Saturday, October 5, 2019

October 5. Day 277. An interesting Segway

My mother, bless her, once claimed that I must have been dropped on my head as a baby as no-one is naturally this unco-ordinated. Well, mum. Nice try. It's genetic.
Today we rode Segways around the Rock. It was fascinating. Ten kilometres at the base which revealed itself to be far more intriguing and detailed than pictures would have suggested. Segways are easy to ride. They are the perfect vehicle for a ride around the rock; unless you are me. I fell off. But it gets worse. Oliver fell off not once but twice. Yay us. But a few bruises and a couple of scrapes are a small price to pay for an awesome experience. And, of course, we can't help it. Our genes are deficient. Anyway, that night we went to the Field of Lights, the most extraordinary light installation in the desert. It has to be seen to be believed. It was dark (despite 50,000  solar-powered lights). And yet we didn't trip. winning at life.

Friday, October 4, 2019

October 4. Day 276. Rock on

 So my mum said "let's do a family holiday". Seems simple enough. Not with our family. Nothing is simple.
I've been dying all week. Coughing up not one lung but both. My GP said "stay home and rest". I considered that but decided against it. I could rest in a fancy pants hotel room as well as I could in my own bed, right?
So I decided f*** it, I'm going. My sister Lisa wasn't so lucky. She couldn't move so she was out. Don had to stay home and look after her. Mum's friend Laurel was too ill to travel. We were falling like flies. But 10 of us made it to the airport (three only just). Ten of use boarded that flight.
And 10 of us reached the rock. Yay us. First impression. My God, it's huge. Far bigger and with far more character than I had imagined from the pictures.
You have to be there, right?

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

October 2. Day 274. Somewhere over the rainbow

Start writing that acceptance speech, Renee.
It worked for Rami Malek,  Gary Oldman, Eddie Redmayne, Daniel Day-Lewis and Colin Firth not to mention Meryl Streep and Olivia Colman. Yep, the Academy has given a lot of love to performers in biopics in the 2010s.
So standing out in that crowd means doing something special and you are that special something.
I mean a bio pic is a bio pic. It's a colour by numbers approach to story telling which gives the film-maker only so much wiggle room. Flashbacks are inevitable, because we don't want to wait through all those formative years until the star in the titular role appears on screen.
But Judy was a star and so is Renee. She doesn't try to be Judy but she sure captures her essence. And this film looks beautiful. You want to watch. I cried in spite of myself even though we all knew how it was going to end.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

September 19. Day 261. All About Yve

Yve Blake is a born story teller. The playwright and star of the Queensland Theatre’s smash hit Fangirls showed the ability to spin a yarn capable of luring people into her web while still in kindy.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

September 5. Day 247. Festival fun

For the next three weeks it's Brisbane that's the city that never sleeps (or more precisely it's the city in which I get no sleep).Welcome to Brisbane Festival 2019. I feel the joy.  So much joy.
Tonight was our first night of living the festival dream... and oh what a night.
SS Mendi was quite extraordinary. In 80 minutes we were treated to a tale so powerful it moved me to tears. For a start, it is absolutely outrageous that this story is largely unknown. How is it that 600 South Africans can be enlisted to the Imperial War effort (only to dig tenches because blacks can't be given guns) and then drown at sea in a collision with another British craft before getting to the front? How is it that this largest maritime tragedy in UK waters is pretty much invisible. And how the bloody hell can men be so horrible to other men. As is the violence of war isn't enough. But this story is more than that. It's funny, sad and oh so beautifully told. This music will warm your soul. And then we walked out into the festival where the River of Light tech run was happening - actually it had just finished but the tech team was still in the booth so we took a chance on the fact that is we hung around they would have another go ... and they did ... to pretty much no-one but us which was special. Winning. Listen to the review of SS Mendi here

Friday, August 16, 2019

August 16. Day 227. Night rider

Back again. Ekka Day 2.
Would you believe the reason I returned for a dagwood dog? Well, if you did you are crazy. But it did have to do with dogs. Random fact.
One of the main reasons I go to the Ekka every year is to buy new outfits for my dogs.
The ones I bought yesterday were exceptional but Rumple's one didn't fit.
I could exchange it at a shop but why not just go back ... and take Oliver with me.
So off we went
And today's visit was at twilight which was kind of awesome.
And an opportunity to eat dagwood dogs.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

August 11. Day 222. Birds of a feather

Bird brained - an insult.
But really, can you fly?
Birds can make annual navigations across the globe. Can you (without the assistance of a jumbo jet).
Well of course you can't. So who's the smart one now?
But it's the little things too.
Little things such as the water bubbler.
I love that the birds know that it is a water source although that would seem far from obvious.
I see them land on them.
I see them press their beaks into the nozzle.
I'm pretty sure they are rewarded for their endeavours.
That is quite a leap in logic, if you ask me.
I can't imagine what things from the avian world I could learn to operate efficiently and effectively.