Sunday, March 29, 2009

Crocodylus johnsoni

You are not safe, even in a suburban bathroom. Beware the Australian native fauna. And some of the flora is pretty nasty, too.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

one french fry short of a happy meal

Apart from my own, the only blog I can claim to have read every single post on is Tetherd Cow Ahead. Reverend Anaglyph's wit is sharp and his brain is huge and pulsating (he keeps it in a jar), his sense of social justice is fierce, and he suffers fools neither gladly nor otherwise. He is fearless and challenging and he makes us think. And laugh. Oh yes indeed, the laughing. He is the most irreverent reverend you will ever come across.

He has invented a superfun cool Anti-Meme. Go and try it here.

Sunday, March 15, 2009


The wonderful writer Lionel Shriver has this to say about being 50 and menopausal:

"Already my opinions are obnoxious, belligerent and unapologetic. Dyspeptic, tactless and aggressively disrespectful of everything from the credulous liberalism of my upbringing to religion of every stripe, I figure I've got the makings of a fabulous old bat."

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

by Hawking's chair!

Well I know you are longing to hear how it went. Monsters vs Aliens in 3D is a tour de force, nothing short of sheer brilliance technically, and a fun story to boot. The female lead character's neck is perilously slim (how does it support the weight of those huge eyes?) but I loved it from start to finish. Gone are the clumsy cardboard-with-red-and-green-lenses 3D glasses. As you can see on our model, Kai the Ghost Dingo, we wore stylish nerd-tastic frames. Go at a time when kids will be in the cinema, and sit at least halfway back. Part of the fun is watching them reach up to try and catch balls, leaves and other objects floating just in front of their eyes.

Star spotting: I saw, but did not get to declare my love to, Seth Rogan. However, I was thrilled to say "Not my gumdrop buttons" to Conrad Vernon. He smiled shyly and said "Aw thanks". Jeffrey Katzenberg is short.

Lipstick update: Russian Red was a smash hit, Friday it was Wanton by Benefit, ditto Saturday, Sunday's lips featured Ladybug by Mac, and back to Wanton for Monday.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

red carpet red lipstick

In my twenties and thirties, I wore lipstick every day. Then I just sort of stopped wearing it every day. Now I don't apply even once a week. Tonight I am attending the Australian premiere of Monsters vs Aliens, walking the red carpet. I pledge that not only shall I apply, it will be red - Mac Russian Red, to be precise. And further, I will wear red lipstick every day for a week. I'll let you know how that goes.