Stix in Surry Hills

Sydney loves a trend. For the last couple of years, trends have included: queues for bread, beards and small bars. The latest is ice cream/gelato. Yes it’s true, people are lining up for ice cream. I think it all started with Messina in Darlinghurst. There’s also an ice cream shop in Surry Hills where people […]

Roni Horn - Nine Liquid Incidents

I spent the day hanging out with my friend Sue. After a bit of a sleep in, and then some breakfast, we headed off for a day of galleries, food, and generally hanging out. We started off with the current exhibition at White Rabbit which I’d previously attended and which I knew Sue would enjoy. […]

Gerda Steiner & Jorg Lenzlinger, Bush Power, 2014

Despite the rather dodgy weather, we spent most of yesterday afternoon wandering around Cockatoo Island, as part of this year’s Biennale of Sydney. For the three of us, the most memorable works were in stark contrast to each other: the playful work based around gym equipment, “Bush Power” and the dramatic, beautiful film, “Inferno 2013″. […]

Empty Vessell at The Giant Dwarf

“In the last twelve months two of the institutions I’ve given so much of my life and passion to have disappointed me deeply”, was the most memorable line from Kristina Keneally last night. The former NSW Premier was one of three guests for the “live chat show”, “The Empty Vessell” put by on by The […]

Abandoned Railway Tunnel

For almost twenty years I’ve walked to and from work at the ABC and have passed the abandoned railway tunnel that once was the Ultimo Goods Line. From time to time I’d peak inside. But until today, I’d never been truly inside tunnel. There’s an art installation currently onsite which I thought would be interesting, […]

Surry Hills Video Shop

I knew it was only a matter of time before the video shop in Surry Hills closed down. I didn’t know it was coming, though, until I took a walk down the street this morning. I think it’s amazing they’ve lasted this long. On a personal level, I haven’t been to my local video shop […]

Ice on the beach near the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon in southeast Iceland.

Once again my thoughts have turned to travel. I think it’s the end of daylight saving that’s brought it on. Whereas last week I was still arriving home in daylight, it’s now well and truly dark by the time I walk in the door. That means only one thing: winter is on the way. I’m […]


Gosh I love #Sydney . I went to the launch tonight of the Sydney Writers Festival at the wharves near the Sydney Harbour Bridge. While the festivities went on inside, there were people outside fishing. A great multi-purpose site!

New Alcohol Laws

A few weeks ago, as a result of some high profile recent violent attacks, the NSW Government enacted some new liquor licensing laws. In short, Sydney has gone from being a 24-hour city, where you could pretty much purchase alcohol at any time of the day to one with restrictions. Bars now have a “lockout” […]


For a few years I’ve toyed with the idea of living in Sweden for a year or two. However, there are a few reasons which have stopped me. Money is, of course, an issue. The fact that I’m 48 years old is also an issue. But there’s also been a fear it could all turn […]

Grace Jones

I first heard/saw the song “Walking In The Rain” when the video clip of Grace Jones performing the song was first played on Countdown. I was about seventeen years old at the time and was completely blown away by the clip. In particular, the strong androgynous imagery of Grace Jones echoed by the song line […]


Having enjoyed a really fantastic meal the other week, I suggested a friend and I should catch up there for dinner. But when I tried to book last week for this Friday night, the only time available was 10.00pm. Seriously. Being a little too late, decided to turn up at 6.00pm and see if we […]

Hipster Heaven - Old Technology

My draw dropped (literally) when I saw these shelves of goods for sale at a convenience store on Sydney’s George Street tonight. Video tapes, fax rolls, cassette tapes and unfortunately I took the photograph so quickly, I missed including the 5.25″ floppy discs on the shelf above. There are even some items on the shelf […]

Sydney Biennale

“You don’t look like a Catherine”, the woman on security said to me as I showed her my entry ticket. Kate and I had organised tickets, and were really looking forward to the opening night party at the Australian Technology Park of the Sydney Biennale. Despite these plans, Kate had admitted herself earlier in the […]


“We have cronuts”, the guys at my local coffee shop excitedly told me this morning. Of course I had to try one of them. Twelve hours later, it was still a mistake. What is a cronut? Cronut is the brand name of a croissant-doughnut pastry sold by Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City, […]