Category Archives: Writing

Reading Hemingway in Paris

Today, I have been reading Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. He writes about his younger self in Paris, as a writer, living, without much money, on the Left Bank in Paris. I am a writer, just moved here to work … Continue reading

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The Amazing Abtronic

Tucked away in an inconspicuous shelf, I found a shiny grey plastic case with blue lettering on it: ‘Abtronic: The Future of Fitness’. How did I come to own this miracle device? Or even bring it with me from various … Continue reading

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My Dad’s Lawyer

At my mom’s 80th birthday, I ended up sitting next to my Dad’s old lawyer, let’s call him Uncle Kasra, an Indian-Canadian man of Farsi background with a beautiful wife and two dynamic daughters, who we saw from time to … Continue reading

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Australian culture: the Hills Hoist

While rotating clothes lines attached to a heavy metal pole stuck in your backyard have been around in Australia since the turn of the 20th century, it was a bloke named Lance Hill who made his model in Adelaide in … Continue reading

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The Current Lists: 2014 (Books, Concerts, Shows)

Aha. New organisational system for 2014… I’ve organised the old lists into separate archival posts either by the year, or before that… This year, I’ll just keep updating this post until it’s time to start a new post for 2015. … Continue reading

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Vale Peter Ashman

This past week, we lost an extraordinary kind, generous and funny man to cancer, who played important behind-the-scenes roles in international LGBT organising and activism, in a quiet, understated life of contributing to human rights. I’d not been so conscious … Continue reading

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Book Review: Camilla Gibb’s Mouthing the Words

Mouthing the Words by Camilla Gibb My rating: 3 of 5 stars Funny. I’ve had a couple of books that are taking me ages to read. But I found a copy of Camilla Gibb’s Mouthing the Words in a crazy … Continue reading

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2013 in lists: concerts, shows & books

The year in concerts, shows (musicals/theatre/dance) and books! CONCERTS Sing the Truth, State Theatre (January) – Welcome 2013. Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves and Lizz Wright. Quite a triple-bill, but the surprise for me was Lizz Wright. I don’t think I’ve … Continue reading

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A minor operation

A recount of last week’s operation and encounter with the Australian healthcare system. Warning: Whinging. Graphic. Oversharing. Have you got someone to take you home? Before the operation, upon arrival and after you wake up, they ask, sometimes repeatedly: ‘Do … Continue reading

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Book Review: Berndt Sellheim’s Beyond the Frame’s Edge

Beyond the Frame’s Edge by Berndt Sellheim My rating: 4 of 5 stars I think what’s interesting about a first novel is how you are introduced to a clear set of the author’s concerns. It is perhaps the book they … Continue reading

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