4WDING, CAMPING,CARAVANING, ADVENTURING...& A BLOODY GOOD LAUGh
No, I don't think the sun shines outta my arse!
Who the hell am I, you may ask?
I'm Mark Allen: 4WDer, camper, tourer, adventurer, camper trailer owner, caravan owner, ex-hubby... that didn't work eh!, Engineering Surveyor (in another life), business owner, tax payer and photojournalist to many 4x4, 4WD, caravan, camper trailer and outdoorsy type magazines in Australia, plus a couple overseas. Ex editor of Pat Callinan's 4x4 Adventures magazine.
Plus, editor and publisher of VentureMax.com.au ... the perfect storm of outdoors adventure.
As well as all that, I am also the Director / accounts manager / do every-bloody-thing hands on Owner of Mr Swagman (www.MrSwagman.com.au) and was (up until January 2018) the owner of Shippshape roof top tents.
So if you're wanting some of the best damn canvas swags, roof top tents and related canvas gear around, then check out Mr Swagman. Be warned though, we don't supply cheap crap!
Nah, I'm not another Chip-On-The-Shoulder journo that lays claim to being a know-it-all that can only regurgitate facts and figures from a brochure. Our land is full of those types of clowns that have no idea and and only get their info from internet searches. I find it hilarious the number of fellas, and a few sheilas that work in this industry, that bill themselves out as experts in their field, when in fact (yes I know for fact) they know Jack Shit and have experienced little of what they preach first hand.
I find it even funnier the number of Cling-Ons in the general 4WD industry that lay claim to be bloody know-it-alls just because they have met (and therefore are best mates) with some of the industry's true life-qualified outdoorsy Journos.
...anyway, I don't claim to know everything about every subject and yes I have to research many of my articles and assignments by asking the relevant people the correct questions, BUT, I can assure you, I live the life I write about.
All the articles you find on this site have been published in one magazine or another, so you may have already seen a few. If not, have a good read and hopefully you'll learn a thing or two, get a little light hearted entertainment from them, have a good belly laugh or perhaps even disagree totally with what I've said.
Either way, I hope you enjoy yourself. If you don't, I don't really give a stuff as there are too many other things to worry about!
Mark... tellin' it like it is whether you like it or not... Allen