Author Archives: andyq

How to refill a long lighter

(Originally posted 14 December 2017): Does anyone else have this problem? I’ve never liked cigarette lighters. I spin the little metal dial, get the flame up, and then when trying to light my tea lights (which is the main reason … Continue reading

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2021 in lists: concerts & shows, theatre, books, movies, TV

(A work in progress…) Movies (seen in the cinema) … Movies (seen on TV, like on Netflix) Pride. How I loved this charming English movie about a group of ragtag gay and lesbian activists who supported a community of Welsh … Continue reading

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

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 mixed up and expected … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: IIKO Mazesoba, Darling Square

I love trying food that is new to me! So I’m glad we decided to try IIKO Mazesoba, among so many restaurants in the city’s new Darling Square district. An explanation of mazesoba seems not so easy though. First, it … Continue reading

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Back into your arms (original song)

It’s been a few years since I’ve recorded a video of one of my songs. But I have so many! Since I stopped making CDs and cassettes, I like the idea of trying to make public some of my unrecorded … Continue reading

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Book Review: George Ilsley’s The Home Stretch: A Father, A Son, and All the Things They Never Talk About

The Home Stretch: A Father, a Son, and All the Things They Never Talk About by George K. Ilsley My rating: 5 of 5 stars You wouldn’t think, necessarily, that a book about a son, visiting his father in his … Continue reading

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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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