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Chinese Bible by Yang Zhichao
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Chinese Bible

I think pretty much everyone in the room laughed in recognition, as Gene Sherman told the story about the promise she and her husband had made to each other. As she noted they had been married forty-seven years, and were a family that “kept promises”, she went on to say they had agreed and promised to stop purchasing art. As […]

Lizzie Ellis, Still #3, Tjawina Porter at Kuruyurltu, still image from film 'Kuruyurltu', shot by Matthew Woodham. Copyright Tjarlirli Art 2014
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Sydney and Central Australia

There are two really wonderful exhibitions currently on display: one featuring art from Central Australia, the other focussing on homelessness in Sydney. Although I quite enjoyed the one about homelessness, it was new art exhibition which really excited me most. I’d love to share some images here, but no photography was allowed, and so I’ve shared only the image that […]

Pork'd on Crown Street, Surry Hills
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Surry Hills Eating

Having enjoyed a really yummy meal at Porteño a few months ago, I’ve attempted to go back twice since. With a friend who I thought would really enjoy it, we headed down to line up a few weeks ago, only to discover it was closed due to a fire. Noticing the other day it had re-opened I suggested to a […]

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Country Music

In the last couple of months I’ve begun to reacquaint myself with my love of country music. It’s taken me back to the days of regular visits to the Tamworth Country Music Festival, which are now more than a decade ago, as my radio career has taken me in a different, more city-based direction. Despite my inner-city reputation, I actually know a fair bit about country music, and I have lots of great “special experts” to draw upon to supplement the areas in which my knowledge is a little short. Having grown up in Lismore, I grew up with a lot of country music. Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynnn and the like were the soundtrack to my youth. And […]

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Catch Up

The last few weeks have been “crazy busy” which is why I haven’t posted here much lately. However, it’s Thursday night, I’m sitting at home with a glass or two of wine, listening to the radio, and I’m determined to achieve some catch-up posts. When I say “crazy busy”, it’s mostly been work-related. There’s been a bit of socialising, but mostly it’s been work. You know that axiom that “if you want something done you give it to a busy person”? Well, I tend to be that person in my area. And I’m also the kind of person who instinctively says “yes” and then realises they have probably said yes to too much. Last year, I flat out refused to […]

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Peeing In Public

You don’t often get breaking news on this blog. But as I made my way to Taylor Square tonight I noticed something which I don’t think has been reported on the mainstream media. I noticed the sign at Taylor Square was now reporting the fine for peeing in public was $500. Months ago I noticed it was $200, so you […]

Panang Duck Curry at Longrain in Sydney
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Night Out in Sydney

It’s always a challenge finding terrific places to eat/drink for visitors to Sydney. You can rely on your local favourites (of course), but then you realise they lack a bit of the “wow” factor. There again, you can fall back on Sydney cliches with harbour views. When Robert and Sandra told me they would be in Sydney (visiting from Stockholm), […]

Cheesecake with a Tim-Tam base
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Cheesecake Innovation

Earlier today my friend Sue faced the dilemma of guests coming for lunch (including myself, a connoisseur of cheesecakes): she had all the ingredients for a cheesecake EXCEPT the Arrowroot biscuits needed for the base. Her cheesecake innovation? Crushed up Tim-Tams… It works! Amongst my friends on various social media were some of these comments… oh – my – god […]

Mr Wong in Bridge Lane, Sydney
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Mr Wong

A couple of workmates and I did the “unthinkable” today: we went out for lunch. It’s not uncommon for us to work through lunch, grabbing some takeaway to consume while seated at our desks. But we overcame the “guilt” by associating the trip with a forthcoming work-related event. And our restaurant of choice was one of the hottest places in […]

Cat Food
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Cat Food

There’s a cat in my apartment block who I feed from time to time. Mostly, it’s because the owner of the cat (who lives on the third floor, and I live on the first) travels a fair bit with her work. I’ve spoken about Spidercat aka Biscuit previously, having remarked in some ways, he’s a bit of a pet for […]

Voting at Bourke Street Primary School
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NSW Votes in Newtown err.. Surry Hills

“Normally it’s the queue at Bourke Street Bakery that’s this long” joked one of the people handing out how to vote cards at Bourke Street Primary School this morning. I decided to vote early this morning, thinking the earlier I got in, the more chance I’d have of avoiding a lengthy queue, since Surry Hills isn’t (to my eyes) a […]

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Sunday Night at Stonewall

When I was in Brisbane the other week I walked past “The Alliance Hotel” on Boundary Street. As I peered through window, I noted it seems like a very modern “boutique” hotel these days. However, I remember it back in the 80s when it was a fairly down-market gay bar. “Down-market” is probably the wrong phrase to use, as it’s […]

Enjoying a Wolf Scratch Pale Ale, a American Pale Ale beer, by Croft Brewing Company, a brewery in Brisbane, at John Mills Himself.
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Brisbane History with Beers

Even though I lived here for four years, and even though I have a family connection with Brisbane that goes back to the 1960s, the truth be told: I really don’t know that much about the history of Brisbane, and am even a little vague on contemporary Brisbane. Since I left Brisbane at the beginning of 1988 (27 years years […]

Neneh Cherry at Sydney Opera House
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Neneh Cherry

“For her first time in Australia, it would have been good to have some more of her older songs”, my friend said, as we made our way out of the Sydney Opera House tonight. I agree with that assessment. As much as I really do like her new material, it was classics like “Buffalo Stance” and (my personal favourite) “Manchild” […]

Twenty Five Years at the ABC
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Half My Life

A few months ago, you might recall, I made a post here about my twenty-five years of continuous service with the ABC. The official employment offer letter states it was twenty five years today that I was offered a job at the ABC. I’d previously been employed at the community radio station at Bourke in Western NSW. I’d applied for […]

Drag queen, Felicity at The Imperiall Hotel
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Mardi Gras

“I’m running late. The bus was late, but I’ll be there shortly”, I told a friend by text message. I haven’t really participated much in this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, so we had planned to catch up for a beer and a bit of “Mardi Gras” spirit at Sydney’s legendary Imperial Hotel. “I think Sunday afternoon is […]

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