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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

Roma – 4 out of 5 (Film 6 of 2019)

Eventually I’ll see another film with a really strong story to tell but in the meantime I’ll keep going to see gorgeously shot films with something missing. That is, films like Roma. Is it beautiful? Yes, it’s beautiful. And, yes, I was immersed in a world I knew nothing of – that of a well-off

Beach No 56: North Curl Curl

If you’ve been following this blog you may be thinking, “Wait a second. Wasn’t your last beach number 54 Newport?” And if you are thinking that – well spotted. Number 55 is North Cronulla. In a couple of weeks, I’m attending a 1st birthday party near Cronulla. That party is on a Sunday and I

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