Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Guaranteed distraction


I have been trying to add a links panel to my blog but the blogger system (bless it and its workload) is not co-operating. So here, instead, are some very interesting links to blogs and websites that are guaranteed to provide literally hours of happy distraction!

Metal Petal has been an inspiration. It's really the first time that the concept of owning a blog has entirely made sense. Petal moved 'home' to Adelaide from Sydney and it has made for very interesting reading. We also celebrated the arrival of Cicciolina and are anticipating what should be the 40th Birthday Event of 2007!

Alison Croggon's Theatre Notes is a fine example of blogging. Among other articles, Alison's review of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" is the finest piece of criticism I have read in many, many years. Theatre Notes is also an excellent forum for discussion about theatre, writing, words and their power.

Nicholas Pickard has also inspired me to play in the blogosphere and Nicholas provides very interesting commentary about the Sydney theatre scene. I met Nicholas last year when I was the Events Manager and he was the Materials Coordinator for the 53rd Sydney Film Festival. I also saw a production he directed at the New Theatre in Newtown, which revealed lots of potential for him as a theatre director. The interesting Pickard v Brookman (Rob Brookman, General Manager of the Sydney Theatre Company) stoush probably means that Nick won't get a foot in the door down at The Wharf in the forseeable future. For the rest of us, it's an interesting exchange and one I am watching closely.

The Internet Movie Database needs no introduction, but be careful! I have been known to disappear into this database for hours! And for those of you who love to saturate yourself in reviews prior to or immediately following a viewing, then Rotten Tomatoes is impossible to beat for my distraction dollar!

And if all else fails go somewhere! Enjoy!

What are your favourite sites to spend hours happily distracted by?

5 comments:

Nicholas Pickard said...

Hooray! Welcome to the Blogosphere - where there are no rules... No reasons.... and at the end of the day... You can write whatever you like!

Except defamation of course...

And thanks for the plug Geoffrey!

I will be popping in here regularly.

Nicholas Pickard said...

Oh - and if you think you get addicted to google...

Wait for the blogaddiction...

Its incessant... Its all consuming...

Geoffrey said...

Thank you for dropping by Nicholas and for your welcome and words of caution. I have to admit to being hopelessly addicted to my blog already which is having a somewhat devastating effect on my productivity. But it's great fun, isn't it?

Quick said...

Originally I was drawn to blogs that were well-written and amusing entertainment. British bloggers seem to be the best. But lately, partly because of my interest in theatre, I've been spending quite a bit of time reading through some quality local arts & theatre blogs, a couple of which you have mentioned here.

Geoffrey said...

Hi Quick. Nice to hear from you. Thank you for your comment and I look forward to hitting twobluefish when the distraction imperative overtakes my need to generate income (which will probably be in about half an hour!) Cheers!