When I'm 34

I’ve reached the ripe age of 34 today, a point at which “early-30s” seems more of a hope than a description of reality. Also, I couldn’t help noticing in one of the news stories yesterday that when Castro was my age, he had already been Prime Minister for a year.

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16 Responses to When I'm 34

  1. Well, you haven’t lead an armed struggle against the government, Andrew!

    Happy birthday!

  2. How about “early mid 30s” – worked for me!

  3. Andrew Norton says:

    Happy Birthday! And to the many things that can be said in your favour, we can add that you are not Fidel Castro or anything like him.

  4. Sinclair Davidson says:

    Happy Birthday.

  5. Russell Hamilton says:

    “…he had already been Prime Minister for a year” – but who’s listening to Castro? – nobody – whereas you have this nifty blog. Many happy returns Andrew.

  6. harry clarke says:

    Happy birthday. You are not PM but you have a strong academic CV and a good measure of appreciation for one so – comparatively – young.

  7. Tim says:

    What is it they say? By the time Alexander the Great was your age he’d been dead two years?

    Regardless – Happy Birthday!

  8. Sacha says:

    Yes, happy birthday!

  9. Bring Back EP at LP says:

    34 so young. is it significant at the 5% level?

  10. Neil Hickey says:

    Andrew,
    Mate, happy birthday to you. Great post too. Castro was leader at 33? That means I’ve got three more years to do something with my life!
    Keep up the great writing.
    Cheers,
    Neil
    Ps. Any thoughts on the Mel Gibson fiasco this week? I’d be interested to get your take.

  11. Sunail says:

    Happy Birthday

    u can catch up in the position in a couple of years.

    mature PMs prove to be ‘more successful’

  12. Corin says:

    Happy Birthday.

    What was it about the happiness index and increasing prosperity and success: Something like the more successful you become, the more you compare yourself up the scale and not down.

    Mid-thirties is just another way of saying I’m still young and increasingly rich.

    Sounds like you’ve had a good holiday as well. I’ve had five-working-days-off this year – two years ago I would have said I need a two month trip in a poor or dangerous country …. although I still do!

    I’m moving back to Oz at the end of this year – long-term careers, houses (keep those i-rates going up I say – I need a crash) and weddings a call – I’ve happily joined the thrities as well. Looks like a different sort of fun to me – one with more money at the heart of it … that’s the hope I guess

  13. Sacha says:

    I think that it’s easy to unfairly compare yourself to other – bad move 🙂 But you being 34 means that I can always say, “in two years, I want to be as successful as Andrew!”

  14. Peter says:

    Castro didn’t nationalize US companies until he’d been PM for about 16 months (which was 18 months after he’d overthrown the previous regime). So you still have some time, Andrew, to prove to us that you are a genuine socialist!

  15. Happy Birthday. So young – you’ve never known there was ever another Australian Prime Minister other than JWH. I expect JWH will get a congrats telegram from Fidel soon.

    Just to cheer you up. You share a birthday with:

    Tony Bennett (1926), James Hettfield – Metallica (1963) and I guess you know that “Hello, I Love You” by the Doors topped the US charts and stayed there for 2 weeks in 1968.

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