Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Wineglass Bay lookout, Freycinet National Park. January 2014.
Finally, a new Q and A! It's the Let Me Give Your Heart A Break Meme...
Do you prefer a lot of ice in your drinks or just a little bit of ice?
Just a little, please.
Which condiment (ketchup, mustard, etc.) do you use the most of?
Does war scare you?
It equally troubles and fascinates me.
Do you know any songs that are older than you are?
Of course I do. What an odd question. The Beatles had been done and dusted for seven years by the time I arrived. Beethoven had been dead for 150 years.
Are you comfortable sharing drinks with your friends?
Not in the slightest.
What season were you born in?
Autumn, which is often associated with feelings of melancholy. The seemingly possibilities of summer have faded, and the threat of winter lurks ahead. Skies darken, and people turn inward, both physically and mentally.
Have you ever spent over $100.00 on an article of clothing? What was it?
Yes, I have. Shoes. Suits. Sunglasses.
Do you think you’re too hard on yourself sometimes?
I often do.
What pizza place do you usually order from?
I make them myself.
Honestly, have you ever mooned or flashed somebody?
Probably as a younger lad.
Do you have a least favourite colour?
I’m not fond of teal. Puce is rather ordinary.
Honestly, have you ever written something on a bathroom stall?
I have replied to something written on a stall.
Who do you consider to be the king of pop?
Michael Jackson is hard to go past.
Do you know all of the words to any children’s song?
Quite a few, actually.
Can you name 3 purple foods?
Plums. Aubergines. Red cabbage is purple too.
When was the last time you made a pinky promise?
I don’t even know what that means.
What celebrity do you wish would have a big comeback?
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Do you think your parents know things about you that you don’t want them to?
Perhaps. I don't really have any deep, dark secrets however.
Have you ever walked into a spider web?
What grocery store do you usually get your food from?
Coles New World.
What would be your happily ever after?
Enough money to be able to do whatever, whenever I'd like.
When was the last time you spoke in front of a large group of people?
I do it all the time. Confidence has never really been a problem for me.
Who is the worst driver you know?
There is no shortage here in Tasmania.
How about the best driver?
Jen is pretty good.
Are you shorter or taller than most of your friends?
Do you know anybody who was born on a holiday?
Jen often gets the Australia day long weekend.
What is one thing you really don’t like sharing?
Wives and personal space.
Have you ever been hit on through text message?
I've been married the entire time I've had a mobile phone. So, no, I've not had the pleasure.
What was the last junk food you ate?
Hot chips. I haven't had a lot of late.
Do you prefer sweet or sour candy?
Sour, every time.
What was the last alcoholic beverage you consumed?
I think that it was a cider. Like the lollies, I don't have much of this.
Currently waiting on something/ someone?
We're always waiting.
What was the last thing you watched on television?
I honestly can't remember. It has been about seven years!
How old will you be in 12 months?
I'll be twelve months older!
Do you sleep naked?
Yes I do.
Have you ever held hands with someone in a car?
Not that I recall.
Could you go the rest of your life without smoking a cigarette?
I've come this far without smoking a cigarette. I reckon that I'll manage.
What do you say during awkward silences?
I look at my hands.
When will you next see the last person you texted?
I just need to turn to my left, THERE SHE IS!
Honestly, when is the last time you have been to Texas?
I've never been to Texas.
All of us. Wineglass Bay lookout, Freycinet National Park. January 2014.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Late afternoon swim. Little Howrah Beach. January 2014.
I think that I owe you a Q and A. How about the Summertime meme?
1.) What first tells you that Summer is here?
The girls are showing a lot more of their thighs.
2.) Name your five of your favourite distinctively Summer habits or customs.
Swimming, snorkelling, evening runs, early-morning walks and fruit platters.
3.) What is your favourite smell of Summer?
4.) What is your favourite taste of Summer?
5.) Favourite Summer memory?
Swimming during intense electoral storms.
6.) Extreme heat or extreme cold? Which would you choose and why?
Hot hot hot!
7.) What books do you plan to read for the season?
8.) What is your favourite part of summer?
Anything involving the water.
9.) What's your favourite quintessentially summer food? Least favourite?
Fresh berries are my favourite. I don’t usually eat what I don’t like.
10.) Best beverage to beat the summer heat:
11.) Least favourite/most annoying thing related to summer?
Sand on my towel is frustrating.
12.) Pick one: the lake /the beach.
Beach, baby beach baby give me your hand, give me somethin' that I can remember!
13.) Most amusing summer vacation trip you've ever taken?
Amusing? I don’t really think any fit. I’ll say Burnie in 2011.
14.) Most ridiculous/ cringe-inducing/ blush-provoking summer outfit you have seen? (Bonus points if you yourself were wearing it!)
There was a wig a bloke was wearing the other day…
15.) Your absolute dream summer afternoon would be
A stroll, a swim, an ice cream to follow up.
16.) If you could go anywhere on summer vacation where would you go?
Somewhere with warm water and lots of fish.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Camp Falls, Tasman National Park, the Tasman Peninsula. October 2013.
A Greyhound of a Girl, Roddy Doyle: This is the first of Roddy Dolye’s books that I’ve read that he’s written for younger readers. In many respects it is ‘typical Doyle’, but with a distinctly softer edge in terms of language and overall ambiance. That said, the narrative voice is distinctly Irish and I didn’t find the change undermined my enjoyment of the novel. Given the central themes of death, ageing and regret, the author does a great job of communicating a sense of tenderness and understanding without resorting to condescension or the hackneyed metaphors often seen in this kind of thing.
Essentially a tale of love and death across four generations of women in one family, the blurb sums it up nicely: "One of them is dead, one of them is dying, one of them is driving, and one of them is just starting out". I enjoyed it, you might too. Recommended. C+.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Boat alone. The Tasman National Park, Tasmania. October 2013.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson: This is a dark little book that – like a lot of Shirley Jackson’s work – explores the idea of persecution of people who are ‘different’. It is a tricky read full of strangeness and goings on where the moral lines are not clear and the narrator clearly unreliable and quite a bit unstable. Despite a multiplying sense of unease and malevolence, the book also explores concepts of love and devotion. Immensely macabre elements are treated as unremarkable; the sense of agoraphobia is virtually unrelenting. Yet the language is deceptively simple, and the almost dreamlike ‘otherness’ both real and imagined. Together, social class and actions in the past divide the family at the centre of the book and the narrow-minded townsfolk, but just how strange and different the sisters are is beyond them.
Of course, we the reader have an insight that they do not, and the type of horror generated is one that exemplifies wonderful storytelling. Something terrible has happened in the past, and something terrible happens in the narrative, and the reader is not given firm footing to determine who is worthy of our compassion or condemnation. In this way, the framing of the story and progression of the narrative is masterful. It’s the best kind of fairy-tale, both horrible and lovely at the one time. I really enjoyed it.
Rugged coastline. The Tasman National Park, Tasmania. October 2013.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Things are looking up. The corner of Campbell and Liverpool Streets, Hobart. September 2013.
A long-delayed Q and A stolen again from Sunday Stealing. This time, Meme 325!
Something that’s holding you back from achieving your dreams:
Something you think you could win an award for:
Something you fear more than anything:
Caring what people think.
Something you wish people would understand:
That life would be much easier if they were a little nicer to each other.
Something that keeps you going everyday:
The promise of sleep.
Something amazing that happened last Summer:
Henry and I saw a foot-long weedy sea dragon while snorkelling at Opossum Bay. We were less than a metre away for a good couple of minutes.
Something you hate that people say:
The casual use of the word ‘bogun’ in work contexts.
Something you refuse to pay money for:
Something you wish you could have told that person that you never saw again:
“It’s not the end of the World…”
Something that really stands out about last year:
I felt fitter and healthier than I have in years.
Something you like that everyone else thinks is weird:
I like obscure forms of Hungarian stews.
Something you do when you’re trying to calm down:
I go into the laundry and count to ten.
Something you do when you wake up at three AM:
Try to go back to sleep.
Something amazing that’s happened this year:
I managed to snare a very good job.
Something you love doing on cold rainy days:
Go to the beach!
Something you listen to when you’re in a really good mood:
Something that irritates you more than anything:
People who celebrate their ignorance as if it were something to be proud of.
Something you’re addicted to/ can’t stop doing:
Something that really stands out about you:
I have magnificent legs.
Something about you that’s like everyone else:
If you prick me, I bleed.
Something that makes you change the channel:
Having the television on alone makes me leave the room. I fear that TV has passed me by.
Something you think about every night before you go to sleep:
I think about sleep.
Something that you don’t think will ever change about you:
I’m certain that I’ll never feel like a proper grown up.
Something about you that you think will soon change:
I might start wearing a wetsuit.
Something that broke your heart as a child:
Too much saturated fat.
Something that really sparks your interest:
Russian history. Particularly the pre- and post-revolutionary period.
Something that truly disgusts you:
Killing and harming animals for pleasure.
Something the opposite gender has complimented you on:
A decent pair of legs and a pleasing sense of humour. A deadly pair, you’ll agree.
Monday, November 04, 2013
Henry at work. Geilston Bay. September 2013.
The Winter Queen, Boris Akunin: A story of murder, suicide, deception and disguise that hurtles through pre-revolutionary Tsarist Russia. Crafted with care, Akunin weaves some beautiful expression and a series of exotic historical settings - primarily Moscow, Saint Petersburg and a quick jaunt to the seedier side of London in the mid-1870s - together with a wonderful series of well developed characters that really does feel like Tolstoy tackling a murder mystery.
I loved it. A.