Friday, July 9, 2010

Docklands Fireworks

The kids and I caught the Friday night fireworks in July festivities at Harbourtown City at 7 pm tonight. There were great splashes of colourful designs against the black sky and reflecting off the harourfront buildings.

The kids did a brilliant job helping out at the office today. They worked hard to help out with things like a mailout. My son said it was more fun than playing electronic games!

Too bad the day was marred by my son having a hard fall on the cement, skinning his chin in the process. The brave little lad fought back tears to focus on heading to the train station in time to catch our transport home.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Super School Holidays

It was so wonderful to have Friday off at home -- even though I still did some office work. The kids are enjoying their school holidays, getting to stay up late tonight to watch Superman 2, cuddled up on the couches in front of the fireplace. My son's face is lit up with wonderment.

Today, the kids and I moved the rattan furniture from the porch into the family room for the winter. Looks good. The kids were so proud of their decorating handiwork. Then we moved the wicker bench from the back deck to the front porch.

On Thursday, my daughter got to see Circus Oz with her cousin, aunt and uncle. They treated her to yum cha for lunch and pizza for dinner, and stayed at a Melbourne hotel for the night, having a dip in its pool.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Whacky, Wonderful Whimsy

I was a guest at the Herald Sun's special viewing last night of the Tim Burton exhibition at Melbourne's Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

This exhibit was previously at the MoMA in New York and was the third most popular exhibit ever – after Matisse and Picasso.

It has over 700 drawings, paintings, storyboards, puppets and costumes.

The clever curator gave a fascinating insight into Burton's personal involvement in the exhibit, reporting that at the opening he marvelled: "It's dark down here. I like it."

My favourite drawings were:

  • persecution complex

  • full bottle in front of me or a frontal lobotamy

This is a must-see exhibit-- and don't miss the free Screen Worlds while at ACMI, which houses alot of interactive fun.