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Monthly Archives: September 2011

One nice day and I’m at the shops, blowing my paycheck.

It’s been rainy and cold every day since then.

Guarantee lesson is not learned.

Steve Madden Serenite sandalsSeduce Afrique Chic Maxi DressAldo Cartin sandalsStussy Refinery Logo Tee

Kroam Tru Tomato Cut Off Denim Shorts


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Beautiful images from Scott London from Burning Man 2011. Bizarrely enough, I can picture my extended family here – visualising my Uncle Tommy running around dressed as a drumstick and my Aunt Muffie commanding a Mad Max-esque float.

If you like London’s pics, check out his photo essay on the Salton Sea. Interesting text, haunting images.


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Here are the top 100 most popular books, according to World Book Night 2012.

To Kill a Mockingbird -Harper Lee

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien

Harry Potter Adult Hardback Boxed Set – J. K. Rowling

American Gods – Neil Gaiman

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

One Day – David Nicholls

Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell

The Help – Kathryn Stockett

Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks

Good Omens – Terry Pratchett

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Little Women – Louisa M. Alcott

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

Atonement – Ian McEwan

We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

Room – Emma Donoghue

The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Island – Victoria Hislop

Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom

The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger

Chocolat – Joanne Harris

Animal Farm – George Orwell

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

The Eyre Affair -Jasper Fforde

Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

Dracula – Bram Stoker

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

The Secret Garden -Frances Hodgson Burnett

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

I Capture the Castle -Dodie Smith

The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

Small Island – Andrea Levy

The Secret History – Donna Tartt

The Road – Cormac McCarthy

Persuasion – Jane Austen

Watership Down – Richard Adams

A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Brave New World -Aldous Huxley

Night Watch – Terry Pratchett

The Color Purple -Alice Walker

Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke

My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult

The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov

The Stand – Stephen King

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer

The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

The Princess Bride – William Goldman

The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

Middlemarch – George Eliot

A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

Dune – Frank Herbert

Wolf Hall -Hilary Mantel

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling

Stardust – Neil Gaiman

Tales of the City – Armistead Maupin

Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J. K. Rowling

The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

Possession: A Romance – A. S. Byatt

A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

The Wind-up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami

The Magus – John Fowles

Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood

Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami

Twilight – Stephenie Meyer

The Millennium Trilogy – Stieg Larsson

Of these, I’ve read 32 . Some on there I love… The Poisonwood Bible, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Secret History, One Hunderd Years of Solitude). I do feel like some of my favorites have been overlooked  (Their Eyes Were Watching God, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, White Teeth).

Most of all, I am devastated that The Five People You Meet in Heaven continues to be inlcuded in lists like this, seven years after it’s release.  If I could ask people one question to efficiently assess whether we will get along, I would ask them if they like that book. End rant.



Came across this guy’s site today. Creepy meets appealing, no? I like it.

You can view the whole gallery here.


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Things that please me on a Monday afternoon:

1. Foo Fighters vs. Westborough Baptist Church

The crazies from Westborough Baptist Church (famous for hateful protests at the funerals for gay soldiers) decided to protest the Foo Fighters concert in Kansas City. They dressed up as hillbillies and gave the protestors an impromtu concert about “man muffins.” Fantastic.  Can read the HuffPost article here.

2. Emily Ann Interiors Blog

Stumbled across this home design blog – it’s a combination of DIY projects and a scrapbook of ideas. It makes me so happy, but also so sad because I am not crafty and am too poor to buy crafty. Check her out.

3. CSS, Hits Me Like a Rock

No video, but good song.


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For someone who really isn’t up to much, I feel incredibly busy these days.


Tastevin, French, Darlinghurst – Food was disappointingly average, but the service was wonderful, and it’s location – tucked upstairs and looking over busy Victoria Street – was really charming.

Feast at McVitty Vineyard, modern Australian, Mittagong – We went here for Father’s Day lunch with Nick’s family and it was all around fantastic – good company, beautiful views, outdoor seating on a sunny deck, delicious wine and gorgeous food. Can’t say enough good things about it.


Necklace, Kitson

colour block dress, Motel



Somewhat resentful happiness:

iphone 4

Chilling with midgets:


Dan Stiles, Arctic Monkeys

Dan Stiles, Scissor Sisters

Dan Stiles, Ray LaMontagne

My brother Colin had show posters up from Dan Stiles in his house, and Nick and I both liked the look of them, so we ended up ordering some and getting them shipped to Sydney. Just had them matted/framed/hung this week, really pleased with them.


Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens

What? I said busy, not exciting.


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this makes me giggle.


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