Monthly Archives: March, 2014

Dominoes Tutorial with Gonk and Hetty

We were recently taught to play fast, fun and stylish dominoes by George’s mother and father.

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There are plenty of ways to play and score a game of dominoes but the following instructions (provided by your friendly hosts Gonk and Hetty) are the way we were taught. Continue reading →


Classic Film Reivew: Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

classic-film-review-kiss-me-deadly-2This is a brilliantly sinister film noir based on a novel by Micky Spillane. It was described at the time as a “film designed to ruin young viewers“.  Although I am not young, I felt rather damaged at the end.

Ralph Meeker plays detective Mike Hammer (not quite your Detective Dirk Gently) who chances upon a mysterious and distressed female hitchhiker running down the road at night  clothed only in a trench coat. Continue reading →

Summer splash: swimming wrap-up 2014

Prelude – our early memories of swimming

Betty-Rose: I learnt to swim at Eva Bory’s Swim School in Emu Plains. Eva Bory (a Hungarian swimming champion) built the pool in 1973. I mastered all the strokes and from then on it was speedos, goggles and a swimming cap. Swimming for me was training sessions at 5am and racing on swim club nights with the Penrith RSL Swimming Club. It was all okay or maybe it was just the vast amounts of chlorine fumes that added to the enjoyment or the promise of a 20 cent bag of mixed lollies. I always dreaded the move to the outdoor pools at Penrith and Glenbrook in Spring. I was always cold. Sometimes I would cry. My lips would be blue. I am sure it made me a more resilient person. I still do not like cold water. However, I did have a lot of fun in the above-ground pool Dad would put up in the backyard in Summer. That mostly involved making crazy whirlpools and having pool pony races with siblings and neighbours. And my brother took us to swim at the weir and at Rocky Point on the Nepean River with lilos. That was fun.

George:  I never learnt to swim.  Not really.  If you were in trouble in the water I would give it a shot at rescuing you, but really,   Continue reading →

Classic Film Review: It Came from Outer Space (1953)

The Classic Film Review Concept

I enjoy classic films – mainly I enjoy spotting old telephones. If you are keen to be all nostalgic and retro, I offer my review of some classic films to assist you in your endeavours. If you do not like old films much, hopefully my reviews will persuade you that there are some movie gems out there regardless of the sometimes clunky dialogue and special effects.

It Came from Outer Space (1953)

A spaceship from another world crashes in the Arizona desert, and only an amateur stargazer (John) and a schoolteacher (Ellen) suspect alien influence when the local townsfolk begin to act strange. Continue reading →