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New Year’s Traditions

December 30, 2012

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I don’t do new year’s resolutions. I do new year’s SWOT analyses. It’s a tradition that began many years ago in my old house in Toowong, Brisbane. Five of us planned to have a quiet New Year’s Eve dinner while everyone else went out partying. As it turned out, the five of us ended up […]

Sex and Normality

December 17, 2012

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When the great Alfred C Kinsey was conducting his world-changing sex studies of Americans in 1940s and 1950s, he interviewed thousands of people. The most common question they asked was: “Am I normal?” And this is from Cosmopolitan magazine‘s website the other day. I’m not sure what I think of this impulse we have to […]

This Is Not A Film Review: Life of Pi

December 12, 2012

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Last week I saw Ang Lee‘s film adaptation of Yann Martel‘s novel The Life of Pi courtesy of Fox Studios Australia. It was a pretty intense experience. The pacing was amazing, it was looked and sounded gorgeous, the animated animals were stunningly executed, the actors were all good. In particular, Irrfan Khan as grown-up Pi was wonderful: restrained, […]

The Grandmother Chronicles are moving

December 10, 2012

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For those of you who follow this blog to keep up with my book project based on my grandmother’s stories, I’ve started a website for the project now that it’s really underway and I’ll be blogging there about it from now on. Here’s the beginning of today’s post: A Belated Revolution It took a long […]

Next Big Thing

December 5, 2012

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There’s this blogger chain project thing going around the internet at the moment called Next Big Thing. Last week I was tagged by Patrick O’Duffy and now it’s my turn. What you do is, answer 10 standard questions about your next major writing project (usually a book), post it the Wednesday after you were tagged, […]

Things I could tell you

December 4, 2012

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I could tell you how we dated for a few weeks and how he treated me a bit shabbily towards the end. I could explain that we have lots of mutual friends so we ended up at the same party one night. I could tell you that he attacked me after almost everyone else had […]