Nudity is not the issue. The freak show aspect of nudity is.

What I have been thinking, this article from Jezebel said so much better than I could : “The problem with all these half-naked pop stars is that they fail, even as they succeed, because they are “artists” turning themselves into objects. Objects have no agency. Objects are disposable. Objects have no feelings. And although there […]

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October 5th, 2013 by Romana Challans

Everything I learnt about makeup I learnt from the Sims

So I have spent my life being femininely challenged. Only one significant female figure in my childhood (hi Aunty Pam), I was to shy to ask how to do the things every other girl seemed to know – what clothes to choose, how to do makeup. A marvellous single father did his utter amazing best, […]

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September 24th, 2013 by Romana Challans

Hello body, time to well, not kiss, but definitely make up.

I read this story: “I don’t have the stomach for worrying about my body anymore” and it struck a nerve. I look in the mirror and I am nearly 46. I worry about the extra few kilos I have gained recently – weight maintenance is so much harder when one is disabled and have chronic […]

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December 16th, 2012 by Romana Challans

There are some childhood disappointments you never forget.

It is that clear in my mind, how excited I was for a dose of Star Wars after the breathtaking first movie. Oh, I had such a crush on Harrison Ford. And confusingly, on Carrie Fisher. Life is complex, and I knew it already. I was a scifi nerdette, a proto geek girl, into Asimov […]

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December 13th, 2012 by Romana Challans

The Milky Way and the lighthouse

Here we stand on the shores of a cosmic ocean. This (or something pretty close) is from the first episode of Cosmos, that I watched as an entranced sleepy 14 year old, up very late to catch every last resonant image, every last amazing fact (Hypatia, how had I not known of thee? Voyager, small […]

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December 3rd, 2012 by Romana Challans

Thomas Keneally on why he is such a delight

Thomas Keneally claims not the mantle of ‘delight’ yet his words proclaim him (in my mind) to be so:) He seems to carry a certain zest, as if he has looked into the abyss – and chuckled at the vibrant foolishness within. He writes stirringly of the darkness in humanity – but also the light […]

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December 2nd, 2012 by Romana Challans

As Clive James faces death, I face losing one of the most formative heroes of my life

Clive James is dying. my heart is full of sorrow. this man is such a formative influence on me. his books (i adore his poetry), his writing, and his broadcasting (my ‘gateway’ to his work) are a huge part of my life. i listen to his reading of his own (audio based) books (again, the […]

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June 22nd, 2012 by Romana Challans

One of the best musicians and performers I know is releasing an album, and i CANNOT WAIT!

One of the best musicians and performers I know is releasing an album, and i CANNOT WAIT! as exciting as #AmandaPalmer – this guy is absolute talent. Pre-Order CD | Corey Stewart Online As you may know I’ve finished recording my first CD “Seeing Stars” which has been two years in the making but about […]

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May 29th, 2012 by Romana Challans

5 Ways To Tell If You’re A Time Lord

5 Ways To Tell If You’re A Time Lord. I am merely smiling enigmatically…

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April 2nd, 2012 by Romana Challans

Goodreads review

I have started using Goodreads. I have acres of books to add, but little time, so slowly slowly:) Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann My rating: 5 of 5 stars A lot fof hype surrounds this book, with a soon to be released […]

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February 27th, 2012 by Romana Challans