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Head through the big red doors where mining lights illuminate the hammered copper counter and replicas of vintage wanted posters that line the walls. But never fear, the lines move quick in these parts and you should be back out on the range in no time. Along with the usual chicken nuggets, fries and salads are some more unique options, like sweet corn cream soup, vegetable taquitos and chili con carne with nachos.

See the full menu here. Always in the market for a little heat, I was disappointed to see that the BBQ sauce was served on the side and not cooked on the wings. One man sported fuzzy gray slippers on feet that dangled off a bar stool. We ordered enchiladas and tacos -- mine vegan, my friend's cheese -- and sat back to wait in the pleasantly small, pleasantly knick-knack-laden dining room.

It reminds me of the old Pig Stand, another restaurant which also features prominently in the film version of Terms of Endearment. Last Concert is time-worn and comfortable, noble in its dated kitschiness that's a testament to its longevity. As it was 10 years ago, the food was nothing to write home about.

My enchiladas were very dry although the various vegetables inside were well-cooked. My friend's enchiladas were covered in a dull chile gravy that dampened the nicely gooey cheese, although we both agreed that there was no fault to be found with a bowl of classic Tex-Mex queso which we dumped all over our rice and beans like middle schoolers. As we left that evening, I thought of the Skin Horse's opening speech from the seminal childhood book The Velveteen Rabbit.

Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people that don't understand. Perhaps I'm just one of those people who doesn't understand , I mused to myself later that night, watching as a friend's band unloaded equipment from an SUV into the House of Creeps -- cattycorner from Last Concert -- for a show that would mark the first leg of their tour. Last Concert Cafe is beloved and Real to its fans, and that's all that matters.

You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter s - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in! A few seconds later, one of those fans came barreling down the street and tore the door clean off the band's SUV with a thud and a crunch, narrowly avoiding the astonished drummer who was standing inches away. The fan stumbled out of his car and berated the drummer for having his door open -- while parked on the side of the street -- before reluctantly agreeing to provide his insurance information.

As he attempted to steer his own car away from the wreck, he hit another object -- this time, a ragged stump near the entrance to my parking lot -- and cursed loudly into the night as he backed his car off the gnarled wood. All rights reserved. It was also an opportunity to highlight the negative impact of media, advertising and community perceptions can have on young adults body image and self esteem. A nice little package of friendship, enduring relationships, social change with a strong message of not letting life slip by without ensuring that we end up who we want to be.

Apr 09, Helen Merrick rated it really liked it. Give this book to the older woman in your life, whether your mum, grandma, or yourself :- wonderful story about sisterhood across generations, feminism, activism, and enjoying getting older! It is seven years since I first read this book, and the themes of ageing, women and their friends and family, and the sexualisation by media of young girls are just as relevant.

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Nov 16, Helen McKenna rated it really liked it Shelves: awwchallenge , great-aussie-reads-challenge Margot and Dot were once active members of a women's rights group back in the s, but gradually lost touch after Margot got married and settled into family life. Their friendship is renewed after Margot sees a still protesting Dot staging a one woman demonstration at a shopping mall in Sydney.

Age has apparently done little to dampen Dot's passion for life and standing up for what she believes in, which causes Margot to examine her own suburban life and leaves her wondering if life has pass Margot and Dot were once active members of a women's rights group back in the s, but gradually lost touch after Margot got married and settled into family life. Age has apparently done little to dampen Dot's passion for life and standing up for what she believes in, which causes Margot to examine her own suburban life and leaves her wondering if life has passed her by in regard to her own ambitions.

There are many other dramas going on in this delightful story - Margot's ex-husband Laurence is struggling to come to terms with a life changing event, her sister Phylidia learns a painful truth about her husband and both her daughters are caught up in their own crises. Amidst all this, Margot cannot quell her long buried desire to be a writer.

It is refreshing to read a story that not only has older women as the main characters but that portrays them in an interesting and positive way.

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Margot and Dot are strong, well-rounded characters with a lot of depth, highlighting the fact that people do not become boring or lose passion for life just because they get older. There are plenty of elements to keep the story moving in Last Chance Cafe. Well written in an easy and engaging style, it kep me interested right until the last page. A really enjoyable read for any age group, although older women may relate to it more strongly. Sep 27, KylieAtkinson rated it it was ok. Thank fuck that's finished. What a tedious read that was. I almost didn't finish it but I kept hoping it would get better.

It didn't. There are several stories all connected into one via family and friends but there was only one interesting storyline Donald's - and that was only after he died! The characters seemed flat, two-dimensional and just not interesting. I really didn't care for any of them and just wished something, anything would happen. I found myself skimming over pages of rehashed Thank fuck that's finished. I found myself skimming over pages of rehashed waffle. If I wanted a boring snippet of everyday family life, I wouldn't need to read. This is supposed to be escapism to something other than what you already have.

Not highly recommended which is unfortunate for an Australian author. Apr 11, Maree Kimberley rated it it was ok Shelves: aww Sometimes this works out and sometimes this doesn't. There are several reviews of this book where the readers absolutely love it. Personally, I found it flat. The characters were cardboard cutouts, the plot pedestrian and some of the dialogue was so inane I literally closed the book and put it down for a while.

But there is a place for this type of book. Some books are great holiday readin As part of my reading for Australian Women Writers Challenge I try to read books I wouldn't usually pick up. Some books are great holiday reading, for relaxing on the beach or by the river, for when you're recuperating from illness, or just when you wake up at night and need something to pass the time until you fall asleep again.

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This, for me, is that type of book. Apr 28, B the BookAddict rated it liked it Shelves: lite-reading. Liz Byrski is not a bad writer. She does good detail and good dialogue. My only criticism is her plots; if you've read one of her books, then you've kind of read them all. She doesn't vary much in her storylines. But I do reserve her books for my holiday reading. They are what I read when I'm having a good relax on the beach because I find there is not a lot of effort required to read them.

Dec 23, Joan rated it really liked it Shelves: Enjoyed this very much. Four women from different walks of life come together. A story of friendship, support and love between these women and their diverse stories. Jun 11, Cynthia Grove rated it really liked it. A very solid read; not at all in the sense of being indigestible but nutritious and filling.


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My views on it may have been skewed a bit negatively by the exuberance of my previous read. At first this book seemed flat and slow reading. By half-way through the characters were developing depth and the story became gripping. As with many of Liz Byrski's novels this is about coming to terms with ageing and gaining new perspectives on the past. It is about feeling free to become who you can be a terrif A very solid read; not at all in the sense of being indigestible but nutritious and filling. It is about feeling free to become who you can be a terrifying and difficult journey and developing aims consistent with your life now rather than what you dreamed of in your twenties.

I was very impressed with the cause tackled by the book's characters - would that were more action in that respect. Yet each of the characters had a much deeper and more nuanced set of issues to handle. Very satisfying read. May 28, Bronwyn Rykiert rated it liked it Shelves: family , friends.

It took me a long time to read this book, not because it was not interesting but I didn't have much time to read. It was good to read about Margot and her family and meeting up again with Dot, a close friend from her younger years. Apr 22, Clare Sullivan rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this. A story about a group of connected friends as they age.

I've also read Gang of four by the same author - will look out for others. Aug 21, Janet Narrier rated it really liked it.

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