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Retired from a career which took me to Ireland,the Phillipines, Solomon Islands, USA, and Australia, I am involved in radio - classical music,radio for the blind, and theatre criticism. My wife and I have been "foodies" for many years - our most memorable meal - at the "Tour D'Argent" in Paris on New Years Day 2000.

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Readers: 36025
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Articles: 451
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My WeekendNotes - 451
I went to the concert knowing very little about Lior (only to find out later that one of his songs was on the soundt... [more]
02/09/2022
Performed by members of Queensland Ballet's Pre-Professional programme, this charming tale found the perfect settin... [more]
18/08/2022 - 26/08/2022
If you are still grieving for the loss of an excellent coffee shop on the first level of Indooroopilly Shopping Centre -... [more]
The buzz of anticipation was palpable. At long last, Guy Noble ,after two years, was back to host Music on Sundays. And... [more]
24/07/2022
The National Theatre's cinema release of Prima Facie (according to ScreenDaily) was the highest grossing title in UK... [more]
23/07/2022
You can trust Brendan Joyce and Camerata to re-engineer the familiar and energise the unfamiliar pushing your aged r... [more]
07/07/2022
Given the demography of the audience in the packed Lyric Theatre, most of us had probably seen one or more performance... [more]
14/07/2022 - 23/07/2022
"After playing these timeless classics with so many fine Chinese orchestras, I am delighted to share these works with an... [more]
13/07/2022
It is that time of year when we welcome Bespoke for the fifth time onto the stage where Queensland Ballet immerses its... [more]
20/07/2022 - 30/07/2022
Ten years ago, the Thomas Dixon Centre was a charming red brick building, home to the Queensland Ballet. Prior to th... [more]
19/07/2022
Naomi Price is an excellent compere - engaging the audience and enjoying being mildly outrageous - as in introducing M... [more]
15/07/2022 - 16/07/2022
When I went to the Dendy Coorparoo, I was expecting to see Anna Netrebko in the lead for Puccini's Turandot. But wo... [more]
09/07/2022 - 13/07/2022
9 to 5 is the hit musical with songs by Dolly Parton. It is based on a 1980 movie of the same name, which shot Dolly... [more]
22/05/2022 - 02/07/2022
"This was a man who understood the potency of music and words, who harnessed that capacity to change a nation not just a... [more]
27/05/2022
There are not many movies that one would happily see again, within a week or so of the first viewing. Top Gun: Ma... [more]
A capacity audience came to the QPAC Concert Hall on Election night, largely to hear the Mozart Requiem. But before the ... [more]
20/05/2022 - 21/05/2022
Queensland Ballet Academy It is always a pleasure to see the performances of our up and coming stars at the Queen... [more]
18/05/2022 - 21/05/2022
The audience was clearly on the side of the performers before they had opened their mouths. Guy Noble is very much a ... [more]
07/05/2022
Jo Davie looked apprehensive – "I'm shaking," she said - but the audience had clearly come to reminisce and to enjoy a... [more]
08/05/2022
There are many ways in which operatic sopranos, after appropriate arias, die and The Sopranos showed us most of them... [more]
29/03/2022 - 02/04/2022
Outside the Concert Hall, the skies were opening and we entered somewhat pre-occupied. But your aged reviewer has neve... [more]
26/02/2022
"Frozen is Disney at its best." Courier Mail"Two hours of pure happiness." Robin Bailey"Sharp as an icicle and as dazz... [more]
10/02/2022 - 26/03/2022
Creating Magic, Creating a Legacy The Queensland Ballet's Nutcracker has become something of an institution at ... [more]
16/12/2021 - 23/12/2021
Your reviewer had the pleasure of seeing and hearing The Australian Voices in Toowoomba, previewing the concert that... [more]
04/12/2021
To a capacity crowd, Queensland Ballet performed this daring neoclassical piece redolent with dark themes and Go... [more]
24/11/2021 - 04/12/2021
Maskless Musical: Raucous and Rumbustious Even before the show began, it was clear that the audience was in a mood to... [more]
10/11/2021 - 13/11/2021
The first thing your aged reviewer did on seeing The Gospel According to Paul was to buy two more tickets to ensure ... [more]
20/10/2021 - 24/10/2021
Grace Clifford is 22. At the age of 16, she won the Australian Young Performer of the Year and is widely regarded as on... [more]
02/10/2021
It's that time of year again. The normal pulse and rhythm of the Queensland Ballet rehearsal studios are overtaken w... [more]
08/10/2021 - 17/10/2021
"On the sixth day of April 1759, George Frideric Handel, in poor health, bedridden and almost completely blind, made an ... [more]
31/10/2021
The Queensland Pops Orchestra, under the baton of Patrick Pickett, has laid claim to some of the annual "must-see"... [more]
06/11/2021
We had waited so long. The dreaded COVID-19, just like a R. Dahl villain, had ensured that all the boys and girls a... [more]
02/09/2021 - 03/10/2021
Epic Sounds; QSO Conductor Benjamin Northey Soloist William Barton, didgeridoo PROGRAM BARTON Apii Thatini M... [more]
26/06/2021
"As a voyager of the keys, Raineri is courageous. He doesn't shy away from risk in his drive towards dramatic moments." ... [more]
11/06/2021
The Sleeping Beauty opening night; magical and enchanting from beginning to end. ★★★★★... [more]
04/06/2021 - 13/06/2021
I have just finished reading Patrick Keefe's Say Nothing which explores in depth the context of an abduction and murder... [more]
03/06/2021 - 13/06/2021
I love the way the QSO creates an atmosphere, which is on one level informal and on another, superbly professional. ... [more]
29/05/2021
The Queensland Ballet provides aspiring dancers from age 8 to foster a love of the art form, leading to a full-time ... [more]
20/05/2021 - 22/05/2021
Once again, the QPAC Concert Hall was packed to the rafters - which means approximately 1500 people ready and eage... [more]
15/05/2021
A large voice boomed over the Concert Hall and told us that he was the tiny figure right at the back of the Concert ... [more]
01/05/2021
★★★★★ "...truly a masterpiece." ArtsHub★★★★ "A magical take on th... [more]
04/06/2021 - 19/06/2021
Baroque masterworks in an intimate setting, presented by Contra Concerts and Southern Cross Soloists. Curated by Jonath... [more]
07/05/2021
Brisbane printmaker's exhibition explores the delights of nature during COVID-19 lockdown COVID-19 lockdowns cre... [more]
06/05/2021 - 17/05/2021
There was a buzz of happy expectation from the capacity audience for "Best of British". And what were we expecting?... [more]
17/04/2021
Come From Away"It's a work of genius. You must see it. That's not a suggestion. It's an order!" The Courier Mail★&... [more]
28/03/2021 - 09/05/2021
A few things made this concert different. One was the average age of the audience. As a retiree of more than... [more]
19/03/2021 - 20/03/2021
Time to remember: who we are, where we came from, where we are going. Queensland Ballet: 60th-anniversary gala perfor... [more]
05/03/2021 - 20/03/2021
By arrangement with Victorian Opera, Opera Queensland presents Lorelei The conversation in the lift after the show w... [more]
06/03/2021 - 13/03/2021
Souvenirs de Aranjuez: Southern Cross Soloists Your reviewer has been a fan of the Grigoryan clan and Karen Schau... [more]
21/02/2021
We are so lucky to have Queensland Ballet back to full strength in 2021. Many ballet companies across the world a... [more]
05/03/2021 - 20/03/2021
"...A spellbinding and mesmerising performance ... about wild imagination, explosions of magic and comical humour that s... [more]
16/12/2020 - 20/12/2020
Ballet dancers are born to dance. This has been a grief-stricken year for many members of the performing arts who, d... [more]
04/12/2020 - 05/12/2020
A Season of Musicals- Dendy Coopooroo Nov 12 – Nov 18 Calamity Jane Hello Dolly Moulin Rouge Rocky Horror Pictu... [more]
29/10/2020
This is a dark play and a challenging play. I cannot remember a work where the fourth wall is so convincingly shatt... [more]
31/10/2020 - 14/11/2020
I first saw Agrippina at Dendy Portside when votes were being counted in the USA election and loved it so much that I ... [more]
07/11/2020
"In the small hours of the morning, when most of Paris lapses into sleep, the Louvre Museum generally sleeps, too… But ... [more]
This was no ordinary concert. And what made it different was not just the back-to-front configuration of the seating... [more]
04/09/2020 - 05/09/2020
After five months wedded to a Kindle and a computer screen, your aged reviewer was looking for something spectacular – s... [more]
For those of us suffering from QPAC withdrawal symptoms, great news! QPAC is back with lots of shows to book and enjoy.... [more]
15/08/2020
At long last, we can experience the big screen with a glass of white wine, munchies, and popcorn - possibly with a pre o... [more]
23/07/2020
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