BBQ Pork from Emperor Garden on Thomas Street, Haymarket, Sydney

It Got Better

At about eleven o'clock yesterday morning, my friend Colin and I were chatting on the phone. With plans to head out somewhere for lunch, we both complained about the continued wet weather in Sydney. Four or five days of non-stop and reasonably heavy rain, and we were both pretty sick of it. But by the ...

Sydney's Pitt Street Mall on a wet night

Stir Crazy in Sydney

It's been a really busy week. Well, a really busy several weeks, which explains my lack of posting lately. I'm finding that I'm coming home most nights mentally and physically exhausted and collapsing on the couch. I've also been working on the weekends, and so my Saturday has been pretty much collapse on the couch ...

ABBA fan celebration at Railz in Sydney

What makes a “real” ABBA fan?

I've been meaning to say for a few days I had a fun time at the ABBA Celebration in Sydney on the weekend. It was lovely to see some people I haven't seen for a while and to meet some new faces. Mind you, someone who I had previously thought was quite interesting, actually turned ...

Shen Shaomin opening at Sydney's 4A Gallery

Shen Saomin exhibition at Sydney’s 4A Gallery

"Oh my goodness, there's a naked man in the corner", I noted to my friend Kate as we entered the new Shen Saomin exhibition at Sydney's 4A Gallery. I'm not sure if he'll be there all the time, or was just there for the opening night. But, there he was, a naked man, seated in ...

The antique shop is closing...

Another Shop Closing

Seriously, what's going on in Surry Hills? Or at least my end of Crown Street... another shop closing. I'm sure it will be replaced by a cafe or a restaurant in due course, but in the meantime, there's more "for lease" signs in my part of Surry Hills than I've seen in the sixteen years ...

Cupcakes by Rhianna

Birthday Cup-Cakes

Some gorgeous birthday cup-cakes thanks to the equally gorgeous Rhianna at work today.

Jacaranda

Aftermath

After last night's stormy weather, the nearby Jacaranda was feeling the worse for wear...

Michael K. Chin

One of the really terrific parts of my job is that I get to meet some really interesting people who I would otherwise not meet in my normal day to day life. Such is the case of Michael K. Chin. He’s a composer and DJ from Sydney who appeared at Parramasala on the weekend. He ...

Korv and Senap at IKEA

Swedishness and IKEA

As you arrive at the new IKEA at Tempe in Sydney, one of the first things you notice are the flags out the front. There's a NSW flag, an Australian flag, and a Swedish flag all flying high. When it comes to "Swedishness", however, that's pretty much where it ends. One of the things I ...