Monday 30 June 2008

Cradle Mountain Walks

We did a few walks while we were at Cradle Mountain. Here are the pictures...

Waterfall Walk near Cradle Mountain Lodge

Dove Creek Walk and At the Lodge

Cradle Mountain Lodge

Our first trip to Tasmania was as enjoyable and beautiful as we had imagined it would be. After a scenic drive from Launceston, we were greeted with snow on our arrival at Cradle Mountain Lodge. Our cabin had a cosy fire that crackled away and warmed us through our entire 3 night visit. There were no mobile phones or computers. The break from every day life was relaxing and recharging (even if I did have a cold that whole time).

Giles taking a photo of me outside the topiary town of Railton

A man on a bike in Railton

Giles taking photos of the snow, in the snow

Warming my toes after the snow

Ceiling fan in our room

Firewood in our cabin

The tavern fire

The Angel Giles in the Highland Restaurant

Friday 20 June 2008

Apple Store opens in Sydney

The opening night of the Sydney Apple Store

You couldn't walk down George Street at more than a trickle through the crowd. King Street was covered in people so there was no point trying to get in to the store when I turned up at 4:45pm. People came from around the world to camp out in line and be the first in to the store. I'm sure they didn't smell too nice.

I can't say I understand the hype but it's a cool building and the scene were worth experiencing.

Sunday 15 June 2008

We Saw Edward Again

Photo by @nai used under a Creative Commons license

Months ago, I impulse bought tickets to a modern dance performance of one of my favourite romantic movies of all time - Edward Scissorhands. As a teenager, I went to see the movie because Johnny Depp was in it but then became a massive fan of all things Tim Burton. To be honest, my first Burton movie was Beetle Juice and that rocked my world too.

With the same concerns that I have heard voiced by others, I went along to the performance at the Sydney Opera House hoping that it would still work without Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder and Tim Burton.

The story had been changed slightly but did not ruin the flow in any way. It stayed true to the original telling in spirit. Don't worry, the changes were tiny and surely had a lot of do with the medium of dance and everything happening on one stage.

There was dancing and a really damn good score along with amazing props, costumes and performers. Only one slow moment brought me back to reality. It was the ice skating on rollerblades which I blame Eurovision for. Ice skating just does not work in story telling or European pop contests, even if they do win. The rest was very very very entertaining and heartbreaking.

I don't recommend seeing any other live performance - dance, music, opera, bands, whatever - until you see this. It is the best show I have seen in a long time and didn't disappoint in any way.

Go see Edward. We did. He's going well.

Monday 2 June 2008

Spotting People Who Like Pizza

While walking around Surry Hills, G + I passed a terrace occupied by pizza lovers. I think they loved beer too.