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September 2018

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How sad to hear yesterday morning the news that the quaint Ranges Hotel in Gembrook has pretty well been gutted by fire. We lunched there last year and not even two weeks ago on Wednesday, Tradie Brother took Mother there for lunch.

The fire will also affect the Puffing Billy Tourist Railway as people used to catch the train up to Gembrook, have lunch at the hotel and catch the next train back. There was a notice in the hotel for diners  to mention to staff that they were catching Puffing Billy after lunch to ensure they would fed well in time and not miss the train.

Photos from The Age and you can read my post back when we visited the hotel last year.

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Today without any proper kind of explanation, the board of the ABC sacked its managing director Michelle Guthrie. I never liked her and what she was about so far as I know, but that does not matter.

What matters is that the ABC is a taxpayer funded broadcaster and and supposedly independent of the government (haha), we as taxpayers are owed a a proper explanation as to why she was sacked.

Joy Melbourne, our local gay radio station, went through a management crisis in I think the early 2000s. Members were left uninformed of what it was about or the people involved. I did not renew my membership that year and have rarely tuned in since.

It is our money that pays the ABC Board and our money that pays the Managing Director of the ABC. We have a right to know, as we have right to know how our money is spent in many other areas of government, that are not released for the reason of  'commercial in confidence'.

I had a choice to ...

No, that’s not a reference to chem sex at all. Totally not my thing. Wired is the name of the new download for this week. Of course, the shoot didn’t quite turn out how I planned as the wire didn’t behave itself at all. Am I unhappy with how it went? Not in the slightest. Aaron was another new model that I’d never worked with before who turned up ready to get nude and experiment. Bless him. It turns out he’s also up for some erotic work which we will endeavour to explore soon.

I’ve got three photo shoots this Saturday in the studio and hopefully another outdoor one on the Sunday if the model is free. I’m talking to lots of guys trying to tee up photo

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I saw a review up by Ramen Raff, Sydney’s specialist reviewer of ramen, and who am I to argue? Located on Regent Street, a stone’s throw from Redfern Station, it’s a lovely contemporary space that specialises (hurrah, hurrah) in ramen.

I like the fact that they only have a few varieties of ramen AND that most were sold out when we went for lunch on a Tuesday; it means that the food is absolutely fresh and made to order, and when they’re out, they’re out!

So, we both had the specialty of the house, the RaRa Ramen and it had a beautiful creamy opaque broth.

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This week I am doing a Ten days of my Top Movies a friend nominated me for over on my Facebook Page for the blog. Head over and check out the randomness that is my page. Its Day 4 today and this has been inspired by today’s movie which is a League of Their Own.

Today’s Crush is a great Actor who has been in a heap of things from being an assassin with memory loss to the president of the united states. They have really done it all.

This weeks Crush is Geena Davis

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Joining with no one for Musical Monday. I know this song so well, yet I haven't a clue who sang it and nor did R. She was the youngest person to ever have a number one hit in the world. It has become a flea in my ear and I hope to not make it one in yours.

Without further ado, I give you Peggy March. Watch and listen to whichever clip you like. You cynics who say she is a great lip syncer are probably right, but don't be such a spoil sport.

The original performance in black and white.

The song was used in the movie Sister Act. There are some connections in this clip.

The song went down a treat in Fernsehgarten, Germany.

Not only a lip syncer, I think she may have had some work done at some point. Nevertheless, at the age of the rerecording of the song for its fiftieth anniversary, she looks fabulous, and the clip features some of her history with the song. She was born in 1948 and it was recorded in 2013, so she was ...
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Sunday brunch in Melbourne. The wait at Cumulus was 45 minutes so we thought we’d head here instead. It’s got a lovely old-fashioned feel about it, very… European.

I had a delicious flat white to start off, and then a baked eggs with blood sausage and chorizo, as I’d hoped, it was rich and savoury.

My breakfast companions gave generally good reviews: Bircher muesli was deemed good, as were the eggs benedict. Another of the specials, an omelette with haddock got a poor review because only one piece of haddock was found.

For four of us, $125, rather pricey, I thought, but a charming atmosphere and good food.  

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It’s weekends like the one I’ve just had that make me very, grateful for my family and our very easy dynamic. Sure, there are times we drive each other nuts but either none of us are too crazy or we are all the same brand of crazy.

Yesterday I officiated at the wedding of a woman I have known for 40 years, since we started school at the same time. Now she and her new wife are both strong women with firm ideas about what they wanted for their wedding day after 21 years together. Ultimately they got exactly what they wanted. The mother of one of the brides is also a wedding celebrant and firstly was pissed off that she wasn’t doing the ceremony. Secondly she wasn’t happy that they had opted for a very, very short ceremony with

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Sister, Bone Doctor and Little Jo are visiting Japan and are flying to Japan today, this Sunday. I think they have a great holiday planned. 

Little Jo corrected my pronunciation of manga and amazingly knew that the tv show from the 70s? Kimba the White Lion was Japanese and I did not know that (more likely that I had forgotten). I knew Felix the Cat from the 60s was Japanese. I am amazed at how much Little Jo knows about popular young culture in Japan. I've forgotten the name now and she used the browser she is supposed to use on our computer that does not keep history for more than a day and has a family filter switched on. But there are whole shops for such things in Japan, and you have to book. She showed us a virtual tour of the shop, which took forever to watch. 

Dearest niece, sponge up information like there is no tomorrow, as you are doing. Soon enough your brain ...