Saturday, July 31, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I just wish it would stop raining for just a little while.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
My TV viewing habits have changed over the years, and now with the ability to download shows, or watch them online, I find that I rarely watch anything week by week. I tend to forget they are on, or have forgotten what happened the previous week if I wait the conventional way. Too much happens in the real world during a week to get an enjoyable story flow.
Unless it is Australian Story, or At the Movies, or Foreign Correspondent etc.
These days I watch a show a season at a time, or if I have 3 or 4 episodes lined up - no ads and a continuity to the storyline.
This week, after all were tucked in their beds, I tried out 'Outnumbered'. Several friends had raved about it.
I enjoyed the first couple of episodes, and then by the third I began laughing... and I could not stop.
At one point a daughter's head popped out and asked why I was crying.
I wasn't crying. I was trying to laugh silently (because everyone else was in bed) and the tears were streaming down my face.
If you get the opportunity to see it, do.
And I recommend you try at least 3 in a row.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
We caught a ferry to Cockatoo Island, in Sydney's Harbour, to look around and see the various art installations there as part of Sydney's Biennale.
There were some interesting pieces of art... and some had unusual/verbose/strange descriptions about them.
"Shen has created a hypothetical meeting of the most significant communist leaders. Their life size corpses, arranged in a pentagon, rest in crystal coffins that reflect their nationalities. Castro, the still-alive exception, lies silently on his deathbed."
"Visitors are invited to walk across them, but the difficulty of taking each cautious step over this uneven, variegated surface provokes a consideration of the successes and failures of the globalised economy and of the human ability to wrest a livable existence from nothing. Thus, walking tentatively over the work, one not only becomes part of it but also implicitly part of the economic and power matrix that creates these shanty towns."
We all enjoying walking over the roofs, but Andrew and Brent's enjoyment came from reading, puzzling, and dare I say, laughing over its description.
"...consecrates the roadside vernacular of shop signs, placards and slang expressions ...blazons landscapes and gardening terminologies..."
"The installation of nine cars appears arrested in an animated sequence of explosion."
This was spectacular!
"...its plastic enclosed turrets contain skull that represent those ofer forgotten peoples who were the victims of genocide worldwide. The diamond black and white pattern referenced the Wiradjuri culture and represents the experience of cultural amnesia and hypnosis."
The kids was sooo disappointed they were not allowed to jump!
All in all, a fantastic day out.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Season One of The Tudors chronicles the period of Henry VIII's reign in which his effectiveness as King is tested by international conflicts as well as political intrigue in his own court, while the pressure of fathering a male heir compels him to reject his wife Katherine of Aragon in favor of Anne Boleyn. He also has a string of affairs, and fathers an illegitimate son, who later dies.
Season Two finds Henry as the head of the Church of England, the result of his break with the Catholic Church over its refusal to grant him a divorce from Katherine. During his battle with Rome, he secretly marries a pregnant Anne. Anne's own failure to produce a son dooms her as Henry's attention shifts toward Jane Seymour.
Season Three focuses on Henry's marriages to Jane Seymour and Anne of Cleves, the birth of his son Edward VI, his ruthless suppression of the Pilgrimage of Grace, the downfall of Thomas Cromwell, and the beginnings of Henry's relationship with the "dangerous" Katherine Howard.
Season Four focuses on Henry's ill-fated marriage to Katherine Howard, his uncommonly successful final marriage with Katherine Parr, an attempted invasion of France and the question of the kingdom's leadership after Henry's death.