Just for fun, the Frankie and Slow magazines

I’m not really a buyer of women’s magazines since 99% of them annoy me immensely, and have done since I was 17. But every now and then I like to pick up a copy of Frankie magazine (not to be confused with the Frankly magazine I help to produce). It’s been around for a while…

Musings about sausages and people

Image by Kirsty TG I was cooking sausages yesterday as part of our dinner (it seems a stretch to call it cooking, though). These were quite fancy pork sausages ‘with kakadu plum and lemon aspen’ no less, but cheap, marked down to nearly nothing because they were on the cusp of expiring. Now I don’t…

Thank you

One of the things I like most about blogs and following certain bloggers is the feeling every day or so as though I get to unwrap a present from someone I’ve come to know in a small  but real way over years. Visiting the websites of my favourite bloggers while drinking my morning coffee is…

What and How I Get to Read

Do people still read books these days? I’ve been reading Elizabeth Scalia’s book Strange Gods, two letters from readers of my column, Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), numerous blog posts and newspaper articles, and cake recipes from the free supermarket magazine I picked up at the checkout when doing the milk, bread,…

I’m Up For Two Awards

I’ve been a bit slack about telling people that my blog is up for two awards! I’m pleased that this blog, MR, has been nominated in the first annual Southern Cross Catholic Digital Media awards, hosted by the online magazine Restless Press. The awards are designed to boost awareness and appreciation of good Catholic websites in Australia and New Zealand. Some of my  favourites are there with me –…

Happy New Year!

I hope I’m not too late to wish you a very Happy New Year! It seems like a strange quirk of human nature to get so excited over the simple change of December 31 to January 1 each year – but I still do. Last year was good for me and my family in many ways; this…

Merry Christmas!

To all my wonderful readers, this is just a quick note to say that I hope you had a happy Christmas day and continue to enjoy this great season! We’ve had three big days of Christmas parties with family and are today having a quiet one. I wish you all a happy and safe 2015. Thank…

Three responses to the Sydney Siege

The 16-hour siege at the Lindt Café in Sydney’s Martin Place, which began on Monday was like sudden, terrible, earthquake in our peaceful city. Unfortunately the aftershocks of the crime by the single gunman will continue for some time, especially for the loved ones of the two hostages who died, and the traumatised survivors. I kept away from the media’s blanket coverage of the horror, but checked in…

Just this quote, because I do love it

St Teresa of Avila:   Mental prayer in my opinion is nothing more than a simple sharing between friends. It is taking time frequently to be with the one we know loves us.   Actually, now that I’m here, I will stop to chat after all. I’m thinking of changing up my routine a bit….

My last word on MasterChef Australia

….because it’s not massively interesting to me in an I-had-to-watch-every-episode way but it is one of the few TV shows we can all comfortably watch together – and we’re aged one to 40-something. After kind of trashing it here and here I’ve got say to that I enjoyed watching the final of MasterChef Australia last night. I haven’t watched all of the…