Monday, 30 November 2009

Titus Set and Prop

I like sets and props. However sometimes they are not given any recognition.

Set by Sophie

What could I hide?

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Not Quite Coffee

Its not Terry's, its mine! Possibly the best chocolate in the world.

The unobtainable coffee. The line just did not go down.

A groovy t-shirt - Caffeine

Birthday Cake

Groovy cup cakes in a shop window.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Spring Reading

(in no particular order)


“And Another Thing” by Eoin Colfer
On behalf of Douglas Adams’s Trust, Eoin Colfer set out to write the next book in Douglas Adam’s Increasingly Inaccurately Named Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy, and as such we now have Part Six of Three. I enjoyed the book, however there was not the same amount of Science and Maths which existed in Adam’s books which I found disappointing. Instead Eoin Colfer uses religion. 6/10

“Unseen Academicals” by Terry Pratchett (twice)
I enjoyed Unseen Academicals; however I know that a lot of people didn’t. I quite like football, well, Australian Rules Football, and that probably helps. But, I thought the story was more about people then football. There were a few plot leaps, but enjoyable. “The thing about football – the important thing about football – is that it is not just about football” 6/10

“Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” by Patrick Suskind
I loved how Suskind was able to describe common everyday things in language that was gripping and made the book so lovely to read. At the end of every chapter you I wanted to keep on reading, I had to start making my breaks in the middle of chapters. My only negative would be why wasn’t there more people with that same unique scent. 9/10

“Stiff Upper Lips and Baggy Green Caps: A Sledger’s History of the Ashes” by Simon Briggs
This book was rather disappointing. With a sub-title such as “A Sledger’s History” I was hoping for a lot more sledges. “Which of you bastards, called this bastard a bastard?” 3/10

“The Complete Polysyllabic Spree” by Nick Hornby
I bought this book thinking that it had been written by Mark Haddon. Well not Mark Haddon as clearly Nick was written on the cover, but the person who wrote “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time” which turns out was by Mark Haddon and not Nick Hornby. The Complete Polysyllabic Spree is a collection of articles that Nick Hornby wrote for a paper which listed the books that he bought and the books that he read each month. It would be very interesting to keep a list of books read, however I think (sorry, I know) that some people will make fun of my choice of reading. A large positive about this book, is that it inspires you to read more. Now where did I put that Dickens… "If you are reading a book that is killing you, put it down and read something else, just as you would reach for the remote if you weren't enjoying a TV program." 9/10

“Fever Pitch” by Nick Hornby
This was just not my cup of tea. There are some lovely sentences and the descriptions of society are interesting, but you can’t like every book out there.

“The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell
It’s a good book, but I found the ending very very fast. I liked the constant changing from the past to the present, though it did take me a while to get used to it. I’m always a bit slow when two characters have similar names. 7/10

“Man Walks into a Bar” by Stephen Arnott and Mike Haskins (parts)
Quite punny. How can you grade a joke book? Actually how can you grade any books, it is so dependant on how you are feeling at any particular time. And the purpose for what you are reading. The 7/10 for Man Walks into a Bar is very different to the 7/10 for The Sparrow. Also when grading out of 10 for books, no book gets a 10.


“The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” by William Shakespeare
It took me too long to read, partially because I lost the book. But it was okay. The question is: Will I go and see it as a play? Probably.

“Katerina” by Paula Armstrong
It’s a good play that will make you laugh

“Titus Andronicus” by William Shakespeare (read a million times)
Well maybe I didn’t read it quite that many times, but it would be close to one hundred times.

Monday, 23 November 2009


I always find it amazing how quotes from plays can stay in your head for days.

“Actually, it’s men that make women crazy”

“You whipped off your shirt in a heated frenzy – being the trollop you are”

“I’ve still got the Monaro”

“Had to rest my coldie on my hottie, if you know what I mean”
Mr Bob

“You’re a lovely girl you know. Always ever-so-helpful”
Mrs Wokowski

“Hi there, my gorgeous but somewhat frumpy cousin”

“I have behaved very badly. I can see that now”

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Monday, 9 November 2009

Thursday, 5 November 2009

An Interesting Building

When you drive down St Georges Road in Fitzroy you can see a church spire towering over the surrounding buildings. The spire is made from a metallic substance that reflects the sky. On sunny days it is a clear blue and on cloudy days the reflective grey of the spire can seem to disappear against the clouds.

I arrived in Fitzroy one sunny Sunday morning and thought I would take a photo or two of the spire. And this gave me the opportunity to have a good look at the rest of building’s exterior.

Trying to find information about the church was next to impossible. Even the trust-worthy internet was no help. The Hungarian Reformed Church was probably built in the 1880s and started it’s life as St Luke’s Church of England. It is made from bluestone by architects Crouch & Wilson. It has an organ built by William Anderson which is listed with the National Trust.

Crouch & Wilson were also the architects for; the Prahran Town Hall, Victorian College for the Deaf, Hawksburn Primary School, Royal Institute for the Blind and the East Melbourne Synagogue.

I want to know what the church was before it was reformed... Or what the church is now that it is reformed...

Wednesday, 4 November 2009


As I'm moving office, I have to clean my whiteboard. These quotes have been there for a long time and are going to get removed:

"There is more wisdom in humour than there is humour in wisdom" - P Shaw

"Mathematical puns are the first sine of madness" - anon

"Hanging is too good for a man who puns. He should be drawn and quoted" - Fred Allen

"Puns are like mathematics, people claim to hate them and then use them without realising it"

"Humour is something that thrives between man's aspirations and his limitations. There is more logic in humour than in anything else. Because, you see, humour is truth." - Victor Borge

Monday, 2 November 2009

Coffee Update

In Strathmore before rehersals for Katerina

In Strathmore again - the barrista remembered that I like taking photos of coffees and made this one for me.

From "Caffeine" in Swanston Street. I had a few during rehearsals for Titus, but did not get a photo. This one was bought for consumption before helping out with a sound recording session for a friend's assignment. Be careful - they like putting sugar in drinks even when you dont want any...

Erin's favourite coffee place is The Tin Pot Cafe on St George's Road in Fitzroy. The coffee was good! And the company better!

Dad's house - I always feel weird drinking tea and coffee from football cups... I wonder if he has a stein...

Hot Chocolate at a cake shop in Chadstone

From the place that I refer to as "The Italian Place at Melbourne Central". This was their new cup. Visited once or twice during Titus Andronicus...

This was their old take-away cup. The floor is the Union Arts Office.

New take away cups at work.

Gran's house - photos are never in focus at Gran's house...

Sunday, 1 November 2009

An Affair to Remember

I’m doing something that I have promised never to do. Again and again I have made this promise to all parties concerned but I have not been able to keep it. Seven at once! It’s not fair for them, and it's not fair on me. And the juggling is impossible. But I keep on doing it. Isn’t that horrible? Irresponsible? They deserve better; more time, more savouring. Some people seem to be able to do it and not cause trouble. But it always causes trouble for me which makes me feel bad. I’m Shocking!!! I am going to promise not to do it again, and hopefully this time I can keep my promise.

I promise to never ever read more than one book at a time. I will read books one by one and give them the time and effort that they deserve.

The only good news is that I have managed to finish Hamlet – it only took me two months. Thirty down, a few more to go...