REVIEW: Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan

July 27, 2015


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Thief’s Magic Millennium Rule 1 Trudi Canavan Orbit 2014 ISBN 9780356501123 This review was first posted over at A Writer Goes On A Journey. When the young student Tyen unearths an ancient book, it opens the door to a realm of mystery and danger. For it holds a clue to a disaster facing the world. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

June 18, 2015



Yes Please Amy Poehler Picador 2014 ISBN: 9781743534151   Yes Please   In Australia, at least, Amy Poehler is something of a curiosity. Just like Tina Fey, Poehler was a well-known face in the US from her years on Saturday Night Live. But SNL was not part of the regular Australian television landscape. I had […]

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DVD Review: Fiona O’Loughlin’s Greatest Hits

May 13, 2015


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Endorphins are one of those curious things where the right thing or combination of things sees the body release a rush of endorphins into our system  which makes us feel good. Without the hangovers. And two things in particular seem to always give me the happy hormone hit. One is a good feed of a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Life and Laughing; My Story by Michael McIntyre

May 5, 2015



Life and Laughing; My Story Michael McIntyre Penguin 2010 978-0141045672     So who is Michael McIntyre? That was my thought when Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow started appearing on Australian television. For sure, he was clearly a bloody good stand up and my comedy journal has a more than few notes for my benefit on […]

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REVIEW: Kitty Flanagan DVD Twin Pack

April 16, 2015


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It has been bloody ages since I reviewed a DVD so here’s one at last. And not just a single DVD but a mega-double-disc set, selling both of Kitty Flanagan’s two current DVDs in the one package at much the same price as the cost of either one by itself. Being a battling author and […]

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Australia Day or Shame Day?

January 26, 2015


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Today is Australia Day, a national holiday marking the arrival of The First Fleet to establish a penal colony on Terra Australis in on January 26, 1788. There is plenty to celebrate in this nation with an overall standard of living ahead of most of the world. But there is also a darker side to […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: Overdrive by Shonen Knife

January 19, 2015



      Overdrive   I do not normally review music but sometimes I come across something that I think worth mentioning. And so I turn to the sounds of Shonen Knife. Shonen Knife is a Japanese female pop-punk band that has achieved cult status. They were first formed as a three-piece in 1981 and […]

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