Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Love this cake decorated with M&Ms. See the full story
here. The bride/cake-maker runs the teatowel wonderland To Dry For.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Loved the John Brack exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

John Brack: Latin American Grand Final, 1969.
Oil on canvas, 167.5 x 205.0 cm; NGA, Canberra; © Helen Brack.

John Brack: The new house, 1953
Oil on canvas on board, 127.0 x 55.8 cm; Private collection, Brisbane; ; © Helen Brack.

John Brack: Collins St, 5p.m., 1955
Oil on canvas, 114.6 x 162.9 cm; NGV, Melbourne; © National Gallery of Victoria.

Image sources: National Gallery of Victoria.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Drinks Monitor

Loving... "Drinks Monitor" from Wild & Wolf Vintage Old School Badges. Found mine for AUD11.95 from a great local on-line store,
Brown Button Trading (pretty blog too).

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Comfortable Paranoia

"Here you will dream of people you admire exposing your fraudulence" pillowcase. Part of a set of two (with "Here you will dream of endless kissing") designed by
Miranda July and available from Third Drawer Down (AUD65 the set).
Images from Third Drawer Down.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Friday, May 29, 2009

Playing Games

A friend tried to teach me how to play backgammon last weekend on a board brought back from Iran which was inlaid with tiny pieces of, e.g., camel bone. Stunning. I now have backgammon board lust in a major way and keep googling 'mother-of-pearl'...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Adelaide @ Etsy

Another 'Had to Have', from Adelaidean
Humdinger Designs' etsy shop. 'Miss Vegemite Pussycat', ACEO (copyright the artist).

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Had to have it

'The Cat and the Canaries' from
Matou en Peluche's etsy shop. The artwork remains copyright © 2008 the artist (S. Battersby).

Friday, April 3, 2009

Carved in stone

Detail from a stele in the Kerameikos in Athens. The inscription reads (as far as I can make out) 'Protarchos Protomachou Salaminios) and underneath are two of these flower/rosette things.

Friday, March 27, 2009


Isn't this a great cover? Sue Shephard, Pickled, Potted & Canned: the story of food preserving (2000, various reprints; ISBN 0-7472-6207-1).

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Exploding Rats

The Australian War Memorial currently has an exhibition on animals in war ('A is for Animals') and the latest issue of their magazine Wartime features the 'exploding rat' developed by the Special Operations Executive. There's an 'interactive' display at the UK National Archives site (source of the above image). On the Australian War Memorial site one can also read about the Dickin Medal ("the animals' VC").

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Playmobil Classics

What's not to love about the Playmobil 'Romans' series? More (an arena, chariots, soldiers, tents, family, etc.) via the
Playmobil site. They're available online in Australia from Toybarn.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009


Walter Benjamin on Kafka:
"One is tempted to say: once he was certain of eventual failure, everything worked out for him en route as in a dream."

Source: W. Benjamin 'Max Brod's Book on Kafka and Some of My Own Reflections', [letter to Gerhard Scholem: June 12, 1938] in Illuminations (London: Fontana, 1992; tr. H.Zohn), 136-143 [quotation, p.143].

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Milk Bottles

One day my own pottery will be as beautiful as these 'milk bottles' and mixing bowls from Bison. Bison, based outside Canberra, was started by a classicist.