Friday, 28 August 2015

The Girl in the Spider's Web

Did you get yours?
Have you finished yet?
No, I am definitely not finished this installment in the Millennium saga.

I have enjoyed the three books by Stieg Larsson and hope to enjoy this as well.
It is looking like a good weekend.
And yes, the book came with a matching dilly bag.

Update: Finished reading The Girl in the Spider's Web. The plot is absorbing. Most of the book is just what I had hoped. But ... it takes about 100 pages to get down to business. There seems to be a lot of explanation of characters that is quite slow and irritating. Long, clumsy sentences. I've had a lot on my mind so did not stay up all night reading. Lisbeth Salander's character has been developed in a new direction, leading to interesting future possibilities. Would I recommend it? Yes. Now that the new writer has found his path I am keen for a few more episodes.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Chamber Orchestra

Waiting for the moment.
No fancy sets.
No sitting down on the job.
Stand up and play!
It is the Darwin Festival this month. Lots to see, do, hear, eat, etc.

Last night we went to hear ACO2 which consists of the young rising stars of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Fantastic!!! They played violins, violas, cellos, and a double bass.

Some members of the group did a free lunchtime concert in Raintree Park in the CBD yesterday. And the crowd was spellbound. Homeless to high income - we love a bit of music here and appreciate different styles and genres.

The Darwin Entertainment Centre was packed for this one night only show. Hi vis shirts were swapped for the good stuff. Bring out the pearls, girls. Luckily I had bought our tickets a few weeks earlier and we had excellent seats close to the stage.

The show was called Best of British and consisted of pieces composed in Britain by a variety of well-known composers. Here is a link to the program and a bit of information.

The director and lead violin was Alexander Sitkovetsky. He played with enthusiasm and leadership. Obviously this man lives and breathes, laughs and cries, string music. What a performer; but he never squashes the people playing alongside him. Everyone travels together, joyously.

The best, the absolute knock-your-socks-off best, piece was the Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge. You do not have to be a violinist to appreciate this composition by Benjamin Britten. It's long, technically difficult, and a piece to be seen not just heard.

If you get the chance to attend one of their concerts then do it.

I have copied this photo from the website I mentioned above.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Special occasion

I had a really special occasion last week. I was so excited; I felt like a celebrity.
Best bib and tucker
Piles of makeup
I was invited to a reception at Government House. The occasion was part of the 30th Anniversary celebrations for the Darwin Chorale. Honestly I was floating on air for days.

The House of Seven Gables
No armed guards
The invitation looked very grand with the gold crest and formal expressions.

We were asked to dress in Territory Rig. This means a long sleeved shirt, long trousers, and a tie for the men. Ladies are expected to wear a short dress suitable for a special occasion. Of course I wore my very best and fretted for days about the correct handbag.

Surrounded by louvred verandahs
Not a leaf out of place
I have been to Parliament House on many occasions but Government House is the home of the Administrator. We have an Administrator instead of a Governor because we are not yet a state. The Administrator is the representative of the Governor General and the Queen. It is a nominated position.

Some of us on the terrace on that gorgeous tropical evening
The house is called the House of Seven Gables and was built in 1839. When royal families visit the Territory they stay there, and yes there are heaps of visits. It's rather nice around here and royal families tend to make big investments. The Administrator and his family have a flat at the back of the building.
The gardens are always immaculate.

We had the reception on the terrace on the eastern side of the building. Stewards served both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. There were tiny things to eat. I was really impressed by the lovely speeches, but I guess you do not rise to such an exalted position if you can not do these things extremely well.
We had to be very careful when we snapped photos. Copyright is a major issue there.

Monday, 10 August 2015

A little light humour

Do you have that funny feeling?
This morning one of my friends sent me these jokes on Facebook. Someone owns the copyright and I would be happy to acknowledge them.
In the meantime enjoy a little light humour. The story is about lies our parents told us years ago.
Obviously some people had a much more recent childhood than I experienced - no battery operated toys for me.
Safety in the street however was very important.
I was told that I would get a black mark under my tongue if I told a lie. I think it is a vein. My mother must have a whopper of a vein!

Monday, 3 August 2015


Our beloved cat Lexi has passed away.
She was very ill.
We gave her the very best care that we could, but
This photo was taken quite a long time back, when she was healthy.
Lexi was actually our son's cat but she had lived with us for eleven years.
Our's is officially a pet-free building so Lexi was supposedly only visiting.
Lexi brought us much love and companionship. We were indeed lucky to have had her in our family.