Book review: DallerGut Dream Department Store – The Dream You Ordered is Sold Out by Miye Lee (translated by Sandy Joosun Lee)

(courtesy Hachette Australia) There’s a scene in Pixar’s superlatively moving film Inside Out where Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith) and Bing Bong (Richard Kind) are passing through the part of the mind where dreams are made and Joy tries, and ultimately fails, not to fangirl over Rainbow Unicorn, the Continue Reading

It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas ads … time to engage your heart (and yes, wallet)

(via Shutterstock) One of the old chestnuts, and not the fun kind that get festively roasted an on open fire, that comes out is every Christmas is how evil it is that this most iconic of festivals has been completely and utterly commercialised. And while, yes, perhaps we have taken Continue Reading

The short and the festive short of it: Believe in Christmas and No one Should be Alone at Christmas

(courtesy Stream Wars (c) Kurzfilm | Weihnachten Werbeclip der Erste Group Bank AG) Animated short films, especially those without dialogue, can really tell a powerfully impactful festive story with the most elegantly simple of ingredients. These two short films, which are, yes, ads in their own way, convey so much Continue Reading

Songs, songs and more birthday songs #99: Retro favourites including “Pop Muzik”, “Born to Be Alive”, “I Eat Cannibals”, “Video Killed the Radio Star” and “Elaine” by ABBA

In my early years of discovering music in the 1970s, all I really listened to were the bands/artists my parents liked like The Seekers and Nana Mouskouri, and of course ABBA who were HUGE in Australia at the time. But then somewhere around disco bursting onto the scene, all kinds Continue Reading