28 July 2012

opening ceremony

Look at what Luke ordered just in time for the Olympics!  I stayed up through the night waiting for the opening ceremony to start in the wee hours of the morning here in Sydney. Loved it. Sigh. 

Love you London.

20 July 2012

The Chain

This performance is amazing, hats off to you Mister Buckingham!

19 July 2012

The Hollow Crown

So....Sam Mendes and the folks at BBC have so kindly tackled some of the Histories, and cast amazing actors as the players, and made me so happy I could squeal. 
But instead of squeal, I'm just gonna get my major Bard geek on, and get all up in the backstabbing and politics of the kings. Also, I will try not to think about how much Ben Whishaw's Richard II looks like a grown up Byzantine Jesus. 

And Hal. Dear sweet foolish Hal who grows up to be a bit of an alright as Henry V.


18 July 2012


This is my current favourite photo....for two great reasons:

13 July 2012

a Dorothy Parker poem on steriods

That's how Kim Addonizio introduces her poem "The Matter", as always it's a privilege to hear the poet talk about and read their poem. Hope you like it also:

The Matter - Kim Addonizio

Some men break your heart in two…
—Dorothy Parker, “Experience

Some men carry you to bed with your boots on.
Some men say your name like a verbal tic.
Some men slap on an emotional surcharge for every erotic encounter.
Some men are slightly mentally ill, and thinking of joining a gym.
Some men have moved on and can’t be seduced, even in the dream bars you meet them in.
Some men who were younger are now the age you were then.
Some men aren’t content with mere breakage, they’ve got to burn you to the ground.
Some men you’ve reduced to ashes are finally dusting themselves off.
Some men are made of fiberglass.
Some men have deep holes drilled in by a war, you can’t fill them.
Some men are delicate and torn.
Some men will steal your bracelet if you let them spend the night.
Some men will want to fuck your poems, and instead they will find you.
Some men will say, “I’d like to see how you look when you come,” and then hail a cab.
Some men are a list of ingredients with no recipe.
Some men never see you.
Some men will blindfold you during sex, then secretly put on high heels.
Some men will try on your black fishnet stockings in a hotel in Rome, or Saran Wrap you
to a bedpost in New Orleans.
Some of these men will be worth trying to keep.
Some men will write smugly condescending reviews of your work, making you remember
these lines by Frank O’Hara:
I cannot possibly think of you/other than you are: the assassin/ of my orchards.
Some men, let’s face it, really are too small.
Some men are too large, but it’s not usually a deal breaker.
Some men don’t have one at all.
Some men will slap you in a way you’ll like.
Some men will want to crawl inside you to die.
Some men never clean up the matter.
Some men hand you their hearts like leaflets,
and some men’s hearts seem to circle forever: you catch sight of them on clear nights,
bright dots among the stars, and wait for their orbits to decay, for them to fall to earth.

12 July 2012

rolling for fifty

Today is the 50 year anniversary of the Rolling Stones first gig.  Well well!!

Source: google.nl via Joƫlle on Pinterest

no one like Nora

"To state the obvious, romantic comedies have to be funny and they have to be romantic. But one of the most important things, for me anyway, is that they be about two strong people finding their way to love."
                                                                -Nora Ephron         

The world is missing Nora so terribly, it was her memorial service a couple of days ago...here are some great celebrations:

Tom Hanks on his friend Nora
Living in You've Got Mail
Seeing Nora Everywhere by Lena Dunham
Nora's own love story with her New York apartment

You've Got Mail is the film I've the biggest soft-spot for. It's Meg Ryan's perfect little Brownstone apartment, her pyjamas, her love of daisies, the adorable children's bookstore; and don't you just lose it when Tom Hanks writes to her “don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” 

Every time. Thank you Nora.

10 July 2012

pin it

My blog may be looking quite forlorn and neglected of late...but there is always my pinterest. 

Although the librarian in me bemoans the fact that photos and sources are often incorrectly labelled and categorised, it still is great for that quick hit of inspiration and wonder that only images can produce.

Some of my recent favourites: 

9 July 2012

get a job

This is my anthem right now:

8 July 2012

Romantic? Hemingway?

"Romantic? Hemingway? He was an abusive, alcoholic misogynist who squandered half of
  his life hanging around Picasso 
                        trying to nail his leftovers."
                                                                                           -Kat Stratford

I have to hand it to her...she's kinda right. And he killed a lot of animals.  But I still enjoy his perfunctory prose, and his beard. How great is this film thirteen years later?  Kat was my hero   ( and I guess still is in some way) when I was in my last year of high school.

6 July 2012

wild thing

I haven't been to the zoo in almost a decade but recently we revisited Sydney's Taronga and it did not disappoint.  We now have dreams of going over to Dubbo to visit the more safari-like atmosphere of the Western Plains Zoo.  I mainly have dreams of riding my bicycle around the place whilst wearing a pith helmet, and staying overnight at the zoo to wake up hearing the animals in the early morning.

Here are three of the big cats we met (my photos came up a crystal-clear dream thanks to my baby the Fuji x100) :

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