Monday, May 28, 2007

Yo ho, a Pirate's Life for Me

Alec and I saw Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End last night at Chatswood. I read some terrible reviews of this movie before we went in, so I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it. The enjoyment of a person who is expecting the worst. Interesting.

The movie picked up where the terrible filler-middle film left off. I'd forgotten what had happened so was a bit lost for a while. Whose heart is that? Why is in a box? You get the drift.

I would have liked to have seen more of Johnny Depp's character, but I was happy to see the return of Geoffrey Rush. Less Keira Knight would have made me a very happy girl indeed. Her journey from prim lady to pirate king was quite an adventure.

Orlando Bloom spent a great deal of the film as Keira's arm candy or as a possible traitor. Not sure how I felt about this - but considering he isn't up to scratch as a leading man, I guess the director wasn't sure what to do with him.

Still, the monkey was awfully cute.

Best things:
There was no giant hamster wheel.
Keira Knight didn't spend an overly-long scene pretending to faint.

There wasn't a happy Disney wedding.
The pirates' teeth. Why does piracy equal gum disease and slimy enamel?

Ragdoll Kittens

Emily babysat these gorgeous Ragdoll babies over the weekend. I want one!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Zombie Day

Alec's favourite day finally arrived. Sebastian, Alice & Jamie came over today for a festival of zombie movies.

We started with 28 Days Later, then, after some Chinese from Chatswood BBQ Kitchen, we watched 28 Weeks Later at the movies.

While I really enjoyed 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later lacked the main feature of the first film - sympathetic central characters to drive the story along. Without these characters it's hard to get too involved in a story and care about how it ends.

The first film also focused on the evolution of its main characters, making it as much of a human drama as a scary movie. 28 Days Later reminded me of Lord of the Flies in that it commented on the thin veneer of civilisation that keeps our society in check. Take it away and we all revert to animals.

Holding on to your humanity in the face of monstrosity was a central theme in 28 Days Later, but not so much in 28 Weeks Later, which seemed to be more about gratuitous violence and death. With the lack of substantial lead characters who saw the movie all the way through, it also lacked the complexity of the original film.

On a less intellectual level, there were also no cute guys in 28 Weeks Later. Bring back Cillian Murphy and the naked shower scenes!

It was still a great day - and Jamie even made a new friend. Cecil the snake. A bargain from Coles, only $8!

I Love Tulips

Alec gave me these beautiful tulips yesterday.

Friday, May 25, 2007

World Press Photography

I actually went to the exhibition twice this week - once with Shelley, Shaden and Daniel, and then again today with Alec. Yes, it was worth the two trips.

The exhibition was divided into sections like news stories, wildlife and arts/entertainment. Such amazing photos. They inspired me to take more, and better quality, images, as well as making me see how insignificant a lot of things I panic and stress about really are in the bigger scheme of things.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Dinner & Dance

I had a great time last night with Alec. We went to dinner at Baia (Cockle Bay), a great Italian place with delicious food. Best boscaiola pasta ever.

We then headed to the Opera House to see the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan perform Wild Cursive. It was Alec's introduction to dance - I hope he enjoyed it as much as I did. We had great seats, a few rows from the front.

The piece Wild Cursive was inspired by calligraphy. The moves were amazing - fluid at times, sharp and forceful at others, with strong roots in martial arts and contemporary dance. I loved how it was a true ensemble piece. No one dancer was the star, they were all amazingly talented.

Unlike a lot of the ballets that I see, Wild Cursive was fresh, innovative, dramatic, exciting and energetic. They had limited props and very plain black costumes, which meant that the focus was purely on their amazing moves and technique. Modern contemporary dance the way it should be.

Thanks Alec for a really great night out. I love you!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

RSPCA Million Paws Walk

Alec, Ness, Kate and I represented team Google with partners, friends and puppies at the Sydney Olympic Park. There is no such thing as too many puppies.

Pug bums.

Lil' Buff

Obligatory self portrait

Too much puppy love

Dear lord

This pooch joined our party

Flying Yorkie!

Friday, May 18, 2007


Ryan Phillipe is a very pretty man. In fact, he looks rather like a Ken doll. Unfortunately, this doesn't guarantee that he can act.

I was expecting this to be a fast-paced spy movie, not dissimilar to Sneakers. It was a lot slower than I had been expecting, and a lot more subtle. Except for Ryan Phillipe's facial expressions, which consisted of "sincere Ken doll" and "perplexed Ken doll". Dying his hair dark brown did little for his credibility. He may no longer be blonde, but he is still a Ken doll.

The movie is based on a true story of the worst spy in American history - not worst as in "what an idiot" but worst as in "he did a lot of bad things" - and how he was brought to justice.

The movie does a good job of humanising the spy. He's a complex fellow. At times compassionate, then other times a raving loon. He also cuts a sympathetic figure - considered irrelevant in his job, devoting his life to the FBI.

However, he is against women wearing pants. Case closed!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Going Hard Core

I went back to climbing last night. First climb in three months with Kate. I had jelly arms after the third climb. I followed it up with my first personal training class today with Lisa. I am officially going to die I am in so much pain. I hope that after a few more sessions I will be almost as fit as the Shellbinator.
Inspirational climbing shot.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mother's Day

Alec and I journeyed far up north to Newcastle to spend Mother's Day with Jan. We went to the growers' market in the morning...

Lots of fresh fruit.

We took Amy with us. She's always a crowd pleaser.

The home-made soaps were divine. They will be appearing in our bathroom shortly.

Freshly ground exotic coffee. Alec was in heaven. The car reeked of coffee all the way home.

A live string band. Nice!

Back in Sydney we took my mum and dad out for dinner. We had delicious Italian food, followed by dessert.

Alec just wanted to eat his profiteroles in peace. I had other plans.

My mango-shaped gelato was heaven.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Belle Fleur at Rozelle

Alec, Daniel and I drove to Rozelle markets to check out some bargains.

Vintage cameras. Film! ooohh!

Daniel and Alec discuss the finer points of ... something or another.

Gratuitous Weimaraner dog shot.

This is the point where Daniel and Alec were considering leaving me behind so they could fit the wine rack Daniel is checking out into the car.

WTF is with the tongue?

Bargains! Ohhhh!

At Belle Fleur, Daniel ogles the Belgium town hall made entirely of chocolate. 50 hours of love went into this creation.

Telescope made out of chocolate.