Category Archives: Fun stuff

Went to see Justice League

Series fatigue. It gets to us all in the end. I love superhero movies.  But I didn’t see either of the big superhero movies of 2016.  Batman vs Superman, or Captain America: Civil War.  At the time I’d seen too many of them, and it was all just ‘meh’. There were other things to do…

Christmas Santas

We stopped in the township of Donald the other day. Very hot, very dry. I always think the Wimmera/Mallee in summer is another world.  And it wasn’t even summer then, only spring. They had their Christmas decorations up, including paintings on the windows.  Every few shops along the way the windows had pictures of Santa…

Saturday night

If you’ve read this blog in the past, you might know I’m a big fan of Jon English and David MacKay’s rock odyssey, Paris. It’s about the Trojan war. A concept album came out in 1990, with John Parr (who sang Man in Motion, from St Elmo’s Fire) as Paris, and Sheila Parker as Helen…

More cat pictures, please

(If you haven’t recognised it, the title of this post is a play on Naomi Kritzer’s Cat Pictures Please, which won the 2016 Hugo and 2016 Locus Award for best short story, and was also a Nebula nominee for the same. You can read it on Clarkesworld magazine.) Sometimes, all you want is something beautiful,…

It’s May. It must be Eurovision

It’s Eurovision time. This year has gone fast. It seems only a few months back I was talking about last year’s Eurovision Song Contest. It’s one of the must-watch items on our television calendar, but lest you think all Australians watch it, they don’t.  Enough of us watch it that we’ve had an entrant in…

Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Yesterday we saw the Guardians of the Galaxy 2. I’ve got a new favourite character. I adore baby Groot. The opening scene was gorgeous. A James Bond-style action sequence, with baby Groot dancing along to the music on the sidelines, and each of the main characters stopping in the middle of the battle to pick…

Quiz Time—Fantasy Whodunnit

I love a good mystery novel. Even better, I love a good speculative fiction whodunnit. Time for a quiz, I thought.  Science fiction mystery novels. So I started writing the quiz.  Isaac Asimov’s Caves of Steel, Vernor Vinge’s Marooned in Real Time.  They were easy. I need a minimum of five novels for a quiz. …

We’re back

We’re home from our international travels. A little bit tired. It’s an overnight trip from Singapore, leaving at 9pm, getting back into Melbourne at 6am. I even manged a couple of hours sleep, but we’re still sleeping most of today. Overnight travel drains you. We’ve some local travel still to do (then back to work…