Showing posts from October, 2011

Angels & Demons

The Angels Demons statues were outside the Art Centre as well as the town hall for the Melbourne Festival
Displaying bat wings, reptilian tales and innocent charming faces reticent of Botticelli cherubs, the works evoke mixed feelings of warmth, affection and disgust. It’s up to the viewer I think to decide on whether these works classify as cute or something a bit more sinister.

Angels-Demons. Parade is the handiwork of subversive Russian art collective AES+F, an outfit known for their irreverent hybrid works incorporating a broad spectrum of imagery. 
They are sexless and innocent or not depending on your view. The shiny black, works as a reflective surface so you see yourself in them. That may affect your  perception!

From AES+F website
First Rider (2007)
Angels-Demons. Parade* (2009)
3D Modeling – Roman Ivanyuchenko
Alain de Lille was a mystic and a commentator on the Apocalypse. Here is our version of Apocalypse.
We present an apocalyptic parade, which does not consti…

Royal Visit

It was a weird feeling day at work today with the Queen arriving to open the New Hospital (not actually open until Nov 30th) with staff all dressed up and absent!
The medical staff in Mike's Dept who were not invited had a sweep as to what colour she would be wearing! Michale Marks won with his choice of hot pink.
The female RMOs all wore small tiaras and looked suitable impressive to all the patients!
I went up at 1120 after I had seen a patient, to the Care by Parent unit that overlooks the front entrance and we had front row seats, with one of my patients and his mother who are in the Unit.
But all I saw was the car arrive and her in pink dimly seen!! and then went to a meeting with the aforesaid RMO's.
Today Mike also showed me where I will have my workstation (goodbye office, hello company!) in a group of 4 with Lionel Lubitz, Tom Connell and  Nigel Crawford, all of whom I …

Lights, Action

I was going to contact the local business Loveluvo to get a handyman to do the last minute carpentry of the kitchen, when Michelle mentioned that her brother Liam ( a final year carpenter's apprentice) had not been paid for the last 4weeks as his boss had got into a legal wrangle with a building he was doing and the owners were not paying.
So I emailed Fran to ask if perhaps he would like some work. The boss has signed off on his apprenticeship so that is good and he has a job interview next week. He has been relying on money from the riding education he does. He leaped at the chance and came down last night to work today.
I am also getting him to renail the back deck as the boards are all loose. He said the wood is fine it just needs new decking screws (they have a twist in them ...pays to watch / read Better Homes & Gardens!) He will also fix the latch on the gate.
He has a show jumping tomorrow so will be back next week to do these extras.
But I asked him to take out th…


I have started using public transport for any trips into the city in the evening of late, and find I can be in or home in 15-20  minutes often far quicker than peak hour traffic.
I know there are lots of complaints for peak hour commuters, but I drive to North Melbourne, (more train lines change there, so more frequent choices) and can park at the door.
The longest I have had to wait is 8 minutes Av. 1-4mins, and on return max was 9 minutes av 4-5. Trip city to North Melbourne is 10 minutes
Last night I was part of the VicFEAT at the Royal Australasian College of Paediatricians in st Kilda Rd.
The topic was feeding problems and they had 72 sites logged in to the teleconference from around the country. It went over very well and was really great.
It is just past Toorak Rd so I caught the tram.
On the trip back I had to wait for 6 minutes for a tram (well under the 9 minute maximum!) and I sat in the tram shelter to read my Kobo. I'm reading  "The Address Book" by Jane Cli…

The slave

I am sure someone must have said that he who starts a garden is a slave for life!  The garden looks good but looks can be deceptive. 
The intruder of past years was the wandering jew (Tradescantia albiflora Why the Tradescants gave their name to this pest!) that I have managed to eradicate over the years. Then a few years ago this new weed that I call @#X*@.  I think it is something called Chenopodiaceae and is a  herb called Fat Hen!  It is spread by seed and unfortunately while I have been laid up it has been raining and everything is thriving including this little Fat Hen. Combined with Spencer traveling underneath he spreads the seeds on his coat. It grows along the side path as well coming under fence from next door. I heard him say yesterday that he'd sprayed that so why was it still there? Maybe because I throw the ones I pull up over the fence sometimes!! Bodes ill for my spray plans!! The lush look of the garden is deceptive as most of it is this blasted weed. So feeling a bit…

Extra views

Celia and I had a rather interrupted Skype call last night.  My lap top keeps going off line, so I now know the log on by heart!  But she pointed out a few views of the kitchen she has not seen so here they are.

A good decision

I have been feeling a little better the last few days.  Not so tired after exertion, so was keen to try to go sailing again today. The weather looked mild so I was optimistic.
I went to the Post office to send off an order of my booklets (40!) and joined  a big queue at the Seddon Post office (open Saturday!) then went down to Port Melbourne.
Ursula, next door neighbour asked me if I was going to the shops, so after some painful interpretation I realized she wanted a new fitting for her front tap and hose. It was very stiff getting it on and off the tap.
So I stopped at Bunnings in Port and got that for her, and arrived at the club feeling a bit tired, So sat and had a coffee and chatted to those coming and going.
Then I went down to help Cliff finish off rigging the boat and the wind was coming up, and after half an hour with the boat I went back in to get lunch. By then I had the shakes and feeling decidedly less than fit! 
So as it was getting stronger wind rather than a gentle sa…

The Magic Flute: Melbourne Festival

The description ofthirty South African performers performing an explosion of choral song, marimbas, drums and township-style percussion celebrating the spirit of contemporary Africa sounded too good to miss though I have never seen The Magic Flute (though it is in the coming season An interesting comparison!)
But I read up on the plot (or is there a term for an opera story, maybe libretto?) so I knew what was happening. They kept to the original work but singing in English with some free interpretation,
When Papageno was telling Tamino how he rescued him from the serpent. "First I was afraid, I was petrified" he says
The Magic flute sound was a jazzy trumpet that was really  stirring !
The three spirits were in short skirt lilac suits with handbags on their arm and white wings.
Infusing this joyous opera with the distinctive sound and beat of South African instrumentation, the world-famous Isango Ensemble have breathed new life into Mozart’s timeless opera.
It was  rea…


The wonderful thing about seeing other gardens is how it inspires you to get down and dirty.
It was when Celia and I visited somewhere in the bush that we saw a big herb garden and we realised how great they can look. Which led to digging up part of the back garden and relaying a herb garden.

Similarly when Maddy and I went to see the Australian Native Garden down at Cranbourne I saw the effect of mass planting. Not just a plant that was nice but lots of the same one!
Japanese gardens also follow this principle esp with Cherry blossom!!

My garden is not so massed but 'running wild' is a good principle I think, with places to relax and admire the views

But what inspired this day's blog was the bottle brush out in bloom along the foot path to South Kensington station, I could see it coming out over the last few weeks but today it was MAGNIFICENT.
It is the length of the whole road!

All done but painting

Celia reminded me I had not put in a photo of our new appliance!
New also in the sense that I have never had one before!!!
Always been a hands on activity for me and shared around among the siblings as we grew up, with clear division of labour!
I do believe they still lead to arguments about whose area of responsibility.

The Tiling

An early call with the door bell going at 745 (yes it now works!) and it was Chris from Direct Kitchens to finish the kick board of the dishwasher. He also noted that the stove was set below the level of the bench (the closed  lid was level) but it would mean that heat/flame would be on edge of the bench, so he fixed that, also fixed a drawer that was slightly sticking and gave me the accurate measurements for the window architrave.

Quinton then got the tiling going and did a good job to balance the tiles, as the detail tile is smaller than the other. But I am very happy with the result. As glass tiles absorb moisture more slowly he will leave the grouting till they have adhered and will be back Friday for a last hour's work.
All the stuff is now back in the kitchen and we no longer look like a garage sale.
Last thing the painting!!

Foley- Melbourne festival

Last night I went to see FOLEY at the Fairfax. Basically a history lesson on Black activism in Australia. For more than forty years, Gary Foley has been involved in the continuing struggle against foreign invasion. As activist, academic and actor, he's been one of the key figures in ensuring that the Aboriginal experience is not written out of this land's history. Having spent decades spinning the yarns of black Australia, both past and present, he now uses his well-honed skills as troublemaker, teacher and teller of tales to bring his experiences to the stage/. It was a very entertaining 2 hours with video clips esp of the Aboriginal embassy rise and fall, politicians promises that were watered down,voices and faces in the activism area, as well as just funny stories. Especially clips of ABC episodes of the stage show Basically Black from the 70's His final message was that Native Title is NOT land rights and R…

Melbourne Festival: The Manganiyar Seduction

I bought tickets for the Melbourne Festival that will run over October
The first one was Saturday night and I was unsure whether I would go but after resting for  a few hours I headed out, driving to North Melbourne station at 7pm got a train in 3 minutes and arrived with 5 mins to spare Very relaxing trip!
The picture of this was what made me decide to try it.
A darkened stage comes slowly to life; a conductor gestures and lights flare, as curtain-lined boxes stacked upon the stage are illuminated, revealing white robed musicians who begin a hypnotic Eastern melody. The languid refrain slowly builds, as more boxes blaze to life, and more musicians - dozens more, 42 in all, singing and playing lutes, percussion and reed instruments - join an increasingly frenzied symphony.
It started slowly with the lute wailing for at least 5-10minutes, but then it started to build and was absolutely stirring and fantastic!!
At the end everyone was on their feet roaring and clapping, that went on…

Yacht Club Open Day

Sailing actually started 4 weeks ago but they have had no racing due to the strong winds. I am sailing with Cliff this season, having sold my boat, but crew Steve was away one week, Cliff another, me sick another so we hoped to get together Saturday for official Open Day. The forecast was for light wind so seemed a good day for me to start, but Steve was only flying back today. However by the time 1pm came around I was already tired, so Cliff said he would sail with Bernard in what was  a very slow day. It was not cold but very grey. Due to the lack of sailing over the last month there was a good roll up for the first day, but I stayed around for the sail past and had long catch up chats with people before briefing then went back to rest.