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A web series you should watch right now: The Katering Show

We all know that web series are the TV shows of the future (it’s pretty much what House of Cards is, let’s be honest). And recently The Katering Show has had thousands of Aussies all over our sunburnt land grinning wryly. The Katering Show exhibits the careful timing of comedians (writers, actors, etc), Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney, as they dive into the ever trending, sometimes gut wrenching world of The Food Revolution (think organic food markets, pinterest cupcakes and all the quinoa your gout desires). It is a brilliant parody of all of the things we love to love and love to hate, and aspects of the food-crazed social media sphere that (we must admit) are simply ridiculous. And I haven’t even mentioned the Booze Revooze. Now I can’t tell how this web series will translate globally- I’m not sure whether I’m laughing half the time because they sound like poorly edited episodes of Better Homes and Gardens, or because their syntax is not dissimilar to Huey’s Cooking Adventures. But I do find it hilarious and would love nothing more than to have them cook …

Words from Collette Dinnigan: Obsessive Creative

by Amy Galea As I was moving house recently, I came across these quotes by Collette Dinnigan that I had noted down when I saw her at the Sydney Writers’ Festival last year. She was speaking about her book, Obsessive Creative, but the interview also covered her career, where she collects inspiration from, and how she desires to ‘paint pictures’ with her work. She is one of Australia’s most successful fashion designers, and yet she spoke with a sort of understated tone- she seems like the kind of person who will say the most beautiful things, without realising how poetic they are. Here are a few snippets of her interview:

Movies without the Happily Ever After

by Amy Galea This post contains spoilers. However all of the films mentioned are more than two years old, so we decided that they’re all past the ‘spoiler statute of limitations’. Don’t get me wrong, I love films where love conquers all. Where, usually towards the end, she realises she’s too flighty or high- strung and he stops being either a drop kick or a womaniser (the two roles for men in Rom Coms). I love those great finale speeches: the “I hate it when you—” declarations that everyone knows actually means, “I love you, I’ve gotten over myself, we can be together now. ” And I particularly enjoy a good running scene where one character needs to tell the other how they feel, this usually happens at a wedding ceremony, or in the rain, or at a wedding ceremony in the rain. However, sometimes you need to take a breath, ‘take a break’ and look for something a little less aspiring, but a little more comforting. Because the dating world is tough. What’s more, even when …

Happy Holidays- see you in the new year!

We interrupt this blogging schedule to let you know that we’re going on holidays for two weeks! We’ve had an absolute ball tackling this collaborative blogging business with all of you- and we don’t even know who a lot of you are! But we are glad you keep coming back to us. We’ve received such lovely comments and emails and suggestions- and we really appreciate it. And most excitingly- we’ve collected new contributors from around the globe. So we’re going to go away, some of us to the beach, to bask in the glorious sun, others will be chillin’ in their thermals, by the fire. We will be back on the 12th January, with a slightly altered name, a new look, new series and new contributors. We wish you a merry, happy, delicious Christmas! Much love from the editors, Amy and  Ruby x Image via mydarknessfalls

All I want for Christmas is you. 

Erin Rose Christmas is a loaded holiday. Some of our earliest memories and home movies are of Christmas morning, sleepy eyed, and pajama clad stumbling down the hallway. Our parents sipped coffee, and sat back as some make believe man took all the credit for what they had done, what they had saved all year for. This season is filled with equal parts joy and anxiety– the hustle, the travels, the money, and the family time. But how do we sift through it? How can we distill the true essence of this season? I recently watched How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and I realised that as per usual, Mr. Dr. Seuss had the message perfectly wrapped up inside of those rhymes. The only reason the Grinch is such an asshole is because thinks Christmas is nothing more than consumerism, gaiety disguised in gluttony. He tries to destroy Christmas by stealing presents because he doesn’t believe it could go on existing without them. But to his astonishment, they sing their songs anyway! And he realizes, “It came …

Boyhood: seized by the nothing moments

by Amy Galea We all come to that point in our lives where we admit, to ourselves, and to others, that we are neck- deep in a reality television series with no hope and no desire of getting out. For me it was Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. I had just started a five-week teaching internship and whether it made me reminiscent for high school in the early 2000’s, or if I just wanted some drama in my otherwise low- key life, I became an expert on all things LC, Heidi, Spencer and the world of LA (yes, after Laguna I moved on to LC’s life on The Hills, no judgey please). People have a lot to say about reality television (including Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart doing their Emmy ‘bit’). The fact that I enjoyed watching the Hills girls whose parents funded their designer life- while I worked full time without pay in order to finish my degree- probably tells you more about my need to escape than the level of quality television I was watching. …

Writing to Remember

by Amy Galea For a time, I had forgotten that I am the happiest version of myself when I’m noting down what happens in life. When I have a space to record what I’m seeing and feeling about events (that are never simply events, but people, life, things, colours) and the bits and pieces that I am reading, listening to, watching, experiencing. There is something about levelling them in words that makes life feel less like a film on fast forward. I found myself thinking this last night as I waited for roadside assistance on the corner of my street. What I had intended on being ‘a quick trip to the grocery store’ ended up being an hour sitting on the ground next to my car, alarm buzzing and conscientious neighbours asking whether I was okay. I was okay. But I didn’t have a NRMA membership and when the man finally arrived, I also found out that I needed a new battery. My quick trip to woolies ended up costing me close to half a grand, but that wasn’t the only …