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2023 in lists: concerts & shows, theatre, books, movies and TV

A work in progress … Movies (seen on TV, probably on a streaming service, or on an airplane) Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery: What I liked about this was how purely entertaining it was. It had no pretensions except … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sharon Olds’ Balladz (poetry)

Balladz by Sharon Olds My rating: 5 of 5 stars I think I must have discovered Sharon Olds’ book The Gold Cell in my late teens or early twenties, and then worked my way backwards as well as reading her … Continue reading

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Hi Andy, it’s Andy

I had a routine with Andy, whether by email or phone, where I’d immediately greet him with ‘Hi Andy. It’s Andy.’ This amused me inordinately and Andy agreed, telling me once, ‘It never gets old’. Way back in 2011, in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu My rating: 3 of 5 stars An interesting controversy, I can see, from the reviews on Goodreads. A dear friend recommended this to me, although he said I might not like it, if I’m … Continue reading

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Come dine with me: Dessance, Paris

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a blog post on a restaurant, but for Dessance, I’ll make an exception. With so many exceptional restaurants in Paris, I always recommend that friends treat themselves to at least one very … Continue reading

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Some advice for Paris, particularly FOOD

Because I’ve been lucky enough to live in Paris twice – four months in 2014 to 2015 and three months in early 2016 – I am sometimes asked for advice. And I freely give it. From my Dad, when I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Kevin Wilson’s Now is Not the Time to Panic

Now Is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I liked ‘Nothing to See Here’ enough that I was definitely keen to read more. I find Wilson a very interesting writer. The narration … Continue reading

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Travel advice: Italy – A visit to the Gargano

It’s April 2023 and I recently found this blog post from 2019 that I never posted! I think I drafted it and then was planning to match it up with photos once at my home desktop … and then never … Continue reading

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The Central Sydney Planning Strategy

Originally published on 28 November 2016 on As a member of the City of Sydney’s Professional Writing Panel for the three years that it was in existence (they’ve now moved to getting bids from editors for each individual project…), … Continue reading

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Superbly written spam

Originally published on 24 November 2013 on We’ve all passed comment on poorly written spam, particularly those Nigerian letters asking you to send your bank account details so that they can transfer a load of money to you, or … Continue reading

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