I have a great appreciation for the absurdities of life and the
idiosyncrasies of people. I adore travelling, playing my modest
record collection and sitting in cafes reading and writing. Some of
my favourite things are art exhibitions, old photos, live music,
pets, 80s earrings, sitting on trains, men who sing harmonies, bad
puns, 50s linoleum tables, giving gifts that nail their recipients’
tastes, paying out members of my family and seeing hot air balloons
outside my window when I wake up.
What I’m doing with my life
Like many, I moved to Canberra from Sydney for work and have been
having a generally wonderful time doing both. I am an arty sort of
person and am lucky enough to get to indulge in that passion on a
daily basis. I have met some truly spectacular people in Canberra,
but thought this might be a good place to scout out one or two
more, and perhaps stumble across a bit of romance… I have also
spent a fair bit of my non-work time volunteering with community
arts stuff in Canberra.
I’m really good at
Matinees at the theatre
Hosting dinner parties - especially in a team
I have taught myself to raise one eyebrow, whistle and juggle - all
to a rudimentary level. So, dedication is not lacking... priorities
Also, I'm terrible at gardens, but I really like them in theory.
The first things people usually notice about me
My big smile and loud laugh. Some say it's 'resonant', but I'm
pretty sure what they are usually thinking is ‘please shut up, I’m
trying to enjoy a quiet coffee at the next table’, or ‘gosh, it
would be nice to be able to concentrate on my work three floors
down from you’.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I’m a pretty big reader. I just read ‘Midnight’s Children’ by
Salmon Rushdie, and it’s a bit too soon to tell, but he might have
just trumped Vladimir Nabokov as my new favourite author. I also
love Virginia Wolf and the poetry of Dylan Thomas. I enjoy and try
to keep up with a bit of art history research. Films I dig include
anything by the Coen Brothers, Wes Anderson, David Lynch; I adore
silent cinema - Weimar especially and also Chaplin and Keaton stuff
and I really should not watch Strictly Ballroom quite as often as I
do. I don't watch a huge amount of television but love a good HBO
drama, British comedy or daggy Australian series. It is probably
important to admit upfront that my favourite musician of all time
is Bob Dylan and that is likely to be a life-long love affair. I
also like Ryan Adams, Gillian Welsh and Dave Rawlings, Emmylou
Harris, Tom Waits, the Decemberists, Townes van Zandt, Justin
Townes Earle and some crackly-record jazz singers like Billie
Holiday and Nina Simone. I also like dodgy folk music. I eat
absolutely everything and really enjoy cooking.
The six things I could never do without
adventures about town
ideas & creative expression (mine and everyone else’s)
my Atomica stove top coffee machine
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Australian identity and how it might be reconciled. Feminism. The
contents of my handbag.
On a typical Friday night I am
Having a beer and a fat chat with my mates. It’s the rule.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have only had three crushes on celebrities in my life: Johnny
Depp, Richard Morecroft (I was three, but apparently it was pretty
passionate), and Adam Liaw, that guy who won Masterchef a few years
ago. Um, yes. Also, I actually like chardonnay.
You should message me if
You would like to grab a coffee or a drink and have a chat. You
like intelligent conversations and are not embarrassed by loud
laughter. You make dad jokes.