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Brisbane Culture

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Brisbane for the weekend! Traveled up Business class using my frequent flyer points. No Direct flight so had a 40 minute wait in Sydney then arrived to sunshine and 28degrees. Staying at the Ibis hotel who offer some free internet access so catching up in the bar while I have a gin and tonic in happy hour ($4!!)
I met up with Kate, Jo's daughter and with her young son Natal 6 months. We went to see the Valentino exhibition What a delight room after room of fabulous gowns, A beautiful selection of his collection,We arrived at 1000 and got in with the first 5-10 people In half an hour the place was packed and we stopped walking in sequence and just viewed the ones with less of a crowd. Natal in a baby byorn was a good as gold; attracting attention of his own being so gorgeous as you can see.
There were desdescriptions of the gowns as well as any info of who might have owned or worn them Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Cate Blanchett, Liz Taylor etc.
There was a fascinating video cal…

An Artistic day

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I now have alternate Wednesdays off and instead of frittering them away I have resolved to do something specific each time. This week I went with Sue M to see the Titanic Exhibition that has been on for months, but due to close soon. It has been booked solid all school holidays so we booked ahead.
It was fascinating and well displayed from the construction of this 'unsinkable' boat to the iceberg, the rescue, the loss of life and the subsequent massive changes in Maritime safety law. I didn't know about the coal strike in England that meant many people transferred off their planned ship to travel on the Titanic. The quirks of events that lead to.... The Grand staircase was replicated and the first class bedrooms and state rooms. The list of survivors and those lost was a huge imbalance of first and 3rd class passengers.When the ship went down there were still 1500 people on board.

After that we went down to Federation Square to ACMI (Aust. Center for Moving Image ) to see a…

End of the wattle

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This tree is on my daily walk and looks wonderful and symmetrical!
I had cut a huge branch off my wattle tree as the neighbours complained of the leaf litter and her allergy to wattle. She has a Wattle on her nature strip and hasn't asked Council to cut that down!
So it now has a lop sided air but was in full glory for the last 2 months.
Now I have bits of blossom all over the house as the wind blow it about. It collects in great drifts on the ground.
I swept it up today as last year when it rained it stuck and stained all the bricks for weeks and set like concrete. Eventually it went.