Great lines from movies not so well remembered but clever.

Observations of a Middle-aged Dragon with a tattoo:

Great lines capture the essence of a scene, a movie, a life and in some cases a generation.

We all remember lines like Gone with the Wind’s:  ‘Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn’. Then there’s the one that was never said in the movie Casablanca: ‘Play it again Sam’ what Bogie actually said was ‘You played it for her, you can play it for me! Play it Sam. Play as Time Goes By.’

Everyone remembers: Forrest from Forrest Gump  saying, ‘My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.’

But may have forgotten: ‘Me and Jenny goes together like peas and carrots.’ 

1933: DUCK SOUP: Groucho Marx: ‘You know, you haven't stopped talking since I came here? You must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle.’ 

1954: SABRINA: Thomas her father: ‘He’s still David Larrabee and you’re still the chauffeur’s daughter. And you’re still reaching for the moon.’ 

Sabrina: ‘No father. The moon is reaching for me.’ 

1957: THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS: J.J. Hunsecker ‘I'd hate to take a bite outta you. You're a cookie full of arsenic.’

1958: VERTIGO: 

Scottie: ‘Don’t you think it’s sort of a waste for the two of us to…’ 

Madeleine: ‘Wander separately? Ah, but only one is a wanderer. Two together are always going somewhere.’ 

1965: DARLING ROBERT: Robert: ‘Your idea of fidelity is not having more than one man in bed at the same time.’

1970: BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS: Ashley: ‘You’re a groovy boy. I’d like to strap you on sometime.’

1978: CALIFORNIA SUITE: Hannah: ‘You’re worse than a hopeless romantic. You’re a hopeful one.’

1981: BODY HEAT: 

Ned: ‘Maybe you shouldn’t dress like that.’ 

Matty: ‘This is a blouse and a skirt. I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ 

Ned: ‘You shouldn’t wear that body.’ 

1983: WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? Jessica Rabbit: ‘I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.’

1988: BULL DURHAM: Annie: ‘A guy’ll listen to anything if he thinks it’s foreplay.’

1988: BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY: Jamie Conway: ‘She’s got a heart like a twelve-minute egg.’

1991: NEW JACK CITY: Nino Brown: ‘Sit your five-dollar ass down before I make change.’

1996: TRAINSPOTTING: Renton (a junkie): ‘I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin’ else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin?’

1996: THE LAST KISS GOODNIGHT: Charly Baltimore: ‘Were you always this stupid, or did you take lessons?’

1999: THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY: Ripley: ‘I always thought it would be better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody.’


George: ‘How many numbers you got?’ 

Erin Brockovich: ‘Oh, I got numbers comin' outta my ears. For instance: ten’. 

George: ‘Ten?’ 

Erin Brockovich: ‘Yeah. That's how many months old my baby girl is.’ 

George: ‘You got a little girl?’ 

Erin Brockovich: ‘Yeah. Yeah, sexy, huh? How 'bout this for a number? Six. That's how old my other daughter is, eight is the age of my son, two is how many times I've been married - and divorced; sixteen is the number of dollars I have in my bank account. 850-3943. That's my phone number, and with all the numbers I gave you, I'm guessing zero is the number of times you're gonna call it.’ 


Luisa: ‘You have to make the clitoris your best friend’   

Tenouch: ‘What kind of friend is always hiding?'    

2002: ONE HOUR PHOTO: Sy: ‘No one ever takes a photograph of something they want to forget.’

2006: THE DEPARTED: Frank Costello (Boston mobster): ‘I don’t want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product of me.’

<<<2011: CRAZY STUPID LOVE: Jacob – ‘I'm going to help you rediscover your manhood. Do you have any idea where you could have lost it?’ 

2014: BIRDMAN: Mike Shiner: ‘Popularity is the slutty little cousin of prestige, my friend.’

<<<2017: THE GREATEST SHOWMAN: P.T. Barnum: 'No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.'

These movies are worth a look... be inspired, intrigued, entertained...dare you to..

Canberra: Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

Observations of a Middle-Aged Dragon with a Tattoo:

Canberra politics: rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. 

Alas!No longer do the initials of our two, not-so-illustrious leaders, stand for what exactly they stood for, the best indication of what we get from them. Although we still have BS (Bill Shorten: BullShit) but we have lost MT (Malcolm Turnbill: Empty).

Maybe Scott Morrison’s initials of SM do still leave the door open for a reflection on how dire Australian politics is at present. So will ScotMo give us a glimpse of some real S&M? But then again Australian politics has been dishing this out to us for years. That is S&M: Sadomasochism the giving or receiving of pleasure from acts involving the receipt or infliction of pain or humiliation.

The answer to one of life's enduring questions

Observations of a Middle-aged Dragon with a tattoo: 


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A Salute to Female Lead Singers may they always rock on…

Observations of a Middle-aged Dragon with a tattoo: 

A Salute to Female Lead Singers may they always rock on…  


May we find many more to add to the fantastic legacy.

It’s time to remember all the great female lead singers of kick-arse bands - women in Rock who really ROCKED!!

Let me take you back:

I’m going to spend a little more time on the ladies of the 60s, 70’s and 80’s because as pioneers they’ve gone through and given the most, to allow the women of today to fly and be free. (I wish they’d remember this a little more and not be so quick to become the latest pop-porn princess and use their talent and not their bodies to sell their music). Some of them have some serious talent. Maybe they just get a little lost behind the male-driven need to project an image only a smidgen above… slutty/sexy, no-talent, karaoke singers.

Let me take you back to a time when women were first daring to take steps to real emancipation and have control over their own sexual desires with the ‘pill’ being developed and dispensed. This was the real break-out decade. Women moved away from the straight-laced duty bound 50s… where women were neat, prim and proper - something like this.

THEN along came a group of women that turned the world on its head: and girl did we enjoy being tossed on our head and then some.


This decade was the birth of powerful women, and down with Suzi-home-maker there was more than one cardboard cut-out of woman-kind.

Janis Joplin:   Her alter-ego Pearl ruled and stood for everything new and abrasive about what women could be and do. For the first time they could openly, drink, F*@k and not give a damn. Unfortunately, as with many trail blazers fighting to beat a path through the overgrowth of prejudices, and haters it takes a toll and sadly Janis was taken from us too soon. 

Tina Turner: Probably best known for her courage, persistence and above all, talent. Fought against her internal demons, her violent husband and a world full of biases. Especially for a young, black woman with attitude and a voice that was made in heaven but could entertain the devil out of anyone. She triumphed over many setbacks to become the amazing woman who captured our hearts and minds. More recognition and respect has come this lady’s way the longer she’s survived. She’s proven she has a voice for the ages, so unique and powerful. She conquered such a misogynistic industry. She is that rare breed to hold onto her dignity and her femineity, while not only projecting but being unashamed of being a strong, smart woman and what she’s had to do to stay at the top.

The 1970s:

Nancy and Ann Wilson: from HEART.  

OMG, these ladies are always so under-rated and over looked. They were one of if not the first of their kind, that is a band formed and lead by women. The sisters wrote the songs, Nancy played lead guitar and then you had Ann’s amazing vocals. They were hard rock in the 70s with songs like Magic Man and Barracuda. If you haven’t heard the amazing guitar riff and vocals on Barracuda, you haven’t lived. So as Molly would say do yourself a favour.  As with most women we are survivors and adapt so when the 80s came around they were the band with big hair, and bigger songs with power ballads such as Alone, All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You, and These Dreams.

Suzi Quatro: Again, often forgotten but she’s still rocking well into her 60s. She splashed onto our black and white screens all tough, leather-clad, with attitude and a voice that was as wicked as her bass playing. She led her band and toured as Suzi Quatro. There was no Suzi and the… just Suzi Quatro - a concept way before her time. (Later Suzi incarnations would see the flourishing of Suzi and the Banshees, Martha and the Motels). Suzi’s songs have stood the test of time, who doesn’t like a good Devil Gate Drive, Daytona Demon and The Wild One.>>>>>>>

Debbie Harry: The first to mix real sexuality with toughness,  thus to be seen by men as a strong woman to be respected and loved. Blondie started out more punk then anything. She was even an early pioneer with cross-over rap with the bands single Rapture, even Grand Master Flash approved of what the 'blonde skinny white girl was trying to do!' Blondie then crossed over into the 80's disco, rap, and rock she could do it all.


THE 1980s : Hynde:  One of the best lyricists of a generation. Tough, gritty and uncompromising and that’s just her personality, not to mention her attitude on stage. Her songs are lyrically strong and evoke a great sense of life. Listen to Hymn to Her, my favourite Night in my Veins and that’s even before we get to the sublime Pretenders classic, Brass in Pocket.


Pat Benatar:  The voice, the moves and she definitely could ‘walk that talk’, mamma could she sing your heart right out of your chest and then she’d ROCK.  Great set of wind pipes as well as pins, with a voice like velvet gravel. If you need an introduction listen to You Better Run, We Live for Love, Treat me Right and of course Hit Me with Your Best Shot.




Madonna:  Turned the world around again: probably more POP than rock, but she told us to ‘Don’t go for second best….’ At times we’ve both loved and hated Madge. She doesn’t play nice like everyone expects women to. She strives to win, taking no prisoners; you’ve got to give her that. Frequently there is no encore at her concerts and she is notoriously late to shows, but you still come away from the show buzzed and fulfilled…. Lennox:  Enduring, humble and with an Oscar at 60,  more than accomplished. Rumour has it her androgynous appearance meant the terribly risk-adverse Americans needed to sight her Birth Certificate, so they could be absolutely sure she wasn’t a man, so when she appeared on MTV everything was as it seemed!! Really; no wonder they have the Donald as their president - they deserve him. Amphlett:  Now you’re talking; especially if you’re an Aussie. Tough, the inventor of unapologetic (forget the recent pop-porn-princesses: Chrissy strutted her stuff before you were even born). I once read a so appropriately titled article about Chrissy called ‘The not-so, subtle art of sleaze!’ When it was really tough to be an Aussie woman in the business, never mind fronting a band and daring to write your own songs…Chrissy dominated all. AND then she dared to wear a schoolgirl uniform… flipping the middle finger to everyone, flaunting most male fears and weaknesses while appealing to them anyway…

 The Go-Gos….  Not so much hard rock in fact the very opposite to Chrissy Amphlett, but they were different for their time, they wrote their own songs and played their own instruments, rising to the top of the Billboard album charts. Everyone remembers Our Lips are Sealed or as some people remember it Alex the Seal!!  

Joan Jett  could be said to be a Suzi Quatro clone, except she played six-string guitar, not bass. She is best known for her work as the frontwoman of her band, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts,  and for earlier founding and performing with the Runaways, which recorded and released the hit song "Cherry Bomb". The Blackhearts' version of the song I Love Rock 'n Roll was number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks in 1982. Joan's other notable hit songs include Bad Reputation, Crimson and Clover, Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah), Light of Day, I Hate Myself for Loving You and Dirty Deeds. (Source of this paragraph: Wikipedia).




1990s More Statement women:  

Melissa Etheridge: I love this woman. So talented so brave and above all what a voice – all grit and gravel. But there’s even more she’s the consummate live performer. Don’t get me started on how good she is as a lyricist. Yes she’s talent personified, which is what it should be all about. Just go to her discology… too many class songs to mention, but in case you are wondering listen to: Bring me some water, Similar Features, Like the way I do. Occasionally, Yes I am, Secret and she also has an Oscar.



Sheryl Crow: Gets it done! Most of you will remember All I wanta do. I love, If it Makes you Happy and Soak up the Sun but there are sooo many others. Stunning looks and talent… she’s got it all.

Gwen Stefani: No Doubt… Tall, blonde talented, witty, clever lyrics more than just a girl, a force of nature.

Dolores O’Riordon: The range of her amazing unique voice that could sound like an angel or a zombie depending on which song you chose to listen to.  Sadly, she left us way too soon. One song that may be new to many people: listen to Ordinary Day.. soft yet powerful; a mother singing of her love to her daughter. I hope she’s at peace, happy and in a warm sun now.


Christine Aguilera:  warrants a mention just because she has such a powerful and a truly amazing voice. If it was a weapon it would be a Howitzer heavy artillery cannon.


I’m not going to mention too much about these ladies because they are still so active and in current news they dominate music gossip sites and social media. That being said, you can Google, tweet, Facebook, and Instagram etc, any of them to fully find out all you need to about every facet of their talent, lives and thoughts.

P!nk: What a live show! Yes, all in all a good gritty role model and takes no shit! 

Avril Lavigne: So much talented, potential and then struck down by Lyme disease and many other setbacks. But my choice for such precocious talent that it was almost why she was brought down by the weight of expectation. I keep hoping for a healthy comeback.



Amy Lee: With Evanescence. The big voice behind the best combination of heavy metal and opera we’ve not only seen but heard.


Deborah Conway: An immensely talented Aussie much more than the band Do-Re-Me; but who can forget Man Overboard and her powerful vocals and savvy for song writing. If you loved Man Overboard then you’ve got to listen to Adultery and really anything Deborah is a part of.

Suze DeMarchi: Front woman for Baby Animals: Early Warning need I say more…. Over-powering live performer.

Sarah McLeod: Of Super Jesus fame, singularly the closest quintessential lead songstress to Chrissy Amphlett and even better than Joan Jett. >>>



Now, all we really have is chart domination by a lot of pop princesses, with manufactured songs, sounds, and styles. While they no doubt have talent and a voice, they struggle to play an instrument or write their own songs.

There are those that do stand out and are worth a mention:

The closest we have to strut your stuff and walk the talk:

Florence Welsh  of Florence and the Machine: Now that’s a voice and a powerful stage presence, and she writes.


Lady Ga Ga: Speaking of total stage presence and overpowering talent, voice and ingenuity. Not to mention her crazy original costumes>>>>>>




Taylor Swift:  Whatever your thoughts, she has never put a foot wrong even traversing such dangerous territory as moving from country to contemporary and achieved this while keeping her integrity and showing her talent. Not the greatest of voices but up there for singer/songwriters of the last decade. 




Beyoncé : nothing more need to be said other than: elegant, hard-working, talented and dare I say it, real??

OVERALL: Others that deserve a mention: Cindy Lauper, Martha and the Motels, Sarah Mclaughlin, Fiona Apple, and Mia Dyson. 

Where are all the female lead-singers of rock and pop bands these days?

Woman are supposed to be more emancipated than ever, having more equality and options open to us than any other time in history. We have women’s basketball, football, AFL, Rugby Union great advances have been made but where are all the female lead singers?

We seem to have taken great strides backwards in this area.

Hayley Williams of Paramore gives me hope. It’s pop-rock but it’s ALRIGHT. Songs worth a listen are Ain’t It Fun and Still into You.  >>>>>>


There are other female lead singers and bands out there, but they aren’t being backed by record labels, radio stations and big music businesses as a whole.

Rena Lovelis of Hey Violet: well put together pop-punk, but they aren’t well known and aren’t well-funded by a big business machine. Why? Songs like I Can Feel It, rock! And Break My Heart isn’t that bad either. 



Can someone tell me why suddenly there is no room for female talent out in front of a ‘proper’ band? There must still be a deserving market for them. Am I that much of a dinosaur? Good Music is good music after all, is it not? Talent is talent so why can’t we have more women following in the footsteps of the fine ladies mentioned above.

WHY AREN’T we still seeing HOT talented, leather-clad, woman with attitude? ROCK CHICKs out front of major influential bands, playing a kick-arse guitar while singing songs they've written (not a song written by some committee or business) and can she have a voice that can blow out any Marshall speaker??

I live in hope this can be turned around and female-led bands can be brought back to life and the into the spotlight.