Tag Archives: JoanCrawford

*One Pay at a Time

I recently let my head go and bought a brand-new book entitled Spent: Memoirs of a Shopping Addict by the spectacularly named Avis Cardella. I was drawn to this work because if there’s one thing I enjoy, it’s a meaty tale about a woman spending like a loon, and ending up surrounded by snowdrifts of […]

*Tales of the Unexpected

I have just spent a few days in the country. This is because my aunt died, and so my mother, my sister and my sister’s boyfriend had to hare up to the north coast of New South Wales to attend to the customary death-related matters. My aunt was eighty-four, and had had a good innings, […]

*Stage Daddy, I Wish I Knew You

To my mind, the most underrated variety of person in the world is the stage mother, or, I should say, stage parent.  I have to tell you, the genus made a great impression on me from the time, back in the late nineteen seventies, that I first saw Gypsy as a Sunday afternoon movie. I failed […]