Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Year End Hodge Podge meme

I will do the longer, more traditional version of this after this meme.

Questions are supplied by Bev at Sunday Stealing.

1. Where have you found unexpected magic or delight this holiday season? 

I have a cat staying with me. He's wonderful. I also had a lovely time with somebody else's family in Tasmania over Xmas.

2. What's your favorite type of holiday gathering? Will you/have you gathered in your favorite way this month?

None and nothing. Christmas is over rated.

3. Time has named 'The Silence Breakers' (women who came forward with stories of harassment)  'person of the year' for 2017. Would you agree? If not, who do you think deserves the title?

Yes and yes.

4. How did you spend your time this year? Are you happy about that? Elaborate

I did a bit of writing and finished my Masters. I'm very happy about that. Onwards I say.

5. Bid farewell to 2017 in ten words or less.

Thank goodness you're over. he're to a wonderful 2018.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I think I have a lot in common with Lorelei Gilmore.

Okay and now for the real questions.

1. What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before?

Finished my master's degree. I went to MONA.

2. Best thing that happened to you was...

Finishing my master's degree and making the great friends I made this year.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My downstair's neighbours brought in a daughter in September. She's awesome.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Nobody close to me died, but I've had a lot of death around me. An acquaintance committed suicide, which did hurt a lot. I have a lot of friends who have lost love ones. It's been an honour to be able to stand next to them and be by their side through the process.

5. What countries did you visit?

I haven't used my passport this year. I feel bad about this, but I have a few trips abroad planned in 2018. I did make Tasmania twice - I wonder if this counts.

6. What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?

More laughter and more travel and more sex. I also want to make more time to write.

7. What dates from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

November 15. I submitted my last Master's assignment.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I've ended up with one distinction and three high distinctions in my studies. I work hard, but it's nice to see the work pays off.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Losing weight. That didn't happen this year. That changes this year. It has to.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Other than a bout of flu and having a smalll gynaecological matter sorted, I've been really lucky.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Two pairs of Birkenstocks. They are so comfortable. That and my Sheridan sheets.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

The women who have spoken out about sexual abuse. All I can say is #metoo. Samuel Johnson will always be an enigma too.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

Where do I start. Aging man-baby, Donald Trump is simply appalling. Most of the Australian Federal Cabinet could go jump of a cliff and there would be no loss.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Rent, tuition, travel and theatre.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

The Pop Up Globe in Melbourne. Shakespeare on tap. It's been AWESOME!

16. What song will always remind you of 2016?

I love Tash Sultana's Jungle. Love it.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer?

a) Happier
b) about the same
c) About the same - though I'm richer in wisdom.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Laugh, travel, drink gin, exercised (though for a few months it was hard to do much because of that bloody bruise) and saved money.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Eat ice cream and procrastinate about exercise.

20. How will you spend New Year's Eve?

I'm about to go see a film, then I'm off to Alice's place to watch the fireworks from her balcony.

21. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

With your feet in the air and your head on the ground
Try this trick and spin it, yeah
Your head will collapse
But there's nothing in it
And you'll ask yourself
Where is my mind..  (The Pixies - Where is my Mind?)

22. What was your favorite new TV program?

I was put onto Gogglebox earlier this year. Love the Australian version.

23. What was the rudest thing someone did to you in 2016?

The Federal Government put me through that awful plebishite. That was awful. Not one of Autralia's finer moments, though we do have same sex marriage now, thank goodness. ABOUT FUCKING TIME. I hold the government responsible for this.

24. What was the best book you read?

Hanya Yahanigara's "A Little Life". Running not far behind, Heather Rose's "The Museum of Modern Love" and George Saunder's "Lincoln in the Bardo."

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Tash Sultana. See above.

26. What did you want and get?

A job that I love after my long running contract at the bank ended. I am very fortunate. That and the friendship of some wonderful people.

27. What did you want and not get?

An extra hour in the day to write.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

I saw it yesterday. Amazing. Call Me By Your Name. It's incredible. Runners up - Their Finest, Lion and Logan Lucky for my guilty pleasure. It was also great to see Branagh's Hamlet on 70 mm at the local indy theatre.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Dinner with friends at a local French restaurant. It was lovely.

30. What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Regular trips to Sydney to see a friend. Nuff said there. Doing well at my studies.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017?

Plain, boring, black.

32. What kept you sane?

Friends, movies, books, writing, exercise - and the odd gin and tonic.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Still have a thing for Richard Roxburgh and Craig McLachlan. That doesn't change.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

I was pretty vocal for the Yes campaign for the same sex marriage plebishite.

35. Who did you miss?

I still miss  Reindert, but we talk often. I still mourne Philip Seymour Hoffman and Alan Rickman too.

36. Who was the best new person you met?

No one person, but I now work with a great mob of people.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The No Meme Meme

Weell, it looks like Bev at Sunday Stealing is having a well earned break, but as it is Sunday, he meme must be written - and as I'll have no access to a computer for a few days. best get it in before I hope on a plane to places overseas (read Tasmania - not that exotic.

So here is my no meme meme for the week. Written quickly as the car is packed and I have to get to the airport. I'm concentrating on good things and gratitude.

What is the best thing to have happened to you this week?

I got published. Pitched Thursday lunchtime, written Thursday evening, submitted Friday, published Sunday afternoon.  A short article on managing grief at Xmas. Mamamia is a well known Australian online magazine. I wonder if they will pay me for it?  Here's the link to the story.

What have you learned this Xmas?

I get burnout easily. I found myself burned out by Wednesday of this week. the night on the couch with the cat, instead of the noisy dinner did me well? That and I work with a heap of huggers. This I don't mind. They are lovely people my workmates.

Task of the week?

The flat has been hoovered every second day. I have Maow Maow with me. he is the best, but he likes to spread kitty litter everywhere. He's a great boy.

What are you looking forward to?

Two weeks off work. And going to the gym a lot and seeing lots of movies. That's a good start. Christmas on the banks of the Tamar River in Tassie will be most lovely too.

What are you reading?

George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo. It's incredible.

Seen any good movies?

Yes. Jay and I went to see The Florida Project on Friday. It's different - and amazing. Willem Dafoe is superb, as are the group of six-year-olds out act the adults. A telling tale. It's this year's Moonlight.

Any Christmas regrets?

No. I do feel the loss of my niece more keenly at this time of year. It's also the time if year I reflect on being single more than any other time. But then I look at what I have - my health, my friends, and I realise life is pretty good. 

Anything else?

I have to get myself to the airport.

Right, have a lovely Season.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

The It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Xmas Meme

Well, I have to say that since the death of my niece two years ago, Christmas  has really lost what lustre it had - not that it had much to begin with. We're going to be celebrating a form of Christmas in early February, where we can put the hard memories away.

Questions, as per usual, are provided from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

1. What’s your favorite thing about the holidays?

Time off work. (but this is is cancelled out by no office air conditioning.

2. Do you send out Christmas cards and if so how many do you send?


3. Be honest: holiday newsletters. Love ‘em or hate ‘em?

Depends on who is sending them.

4. Be honest: photo cards. Love ‘em or hate ‘em?

Not an Australian tradition.

5. How soon do you start shopping?

Early November. Get little bits and pieces to take away some of the stress.

6. Real or fake tree?

No tree - but real ones smell good.

7. When do you put up your tree?

I don't

8. When do you take down your tree?

No tree to take down.

9. Describe your typical tree (size, decorations, type)

No tree, nothing to describe.

10. What do you top your tree with?

No tree to decorate - but a good star is hard to beat.

11. Do you put Christmas lights outside your house?

I have a strand in front of the telly.

12. Is there a wreath hanging on your door?


13. Do you hang up stockings?

Hell no. Besides, nowhere to hang them.

14. Your favorite Christmas Movie(s)

Die Hard. (technically it is a Christmas movie)

15. Be honest: A Christmas movie you don't like

That one with Reece Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn was pretty ordinary.

16. Favorite Christmas Song(s)

Fairytale of New York.

17. Be honest: If I hear this/these Christmas songs again I will throw up

Jingle Bells. Over it.

18. Give or Receive?


19. Eggnog or Mulled Cider?

It's Australia - too hot for those, but cold egg nog is lovely.

20. Ham or Turkey?

When we do Xmas in my family, we do seafood - suits the weather better.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Bah Humbug Meme

Oh this is my kind of meme.

I'm not overly enamoured with this time of the year anyway, adding to this a tradie who has let me down and an anniversary that I would rather not be remembering and we have a perfect storm of Christmas hatred - so this Bah Humbug meme is quite perfect for the moment.

There are lots of good things happening at the moment, but I can get a bit of bah humbug out in one place. This is a good thing.

Questions courtesy of Bev at Sunday Stealing.

TV show I loathe:

I have to say Q&A, an Australian current affairs program where politicians yell at each other. It's gone downhill in the last few years. There is not enough chicken wire around to protect my television from the projectiles which would come from my direction.

Movie I loathe:

Other than pretty much anything with Will Ferrell in it? Sin City. Walked out after 20 minutes.

Music genres I loathe:

Country and Western. Just not my cup of tea. Death metal can also stay off my playlists too.

Magazine which annoys me:

I don't think magazines are a part of my life anymore, but I really don't like Murdoch propaganda rags - in particular The Australia, which is just right-wing trash.

Makes me cranky at restaurant:

People being rude to the waiting staff.

Makes me cranky in public:

Walking behind smokers, and those who walk three abreast on the pavement.

Makes me impatient at home: 

Not being able to find things.

Makes me impatient at work:

People not getting back to you in a timely manner

Celebrity I hate: 

Not so much hate, but I can see no point to anybody with the surname Kardashian.

Music artist I hate: 

If I am ever made to listen to Meatloaf again it will be too soon.

I could care less about:

The Kardashians

Blogger's habit that annoys you: 

People who go on about trivial slights.

Feature on your blog you hate: 

I wish it was more professional looking.

Politician that you hate: 

Where do I start. Most of the Australian front bench. Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton head the list, gutless wonders they are. May they be up on crimes against humanity in the near future.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

A Book Meme

Well, this is apt. I'm sitting here trying to work out what books I'm going to put up for book group this year and we get a blog about books. Yay.

The rules of book group books - and I have to take along two books, preferably under 500 words, fiction, of literary or good quality popular fiction, easily obtainable in  bookshops and libraries. As  the book group coordinator, I have everybody else's book choices, but mine are proving a little elusive.

So what is on my list?

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmitt
Hagseed by Margaret Atwood
The Buried Giant by Kazou Ishiguro
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleeve.

Well that is the short long list. I have until next Sunday.

Questions, as always, from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

1. Do you prefer hardcover, paperback, or Kindle...and why?

Toss up between paperback and kindle. Both are portable.

2. If I were to own a book shop I would call it ...

The Broken Spine

3. My favorite quote from a book (mention the title) is ...

"I do think that means what you think it means." The Princess Bride.

4. The author (alive or dead) I would love to have lunch with would be ...

Richard Flanagan

5. If I was going to a deserted island and could only bring one book, except for the SAS survival guide, it would be ...

Possibly The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Or Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres.

6. I would love someone to invent a bookish gadget that ...

Would read me two books a day while I could do something else. I'd love that.

7. The smell of an old book reminds me of ....


8. If I could be the lead character in a book (mention the title), it would be....

Hermione Granger in Harry Potter.

9. The most over-rated book of all time is....

Until two years ago I would say, The Great Gatsby, but I love that now. Anna Karenina is up there for me. I really don't like Russian literature.

10. I hate it when a book....

Takes a turn for the worst and it all goes to seed. Or is badly written. Most of Liane Moriarty falls into that category. Or a great idea badly written - aka Dan Brown.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Monday Morning Meme

Well, I am still not quite right after a weekend of celebrating the end of my Masters studies and a friend's wedding. Feeling a bit delicate, more emotionally than physically (the champagne hangover has gone thank goodness). So I will get these questions done before going for a float.

Questions, as always, from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

1. How has your life most benefitted from the Internet? Whether it’s meeting people, cutting business overhead, finding rare collectibles, or simply sharing funny cat pictures, share how the web has made life easier.

I don't have to send out a million emails about what is going on with book group. Oh and I love paying bills online.

2. How do you deal with negative comments on your blog?

Ignore them.I don't get many commenters.

3. There’s never enough time, is there? What would you do with an extra three hours today?

Write - exercise - and clean.

4. The getaway car is waiting outside – where is it taking you?

On holiday somewhere lovely and relaxing.

5. Who was your "arch enemy" in high school? Do you have any enemies today?

Didn't have one - and no.

6. You’re giving the keynote address to the graduating seniors of a high school today. What’s your advice to them?

Travel. Travel far and wide. Go to other countries, see how other people live. Travel for long periods of time. Travel regularly. Never give up on travelling. Live in another country for a while. Best thing you can ever do.

7. Thinking of words of wisdom: What's the worst advice you've ever received?

Invest in tech stocks in the 90s.

8. Tell us about the best summer vacation you EVER had.

As I've never been on a summer holiday, I can tell you I had a brilliant time when I did 7 countries in five weeks. Had a ball, saw friends and packed a heap in. It was fantastic.

9. What do you have to have with you when you travel? Why?

My red comb. I have to have my red comb with me. It's a necessity as I have long hair - and I've had it for thirty years.

10. Would you accept $1,000,000 tax free, if it meant you had to leave the country and never come back?

A million dollars doesn't go far these days.

11. Do you believe the world will be a better, or worse, place 100 years from now?

I hope it will be better. I'm an idealist.

12. Do you expect to buy a new winter coat this year?

No, \. I barely need one. Besides, it's coming into Summer.

13. If you could spend one year in perfect happiness but afterward would remember nothing of the experience, would you do so?

Maybe. Then you could try and be happy again.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Pseudo-Thanksgiving Thoughts Meme

Okay, I will admit it. I have no interest in Thanksgiving. It's an American thing, and I'm not American, so like Halloween I've got very little time for this alien tradition. However, I am going to a "Thanksgiving Wedding" next weekend. A friend is marrying an American woman. I'm still a bit mystifiiced that he's yankified his wedding - but it's their choice and it should be a good day,

Anyways, questions as per usual, question have been supplied by Bev at Sunday Stealing.

1.  What made you feel patriotic this year?

Very little, but it was lovely to see that in the non-binding marriage equality plebiscite, over 60% of respondents, and all of the states and all but 17 electorates came out in favour of marriage equality. About bloody time. Should have held a free vote in parliament and got it over and done with.

2 . What do you value most about your life?

That I am healthy, happy and solvent.

3.  What do you appreciate about your friendships

My friends are wonderfully supportive and fun. They are also a mixed bag, which is great as I love variety.

4.  Name one person who can make you laugh, even months later. Why?

My friend Alice is great. She's a little, more intense version of me. She's hilarious.

5.  What is the funniest thing you remember about a Thanksgiving past?

Never had a Thanksgiving.

6.  Do you have any unusual traditions, rituals or habits around Thanksgiving?

I'm Australian. We don't have Thanksgiving.

7.  Name one ancestor that you think about on Thanksgiving and tell us why.

We don't don't do Thanksgiving here in Australia so why would I think of ancestors at this time?

8.  Is there a family heirloom at the Thanksgiving table? What its story?

Nope, I'm still Australian.

9.  What is your favorite part about Thanksgiving Day?

I can't say. We don't have Thanksgiving in Australia.

10. What random act of kindness did you perform or that was done to you this year that makes you feel grateful?

I paid a fellow mason's fees for them. That was a kind act.

11. What do you appreciate about the change of seasons?

I don't really like the change between Spring and Summer. It's been humid and stormy, Yuk. but I've been liking the thunder and lightning.

12. Name five things that make you happy about today.

I went to the gym. I had breakfast with my friends. I saw Justice League with my kid brother. It's not as humid as yesterday. I'll get my ironing done.

13. How has the celebration of Thanksgiving today changed from when you were little?

Still Australian. Still don't have Thanksgiving.

14. If you could share Thanksgiving dinner today with one person in history who would it be? Why? (Note: it can be a relative)

Still Australian. Still don't have Thanksgiving.

15. What is one wish you have for the next generation as they begin to establish their own Thanksgiving traditions.

Maybe it would be a nice thing if Australia did some form of Thanksgiving. But could we please make it not at all religious and really multicultural and take some of the stigma away from a holiday where you have to spend time with your family?

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Simple Life Meme

Let's see if I can get this done before my ride to a performance of Shakespeare's Henry V comes along. I have about half an hour. I have just finished my penultimate tute paper for my Masters too - so I am feeling good. that I've also washed the floors in the kitchen and bathroom - even better.

Questions, as always from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

What are five things you would like to do more.

Read, swim, cook for others, Yin Yoga, travel.

What is your quote to live by.

"Be the change you want to see."  Ghandi

What was the best thing that happened this week?

I handed in my final major paper for my Masters degree. Anybody interested, it can be found at

What is something you are stressed about?

What I will be doing for a job after the end of January.

What book has influenced your life?

Dr Spencer Johnson's "Who Moved My Cheese?" Seriously, it turned my life around.

Share a childhood memory

I used to like swimming in the watertank on the hill. That was cool.

What fictional character would you most like to be?

I'd still love to go to Hogwarts and I think I'd be a pretty reasonable Hermione Granger.

What is something you are proud of?

Finishing my Masters.

What was the last thing you celebrated?

I did celebrate my birthday in a small way in August. I will be doing some more celebrating in the coming months when I graduate in March. Finally get to wear a cap and gown.

What are weird things you like?

The smell of dogs' paws in the morning. Is that strange enough? And I LOVE Shakespeare.

What is your favorite song to sing?


Name three things you do well.

Write. Massage. Laugh.

What are your priorities in life?

To be happy. To keep healthy. To have fun. To stay financially solvent.

What is something that scares you?

Right wing governments. Huntsman spiders.

Best book you read this year?

Probably Hanya Yahanigara's A Little Life. It was a slog, but gee it was fantastic. Zadie Smith's Swing Time was also really good.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The First Things First Meme

Just home from a weekend away, which was wonderful. Highlights were seeing my Punjabi kid brother and seeing Thor:Ragnarok with him (very good fun) Then going to see the Robert Mapplethorpe retrospective with a friend. It was a wonderful weekend.

So, it is late now and I have a big day ahead. Questions, as always, from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

{1} First thing you would do/buy if you won the lottery:

A flat, preferably in a good  suburb near the city.

{2} First person you call when you get amazing news:

Normally my mum or Blarney.

{3} First thing you do when you've had a bad day:

Go for a walk, or go to they gym. That fixes most things. I get ice cream or have a G&T at a push.

{4} First movie you went to without your parents:

It might have been the Police Academy movie on my first date. Oh hell that dates me.

{5} First sport you played (Little League-style or in school):

Never really played sport. I had my legs in plaster in and out of primary school.

{6} First major injury:

Thankfully never really had one, but my sister clobbered me with a five iron when I was eleven. 5 stitches in my eyebrow.

{7} First product I use in the shower:

Clinique facial soap. Always.

{8} First apartment or house on your own (away from you parents!):

The flat in East Melbourne. Before that I was always with flatmates (and before that too many flatmates to mention)

{9} First Roommate(s): 

First flat mate after college was an absolute psycho. Don't want to think about it. I was warned.

{10} First Time Living Away from Home: 

University college when I was 17.

{11} First magazine subscription:

Dolly magazine. Used to love Dolly. The Australian teenage girl's bible for many years.

{12} First real piece of jewelry you owned:

I bought myself a Pandora bracelet when I was in my late 30s. I don't have any other real jewellery.

{13} First time staying home alone:

I was in my mid teens. That's all.

{14} First thing I reach for in the fridge:

Normally, milk for my coffee. Or my chilled Turkish Apple Tea which is in an old gin bottle in the fridge. Great stuff.

{15} First car accident or traffic violation:

I got my first red light camera ticket about ten years ago. It's the only one I've had to date. And thankfully the only bingle I had which was my fault was about five years ago, when somebody stopped suddenly in front of me - no damage to them, but their tow ball took out my radiator.

Bonus:  Toilet paper, over or under?

Over. Only philistines to do it the under way.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Monster Mash Meme

I am supposed to be writing my papers instead of doing this meme. We are getting there.

Also remember, I am Australian, we don't, as a rule, do Halloween - as it is a daft American custom

Anyway, the question have been supplied by Bev at Sunday Stealing.

Ghost: what would you like on your tombstone?

Nevertheless, she persisted.

Dracula: are you afraid of aging? or death?

Aging. This getting old thing is not for sissies. Everybody has to die, why be scared of it?

Nosferatu: what, as a child, did you imagine went bump in the night?

There were all sorts of things that went bump in the night when I was a kid. Monsters of all kinds were there.

Godzilla: what do you do when you are angry? are you ever destructive?

I seethe for a bit when angry, then let it simper away. I tend to go for a walk or a drive and let it blow out. I don't stay angry for long.

The Blob: do you collect anything? if so, what & why?

I collect ornamental elephants. I like elephants. But they have to be little. I have a shelf full o them

Zombie: when was the last time you trusted your gut? was it successful?

I always trust my gut - it is yet to do me wrong, even if it sets me on some interesting paths.

Mothra: what is something dangerous that attracts or fascinates you?

Motorbikes. Would never own one, can't drive them, but I love them.

King Kong: what are some questionable choices you've made lately?

Deciding to re-write Shakespeare for my last assignment.

Alien: what is your strangest feature?

I have web toes on my right foot and my pinkies stick up on both hands.

Cthulhu: do you like the ocean? why or why not?

Love it. I just love being near water - and in water.

Nessie: have you ever felt invisible to people -- the feeling of not existing?

All the time. I've been working on that one.

Mutant spider: what is one of your biggest fears?

Intimacy and commitment. Next.

Werewolf: if you could change into any nonhuman animal and back at will, what animal would you change into and why?

I would love to be a well loved house cat. I think that would be awesome.

Golem: if you could make up an imaginary friend, what would they be like and why?

I would have a punk rocker called Albert who would get me into all sorts of mischief.

Leprechaun: what is your "pot of gold" (or white whale, if you'd rather)

To write that bloody novel...

Sharktopus: what is something you've done that was ridiculous or a bad decision?

Ummm... some class A drugs in the nineties. I don't regret it, but yeah, I don't need to do ecstasy again. A handful of times 20 years ago is enough.

Robot: what is a habit you do without thinking?

I have a few of them - making the bed each morning, check the door each night, not leave the house without eyeliner and mascara. Brush my teeth twice a day. Nothing too bad at all.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Sleepy Ramblers Meme

Taking some time out from writing assignments.

Questions, as always, from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

Have you ever eaten at restaurant and you realized you forgot your money?

Thankfully not. Have I walked out without paying. Once or twice, but I've always managed to get back and sort things out.

True or false-you can pat your head and rub your tummy at the same time.

True. Joys of being ambidextrous.

Do you prefer to drink out of cans or bottles?

Out of bottles. Cans can be a bit sharp.

Do your socks match today?

I'm not wearing socks.

What was the last book you read? Would you recommend it?

The last book I read was Leap by Myfanwy Jones. It was excellent. A very Melbourne book. A great exposition of the grieving process.

Are you currently borrowing something from someone?

Not at the moment. I try not to borrow things.

Write an extremely random statement.

The Louis the Fly song was composed by Bryce Courtney, a well know Australian author.

Are there any major holidays you don’t celebrate?

As an Australan, we don't do American holidays, but as an Australian, I don't celebrate Australia Day - or Invasion Day as I call it. Bring in the Republic I say.

What is one thing you will never understand?

The American healthcare system. Universal socialised medicine makes far more sense for all.

Have you ever stepped on a bee?

Yes. And been stung by said bee.

What helps you wake up in the morning?

A half hour lie in. I need to ease myself into the day.

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

An omelette and a cup of coffee.

What is your favorite thing in your room?

My bed.

Who was your first kiss with?

That would be telling. A gangly, spotty youth. No idea what happened to him.

Do you worry about small things?

Far too often.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The What's a Crush meme

Blog time. I've had a lovely, but not very productive weekend. really do have to get on with the study.

Anyway, on with the questions, supplied, as always, by Sunday Stealing.

1. What do you find hilarious, but most people don’t find funny?

Death - a lot of the time.

2. What was the best year of your life so far?

This year has been pretty good. 2010 was good too.

3. What’s your favorite thing to do on the Internet?

Probably Facebook and blogging.

4. What fad have you held on to even tho it isn’t popular any more?

Pokemon Go. I still play daily.

5. What do you spend most of your time doing?

Working and writing.

6. What do you spend way too much money on?

Theatre tickets and makeup.

7. What event, large or small, has changed the course of your life most?

The death of my niece. The reverberations are still being felt.

8. Who do you have a hard time taking seriously?

Anybody who's a Liberal/National politician - horrid scumbags that they are (if you're American, think Republican)

9. What do you judge people for most often?

Liberal/National Politicians

10. What was the most beautiful view you have ever experienced?

The Scottish Highlands are amazing.

11. What is something you read or heard that has stuck with you for a long time?

Slaughterhouse Five has never really left me.

12. What’s your favorite thing to shop for.  Why?

Red lipstick. A girl can never have enough red lipstick.

13. What’s the best compliment someone can receive?

"You're really intelligent."

14. What’s something people go on and on about and you just can’t stand sitting through?

The "No" campaign for this marriage equality survey Australia is being put throught

15. What’s something you can do that most people can’t?

Use scissors left-handed.

16. When was the last time you tried to look cool and ended in embarrassment?

That would be most of the time. I am so not cool.

17. What is the most ridiculous rule you have to follow?

I'm not sure I agree with the blanket bike helmet rule we have around here.

18. What country do you not know the location of, even though you should?

Venezuela - I have a rough idea, but yeah, it's somewhere in South America.

19. What do you have a hard time with but most people find quite easy?

Using scissors with my right hand.

20. What’s the most impressive skill you have?

I write fairly well.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Getting To Know You Meme

Writing this from the airport food court. Was hoping to be writing this from the Qantas business lounge, but the upgrade didn't come through so I am here - also working on some stuff for uni and getting out some admin while I have the time. Ah well. There is some good people watching to be had as I wait for my flight.

Anyway, questions, as per usual, are from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

Probably exercise and write.

What’s your favorite piece of clothing you own / owned?

I really love this white dress with red poppies on it. I need to lose some weight so I fit into it again, but I love that dress.

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?

Breeding large dogs. That would be awesome. Puppies!

What would your perfect room look like?

I have no idea - airy and spacious, but with the ability to block out light when needed.

How often do you play sports?

I don't, but I walk and go to the gym a lot.

What fictional place would you most like to go?


What job would you be terrible at?

Anything to do with dealing with the general public. I have no patience. I sucked at retail.

When was the last time you climbed a tree?

When I was about ten.

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?


What skill would you like to master?

Writing novels that sell.

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

I'm hoping to walk the Camino de Compostela de Santiago next year by myself. That should be an adventure.

If you had unlimited funds to build a house that you would live in for the rest of your life, what would the finished house be like?

A big tree house - but with all mod cons - and very good air conditioning.

What state or country do you never want to go back to?

I still really have no desire to go to Perth, Western Australia after the last time I was at the airport there and they were so rude. Naples in Italy - don't want to go back there either.

What songs have you completely memorized?

Other than lots of kid's songs, I do a pretty good Bohemian Rhapsody.

What do you consider to be your best find?

Sam at the Benefit's Eyebrow bar in Myer Sydney. She gets my awful eyebrows just right.

Are you usually early or late?

I'm always late. There is a greatness to my lateness.

What pets did you have while you were growing up?

We had two dogs and two cats when I was a kid. We also had chooks (chickens) but they are stupid and not pets.

When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?

Writing stuff. I fix up lots of writing stuff - resumes, cover letters, website text.

What takes up too much of your time?

The Freemasons. Thinking of leaving. Huge time drain for what seems like little in return.

What do you wish you knew more about?

The subtle art of really not giving a f*ck.

What would be your first question after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?

Is Keith Richards still alive?

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Creepy Crawlies meme

Right, a long weekend, my team lost at the football and the only thing I feel like I have achieved is unclogging the vacuum cleaner and watching a lot of The Good Wife. My tutorial remains undone, but I have a few days on that.

Questions, as always, from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

1. You are walking down the road and you look down. There is a bug. Do you step on it? 

Depends on the bug - but I would probably walk over it. Spiders, on the other hand, get stepped on. Eww.

2. What is one fantasy that you want to come true more than any other?

World peace.

3. Someone knocks on your door. Do you look out the window to see who it is before you open it? Do you open it regardless of who it is? 

Yes, I look out the window. There are some people I don't open the door to - salesmen in particular.

4. Have you ever eaten Play Doh?

Yes, when I was a kid. Mum used to make it for us.

5. What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon as a child and why?

I used to love Hong Kong Phoeey and the Wacky Races. No idea why.

6. Are you a “people watcher”? 

Absolutely. It's great fun.

7. I have a bowl of fruit. There are apples, oranges & pears. You help yourself to one - which one do you choose?

Probably the apple. Pears and oranges can be messy to eat.

8. What is your biggest pet peeve in the blogging world? 

People who moan and grizzle all the time.

9. What is one religion that you could just never see yourself joining?

Any sort of fundamentalist group - this includes Christian fundamentalists. I'm just too easy going.

10. What word do you use far too often? 

Actually, actually.

11. How long do you spend in the shower? 

5-10 minutes. Depends on whether my hair needs washing.

12. If you were to write a personal ad about yourself, what would it say?

Eclectic,world-wandering writer chick seeks similar.

13. Your favorite flavor of soup is….? 

Mulligatawny.  (it isn't but I like saying Mulligatawny :) )

14. You are sitting on a bench in the park and a bug walks in front of your feet…. do you squash him?  (I am assuming this is a different bug from question #1)

I will still let the bug go om its way. I might say shoo or something to it.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Today is a Fashion Show

A lovely quiet weekend at home, with a night out at the Pop Up Globe Theatre in the parklands ( for a bit of Shakespeare. My hair has been re-browned, I've had a good relax and all is right with the world.

Questions, as always, from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

1. A way to win your heart

Feed me ice cream.

2. Something you feel strongly about

That we should not be having this stupid plebishite to decide about marriage equality over here. it's in humane and stupid (as it is non-binding - arsehole politicians)

3. A book you love

Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres.

4. Five pet peeves

Rude people, parents who will not contain their badly disruptive children, people who sniff when they should just blow their nose and get on with it, people who smoke in the street in front of me (ex-smoker here) and people who put near empty cartons of milk back in the fridge.

5. What you ate today

Eggs for breakfast and I had a Chinese takeaway for dinner.

6. How important do you think education is?

Probably the most important thing in the world.

7. Five people you find attractive

Clive Owen, Josh Charles, Daniel Craig, Craig McLachlan (Dr Blake), Steve Carell

8. What you wore today

Blue jeans and a black top

9. Something you always think “what if” about

Ah, that would be telling. I wonder what would have happened if the dice rolled in different ways on some occasions.

10. Something you’re proud of

I am currently doing my last Masters subject - and I'm sitting on about at 3.8 GPA (Lots of High Distinctions)

11. Something you lust after

Cuddles in all shapes and sizes.

12. A word/phrase that makes you laugh

Moist. Moist is a weird word.

13. A quote you try to live by

Be the change you want to see.

14. Something you like and dislike about yourself.

Dislike that I'm still overweight, pretty much like the rest of me.

15. A problem that you have had 

I have no patience for idiots. This weekend has been a big one for that.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Let's Pretend

The great thing about delayed flights is you can get some study and work done.

So here I am waiting an extra hour for a flight and getting this out of the way before doing my tute paper for the week.

Questions from the excellent Bev at Sunday Stealing.

1. What is your middle name?

Jane. I wish it was something a bit more exotic or elegant like Eleanor or Elizabeth.

2. What is your favorite color?

Pillarbox red. Quite partial to teal too.

3. What’s your lucky number?

64.  Beatles fan here.

4. Do you have any pets?

No, but I loan them off people when they go on holidays.

5. Where are you from?

Adelaide, Australia.

6. How tall are you?

5'6" in the old language - 167 cms in the new.

7. What shoe size are you?

9 (seven in England) I was an eight and a half, but it's gone up a bit over the last five years. I'm told that is a common story. Most of my friends of the same age have said the same.

8. How many pairs of shoes do you own?

Far too many. Around 30.

9. What was your last dream about?

I honestly can't remember the last time I had a dream at night.

10. What talents do you have?

I can recite Jabberwocky when very, very drunk. That is my party trick.

11. Are you psychic in any way?

Yes. I read tarot to a professional standard - it's sort of a requirement.

12. Favorite song?

Australian Crawl's Reckless.

13. Favorite movie?

Just one. Today it is The Princess Bride. Love that film.

14. Are you religious?

No. Spiritual, yes. Interested in religions, yes, but I am not religous. I'm a Freemason - far better for my purposes.

15. Have you ever been to the hospital?

Yes, I was even in hospital last month overnight - thankfully nothing serious.

16. Have you ever been in trouble with the law?


17. Have you ever met any celebrities?

I bummed a cigarette off Jeremy Clarkson 20 years ago.

17. What color socks are you wearing?

White and grey. Goes with my running shoes.

18. Have you ever been famous?

No. Occasionally imfamous.

20. Would you like to be a big celebrity?

Absolutely, positively not! I value my privacy.

21. What type of music do you like?

Rock - and adult alternative. Like The Pixies.

22. How many pillows do you sleep with?

Two. One to sleep on, one to cuddle.

23. What position do you usually sleep in?

I'm a side/tummy sleeper. With at least one leg out from under the covers.

24. How big is your house?

I rent a two bedroom flat.

25. What do you typically have for breakfast?

Cereal or a protein shake.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Back to School Blog

Running late again.
Questions thanks to Bev at Sunday Stealing.

1.  What kind of school did you attend (Big? Small? Public? Private? Specialty? One-room schoolhouse?)

I went to a very, very ordinary public high school in the outer suburbs/ country South Australia for high school. It was public country primary school as well.

2. What did you wear to school (uniform? dress code? Whatever you wanted?)

There was no uniform at primary school. At high school we wore school colours - which were deep blue, yellow and white. It could have been far worse.

3.  How did you get to school?

A school bus picked us up for both primary and high school at the front gate.

4.  Who was your favorite teacher?  Why?

My French teacher was awesome. She became a friend.

5.  What was your favorite subject?  Why?

I really liked French and English. I liked being creative and communicating.

6.  What was your least favorite subject?  Why?

Physics in Year 11. taught by a Yeti - it was awful. Never like Phys Ed either.

7.  Did you belong to any clubs?


8.  Were you a picky reader?

No. I read everything. Still do.

9.  What did you do in your free time?

Hid in the library.

10.  Did you get good grades?

Other than in physics, yep.

11.  Did you like/participate in sports?

No. But I love exercise now.

12.  Did you have a boyfriend/girlfriend in high school?

I had a boyfriend in Year Eleven. He was the year ahead of me. It ended soon after he left school.

13.  When did you get your driver’s license?

At the end of Year Eleven. I was 16.

14.  What kind of kid were you?  (Popular? Class clown? Shy?  A nerd?  Teacher’s pet?)

I was the quintessential weird nerd. Very unpopular.

15.  Who were your heroes?

Talking Heads and Gough Whitlam

16.  Were you ever bullied?

Thankfully, only very mildly. That I let if wash over me seemed to put the bullies off and they left me alone for the most part.

17.  Did you learn how to touch type?

Not at school. I learned that a few years later. A very handy skill, but I was in the academic stream  - and computers were only just coming in when I was at high school.

18.  Who was your best friend?  (Are you still friends today?)

I didn't have a best friend. When I think about it, I really didn't have that many friends at school. It was very lonely. However, I am in touch with a few of the old class mates now. Things have come full circle.

19.  What is one thing you regret about high school?

I wish I got my head around the fact I could do P.E. and enjoy it. And not taking Economics.

20.  What were you most proud about?

I got out of high school alive.

Bonus question:  Did I like High School?

For the most part I hated it - but I loved the learning. That was the thing that kept me sane during my teenage years.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Art History Meme

Just back from a meh movie (Which made me homesick) Hampstead.

Now getting the weekend blog out the way. Questions from Bev at Sunday Stealing. Great questions again, Bev.

1. Do you look forward to the spring?

No, because it means daylight saving, heat and hayfever.

2. Which area of the sciences do you enjoy the most?

I loved chemistry at school. Biology is pretty good too.

3. If you could own a classical statue in the form of any figure from myth, religion, or even modern fiction, who would you choose?

I'd love a copy of the Nike of Samothrace. I can stare at that for hours.

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4. Do you have a good relationship with your mother?

It's not overly loving or close, but it is not bad either.

5. What is your favorite mythological story?

I loved The Odyssey when I studied it at uni.

6. If you put on a big feast, what would you serve?

Roast Lamb, veggies, mint sauce and all the trimmings. Then  my version of boozy cassata.

7. How do you have fun? (What is your favorite 'Earthly Delight'?)

I read and watch movies as a rule.

8. Do you often look for hidden messages and meanings?

All the time.

9. Have you ever received an award or special position?

Nope. Team member of the week is about as good as it gets with me.

10. If a revolution was about to happen in your country, would you be part of it?

At the moment, hell yeah. The government are crap.

11. Have you ever planned an act of revenge?

No. Revenge is a waste of time.

12. What is the most dramatic thing you have ever done?

I moved overseas by myself at the age of 23. That took a bit of guts.

13. Do you care about your weight?


14. Is your life moving too slowly or too fast?

Too slowly at the moment. But I should be pleased about this.

15. Do you prefer to stay in the shade?


16. If you could have any mural on your ceiling, what would it look like?

Probably the moon and the stars.

17. Do you enjoy the countryside?

Absolutely. I don't get out there enough.

18. Are you a romantic?

Yes, but please don't tell anybody.

19. What is your favorite historic subject?

I'm a big fan of English History. Love the kings and queens.

20. Do you prefer landscape paintings?

More an abstract and watercolour sort of girl.

21. Are you interested in social issues?

Yes. Absolutely.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Something Different

It's birthday weekend, so I'm a bit rushed. Also trying to get the paperwork ready for the tax accountants tomorrow.

These are great questions, Bev. Thanks to Sunday Stealing for providing.

1. What is a normal thing that took you an embarrassingly long time to learn?

Using scissors. It appears the only way I can use them is the left handed way.

2. In what ways are you old-fashioned?

I iron everything. Nobody does that any more. And I bake from scratch.

3. What is the best sandwich you've ever eaten? Where did you get it? What made it so delicious?

I love  a smoked salmon and salad sandwich from Urban Kitchen on Lonsdale Street. Everything is so fresh. They're wonderful. Anything with smoked salmon can't be bad.

4. What are you currently not bragging about that you should totally brag about? 

I've nearly finished my masters.. but I don't want to crow yet.

5. What food have you never tasted and are most interested in trying? 

I have South American friends - yerba mate sounds interesting.

6. What history facts were you surprised to learn because it was never covered in school?

Pretty much everything about the Catholic Church. Fascinating stuff.

7. What is something that you waited entirely too long to start or stop doing? What made you say "Why did I wait so long?"

Going to the gym. Should have started that ten years before I did. Love the gym.

8. What socially expected thing do you hate doing the most? What thing about polite society really grinds your gears? 

Not speaking your mind.

9. What is something about your city that I should know if I'm going to visit? What is the hidden "must see" that you always tell friends and visitors to not miss.

I love the Shrine - the big war memorial in town. The Museum in the basement is awesome.The art gallery is great too.

10. What do you miss most about childhood?

Sleeping with my dog.

11. What "fact" did you learn in school that is not true or no longer true?

Bob Hawke is no longer Prime Minister. There is no place called Yugoslavia any more either.Or Burma for that matter. Or Kampuchea...

12. What's your favorite piece of useless trivia? 

Just one piece of useless trivia? Daddy Cool played with Black Sabbath and Cat Stevens at the Myponga Music Festival in  1971.

13. What's your best go to homemade "lazy" meal.

Beans on toast, or cheese on toast. Love both of them.

14. What's the title of this current chapter in your life?

The Blessed One

15. What is a habit or practice that you learned from your childhood that you didn't realize was "weird" until you were an adult?

Probably ironing everything...

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Freckles and other oddities

It's a quick one tonight as I start a new job in the morning and I've just submitted a 20000 word paper for uni.

Questions, as always, from Sunday Stealing.

Do You Have Freckles? No

Do You Sleep With Your Closet Doors Open Or Closed? Closed - but the windows are open.

Can You Whistle? yes. My grandfather taught me when I was four, much to my parent's disgust.

Did You Wake Up Cranky today? No, just a bit stressed. Assignment completion day.

Zodiac Sign. Leo/Virgo, Capricorn Rising. Moon in Cancer.

What Is Your Eye Color?  Dark green

Take A Vitamin Daily? Yes

Do You Sing In The Shower? Sometimes.

What Did You Have For Lunch? Something out of the freezer. No time to cook today.

Do You Watch The Olympics? Not any more. Sometimes the gymnastics and the diving.

Do You Prefer To Swim In A Pool Or The Ocean? A pool, though I love the ocean.

Bottled Water Or Tap Water? Tap water which is then filtered.

Do You work Better With Or Without Music? Without, though I can work to classical music.

Can You Curl Your Tongue?  Yes

Is There Anything Pink Within 10 Feet Of You?  A couple of book spines.

Have You Ever Caught A Butterfly? Yes.

Are You Easily Influenced By Other People? Not really.

Do You Have Strange Dreams? Sometimes

Do You Like Going On Airplanes? Yes

Name One Movie That Made You Cry. Barney's Version. That is an awesome film.

Peanuts Or Sunflower Seeds? Peanuts

If I Handed You A Concert Ticket Right Now, Who Would You Want The Performer To Be? The Pixies. They are awesome live. Ludovici Enoudi would be fantastic too.

Are You A Picky Eater? Not really

Are You A Heavy Sleeper? Not really

Do You Fear Thunder / Lightning? Only when it is really, really close.

Do You Like Your Music Loud? For short periods of time and at my own bidding.

Would You Rather Carve Pumpkins Or Wrap Presents? Neither. I'm not American and pumpkin is what you have with roast dinners. Don't like wasting food.

What’s The Next Movie You Want To See In Theaters? Maybe The Big Sick.

Been On The Computer For 5 Hours Straight? Yes. it's assignment weekend.

Do You Like Meeting New People? Yes.

What Are Three Things You Did Today?  Had breakfast with friends, went and saw Blarney and Maow Maow and finished my assignment.

What Do You Wear To Bed? Nothing.

Do You Wear Jeans Or Sweats More? Jeans.

Name Something That Relaxes You. Reading and watching tattoo shows.

Music Music Music

I'm still writing this paper, which is due next Monday - but this is a great distraction.

Questions, as always, from Sunday Stealing. As this is a music quiz, and I am Australian, I am putting in clips as I'm sure the international audience will not have heard of many of these songs.

   1: A song you like with a color in the title

I see Red by Split Enz.

   2: A song you like with a number in the title

Nine Crimes by Damien Rice

 3: A song that reminds you of summertime.

4: A song that needs to be played LOUD

Turn Up Your Radio by The Masters Apprentices

5: A song that makes you want to dance

Private Idaho by the B52s

6: A song to drive to:

I drive to this album all the time.

7: A song about drugs or alcohol

8: A song that makes you happy

This song always makes me smile.

9: A song that makes you sad

This always makes me cry.

10: A song that you never get tired of

My favourite song in the world.

         11: A song from your preteen years

Ah, seventies Australian music, is there any better? Rest in peace, Shirl.

12: One of your favorite 80’s songs

I love the Violent Femmes. I especially love this.

13: One of your favorite classical songs.

14: A song that you would sing a duet with someone on karaoke

This - and happily.

15: A song from the year that you were born

1968 had some great music, including this:

16: A song that makes you think about life

This is a song about war. It is profound.

 17: A song that you think everybody should listen to

Everybody should listen to this just once in their lives. Annie Lennox is amazing.

18: A song by a band you wish were still together

Oh, I so wish the Hoodoo Gurus played more often.

19: A song by an artist no longer living

Something from Bowie. I never knew I liked him so much.

20: A song that breaks your heart

This version of this song.

21: A song by an artist with a voice that you love

I love Rodriguez. He's amazing.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Around the House Meme

Okay, I'm recovering from a rancid cold, I am 12000 words down on my uni assignment and I have finally got all of the lodge paperwork out the way. Joy.

I've still go to do the ironing and a bit more writing to do, but as always, it is good to get Sunday Stealing's questions out of the way. You're doing a great job, Bev.

Bedroom: what’s your sleep schedule? 

In bed by 11 pm, wake at six on weekdays, out of bed at seven. That is about normal.

Kitchen: favorite comfort food?

Cheese on toast. Baked beans on toast.

Washroom: showers or baths? bubbles? bath bombs?

I love baths, but I only have a shower in my flat. Nice soap always can be found in the shower stall.

Closet: sum up your style in a few words.

Black, grey, red, simple.

Parlor: favorite party or board game?

Monopoly - though I'm known to cheat. I like playing pool too if there is a table available.

Living room: what do you like to do with your family?

We normally sit and watch telly or talk around the dinner table. That is when I am over with them.

Dining room: favorite special occasion food?

Roast lamb. Love's Mum's roast lamb.

Garden: favorite tree? flower?

I'm a rose fan. Love roses.

Attic: what’s one thing you have a sentimental attachment to and you will never throw away?

Possibly my flute. I never play it, but I still have it in the cupboard. That at the teddy my grandfather gave me at birth.

Library: favorite book genre?

Literary fiction.

Office: if you could have any job in the world, what would it be?


Guest room: have you been to a sleepover? if so, when was your first? do you like them?

Of course, but I can't remember the last time I slept at somebody else's place. Ages ago it was.

Foyer: do you like small gatherings, large parties, or one-on-one meetings?

Small gatherings. Much better at those.

Pantry: favorite meal to make?

Chicken meatballs and pasta. It's a Gary Megihan recipe.

Laundry: favorite and least favorite chore?

Anything to do with cleaning floors.

Garage: favorite mode of transportation? favorite car?

I love travelling by boats - ferries are great.

Panic room: what was the most nerve-wracking experience you’ve had?

I was stuck in a moving lift (elevator) for about half an hour. That was really scary. Got out unscathed thank goodness.

Powder room: do you wear makeup? if so, what one item can’t you live without? what’s your favorite look? 

I only wear a little make up - eyeliner and mascara, with a bit of lipstick. I only put on foundation for special occasions.

Sunday, July 16, 2017


I'm supposed to be doing a lot of things, but my dinner is cooking, so this is a good time to get this done.

So, the questions have been supplied by Bev at Sunday Stealing. Bev, you are doing a great job.

First Job:

I used to work at the local general store when I was at high school over the holidays.

First Real Job: 

My first full time, permanent job was at Lehman Brothers in London where I did data entry, then went from there.

First Favorite Politician: 

Gough Whitlam, though I have always had a soft spot for Tony Blair. In his early days, he was good - much needed.

First Car: 

An EJ Holden, named Edna. The first car I purchased on my own was a Ford Fiesta called Phoebe. Again that was in London.

First Record/CD: 

ABBA, Arrival - like all children of the seventies.

First Sport Played: 

Probably pool - other than gyming and running, I've never played sport.

First Concert: 

Elton John and the Sydney Philharmonic Orchestra

First Foreign Country Visited: 

New Zealand. I was seventeen.

First Favorite TV Show:

I used to love Hogan's Heroes and MASH as kid.

First Favorite Actor:

Cary Grant

First Favorite Actress:

Audrey Hepburn

First Girlfriend/Boyfriend:

Oh, spotty Simon. Joys of having boyfriends when you are a teenager.

First Encounter with a Famous Person:

I stood behind Emma Thompson in the supermarket queue once - again, in London.

First Brush With Death:

I drove a tractor into a deep drain when I was about 12. That was a horrible near miss.

First House/Condo Owned:

Still don't own. I rent. Property is far too expensive over here on one salary.

First Film Seen:

I remember my father taking me to see Disney's Robin Hood when I was about five.

First Favorite Recording Artist:


First Favorite Radio Station:

107.1 SAFM - Adelaide's first FM station.

First Book I Remember Reading:

The book that got me back into reading was Donna Tartt's The Secret History. As a kid, I read everything. I loved Golden Books.

First Meme You Answered on Your Blog:

No idea. Too long ago.