Feeling the Christmas spirit while shopping at the last minute

Well, it's Christmas Eve, and as usual, I STILL have a to-do list the size of my arm. Every year I tell myself I will start doing things in November or at least from December 1, but it NEVER happens. I still find myself rushing around at the last minute (well, the last 48 hours,…

Edited highlights: Dating advice books, tornados and cake

This time next week, Christmas will be over. I can't believe how quickly this year has passed. Soon all will be revealed about big changes happening at The Alexcellent Life, but for now, let's see what's happened in December. My mid-life crisis was exacerbated by going to Retro nightclub...   This particular visit came complete…

Princess Mary and Me

Last Sunday night, I didn't watch news reports about the Paris attacks. I watched Mary: The Making of a Princess, along with 928,999 other metro viewers. Apparently the biopic won its timeslot, outrating both Seven and Nine's special news bulletins. Media commentator/advertising guru Dee Madigan tweeted on Monday that there are 929,000 people who need…

Fun Food at Sydney’s Winter Garden. And Dolph Lundgren.

Have you got a hankering for a bit of apres-ski adventure, but not the funds to actually hit the slopes? Don't worry; Sydney's pop-up "winter garden" is the answer to affordable urban apres ski-style adventure, complete with alpine-style huts selling sausages, mulled wine and hot chocolate. And Tornado Potatoes. But more about them later... Although…

Review: Kurtosh House, where “gluttonous curiosity is to be explored”.

Se├▒orita Margarita had told me there was a great bakery/cafe she wanted to share with me when I next trekked over to her neck of the woods. So last┬áSunday when Spider Boy had a birthday party to attend nearby, I dropped him off (after watching him ride a mechanical bull that looked like a giant…

Off the scale

Sydney certainly had its share of extreme weather last week. From floods... to beautiful sunshine... including a glorious sunrise on ANZAC morning... There was that sudden and forceful hail storm on ANZAC afternoon... emerging from dramatic clouds. These natural events certainly made for some great photo opportunities. But some natural events are almost off the…