Part of Every Party

For the past week everyone has been talking about Emma Watson’s UN speech. As well they should. Watson’s insightful words, articulated modestly and clearly (go those acting skills!), really pull away at the corners of the “feminism issue”: that it’s not just about women. Equality is something which benefits everyone. I remember years ago in … Continue reading

Weekend Wind Down

Canberra turns 100 this year and this long weekend marks its birthday party. 100 is pretty young when you consider that “neighbouring” cities Sydney and Melbourne are nearly twice as old. Many overseas eroneously believe that Melbourne is the capital of Australia. Not the biggest error considering it was our capital until 100 years ago. … Continue reading

Weekend Wind Down

What a difference a warm day makes in Canberra. I emerged yesterday to find people walking all over Canberra, happily chirping away to each other as they waited outside for their coffee (usually in winter waiting outside means angry faces). People are undeterred by the explosive fire that happened on Friday in the industrialised suburb Mitchell, … Continue reading

Top Ten Albums for 2010

So many established artists releasing stellar follow up albums this year! It’s usually more interesting to see some new entries (last year’s Miike Snow stood out quite favourably as my number 1 and of course, The xx was everyone’s pick!), but there are some in this year’s list (see Beach House, Groove Armada, Kelis, Robyn) … Continue reading