Thursday, February 10, 2011


Last weekend we took a very hot journey to the Hunter Valley to see Sting.
It was hot.
We all drove up and back in a bus without air conditioning.
It was hot.
We had the windows fully open and the wind whipped our hair into magnificent styles. We sprayed each other with water.
It was hot.We tasted wines at Audrey Wilkinson and Tempest Two.
It was cool inside.We ate lunch at the Blaxland Inn.
It was quite warm inside.We began the walk into Hope Estate to bags a spot.
It was hot.We baked in the sunshine as we waited.
It was very hot.
As the sun dipped behind the tree line, Sting began to sing.
He was hot.
It was a memorable day spent in 40+°C temperatures, with great friends and great music.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Many Tears

Maddy rang me as I was driving home from work today. She had arrived home a little before me to discover her rabbit Benni had died.
It has been so hot in Sydney this week we can only assume he passed away because of the heat.

I feel so horrible. Poor bunny.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Movies I Have Seen Recently

As well as a few kid's movies I have seen recently, I have also seen some worthy 'grown-up' ones as well.

Today I saw True Grit, the new movie from the Coen brothers. Having not seen the original 1969 production with John Wayne I had nothing to compare it with.
The scenery and sets were fantastic. The language was fantastic. It all looked and sounded authentic to me (although I am not a Western aficionado).
And I could almost smell the characters. So grimy.
Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld were so good in their roles, as was Matt Damon - although I didn't even realise it was him until half way through the movie.
A must see.

I can understand why there have been so many rave reviews about Natalie Portman in Black Swan. She portrayed the descent into madness very convincingly, as well as the physique and skill of a ballerina.
I am also a big fan of Mila Kunis, and enjoyed seeing her in a 'big' production too.
There were times I hid behind my hands in this movie.
Not a movie I would recommend for everyone though.

Morning Glory was fun.
It was the one 'laugh out loud' movie I saw over Summer.
Especially the situations the weather man was put through.

I was expecting a brilliant movie with the King's Speech, and it was.
It had humour, and history, and humanity, all rolled into one.
The friendship that developed between King George VI (Colin Firth) and Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) was so special, and I can imagine, rare with someone in the position of a monarch.
Definitely another must see.