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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: 25933
Subscribers: 12
Articles: 317
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My WeekendNotes - 317
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]
27/04/2018
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
The Royal Ballet and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra performed to capacity audiences for arguably one of the most ... [more]
29/06/2017 - 09/07/2017
This prize-winning play is a "two-hander" with Kristy Best and Hsiao-Ling Tang carrying the dialogue seamlessly, fro... [more]
24/06/2017 - 16/07/2017
It's rare when "Rotten Tomatoes" gives a movie a 97% rating, particularly when it is a film about cats in Istanbul. ... [more]
"A good story is like a tablecloth" said Dave Allen. "All the better for a bit of embroidery". And "Ancient Rain" could ... [more]
13/06/2017
The idea of a play within a play is at least as old as Shakespeare. "Noises Off" has been playing, somewhere in the... [more]
03/06/2017 - 25/06/2017
The QPAC Choir recently played a tribute night for ABBA, celebrating 40 years since their first visit to Australia. ... [more]
06/06/2017
Sixteen actors, six singers and twenty instrumentalists make Peter Shaffer's subversive celebration of genius and me... [more]
06/05/2017
My companion (an expert in Middle Eastern religions) on scanning the program was a little bemused. "Don't expect ... [more]
25/05/2017 - 03/06/2017
Do you applaud, or don't you? For a little while, faced with the gymnastic artistry of Circa and the captivating rh... [more]
16/05/2017
What is the magic of Queensland Ballet? And what draws the crowds to sellout performances at QPAC Lyric theatre? ... [more]
05/05/2017 - 13/05/2017
It has been thirty years since the Academy of St Martin in the Fields last came to Brisbane. Founded in 1958, the Ac... [more]
26/04/2017 - 27/04/2017
"Why is it so?"We are left with Julius Sumner Miller's question at the end of Michael Gow's play, and, unsurprisingly ... [more]
22/04/2017 - 14/05/2017
"Conceived", as J. Hoberman tells us in the New York Review "in the waning days of Barack Obama's presidency and premier... [more]
The Shanghai Dramatic Centre's production of "White Snake" is based on a seventh century folk tale, "Lady White Snake", ... [more]
31/03/2017 - 01/04/2017
"Any damn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple." - Pete Seeger. That is su... [more]
16/03/2017
Angels and Demons: Southern Cross Soloists Damien Beaumont was an urbane and mischievous compθre, adding delight... [more]
05/03/2017
Having had more than a passing acquaintance professionally with depression and suicide, your ageing reviewer, lea... [more]
08/03/2017 - 11/03/2017
He is no-one's picture of a pop star. And yet, when this 61 year old understated superstar emerges on the stage of ... [more]
10/02/2017
Hadron Collider: Step Inside the World's Greatest Experiment 'a bold endeavour to bring fundamental physics to the peop... [more]
09/12/2016 - 25/04/2017
Shenzo Gregorio took violin music to new heights (literally) when he played classical music while flying on a high w... [more]
04/12/2016
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