Category Archives: Posts I’m proudest of

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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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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Such stuff as dream are made on, (or My ongoing battle with computers)

Some of you may have come across the Jesuit motto: ‘Give me a child until he is seven, and I will give you the man.’ I’d like to offer my own motto in its place: ‘Give me a computer for … Continue reading

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An Instructive Lesson from Charlotte Bronte, or ‘Fina Doesn’t Live Here Anymore’

If rereading Jane Eyre has taught me anything, it’s that the cat is mad and will have to be shut in the attic. The only problem is we don’t have an attic. I went to Richard and explained to him … Continue reading

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In Defence of Musical Theatre

‘Are you sure you don’t want to see Cats?’ I ask R.  It’s being performed in Sydney for a limited season, and I’m keen to get tickets.  He looks me dead in the eye. ‘Surer than I am of my … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of the Cat Empire

‘I think the cat’s plotting something,’ R said. This was so supremely obvious I didn’t even deign to respond. Of course the cat was plotting something- that is what cats do. It is the nature of the universe: men sow, … Continue reading

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To say nothing of the cat…

‘I’ve started up a blog,’ I announce to my friend, M, over the telephone. ‘A blog!’ he thunders. ‘Who told you about blogs?!’ He had the same response when I got a laptop and a microwave. He likes to think … Continue reading

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