The Questacon building is illuminated during the Enlighten festival, which was bigger than ever this year, presumably because of centenary celebrations.

The Centenary of Canberra

Today, the last day of 2013, seems a most appropriate day for writing about the centenary year of my home city, Australia’s capital, Canberra. Like most Canberrans I complain about it a lot (the weather sux, the food sux, it’s sooooooooooooooo boring), but really, Canberra has livened up quite a bit in recent years –…

Although they're so beautiful, the ruins of Angkor are a harsh place, where the sun can roast you in a matter of hours.

Good uses for bad light

Readers of this blog, which expresses love for things created with an excess of care (read: expense), may conclude that I’m irredeemably impractical. It’s certainly true that I’m not one to compromise unnecessarily, but I do appreciate good pragmatic solutions to seemingly intractable problems. Photographers call the harsh light around noon on a cloudless day…

The (UK) National Theatre’s Frankenstein

I love pretty things, but I also appreciate ugly things that are beautiful when you scratch the surface. This post is about a disturbing but touchingly beautiful play that, after I recovered from the trauma of seeing it, became one of my unlikely favourite things. Cinemas around the world (including Dendy Canberra) periodically show recordings…

Big words: meretricious

In my previous job, I was required to write such that a (mythical) interested 17 year old could understand. My current employer thankfully doesn’t assume that its audience is quite so ignorant, but nonetheless I can’t write the way I like to at work, which is I one of the reasons I started this blog.…

Tokyo 2012.

Golden hour light

I love making and sharing beautiful photos, but the process of learning photography has enriched my life even more than the photos it’s produced. Practising photography has taught me, first and foremost, to appreciate light. My favourite type of light is the golden glow of the hour before sunset (which, unsurprisingly, photographers call ‘golden hour’).…

Salzburg 2011. ... cream coloured ponies and crisp apple strudels /
doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles / wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings / these are a few of my favourite things ...

The Sound of Music

I’m not sure when I first saw The Sound of Music, but it’s been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. It’s songs, particularly My Favourite Things (the inspiration for this blog), have always been a comfort to me. A few years ago, during my first annus horribilis, I contracted…