Holiday Reading


I recently ran into a fellow writer (in a bookstore of course) and we began discussing the topic of holiday reading.  She had recently been to Paris and had chosen a compendium of Hemingway as her reading of choice.  I must admit I was rather surprised. I personally am usually pretty brain dead after days of sight seeing, gallery and museum visits (not to mention the excessive eating and drinking) and not up to taking on such a weighty read. I expressed my surprise, adding that I was one to go for lighter offerings (like Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Miss Fisher mysteries, and Stephen King style books).  She was most delighted with my admission, and confessed that the book served as a tray for her coffee and was not opened during the course of the vacation.

And the moral of the story is “Read whatever you fancy, whenever you wish.  Reading should never been seen as a chore.”



Bogans Whinging

Nobody Likes a Bogan?

Nobody Likes a Bogan?

In 2001 the Melbourne band Area 7 declared that “Nobody Likes A Bogan” (YouTube link), however this does not appear to be the case. Rather, it would appear that we are all quite fond of the Bogan – not the irritating, modern style Cashed Up Bogan (CUB) as described so precisely on the Things Bogans Like website/blog, but more the old school Bogan. You know the ones I mean – genuine bogans – AC/DC loving, flanno, thong (both kinds) and sheep skin lined boot wearing, local beer drinkers (although some of the ladies like a bourbon or maybe a Bundy if it is cheque/pay day, or even a Bailey’s on a special occasion), just ordinary, genuine folks with no pretences.

So why do I believe that we do in fact love our Bogans…just look to the success of shows like Housos, Swift & Shift and Bogan Pride (I was so pleased to see Brian Mannix in this one!). The biggest delight of all has been the recent ratings success of Bogan Hunters, a delightful reality television outing by Paul Fenech and some of the Housos team, who are on a quest to find Australia’s Biggest Bogan. Competition will be fierce.

All. I can say folks is Bogan on!