A TASTE FOR DIAMONDS

A TASTE FOR DIAMONDS

A TASTE FOR DIAMONDS BOOK LAUNCH CELEBRATION Diane Harding’s latest novel  A Taste for Diamonds looked dramatic lining the bookshelves of Harry Hartog’s Bookstore at Warringah Mall when it was launched a few nights ago. Ferdinando Manzo had designed the cover to capture the passion of tango – that same passion that can create a desire for diamonds. About sixty people including friends, reviewers, customers and members of SSOA’s writers groups attended the book launch. …
The Quiet American Re-viewing a classic text

The Quiet American Re-viewing a classic text

The Quiet American Re-viewing a classic text. What's been your book of choice over the balmy days of summer - some of them balmy, anyway? If you're used to reading emails for work, writing emails for work and playing with a substantial number of words every day (social media, crosswords, shopping lists!), on holiday break you tend to miss them like best friends. The perfect antidote to your loneliness? Holidays are when you can indulge yourself and go wild reading all the books you've put off reading all year. And that's just one part of what I did during my break! Along with walks in parks with new family members and savouring the tastes of Peruvian cuisine, from yellow potatoes and purple corn to ceviche (lime juice-cured ocean fish fillets). Arriving back in my home away from home, the books at my bedside were always a treat. That first day in my holiday space I'd looked along an unfamiliar but promising bookshelf and immediately spotted a copy of Graham Greene's The Quiet American - a classic that I'd read in my teens and remembered for its setting - Vietnam mid-1950s - but couldn't really remember the storyline. Worth a second plunge, I thought - and turns out I couldn't have been more intuitive. …
Tracey Emin latest artwork Distance of your Heart

Tracey Emin latest artwork Distance of your Heart

What fun to attend the unveiling of Tracey Emin’s artworks as part of the City of Sydney’s City Art project! There was a sudden gap in the rainy morning, a large happy crowd at that little oasis in the heart of colonial Sydney, Macquarie Place Park, and Ms Emin was welcomed by the Lord Mayor Clover Moore. Emin's artworks consist of 62 small handmade bronze birds, which have now been installed discreetly around Macquarie Place Park: under benches, on the cornices of sandstone buildings, on the obelisk designed by Sydney’s original convict architect, Francis Greenaway. The obelisk is called ‘Obelisk of Distances’ and inscribes the distances between Sydney and landmarks in NSW, and even England itself, (what most colonists saw as ‘home’). Ms Emin described her artworks as giving messages of comfort and hope for all those who feel the effects of distance,  in all its connotations. …
Magic in the universe Stephen Hawking dies

Magic in the universe Stephen Hawking dies

Magic in the universe comes to our attention far too infrequently. Not so for Stephen Hawking, who died yesterday after a  lifetime of studying the planets, stars and black holes that make up the universe and trying to decipher its wonders through higher mathematics. Then, attempting to explain its laws in lay language for the benefit of the rest of us non-astronomers and non-astrophysicists. …
Community Group’s New Front Garden

Community Group’s New Front Garden

Community Group's New Front Garden Community Group's New Garden at Nita McCrae Park Sydney School of Arts & Humanities has a new entrance. Located within the Millers Point grounds of the Harry Jensen Centre and Abraham Mott Hall, there's a lovely vegetable garden thriving thanks to Millers Point Community volunteers. This small palace of plenty, featuring vegetables and herbs, is on display after you walk through the gate beside the hall, with many pretty layers of blooming produce, and nutritious vegetables progressing through their stages of growth. …
Year of the Dog

Year of the Dog

Year of the Dog is well and truly here - What's been happening at Circular Quay for 2018 Chinese New Year proves it! Here's a potpourri of shots of the vision spectacular, the work of artists contributing to Art & About and Chinese New Year lunar lanterns funded primarily by City of Sydney and the NSW Government. SSOA took a walk from Millers Point down the hill to the harbour to view the art both by day and new year moonlight. …