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Camera Obscura

The story of Vivian Maier – not exactly a spoonful of sugar Thanks to Walt Disney, many of us associate nannies with Mary Poppins, that relentlessly cheerful and resourceful woman who introduced supercalifragilisticexpialidocious into our vocabulary. Photo courtesy amagico.com Other mediums of film and television helped to reinforce the public’s image of the lovable nanny. | Read more…

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Mother Courage

“I’ve been through it all, baby, I’m mother courage.” Elizabeth Taylor Photo courtesy http://www.pinterest.com Well said, Liz. And although she was light years away from the character, Anna Fierling, in Bertold Brecht’s play, Mother Courage , no one can argue that Liz’s life had spectacular highs (including her Academy Awards – two Oscars for best | Read more…

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Fire And Ice

Fire and Ice sums up Hannah Kent’s debut novel, Burial Rites, succinctly. Hannah Kent is not the first Australian writer to be enarmoured with the sometimes bleak, but always spectacular, Icelandic landscape. Photo courtesy http://www.aurelm.com For Brisbane-based but Iceland born author and academic, Dr Kári Gíslason, the journey was to search out the truth, and | Read more…

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Synchronicity And Serendipity

‘Tripping’ down memory lane On Sunday night, synchronicity and serendipity aligned with the stars to make for a rather perfect evening. We went to see The Age of Adeline at the recently refurbished New Farm Six Cinemas (formerly known as the Village Twin Cinemas). Photo courtesy wallwidehd.com As we approached the building with its flood-lit | Read more…

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Living In The 70s – I Was There

The whole decade, that is, from 1970 to 1979 – admittedly I was aged between eight and 17, and was young and free-spirited enough not to be influenced by “good” or “bad” fashion. I simply looked longingly at those fabulous outfits women and girls older than myself wore, and dreamed about wearing them myself. Now in | Read more…

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