison. Lois Dillon, the 174th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, has visited many prisons as part of her work with the Prisoners Aid Association of NSW. Lois was a vomiting wreck before her first [...]

From‌ ‌go‌ ‌to‌ ‌slow

By |2021-04-23T06:44:33+10:00April 23rd, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

While other people’s lives were falling apart this time last year, Nikki Tiedeman’s was coming together in an odd sort of way. Nikki, the 173rd person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, had recently had a baby, returned from a holiday just before the borders slammed shut and moved from hectic [...]

Coming to a theatre near you

By |2021-04-21T05:55:20+10:00April 20th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

I was shocked when I discovered Alex Sanderson was only 22 years old. Alex, the 172nd person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, carries himself with such assurance and single-mindedness that he seems much older. Maybe it’s because Alex had to grow up quickly – he lived with an abusive father [...]

Listening, caring, helping

By |2021-04-16T16:05:11+10:00April 16th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Helping hurting people is what Sonya Cavanough does for a living.  Sonya, the 171st person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, is a counsellor who helps people overcome pain and trauma. Many of her clients feel isolated. They need to talk to her because there's nobody else – maybe their partner [...]

The friendly lawyer

By |2021-04-12T16:06:56+10:00April 12th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Alyce Kliese, the 170th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, has a sharp intellect – but I suspect that's not the main reason she's such a good lawyer. More importantly, Alyce is a great communicator. In person, Alyce is charming: she smiles often and is an excellent conversationalist. When dealing [...]

Helping businesses and people achieve their full potential

By |2021-04-09T16:03:39+10:00April 9th, 2021|Categories: Lunches|

Back in 2016, Jess Weiss quit her job, with a vague sense of what role she wanted to do next, but without knowing exactly what it was or how she’d get it. The next day, Jess discovered the answer to both those questions at a business event. Jess, the 169th person I've met on my quest [...]

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