Eurovision Song Contest

There was a time not so long ago when I used to host an annual Eurovision Song Contest party. A whole bunch of us would gather together. We had score sheets. We had trophies. We had snack food based around different European cuisines. We revelled in the trashiness of it all. We constantly tried to [...]

Travel Thoughts

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 [...]

Welcome To Sweden

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 [...]

Walking In The Rain

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 [...]

Charlie Hides

Charlie Hides as Cher

Charlie Hides has one of the funniest live shows I've seen in ages. He's an English comedian - though originally from the United States - who dresses up and impersonates (with humour and affection) some of the great modern pop divas, including Cher, Madonna and Lady GaGa. For the last couple of years, I've been [...]

Croc-a-Dyke Dundee

Dawn O'Donnell - still taken from movie trailer

Years ago I remember watching a really fantastic documentary about the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras called, Feed Them to the Cannibals. As I recall, the title was a reference to the words of an Australian government official, who was asked what he thought should be done with those engaging in homosexual behaviour in [...]

Melodifestivalen 2014 #2

Nanne Gronvall och jag

There was a real sense of déjà vu in the second heat of this year's Melodifestivalen, the contest which decides which act will represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2005, in controversial circumstances, Sweden chose Martin Stenmarck with his song "Las Vegas" (which I liked a lot) over Nanne Grönvall with her song [...]

Chinese New Year Exhibition in Sydney

Crossing Boundaries – Chinese New Year Exhibition in Sydney

I had a fantastic time last night at the opening night of "Crossing Boundaries – Chinese New Year Exhibition in Sydney", curated by my friend Kate. The exhibition runs at Sydney Town Hall from January 22 to Feburary 9. There's some really terrific work in the exhibition, and here are some of my favourite photographs [...]

The Sunnyboy

The Sunnyboy

Even though many people may have long-forgotten the 1980's Australian rock band, The Sunnyboys, they've continued to live on in my consciousness. As a teenager, growing up in Lismore, they were always "special" in a way, because they had grown up at nearby Kingscliff. To see a band appearing on "Countdown" who were also from [...]