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Empty Lawns and Lightly Trafficked Footpaths

A Sunday Adventure in Suburban Peakhurst I rolled a die to select the category of this week’s Sunday Adventure and landed on Visit a Random Suburb. Then, based on having last week visited Parramatta, the next suburb alphabetically is Peakhurst. I have to have rules to drive these things – weird as they may be,

Plane Spotting with Abby: A Sunday Adventure in Sydney

I suspect every Sunday is an adventure for Abby – in Sydney or not.   Actually, now that I think of it, every day is an adventure for Abby. She’ll be 3 in November [EDIT – grrr, October. Her birthday is in October]. She’s the precocious, strong-willed, smart, sometimes a little shy, blue-eyed, curly-haired daughter

Beach No 55: North Cronulla

North Cronulla is an almost anonymously typical Sydney surf beach. There’s really nothing special about it and yet it is lovely and a pleasure to visit.  The order of my beaches has become a bit mixed up this season. I planned to visit North Cronulla around my attendance at a 1st birthday party in a

Beach No 63: Queens (10 March 2019)

They’re my rules and I’ll break them if I want to. And today was a day to break them. It’s my 50th birthday, it’s a Sunday, the weather is inviting, we’re going to a beach. But, here’s the thing, later in the afternoon there’s going to be a party held at my friend Laura’s apartment

Free Solo – 4.5 out of 5 (Film 8 of 2019)

I’ve given this film 4.5 stars because I’m sure if I tried I could find a flaw. Seeing Free Solo is the most visceral, immersive movie-going experience I’ve had in a long time. Going into the cinema I know our free-solo climber, Alex, won’t fall to his death. Despite knowing this my palms are sweaty throughout

Green Book – 3 out of 5 (Film 7 of 2019)

The problem with Green Book is it tells the story from the wrong point-of-view. Well, that and it feels like a big-budget, well-acted Hallmark movie. Everything is obvious. This is  storytelling for people who can’t really pay attention or maintain interest if anything gets a bit complex or challenging (Edit: which is meant as a criticism

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