2017 in Points

Fair use, Link My reading output (input?) this year was better than last year. But it coulda should’ve been much better. Standouts from the reading diary: Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver — I maybe should’ve read this when the Lovely Wife suggested it before agreeing to follow my wife to rural Northland; Ratatouille (2007 draft) by …

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My humble running ipod is approaching its tenth anniversary. Before I had it for musical accompaniment, I made do with whatever songs I could huff and puff to*, invariably resorting to music from films from a misspent youth. I was on an away-mission recently and I forgot to pack it for my travels. I still went for …

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Lud

The first warning signs showed a couple of years ago. Fortress Mamea runs on 10.6 Snow Leopard, an operating system that’s now seven generations behind the current OS. We like 10.6. It works for us. The Lovely Wife can still watch ponies galloping in slow motion on Youtube, while I can keep in touch with friends …

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Eleven Years

Last Sunday was the eleventh anniversary of this website. I kid you not:  unless my maths is awry, we opened in 2006, our first anniversary would’ve been 2007, which means 2017 makes this site eleven. Years. Old. I’ve a few productions under my writing belt, I’ve been published, and now I’m also writing for theatre. …

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Home Again

The Lovely Wife and I have just returned from a few days south where we — saw a couple of great shows (one of which must, must, tour), I  — cue name-dropping! — schemed with Benedict Reid (yes, that Mr Reid) and Simon Boyes, soon after which we three mouseketeers pitched a show to the Circa Theatre …

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Melbourne

Melbourne was fun. Hard to believe it was only a month ago that the Lovely Wife and I were across the ditch. She had Her stuff. I had mine. Yeah, it’s been almost a decade since my last budget-blitzing-blast at Forges, so it was naïve of me to think it’d still be there, the passage …

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E Day Plus 5

From the correspondence of D F Mamea, Esquire, newly of Northland. Dearest Lovely Wife Dave the Chimney Sweep arrived and went to put a temporary fix on the burner when he straightened and looked at me: Sorry, mate, he said, but it’s so buggered it’s unsafe to use. He has thus uplifted the wood burner and most …

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E Day Plus 4

From the correspondence of D F Mamea, Esquire, newly of Northland. Dearest Lovely Wife The Dog and The Puppy didn’t finish their dinner from last night so I only topped up their bowls for breakfast. I’m a little worried about their lack of appetite but they were still reasonably active. The Boy took them for a walk …

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E Day Plus 3

From the correspondence of D F Mamea, Esquire, newly of Northland. Dearest Lovely Wife I thought a situational report (henceforth sitrep) would be helpful, informative, and an aid to my ailing moment-to-moment memory. The alarm went off at 0555 and I immediately turned it off. I had purposely set it for 0555 the night before, …

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