The Book of Uninspiring Quotes parodies the idea that we can ever reach total satisfaction in life, using ironic stock photos to demonstrate the pointlessness of positive affirmation. Leunig’s collation of uninspiring quotes encourages suffering at the hands of our miserable existence. It is a morose but humorous look at the darker side of life.
On a good day: Sunny is a successful musician, film director, composer and TV presenter and also the son of Michael Leunig, one of Australia’s most famous artists. He has written and directed music videos for some of biggest names in Australian music including Paul Kelly and Courtney Barnett; composed and performed music for feature-length films including In Bob We Trust, a documentary about Father Bob Maguire; is guitarist for the popular alt-rock band Jimmy Tait and composer for The Wintership Quartet.
Available to pre-order now, and out May 1st:
‘This book will change your life … for the f@#king worse’ – Samuel Johnson
‘I used to wake in the morning and put my pants on one leg at a time with hope and belief. Now I lay around pantless with belief only in home deliveries and twist top bottles. Damn you Leunig. My hope has drained away.’
– Tim Rogers (You Am I)
Do you ever feel like those inspirational posters are just going to make you vomit? Or that those pretty daisies in the picture remind you of your hayfever? Does the touch of a baby’s skin make your testicles shrivel up in fear?
Then maybe these less-than-inspiring quotes, stock photos and colouring pages (yes! colouring pages!) are for you!
Yeah, you could buy your ex or your mother-in-law a copy of the book, or you could win a copy from me by commenting below something extremely mundane and not motivating about your week.
I’ll pick the “winner” (yes in inverted commas) after May 17th Aussie time based on general mundanes-ness, or creativity and humour. Something like that.
Comment as many times as you like, it’ll make my life a tad more interesting for a week.
Aussie addresses only please xx.
The fun of the school holidays means I can have my niece and nephew over in the middle of the day. For playing in the park, and being creative indoors.
This doona cover from Just Bedding (gifted) has been a hit. Fantasy styling in a sari print, my pillow case gets a good reception when I take it for sleepover shifts, and the kids were all over and under this bright happy print!
I have even coerced under it for Liam to tell me a fantastic story about Frozen, Makka Pakka, Optimus Prime and explosions. Several times.
Lego Guitar Hero was then insisted on, and we rocked out!
Be like my hero, Ezri.
Gosford is a bit of a hidden gem (And my dear friend Bronwyn who I met for drink there last week would probably like to keep it that way!).
At the north of the Brisbane Waters, and an hour train ride from either Sydney or Newcastle, it doesn’t exactly evoke memories of a beautiful waterfront. With its abandoned or decaying (but, to my relief, revitalising) shopping centres. I don’t know, it never struck me as a destination as a young adult.
It was a grey, drizzly day, and while that dulled the shimmering blue waters, it didn’t change our destinations. Starting with a club-priced wine at the very busy Gosford Sailing Club, we discussed gender politics and popular themes, along with South Park, transphobia, the downfall of marriage, and Germaine Greer.
Last but not least was a Margarita at Reviver on Mann St, a cocktail bar situated in the herse parking garage of a former funeral home. Of course. Dark, with hipster beers, and people in suits, it’s only going to get more popular with the relocation of public servants from Newcastle and Canberra…
What places surprise you after you haven’t been there for years?
On the back of yet another great Groupon deal, we headed up to Pokolbin to Saddler’s Creek Wines for a “teasting experience”. Which turned out to be two hours of wine tasting, commentary, questions and answers and delving into the nicer end of their selections!
The wine was accompanied by a cheese platter, and a selection of chocolate pieces – milk, dark and dark with sea salt – to complement or clash with our wines as a means of education.
We got to sample the fresh, still in the vat Semillon and Rose, complete with yeasty tingle and cloudiness, along with the amazing Hunter 2014 vintage, which, if you made a bad wine from, you should quit the business.
We were left along with the Shiraz range, which were all amazing, while the host attended to others visiting the cellar door. Who left me alone with some amazing Shiraz?
The stickies were amazing, especially the ever-Xmassy Muscats!
We took home a Shiraz and a Cabernet Merlot, and definitely recommend Saddler’s Creek for its wines (red, white and beyond) and hospitality!
Saddler’s Creek Wines
Address: 15 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320
Phone:(02) 4991 1770