Saturday, February 26, 2011

Squirrels unite

[image via: Point of Difference]

trickster pea coat
[Secret Squirrel: "I'm not like them" collection 2011]

Let's Hear It for the Boy

As i was driving to my laborhood I heard Kate Nash's gnarlz "Like a version" on the radio - I had to stop myself going ham, but I was dancing so much I forgot that I was hangry!

Ahhh urban dictionary - providing hours of entertainment and unnecessary spice to my sentences.

Writer's no one reads

This tumblr made me laugh and laugh and laugh – Check-ch-check-check-check-ch-check it out.

No one reads Jules  Renard.

No one reads Larbi Layachi.

No one reads Roland Topor. (Cover, long out-of-print Stories and Drawings, Peter Owen, 1968.)

I’m still knee deep in “The Corrections” and needed some respite from their heavy hearted discontent, so I started reading Orhan Pamuk’s childhood memoirs Istanbul: Memories and a City”.

Unfortunately seems like I’ve jumped from one bag of neuroses to another.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A hive of bees and a dash of hairspray

The ever chic ginga ninja of the delightful blog Yours Truly - has put up a tutorial about how to create a beehive!

The step-by-step tute makes it look so straight forward, but my butter fingers and clumsy clips means that my beehive is more crappy than snappy!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


It's the one year anniversary of SLAM day (Save Live Australian Music "a non-politically aligned, independent entity made up of musicians and music-lovers") a gathering of 22,000+ people on the streets of Melbourne to protest against changes to the Liquor Licensing Victoria (LLV) to curb street violence.

Of course alcohol fuelled violence is bad news but these changes to licensing had unintentionally negative repercussions on the local live music scene.

It would be another 8 months after the rally for the licensing to be changed to acknowledge that there is no link between live music and alcohol fuelled violence.

So what would any music loving group do to commemorate an anniversary? Throw a kick arse gig.

It's times like these I wish I had a jet pack, as Melbourne is the place to be tonight.

Endless Summer

The last weekend of summer is fast approaching and the opportunities to laze at the beach are fast receding; soon it'll be frosty toes, runny noses and the end of daylight savings.Though it seems that summer wants to go off with a bang as the forecast is 27-33 degrees over the weekend.

But fear not! Don't start pulling on the overcoats and clutching your box of tissues - there's a new film called "First Love" coming out and it's about surfing and all things beachy. With a soundtrack featuring the likes of Tim & Jean, The Beautiful Girls, M-Phazes and Seth Sentry, it already sounds like a winner.

Svpply the answers

The effortlessly creative Diana of Miss Moss is guest blogging on A Cup of Jo this week and has posted about Svpply - heavens and stars oh my! It's addictive!

Bread Shoes

I now have ELO's "Evil Woman" playing in my head, me thinks svpply will be a rather dangerous influence on my bank balance.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Trifectar dance off

For ten bucks you can see sit on the couch with a family sized block of chocolate and a tub of ice cream OR you can dance! dance! dance!

Yup I'm lacing up my dancing shoes and catching the tail end of the triple rainbow tour - it's going to be sweeter than that tub of neapolitan ice cream.

What's cooking good looking?

[Audrey at home]

I wonder what I should have for dinner? A bowl of cereal would be quick and easy, but a serve of Black-eyed Peas and Leeks would be delightful. Lazy vs. Yummy - let the show down begin!

Black-eyed Peas & Leeks

[via 101 cookbooks]

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Tea time loving


Who needs emoticons when you can have a cup of tea?

Warning: some of the above looks may constitute sexual harassment if used in the workplace.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Petrol pennies

I started a new job a few weeks ago which has been lovely, unfortunately the time it takes to drive there I can listen to:

Sufjan Steven's "Impossible Soul" (26 minutes) + Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" (5:55minutes) + Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile" (14:59) + The Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Maps" (4 minutes) = some wicked sing-a-longs and a rather hefty petrol bill by the of the end week.

While I do like driving out of suburbia with it's high density living to paddocks of horses and cows - it would also be nice to spend my petrol pennies on these goodies:

Reading rock

I thought that my weekend was shaping up to be perfection with charades and picnics planned - but it looks like Rock Hudson pipped me at the post by 59 years, with these lovely photos taken of him hanging out at home in 1952.

Rock Hudson at home in North Hollywood, CA, 1952.

Rock Hudson at home playing charades with Leonard Stern (script writer), Lori Nelson (actress), Bob Preble (actor), Julia Adams (actress), and Betty Abbott (script girl), North Hollywood, CA, 1952.

Rock Hudson at home in North Hollywood, CA, 1952.

Rock Hudson at home with (clockwise) Bob Preble (actor), Leonard Stern (script writer), Lori Nelson (actress), Julia Adams (actress), and Betty Abbott (script girl), North Hollywood, CA, 1952.

Rock Hudson at home in North Hollywood, CA, 1952.

Rock Hudson at home in North Hollywood, CA, 1952.

What I like about the photos is that he doesn't look like a douche posing for pictures whilst reading without his shirt on, in fact I wish I could look as stylish when I'm reading, I typically slouch and have the unsightly habit of twisting my lower lip with my index finger and thumb. I think I need to practice my reading poses! Luckily for the wider community my finger is twitching over the mouse to buy this, this and this.

Though these books may be somewhat of an ironic selection to use to practice seductive sitting, but they look so damn interesting!

Images via: IMDb

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Friday fodder

There are some things to ruminate over the weekend:


PAPER: The making of Fantastic Mr Fox - this book gives me heart palpitations just thinking about how fantastic it looks. Gimme gimme gimme!





We had a boardgames night last night - it was just a few intense rounds of Articulate and Scattergories - which probably isn't nearly as hardcore as 'Tiddly Winks'. I'm not sure what the rules of the game are or the purpose, but the boy on the box looks like he's going in for the kill.

I'm going to two BBQ's this weekend, one for mate who is coming home from the UK for a quick visit so we're amping up the Aussie factor to make them feel at home and the other is to celebrate a mate not being eaten alive by sharks during their debut open water swim. Huzzah!

It's also picnic time for Tropfest 2011

Heart beats, city streets

My heart gallops in anticipation of revisiting my old London haunts.

Images via: From Me To You

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Micallef for the win

Shaun Micallef - interview

You make me laugh Mr Micallef. Big aching belly laughs. I hope that Roo needs to keep seeking your gynecological services on Laid.

Art me up

I was having a quiet moment of contemplation at work today - okay I admit I was daydreaming, but it was work related.

Well sort of.

I was daydreaming about what I would rather be doing for a pretty penny. Usually radio host (on triple j) or librarian tops the list, but today I want to be photographer for the google art project.


The Interior of the Palm House

coffee grinder, cup and glass on table

pipe and fruit dish with grapes

In fact I think I would do it for free. Heads up google – cheap labor right here.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


So "the party" has hit the water. My local pool has been advertising aqua zumba for a while. I'm not sure what is more alarming:

- I will probably been pulled to rescue after five minutes as I'm not the most proficient swimmer and I look like I'm drowning when I attempt zumba on dry land or

- the fact that I've been eagerly anticipating the class since they put the poster up. Literally foaming at the mouth excited.

Perhaps I need to find more parties to go to.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Ghost Train

Sometimes band names fail to capture the style of music they produce - Summer Camp got it right.

They got it so very right.

I feel like I'm swimming in a lake of sunshine and happiness when I listen to their EP.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Warriors

I rolled out of bed early Saturday morning and drove with my siblings to the Glenworth Valley. Instead of the typical serene sounds of a bubbling brook or a chorus of chirping birds, the valley was filled with thousands of people screaming WARRIOR!!

Finally the day of the warrior dash arrived!

The cross country run was broken up with obstacles like the deadweight drifter, rivers of mud and high ropes. I got to fulfil my dream of pretending to be rookie cop from Police Academy - by sliding across the bonnet of a car in the junkyard jump.

There were heaps of people dressed for the occasion, with a heavy contingency of kilt wearing warriors present. Unfortunately I didn't spot anyone dressed up like one of 'The Warriors' from the 1979 cult classic film. Perhaps next year I'm be a bit more organised!

I was feeling pretty hard core about leaping over a 'wall of fire'...until I watched 127 hours. Amazing film.

Swing set love


I love the look of disbelief on the kid's face in the background.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tuning fork

Architecture in Helsinki sound like a marching band who have been lost in the jungle for six months with nothing but their instruments, rain water and an endless supply of native fruit (with hallucinogenic properties). At times serene, other times hyperactive and bewilleringly delightful. The chaotic clash of ideas, hramonies and instruments, is always incredibly original and infectiously danceble.

I am excited for their new album. Yippee!

The Strokes you continue to woo me so with your jagged riffs, solid high hat drumming and delightfully messy audio production. Bon bon bon! Most music blogs are heralding the band's return to form - but I don't think they ever lost it, every release has made me dance like a cat on a hot tin roof or buy a leather jacket so I too can strike rock n' roll poses.

I'm also keen to sink my ears into Bright Eyes new release The People's Key.