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Am I late to the vinyl party … or early?

Being fifty-something, I’m prone to reminiscence. Today, I went scurrying beneath the house to unearth our 70s/80s vinyl record collection. A copywriting assignment for a vinyl record retailer got me inspired. As I waxed lyrical about the warmth of high fidelity sound, I got to thinking about the records and artists that underscored my growing… Continue reading Am I late to the vinyl party … or early?

good bad brilliant · it's all about me · out and about

2016 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize

Being fifty-something, I know that the world’s a better place with whisky in it. And, as a writer, I know how creativity sparks in stunning, scenic environments, the more distant from the commitments and distractions of day-to-day life the better. (I give you Hannah Kent, Iceland and Burial Rites.) So, how did I not know… Continue reading 2016 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize

good bad brilliant · health matters · inspiring folk · out and about

A whisky discovery workshop (in pursuit of longevity)

Being fifty-something, I love a story of long livedness. This past week I came across this story of Grace, a 110-year-old who is the UK’s tenth oldest person. Grace (known affectionately as Amazing Grace) credits her longevity to having had a night-cap of Famous Grouse whisky every evening for the last 60 years. Heartening stuff… Continue reading A whisky discovery workshop (in pursuit of longevity)

good bad brilliant · movies · out and about

Movie review + GIVEAWAY: The Light Between Oceans

~~UPDATE~~ GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED: WINNERS OF THE 2-FOR-1 PASSES HAVE BBEN NOTIFIED. They are Amber, Ben, Karen and Ruth. Congratulations! I will post your passes as soon as I have your postal details. Thanks to everyone! ~~Sheryl   Being fifty-something, I long ago gave up believing that nothing dramatic ever happens in an isolated setting.… Continue reading Movie review + GIVEAWAY: The Light Between Oceans

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Book Review: The Dinner by Herman Koch

If you like your literature served up in sickly sweetness, classic fairytale arcs, loveable characters and happy endings, this is not the book for you. The Dinner is an unsettling and sometimes confronting read. Definitely on the savoury side, many-layered with challenging flavours and textures. Ever eaten something you can’t identify and then realised you… Continue reading Book Review: The Dinner by Herman Koch

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Touring the Great Ocean Road icons (after thirty-something years)

Being fifty-something, I love journeying back through time, revisiting places woven into my past. When I was in my late teens, the Great Ocean Road was a rite of passage: a destination for every newly licensed driver and a carload of their friends. We lived (and still do) within an hour’s drive of the sweeping coastal… Continue reading Touring the Great Ocean Road icons (after thirty-something years)

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Ancient Rain with Paul Kelly + Camille O’Sullivan

Being fifty-something, I love an experience anchored by a moment in history. A happening my future self can align to something important. It’s a variation on “where I was when …” the twin towers collapsed/John Lennon was shot/the Berlin wall came down. My future self will now remember the day I saw Ancient Rain as the… Continue reading Ancient Rain with Paul Kelly + Camille O’Sullivan