2014

 

December 2014 – There’s Got to be Heyer Love! (Part 1)
As many of you know, for the last five years, I’ve been a monthly columnist on the Romance Dish blog where I’ve reviewed books, old and new, that particularly appealed to me.  Read more…

 

November 2014 – Home, Home on the Range
Actually if things go to plan, I’ll soon be homeless, homeless on the range, at least in the short term.  I’m hoping to sell my house this month and move to Brisbane, the nearest big city. It’s been lovely  living here on the Sunshine Coast but I’m now looking forward to getting back into being a city girl.  Read more…

 

October 2014 – I Like it Hot!
It’s always a treat when you accidentally come across a favorite film when you’re channel surfing – and  it’s a movie you haven’t seen in forever and you’d forgotten quite how wonderful it is.  That happened to me on a recent Sunday afternoon when I was noodling my way through the pay TV  channels and I came across Some Like it Hot, just started. I was lucky enough to have time and  leisure to settle down and watch it – and I was enchanted anew.  Read more…

 

September 2014 – A Tribute to Lauren Bacall
Like many people, I was terrifically saddened last month to hear of the death of movie legend Lauren  Bacall, who passed away in New York at the age of 89. Another of the greats of the golden years of  Hollywood lost to us – and a woman I always thought was a major class act. Read more…

 

August 2014 – I’d Get Up With the Lark to Watch This!
Recently I went to stay with some good friends of mine who live just outside chilly Ballarat about an  hour and a half north of Melbourne (while my Northern Hemisphere chums are sweltering in the  heights of summer, we’re shivering down here!).  Read more…

 

July 2014 – Garbo Laughed – and So Do I!
Recently I was channel surfing and I came across Ninotchka, a favorite film that I haven’t watched  for ages. I’d missed the first few minutes but I’ve seen this movie so often, that hardly mattered, and I  stayed with it until the end so I got all the romance plot. And as you can imagine, that’s my favorite bit! Read more…

 

June 2014 – Blast From the Past
I’m currently cleaning out many years of family history as I’m in the process of preparing my house for  sale at the end of the year. It’s amazing what you turn up when you go through those dusty boxes at  the back of the storeroom! Read more…

 

May 2014 – Phryne’s Roaring 20s!
This is more a photo essay than an essay. The Friday before the Australian Romance Readers Association Awards dinner on 22nd March, I took  the train out to Parramatta in western Sydney to see the exhibition of the costumes from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries at Old Government House in Parramatta Park. Read more…

 

April 2014 – Peabody + Peters = Egyptian Magic
I was deeply saddened last August to read of the death of the wonderful author who wrote as Barbara  Mertz, Barbara Michaels and Elizabeth Peters. I thought as a tribute, I’d talk this month about one of  my favorite series of all time, the Amelia Peabody mysteries which MPM wrote in her Elizabeth Peters  incarnation. Read more…

 

March 2014 – Cool Cats!
This post was inspired by a piece my friend Annie West did about her zany kitchen kitsch. I thought to  myself, “I have zany kitsch!” Well, maybe not that zany. And honestly, I think most of it falls into the  truly decorative rather than kitsch category. So maybe I’m having myself on.  Read more…

 

February 2014 – It’s No Mystery
Are you a mystery fan? I went through a stage about twenty years ago where I read mysteries like they  were going out of style, which they certainly weren’t. I remember in particular being crazy on Dorothy  L. Sayers and PD James  (hmm, possible future My Favorite Things columns!) back then. Read more…

 

January 2014 – Thank you Mr O’Toole
I was deeply saddened just before Christmas to hear that the wonderful actor Peter O’Toole had  passed away in London at the age of 81. Actually given his hellraiser lifestyle and the fact that his  health has been pretty shaky at least since the 1980s, I think he did pretty well to last so long.  Definitely a victory of the spirit!  Read more…