Archive for October, 2016

“She explains why she is friendly with her ex and with Donald’s daughter – and why she made Sky Ladder, a documentary about fireworks artist Cai Guo-Qiang.”  An excellent article by Hadley Freeman from The Guardian 12th Oct 2016.

Deng Murdoch with ex-husband Rupert Murdoch in 2011.

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The Sound of Music

mv5bmgyyzjk4mdmtytzmms00ywm2ltgxndqtm2ewnzq2mdzhnwqxxkeyxkfqcgdeqxvyndyymdk5mtu-_v1_sy1000_sx670_al_I was 15 or 16 in 1965 when ‘The Sound of Music’ was released and probably got to see it pretty soon after, at our local Astra Cinema in Kitwe, Zambia.

Yes, we did have cinemas in the ‘wilds of Africa’ and we got new releases pretty soon after they were…    You got dressed up then – women even wore gloves and a gorgeous outfit to evening showings.

When I was younger it was a big deal to go to the cinema every Saturday morning, then off to OK Bazaars to spend our 2 shillings & 6 pence pocket money on some cheap trincket.

We had to meet Mum and Dad at the Kitwe Club for a pickled fish and crusty bread (and lemonade) lunch on the verandah.   Sometimes, we’d spend the afternoon playing tennis or watching the adults.

Fast foward 50 years and I’ve just watched my great niece Taisen play Gretyl in the Broadway stage production of ‘The Sound of Music’ right here in Perth, Western Australia!




Taisey was WONDERFUL! She absolutely stole the show for me – and not just because she’s ours, but she seemed to feature each time she was on stage – she just grabbed it with both hands and had a wonderfull time! The joy was obvious. Her characterization was fantastic and that voice was so strong. Love, love, loved it all – EVERY MOMENT!

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FILM NOIR is one of my favourite genres, so I found this article very interesting:

“Why The Girl on the Train heralds the return of the Hitchcockian thriller” 



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Such a familiar childhood… Congratulations, Louise.

Write Note Reviews

In the lead up to the launch of Serenity Press’s upcoming Writing the Dream anthology (available for pre-order here), I’ll be sharing guest posts from some of the contributors. Thanks to Louise Allan for this short and sweet post. Louise is a Perth writer whose first novel will be published in September 2017 by Allen and Unwin. It was shortlisted for the 2014 City of Fremantle-TAG Hungerford Award and prior to that, she was awarded a Varuna Residential Fellowship to work on it. You can read more of Louise’s writing on her blog, or catch up with her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

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When I was a kid, we seemed to have days and days with no commitments and nothing to do. Weekend sport hadn’t been invented, and homework could be dashed off in milliseconds, so there was plenty of time for reading and playing.

I read a…

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Making up…


So what colour should love be

on the face we show the world?


Is fear the white make-up base?

The veil clothing us in past experiences,

keeping them close in our minds?


Do blue brows give early warning

above our windows to the soul –

predicting a cautious tale of woe?


The vehicle of words which wound

wears lipstick red – do they reveal

blood spilt in misunderstanding?


When make-up is removed

will it wash away fears, expose

the truth – leave us naked?


Are we all clowns, underneath?


Frances Macaulay Forde © 2011

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Ava’s poem reminded me of one of mine: ‘Wardrobe Mistress’.

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