Italian Filn Festival: Baciami Ancora →
I was dying to know why the actress who played Giulia in the first & hugely successful film L’ultimo bacio was different in the sequel despite the great respect for Gabriele Muccino & his cinematic vision. Looks like Giovanna Mezzogiorno didn’t agree or approve of the direction of her character’s evolution in the new film. Such a shame, she is a wonderful actress with...
Pick the Knight over the King. You'll never regret... →
“He stands by the side of his partner, not in front or behind her”. Sarah Wilson once again posts something entirely relevant to my life (& I’m guessing to most of my female friends/ a huge proportion of female Gen Y). The Psychology Today article she links to seeks to reject the commonly acknowledged idea that ‘alpha’ women need ‘beta’ males &...
Easy A tackles slut shaming, gossip & what we... →
Why bother writing my own thoughts on Easy A when an article I read encapsulates mine almost exactly? In short: I’m glad a film so accurately depicts the gendered double standards surrounding sex & has a stab at moralistic & socially conservative Christians to boot in a hilarious & intelligent way.
Napolitana Lentil Stew
I love lentils. All legumes in fact. I feel so nourished when I eat them & the gradual energy they release keeps my blood sugar steady. I do, however, get sick of the usual soups & nutty flavours which is why the following recipe appeals so much. Adapted from Ross Dobson’s ‘Market Vegetarian’ p82, the strong mediterranean flavours make a nice change to a lentil dish....
Shut the front door. Actually. →
To my new concept abode. Is this minimalist, functional, sleek & efficient Japanese design actually coming to Canberra? I can’t quite believe it. Nishi is going to have an astonishing presence for sure. Mark my words: it will transform the way this city lives.
enough with the wobbly energy →
Sarah Wilson once again writes about a topic close to my heart/neurotic sensibilities. There is no doubt that the ease of rapid communication has changed the way we interact and schedule events and catchups with friends. But that doesn’t mean we should become lazy & stop committing ourselves to actually attend. Perhaps I learnt this the hard way when I was submerged into Danish...
This is your life. Do what you love and do it often. If you don’t like...– http://galadarling.com
Dispelling myths about means testing the Private... →
While News Ltd has done everything to promote the alarmist views of insurers, Jennifer Doggett sensibly & systematically dispells myths about the Rebate & what a means test equates to for industry.
Treatment of the Roma: the shame of a continent →
The great European paradox further unfolds, inciting racial hatred & discrimination which explicity goes against progressive & liberal European ideals of society. Once again, Europe illustrates that it cannot embrace diversity & multiculturalism when it is perceived to threaten its antiquated conception of nationalism, developed through various forms of autocracy including fascism....
Be yourself. People will not like you anyway.– http://galadarling.com/article/cherry-on-top33
Pasolini's Salo' set for DVD release →
Pasolini, a controversial Italian poet, writer, film maker and artist has a special place in contemporary Italian history. Ridiculed and criminalised by the Vatican & the Italian state, Pasolini believed, above all, in the freedom of art, and the great potential of art to expand the mind & overcome barriers such as the conservatism inherent in both religion & legislation at the time...
Lady Gaga and the death of sex →
Excerpt of Camille Paglia’s article in the Sunday Times yesterday.
Rationalists just don't get the new paradigm →
Gittins gets it right on why economic rationalists are wrong about the new Government & prospects of economic reform.
The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance... →
J.K. Rowling’s commencement address to Harvard’s graduating class in 2008. Perhaps one of the best speeches on the unconquerable idea ‘success’ has become in the Western world, a behemoth that haunts as all as young adults.
What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality– Plutarch
After a very busy week, and spending the past several weekends out of town, this weekend has been a shining light of rest & rejuvenation. On the agenda: • Sleep, sleep & more sleep. • Catching up on reading & DVD watching. • Getting organised for impending fitness challenge of doom, which may involve cooking healthy food for the week. • Catching up on some movies. • Eating delicious...
Film Review: The Kids Are All Right
Last night I went to see this quirky & widely acclaimed film. I loved the depiction of a sunshine drenched alternative existence in Southern California, with lesbian parents, sperm donors, organic food coops, talking about feelings, sex & relationships openly and being your ‘higher self’. I particularly valuedthe sensitivity with which it treated the complex subject of...
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation
Today I went to a seminar about the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. I have been aware of the great work of the foundation and was interested to see photos and hear details of how it operates on a grass-roots level. I feel genuinely inspired about what it teaches children. How to garden for one, an interest in fresh food & vegetables & learning how to cook them. I’m so...
Do not allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded. Tell them to put...– Lady Gaga
Review: Urban Pantry →
Review: The Australian Bar & Restaurant →
A refreshingly new political paradigm →
This piece by Fran Kelly on The Drum illustrates the tremendous political potential of Australia’s hung parliament.