A’s birthday party

Went to A’s birthday. T and R were there and T said she’d mainly seen punk bands and alternative, indie music, but she went to see Britney and it was “totally fantastic!” “I’d been told all my life that the mainstream was CRAP, but it wasn’t! The escalators – going up to our seats – even had glittery lights!”

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Debate: popular culture is junk

Went to IQ Squared talk at Angel Place at Angel Place, debating the topic “Popular Culture: We’ve seen the future and it is junk”.

Elizabeth Farrelly (who was introduced as having a large menagerie of pets, including bearded dragons and many fish).

*“I’m usually lambasted as a pinko leftie lover … but now I’m arguing for the conservative side!”

“Popular culture has given us Twitter, Britney and LOLcats. Popularity is the bean counter’s revenge on our culture.”

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Australian Style book review

9781920989767It’s a beautiful book. I bought it because I like interiors and was interested in a vision of “Australian” style. I couldn’t find many references to Australia, though.

I used to work with Penfold, sub-editing her Source column, and, after reading this book, I can affirm she walks the walk. She always looked glamorous and always had bright, chirpy anecdotes. She’d always say we were brilliant at our work (page 31). She always had a humorous comment to make about a trip to Monte Carlo or a fashion faux pas or the latest mishap by the tradies. She’d send herself up in an Ab Fab Patsy kind of way.

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ABBA jigsaw: Australia-only product

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This TV special outrated the July 1969 moon landing in Australia.

Just thought I’d add this pic — I did my 160-piece puzzle when I got home from the Gourmet Viking dinner. This puzzle was a still from an Australian TV appearance on  Bandstand in 1976 and released by Reg Grundy as a puzzle only in Australia. So it’s very rare and one of my favourite items. Priceless to me — and it features their cat costumes, which the ladies often ripped off during Waterloo to reveal a mini-skirt version.