Winter Nights

As we sat and waited for the performance to begin, I had little idea of what to expect. My friend invited me, on the recommendation the work had been curated by a colleague at the ABC, Daniel Browning. Daniel presents "Awaye", a weekly program about Indigenous arts and culture. And one of the most awesome ...

Cutting The Cheese

Blessed Are The Cheesemakers

It was a beautiful day in Sydney, and so absolutely awesome to hang out with two of my oldest friends (forty years), Sue and Paul, as Paul and (newer friend, fifteen years) Kerry sold their cheese at the Kurrajong Kitchen Cheese Lovers Festival 2018 at Centennial Park. Paul and Kerry run Nimbin Valley Dairy http://www.nimbinvalley.com.au/. ...

Wedding Rings

Wedding Rings

"I'm not sure how I feel about gay weddings", a friend told me yesterday. He and his male partner have been together for forty years. My friend is now retired, and his partner is not far off it, and they come from a generation where expectations about marriage for same sex couples were not on ...

Cahill Expressway View of Sydney's Vivid Festival

The higher view of Vivid in Sydney

Most years when my friend Sue and I visit Vivid, it's either cold, or wet, or overly crowded (or usually all three at the same time). But tonight was different: the weather was fine (in fact, warm enough to take our jackets off), and things weren't overly crowded. Oh, and we did the "VIP Tour". ...

Born Into Existence

I went to an exhibition opening tonight at Sydney's Boomalli Gallery, featuring female artists called "Born Into Existence". Marlene Cummins (who paid a beautiful Sorry Business tribute to her mother who died this morning); the always amazing Bronwyn Bancroft, Euphemia Bostock (who performed an amazing acknowledgement of country), and Dame Marie Bashir (who spoke beautifully ...

Oxford Drag
Gorgeous tall trees in a state forest are the Gympie Muster setting

Genealogy Rant

I have been active genealogist for most of my life. Early in the piece I would use all manner of software, including Family Tree Maker etc. But as my interests moved on from compiling extensive lists and gedcom files, to being more about the story, I haven't bothered so much with that kind of approach ...

Family Reunion

It's so funny meeting people who know people you know, but who not so many people know anymore. Below, you'll see the black and white photograph of my mum and my granny I showed to an older, family member I met at yesterday's Rixon-Goodwin Family Reunion at Windsor in Sydney's West. Both mum and granny ...

Catching Up

"How old do you think Tony Sheldon is...?", we asked each other during half-time yesterday in the latest production of "Priscilla, Queen Of The Dessert", currently playing at Sydney's Capitol Theatre, which I attended with my friend Sue, and her mum, visiting down from the country. It turns out he's 62, and in remarkably good ...

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