Saturday, 28 February 2009

Chocolate bourbon semi-freddo

Drool. With tobacco syrup too!

Artespresso in Kingston

Sculpture Garden

The National Gallery has an artificial mist going. Nice and cool in the mist as it is quite hot in the Capitol today.


Publish Post

The Burghers of Calais by Rodin.

Degas Exhibition

Little Dancer Aged 14.

Silo Bakery Kingston

Austrian beer.

National Portrait Gallery

Old Parliament House

Aboriginal tent embassy

On the front lawn of Old Parliament House.

Friday, 27 February 2009

Canberra - the motel

Motel Monaro in kingston. The biggest lcd tv we've ever had in hotel room.

Bug bites

Somehow Michelle has picked up dozens of bug bites. She's covered in them - face too. The restaurant maybe? Hopefully it's not bed bugs. Thankfully bugs don't find me appetising.
Update: We think it possibly could maybe with some reservations might have been an "allergic" reaction to the chilli.

Canberra - La Dolce Vita Italian restaurant in Kingston

After an easy 3 hour drive we've arrived in Canberra for the Degas exhibition at the National Gallery tomorrow.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Victorian Bushfires - update

The number of homes destroyed has jumped to almost 2000 leaving 7000 people homeless. Today we were saddened to hear that one of those homes is one of the houses I grew up in. It has been more than 20 years since we lived there but you do have an emotional attachment to the place you grew up in as a kid. Google Maps and Google Street View have views of the house as it was [pictured above]. Thankfully most of our friends and neighbours who still live in the area survived and did not lose their houses. Unfortunately though there were two deaths in the Barwidgee Creek / Mudgeegonga area and more than a dozen other homes were destroyed.
We can only imagine what these people have gone through and we're really sorry for their loss. Our thoughts are with everyone affected.

In slightly better news apparently my uncle saved my cousin's house in Yackandandah from the fire. At one stage the house was surrounded on three sides by the blaze and he had to shelter behind the building because of the radiant heat. I'm not sure whether my uncle needs a medal or a kick up the bum for risking his life and staying and fighting.

Here is the link to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal again.

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Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Victorian Bushfire Appeal

Possibly 300 killed, more than 1000 homes destroyed and almost 5000 people made homeless in Australia's worst natural disaster.
The fires are still burning.
Try and spare a few dollars to help someone out.

Please note the Red Cross website has been extremely busy and it may take a while to get through.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Copernicus and the rodents

Apparently we have rats, mice or possums in the ceiling.
At least Perni has perked up a bit. He had to go to the hospital after midnight on Friday night with a urinary infection. He hasn't been a happy cat since - sleeps all day and complains when he is up. Poor thing. The vet told us today he has a staph infection in the nether regions so no wonder he hasn't been as vivacious as usual. He is on a course of antibiotics at the moment so hopefully that will clear things up.


Bodega does a modern Australian twist on traditional tapas. It is totally bodacious.

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Adam doing flamenco


Casa asturiana por tapas

George Street Sydney

Buses are boring

Still on George Street. Gerard tried to start a conversation with a Japanese girl - pimping for Adam (the one yawning). Unfortunately, fortunately for her probably, the Japanese girl spoke no English.

The bus to tapas

Somewhere on George Street Sydney

Penguins or Pelicans or something

Ok last one for real. Davo's birthday.

Ok last one from the fracking opera bar

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That'll do pig. That'll do. Enough from the opera bar. We need food. Tapas sounds nice.

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Gerard at the Opera Bar.

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Opera bar.

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Down to the Opera Bar.

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Rumours to the contrary, not our ride home.

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Watson's Bay possibly?

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Luna park. More accurately, the arse end of Luna Park.

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Kirribilli. Kevin's place. PM Kevin Rudd.

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Mmm. Birthdaycake.

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