Fandango’s Provocative Question #188

Fandango has asked a fun question this week. He wants to know about some of our all time favourite things. I’m usually terrible at choosing all time favourites because either I’ve never thought about it or I can’t decide. However, I’m joining in on the understanding that this list is not set in concrete. If you asked me again in a few months I might say something entirely different.

The List:

  • Song
  • Musical artist or group
  • Book
  • Author
  • Movie
  • Television show
  • Movie or TV actor (male & female)
  • Stage play or musical
  • Live concert

I don’t listen to music now as much as I used to. I loved my vinyl albums and CD’s and although I still love that music I don’t play it much. I generally have the radio on a classical music station. Something I didn’t appreciate when I was younger.

    • Song: Telephone Booth written by Don Walker and recorded by Ian Moss.

    This song came out in 1989 originally and I always liked it but I think I really fell in love with it in the early 2000s when we first moved to Tasmania. I had a Discman type player that I used to listen to on the bus going home from work and it always gave me a great feeling of well being whenever I’d hear this song.

    • Musical Artist or Group: In my teens it was Paul McCartney. Later, in the 80s the New Zealand band Split Enz.

    I was such a huge fan of Split Enz, probably more than any other band I’ve liked.

    • Book: “Pride & Prejudice” is one I’ve reread many times over the years. Or maybe “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams.
    • Author:Neville Shute, I own a lot of his books. I also have a lot of books by John Grisham and Isaac Asimov. The latter were David’s but I liked them too.
    Photo by Matthias Weinberger
    • Movie: The Big Chill
    • TV Show: The West Wing is probably the one that I have rewatched in its entirety the most often. Or original Star Trek.
    • Actor: Katharine Hepburn I liked her films and I admired her as a person.
    • Stage Play: “High Society”, a stage production I saw in Adelaide which was really well done with an Australian cast. High Society was a musical remake of the film and originally play “The Philadelphia Story”. The movie High Society originally starred Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. “Philadelphia Story” starred Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant & Jimmy Stewart.
    • Live Concert: I’ve really seen too many great concerts to pick. I remember a Split Enz concert in Adelaide that I was so exhilarated by that I walked the couple of kilometres back to the city after the show instead of catching the bus. Any Midnight Oil concert but especially one that Naomi and I attended in Melbourne. I’ve also been fortunate enough to see Paul McCartney the Rolling Stones, Yes, Kiss and many other international acts. They are all very different artists so it’s hard to pick just one all time favourite.
    image Neil Finn
    Neil Finn in his Split Enz days at Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide c1982


    I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


    1. Lovely to see your favourites, Vandra. I have only read one Nevil Shute – A Town Like Alice which I loved. Have you read any of Bryce Courtney’s books? The Power of One is excellent. I am impressed that you have been to so many concerts. Artists were not allowed into South Africa when I was young so we didn’t get the opportunity to see many artists live. I was quite old when I got to see Chris de Burgh live and it was awesome! I think I will participate in this challenge – I like the questions.

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