Death of a Salesman

My head tells me I should go to bed straight away, as it's close to midnight and I need to be awake at five o'clock in the morning to be at work at six. Actually, to be honest, although I set the alarm for five o'clock, I usually hit the snooze button a couple of [...]

Chess – The Musical (Again)

Having sat through the first half of "Chess" last night at Sydney's Theatre Royal, I found myself repeating myself. "Chess", the musical writen by Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice in the post-ABBA years, has been staged many times since the debut CD in 1984. The London Production had a good lengthy run, and [...]

Svenskt Mat

For several weeks, my friend Cotton has been promising me a gift in recognition of my forthcoming trip, and that I'm currently learning Swedish. She wouldn't, however, tell me what it was until we met today with a group of friends at The Oaks at Neutral Bay. What a pleasure it was, discovering she had [...]

Norwegian Constitution Day

As I was catching a bus down Elizabeth Street today, I cast my eyes towards Hyde Park and instantly recognised the Norwegian flag. I actually got off the bus one stop early, pressing the buzzer as if I was some kind of mad man. "Let me off", I thought to myself, though I didn't shout [...]

Phantom Of The Casino

"Oh it's so dated. It really hasn't stood the test of time", I heard one person say in that "theatre kinda way" at the after-show drinks last night. As I was having such a good time myself, I didn't want to argue to toss except to say "I actually really quite liked it". And that's [...]

Guest post from Damo about Guillaume

A couple of weeks late, but here's a post from Damo about our dinner at Guillaume at Sydney Opera House. Another post-marathon celebratory degustation dinner, this time at the two-hat-rated Guillaume at Bennelong restaurant in the Sydney Opera House. I'll try keep these notes to the point, as I've been told I can waffle on [...]