Recapping last week...
Monday and Tuesday, I attended consecutive Sydney Comedy Festival gigs at the Factory Theatre. First was mad genius Daniel Kitson's "Where Once Was Wonder", which revolved around three key moments in the Brit comic's life: shaving off his hair and (what he'd hate me calling) his trademark beard; flying to another country to tell a female friend he was secretly in love with her; and decapitating a piglet one New Year's Eve. Second was "Beginning Middle End" by local hero Lawrence Leung. An intimate affair (LL ushered us to our seats beforehand), it examined the process and purpose of storytelling, taking as its central example an anonymous online fiction in which Lawrence miraculously changed sex then fell pregnant to Toadfish from "Neighbours".
On Wednesday, I tried a tofu cheesecake that was creamy but not bitter. Wouldn't say it was superior to the dairy variety.
Caught up with sister AK and her family on Thursday. Top tucker, beer, kinfolk and a boardgame - what more could you want?
Friday saw me at Darlinghurst Theatre for a preview of the drama "Reasons To Be Pretty". I was there on the strength of it being by Yank playwright Neil LaBute. The NIDA production of his "The Shape Of Things" blew me away, though I wasn't quite as impressed with his own film version. "R/T/B/P" also features a cast of four in a modern setting and shares with "T/S/O/T" the theme of people screwing each other over. It opens with an argument between long-term partners. The girl has just learnt of a disparaging remark the guy made about her to his workmate, the husband of her gal pal (and informant). Their relationship will never be the same again. My only complaint: I don't believe the snatch of "Forever Young" was the Alphaville original.
Went pubbing with CM, AM and AZ on Saturday. Ended up back at M. Mansion, drinking cocktails concocted from Sailor Jerry rum.
Sunday was the FA Cup (I lost money on Liverpool, despite the efforts of super sub Andy Carroll) and UFC On FOX: Diaz Vs. Miller.
"At the time, a popular kids' book would sell between 5-10,000 copies a year, but 'Deathtrap Dungeon' sold over 400,000 copies in its first year" - Ian Livingstone, interviewed in "Retro Gamer #102".
Composed to the soothing tones of Pink Floyd's groundbreaking album "Meddle" (2011 digital remaster).