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Linguistic drift, or When is a Salad no Longer a Salad? 0

Linguistic drift, or When is a Salad no Longer a Salad?

I understand that in different cultures, the word “salad” has different meanings. In Italy, a salad is 5 types of lettuce and olive oil. Where I grew up, a salad is as many raw...

What is wrong with the food on qantas? 0

What is wrong with the food on qantas?

Seriously, I think today’s business class menu was put together by a lazy, hungry drunk. Entree was conventional – Parma ham, parmagiano and rocket. Only the halal, kosher, vegan, vegetarian and readers of the...

Visions of hell: #1 LAX 0

Visions of hell: #1 LAX

Well, I am just devastated. I have been amusing myself for the last several hours blogging how I am keeping sane while sitting in LAX Terminal 4, only to find that my iPad has...

Artificial life principles as applied to serviced apartment kitchens 1

Artificial life principles as applied to serviced apartment kitchens

It is a strange fact of serviced apartments that their kitchens are “fully equipped” in the sense that Coles is “where Masterchefs shop”. Drawers and cupboards seem to be populated at random from the...

Fried crumbs with salsa verde 1

Fried crumbs with salsa verde

I continue my annual series of musing on where Masterchefs really shop. This year, I have taken a real masterchef recipe – Seaweed Crumbed Crayfish Tails with Ceviche, Chargrilled Paua (Abalone) – to Coles....

Melbourne Cut-ups 0

Melbourne Cut-ups

William S. Burroughs used to experiment with cut-ups – snippets of speech randomly assembled from tape or from the physical cut-up and reassembly of text. Here is an audio cut-up: snippets of speech overheard...

…and it’s beige, beige, beige all the way! 0

…and it’s beige, beige, beige all the way!

Never let it be said that I am reluctant to try new things. Hence this week’s experiment with Oaks Dreriora (I mean Aurora). I did go into its 67 stories with open eyes –...

An ode to the Brisbane Sofitel 0

An ode to the Brisbane Sofitel

O Sofitel, my Sofitel Defender of everything gallic From the Fortitude girls who wish you “bonjour” To the very last drop of Chateau Latour Where tap water’s slightly metallic. O Sofitel, brave Sofitel Where...

Mmmm, first class… 0

Mmmm, first class…

I will openly confess to being a travel junkie. I looove getting that boarding pass and getting on a plane. As long, mind, as it doesn’t involve budget airlines or charter flights to remote...

iPad apps I’d like to see… 0

iPad apps I’d like to see…

I have had an iPad now for about 6 weeks. I think. TBI (Time Before iPad) is a little vague. How did I ever stay calm on a flight from Brisbane to Perth before...