My mum was… not a very good cook. In saying this, I take nothing from her memory. She often admitted this herself: she did not enjoy cooking. The food that sustained my sister and me for so many years was plain, but healthy and sufficient. Even after all this time, I could still list the […]

Now,  here’s a thing. I know perfectly well that expressing an opinion with regard to ANYTHING Star Trek from ANY time or location is tantamount to throwing rocks a wasp nest… a really big wasp nest full of dopey, angry and confused wasps who are nevertheless extremely persistent. But — what the hell. Some days […]

— by Dirk Flinthart “Is that..? No. That can’t possibly be what it looks like.” Untermeyer frowned at the glossy photo on his desk, and pushed it aside. “It’s some kind of a hoax. A prank?” Mieke faked a cough to cover her gasp of indignation. “Ahhh… no, sir. I wouldn’t do that to you, […]

I’m still writing narrative fiction, but lately I’ve been tangled up with scriptwriting for a few folks. While as yet nothing much has come of it, I have hopes — and it’s keeping me quite busy. But not so busy I can’t find time for my daughter. I’ve taken to doing some role-playing gaming with […]

Sue me. I was tired and slightly drunk. I watched ‘Bright’. Normally I’d include an image or two, or a link. Or whatever. But screw it. Too much effort. No. I didn’t like ‘Bright’.  It reminded me of ‘The Matrix’. When ‘The Matrix’ came out, the moviegoing world drew a collective breath and went “Oooh! […]

Ought to be a no-brainer, right? Apparently less so than I thought. I went to a 30th anniversary screening of The Princess Bride the other night. It was organised by a local political figure, and the film played on a small dropdown screen in a space above  a sports facility. Nevertheless, the room was full […]

So apparently Australia is getting it’s very own Space Agency. Who knew? If only it had happened earlier. Perhaps this story — written, I think, while I was at least partly drunk — might have been closer to the truth… The year is 1973, in an alternate universe. Here, America very sensibly decided that a […]

I’ve been certain of my sexuality since before I knew it was possible to have a sexuality. I think I was six years old when I found one of my father’s Playboys in the magazine rack in the lounge room. (To be fair, I think he actually did read the articles. Playboy in the 70s […]

I’ve been meaning to catch this one for a while. And what better time then while laid up by a furious ‘flu which bids fair to bring on the zombie apocalypse? Seriously: I haven’t seen so much snot since… no… actually, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this much snot before. It’s like a vengeful […]

I’ve begun teaching a new martial arts class at the university in Launceston, simply because they have the finest judo floor I’ve ever personally seen, let alone rolled upon. We had our third session last night, and there were a few more folks along which was good: it’s not a cheap floor to rent, and […]