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Why I got naked today…

July 17, 2016

tribeWell, it has been a while since I last muttered away about anything. In fact since my father passed away last year I seem to have had very little to say on here, or in life for that matter. It has been a strange time, life goes back to normal, you go to work, you eat, you chat you move on, but something inside you does not, it stays stuck. I guess that is why I have not blogged, I have been feeling stuck, stuck in this well of emotions that I feel like I am drowning in, but doing nothing to really help myself. Close friend and family have said I should ‘talk to someone’, and they don’t mean the postman. I know I ought to, but I am not really one for doing that, I seem to find it easier to mutter away at a keyboard to no one in particular. I think this way I feel safe that no one if going to challenge me about what I am thinking and why.

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Anyway, why am I posting this now? Well this morning I took off all my clothes and let someone take nude photos of me…. I did it for something called My People | My Tribe, which is a community group focused on telling and sharing LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and diverse sexualities and genders) stories that educate, enlighten and inspire. The group aims to shine a light on a variety of LGBTQ+ areas of interest including a focus on topical issues, history, sexual and mental health.

They recently, had a call out to the Sydney LGBTQI+ community to take part in a photoshoot that tells the stories of 100 locals. Titled #BareNakedTruth, participants are photographed by well know photographer Brenton Parry who said it’s time to showcase we are all more alike than different. “By photographing 100 people from a diverse cross section of the community, stripping them back and telling their story I’m hoping we can see that for all of our differences we have more similarities.”.

Some of the stories that I have read associated with some of those taking part have really inspired me. By participating in it myself it has in fact made me think about my dad a lot.  I came out at 18, around the height of the AIDS epidemic which fed fear and prejudice against homosexuals, and I was not living in some cosmopolitan city like I do now. I did it because I knew that if I could not be honest with others about who I really am and know that by doing so they would love me for who I really was, not who they thought I was, then I could never truly be honest with myself about who I am and grow to love myself. Back then I was gripped with hate and disgust for what I was, and I desperately wanted to not be gay.

And why does all this remind me of my dad, well at the time, we might not have had the best of relationships, it was a struggle for both he and I to accept my sexuality, but he sat me down one day and said he admired me for coming out. He said it was one the bravest things he had ever seen someone do and no matter how difficult things might be or what challenges I might face in the future, he said he knew I would have the courage to face anything after having witnessed me coming out to the world.

It took me a long time to come to terms with who and what I am and many years to truly feel proud of who I am. Today I stripped back my clothes and stood there proud and loving my father for the kindness of acceptance that made me feel loved and cherished for who I really am.

I feel a little less stuck today.

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The books I read in 2015

February 10, 2016

Ok, so normally I would have posted this already but 2016 has had a busy start so only just getting round to it now. In fact 2015 was a busy year all up and i can tell that by the number of books I read, just a paltry 27. My biggest disappointing of the year was Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee, but then To Kill A Mocking Bird is one of my all time favourate books so i had very high expectations.

There are lots of 4’s but interestingly not one of them got a full 5 out of 5, but one did come close…

  1. Faggots by Larry Kramer = 2.5
  2. The final confession of Mabel Stark by Robert Hough = 3.5
  3. Small crimes in an age of abundance by Matthew Kneale = 3.5
  4. They came like swallows by William Maxwell = 3
  5. The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and David Mann = 4
  6. So long, see you tomorrow by William Maxwell = 3
  7. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout = 4
  8. Geek love by Katherine Dunn = 2
  9. The two hotel Francforts by David Leavitt = 3.5
  10. Coming up trumps by Jean Trumpington = 3.5
  11. The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins = 4
  12. We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen J.Fowler = 4
  13.  The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer = 4
  14. The silkworm by Robert Galbraith = 4
  15. The end of Alice by A.M. Homes = 2
  16. Red Hill by Jamie McGuire = 3
  17. Wold Winter by Cecilia Ekback = 3.5
  18. Mislaid by Neil Zink = 3
  19. Revival by Stephen king = 4
  20. Vanished Years by Rupert Everett = 3.5
  21. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell = 4
  22. In the unlikely event by Judy Blume = 4
  23. Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child = 3
  24. Go set a watchman by Harper Lee = 3
  25. Hiroshima by John Hersey = 3.5
  26. Queen Victoria’s youngest son by Charlotte Zeepvat = 3
  27. Career of evil by Robert Galbraith = 4.5

Dealing with my fathers death…..

October 1, 2015
Now you all know where my love of sweet things comes from

Now you all know where my love of sweet things comes from

I have felt the need to write this post for a little while now, but have had no idea where to start really or what to say so I thought I would just type away and see where I land up. The key thing that was blocking me is that I have had no idea how to process my thoughts.

It’s been a few weeks now since my father passed away and now that my life is starting to get back to what I suppose you would call normal, or at least my routine is back to normal, the calm that I had felt since his passing seems to be going away. I knew at the time when I was back home in the UK that I was not really going to even begin to process the magnitude of what happened and that certainly seems to be the case. However, an hour into my flight back home to Sydney the enormity of what just happened hit me like a brick. I had to call on all my available willpower not to just sit in my seat on the aircraft and blubber like a baby.

Since being back home and trying to get back into my routine it seems to just hit me out of nowhere at times. I don’t even think I’m aware of even thinking about what happened, and I find myself welling up. It is a strange feeling because I don’t feel like his death is present and at the front of my mind yet from nowhere waves of emotion just strike me. I know I should just let it happen and not fight those waves but the daft Englishman inside me says to be stoic and not let them carry me away. Out of the blue, the thought will just pop into my head that he’s gone, he is actually gone. I won’t speak to him again or see him again, we won’t share a beer, and I won’t unburden my worries on him. He is no longer there to guide me on the right path. I hadn’t realised how much guidance I taken from him over the last few years.

I am fortunate that I knew my time with him was limited, him having been diagnosed in November last year and we knew then that it was terminal. I know I should be grateful for the fact that we had time to say the things we need to say to each other, that I could express love to him in a way that I may not have done in the past.  I could tell him how proud I was of him and I was able to realise that he and I had got to a point in our relationship that I had so wanted to be. I am grateful but at the same time I’m angry that he just went to soon really. I thought that we would have had more time to talk, I thought I would’ve had time to bring him to Sydney to meet my boys. I think even though I knew that he was dying, the enormity of that, I just pocketed into someplace in my brain. It was simply too difficult to process or to comprehend and so although I was aware that I was about to lose him I didn’t really know what that actually means until it happens.

Losing a parent is different from losing a friend or some other loved one, a parent is part of you, they are fundamental to the person that you are, you’re being here, the life you have lived, is because they were part of a couple that made you. That connection you have with a parent, regardless if it was a good, bad or indifferent relationship you had, is a connection you have with no one else. I am feeling lost without it. I’m lucky because I’m surrounded by love, having an amazing partner, wonderful friends and I have two really beautiful sons that just fill me with love, but there is a shadow over all of that at the moment. I know it’s a shadow that over time will lift and pass but meanwhile it to seems like it covers everything.

I’ve dealt with grief before and I know that life moves on, as it should, but this grief is like no other I have experienced in the past. But at the same time, in the initial weeks of his passing I didn’t really feel anything, I was numb, and I feel guilty now that I didn’t feel this grief so raw before now, I feel the need to hold onto it as a way of demonstrating how much I love and miss him.

I am so very proud of my father, for much of my life the choices I made were to make my father proud of me. Moving forward the choices I make will be made in order that my sons will one day be proud of me and love me as much as I love my father.

Introducing the Chocolate Solace Cake…

July 26, 2015

photoI was feeling a bit eeeerm….. despondent today and decided I need a distraction. I thought I could work on a report for work that needs attention, but quickly decided against that and decided to bake. No not just bake, but to ‘invent’ a cake. I am not a great cook, in fact I am a real stress bucket in the kitchen if making a meal, but when it comes to baking I am not that bad, and I love the process. I don’t have a food processor so make all y cakes by hand and find the process nice and cathartic, oh and I loooooove cake too so the end result is always worth the effort. How things have moved on since I set myself this challenge back in 2010: Cake Challenge

Anyway, I thought I would limit myself to the ingredients I had in the cupboard and make something using those only, no shopping allowed. Turns out I was not that limited and had heaps of ingredients to pick from. So I put out loads of stuff on the kitchen top, put aside the basics to create the basis of the cake and then thinking about the cakes I have made in the past and what I thought might work I pulled out a few more.

It turned out rather well if I do say so myself and I have christened this cake the Chocolate Solace Cake, and thought I would share it with you, well not the actual cake because that is for me to eat, but how to make it….

Chocolate Solace Cake:

Ingredients

  • 140g butter (at room temperature)
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 75g coconut sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 250g self-rising flour
  • Dash of milk
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 2 tea spoons of baking powder
  • 100g desiccated coconut
  • 2 large table spoons of golden syrup
  • 275g dark chocolate

Pre-heat oven to 200c (turn down to 180c when placing cake in oven). Grease with butter and line a 20cm cake tin.

In a large bowl beat together the butter caster sugar and coconut sugar till light a fluffy, then add the eggs, beat these in one at a time. Put all the flour, baking soda and cocoa powder into a bowl together than sieve into mixture a bit at a time, fold into mixture and add a dash of milk once it begins to thicken. Stir in the desiccated coconut and golden syrup.

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a simmering saucepan, do this gently will all the lumps have gone and you have a nice smooth chocolate sauce, then add to mixture and stir in.

Add to cake tin and use back of metal spoon to even out the mixture and tap the tin a few times in the kitchen top to help settle mixture.

Place in oven (remember to turn down to 180c) and bake for about 45mins, check it with a skewer at 40mins, if it comes out clean it is all done. Then let it sit in tin for about 5 to 10mins before turning out on rack to cool.

Decorate as you wish, I dribbled some icing and grated some chocolate over the top.

I am hoping to raise funds while abstaining…..

June 29, 2015

dry july

It is that time of year again when I give up alcohol for a month and all for a couple of good causes, the first is my general health and waistline the other is a worthy charity.  Yes that is right my July is going to be Dry as I participate in Dry July again. Oh and having just purchased a very special limited edition bottle of Jura Whiskey this is going to be more challenging than others years.

I am sure most of you know by now that Dry July is an organisation that aims to improve the lives of adults living with cancer, it does this through an online social community of likeminded individuals giving up booze for the month of July (and ideally raising money as they do it). So for the 31 days of July, I am hoping to raise funds while abstaining.

Like previous years I have chosen The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA as my chosen beneficiary for all the money I raise. Professor Chris O’Brien was an incredible man who had tremendous vision and courage.  He was inspirational in both the work he did as a cancer specialist and through his own three year battle with an aggressive brain tumour, a battle that he sadly lost in 2009. His name lives on in the very good work that this organization does. The Lifehouse is an integrated cancer treatment center, one where that patients would longer have to navigate their way through all the different elements of dealing with their illness alone.

You can see more about this place here: http://www.mylifehouse.org.au/

If you would like to sponsor me you can do so here or you could always take part yourself 😉

2014 in review, I was less active than before, might have to do something about that this year

January 5, 2015

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 55 trips to carry that many people.

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Sober for a month and all for a good cause

June 12, 2014

I have decided tdj-logoo participate in Dry July again this year. No this is not as a consequence of all the alcohol I might be drinking over the next few days in celebration of my birthday (well maybe in a small way it is), it is far more meaningful than that, last year I lost 4k over the 4 weeks!

For those of you not in the know Dry July is an organisation that aims to improve the lives of adults living with cancer through an online social community of likeminded individuals giving up booze for the month of July (and raising money as they do it). So for the 31 days of July, I am hoping to raise funds while abstaining.

I have again chosen The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA as my chosen beneficiary for all the money I raise. Professor Chris O’Brien was an incredible man who had tremendous vision and courage.  He was inspirational in both the work he did as a cancer specialist and through his own three year battle with an aggressive brain tumour, a battle that he sadly lost in 2009.

Chris’s vision was for an integrated cancer treatment center so that patients would no longer have to navigate their way through all the different elements of dealing with their illness alone. His vision was realised with the completion of The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA back in 2013, more of which you can read about here: http://www.lifehouserpa.org.au/The_Chris_O_Brien_Lifehouse_at_RPA.aspx

If you would like to sponsor me you can do so here or you could always take part yourself 😉

Student welfare in our schools should not be the domain of anti-gay religious groups….

May 27, 2014

Let me start this post by saying I am sure many of the chaplains involved in the Chaplaincy Programs in Australian schools do fantastic work, but money spent by the government, raised by all tax payers regardless of their religion, race, sexuality etc, should not be used for funding for particular religious groups to take the place of qualified mental health professionals or social workers in schools where ALL our children go, not just those of Christians.

There were many cuts in the budget this year that irked many of us, but some of the biggest were to health and education costs, if all goes to plan for the Government they will save $80 billion over 10 years by withdrawing the funding from the states that it provides for services in these two areas.

In terms of education, Tony Abbott’s government will not continue with the fifth year of Labor’s Gonski School funding reforms. This means that rather than increasing school funding by 4.7%, the Abbott government will increase school funding in line with inflation instead. What this means in reality in that they will spend about $130 million less on schools in 2017-18 than the previous government promised.

On top of this there are fundamental changes to University funding and student loans, referred to by Treasurer Joe Hockey in his budget speech as “once-in-a-generation reforms, the government will help build a sector that is more diverse, more innovative and more responsive to student needs”

So while we are on the subject of diversity in the education sector, and being more responsive to what students need, relative to other cuts made, how on earth does the government justify the continued federal funding of the Chaplaincy Programs in Australian schools?

Some of the organisations in the program have clear connections to homophobic campaigning and yet they will continue to benefit from the government funding. The proposed budget has allocated nearly $250million to this program over four years; it offers schools up to $24,000 per year to pay for a chaplain approximately two days a week.

ACCESS Ministries is one of the key providers of chaplains, providing approximately 330 schools in Victoria with “Special Religious Instructors”, yet it has been revealed that they have distributed homophobic materials that the Victorian Education Department’s own investigation concluded was “inappropriate and offensive”.

Rob Ward who is General Manager of Development and Communications at ACCESS Ministries, and the former Victorian State Director of the Australian Christian Lobby,  has campaigned against same-sex marriage and same-sex adoption and is on record as not wanting non-heterosexual orientations as being seen as ‘normal’.  When the “Fair go, sport!” program, an initiative aimed at increasing awareness of sexual and gender diversity in sport, was launched he said “The suggestion that the aim is to have the sexual orientation of gay, lesbian and transgender sportspeople…so public that it’s normal, so people don’t think about it is very troubling.”

In addition, Darren McMahon the Director and Presenter of Your Dream Incorporated in Sydney that runs chaplaincy programs through NSW, has significant ties to Hillsong Church, which has had a contentious relationship with the gay community regarding their involvement with the Mercy Ministries and the Living Waters Australia, which both ran ex-gay and conversion camps.

It is a documented fact that LGBTI youth have higher rates of suicide and depression than their heterosexual counterparts and as Jacqui Tomlins, a founding member of the Australian Equality Party, has said “Young people,  especially those who might be questioning their sexuality or sexual identity, need access to good, non-judgemental counsellors who can provide advice and guidance that is not based on any religious foundation”, yet it is via the Chaplaincy Program that these children would be dealt with.

To make matter worse the Abbott Government has changed the conditions to prevent School Principals from being able to elect a secular student welfare worker instead of a chaplain, non-religious student welfare workers could get access to funding under the previous Labor Government.

So just how Mr Hockey does the government propose to ensure we build a sector that is more diverse, more innovative and more responsive to student needs with this program?

Not only was I annoyed enough to write this blog post but I also signed this petition: https://www.allout.org/en/actions/australia-budget-thanks

Remembering Lex Watson

May 8, 2014

Lex Watson who passed away this week was the first president of the AIDS Council of NSW (ACON) and a Co-founder of the Campaign Against Moral Persecution (CAMP), in addition to being the founder of the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, in short he was one of the most important gay rights activists in Australia.

We forget how things have changed over the past few decades and the fact that we have so many rights not afforded us in the past is in no small part down to the work Lex and others like him did on our behalf. He played an important role in the foundation of many of the LGBT rights groups in New South Wales. In 1970 he was one of the first gay people to advocate openly for their rights on Australian television, a very brave act indeed back then, to many LGBT people in their teens, twenties or even 30’s just how brave and pioneering an act this was would be hard to comprehend in a world where an openly gay person won Big Brother in 2012.

Homosexuality was legalized in New South Wales in 1984, 14 years after the start-up of CAMP, and in that time activists like Lex were at the forefront of the fight for equality and endured more than most on our behalf to ensure our rights were recognised. For example in 1976 whilst on a current affairs program on ABC Lex was pelted with human excrement during a debate, his response to this act…. was to point out that that was precisely the kind of persecution that homosexuals had to put up with, touché .

In his later years Lex  served as the President of Sydney’s Pride History Group, Lex Watson is part of our history, he was a pioneer for the LGBT community and one I hope history never forgets.

Do you love Sex…..

February 19, 2014

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Love Sex Durex… now that is a tag line I like. Durex are sponsoring the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras this year and are embracing the promotion of same-sex relationships as part of the initiative.  They are not the only sponsors this year, other sponsors are ANZ (principle sponsor), SBS2 and 2day FM who are the broadcast partners and Fitness First, Air Asia, Google, Gaydar, Finlandia (it’s a vodka), as well as NSW NOW, Destination NSW, City of Sydney as strategic partners.

Not all partners are launching campaigns to tie in with their sponsorship, but Durex have taken the opportunity to do just that with their Durex Love Same Sex. It is primarily a social media campaign, which aims to focus on and celebrate the years of “love and commitment of long-term same-sex relationships in Australia”.

The brand is encouraging people in Australia that are in same-sex relationships to celebrate the number of years they have been in a relationship, they do this by visiting the Durex Australia Facebook page and pledge their years of commitment. There is a year counter on the Facebook page that tallies the total years all participating couples have been together, so far it stands at 4,345 years.

The brand was also present at Fair Day this year where they set up a booth and got over 3,500 couples to pledge there years of commitment, one such couple was Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s sister Christine Forster and her partner Virginia Edwards who celebrated seven years together.

This is a great fit with the Mardi Gras event and nice to see them doing this, but as mentioned before this is not new, brands have been targeting the LGBT communities more and more over the past decade, and especially around events such as these, as written about here before.

My love of sharks just got bigger

February 5, 2014

P1540236calypso_newI was just 4 years old when Jaws came out at the cinema, it is a movie I absolutely love and always have done. Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley’s novel of the same name it was to become the archetypal summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a turning point in motion picture history (it gave birth the Summer Blockbuster phenomenon). Jaws became the highest-grossing film in history at the time, and it was the most successful film of all time until Star Wars (another film many of you know I have a love of). It is often cited as one of the greatest films of all time, along with Star Wars, so you see I really do have good taste in movies…

Anyway, I digress, I know the movie does not exactly show sharks in a particularly good light but for some reason it sparked an interest in great white sharks that I have always had. For years I have dreamed of being in the water with them, it was on my proverbial bucket list as it were, well that was until this past weekend then I finally got to tick it off.

The great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), also known as simply great white, white pointer or white shark  is mainly known for its size, with mature individuals growing up to 6.4 m (21 ft) in length. We went to Port Lincoln in South Australia to meet a few of these fellas and the largest one we saw was probably about 4.5m and as he glided majestically past our boat for the very first time I was reminded of this famous line from Jaws when Roy Scheider as police chief Martin Brody says “we’re going to need a bigger boat”, a phrase I used for much of the day.

It really was something to see them up close, there is something so serene and majestic about them, not viscous and evil as they are often portrayed. I thought I might be nervous when the time came to get into the water, even though I was going to be in a cage, but in fact I was excited. It was amazing to see them in their environment; they really are beautiful creatures if you take the time to appreciate them and not vilify them. As an experience it is up there with the time I went swimming with whale sharks.

They are estimated to live for as long as 70 years or more, and can accelerate to speeds that exceed 56 km/h (35 mph). Great white sharks have been deemed to be at high risk of extinction in the wild since 1996, living to a ripe old age of 70 or more is becoming harder and harder for them as overfishing and culling initiatives greatly reduce their numbers and life expectancy. I acknowledge that the very film that ignited my love of these creatures also gave them the image as “man eater” in the public mind. However, in Australia since 1791 there have only been 892 shark attacks of any kind, 217 of which were fatal.

I am more in awe of them now having been up close and personal, and I would highly recommend anyone to experience them. Long live the great white.

The films I saw at the movies in 2013…

January 8, 2014

Ok what with the Oscars nominations impending publication I thought I would jot down the movies I was last year. There were only 38 this year, that is 11 down on last year, well I have had a busy one!

Listed in chronological order of having been watched, and scored out of 5 where 5 is the highest score… A good year for me a few 5s in there and even one 5*

  1. Life of Pi = 5
  2. Jack Reacher = 3 ½
  3. The Impossible = 5
  4. The Hobbit = 5
  5. Hitchcock = 4 ½
  6. Paris Manhattan = 3
  7. Zero Dark 30 = 4 ½
  8. Flight = 4
  9. Django Unchained = 4 ½
  10. Lincoln = 4
  11. Les Miserables = 3
  12. Amour = 4
  13. I Give It a Year = 4
  14. Oblivion = 4 ½
  15. Rust & Bone = 5
  16. The Company You Keep = 5
  17. Star Trek, Into Darkness = 5
  18. Dead Man Down = 4
  19. Place Beyond The Pines = 4
  20. World War Z = 5
  21. Man of Steel = 4
  22. Happiness Never Comes Alone = 5
  23. This Is The End = 3
  24. Before Midnight = 4
  25. Now You See Me = 3 ½
  26. Elysium = 4
  27. Red Obsession = 3 ½
  28. Behind The Candelabra = 3 ½
  29. We’re The Millers = 3
  30. Gravity = 5*
  31. The Family = 3 ½
  32. Blue Jasmine = 4
  33. The Butler = 3 ½
  34. About Time = 4
  35. The Councillor = 2 ½
  36. The Hunger Games (2) = 4 ½
  37. Enough Said = 4
  38. American Hassle = 4

The Books I Read In 2013….

January 1, 2014

33 of them all up, which is two more than in 2012. If I had to recommend any overall it would be the trilogy by Hugh Howey, starting with Wool. If you like a good thriller/crime book then the books bt Stella Rimington are well worth a go.

Listed in chronological order of having been read, and scored out of 5 where 5 is the highest score. A few got close to the top marks, but no 5 this year:

  1. Wolf Hall by Hilary mantel = 4
  2. The Dinner by Herman Koch = 3
  3. Wool by Hugh Howey = 4
  4. No.1 Ladies Detective Agency by A.McCall-Smith = 3
  5. Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher = 3
  6. All That I Am by Anna Funder = 4
  7. Shift by Hugh Howey = 4
  8. Closure Limited by Max Brooks = 4
  9. By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham = 3
  10. Devil in Disguise by Julian Clary = 2 ½
  11. Since Tomorrow by Morgan Nyberg = 2
  12. The Rapture by Liz Jensen = 4
  13. The Rise and Fall of The House of Bo by John Garnaut = 3 ½
  14. Poppet by Mo Hayder = 4
  15. Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel = 4
  16. Secret Asset by Stella Rimington = 4
  17. Reclaiming Epicurus by Luke Slatergy = 3
  18. The City and The Pillar = Gore Vidal = 4
  19. The Olive Readers by Christine Aziz = 3
  20. Union Jack by Val McDermid = 3
  21. The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne = 3 ½
  22. At Risk by Stella Rimington = 4
  23. The Cuckoos’ Calling by Rpbert Gallbraith = 4 ½
  24. Dust by Hugh Howey = 4 ½
  25. Wrecked by Charlotte Roche = 3
  26. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green = 4
  27. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn = 4 ½
  28. Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas = 3
  29. Take Your Best Shot by Jacqueline Kent = 3
  30. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion = 4
  31. Dead Line by Stella Rimington = 4
  32. 1222 by Ann Holt = 3 ½
  33. Zoo by James Patterson = 2

2013 in review, not a bad year…

January 1, 2014

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,300 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.