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Mike, Bobs Farm, NSW, Australia

Mike took early retirement after 30 years in the IT industry, and at 51 years of age moved from Sydney to beautiful Nelson Bay for a seachange. Another 20 years on, and after a significant downsizing, Mike and his wife of 52 years, live in an over 55’s Lifestyle Village and are loving it. Playing lawn bowls 3 times a week, co-ordinating and hosting regular Trivia evenings, helping organise bowls events and helping other residents with their technology challenges. And then there is the Community Garden! Mike keeps very busy.

I am happiest when…

Participating in group fitness classes at my favourite gym, Our Gym, Nelson Bay.

Everyone should read…

I am not a great reader, but I do enjoy reading the works of Bill Bryson and Peter Fitzsimmons. Being a bit of a science nerd, Bill Bryson’s “A Short History of Nearly Everything” ticked the boxes for me.

I’d tell my 13-year-old self…

Have confidence in your own ability.

My favourite saying is…

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

My first job was…

Delivering morning and evening newspapers, 6 days a week, at 13.

The best movie ever made is…

Again, I am not an avid moviegoer, but I did love 2001, A Space Odyssey. Released in 1968, it was so futuristic, way ahead of its time.

Why do you drink chai latte, and why Bondi Chai?

Chai Latte is my afternoon comfort drink. I love the taste and I love that Bondi Chai is a small local company, that produces a quality product.

When/where did you first taste Bondi Chai?

It was quite a while ago and I am sure that I bought it from Woolies! Then it disappeared from their shelves. I rediscovered it when I saw it for sale from another small local company that I buy my fresh roasted coffee beans from, Bay Beans.

Which is your favourite Bondi Chai variety?

Club Cinnamon.

Three words to describe Bondi Chai, the company?

Quality, Consistency, Australian.