Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Along William Street, next to one of Prudence's favourite quirky eateries, there has long languished a Mozart's Patisserie.

Clearly a franchise, and one that was out of place and unloved in that bit of Northbridge, the doors have been closed for quite a while.

Until recently, that is, when it was tarted up. Just a bit. The Mozart's Patissery livery remains, alongside pictures of goldfish and pictures of steaming noodles.

And the signage: Mozart's Patisserie - Shanghainese cuisine.

Prudence wonders whether Wolfgang would have been amused at the juxtaposition.

Monday, July 27, 2009


Prudence is quite pleased to see that the much-anticipated Emporio Armani opened tonight.

It's all terribly stark and elegant.

But the only thing of any colour - and this includes the sales assistants - in the entire, um, space, were the smoked salmon nibbly canape thingies.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Yes, but is it art?

Prudence is in two minds about graffiti. On the one hand it's thought-provoking public art, and on the other, it's the frustrated cries of a disenfranchised yoof.

But just lately Prudence has spied a number of messages about town, written in textbook cursive script, which is what was taught when Prudence was in Grade 3.

But she digresses.

The message are thus:




And, oddly, oddles. Perhaps that's the author?

Prudence is mystified

Saturday, July 18, 2009

On being let alone

While Prudence is quite capable of subtlety, she mostly doesn't bother, as nuances tend to be missed.

So, when she's, say, walking down a street where there happen to be establishments dedicated to eating, or perhaps dodging bogans at a suburban shopping centre, she does not appreciated being accosted by vendors.

If one is walking with purpose, as Prudence was in these two cases, it should be abundantly obvious that she's not interested in dinner, cleaning products or a hand massage.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Over to the dark side

Prudence, having been a journalist in former life, likes to keep up with events.

And so it was she read that the powers that be in Samoa have decided to swap which side of the road drivers should use.

From left to right.

Can you imagine the chaos?!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Prudence tries her best to avoid anything to do with Australian rules football.

Despite her best efforts, snippets seep into her consciousness.

Thus it was, she heard about the pugilistic Barry Hall had abruptly quitting football to take up boxing.

And Danny Green offering to take Hall under his wing.

She hopes the pair will be very happy together. Or that they'll knock some sense into each other.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Sign of the times

Prudence wonders what it says about modern life, that a man would be caught stealing pumpkins from a crashed truck.

It's not even Hallowe'en.

Although it is pumpkin soup weather.

Losing one's marbles

Prudence is positively buoyed - not that she has any reason for concern - by the news that caffeine can delay and possibly reverse the effects of Alzheimer's disease.

That's another splendid reason for a daily (or more) latte.

And Prudence does love an excuse to make the barista with dimples smile.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Words in their mouths

One of Prudence's duties, in her paid occupation, is speech writing.

Despite being prone to flights of fancy and the odd whimsical pun, she's quite good at staying - and Prudence detests this term - on-message.

The requests come and often there's no indication, beyond the the name of the event, of what the message of the speech should be.

Now, Prudence readily admits to being old-fashioned, and something of a pragmatist, so when, on enquiry, Prudence is told to write whatever she thinks is appropriate, she does.

And when whatever Prudence thinks is appropriate - and Prudence ALWAYS does her research - turns out to be wrong, Prudence tends to get a little miffed.

And wonders how some people attain the positions - and salaries - they do.


Prudence has a confession to make.

She's developed a crush.

On Gordon, from ABC's Collectors.

He does have a particular charm

Despite the vivid shirts.