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Iain's life as a psychotic crimefighter

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New Year's Day

It's the first day of the new year and nothing seems to have broken yet.

We spent Xmas with murasaki_1966 's parents near the shores of Lake Macquarie (the community is now so protective of their unspoilt bushland that if I told you precisely where they were, they'd have to kill me.) We spend it playing Archaeology, watching the Australians lose the Ashes (to lose one Ash is unfortunate, to lose all of the Ashes smacks of carelessness to misquote Wilde - I should point out that cricket, or sport in general, only becomes interesting to me when I can witness hubris being crushed like a bug live) and reading. I finished The Resurrectionist, which I think is Jack O'Connell's best novel - it's certainly his most consistent, and I've being trying to get through autopope 's The Family Trade but I'm finding it unengaging and a bit of a slog.

On our last day in Eraring - somewhere near Lake Macquarie - the rest of murasaki_1966's family arrived; brother, sister-in-law and their two boys (young and youngest.) Soon the floor was awash with wrapping paper. Young scored a giant teddy bear that murasaki_1966 had recovered from a second hand stall. I scored a Tardis Cookie Jar - which flummoxed me, as surely it should have been a Tardis Biscuit Jar? murasaki_1966 discovered that the device is useless as a cookie/biscuit jar as it's not air tight, so it has become a receptacle for our hankies. No, it is not bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

A brief sojourn back at home. kalenture and R came over and stayed the night - R took me through the first two colossi in Shadow of the Colossus and I showed them Sword of Alexander, which seemed to strike the right note for the evening. Sword of Alexander is a strange cross between a samurai epic and an 80s rubber suit alien film. It's the first not to take itself seriously and I highly recommend it to those who want a silly, bizarre action film that keeps the brain in neutral. We also exposed them to Zero Punctuation. We're bastards that way.

After they left it was into town to have dinner with my brother and his partner. Xmas presents were exchanged and Chinese food partaken of - all in all a very pleasant night, though we did get a bit lost trying to get out of Westfield R'lyeh Sydney.

Then it was time to drive down to Canberra for Xmas exchange with Mum (we're staying till the 3rd as her birthday is tomorrow.) We took our time driving down, stopping for lunch in Berrima and making a brief stop at the most disgusting toilet along the highway at Lake George (I couldn't find an actual picture of the toilet - but this is where it was.) Quite the opposite of a tourist attraction.

First full day of Canberra was spent dragging gillpolack to a non-existent bookshop (not intentionally) and having to negotiate the labyrinthine Belconnen Mall carpark on the way back. That was the morning. The afternoon was spent with Mum helping her get an iphone. That really deserves an entry of its own. The sales assistant at Domayne was great. Optus - not so much. I think it's time we limited our financial entanglements with them. And Mum's iphone still hasn't been activated (we can't ring Optus about it until after I've gone back to Sydney.)

New Year's Eve was spent in front of the telly - we watched the fireworks then slumped off to bed.

So now it's the second decade of the twenty-first century and I must summon diminishing reserves of optimism to see the new year in. Last year was a bad year for so many of my friends and acquaintances, so I'm hoping this newly born year will grow into something much more amenable and far less psychotic.

Happy New Year, everyone.

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I'm not a fan of war memorials, but that's just sad.

And speaking of non-existent bookshops, I think a couple have disappeared from Westfield Burwood too, last I looked.

Happy new year to you both.

It's the first day of the new year and nothing seems to have broken yet.

That's about as much as I hope for as well!

Happy new year!

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