Archive for the ‘The Arts’ Category

Anti-Xmas Song

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Here's a dour Scottish antidote to all those bloody comfort and joy xmas songs: We're All Going To Die by Malcolm Middleton

366 Days A Year

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

This shopkeeper must need help from Doctor Who to live up to his sign. Speaking of Doctor Who: Doctor Who Update For Belinda Last nights Doctor Who, Fear Her, was one of the best and spookiest so far, involving kids drawings that come to life, vanishing children and the London 2012 Olympic Games. ...

By the Thames

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

Call me oversensitive but the last two words I want to hear in the same sentence are the words "Crypt" and "Cafe". The thought of sitting on a recycled church pew and drinking a cappuccino six feet above desiccated corpses puts me off my lunch entirely. But I must be ...

Silly Pictures from the National Gallery

Saturday, June 17th, 2006

A few silly pictures I saw last weekend at the National Gallery: An Allegory With Venus and Cupid by Bronzino. Monty Python Terry Gilliam used to wander this gallery when looking for inspiration for his animations, and if you look at the bottom left hand corner - it's the Monty Python ...


Thursday, June 15th, 2006

Sorry I haven't been posting every day. I work full time now. I'm up at 6.45am and I get back from work around 7 or later. It's a long commute and going out afterwards with work friends or food shopping makes me later. I spent Saturday at the National Portrait Gallery ...

Contrails and British Taste Test #3

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006

It's a stunningly beautiful summer day. About 25 degrees, not a cloud in the sky. It makes it easier to notice all the contrails. London is such a busy place that it is impossible to look at the sky without seeing a contrail or ten, some in the process of ...

Spring Watch

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Goodies fans may like to know that Bill Oddie has his own program, called Spring Watch on the BBC at the moment, which follows the passage of Spring through Britain. It gives you an idea of how cold it is here that it's nearly Summer but they're still talking about Spring. ...

Fox in the garden

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

You don't expect a fox in the garden at 9am on a Sunday morning, particularly if your garden is a postage stamp sized thing full of weeds in the middle of East Ham. I happened to be looking out my window, at the sunny day outside (why couldn't it have ...


Saturday, May 6th, 2006

A surreal day. I wanted to go to the Dali Universe exhibit again. Last time I was there was the day my wallet was stolen. I've got bad memories from later in the day, but I remember my first visit with affection. There's something about the surreal that makes me ...

East Enders

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Just sat with Chaz watching East Enders. They don't show it in Australia anymore. It was strange seeing so many familiar characters still in the show: Kevin, Pat, Ian and Pauline. Ian is still getting dumped by the women he loves. Chaz tells me he's been married and divorced several ...


Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

Ever heard of a waterphone? It's a bowl-shaped instrument, filled with water, with metal flanges, played with a violin bow. If you've seen horror movies, you've heard a waterphone.

Bad Apple!

Friday, January 13th, 2006

Just discovered that the new version of iTunes, 6.0.2, contains spyware. The new MiniStore talks to a server and tells it what you're playing on iTunes so it can suggest a similar track you'd like to buy. I'm disgusted. I don't want anyone poking their noses into what I ...

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

Monday, December 26th, 2005

Just saw The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe with Mum. It was the second time today she's seen it (she saw it the first time this morning with my little sister) but she enjoyed it so much the first time that she had to see it again. I can't ...

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Just got back from seeing the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie. Spoilers below...

The Goodies, Still Alive Again

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

Saw The Goodies Still Alive show again last night. I was really lucky that I found out about it at the City Extra cafe on Sunday. I had no idea they were playing at another Sydney comedy festival and when I saw the poster for the show, I assumed it ...

iTunes Australian store

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

At long last the legal issues have been sorted and iTunes has finally opened it's Australian store online.

Painless iTalk and shopping

Saturday, October 15th, 2005

Got myself an iTalk, a voice-recording device and speaker that plugs into my iPod. I can't believe how painless it was to install. I just plugged it into my iPod and it worked immediately. Then I plugged my iPod into my iBook and it not only automatically uploaded the file I'd just ...

Video iPod

Friday, October 14th, 2005

So the fabled, and much predicted video iPod has just been announced. I know what my next iPod will be! :-)


Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

Just found out about EyeTV, which allows the user to watch pause and fast forward live TV on a Mac. Not bad!

Bluetooth keyboard and iPod Nano

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

I finally got myself a Bluetooth keyboard. Typing on a laptop keyboard is difficult to do for any long period of time. But I need to be able to type for long periods of time. I’m doing an Advanced Narrative Writing course, plus I plan to enroll for the National Novel ...