Monthly Archives: August 2010

Friday night dinner with friends: leek and lemon risotto accompanied by general carnage

It’s an embarrassing thing when you invite friends over for dinner and the cat spends the entire evening mauling everything in sight. This was the first time Darrell, Sandra and family had met Seraphina Nightingale and they were initially very impressed. … Continue reading

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Justin Cronin’s ‘The Passage’: a book to bring a nation to its knees (in every sense of the word)

Every intelligent person should have a copy of Justin Cronin’s The Passage by their bed. If an intruder comes into your room in the dead of night and you want to hurl a book at them to defend yourself, this … Continue reading

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Defending the Black Dog*

I really feel sorry for black dogs. They get such a hard time of it. People are always going on about how difficult it is to be a Muslim or a working mother or a shareholder in a lucrative WA … Continue reading

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No cats for old men…

Why pets are good for depression… Continue reading

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A long, long, long day’s journey into night indeed

A few days ago I saw Long Day’s Journey into Night at the Sydney Theatre Company, directed by Andrew Upton, AKA Mr Cate Blanchett, and starring William Hurt and Robyn Nevin.  The title did not lie: it was a long, long, long … Continue reading

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