Have just posted a piece I've been working on for The View from Here: The Ghost Poetry Project: an interview with Nathan Curnow - Part One. Part Two should be appearing at around 1.00 pm (AEST) on Tuesday.
Recently read Toast, the story of a Boy's Hunger by Nigel Slater (Harper Perennial, 2007) and Dissection by Jacinta Halloran (Scribe, 2008). Well, I stopped with Toast after a hundred pages. I found it interesting to be reminded of the various food fads of 60s Britain - Heinz Sponge Pudding, Arctic Roll, Angel Delight, to name but a few - but wanted something more of a story behind all the humorous observations. After a while it felt like I was being spoon-fed bowl after bowl of Angel Delight: too much saccharine, too little substance. Dissection was a much more substantial dish.
The whales have left our stretch of the Southern Ocean for the time-being - their presence during the winter months is always impressive - but to make up for that, I've rediscovered (courtesy of ComedyOnABC) a favourite short animation. Anything for mindless amusement. Love the 'New Zealand' accents.
Here's episodes 1 and 6.