Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Pop Up Globe Theatre

I booked for this before I left for Japan as it was finishing soon after I got back , but it has been extended to February!

Shakespeare like it’s 1614

Pop-up Globe, the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of one of the greatest theatres in history, the second Globe, has popped up right next door to the iconic Sidney Myer Music Bowl. It started in New Zealand last year and is here for the Summer .
first view from Linlithgow avenue
food and drinks services  
View back to city
I went to see Much ado about nothing; My favourite Shakespeare Comedy. I wasn't sure where it actually as , but so easy to get to you could see it as soon as you accessed the gardens. The theatre is not huge so while it was busy there were not huge crowds. Despite interpreting there was not, there actually was food available and wine and merchandise. Great views back to city esp from the mound overlooking the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. 
The play and cast were brilliant FUNNY! and really lively production. I love Benedick and Beatrice esp with there wot and silk of each other. The scenes where they were hiding while their friends told them of the others love for them was esp good. 
Benedick hid himself in the arbor! (up on a flower decorated swing!) and Beatrice's antics at hiding on and off stage were a hoot.
Looking at going to Henry V but Ticketmaster Best Seats are all side stage limited view so will try elsewhere if possible.
 First view in the Groundling area (standing room) 

Open roof and seating 
View from my seat. Actors entering amid the crowd

Beatrice and Benedick
Benedick in 'the arbor'
Beatrice creeping up 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Japan: Sendai

We travelled by Shinkansen to northern Tohoku. We wanted to go North to support the tourist industry in the area devastated by the Tsunami in 2011. The earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tōhoku was a magnitude 9.0–9.1 and occurred at 14:46 JST on Friday 11 March 2011 felt as far south as Tokyo.
Sendai was founded 400 years ago by Masamune Date has several sites related to him and his time.
Many temples and castles are on vantage points so our stair climibig improved!

Gate to the Zuihoden
I love the density of planting 
Imagine our surprise when we encountered this 
Rider and handler beside the Sake barrel offerings
Looks like beer in the corner!
Elaborate costume 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Japan Cities: Tokyo

Wendy and I flew to Tokyo arriving at 7pm and heading to our Hotel; once we got the map facing the correct way we were off.
Next day we were heading north but did some exploring in the morning as well as getting our Japan Rail Passes.
these banners are about the people who sponsor the Temple
Shinobazu Pond 
The last of the flowers
Only in Japan! A restaurant

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Brooklyn reserve

Despite the terrible weather (intermittent drizzle and cold breeze ) we had  great turnout at the official opening of the revamped Brooklyn Reserve opposite my place.
The crap weather may have prevented people from wandering off to other events being fathers' day but sun this afternoon and it looks busy again!
The park has been under renovation for about 3 months and opened on time, finished.
fridge magnets made with dates of monthly events as well as the newsletter 
I wandered around handing out these and chatting to people so they knew what was planned
Some of our planning group setting up the free sausage sizzle
An awesome climbing frame
Wood carvings  
The tennis courts have up signs about local fauna 

The slide was very popular



The mayor awarding prize in poetry competition about animals of the park 
Some of the other winners Mainly from local catholic school
The soccer goal 
Some of the crowd
a Moreton bay fig that was planted a few weeks ago.
there is also a set of exercise machines


A water pumps (pumps out water!)
a sand crane I struggled to get to work 

Lots of games painted on the paths

Very popular Animals of OZ
Planting and landscaping is really nice
Free coffee cart we have coming every month
lovely prunus at edge 

Monday, August 28, 2017

The house of Dior

 Last night I went to the Members' preview of 70 years: The House of Dior exhibition. There had been a Gala the night before so it was all still set up in the foyers and the cafe area. A bit more glam than other previews I had been to !!
Beautiful floor uninstallation by Michael Lin
Federation is a newly commissioned floor painting by renowned Taiwanese artist Michael Lin. Hand-painted in collaboration with local Melbourne artists, "this immersive environment invites visitors to pause and reconsider the architecture of Federation Court at NGV International"
Just a small corner of the Exhibition
Let me Whet your appetite
These were the pattern makers along with French interpreter
From a past exhibition I learnt these are the miracle workers. From a sketch or drawing they make up a pattern so that the dress works as well as fits and can be structured to flow as the drawing shows.They were happy to chat about their work.
Opposite the women developed pieces


There were hats and shoes .
On the models of the exhibition so they wouldn't just have bald heads Stephen Jones from Dior created the headpieces if they didn't have their own hat. Went to a talk by him before the exhibition opened.