Confession: though I always loved classic literature I could never make it through a single Jane Austen book – I tried at least four of her novels and gave them all up in the first fifty pages. Something about her writing style clearly rubs me wrong, but despite this, I enjoyed many of the Austen film and TV adaptations. While this onscreen version of her early, little-known novella is not my favourite it was amusing and diverting.
Proving that spending hours on a detailed, time-consuming project is a family trait, here’s the amazing costume my brother made for the PAX gaming convention in Melbourne. And when I say “made”, I really mean it: he started out with a giant piece of leather (which he thinned down and dyed), a chain sheet and a pile of accessories, so other than boots, pants and gloves, he made everything himself, from the main breastplate down to the belts. The tunic was courtesy of Mum’s sewing skills.