November 4, 2020

One of the effects of limited theatre space allocations due to COVID-19 restrictions here in Perth is smaller, more intimate productions. No surprise there! As a result (as you may have noticed from recent posts), I’ve been trying to support local, small productions as much as I can. There’s still a firm determination to keep the flame burning for the performing arts in this town, from large production groups such as the Perth Festival, Black Swan Theatre, Fringe Festival, et… Read more

November 1, 2020

It’s nearly 5am here and I’m quasi-live-blogging the experience of “Eternal”, which is an online ‘immersive audio experience’ presented by the Bram Stoker Festival and Darkfield. “You have been chosen and we thank you for your sacrifice. In return we offer you the opportunity for eternal life – but there are conditions. You could, of course, wait to see what the future might bring. You could take your chances on a cure for mortality. The cure is coming – but… Read more

October 31, 2020

I’m sorry for this being a recent trend on my blog, ‘old men dying’. Sean Connery was not ‘my Bond’ (even though I have a lot of friends who argue he is the best). Instead, it was Roger Moore who predominated my early years of film viewing. So, I usually associate the role of Bond with Moore rather than Connery. I think that’s my loss. What I usually associate Connery’s acting with is the magnificant early film The Man Who Would… Read more

October 21, 2020

I’ve only attended a few conferences where James Randi was a host/presenting, but you can be certain that when he was there, he was the center of attention. But despite the intermittent contact, there is a direct line between his events and networking, and my eventual M.Ed in the measurement of supernatural and paranormal beliefs. I even have an interview or two with him on the Token Skeptic podcast, and there’s probably many more of my podcasts where he is… Read more

October 16, 2020

I saw an accident on the way to see the production of Fremantle Theatre Company’s production of The Other Place by Sharr White, a play beginning its run this week at Victoria Hall on the High Street. On the corner of Hampton and Clontarf, a ute had flipped. It was completely flipped over, sitting in the middle of the road whilst cars began to back up behind it. The neighbourhood gathered around to sort out the calling for police, towing, what have… Read more

October 11, 2020

Just a few musings on the conclusion of The Boys, Season 2 (note, some spoilers!) Like most people, there was a little bit of dismay to discover the second season’s staggered release schedule of shows. But it’s understandable that the staggering compliments the ‘companion show’, Inside The Boys – an official after show hosted by Aisha Tyler, featuring lots of interviews and jokes with the actors and makers of the show. It was a little forced-seeming for the first few… Read more

October 4, 2020

You’ll have to excuse the delayed post for this week; it’s a result of having a back that has turned into a block of paving brick, a knee that has crumpled into sounding like celophane every time I move, and a seventeen-year-old cat that is critically unwell and spending her last few days on the comfort of the couch and the warmth of the heater. It’s been a time of organising pillows and ordering painkillers for the pair of us…. Read more

September 25, 2020

Well, it’s one way to deal with quarantine! Ripping apart and getting creative with a piano was not anywhere near my list of “things to do”… I’m not sure if I heard this tune during the “Back” tour, but as it’s been glimpsed in stages on social media over the past two weeks, it’s staring to feel familiar regardless. You can download it (and even get the album soon!) via these deets: Stream/download here: Available Friday 25th September, worldwide,… Read more

September 18, 2020

I’ve only had enough time to see a few of the episodes, but so far Lovecraft Country is doing quite well in comparison to another series I was transfixed by, Watchmen. The story is based on Matt Ruff’s fantastic 2016 book of the same name, and whilst it touches upon Providence’s prized horror fiction author H.P. Lovecraft’s stomping grounds, it very much tackles the very real Jim Crow-era. If you know anything about Lovecraft’s beliefs, the irony certainly isn’t lost!… Read more

September 12, 2020

Well, this year I said to myself (after checking out the amazing winning thesis by Min Loo from 2017) that I would try for the Three Minute Thesis Competition. I didn’t expect to win for my university! “The 3MT is a professional and engaging international competition. It challenges PhD students to present their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience in the space of three minutes. The competition is based on the premise that the capacity to… Read more

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