Fine Wine and Dine @ Tanunda

September 20, 2020 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, TRAVEL |

Tanunda, Barossa Valley, September 2020 Motoring into Tanunda for some R ‘n’ R these days is a breeze: if you get onto South Road, and head north, it leads onto the M2 and you get there in an hour. The main drag is Murray Street, and there is a large sign over the way, letting you know you’re there. There are lots of things to do to get fit: you can walk or bicycle along the Barossa track to Angaston (also a nice town worth visiting although it seems its high quality second-hand bookshop has bitten the dust – at…

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How to Lose Interest in 15 minutes

September 18, 2020 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Comedy Film, FILM, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

He's just not that into her

“How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (Directed by Donald Petrie) (2003) At a cottage in the Barossa Valley, The Varnished Culture found 4 Rom-Coms to watch, and chose this one, largely based on the likeability of the two leads (and Kate was in a decent film about magazine writers once). We liked them less after 15 minutes: they’re too old for these shenanigans, and too old to, seriously, strike job-on-the-line wagers to win, woo / spurn a partner in record time. She has to start a romance and dump him; he has to win her.  She conducts herself…

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American Unease

September 1, 2020 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | American Politics, LIFE, POLITICS, Ulalume |

September 2020: With a Presidential election a mere 2 months away, we have thought about the unrest in that country, an admixture of BLM protest, concerted (possibly organized) opposition to Donald Trump, and a spontaneous reaction against the prevailing authority, a left-wing version of the alt/general-right correction of 2016. The disruption and disorder is a weird echo of 1968, where in a different and more difficult period, voters chose order over chaos.  In the wake of Martin Luther King‘s assassination in that year, Robert Kennedy’s plea for calm seems apposite now (see below).  We fear this November, or next January, might…

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Safe

August 31, 2020 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | FILM, THEATRE, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

(Written and directed by Federico Maria Giansanti of FMG, an Italian independent theatrical producer) (2020) (A one-woman performance, filmed play, link below) At an indeterminate time, in an isolated mountain hospice a young nun (Valeria Wandja) is alone, taking care of two people.  The other characters, – a man Paul (“a pure soul” who “takes a bit longer sometimes”) and a bedridden, terminally ill patient, Mrs Parker – are neither seen nor heard.  We know them through the nun’s responses to them.  The three are the final survivors of a larger community.  The nun (“Sister Daisy”, although her name is…

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“Wish We’d Said That”: Our Film Quote Quiz

August 30, 2020 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | FILM |

"It was Beauty killed the Beast."

41 deathless lines are below. See how well you can identify them (answers further below). QUOTES “You despise me, don’t you?” “If I gave you any thought, I probably would.” “You talkin’ to me?” “…I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this any more!” “Sometimes nothin’ is a real cool hand.” “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” “Everything begins, and ends, at exactly the right time and place.” “My father taught me many things here…taught me in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close,…

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