Gaiman's Hansel & Gretel

Author Profile: Neil Gaiman, King of fantasy books.

Since Halloween is this Friday, I’ll start by talking about All Hallow’s Read, a five year old tradition started by English author Neil Gaiman. The event’s message is simple: this Halloween, give someone a scary book to read. “We’re not saying don’t give candy,” says Gaiman, “Candy is important. Fake blood is important.” And while […]

Continue reading

Kids on the Screen

There’s a TV show premiering this Sunday night that I’m not looking forward to. In fact, I will do everything in my power to avoid it. It’s The Voice Kids. Yes, I get that some of these pipsqueaks are probably somewhat talented, but I’m still not interested. Who among us are? I can’t imagine. Hopefully […]

Continue reading

Parents who don’t work full-time are disadvantaging their children? Whaaat?

As a parent, there is nothing like peer pressure to make you change your ways.  And if you believe what journalist and mum Natasha Robinson tells you in her recent article for The Australian, that ‘home is so old school,’ then you will enrol your child in after-school-care for the upcoming term tout de suite! […]

Continue reading

Review of ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’ for Canberra International Film Festival

Click on the link below for my review of ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown,’ a Belgian film directed by Felix Van Groeningen, which is being shown on Thursday 31st Oct and Saturday 9th Nov as part of the Canberra International Film Festival. The film will have you asking: “If you could see the heartache that lay […]

Continue reading

MAKE GOOD ART (with your clothes on)

So what did you think of Sinead O’Connor’s letter to Miley Cyrus? Following Cyrus’ claim that her now famous nude-on-a-wrecking-ball video clip was inspired by O’Connor’s hit 80s song ‘Nothing Compares,’ O’Connor hit out at Cyrus, basically imploring her to stop prostituting herself. ‘Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself […]

Continue reading

On Tony Abbott, Chewbacca and other cack-handed dudes…

OK, so I know some of you think that Tony Abbott is the Devil in Speedos.  Well, it turns out you may have good reason for this.  Guess what?  He’s left-handed!  That explains it all, right? At various times in history, left-handedness has indeed been seen as a mark of the devil.  Among the Eskimos, […]

Continue reading

We are how we dress

My husband refuses to wear ties to work.  Funerals, occasionally, but never work.  And fair enough.  Why should he conform to the homogeneity of the corporate world?  Sure, he runs his own business and has no one to answer to, but still; he’s taking a stand and I applaud him.  Men without ties look great, […]

Continue reading

Through the rose-coloured looking glass

Anne Summers, in her new online magazine Anne Summers Reports, is very proud to have conducted Julia Gillard’s last major interview and clearly still very angry over how appallingly our recently ousted Prime Minister was treated by ‘so many in this country’. But before I come to the content of the interview, I will say […]

Continue reading