Category Archives: Review

Book Review: Lily Brett’s New York (essays)

New York by Lily Brett My rating: 4 of 5 stars Lily Brett is a celebrated Australian poet and novelist, who often writes about family life, including the experiences of people like her, the daughter of survivors of the Holocaust. … Continue reading

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Review: Sasha Velour’s Smoke and Mirrors, Sydney

Went with husband last night to Sasha Velour’s show Smoke and Mirrors at the Enmore Theatre. By chance, we’d been across the street from the theatre the night before, when the Suicideboys were playing. Wikipedia tells me they’re a depressed … Continue reading

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Food blogging in Hawaii

Two weeks in Oahu and it was fun to do some food reviewing here. My mother’s side of the family is from Hawaii and she was born here, so I have visited many times, and have a long food history … Continue reading

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Hawaii Food Diary: Fête, Chinatown

  So, we were after a casual meal and stopped by the Pig and the Lady, on the recommendation from my brother, who works in the food industry, and said this was the hot place. He was right. There was … Continue reading

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2018 in lists: concerts & shows, theatre, books, movies, TV

Concerts, Shows, Theatre, Exhibitions & Words Muriel’s Wedding, the Musical: Loved the adaptation and update, music and cast. A fun show. I wonder if it will transfer overseas. Darlinghurst Nights, Hayes Theatre: A thirty-year old musical revived, a love letter … Continue reading

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Book Review: Matthew Mitcham’s Twists and Turns (autobiography)

Twists and Turns by Matthew Mitcham My rating: 4 of 5 stars I haven’t seen the one-man shows that Mitcham has done, where he’s brought his stories from this book (and his life) to the stage, but I have the … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Alpha Restaurant, CBD

Holy cow did I like this restaurant. In a lovely airy and bright space, Alpha serves up Modern Greek food. Years ago, some friends had the opportunity to live in Athens for a while, and said that while the food … Continue reading

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Book Review: Banana Yoshimoto’s Asleep

Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto My rating: 4 of 5 stars It was either a very good idea or a very bad idea to have ‘Asleep’ as my bedside reading for the last period. It’s not a long book: three short … Continue reading

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Book Review: Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje My rating: 3 of 5 stars I liked Ondaatje’s In The Skin of a Lion so much that it sort of become part of my identity: an aspiring writer who liked Ondaatje, his showy, poetic descriptions … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Bang Street Food, Surry Hills

Just across the street from Bang Street Food, Bill’s has moved a few doors down into a new spot (most recently a pop-up restaurant specialising in dishes with avocado, and much longer back than that, the famous Marque restaurant), a … Continue reading

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