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Masterpieces from Paris

Jan. 24th, 2010 | 04:47 pm

National Gallery of Australia
3 Stars

Lots of out-of-focus dots on canvas. Monet generally does nothing for me, but his Parliament, through Fog had the quality of appearing to be backlit (and as for the fuss over Van Gogh's Starry Night, I just don't get it).

My favourites

Dinner, by lamplight - Vallotton

War - Rousseau

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Time and place

Jan. 17th, 2010 | 08:02 pm

I remember when I first learned the word 'human being'. I was watching Doctor Who and Tom Baker was threatening someone with a jelly baby. He described somebody (his companion I think) as a human being.

I learned victory at a primary school assembly (before I was in Year 3 when children were allowed in the choir), it was announced that the choir had won some competition and that the choir mistress (Ms Misinzki) was still in the staff room 'recovering from the victory'.

I learned what a tumbler was from Anne of Green Gables when Anne's best friend, thinking she is drinking raspberry cordial, is actually drinking currant wine 'three tumblerfuls at a time'.

I was playing Scrabble when somebody played the word civet. She knows who she is.

  Haju told me what a ramekin was.

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Jan. 9th, 2010 | 12:11 pm

I cleaned my apartment yesterday. My saintly sister drove up from Wollongong to help. I was mopping the kitchen when my mop head broke off. I was vacuuming and all suction was lost. Everything sucked and was really hard. I was on my hands and knees in the kitchen. And not even doing anything good - I was scrubbing!

Yesterday it fully dawned on me how shabby that apartment really was. Everything about it was shabby. The tap that wouldn't close, the creaking doors, the squeaky floorboards, the ancient vanity, the window that won't open. Shabby, cramped and ugly. So ugly. Grey walls, grey carpet, grey cupboards. And if it wasn't grey, it was white, another colour nearly as bad. The apartment has been advertised (at a higher rent) for three weeks now and only two people expressed enough interest to come and look at it while I was there. Oh, and the agent sucked dog's balls. Probably the balls of his annoying yap dog that, true to his name, yaps at everything.

Now that the pain of the move is over (and boy was there pain), I'm excited. I'm off to Canberra in six days and I'm ready to join the Real World (TM). But until then I'm living on my parents' dime in the good spare bedroom. (Since my siblings and I have all grown up and moved away, there are several empty rooms in the house. The one I'm usually in is a glorified closet. However, the one I'm now in has roller shutters which could shut out Armageddon and a Queen bed).

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Moving day

Jan. 7th, 2010 | 09:31 am

Three buff men are packing everything I've ever owned around me.

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The End of Time

Jan. 4th, 2010 | 08:17 pm

Oh, Doctor David Tennant. You deserved a better swan song than this.

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It has begun.

Dec. 25th, 2009 | 12:27 pm

Yesterday: I just have one wish: to see you at church and then to die.

If my mum ever gives you a Christmas gift, don't expect anything good. I saw three glow-in-the-dark crucifixes being wrapped yesterday.

I know how to get through this. Vodka.

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A decade of self-indulgence, 2000-2009

Dec. 24th, 2009 | 02:40 am

Here is my subjective list of the best movies and albums of the past decade. I was going to do one for books, but having ten trash fiction novels on the list might have been embarrassing.

The films (in reverse rank order):

10. The Others
9. The Grudge
8. Spider-Man 2
7. Spirited Away
6. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
4. Bring it On
3. Signs
2. Amelie
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

And the albums, in no particular order

Coldplay - Parachutes
Brian Wilson - Smile
Dolly Parton - Those Were the Days
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells 2003
John Williams - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Tina Arena - Songs of Love & Loss
Michael Bublé - Michael Bublé
Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
Vanessa Mae - Choreography
Nickel Creek - Reasons Why

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This time, I did not call their bluff

Dec. 16th, 2009 | 07:12 pm

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The good cutlery.

Dec. 14th, 2009 | 09:43 pm

My parents had the good china and the good cutlery for important visitors. In retrospect, our good cutlery wasn't that good, but at least it all matched, unlike the regular cutlery.

At some indeterminate amount of time in the future, I intend to be a fabulous host. Whilst I have set aside the question of the good plates, I have placed a number of flatware sets on the shortlist. The prices range from moderately expensive to obscenely expensive.

Modern, as opposed to traditional, flatware appeals to me greatly.

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When a man mounts another man, the throne of God shakes.

Dec. 14th, 2009 | 12:42 am

"Learned behaviour can be unlearned," said David Bahati. "You can't tell me that people are born gays. It is foreign influence that is at work."
Bahati has just presented his anti-homosexuality bill 2009 to Uganda's parliament. The bill, which will be debated within a fortnight and is expected to become law by February, will allow homosexuality to be punishable by death.
"Most people have misunderstood the bill," Bahati told the Observer. "The section of the death penalty relates to defilement by an adult who is homosexual and this is consistent with the law on defilement which was passed in 2007. The whole intention is to prevent the recruitment of under-age children, which is going on in single-sex schools. We must stop the recruitment and secure the future of our children."
The Ugandan bill extends existing laws to make it illegal to promote homosexuality by talking or writing about it, and forcing people to tell the authorities about anyone they know who is gay. The bill, said Bahati, 35, an MP from the ruling party, aims to "protect the cherished culture of the people of Uganda against the attempts of sexual rights activists seeking to impose their values of sex promiscuity on the people of Uganda".

Still, better than Nigeria, (where homosexuality already has the death penalty) where they arrested a goat for armed robbery.

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