Review of The Cleaner on BBC/Britbox: therapy of sorts…

The first season of The Cleaner is the perfect binge on rainy weekends. At times totally wacky, always spectacularly gory and insistently puerile, this comedy series is enjoyable because each episode features a character whose transformation feels uplifiting, even though the narratives are sometimes hit and miss.

Seminar about working with multiple languages, Oral History NSW, History Matters, June, 2021

This session of History Matters (Oral History NSW) explores ways we can value linguistic diversity and develop a fuller and more inclusive understanding of Australia’s multilingual past and present.

Audio Stories relating to Japan

Here is an unfinished collection of audio stories featuring aspects of Japan, people and things Japanese. Some are new, some are old, and in no particular order. If you like sound stories about Japan, peruse at your leisure. Suggestions most welcome

Review of Wine Country on Netflix: the perils of representing women over 50

I usually get the Amy/Tina wit, but was royally disappointed with this one, actually pissed off that women can portray women as such one dimensional, mean, unattractive nobodies who have nothing to share but a disdain for millennials.

Review of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix: self transformation you can’t see

About five years ago, I KonMaried my underwear drawer and now all my knickers maintain vertical integrity. And yes, I experience joy every time I open my drawer.

Chenille! It’s back, actually, it never went away in Japan

This cute chenille hanky arrived from Japan today, thanks Yoko! The Japanese just have a different attitude to hankies than in the west...

Review of SBS The Feed’s Sex in Japan: a new look at a disturbingly old problem

I think Sex in Japan: Dying for Company is a compassionate and insightful look at today's Japan. What I like most in this story is the reporting. Rather than talking to media savvy academics or commentators, The Feed team engage with 'ordinary' young Japanese.

Review of Drama-Sutra by Nautanki Theatre: Indian and Chindian stories

All our stories belong to all Australians. All our stories should have equal value. That's why these three plays by South Asian diaspora playwrights Sonal Moore, Kevin Bathman and Roanna Gonsalves are so precious, and resonated with me.

Review of Glow Season 1 on Netflix: storytelling in the Trump era

Review of Glow Season 1 on Netflix

GLOW is fabulous entertainment with crisp, witty dialogue and unexpectedly affecting poignant moments, like the emotionally intimate scenes between sleazy director Sam and the protagonist Ruth. Yet GLOW avoids being too earnestly up its own arse by being fun and just downright silly most of the time.

Review of Podcast Missing Richard Simmons: it’s no S-Town

Review of Missing Richard Simmons Podcast

Unlike many of my esteemed radio producer colleagues, I really liked the 6 part podcast series Missing Richard Simmons by Dan Taberski.