Archive | July, 2011

Looking forward to…

31 Jul

Those of you who are in Brisbane, are you excited about the upcoming Writers Festival? I purchased the Weekend Australian today and have been poring over the schedule this afternoon. I’m excited and have been highlighting the ones that interest me. Now I need to go back and make the shortlist as I have a couple of conflicting favourites.

Link to the website is here.



Weird Wednesday

27 Jul

Gotye – Somebody that I used to know

16 Jul

Absolutely love this video and song at the moment:

Upcoming gig

13 Jul

I’ve been a big fan of the music of Glenn Richards of Augie March for some time. I remember first buying Sunset Studies and following them all the way through to their final album before their “extended break” a couple of years ago. Since then Glenn has formed another group and released Glimjack. He’s been promising a national tour ever since. But there has been a bit of a hiatus with his return to Brisbane.

Until now! Both Glenn and Dan Luscombe are touring in August/September. I can’t wait!! Details here. Brisbane date is: 10th September.

A Blog After My Own Heart

11 Jul

Do you love books? Do you love reading? Do you love gorgeous/fabulous famous people? This blog is marvelous and for you!

Awesome People Reading

– James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor –



Things I’ve been loving

9 Jul

I concur!


“I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.” – Andy Warhol



Isn’t this a great photo. Sorry if you are a bit queasy! One of the managers at work was recently in NZ at the university there helping out setting up and repairing some equipment when he came across these test arms for teaching.



Please tell me you remember these??? I haven’t seen them on the East side of Australia, but as a kid I used to love them – chocolate biscuits with a creamy ice-cream centre.


The Cotton Top Tamarin. I want one!



I really should own this shirt. Number 1: it goes perfectly with my blog name . Number 2: it’s John Cusack in High Fidelity. Thanks J for alerting me to this!



They really are. In summer – a perfect gin and tonic isn’t complete without it. In winter I make a really nice marinade with garlic for my steaks. Lemon – you rock!



Photobombing know-how with Nathan Fillion. If you don’t know who Nathan Fillion is you need to check out the brilliant TV series Firefly. It is awesome!


This wine label from Mother’s Ruin which reads:

In the 1730s the effects of gin-drinking on English society were immense. Notices such as ‘Drink for 1 penny. Dead drunk for tuppence, straw for nothing!’ could be seen all over London. Gin was sold by barbers, pedlars and grocers. Much of the gin was drunk by women, consequently the children were neglected; hence gin became known as Mother’s Ruin.
The then government became alarmed on discovering that the average Londoner drank 14 gallons of gin each year. This horrible situation was portrayed by the artist Hogarth in his print ‘Gin Lane’, which inspired our label, and prompted the government to act against this excess.
Now we don’t encourage you to drink 14 gallons of our Mother’s Ruin, but we hope you enjoy this well balanced expression of McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon in moderation with scrumptious food.



Have you discovered this website? It’s fantastically witty!



So bright and cheery!



I watched this brilliant 80s movie recently. The soundtrack is awesome!



Muppets as Firefly cast!!! 🙂 Yes I love that series.


This sign.



Two Faced Lash Injection mascara – my favourite yet!


What have you been loving?

New Woody Allen film

8 Jul

Just stumbled over this trailer for the latest Woody Allen movie – Midnight in Paris. Sometimes I really wonder if I really do read my Empire magazine as faithfully as I should for all I don’t know about the world of movies! This one totally slipped under my radar. It looks beautiful and I’m hopeful:

Read more about it here.

“People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” – Dagobert D. Runes

7 Jul

I thought it might be appropriate to speak about my returning traveler friends and family. My brother and friends got back to Australia last week to much excitement. They left about five weeks ago looking like this:

Aren’t they sweet?

They’re excitement is awesome and was highly contagious. They were just about to embark on a tour of Eastern Europe including Sarajevo, Croatia, Russia, and Estonia etc… Yeah they had a right to look smug.

As for their return appearances, lets just say they looked like they needed to catch up on a few Zzzzzz. They all piled back into our unit for catch-up stories, pressies (!), and food. My choc-chip pancakes were a hit! Especially with lashings of maple syrup and icecream!!

Sunday we had breakfast out. There was eight friends breakfasting, but four in two different cafes right next door to each other – Atomica and Espressohead in West End. I was amongst the group at Atomica. We have been flirting between the two cafes lately. Atomica was the ‘usual’ for a good while, til Espressohead was reopened recently.

Things I like and prefer about Atomica vs Espressohead. I have “favourites” from the menu as I’ve been going there longer than Espressohead: the hollandaise sauce is thick and delicious and such generous servings. The lamb sausages are super tasty. The mushrooms are cooked in buttery garlic goodness. There has been nothing funnier said about the food there then one of the waitstaff a few years ago when asked what the “bubble and squeak” consisted of. She replied it ‘looks like a turd, but tastes good.’

Espressohead vs Atomica: I think the coffee here is marginally better than Atomica. I have sampled the small breakfast too and it was very good. Generous servings. And very attentive wait staff.

This week I had the Bircher Muesli with fruit at Atomica. Amazing! I could hardly finish it.

Later a few of us went onto Cup in Russell Street. It was recently named as having one of the top 10 best coffees in Brisbane. Mmmm.. very good flat white. Although two of my friends had long blacks and said the brew didn’t suit the lack of milk. My friend S had a chai. She was impressed.

Have you had some good coffees lately?  How are you keeping warm? Or is it warm where you are?