In the next week or two I’m going to watch the documentary Afghan Star, at the ICA. Set in Afghanistan, it follows their version of Pop Idol.
Coraline, based on the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name, is a stop-animation film that should be lots of fun. It’s also coming out in 3D which I’m excited about. The film has a cool website.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
I love the X-Men films and this one should be good too. Hugh Jackman is a great Wolverine. I’ve even started reading the comics which is fun.
Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince. The sixth film in the franchise, quite a lot of back story should be covered here. Plus there’ll be lots of silly teenage goings on (crushes and kissing) if it sticks to the book. And I’m sure we’ll all be crying at the end (boy did I cry at the end of this book). I don’t know why they’re making the seventh book into two films (I don’t think it deserves it) – but considering the wait we’re having for this film, we’ll be waiting a while to get to those films.
-Our ceiling collapsed thanks to inaction of our useless estate agent (don’t use Carlton Residential!)
-My photos were featured in the Schmaps online guides.
-The Australian government apologised to Indigenous Australians for the stolen generations and for past inhumane treatment. Now if they would just stop the intervention (or at least re-instate the Racial Discrimination Act so it actually applies to what they’re doing in the intervention) things could maybe improve.
-I got a spouse visa giving me leave to remain and work in the UK for two more years.
-I really got into podcasts (thanks to the ipod Paul gave me for Christmas.
-We moved into a really nice flat that is really close to amenities and train station, etc.
-We went to an Enchanted Woodland and we continued to explore and get-to-know London.
-I bought a very cool Atlantis Space Jacket.
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I’m always reading books but I haven’t written any reviews here for a while so I thought it was time for some end-of-year fiction reviews. I have given up on the bookclub – there just weren’t enough committed people to make me feel like it was worth my time and energy – so I might try to attend one or two of the bookclubs out there organised by libraries. One of the things I’m really looking forward to when I move back to Brisbane (probably some time next year) is joining my friends’ bookclub.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Not a bad kids’ book about a boy who grows up in a graveyard (after his family are murdered) and is raised by the ghosts who live there. Quite cute. Unfortunately I haven’t read the Jungle Book so can’t compare it (I think it’s meant to be in that style).
Girls of Riaydh by Rajaa Alsanea
An easy-to-read story in the form of regular emails sent out to subscribers of the loves and losses of young, rich women in Saudi Arabia. It didn’t do anything to lift my opinion of Saudi culture and its treatment of women but it shows how you can get around/try to live within oppressive cultural restrictions. The women in this book were all very well off. Made me wonder about the poorer Saudi women who lack the resources and opportunities that the women in this novel had.
Zodiac by Neal Stephenson
Really fun, interesting story about pollution in the Boston Harbour and the environmentalists working to catch the various culprits – lots of racing around on zodiacs and scuba diving and being chased by evil businessmen. It’s also a lot easier to read than some of Neal Stephenson’s hard sci-fi books.
House of Clay by Naomi Nowak
Short, but very beautiful graphic novel about a girl searching for what to do with her life while working as a seamstress in a sea-side town to save money to study. The artwork is very colourful, and sometimes a bit confusing. The story is quite short but I enjoyed the look and feel of it.