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Book Review: André Aciman’s Call Me

Find Me by André Aciman My rating: 1 of 5 stars A ridiculous, overwritten ode to romanticism and wish fulfilment, it’s so bad it may have ruined my affection for the prequel. If you are reading this, I am guessing … Continue reading

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Italy Food Diary: Li Jalantuùmene, Monte Sant’Angelo, Gargano

Last year’s big holiday was in Italy, like the year before. We did some of the famous cities closer to Rome like Siena and Orvieto, before heading across Abruzzo (beautiful and natural) to spend some days in the Gargano peninsula, … Continue reading

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Drinking in Sydney: Maybe Sammy, Harrington Street

Maybe Sammy is a ridiculously cool and fun bar, tucked away on Harrington Street in the Rocks. It has won a slew of impressive-sounding awards, such as making it onto the World’s 50 Best Bars list for 2019, as the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari My rating: 4 of 5 stars It’s an impressive feat, to tell the history of humankind, in a relatively short amount of pages, and Harari does it in a voice … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: The Northeast Restaurant, Chinatown

While it seems like they have two of these restaurants already in Sydney, in Kingsford and Eastwood, the branch we went to on Dixon Street in Chinatown, at the very north end, seems like it must be new, as there … Continue reading

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Book Review: Kevin Wilson’s Nothing to See Here

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’d seen it on a few top-10 lists, and was intrigued by the praise and the premise. It is immediately engaging with a funny, likeable hero, Lillian, … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Johnny Goes Italian, Darlinghurst

I never made it to Fishbone, the previous incarnation of Johnny Goes Italian but I have made it to Buffalo Dining Club, a sister restaurant, and here, I got the same vibe. It’s a really cool vibe. It’s hipster and … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Madame Nhu, Surry Hills

I was surprised to find out I haven’t blogged Madame Nhu’s before. Like it’s sister restaurant Xage on Crown Street, which has now become an Asian fusion pasta bar, it’s been around for a long time, making dependably delicious Vietnamese … Continue reading

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

(Is it really 2020 already? A work in progress…) Concerts, Shows, Theatre, Exhibitions & Words … Books … Movies Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Enjoyable enough and hit the mark, I thought. I would have liked to see Rose … Continue reading

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Review: Taotronics Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

TaoTronics Active Noise Cancelling Headphones, Wired Earbuds in Ear Stereo Awareness Monitor Earphones with Microphone and Remote (15 Hours Playtime, 3.5mm Jack, Premium Aluminum Matte Black) Back in the day that I did a lot of travel for work, discovering … Continue reading

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