Wednesday, November 22, 2017

OCTOBER REVIEWS


What I’ve Been Reading

Good Girl Stripped Bare – Tracey Spicer - I didn't mind this memoir of her life in the media as a feminist. Tracey is a feisty gal and parts of the story are quite eye opening.

Books for Living – Will Scwabe - this was an interesting audiobook about the books that changed the author's life. Good read about some books I knew and loved and some new ones.

A Writer’s Life – Helen Garner - A year by year guide in the evolution of Helen's writing. Which is quite interesting, but as a fan,  not that much I didn't know already. And really it just made me want to read her actual work.

Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay - I re-read this great book of varying essays and it was delightfuland compelling as the first read.

A Paris Year – Janice MacLeod - this was the most glorious illustrated book of the author's year in Paris. Showcasing the obvious and the hidden Paris, it made me want to be back there.

Venetian Voices – Christine V Courtney - lovely poetry by the author set to classic paintings of Venice.

Scribbles in the Margains: 50 eternal delights of books – Daniel Grey - small essays about books, reading, and literature.

Sgt Peppers 50th - great coffee table, pictorial book of the Sgt Peppers album. There's nothing new there but nice to have/read anyway.

Speaking Out – Tara Moss - the second of Tara's books in feminism. This is more a handbook on talking about feminism or combating it eloquently and backing your argument up with facts and figures and statistics. She is remarkable and intelligent and definitely a leader in our field. Totally worth a read!

Gone-Away World – Nick Harkaway - set in a post-apocalyptic world with an unnamed narrator. He is ex special ops and now working on a special project, a pipe that allows people to live fairly freely away from the horror of the world they now live in. But is our narrator as he seems, as the story rambles on (sci fi and humour blended with flash backs to the 'war' and a cast of many), he may not be as we thought. Strap yourself in for a wild ride with this one, it is pretty out there, but rather clever.

Believe Me – Eddie Izzard - memoir of Eddie's younger years and his coming out as trans, and his subsequent years as a stand up and actor.

The Helen 100 – Helen Razer - I have a love/hate relationship with Helen. I read some of her work and think it is genius and other pieces are like fingers down a chalkboard. How can one person get is so right and then so wrong!?! This is the story of 'recovery' after a break up of a long term relationship and her experiments on Tinder. Some of it is gold, some of it irritating. What can I say, she is consistent!

Colette’s France – Jane Gilmour - Lovely illustrated and photographed book telling Colette's story from childhood, and through her many lovers, her writing, and her love affair with Paris and indeed France.

Devotion – Patti Smith - ahhh Patti, I wanted more. This little novella, is about writing, how she write, how she gains inspiration and showcases a small novella she writes to demonstrate her art. The novella is grand, but I wanted more of her, her thoughts, her insights... I'm sure there is more on the way.

Working Class Boy – Jimmy Barnes - devastating tale of Jimmy's upbringing, from Glasgow to Adelaide, Jimmy and his family live on the edge of society. How he got through it I have no idea, but his subsequent behaviour makes a whole lot of sense. Finishes as she begins to meet the mates that will make up Cold Chisel. Stunningly written too, well worth a read.

Law School – Benjamin and Jenny Law -  collection of self help columns by the mother and son duo. Hilarious, clever, and actually helpful.

The Flaneur – Edmund White - memoir of White in Paris, and his description of a Flaneur, the streets he strolled and the things he thought about, or researched that matched the walks. Fascinating insight into little pieces of Parisian history, and lovely reminisces for anyone who has walked the streets of Paris. Plus White is a wonderful writer.

Logical Family - Armistead Maupin -  memoir of Armistead's memoir and growing up and coming out, but nowhere near as compelling as I thought it would be. I adored Tales of the City, and maybe it's been a long time between reads, but this just didn't hold up.

Juliet’s Answer – Glenn Dixon - Wonderful memoir of an English/Shakespeare teacher who is lost in his love life and decides to take a long trip to Verona, to find out about himself and love. Verona is where Shakespeare staged Romeo and Juliet and whilst that is a work of fiction, Verona makes much money out of the tale as a tourist destination. Within that there is a myth that maybe the story is true and going way back the story actually happened. Dixon decides to investigate that too. So he gets a volunteer job answering all the love letters that are posted to Verona, hoping to hear how they can solve their love lives. The first 2/3s of the book are split between Dixon telling of a term teaching Romeo and Juliet to a group of misfit kids, and his experiences in Verona, a stunning travel log of the gorgeous city. I spent half a day there while travelling through Italy and fell in love with the mini Rome, it was lovely to read about places I went to and find out more about other places I missed. The last third of the book tells what he learnt and what happened when he returned home...you'll have to read on to find out. I really loved this book, and highly recommend it!

Our Souls at Night – Kent Haruf - lovely novella about two elderly windowers who decide to spend time together - during the night! This starts off as company and moves into something more. As this happens, ripples run through the community and their families. A well written tale, that features elderly people as real people with needs and wishes, I really loved this too.

Grant and I: Inside and Outside the Go-Betweens – Robert Forster - I know the story of the Go-Betweens is fraught with he said/she said and this is definitely the he said version, having said that Forster washes over those incidents and concentrates on his relationship with Grant, and for that, it is a beautifully written (yet real) love letter to his friend and writing partner.

What I’ve Been Watching
Why Him - this was a silly comedy with James Franco as a multi millionaire dating the daughter of Bryan Cranston. Nothing that fab, but an ok laugh.

Hatari - oh dear, I remember this from when I was a kid, as an adult it horrified me. It was sexist and racist and they actually killed animals or wounded them. AND it was sooooo long and tedious.

Kong Skull Island - disappointing, and overblown

Alien Covenant -  this was ok, but really Alien and Aliens are perfection, why have they bothered to continue with the sub-standard films.

Passengers - this got really bad reviews, and whilst it wasn't great, I didn't mind this last two people left on a spaceship (or are they!?!) fantasy.

The Founder - I was quite surprised about this biopic about the man who made McDonalds what it is today, of course in great American tradition, he stole pretty much everything from the McDonald brothers who in fact were the ones that started things rolling. Keaton was great as the scoundral and Offerman solid as one of the brothers.

Mr Robot 2.0 -  I get sucked in by Mr Robot, yet I am unsure I really like it or even get it, lol! It's a hard one to explain, I was struggling with this series until a big twist and I shall say no more.

Girl in the Lake - I don't really know what to make of this one despite being such a fan of Elisabeth Moss and Gwendoline Christie. It was a bit of a mess, too many chance happenings and an odd ending. It was nowhere near as dark as the first series which is a good thing, but it left me short.

Handmaids Tale - I cannot recommend this highly enough, it IS dark, and there are times you feel the wind knocked out of you but as a sublime piece of acting (from all involved but especially Elisabeth Moss) and a great piece of writing, this is must see TV! Set in a dystopian future where children are hard to come by, women are treated as servants purely to have children (if they can), but it is more than that. It shows the breakdown of society, the rise of the patriarchy, and war on a whole other level. Based on Margaret Atwood's classic novel (which I am yet to read) this was just remarkable.

Glitch - I cannot rave enough about S1, but S2 fell way short of S1. Having said that, it was still compelling television. The original premise was, one night a group of people from various eras rose from the dead from their graves. Local cop (the brilliant Patrick Brammell) finds them and takes them under his wing to protect them with the local doctor. One of the people is his late wife. He is now remarried to her best friend, who is very pregnant. It was horror, thriller, mystery, drama, historical, and fantasy all wrapped up in one and it was great. S2 picks up where S1 left off but it just didn't grab as intensely as last time. New characters added, key characters are murdered, something is definitely up, but it feels a bit dragged out. It finished with a third series obviously in play, let's hope it is the final one and they lift their game a bit.

Wrong Girl S2 - this is pure fluff, but I didn't mind it. IN the vein of Offspring, about a single gal producer of a weekend breakfast show and her love life and personal life in disarray. Great ensemble cast and funny.

Transparent S 1-2 - I love this show so much, every character is so flawed and so layered and so unlike anyone you've seen on tele. There is a beautiful melancholy that underlies the entire piece and it will have you in fits laughing one moment and in tears the next. Just beautiful!

The Tunnel - loved this French/ENglish thriller about two half bodies found right in the middle of the French/English tunnel, harking a duel investigation between a very much on the spectrum French female detective and a rough older male English detective. Fast paced, well acted, great story, twists and turns, exactly what you want from a European drama.

Castle – final season - look this would notwork if it was not for the formidable Nathan Fillion and the nerdy references. Basically a procedural cop show set in NY, and I think it went a season or two too long. I think it meant to continue as the ending felt false and rushed. I'll miss Fillion but not the show.

Fringe – final season - it has been some years since I watched the second to last season of this time travelling fantasy show. I really loved Fringe but I struggled to get into the final season, possibly my distance or possibly they took it too far, it rambled and stretched but ultimately got it's happy ending. I really enjoyed the cast, especially the father/son team of John Noble and Joshua Jackson.

The Young Pope - a young, saucy pope, well who would have thunk it. Set in the now, Jude Law is the pope, but he is not as forward thinking as you'd think and refuses to reveal himself to his ever loving public. This is so beautifully filmed, there are lots of lovely long shots and the costumes are divine! It's dramatic but also rather funny, in a dry way.

Screen Time  - new ABC show about film, television, the Net and it's not bad. As many have said, it is not Margaret and David but I don't think it means to be. Interesting panel, I'll keep watching.

The Archibald - fabulous 4 piece documentary following some entrants into last year's Archibald Prize, utterly captivating behind the scenes look into our art world. Narrated by Rachel Griffiths, I loved this so much and wanted more!
American Epic - documentary series about the birth of recording music and how the early blues was recorded. Fascinating and great music.

Punk Singer -awe inspiring doco about Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of Bikini Kill and feminist and why she disappeared from public view. Kick arse music and fabulous woman, totally worth a watch!

One More Time With Feeling, Nick Cave - this doco follows Cave and his family some months after the death of his teenage son. It feels like it should be wrong, yet it works. You see this dark family at their darkest, and yet at their driven and whilst raw, you feel the love. It talks about art adn whether personal tragedies can be milked for art (Nick believes no), and it utterly fascinating. My heart broke many times in it, but it was really worth it.

Paul Simon in Central Park - Great new concert from Simon, showing no signs of slowing down in old age. Loved where he brought out the original Africans who worked on Graceland with him. All the hits are there and then some. Perfection!

What I’ve Been Listening to

Big Little Lies ST  - great eclectic soundtrack

Love and Blood – Shane Nicholson -  solid alt country from the master.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

SEPTEMBER ROUND UP

September - where did you go!?!

September was a blur of so much busy I cannot believe I got through it in one piece.

Work was huge, we opened SEEN@Swansea, an exhibition space adjacent to the library. My role is managing the volunteers who oversee the space. This including recruiting, and training them which was a huge undertaking. And working on events to go with each exhibition, openings, school holiday activities, school visits, and other events. This was initially like taking on a second job on top of my usual work. Then once that settled I had to play catch up. But you know what, I wouldn't have it any other way. 




My health, mental and otherwise withstood the month splendidly too, I am still anemic and still don't have any answers, but I have not been as exhausted as I was so that is good.

The month actually started with Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice at the Civic. It was an excellent production, and I got to christen my lovely silk scarf with Shakespeare's Sonnets on it.


My nephew's soccer team won their grand final, in a nail biting match which was fabulous and exciting. We followed up the next day with family celebrations for Father's Day. And later in the month my niece's special all girls soccer team participated in the Matildas Vs Brazil game. What a great night, I got quite teary seeing all these young girls marching around the stadium, our future!!!! And the game was a great one.




Our choir joined One Song Sing again, this month singing Bic Runga's Sway. probably our best song to date.



French Friday came around again, and we had some yummy delicacies from the French markets before the film, which was a very dramatic one.


My lovely niece turned 10 towards the end of the month and we celebrated at her place of choice, Billabongs all you can eat at East Maitland, lol!

I also spent a day wandering around Newcastle, which was a sheer delight. So many boats going in and out of the harbour that day, and a yummy lunch at Nobbys.










I also had breakfast at Empire Cafe, the Star Wars cafe on Honeysuckle prior to a conference at Newcastle Museum.





The month ended with a great night of cocktails and tapas with my lovely friend D at Serhapdim. We've been friend since Kindy, and truly there is nothing better than these lovely long friendships.




As you can imagine my reviews were minor this month due to being so busy at work, you can read about them here.


And here are some extra pics.











Friday, October 27, 2017

SEPTEMBER REVIEWS

What I Have Been Watching

The Wrong Girl S1 – this is a fun, light series with a good cast. I am not a huge fan of Australian television, but this is not bad. Having said that, I get a bit over the main heroine being an intelligent girl who comes across dipsy.

Hap and Leonard S2 – this is a great, fun series about two best friends causing trouble and helping those that need helping in the South. The arc of this series (infinitely better than S1) is trying to track a bunch of black children who have disappeared over many years. The subject matter and fun actually work, there is great darkness in this series but there is also a healthy dose of humour, which is why i think the series is so good.
Delicious – Fun series about a chef, Leo (Iain Glen), who is having an affair with his first wife (Dawn French) and his second wife (Emilia Fox) finds out. Just as things are getting messy, he has a heart attack and dies leaving his large fortune split between the women. They find out secrets about Leo, and mystery ensues, add in family drama, a lot of humour, and amazing food. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Capture – fabulous series on photography that pairs up a classic photographer and an amateur (usually someone famous) and they discuss photos they have taken, why, circumstances behind etc. Amazing and insightful!

Travel Man – great premise, Richard Ayoade (IT Crowd) and another comedian spend 48 hours zipping through a major city. Richard is phobia ridden and a great straight man. Adam Hills and Istanbul, Noel Fielding and Copenhagen, Rob Delaney and Seville, Jo Brand and Venice were particularly good.

United Kingdom – a British woman marries the King of Botswana. This is based on a real story and could have been great, but I found it clunky and long.

Lone Star –  Been years since I saw this glorious film. I remember loving it but things were hazy. Re-watching it was as glorious as I remember. Dual timelines and dual murders, Lone  Star

Guardians of the Galaxy |Vol 2 – always fun, great cast, great music. What’s not to love?

Alone in Berlin – this sounded great on paper, Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson are a German couple who decide to take on the Nazis after their son is killed in WWII. I found it too dreary and long, maybe I was having a bad day. I wanted to love this, has anyone seen it ? Thoughts?

Paterson – the latest  film by Jim Jarmusch is an utter delight. One of the best new films I have seen in ages. Paterson (The brilliant Adam Driver) is a poet and a bus driver. It shows his lovely relationship with his wife, dog and his very repetitive life and yet he has this lovely lust for life which shows through in his poetry. Utterly mesmerising, this is my must see of the month!

Red Dog True blue – Australian, sequel, animal, saccharine...everything I hate about movies...and yet this was ok, not as good as the first one, but ok.

What I Have Been Reading

Letterman: the last giant of late night by Jasons Zinoman – This was a great read about Letterman, the good, the bad, and the ugly. It was a fascinating journey down memory lane.

Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders – you can see why this won the Booker (though I still stand by my choice of Exit West), so very different and out there. The story of Lincoln’s son who died young and his journey in the afterlife. I listened to this on talking book and I think that helped, I’ve heard the book is a struggle. There are a lot of characters and it does take a while to acclimatise to who is who and what is happening. The talking book had a cast of hundreds reading each part which really helped. David Sedaris and Nick Offerman played the main characters and is worth the price of admission itself. Once I got the rhythm I really enjoyed the story, and I really appreciate it’s authenticity, but this is not for everyone. It can be a little bit too clever for it’s own good. I have always enjoyed Saunders’ short stories, but his style and dry humour need some acclimatising, and even so I struggled initially with this. having said that it was a triumph to get through and understand, it paid off well!.

What I Have Been Listening To


Everything Now – Arcade Fire – a bit more laid back than you’d expect, not bad but not great.

Silver Eye – Goldfrapp – brilliant and upbeat!

Turn Up The Quiet – Diana Krall – perfection as always.

Lust for Life – Lana Del Ray -  lovely and lush, great voice.





Monday, October 2, 2017

AUGUST ROUND UP


Well, things started to get hectic in August. Work became increasingly busy with my various projects heating up AND an exhibition space near to the library coming together very quickly. This has taken up a lot of my time, recruiting volunteers, helping with the set up and looking towards the next few exhibits. It's a really exciting time and whilst it is a lot of extra work I am loving every minute of it.

We also had book week, and the girls did a great job working on a show that about 10 classes saw. The week prior was Science Week and my bestie brought her best Science to Storytime and of course was a hit.



On top of this, I still had anemia and headed in for some exploratory surgery to get to the bottom of it. They found nothing sinister which was great but no real reason why which is annoying. 

My choir participated in the One Song Sing at The Edwards again, this time attempting Sia's Chandelier, and it was glorious.



Earlier in the month I saw The Trip To Spain with the hilarious Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan, it is pretty much the same at the other movies they have done, but I do not mind. I love the travel stuff, the food, and their odd friendship. They truly make me laugh.

Mid month as part of L's birthday celebrations we headed to the Sunset Studios to see Keegan Joyce sing. Keegan will be known to most as Arnold from Please Like Me or Fuzz from Rake. He is a blues/roots singer, and was a utter delight, musically and in person.


My friend V has been getting out and about and performing his original material at open mic gigs, so I headed along to support him at the Lass and it was great.


Bookclub this month read the latest Haruki Murakami, this time short stories and they were great.

I also popped briefly into C's art exhibition which was amazing as usual.



Spent a bit of time with the family, my nephew's soccer team got into the semi's and A had her birthday celebrations.






The month ended with a massage, which I really needed!!!

Here are my reviews of music, books and film.


And some pics:







Monday, September 25, 2017

AUGUST REVIEWS

What I’ve Been Reading
East West by Mohsin Hamid - this is one of the best books I have recently read. A young man and woman meet and try to strike up a relationship in an unnamed city overrun by war. Hamid paints a vivid picture of an ever changing world where things are not always as they seem. When the couple are given a chance to escape we are taken on a extraordinary journey that makes you stop and think. Nominted for the Booker this year, Hamid's refugee story is more than we could ever imagine. 

Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami is the latest from the Japanese master. It is short stories with similar themes of men and how they cope without women in their lives. At first i wasn't so sure as they felt a little misogynistic which is unlike Murakami. Possibly it was the translation.  But once i warmed to the premise I really warmed to it. 

Frank/Them/Out of the Ordinary/What I Do – Jon Ronson  I am a huge fan of Ronson and our bookclub is featuring him next month so I have been reading the titles I have yet to read. Frank is a short essay about his time in a avant garde band with a lead singer who wore a large plastic animated head over his own head. The story was turned into a great indie film with Michael Fassbender. Them is a collection of his encounters with extremists. The other two are collections from his various columns and other articles. Most are earlier work and I found him a little grating at times.  You can see his evolution over time in his work. 

Ghost Empire by Richard Fidler – I listened to Richard read his magnificent book on talking book in the car over a few weeks and what a delight it was. It is the history of the Byzantium Empire, a period in history he is fascinated in and one I knew pretty much nothing about. What a story it was!!! But it was more than that as Fidler interweaves a father/son discovery throughout the book. As he tells the history of this amazing period he is sharing the stories with his son and then takes him on a holiday to discover the places they were reading and learning about. So whilst he has showcased this history in the most easiest ways to learn about and understand, there is his underlying plot of his relationship with his then 14 year old son. It is truly a thing of beauty. I loved this book and never wanted it to end.
  
The Dry by Jane Harper – this is Australian Author, Harper’s debut novel and is a crime novel. Crime is a genre I rarely read, I find them too formulaic. But this has been winning awards everywhere and the talking book came through at work so i gave it a go. A small town is broken apart when a farmer kills his young son and wife and then commits suicide. But did he, because some things just don’t add up. An old friend returns home for the funeral and gets caught up in the investigation, that not only looks at this tragedy but at the death of a childhood friend from their teen years. The story moves in time and is beautifully constructed. Great characterisation and a believable story that has you guessing until the very end.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent - I really struggled with this one. I found it slow and boring and i just didn't care about the characters. It's won loads of awards so I guess it just wasn't for me.

After by Nikki Gemmell - I love Gemmell's first book,  Shiver, but have found her subsequent titles narcissistic and vacuous. This non-fiction title about the death of her mother exposed a lot of herself and quite possibly why her works came across as they did.  After tells of a strained mother/daughter relationship with a particularly narcissistic mother. It's a very open book and I found it a fascinating read.

NIght Circus by Erin Morgenstern was a work bookclub title and was an utter delight. The story commences in the late 1890s with a magical travelling circus. Initially we meet key players in and behind the circus and the story moves back and forth through the decades. As we get to know the characters we realise there is more then meets the eye with the circus and it is part of an elaborate and dangerous game. 

Are you Anybody by Jeffrey Tambor - Jeffrey Tambor has been in two of my all time favourite shows, The Larry Sanders Show and Arrested Development. I also love him in the beautifully melancholy, Transparent. This is a well written memoir about his late start as an actor and all he has learnt. I particularly loved the parts where he describes his lovely relationship with Garry Shandling. It made me smile. 

Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham - Graham is not a great writer, she's a great talker but that doesn't quite translate to the page. She was at her best describing her Gilmore Girls time but even then I wanted more. 

The Secrets of My Life by Caitlin Jenner – Bruce Jenner was always my favourite character when I chanced upon The Kardashians, so this book intrigued me. What she had done is rather impressive and it is interesting to see her own take on her life and it’s impact on those around her. This isn’t the best written book around and at times a little trashy, but it was interesting.

What I’ve Been Watching
Embrace the Serpent is a magnificent black and white film, shot in the Amazon about the last Amazonian Shaman and two scientists over a period of time who have his help to find a special healing plant within the Amazon. Show in two timelines it feels like a documentary but these are indeed actors playing out a real life story based on the diaries of the scientists involved. It was a zen-like film where things loved slowly with some action here and there. It was sad to see how the Shaman’s tribe met their end, but there still felt like hope within the movie. I guess this is not for everyone, but I really loved this.

Truman is a Spanish film about a dying man who is unsure what to do with his beloved dog. An unexpected visit from an old friend, helps him start to put his life in order. Now this sounds rather dreary but in fact it was not, it was quite funny in parts, the actors are superb and the dog gorgeous.A few unexpected plot twists and a movie I thoroughly enjoyed.

Les Biches - is a new wave 60s film by Claude Chabrol. Not much of a story, about a younger and older woman and a man and their affairs. More sensuous than sexy, stylised than substance. It was a bit light.

La Belle Saison - is a French film set in the 1970s. Delphine is a farmers daughter who ends up in Paris studying and falls in love with abeautiful feminist.  When her father has a stroke she returns to look after the farm and her lover follows her.  But this is rural France in the 70s, will their love survive. This was a beautiful film. 

Pawno is a low budget but quite good Australian film, set around a Pawn shop in the suburbs of Melbourne. An ensemble cast including Kerry Armstrong, Maeve Dermody, Malcolm Kennard and many more, all the characters intertwine around the Pawn Shop. It is funny, dark, sad, and romantic. An underdog film that is worth seeking out.

The Family Fang is an odd film about a very eccentric family. Camille and Caleb Fang (played deliciously by Maryann Plunkett and Christopher Walken) are performance artists and at young ages include their very young and very precocious children, Annie and Baxter in the contrived performances. The Family fang become quite infamous, for their performances of course and the fact the children participate. The children, now adults, (played with conviction by Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman) are estranged from their parents. Both are obviously still affected by their crazy upbringing, Annie is an actress with a bad reputation and Baxter wrote a best selling book but is struggling to follow it up. After a bizarre accident, Baxter winds up in hospital and the family is reunited against the children’s better wishes. From here pathos and black comedy ensues, with weird twists and turns. I really enjoyed this very different film.

Edge of Seventeen - was a fun but really good coming of age film. Highly recommend.

Crazy About Tiffanys - wonderful documentary about the legendary New York flagship. It's history, the designers, the jewels, Tiffany blue, and the celebrities.

Joan Baez Concert - was simply wonderful. Celebrating her 75th birthday with fellow musicians like Paul Simon, David Crosby, Emmylou Harris, and Judy Collins. But the highlight for me was the flawless cover of Dylan's Don't Think Twice with The Indigo Girls. If folk or quality music is your thing, this is a must.

Game of Thrones - what can I say without too many spoilers. Best season ever and easily one of the best episodes within it. Everything is coming together, much quicker than I anticipated. Let's just say it's all about the dragons.

Peaky Blinders - got  off to a blinding start with Tommy marrying Grace in a very posh society wedding. And you know things aren't going to remain so posh and perfect, especially with The Russians involved. What happens next turns Tommy more feral than he's ever been.  This was a great series.


Orphan Black - the final season was a bit boring. It seemed to lose it's edge as things unravel for our clones.  I will miss it's kick arse feminism but was disappointed with this season.

Twin Peaks - this has been without precedence THE BEST television I have ever seen.  Did I understand it all? No. Was everything resolved? No. But that didn't matter. The journey was a Lynchian mix of mind-fuck and sheer joy. And Kyle McLachlan was a revelation. Playing multiple versions of Cooper, he was having the time of his life, playing the role/s of his life.  I'm going to blog more about this in time. 

OJ Made in America - this is the Oscar winning 8 hour documentary about OJ Simpson and it's an outstanding masterpiece. It traces his history before and after tree infamous trial. With unprecedented access to people and footage this had me completely and utterly entranced. Horrifying in parts too. This is a must see.

What I've Been Listening To
Cannot recall. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

JULY ROUND UP

July started with a dash into Cooks Hill Books to secure a rare copy of Nirvana's Nevermind with blue vinyl!


The following weekend, C and I had a girlie day at Olive Tree markets, brunch on Darby, Art Gallery exhibit, a little shop, then drive around the beaches whale watching. We saw some, but too far away to photograph.










Work was busy with school holidays, staff on leave, many extra projects, and a special staff planning day.

We celebrated Bastille day with French Cuisine, and a screening of Contempt at the Towers.

Our Annual Kate Bush Wuthering Heights Day came around again, and with a new red dress and very tight red tights, I tried my very best to dance like Kate with many others at King Edward Park.





Game of Thrones returned mid month, so along with Twin Peaks, Mondays have become mind bending days, thank goodness I get every second Monday off!

I did something rotten to my neck at the beginning of the month and have been seemingly living at the Osteo and Remedial Massage. Getting there, but not a quick fix, getting old sucks!


At Bookclub we discussed Stan Grant's amazing, Talking to my Country.

J and I had a lovely meal at The Clarendon before seeing the play, The Age of Consent. This was a wonderful production, two characters doing 10ish minute monologues, about 4 or 5 each. The woman, a stage mother who may or may not be inadvertedly putting her child at harms way. The man, in jail since 12 for murder and about to be released as an adult. Both gave upbeat stories but sinister and murky lay beneath the surface. Compelling and chilling.

I ended the month with a long weekend - between my anemia and neck/knee issues - I needed rest. I started by heading up to Lochinvar for a Kinesiology session, had a drive through the vineyards and finished with a massage. In between I napped, read, daydreamed, caught up with friends for lunch at Awaba House and visited the amazing Diane Arbus exhibit at Lake Macquarie Art Gallery. Hence I started August feeling rather zen!









Here are my usual reviews.

And some pics: