Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Q & A Questions

It feels a bit strange not having any study. Very strange indeed.

Ah well, plenty of other things to do, like make saurkraut. Never done that before.

Questions, as always, come from Sunday Stealing.

1. where is your significant other?

No idea. Never had one. No idea who they are. No idea what they might be doing. No idea where they might be.

2. your favorite thing?

Sitting at home on Sunday night with a gin and tonic in my hand watching telly.

3. your dream last night?

I don't dream much. Didn't dream.

4. your goal?

At the moment, to stay gainfully employed, finish my Masters and walk the Camino in Spain next year.

5. your hobby?

Writing, knitting, going to the gym.

6. where do you want to be in 6 years?

A successful author. Solvent and happy.

7. where were you last night?

Round at Blarney's watching a movie with the Blarney, the boys and Maow Maow.

8. what you're not?

Overly emotional, mean spirited, grudge holding. I'm also not a Victorian even though I live in Victoria.

9. one of your wish list items?

A freehold apartment. Money to travel two months of every year.

10. your pet?

Don't have one. Borrow other people's cats when they go away.

11. missing someone?

Not really.

12. your car?

A Mazda CX3. It's red so it goes faster.

13. something you're not wearing?

Jewellery.

14. love someone?

Lots of people.

15. when is the last time you laughed?

This morning at breakast. And Friday night at a play.

16. last time you cried?

Yesterday - I saw "Their Finest" again. It has sad bits/



17. favorite past time?

Reading and going to the movies.

18. are you a hater or a lover?

Lover. no energy to hate.

19. any vices? 

Gin and tonic.

20. favorite questions blog other than Sunday Stealing? 

What is the favourite compliment you've every received? / What was the nicest thing anybody has said to you?

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Getting to Know You Questions

Just back from a very relaxing weekend away, hence this is a bit late.

Questions, as per usual, from Sunday Stealing.

1. What is your occupation right now? How long have you been there?

I'm a technical writer / process analyst / project analyst. I contract and have been doing this for about six years. Been technical writing for ten or so years.

2. Favorite rock band. Ever.

The Pixies



3. What are you listening to right now?

The loaner cat playing with it's toys and the telly. Music wise, I'm still into Tash Sultana and Alt-J.



4. Last person you spoke to on the phone. What was it about?

My sister. It's Mother's day. She lost a child eighteen months ago. I always call her on Mother's Day to tell her she is in my thoughts.

5. How old are you today? Or make up a question. This one bites.

As old as I feel - so mid 30s.

6. What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?

Probably cricket - so I can ignore it. or Australian Rules football, so I can half ignore it (depends on who is playing)

7. What is your favorite drink?

Gin and Tonic.  I have a Turkish Apple Tea with lime and soda in front of me at the moment.

8. Have you ever dyed your hair?

Regularly and often.

9. Favorite food?

Ice Cream. Healthy food - Mum's roast lamb.

10. What is the last movie you watched?

I saw The Zookeeper's Wife today. It was meh.

11. Favorite day of the year?

Most weekends

12. How do you vent anger?

Go off in a huff and stomp around for a bit. Or go driving playing The Pogues really loud.



13. What was your favorite toy as a child?

Lego

14. Living arrangements? (Of course your pets count. Geez!)

Alone. With the occasional loaner cat.

15. What was the last thing that you cried about?

I watched Freehold earlier today. Bawled at the end

16. Who is the friend you have had the longest?

All of my uni friends I met around the same time, My friend Bernadette I met in our first year English tute.

17. What did you do last night?

Slept, watched movies and enjoyed my hotel room.

18. What are you most afraid of?

A lingering painful death and another term of the fucking Liberal National federal government. They could acquaint to the same thing.

19. In how many areas of your country have you lived? What's your favorite?

Three. Adelaide as a young child, Myponga (country South Australia) as a teenager and Melbourne as an adult
. All three have their good bits.

20. What is your favorite flower? (Ugh. Quite the note to go out on. But hell, we steal the questions. I guess you get what you pay for.)

I love roses and lillies.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Crazy Chicago Questions

Papers are nearly in. I have nearly finished the 10th subject of my Masters. (YAYAYAYAYAYAY)

All if have to do now is take all the typos the cat has put in the paper from sitting on the keyboard. Still very proud of myself.

Questions, as always, from Sunday Stealing.


1) What was your dream growing up?

To be a writer or a doctor.

2) What talent do you wish you had?

I have always wanted to play the piano. I never got lessons as a kid. On the 'one day' list.

3) If I bought you a drink what would it be?

Gin and tonic. Preferably Hendricks.

4) What was the last book you read?

Paul Beatty's The Sellout.

5) Worst Habit?

Sucking my thumb when tired. And I have to shower twice a day or I feel awful.

6) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?

Maybe. Friends have seen me walking down the street and offered me a life. It's nice.

7) What is your favorite sport?

Australian Rules Football. Quite partial to cricket too.

8) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?

Sit on the floor, drink the coffee I had to hand and talk nonsense - that's what we did the last time I was stuck in a lift.

9) Worst thing to ever happen to you?

I can't think of anything - things might be hard, but you learn from them.

10) Tell me one weird fact about you.

I was brought up in Myponga. You don't get much weirder than that.

11) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?

You'd probably get a cup of tea.

12) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?

I would love to be 30 kgs lighter. Working on that.

13) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?

Partner in crime. Far more fun.

14) Ever been arrested?

No.

15) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?

Pay off my car and book a holiday.

16) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?

Read, walk and go to the movies.

17) Biggest pet peeve?

Rude people - especially people who are rude to serving/waiting staff.

18) In one word, how would you describe yourself?

Kind

19) Do you believe in/appreciate romance?

Yes.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Unknown Author Questions

Supposed to be writing assignments for uni. Slightly daft questions this week so mainly monosyllabic answers.

Questions, as always, from Sunday Stealing.


1.      If someone wanted to really understand you, what would they read, watch, and listen to?

Read: Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Slaughterhouse Five, The Moor's Last Sigh
Watch: Six Feet Under, Orange is the New Black, the Harry Potter Movies
Listen to: Doolittle and Surfer Rosa by The Pixies

2.      Have you ever found a blogger who thinks just like you? if so, who?

No.

3.      List your fandoms and one character from each that you identify with.

No idea what a fandom is. Next.

4.      Do you like your name?  is there another name you think would fit you better?

Being so banal and boring it allows for anonymity in an anglo-saxon world. I write under Pandora Behr and Trellawney Thom.

5.      Do you think of yourself as a human being or a human doing? do you identify yourself by the things you do?

Human being. You finish doing after a while. I write and read. Yay.


6.      Are you religious/spiritual?

Spiritual. can't see a point in being religious. Too many wars have been faught in the name of religion - like the one going on now in America - and don't try to tell me it's not.

7.      Do you care about your ethnicity?

Not really. White Anglo-Saxon of Cornish, Welsh, English and Scottish extraction - nothing exotic.

8.      What musical artists have you most felt connected to over your lifetime?

The Pixies and Alt-J

9.      Are you an artist?

I write. does that count?

10.   Do you have a creed?

No,

11.   Describe your ideal day.

Lots of sleep, sex and ice cream - and throw in a great meal a good movie and some reading that is not uni work.

12.   Dog person or cat person?

Love both, but I identify with cats more. More independent. Less allergic to dogs too.

13.   Inside or outdoors?

Both

14.   Are you a musician?

No. I can sing and play the flute - but not terribly well.

15.   Five most influential books over your lifetime.

Who Moved My Cheese by Dr Spencer Johnson.
The Secret History by Donna Tarrt
Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
The Harry Potter Books by JK Rowling
The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood (The book I would like to write)

16.   If you’d grown up in a different environment, do you think you’d have turned out the same?

There would be some differences, but generally I would be me.

17.   Would you say your tumblr is a fair representation of the “real you”?

What is tumblr?

18.   What’s your patronus?

A cat.

19.   Which Harry Potter house would you be in? or are you a muggle?

Probably Griffyndor, but maybe Ravenclaw.

20.   Would you rather be in Middle Earth, Narnia, Hogwarts, or somewhere else?

Hogwards - haven't read Narnia or the Lord of the Rings.

21.   Do you love easily?

I fall in love with every dog I see in the street.

22.   List the top five things you spend the most time doing, in order.

Today: Procrastinating, cleaning, writing assignments, walking, drinking.

23.   How often would you want to see your family every year?

I see them 2-3 times a year. They live interstate. That's enough.

24.   Have you ever felt like you had a “mind-meld” with someone?

Yes, and it's scary.

25.   Could you live as a hermit?

Very easily. Some say I do in some ways.

26.   How would you describe your gender/sexuality?

That's a bit personal. Female, cisgender, 95% hetero. The other 5% is up for discussion.

27.   Do you feel like your outside appearance is a fair representation of the “real you”?

No. But there are good bits and I'm not ugly so I deal.

28.   On a scale from 1 to 10, how hard is it for someone to get under your skin?

Depends on the day but normally a 6-7.

29.   Three songs that you connect with right now.

Where is my Mind? The Pixies


Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Swede



Reckless - Australian Crawl



30.   Pick one of your favorite quotes.

Be the change you want to see - Gandhi.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Part 2

Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 - Four Stars

Okay, action is not my genre, but strangely, I can do the odd bit of Marvel. Yes, I'm hooked.

See, I am Groot..

A bit like Deadpool, I can do these strange, fun, featherweight action movies. They're fun. Take  out the brain at the car park and go and go enjoy them for what they are films.

I am Groot.

So, when my Punjabi kid brother (and everbody needs a Punjabi kid brother) said lets do Tight Arse Tuesday movie night and I asked if he wanted to see this, he was thrilled. After all, it's a movie you'd take your kid brother aged 12 or over to quite happily.) First of all, I needed to catch up on Guardians of the Galaxy  - the first part. A little bit of downloading and I hit pay dirt. What a great film!

I am Groot.

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume Two takes off a couple of months after the end of the first movie. Peter Quill / Starlord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) continue their adventures out in space, where Peter's parentage is explored.

I am Groot.

There are plenty of explosions and fights for the boys to enjoy (and the girls too). The CGI and special effects are fantastic. The script is tight and funny, even if it lacks the 'road movie' feel of the first movie.

I am Groot.

The soundtrack is equally as awesome as the first movie as it is based around the Awesome Mix Tape #2 - and as a child of the seventies, I loved every minute of the music.

I am Groot.

This is a silly, funny, action-packed movie. The characters are lovable as they are flawed. Baby Groot is one of the highlights. There are also cameos from some pretty famous actors, including Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Elizabeth Debicki and Glenn Close, among others.

I am Groot.

As somebody who is quite averse to violence, I sat through this with a smile on my face and a level of comfort that  the violence is what I call "Bang-bang you're dead" violence and thankfully nothing too malicious (says she who got freaked out over last night's episode of Law and Order: SVU).

I am Groot.

I think Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 is my new happy place movie. There are purists who say that you have to know about the Infinity Stones. I don't think so. If you're looking for two hours of fun an entertainment, not requiring a brain that is very funny in places, this is your film. It delivers.

Also, Baby Groot steals the show.

I am Groot.


Oh and I have to put this here too: Ouga chaka, ouga ouga ouga chaka... bet you're singing this for the next two days.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Film Review: Their Finest

Their Finest - 4 and a bit stars

Okay, I am a sucker for English films. A big sucker for English films, but if all films were a bit like this, I think the world would be a much better place.

So Their Finest (released in Britain as "Their Finest Hour and a Half") is a historical comedy set during The Blitz. One Mrs Catrin Cole, from somewhere deep in the valleys of Wales is called up by the Ministry of Information to assist in writing the scripts for their "Keep Calm and Carry On" propaganda films. The film tells the story of a British Ministry of Information film team making a morale-boosting film about the Dunkirk evacuation during the Battle of Britain and the London Blitz.

Okay, Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain. Romantic Comedy. Well, yes - and it works delightfully as we embark on a two hour journey into what it was like to live in through the Blitz and be a part of the spin machine that operates during wartime (Funny, it feels a bit like that now).

The cast are excellent. The film's prtoagonist, Catrin Cole, played by Gemma Arterton is just the right mix of plucky, resolute and fragile and the rather downtrodden screen writer. Her love interest, Buckley, is played with ablomb and a stunningly awful moustache by Sam Claflin - who seems to be doing a great line in playing redeemable arseholes of late (Think Me Without You and The Hunger Games Trilogy.

Stealing the show, in his own inimitable way is Bill Nighy, who plays Bill Nighy. Other notable mentions include Eddie Marsan, who plays Nighy's crotchety manager, and Helen McCrory, who ends up being his manager. Lovely cameo parts which bring warmth and humour into what could have otherwise been a heavy film.

The direction of the film is another of its strengths. Lone Scherfig, who is responsible for wonderful British Films including An Education and One Day. She has a steady hand and knows how to milk the British psyche for its wonderful nuances and failings.

Part farce, part romantic comedy, part look at the horrors of war and just what the British put up with during world war two, I will be recommending this movie for a long time.

I also love it when you have a film that has you doing spit-takes for most of the film only to have you crying buckets for the last ten minutes. (I haven't sobbed like that in ages)

Set in the back streets of London as well as somewhere concocted as "Devon" (it was filmed somewhere off the Welsh Coast) this is a film which you can take your Mum along to and know she's not going to be offended. I know I got out of the cinema and called my Mum, telling her to go and see it.

This is a marvelous film, with just enough lightness to make a war story very human and very enjoyable. It's also a fantastic insight into the propaganda machines which drive our world today.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Mommy Time Questions

Despite the dodgy title of these questions, they are not too bad.

I'm in assignment mode - for which I am not doing too badly. 2000 out o a 3000 word story is complete and the planning is done for the monster 5000 work paper due on 8 May.

So I'm not in a bad place, but I have a LOT of work to do - thank goodness for ANZAC Day on Tuesday.

Questions, as always, from Sunday Stealing.

1. What are five passions that you have? (If you have less than five, tell us what you do have interests.)

  • Writing
  • Travelling
  • Cinema
  • Movies
  • Reading

2. List up to ten random facts about yourself.

  1. I topped my school in Chemistry and French.
  2. I have webbed toes on my right foot
  3. The scar in my eyebrow comes from when my sister donged me over the head with a golf club when I was eleven.
  4. I lived in London for eight years
  5. I love the smell of dog's paws first thing in the morning.
  6. I would love to run a writer's retreat one day.
  7. I have a birthmark on the back of my left calf - my niece had the same birthmark.
  8. I have never worn my hair shorter than a bob.
  9. I am a passionate fifth-generation South Australian.
  10. I am VERY proud of my five uncles who participated in the trenches of World War One (Gallipoli, Alexandria and the Western Front - all support crew - drivers, ambulance men, signalmen and a bugler)

3. List five people (personal, historic, living or dead) who have had a major impact on your life or the way you think.

  • JK Rowling
  • Dr Spencer Johnson - author of "Who Moved My Cheese"
  • Thomas a Becket
  • Leon the hypnotherapist
  • Shakespeare

4. List 5 things you'd tell your 15 year-olds self, if you could.

  1. Things ARE going to get better.
  2. Exercise more - you will learn to love it.
  3. Just shut up - pick your battles - there are some not worth fighting.
  4. You are not fat. Seriously.
  5. Learn to let go with grace. It is a skill you will learn to love.

5. What is a major strength that you have? (You can list more than one. Staying with our no rules approach.)

I am loyal, kind and tenacious. I think these are wonderful strengths.

6. What is a major weakness that you have? (You can list more than one. STILL staying with our no rules approach.)

Other than ice cream?  I get bored easily - and it can get destructive.

7. Describe the family dynamic of your childhood versus your family dynamic now.

Passive-aggressive. It wasn't a particularly happy home.

8. What popular notion do you feel that the world has most wrong?

Other than that trickle down economics works (For fuck's sake, it doesn't) Conservative values are really not a good thing at all - they're a crock of shite - particularly where it comes to women's and reproductive rights. Get your hands off my ovaries and go find something of your own to fuck up.

9. Name three things that always cheers you up when you are down.

  • Cuddles
  • Ice Cream
  • Movies

10. Name three things would you like to be remembered for?

  • The fantastic novel that I will write
  • My kindness
  • My sense of humour