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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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Writer Rank: 1
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Readers: 27891
Subscribers: 13
Articles: 337
Comments: 14
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My WeekendNotes - 337
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
It wasn't Jersey Boys, the long-running high-energy mega-hit show, which is linked with a strong backstory and featu... [more]
18/04/2018
Nicole Car opened Covent Garden's 2017/8 season as Mimi and later this year, she and her husband Etienne Dupuis will... [more]
16/04/2018
This film could very easily have been an unmemorable Mills and Boon rom-com, but it is much more. It helps that M... [more]
Most of the capacity audience in the Concert Hall would not have heard this version of Stravinsky's "Funeral Song" b... [more]
07/04/2018
★★★★½ With the mien of a rock star and the technique of a virtuoso, Avital is a stunning perform... [more]
07/04/2018 - 24/04/2018
Full marks for courage: to build the first London commercial theatre for close to a century, and then to open with a... [more]
21/03/2018
Just look at the images! Then imagine them projected with crystal-clear clarity on a screen several storeys high... [more]
04/05/2018
If you long to see a Broadway musical theatre blockbuster, if you are into razzmatazz and glitz and "less is more" i... [more]
04/03/2018 - 03/06/2018
It's hard to believe that the first iteration of the King's Singers – bespectacled, somewhat geeky – hit the big tim... [more]
02/03/2018
"John Williams was nominated for 51 Academy Awards. He won 5. What a loser!" So (tongue in cheek) said conductor/... [more]
24/02/2018
"I'm getting mixed reactions" said the cinema manager. "Some love it, some leave mid-way, saying there's nothing goi... [more]
Fifteen years ago, Mark Haddon's novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, entering the inner world of... [more]
12/06/2018 - 24/02/2018
This is the funniest play I've seen in a long time. On paper, perhaps it shouldn't be. Two retired polit... [more]
01/02/2018 - 17/02/2018
With a Rotten Tomatoes rating in the nineties "The Florida Project" comes initially as a shock – possibly a disappoi... [more]
Let's begin at the end – the end of the show that is. Just when you think it's all over and the performers must... [more]
26/12/2017 - 04/02/2018
Is this really "The Last Jedi"? Was it really 1977 when we saw the first "Star Wars"? And has it (finally) run out o... [more]
In a recent interview, Liam Neeson said that he was a bit long in the tooth (at 65) for action movies. Well, guess what?... [more]
Wars breed larger than life characters – like Blair Mayne, David Sterling's second in command at the SAS, who solved... [more]
03/12/2017
"Humans" is a stunning, visionary performance which will make you think, feel and most importantly, laugh, about the hu... [more]
06/12/2017 - 09/12/2017
On a balmy evening in Brisbane, we were off to see the wizard, The Wizard of Oz that is. I will admit that I did not... [more]
04/11/2017 - 03/12/2017
"You have just been entertained by the Imperial Russian Ballet for three hours" says the announcement at the end of t... [more]
19/10/2017 - 20/10/2017
Once again we made the pilgrimage to the wetlands with thousands of our kind, filling the Brisbane Entertainment Centr... [more]
05/10/2017 - 15/10/2017
Aled Jones can be forgiven for being thrilled that his new album has overtaken Adele in the UK best-seller charts an... [more]
06/10/2017
John McEnroe recently claimed that Donald Trump offered him a substantial fee to play either Serena or Venus William... [more]
Michael Ball's outstanding performances have made smash-hit box office history. He is a double Olivier Award winner, mul... [more]
05/10/2017
"While the action rarely flags, the running time is needlessly grandiose and the commercial calculation that underpins e... [more]
A royal friendship with more than a few twists Victoria and Abdul is a film directed by Stephen Frears from a s... [more]
A royal friendship with more than a few twists. Victoria and Abdul is a film directed by Stephen Frears, from a scri... [more]
Imagine a bleak, cold, snow-covered arid landscape. A young woman, barefooted, is running for her life. We see her f... [more]
"I am intensely curious to find out more" If this sentence reverberates with you, especially about how cutting-edge k... [more]
06/09/2017
Avatar is the highest grossing movie in history. Which means that you, my respected reader, have probably se... [more]
05/10/2017 - 15/10/2017
How does a documentary about an obscure debilitating illness score 100% on Rotten Tomatoes? Not easily. But the sco... [more]
07/10/2017
This movie is about Al Gore and about climate change. Which is hardly surprising. It must take enormous self-belief... [more]
In yet another film where Paris is paramount, doors are opened, Henry James style, to show us beautiful French inte... [more]
Atomic Blonde is set in a Le Carre look-alike Cold War Germany - a gritty, blue-filtered, concrete jungle, where not... [more]
From the first moments, when Baby (Ansel Elgort), sitting in a red Subaru WRX, mimes to a soundtrack while watchin... [more]
"Once you set up a covert operation to supply arms and money, it's very difficult to separate it from the kind of people... [more]
A string of pearls without the string/ The deaf need have no fears about whether they will hear this musical – i... [more]
19/07/2017 - 13/08/2017
Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park" was a satire on the Gothic novel of her time, but is still engaging to generations... [more]
14/07/2017 - 29/07/2017
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