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Book Review: Milan Kundera’s The Festival of Insignificance

The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera My rating: 2 of 5 stars As a young man, I discovered Kundera‚Äôs novel, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and since, have read a number of his books. At the time, his writing … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ian Young’s London Skin and Bones: The Finsbury Park Stories

London Skin & Bones: The Finsbury Park Stories by Ian Young My rating: 5 of 5 stars I met Ian decades ago when I was at university, but I never knew the stories of his years in London, living in … Continue reading

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Product review: Nanobag (reusable shopping bags)

When I shop, particularly for something new, or from a source that I’m unfamiliar with, I usually try to find reviews. What I want is to read a convincing voice that says: yes, you are making the right decision. Or: … Continue reading

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A minor history of food blogging

I just scrolled through my oldest blog entries, here on my website, to trace a little history of my food blogging adventures. While I started my website, way back in January 2005, it was a static website, used to promote … Continue reading

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Book Review: Kawai Strong Washburn’s Sharks in the Time of Saviors

Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn My rating: 3 of 5 stars I spent summers in Hawaii as a child, while we were visiting my grandmother. It took me many years to realise that the Hawaiian … Continue reading

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2020 in lists: concerts & shows, theatre, books, movies, TV

(A work in progress…) Movies (seen in the cinema) Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Enjoyable enough and hit the mark, I thought. I would have liked to see Rose get more screentime. I enjoyed seeing Carrie Fisher. I got … Continue reading

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Hurricane warnings

There’s a hurricane warning for Hawaii at the moment. My brother, Tom, who lives in Kaneohe, with his family, says there’s never been a Hurricane Level 1 Warning since he’s lived there, which is now over 30 years. It’s scheduled … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Chin Chin, Surry Hills

For my birthday, I wanted to go somewhere special, and it’s been almost three years since I went to Chin Chin for lunch with my friend Lai Heng and meant to come back (here’s the review from then). This time, … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: The Colonial, Darlinghurst

Almost four years since I’ve been to the Colonial, and I’m impressed they’ve kept it open. As I’ve said many times on this blog, the restaurant business is hard in Sydney! And getting through the COVID lockdown: these are hardworking … Continue reading

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Coffee in Sydney: Take Coffee, Marrickville

We were looking for coffee, perhaps Vietnamese coffee, after our amazing pork rolls at Alex ‘N’ Rolls. On that little strip of Illawarra Road, we couldn’t find anything. Lots of small restaurants, but nothing that looked like it served Vietnamese … Continue reading

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