Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
(or whomever your chosen deity is), go I.
My partner declares that the world's gone mad (again), and I think she's right. With the goings on this week in Mumbai and Bangkok, and the ongoing dramas in Zimbabwe, I'm incredibly grateful that I live in Australia.
We complain about having to go through checkpoints at the airport and the stadium, but these are necessarily 'evils' put in place to try and protect the nation of Australia, and each person who can claim citizenship, residential status, or happens to be here on holiday.
I don't complain - I understand that a small inconvenience now and then will, hopefully, prevent a much more serious disruption. I'm not naive enough to think that terrorist attacks aren't possible in Australia, but the small things we can do to try and stay safe shouldn't be dismissed as being a nuisance or inconvenience.
And while we may not all agree with the decisions made by politicians, we have the opportunity to protest, or to remove them at the next election. And we know that the election will be fair and the result a true reflection of the will of the people.
I can't imagine the pain, both physical and emotional, being suffered by those in Mumbai in Zimbabwe. And I don't pretend to understand the reasons behind the extraordinary protests in Bangkok. But I do know that what we have in Australia is special and should be protected as much as possible, so long as human rights are not trampled upon.
Enough doom and gloom, except for one small in-memoriam. I heard on the news today that this man died:
Yes, Joern Utzon, the dead-set legend that designed the Sydney Opera House has died at the ripe old age of 90. It's too much of a long story to talk about how the NSW government of the time totally screwed him to the wall and bastardised his plans for the interior of the House, but it's a travesty that his grand plans were never totally fulfilled.
I'm honoured to be able to say that I've performed at the House - both in the Opera Theatre and on the amazing Concert Hall stage. It's a magical place and today I take my metaphoric hat off to Joern for his vision and for giving Sydney, the nation and the world one of the most recognisable and amazing buildings we'll ever see.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
We're already considering our strategy for Romp '09....
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Making the move to Melbourne is absolutely huge on the stress-o-meter. As it turns out, it's so stressful that it gave me mumps.
Yep, at the age of 40, I get so stressed and run down that I manage to pick up mumps from god-knows-where.
Normally I just shrug illness off after taking a couple of nurofen - not this time. I went down like a sack of spuds, and my face blew up like a balloon. I seriously looked like John Travolta in Hairspray, or Aunt Marge in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - seriously puffy.
So I've ended up with 6 days off work - I think that's the same as the total number of days I've had off work in the past 2 years!
But the good news is that all the balls have finally dropped.
The missus' job.
The removalist's been booked.
And we finally have a house in Preston.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Yep - it's the Choir of Hard Knocks - after an amazing year including a Platinum album, sold out concerts at the Melbourne Town Hall and Sydney Opera House, they get to sing to thousands of people on national television. Awesome!
I've been accepted into La Trobe University to continue my law degree, so I'll pick that up in 2nd semester once we've settled in our new abode (yet to be finalised).
And over the Australia Day weekend we spent a couple of days in Canberra to witness this event:
Ladies and gents, I give you Australia's Local Hero for 2008, Jonathon Welch. It was a fantastic weekend - one of the most emotional of my life. Not only being present at the Australia Day Awards, but then attending a citizenship ceremony was a fantastic way to spend our national holiday.
Now, the focus is totally on getting moved to Melbourne - it's looming very large on the horizon and things are starting to fall into place nicely. The missus remarked that it's a bit like a really huge game of Tetris. Yep, and it's starting to feel like the pieces are falling REALLY quickly!
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
1. Name one person who made you laugh last night
Well, not my partner who was sick, but I think I got a laugh from Judge John Deed at some point.
2. What were you doing at 0800hrs?
I was asleep
3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
Pretty sure I was watching Kevin Rudd on Rove
4. What happened to you in 2006?
I decided to go back to Uni to study law and convinced a good friend that doing a TV programme about a homeless persons choir was a good thing.
5. What was the last thing you said out loud?
"No thanks darl" in response to a question as to whether I wanted a cup of something.
6. How many beverages did you have today?
Mmm, I think 3 cups of coffee, 2 glasses of diet coke and a couple of glasses of water.
7. What colour is your hairbrush?
8. What was the last thing you paid for?
9. Where were you last night?
At home, enjoying the fact that I didn't have to study, and not enjoying the fact that my partner was throwing up (totally unrelated to each other!)
10. What colour is your front door?
Maroon and cream
11. Where do you keep your change?
Usually in my wallet, but I have a mug on my desk at work for overflow.
12. What's the weather like today?
It was very warm and sunny which was good for drying the washing, then it cooled down around 4-ish.
13. What's the best ice-cream flavour?
Only one?! I had sour cherry gelato yesterday which was nice, but I think my favourite would have to be rum n' raisin.
14. What excites you?
Singing with my choir, seeing my 2nd best friend (see Q4) and his partner, the prospect of making a huge life change in 2008 by moving to Melbourne (scares the crap out of me too!)
15. Do you want to cut your hair?
Yep - it's driving me mad. It's quite long and dead straight and boring. Although my partner loves it long. It's getting the chop at some point, but probably only to shoulder length.
16. Are you over the age of 25?
17. Do you talk a lot?
Depends on the situation. I'm actually quite shy and don't do small talk with strangers very well, but when I'm with a group of friends I'm quite gregarious.
18. Do you know anyone named Steven?
Yes - a work colleague, actually, a couple of work colleagues!
19. Do you want up your own words?
No, at least no intentionally.
20. Are you a jealous person?
No - I was quite jealous of my partner's ex early on in our relationship, but not anymore.
21. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter "A".
Amanda and Angela
22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter "K".
23. Who's the first person on your received call list?
24. What does the last text message you received say?
"Oh - I thought I may have left my brain there" - don't ask.
25. Do you chew on your straw?
Yep, and pens and pencils
26. Do you have curly hair?
Nope - straight as it comes.
27. Where's the next place you're going to?
Work in the morning.
28. Who's the rudest person in your life?
I don't think there are any - they've been culled.
29. What was the last thin you ate?
Barbecued steak, potato in its jacket, onions, salad.
30. Will you get married in the future?
Hopefully one day the federal government will wake up and allow same-sex couples to get married.
31. What's the best movie you've seen in the past 2 weeks?
I don't think I've seen a whole movie in the last 2 weeks - I've been too busy studying for Uni exams.
32. Is there anyone you like right now?
It depends on what you mean by "like" - as in, got a crush on etc? In which case, only my partner.
33. Did you cry today?