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03 December 2012 @ 10:08 pm
Touched that two of the lovely Australian femmo women I met when I went to the big UK conference have both contacted me to catch up while they're in Syd for AWGSA and CSAA.

One said "it wasn't as fun without you", the other said I was sorely missed at the conf. Awww. Big loves. I've only met them both a couple of times, really.

Caught up with Erica last week. Brief but lovely. Trying to catch up with Juliet this week, by going on campus for the CSAA conf. There are heaps of talks I'd love to be able to go to. eg. One of the plenary talks is given by a woman who writes about postfeminism. Ros Gill. And there's Bev Skeggs.

But I kinda have different priorities now. My school pal, Peggy, is coming over on Wed morning because she's expecting a baby soon and I have some books she might like.

Anyway, I'm going to try and get to Usyd for afternoon tea. Not sure if I really wanna gatecrash the conference as such, (particularly as conf is being organised by certain academics who have treated me like shit in the past) but at least I have an excuse to be heading in there now... catching up with Juliet. :D

Now I just have to get over my fear of public transport with pram. Actually, maybe I'll take Ev in the carrier. I was carrying her around the house in it today facing outwards and she quite liked it. So much easier having both arms free to do stuff. :)
19 November 2012 @ 06:10 pm

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26 November 2011 @ 05:13 pm
Parrot and Olivier in AmericaParrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was underwhelmed by this book. I made it to the end, but I must admit there were times when I felt like giving it away. I think my main reason was because one of the lead characters had almost zero redeeming features. Olivier has got to be one of the most obnoxious, spoilt, arrogant character ever created. I much preferred the Parrot chapters, but was not completely absorbed into either of their worlds. The female characters were disappointingly lacking, too. On a positive note, the period in which it is set is fascinating, and I was provided with some insights into post-revolutionary France and the early history of America. There were times when I got swept up in the story, but there were plenty of times were I was cursing Carey's overly wordy descriptions and complicated similes and metaphors. Maybe just not my style. Much preferred Tsiolas' "The Slap", which I read just after this one.

The SlapThe Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed The Slap. I had heard negative things about it so I was pleasantly surprised. I whipped through it, engrossed from start to finish. Many of the characters are unlikeable, but Tsiolkas paints them with such detail and humanity, that they felt very believable and I could empathise with just about all of them, despite their faults. The story revolves around a set of interconnected family and friends in suburban Melbourne. I enjoyed how each chapter was told from a different characters' point of view, and the way the tensions, loves and squabbles between the characters were played out. Now looking forward to checking out the recent ABC adaptation of it.

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04 August 2011 @ 08:52 am
Saw Gomez last night. Kel bought me a ticket for my birthday. :) I think I've seen them about seven times now.

They weren't as energetic as previous performances, but they still sounded great. I think the crowd was a bit lack-lustre too. I suppose Wednesday night will do that to you.

They always do a good show. They played a good mix of old and new, even stuff from their very first couple of albums.

I was particularly impressed by Ben Ottewell last night. He's the one with the gravelly soulful, typically 'gomez' voice. Alongside his usual lovely voice, he pulled out some awesome guitar solos. Nice.

Some the songs from last night below:

Official version that I can't embed: How We Operate

Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: gomez
25 July 2011 @ 02:53 pm

What Do I Do (Lanie Lane) from Lanie Lane on Vimeo.

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29 May 2011 @ 11:53 pm
That was pure perfection. Thanks Dandy Warhols, for making the last night of my twenties truly memorable. What a fantastic show. Wow!

Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
16 January 2011 @ 12:48 pm
Fri night: impromptu BBQ and a game of 'Articulate' with Suzy+Ben.

Yesterday: Morning walk, reading the weekend Sydney Morning Herald, lunch in Newtown, failed boot shopping attempt. More papers.

Last night: Saturday night in watching Pen and Sasha favourites: Office Space and The Big Lebowski.

Today: avoiding most of the house chores and going to get a coffee instead. :)
Current Mood: hothumid
22 November 2010 @ 05:41 pm
Mario graf
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06 September 2010 @ 08:21 pm

cheeky Django
Originally uploaded by redserenade.

I came into the study earlier to discover this cheeky little critter, stretched out across the keys of my laptop!

As I got my phone ready to take a photo he curled around and did his "aren't I cute?" pose. Naughty cat!

01 September 2010 @ 06:25 pm
Day 16. A song that you used to hate but now love - Coin Laundry, Lisa Mitchell

Coin Laundry by Lisa Mitchell

At first I didn't like this song because the video clip really annoyed me. But then it grew on me and now I think it is sweet and catchy, if a little overplayed. She has some other great songs too. :)

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