River Canyon Restaurant

Last year we had a bit of cash saved up and decided to go out for Christmas dinner instead of cooking at home. After looking around to see who was open, we ended up deciding on the River Canyon Restaurant in Parramatta. River Canyon is located at 96 Phillip Street in Parramatta, NSW and is best known for its buffet meals and live shows.

As with most restaurants, Christmas dinner is a bit pricier than the normal fare, but the cost is well worth it. The Xmas prices are tiered according to age as follows: Continue reading


Redfern Now

Redfern is an inner-city suburb of Sydney located about 3 kilometres south of the CBD. At one point in time, Redfern had a bad reputation but this was, in my opinion, mainly due to prejudice towards housing commission residents. In recent years, the area has been subject to extensive redevelopment by the state government, to increase the population and reduce the concentration of poverty. Despite the fact that 50.8% of the population were born overseas, Redfern is mainly known for its thriving aboriginal community. It is this community that is the subject of the award-winning show Redfern Now.

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Brief Thoughts on My December Reads (2013)



Book cover for Fallen by David Maine

Fallen by David Maine is a vivid retelling of the old, familiar stories of Adam & Eve and Cain & Abel. Beginning with the final days of Cain and moving back in time to Adam and Eve’s banishment from the … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 30

Book Covers of Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen by Australian author Garth Nix

A Book You Couldn’t Put Down Wow. It seems as though I have made it through to the end. Well, for this final category, I am going to use a trilogy, rather than a single book. You may recall that … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 29

A Book You Hated The list of books that I have hated is surprisingly short. I sometimes cannot get into a book, but disliking it enough to add it to my ‘do not read’ list is rare. Such books do … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 28

Book Cover of The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Favourite Quote From A Book I am actually going to include more than one quote here, but I think it should be acceptable because they are all from the same book – The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield: Quote 1: … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 26

Book Cover of The Darwin Awards: 180 Bizarre True Stories of How Dumb Humans Have Met Their Maker by Wendy Northcutt

Book That Makes You Laugh Out Loud The Book I am choosing for this category is The Darwin Awards: 180 Bizarre True Stories of How Dumb Humans Have Met Their Maker by Wendy Northcutt. If you enjoy laughing at the … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 25

Agatha Christie by Dory21

The Most Surprising Plot Twist Or Ending I cannot think of a single book to list here, but I can think of an author. There is one author whose books I enjoy reading who never fails to surprise me. Her … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 23

Best Book You’ve Read In The Last 12 Months

30 Day Book Challenge Day 19

Portrait of popular Horror book Author Stephen King

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A Favourite Author

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 18

The Belgariad book covers by David Eddings and Leigh Eddings

A Book You Wish You Could Live In I have read several books I wish I could live in – mostly in the fantasy genre. The book I would like to live in most, however, is not a book but … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 17

Potrait of australian fantasy author Garth Nix

Author I Wish People Would Read More In general, I would be very happy if people would read more Australian literature. We have a very rich tapestry of works to choose from in nearly all of the main genres. With … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge Day 16

Portrait of popular author Jodi Picoult

Most Thought-Provoking Book I am not going to choose a book for this category. Rather, I am choosing an author. That author is Jodi Picoult. Jodi Picoult is an excellent author who engages the reader from page one. Her characters … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge Day 15:

Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter

A Character Who You Can Relate to the Most I believe one of the characters I relate to the most is Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter series. Like Neville, I was a late bloomer. I was no raging beauty … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge Day 14:

The Road Cormac McCarthy book cover

A Book That Made You Cry Whether you are talking about books or movies or music, I cry at the drop of a hat. Therefore, there are loads of books that I could use for today’s blog. The book I … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge Day 13:

Geralds Game by Stephen King book cover

A Book that Disappointed You As many of my readers will know, I am a huge Stephen King fan. I love the way he spends words to ensure you are on the same page as he is. I love the … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge Day 12:

The Enlightenment The Rise of Modern Paganism by Peter Gay book cover

A Book You Wanted to Read for a Long Time But Still Haven’t Wow. There are so many, many books I could use for today’s challenge. At the time of printing, I have 2,667 books on my wishlist, and over … Continue reading