screen test

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barsetshirediaries responded to a challenge by Paula Acton (with whom I agree about The Rocky Horror Picture Show* but couldn’t fit it in to my top 10) and posted Top Tenners, his top ten favourite films.

I share here part of my comment about one of his choices “it was a only few years ago I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and felt totally ripped off at the end when Holly tosses the cat into the rain in the alley… there’s no redeeming her in my eyes… “

I was only going to comment but it got me thinking, and distracted me from my WIP posts…

This is one of those questions… what I choose today could be very different to what I choose tomorrow…

In no particular order.

  1. The Goodbye Girl (1977) – I still have an affection for it as one of those late night TV movies I watched before Bridget Jones’ Diary came along.
  2. The Princess Bride (1987) – if you haven’t seen it, it’s about “Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…”.
  3. The Magnificent Seven (1960) – classic cast of that era: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn. The G.O. and I both love a good “yippie”.
  4. Walk the Line (2005) – the story of Johnny Cash & June Carter. Joaquin Phoenix & Reese Witherspoon are great in their roles, and the soundtrack is fantastic.
  5. Red Dog (2011) – great Aussie movie – be warned though, you’ll need tissues.
  6. Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991) – Mickey Rourke & Don Johnson! Never fails to entertain the G.O. & me.
  7. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) – any movie with Johnny Depp is good for me, and the G.O. too.
  8. Bad Santa (2003) – seasonal, and questionable taste but I’m a fan of Billy Bob Thornton (shhhh, don’t tell anyone).
  9. Everything Is Illuminated (2005) – the film adaptation of the book by Jonathan Safran Foer. Sammy Davis Junior Junior steals the show.
  10. Little Shop of Horrors (1986) – “Feed me Seymour…”. Steve Martin is hilarious as “Orin Scrivello, DDS, an abusive, sadistic and nitrous oxide-huffing dentist”.
IMG_20130711_182400_edit0Other than The Goodbye Girl and Everything Is Illuminated (which we’re lacking) the rest are part of our not so extensive collection of DVDs. It’s hard to see common themes – comedy, dogs, music… and escapism from every decade from the 60’s on. Much of the rest of the collection comprises [more] westerns, fast cars and motorcyles… but this is my top 10, not the G.O.’s.

Anyone else want to give this a shot?

* If you also like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, check out this Aussie take on one of its songs… Spicks & Specks does The Time Warp

Celi’s challenge – what I see from my back porch

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Celi asked “I have a challenge for you. What do you see from your Back Porch or Back Doorstep?”

This was not straight forward for me to fulfil.

This is our Erskineville apartment balcony. We don’t have a back porch, just a door in from the lobby.

Erko view
Erko view with train
This is the view I see most. From my office desk.
office view
office view

This is where I’d rather be. At Taylors Arm. This is one of the views from the back porch.

2 kookaburras
TA view with kookaburras

come over for a barbie, mate…

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A little while ago I was tagged by Crazy Train To Tinky Town to host a virtual dinner party.
The rules guidelines are:

At your perfect dinner party you can invite:
5 guests + yourself, relatives allowed but it’s more interesting if it’s a public figure.
Dead or Alive
Any language.
Fictional characters allowed!

By direct association, my stomach constructed the first draft of the guest list. I was inclined to make up the entire entourage from my favourite TV chefs:

The Hairy Bikers

Matthew Evans, Gourmet Farmer

Simon & Maggie, The Cook & The Chef

But, I came up with many more combinations of 5: family, friends, famous, past and present. Then it came to me – anyone can dine with live people, I’ve invited dinner guests from the astral planes, none of whom I’ve met or are related to me. All of whom had a great impact on my life, in different ways.

Heading the guest list, in case I need her assistance to call up the others is Linda Goodman. Author of many astrological & esoteric books, such as Suns Signs, Love Signs and my favourite – Gooberz, Linda’s light led my way.

Followed by:

Bon Scott. My adoration of Bon is no secret. From the minute I heard Baby Please Don’t Go, in 1975, I was hooked on the music and the person. There was and is no other like Bon. I’d like to know what he was really like beyond the showman and the boozy persona portrayed by the media & PR.

Robert Atkins. Discovering Atkins was my first step in thinking for myself about food. I’d worked for a multi-national weight loss company, bought the profit-driven hype, and suffered the health consequences of a low fat, carb laden regime. He changed the way I look at food, made me question, learn and be informed.

M. Scott Peck gave me skills to navigate my life. Reading at the start of The Road Less Travelled, the words “Life is difficult” was a turning point. I stopped feeling entitled & wounded, and started acquiring the tools I needed to live life on my own terms. I’ve been enlightened and informed by his books, which are many and varied.

Ned Kelly. Although Ned’s story and life fascinates me, this pick is not so much for me, but for the G.O. as I couldn’t do the dinner party without him. In common expression “as game as Ned Kelly” and as an icon of challenging authority, Ned lives large in the identity of many Australians, and his cultural effect is significant.

Do I hear you ask “what do these people have in common besides having influenced EllaDee, that would make them interesting dinner party guests?” The answer: I reckon they could all tell a good yarn, and we’ll be up ’til the wee small hours…

My dinner guests are a mixed bag, and the only way I know to cater for this… a backyard barbie!

Following family tradition I’m putting out chairs & tables under a marquee dragged out from the shed & hosed off, lining up a few eskies of ice & drinks, and firing up the hotplate. Fairy lights draped through the trees and over the Hills Hoist sparkle as the sun goes down. To set an auditory mood, I face the speakers to the window, select random play and turn the volume up a little. The scent of burning citronella candles mixes with the fragrance of night blooms and aroma from an array of sizzling veges, tofu, seafood & meats (to cater for all tastes), while rounds of appetisers circulate.

For the evening’s menu, I’ve selected the best of backyard classics.


Spinach dip with cob loaf.

Corn relish dip with dipping veges & Jatz.

Baba Ganoush served with toasted Turkish bread fingers.

Bloody Mary Shots: original, virgin & oysters.

My guests warm to the evening & each other, and wander chatting with glasses in hand around the garden. As the night slips away, we dine & sip, and stories unfurl. We serve the main course barbequed by the G.O. and Ned, on platters, and help ourselves.

Vegetarian: eggplant, juicy red capsicum, zucchini, new potatoes, sweetcorn cobs, tofu & haloumi.

Seafood: local snapper filets, prawns & scallops.

Meats: chicken tenderloin, pork fillet, lamb cutlets & steak medallions.

Warm sourdough bread and butter or olive oil.

Dishes pushed aside, laughter drowns out the music and our sides ache. A few hours after midnight, we are still gathered under the stars, a little mellow from the company and fellowship of the evening.

A simple late dessert of fresh berries, good cream, laden cheeseboard embellished with ripe figs, along with small cups of sweet black coffee and shards of dark chocolate reinvigorate us, and the stories continue.

By the time astronomical dawn occurs our truths are told, then cups of strong milky coffee and green tea prepare the guests for their journeys. By nautical dawn, they are gone.

The G.O. and I, we sit among the detritus of the evening, share the dregs of the tea and looks of wonderment. As the sun rises, we go to bed.

I’ve tagged 5 bloggers who I think could come up with a pretty interesting dinner party, but if you’re not tagged, and feel like creating your own dinner party, feel free to do so. Similarly, if you are tagged, and it’s not your thing, that’s fine also:

The Wanderlust Gene

East of Malaga

Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

All Poetry and Creative Writing

Robin Coyle

Dallas, it’s taken me a while to get to this but thinking about it has been entertaining me since you posted “Your Mission Should You Choose To Accept It…, and I want to thank you – it’s been SO much fun  🙂

sowing the seeds

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“I hope that while so many people are out smelling the flowers, someone is taking the time to plant some.” Herbert Rappaport

I’ve been merrily posting while ignoring this, the last item in my to-do pile. I was tagged by  in a get-to-know-other-bloggers post. Much as I love promoting other bloggers, I’m glad to have reached this point, as the neat freak aspect of my personality hates loose ends.

*The rules are were:
1. Acknowledge the tagger.
2. Post the rules.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create eleven questions to ask people you’ve tagged.
4. Tag eleven people and link them to your post.
5. Let them know you tagged them.

The 11 questions Maggie Mae asked:

  1. What does your favorite outfit consist of? Pretty much what I change into as soon as I get home from work – old jeans, t-shirt & havvies. In Winter substitute uggies for the havvies & add a flannie. Yep, I’m all style!
  2. Do you like Ice Cream? Not particularly thank goodness because I don’t need any more bad habits, but if I go to  I’ll have a scoop of their divine plain gelato.
  3. What is a holiday tradition for you? Escape the city to our house up north, relax with a G.O. bbq dinner and a glass or 2 of wine.
  4. Who is the closest person to you in your life? Me. Wherever I go, there I am.
  5. What is your biggest goal? Be happy.
  6. What have you done to work toward achieving this goal? Practice makes perfect.
  7. How do you feel about spelling? The neat freakiness extends to spelling but I try to chill & focus on what I’m reading not spelling errors.
  8. Do you like vehicles? Life’s a journey, so yes.
  9. Significant other? My silent (& sometimes eye rolling, refuge seeking) blog partner, the G.O.
  10. What is the easiest decision you have ever made? See #5.
  11. What is the saddest day that you remember having? See #6.

From this point I’m going to deviate from get imaginative with the rules.  I like to follow the award/tag game to a point as I believe it’s a good way (especially now given the changes to the Topics functionality) to find excellent bloggers, and how better to do it, than via recommendations from a blogger you follow, but all the responding, tagging & linking can be draining, and isn’t for everyone…

*So, EllaDee’s Rules:
1. Acknowledge the tagger.
2. Post the rules, any rules.
3. Copy my 11 questions & add your own answers, or make up questions & answers of your own.
4. Include links to any amount of blogs you choose for whatever reason you choose, let them know you tagged them or rely on pingbacks.
5. Do none of the above.

These are links to my most recent follows. I’m tagging them as they are fresh & new to me. Some found me & some I found via other bloggers’ award nominations. Stop by and say hi 🙂