Archive for November 2009

A post wherein I really show my musical ignorance…

I have a question for all those on my flist that are musically inclined. This question comes from nowhere in particular, except maybe from idle curiosity.

You know written music – I’m not talking about Doh-Re-Mi, and ABCDEFG music, but real, technical, written music with the notes and the lines and the squiggles etc. (See what I did there – the technical terms I used :D) What I want to know, is have there been/ are there, different ways of writing music.
I mean, do (or did) the Chinese/Japanese/Africans/Inuits write their music the same?

I figure there must be other music ‘languages’ but I don’t think I have ever heard of them.


5 comments November 9, 2009


A couple of weeks ago I got to spend the day with my cousin and her family.

The next day I got a phone call from her asking what Mandurah was like to live in. They have been broken into a couple of times and were looking to move. Mandurah is great – we have lived in this house 8 years, have had a push bike stolen once (which the kids left out the front) and once the cars have been rifled through, but nothing was taken.

She got a house around the corner from us, literally and is in the process of moving in.

She got broken into yesdterday and lost quite a bit of stuff.


2 comments November 6, 2009

Gaining Culture

Last night I took Tusk to see angriest‘s play “Cry Havoc”. We were supposed to go on Tuesday, but Tusk ended up having to work, so I had to reschedule.

I am so glad I did.

The play had been promoted as Shakespeare”s “Julius Caesar” meets “The West Wing”. I was expecting to enjoy it, and I was *hoping* Tusk would, because he really enjoyed TWW, but he was way out of his comfort zone, and very reserved, so I wasn’t sure how it’d go. He also got to meet girliejones and mynxii.

We both loved it.

The entire cast was great, and I was really impressed with Peter Clark (Marc, the President’s Chief-of-Staff), and Michael Lamont (Hank, the Press Secretary).
Then, in the second half, there is a scene with Michael Lamont that just had me captivated. It was amazing. Beautifully written and delivered with perfection and power! And when it finished, I was wiping away tears.

I only wish I had been able to see it Tuesday, because now Ratbag wants to see it and it finishes tomorrow night and he doesn’t have a free night.

Borrowing from Molly Meldrum – Do yourself a favour and go see it!

So congratulations to angriest and all the cast. You have every reason to be proud of an awesome work!

Add a comment November 6, 2009

A couple of questions for the foodies on my flist…

I love cooking, and I don’t mean just dinner steak-and-three-veg style cooking. I love baking and dinner parties and planning and prepping. (but not cleaning 🙂 ) The more complicated the better.

The thing is, I have realised I’ve lost my adventurous streak. This is partly because while I was working fulltime it was hard, but it’s also a carry over from a time of being so broke that I had to cook safe in order to not destroy the small amount of food we hand on hand.

Anyway, I want to change this 🙂

So, this week, I have been making yoghurt, and am going to give cheese a whirl (starting with ricotta today.) In the last couple of days I have been making frozen yoghurt and am going to do ice cream as well…but I don’t just want chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. I want new, and exciting and different.

So my question:

What are your favourite flavours to put in ice cream/gelato/frozen yoghurt?

9 comments November 2, 2009


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