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Reading challenge and comedians in October

Glenn Wool at the Comedy Store

Meet Glenn Wool,  one of the funniest and scruffiest comedian around who’s currently in Sydney until the end of next week. He was also the comedian I watched during the Late Show at the Fringe whose name completely slipped my mind. I would recommend buying tickets before he flies off to the other side of the world.

As I type this, I cringe thinking that you might be able to see my mug promoting his show in the very near future. The Comedy Store was grabbing audience members for soundbites after the show and as everyone around us suddenly took a step back, we found ourselves shoved in front of a microphone.

Talking about comedians I’m thinking of watching The Bedroom Philosopher later on this month and hopefully stalking Lawrence Leung at TINA this weekend. No I’m not a geeky comedian groupie at all (ahem). For readers who are interested issue 4 of Sharp and Pointy will hopefully be available at TINA. I’m still trying to put it all together right now and wonder why my time management skills falls apart when it comes to zines.

Talking about zines and reading. The 2009 Books Alive Reading Challenge is  finished and although I didn’t do too badly, I realise that I am an horridly unfaithful reader with a penchant to read multiple books at the same time.  Rather like my knitting habit really…

The theme for this started of as the 50 books from Books Alive, but it morphed into “Library Books I am reading”

Books read between September 7 to October 1

  1. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale – sweet adaptation of fairy tale of the same title. Light beach read.
  2. Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey – her first non fantasy novel. A surprisingly believable post plague America with a very strong heroine.
  3. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – reminded me of Diane W. Jones more so than any of his other books. Quoting Epany, his books are fairy tales for adults and that’s just fine!
  4. Grug Learns To Read by Ted Prior – 🙂
  5. The Matchmaker of Perigord by Julia Stuart – shades of Chocolat with some rather lovely prose, but left me feeling a little unsatisfied. The setting and the characters felt a little contrived at times and the ending was rather abrupt.
  6. Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear by Dan Gardner – can be summarised as “the world is not going to end and stop freaking out”

Other books I am currently reading are listed here. I am somewhat in love with Library Thing, I love the way it can search and find books that are not necessarily published within the UK or America.

Sydney International Food Festival is just around the corner

Guylian Cafe

Thanks to the goodfood guide’s twitter it came to my attention that the Sydney International Food Festival’s program for October is now officially out with lots of exciting things to look forward to. Among all the excitement, some friends are holding an exhibition as part of the festival on the 18th of October.

Like Mum Used To Make is a celebration of our parents’ recipes – from snacks to hearty stodge, they are an unlikely window into the diversity of Sydney’s culture.

The act of sharing recipes is both a form of oral history and an expression of identity. Our parents’ cooking not only represents fond memories of our childhood, it can have a great influence on our attitudes to food and cooking as adults.

The 18th of October 2009 will see the launch of the zine and an exhibition of illustration and photography by local artists, designers and food enthusiasts. A library of food zines will also be available for anyone to read for free.

They are still looking for submissions for the zine and or the exhibition. If interested please contact them via the website.

On the topic of upcoming events, I have succumbed to the Books Alive 2009 Reading Challenge hosted by bookthingo. I have 17 days left to go through as many books as possible and so far the effort is rather dismal!