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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: 30598
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My WeekendNotes - 376
Everyone's a critic. At the Lyric's production of Muriel's Wedding, the person on my left thought it was great ... [more]
19/09/2019 - 29/09/2019
The people sitting beside us had dressed up and the glass of champagne they were drinking was probably not their fir... [more]
It had been four short years since the assassination of Martin Luther King, and less than ten since the death of JFK. ... [more]
Why don't I start as I mean to end – I loved it, I loved it, I loved it. And I wasn't certain that I would – because ... [more]
17/08/2019
The young people sitting beside me had read the book and were thrilled at the chance to see it on stage. They wer... [more]
29/07/2019 - 17/08/2019
Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock opened in Brisbane recently. It was well past her bedtime, but the eight-yea... [more]
12/07/2019 - 29/07/2019
Helene Clement of the Doric String Quartet feels that she has something in common with Harry Potter – just as his wa... [more]
26/06/2019
It's Glyndebourne with an Aussie flavour: market stalls, picnics on the grass, and all the local food and wine you c... [more]
27/07/2019
Giacomo Puccini is universally hailed as "the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi" famed for La bohčme (18... [more]
13/06/2019 - 22/06/2019
The performances of Wynton Marsalis and Branford Marsalis at QPAC had a great deal in common, over and above their bei... [more]
13/05/2019
We went not really knowing what to expect. And we certainly didn't expect that the whole theatre would be the set... [more]
01/05/2019 - 25/05/2019
Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmerman created a rapt engaged silence in the Conservatorium audience, for all 75 ... [more]
09/05/2019
So – I went to the movie because it seemed like a good way to find out why my twenty-something kids and their friends ... [more]
It did occur to your ageing reviewer as he looked around the audience that if a cataclysmic event were to overtake t... [more]
01/05/2019 - 12/05/2019
Every week, from January, the Inspiration Project Choir has been meeting in Maleny to get close and personal with th... [more]
11/05/2019 - 12/05/2019
The photograph on the program and the posters is of an urbanely suited Wynton Marsalis, America's first Pulitzer winni... [more]
04/03/2019 - 06/04/2019
Cinderella or The Nutcracker, this production is not. Queensland Ballet has boldly started its season with the w... [more]
22/03/2019 - 06/04/2019
Some program notes are mind-numbingly dull. I was very pleased to have arrived unusually early, and to have bee... [more]
14/03/2019
Daniel O'Donnell is a phenomenon. Bringing a waft of fresh air to the Brisbane stage from his native Ireland home... [more]
05/03/2019
Raymond Chandler — 'It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.' Ms Macliv... [more]
21/02/2019
"But they are all so young" said the elegant lady on my left. And, from our perspective, they were. Daniel Blen... [more]
16/02/2019
The play is full of un-confronted regrets, and dysfunctional relationships, which burst out into uncontrollable rag... [more]
09/02/2019 - 02/02/2019
In "Swing that Music" Emma Pask told us the story of how as a 16-year-old she was "discovered" by James Morrison lea... [more]
08/02/2019
1.3 million fans have gone to 900 performances in 48 countries to hear orchestras play soundtracks and to watch Harr... [more]
09/02/2019
There was a buzz of excitement before the concert. After all, this was the musician who was mentored for a decade b... [more]
Two superb movies have just been released, each exploring aspects of the drug trade. Clint Eastwood's The Mule sh... [more]
Who can use a ninety-year-old man with a perfectly clean driving record? A drug cartel, that's who. They realise tha... [more]
This has to be one of the most memorable movies of 2018. Sarah Churchill, in real life, rose from genteel poverty... [more]
Christmas in Queensland and it's snowing again in QPAC! There are many Christmas traditions that antipodeans aspi... [more]
14/12/2018 - 21/12/2018
North by Northwest moved in Melbourne from workshop to intimate theatre to a large theatre, the process beginning in... [more]
27/11/2018 - 09/12/2018
"We shall not cease from explorationAnd the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the... [more]
24/11/2018
QPAC Concert Hall was packed – in the auditorium and on the stage, with 30 additional musicians augmenting the ACO'... [more]
19/11/2018
The set is stark white and minimalist, suggesting the huge patio and pool of a $4 million dollar Gold Coast Mac Mansio... [more]
10/11/2018 - 08/12/2018
In a small square box in the middle of the screen, black and white images play. Men walk and march erratically as in... [more]
J.K. Rowling has built up a very large worldwide following of fans, as author, screenwriter, philanthropist and twee... [more]
L'estro armonico, the title of Vivaldi's first published collection of concertos, is commonly translated into Englis... [more]
09/11/2018
Barely thirty, Nicola Benedetti is already a legend. The youngest recipient of the Queen's award for music at t... [more]
07/11/2018
Around the world and over the ages, the "Magnificat" in its many musical settings has been an object of veneration and s... [more]
30/11/2018 - 02/12/2018
Ten years ago, Pricilla Queen of the Desert took the stage by storm, nominated for seven Helpmann awards, a Laurence... [more]
26/09/2018 - 04/11/2018
After the hugely successful Ben Stevenson choreographed production of Cinderella in 2013, could Queensland ballet pu... [more]
07/09/2018 - 15/09/2018
Your aged reviewer saw A Simple Favor with a twenty-something reality check and we both thought that it was engaging... [more]
If you saw them two years ago (and about 30% of the audience had), you would have known that what you were about to ... [more]
08/09/2018 - 16/09/2018
Bodgy Creek does not like change, or Greenies, or refugees or the local hermit Troy Carrington. Dominated by a ... [more]
The QSO certainly knows how to show-case a concert. Start with a pre-concert talk by Lachlan Snow – who combines yo... [more]
25/08/2018
There are only seven basic plots, conventional wisdom says. So it's hardly surprising that the plot of Crazy Rich Asians... [more]
The Year 12 student I chatted to at Jasper Jones told me that she was reading Craig Silvey's novel of the same ... [more]
28/07/2018 - 18/08/2018
Sumi Jo's reputation as a performer and as a stage presence preceded her and the sell-out audience at QPAC's Conc... [more]
21/07/2018
The story of The Merry Widow (as with most opera/operettas) is not entirely convincing and is also of its time, wher... [more]
22/06/2018 - 30/06/2018
UBUNTU is a gifted group of singers, musicians and dancers who were once a part of the world-renowned African Childr... [more]
27/06/2018 - 01/07/2018
4Seasons - an evening of modern dance, both beautiful and entertaining. 4Seasons, now playing at QPAC, delivers a... [more]
14/06/2018 - 22/06/2018
Christmas in July is a great Aussie tradition - especially where you have a great community spirit. Celebrate with ... [more]
21/07/2018
I was about to write a promo about something. I'm sure I was. What was it again? Aaaaagh - Senior Moments. E... [more]
11/07/2018 - 15/07/2018
Fifteen years ago, Mark Haddon's novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, entering the inner world ... [more]
12/06/2018 - 24/06/2018
Hooray, it's the greatest heist of the century — all the boss women in cool power suits from the all-female Ocean's ... [more]
I have to admit that throughout Tea With The Dames, I felt both awe and frustration; awe, that we were having a very rar... [more]
It was clear from the audience's delighted shock at the convoluted plot twists that many, if not most of them, were... [more]
03/05/2018 - 19/05/2018
It is always inspirational when a community gathers together to sing – and puts the hard work into truly magical mus... [more]
18/05/2018 - 20/05/2018
Mixing many styles – that's what Ballet Revolucion is all about – says their dance director. Music too – I ... [more]
27/04/2018 - 02/06/2018
Brendan Joyce, Camerata's leader, always manages to communicate across the spotlights his engagement with and joy in... [more]
30/04/2018
Zac and Kiri (WeekendNotes reviewers) also saw the show - and this review draws heavily on their response: I'm maybe the... [more]
13/04/2018 - 21/04/2018
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