2006 – Year In Review

Twelve months ago I was still in the midst of coping with turning forty. At about this time last year I wrote… “Turning forty wasn’t so bad after all, although I did have a brief midlife crisis in the weeks leading up to the actual event. I began comparing myself with others, wondering about the …

The Queen

There was a lot of anticipation as Colin and I entered the Dendy Opera Quays Cinema to see “The Queen”. Being a mostly middle-aged to older audience, we all happily stood in line, waiting for the previous screening to exit before we could enter. As the rope was dropped, we all walked quickly and politely …

Christmas & Multiculturalism

I really love the Strawberry Hills Santa. That’s my name for the blow-up item currently atop the Strawberry Hills Hotel. And what I like most about it is the way it makes the blow-up Santa currently outside the “cheapie shop” near Taylor Square look positively traditionally festive. It’s like a giant snow-dome meets a giant …

The Right Balance

I caught the train to Gymea today to meet up with some friends for beer and pool at the local pub. It’s a nice enough pub, recently rebuilt after a fire. I’ve never been there before, but apparently it used to be fairly dodgy, though friendly. The place is still friendly now, with food the …

ABBA Museum

My friend Graeme Read was interviewed on 702 ABC Sydney tonight talking about various ABBA things, with the hook for the story being the recently announced opening of an ABBA Museum in Stockholm.

(Wanna Be) Thin & Gorgeous

I’ve always been a little bit overweight. The noteable exception was in my late teens and early twenties when I was living in places like Lismore, Brisbane, Bourke and Renmark. As you can see in this photograph – the ex has been cropped out – taken on Brunswick Heads beach in 1990, I was reasonably …