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This is very cool.
 
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This photograph series by Thierry Cohen shows what our cities would look like at night if they had no lights at all.

To create the images he travelled to regions far away from all artificial light, but on the same latitude as major cities. He photographed the skies, and then combined those images with photographs of the cities in question, altered to remove all lighting.

Please show your support for International Dark Skies Week by lighting responsibly.

See the entire series and more of his work on his website here: http://bit.ly/WI6cgX
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Spent the day "gallery hopping" 

...with a friend visiting from Melbourne. I really LOVE this work by James Angus which features as part of the Sydney Biennale at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Great colours, great textures, lots to enjoy.
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New Venture from The Chaser

"In the last twelve months two of the institutions I've given so much of my life and passion to have disappointed me deeply", was the most memorable line from Kristina Keneally last night. The former NSW Premier was one of three guests for the "live chat show", "The Empty Vessell" put by on by The Chaser at their new theatre venue, The Giant Dwarf on Cleveland Street. 

Although there were a few moments when I thought she went into "former politician mode", she was, for the most part, candidly honest. For example, when asked to comment on the current corruption hearing in NSW, she said she never had time for Eddie Obeid, but that she thought she KNEW Joe Tripodi and Tony Kelly, and seemed disappointed in what's currently occurring.

"For every Eddie Obeid, you have to remember there was a Carmel Tebbutt, a Verity Firth, a John Watkins", she went on to say, arguing there were still lots of good people in the Labor Party.

"You forgive the Catholic Church for some things, but not the child abuse", she went on to say about the other institution she said had disappointed in the last twelve months.

Maybe it was the glass or two of red wine she enjoyed as she sat on the stage that resulted in the candidness? Or maybe she's reached the point where she doesn't feel the need to justify everything the former NSW Labor Government did and didn't do? She was unequivocal about NEVER returning to a political life.

The other two guests were Norrie May-Welby and John Watson. 

Norrie was the person who recently won a case in the High Court to be formally recognised as "non-specific gender". Whenever I've seen Norrie speak in the past there's always been a bit of showbiz about the presentation style, as it's usually been at a rally or something like that. Speaking/shouting in public isn't usually conducive to honest reflection, which is what I saw last night. I always thought Norrie was slightly crazy, but have now developed a new found respect.

John Watson was the founder of boutique record label Eleven Music, whose artists include Gotya, Cold Chisel, Missy Higgins, silverchair, Daniel Johns, Birds of Tokyo. Of the three guests, he was the least interesting for me. Although I was really interested in the subject matter, I felt he was a little "rehearsed". There seemed to be a lot of answers or anecdotes he had given previously which disappointed me a little. 
 
Half was through the night there was also a really fantastic comic performance by an actor, writer and director I'd never heard of before called Nick Coyle @nickcoyles. Magic stuff. 

Over the course of about two hours, it was really good to sit in a large theatre along with a couple of hundred people to enjoy some really good conversations, with intelligence and humour combining throughout. I'll definitely be heading back some time in the future.
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+ABC Australia and +triple j are re-launching digmusic with a new name and a different sound.

Dig Music becomes Double J on Wednesday, April 30

Over the last six months, we've been working to build a new station. We told you that this station is for you, and you certainly weren't shy about telling us what you wanted to hear - the music, the people – when you wanted to hear it and why. 

Double J will play you new music – and celebrate the iconic music you grew with, bringing you classic interviews and live recordings from the massive triple j archives.

Kicking off the very first show will be Myf Warhurst (ex-triple j legend, captain from Spicks and Specks and diehard music fan), who'll present a daily music show.  Myf's program will be music driven, focussing on new releases plus dipping into the vast triple j library of live music and interviews. 

We've been gathering all your feedback – from the polls, surveys, emails, social media and the Dig It button.  You told us you wanted a clear alternative to commercial classic hits and easy listening.  We know you’re not interested in hearing announcers 24/7 and you want to stay in touch with new music as well as listening to older tunes.  So we're focussed on curating a large and varied playlist, playing the best new music from Australia and overseas, plus the songs and artists that shaped your life. 

We're determined to create an incredible music resource for music lovers.  Join us as Double J kicks off at midday on Wednesday April 30, with Myf revealing our exciting new programs,  presenters and plans.

Listen on your mobile, online, on digital radio & tv.
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Damn - old enough to remember :)
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Nice commercial for Stockholm

#Sweden  
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Ah ok, I just figured that was a pretty cold part of the world +skooter Martin. Sounds pretty awesome though. 
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Sydney loves a trend

For the last couple of years, trends have included: queues for bread, beards and small bars. The latest is ice cream/gelato. Yes it’s true, people are lining up for ice cream. I think it all started with Messina in Darlinghurst. There’s also an ice cream shop in Surry Hills where people regularly queue. The queues haven’t extended to the new shop, Stix, further along Crown Street yet. It’s gelato on a stick! I thought I’d share what they’re offering. It’s always nice to be ahead of the trend :)
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Yeah, Messina expanded to Collingwood (in Melbourne) - the queue was twenty metres in the rain down the street.

The ice-cream lovers also moved the brown paper bag crowd out of the corner opposite. Gentrification at its finest!
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I had a goosebumps moment a few minutes ago when saw this on breakfast television.

The classic song "I Touch Myself" by Divinyls has been redone as a call to arms for women to regularly check their breasts.

Chrissy Amphlett died a year ago from breast cancer.

http://itouchmyself.org
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Just A Facade

Even though I've lived and worked near this building on Sydney's George Street for almost twenty years, I've never noticed the top two stories are merely a facade. It's the "Raben Footwear" building next to the Crystal Palace Hotel, not far from Central Station. A mate who lives in Darwin, but who visits Sydney regularly, pointed it out to me yesterday. Sometimes I guess it takes someone from another town to point out the stuff you should notice yourself. :) #sydney  
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I had a look from the other side, from the front, and it looks like some of back goes up a further story than on the back which makes it even more intriguing. 
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Abandoned Railway Tunnel

For almost twenty years I've walked to and from work at the ABC and have passed the abandoned railway tunnel that once was the Ultimo Goods Line.

From time to time I'd peak inside. But until today, I'd never been truly inside tunnel. There's an art installation currently onsite which I thought would be interesting, though was not all that exciting, to be honest.

It was interesting to walk through the abandoned tunnel, though.


http://newsroom.uts.edu.au/news/2014/04/artist-creates-illuminating-experience-old-tunnel
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I was wondering about that!
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Experiencing a bit of wunderlust at the moment, and so going through some older travel photographs. This was taken almost exactly twelve months ago on the outskirts of Reykjavik. Lava fields! #iceland  
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My passions include: radio, travel, genealogy, music, art, theatre, food, wine, technology and music. I love many things Swedish, and I am learning Swedish. 
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After a drink we in the cocktail lounge (which was pleasantly olde worlde), we asked if we could book into the bistro for a meal. We were told it was really busy, but they could squeeze us in at 8.45. Our lovely cocktail barman organised it, and even guided us to the room. When we arrived there were only a handful of people still there. Our waiter was rude. He began by saying, "You guys are determined to keep us working late tonight" and his rude, brusque comments continued, as he reminded us they were closing at 9.30. When I tried to order a glass of wine, he said he could only deal with the food, and would come back later. Fifteeen minutes later and there was no sign of him, though he continued to fold nakpins. When another waiter approached with glasses of water, we complained about the earlier guys behaviour, asked that she look after us instead. And from then, it was all very pleasant. Later the supervisor apologised again, as we enjoyed a few drinks in the nearby bar. Upstairs, there was an RSVP with a crowd that was 40s, 50s in age group. I suspect the last time the place was renovated was when they were in their 20s, 30s. The bottom line: this could have been a really bad experience based on the rude behaviour of one staff members. The lesson is, you've really got to challenge rude behaviour, and if you do, things can dramatically turn around.
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I have only vague memories of eating tripe as a child. Typically, it’s the food people of my age and background describe as the food “my parents made me eat”. I don’t have any such negative memories. I was always a bit of a “garbage guts” who would eat everything that was on offer. Liver? Yes. Kidney? Yes. Peas? Yes. Brains? Yes. Tripe? Sure, why not. The house in which I grew up was a house where everyone was considerably older than me. I was the only child in a house of “old people”. On one occasion, I recall calculating the average age of the household was 52, and concluding it was only that low because I was 12 at the time. As a result of growing up with people who had grown up, largely, on farms, and who lived through one or two world wars, as well as the great depression, I was brought up with an open mind about food. About the only thing I never really liked was olives, and that all changed a couple of years ago anyway. I still couldn’t come at eating brains from a live monkey (as that’s just cruel, IMHO), but I’m open-minded about most food. Hey, in the midst of the current “horse meat in take away drama” being played out in the media, I’ve found myself asking “what’s wrong with that?”. In that context, I LOVED eating out the Red Chilli Sichuan Restaurant on Sydney’s Glebe Point Road. In a three-tabled party of people who were largely Chinese born or Australian born Chinese, it was great to be taken into new areas of food I wouldn’t have otherwise known about. I loved, for example, the cold meat terrine (something I’ve never really associated with Chinese food before). There was a terrific celery soup which on the surface sounds a little bland, but which was very tasty. And in particular, I loved the tripe and beef dish. “Chinese tripe is a totally different experience”, my friend and colleague Andrea told me. She grew up in a mixed-race household with a Chinese father and a Dutch mother. She told me today how much she loved tripe prepared in the Chinese style compared with that prepared in the traditional European style, where it’s often served in milk. Having tasted the dish, I’m inclined to agree.
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“We can fit you in, but you’ll need to wait about an hour. Can I take your mobile number?” I over-heard the waiter say to the woman standing in front of me. It’s the expression you hear an awful lot in Sydney, these days, as so many restaurants have abandoned the booking system. Thankfully, since there were just two of us, they were able to accommodate us fairly easily. “My friend will be here shortly”, I re-assured the waiter. “Don’t worry. We can find a space for you next to the brussel sprouts”, she replied. As well as being a fabulous Italian restaurant, Fratelli Fresh is also a fabulous gourmet supermarket. In practice, that meant they’ve placed a few additional tables away from the main restaurant area deep within the aisles of the supermarket. “What have you got over there?”, I asked my friend. While she was seated next to a few supermarket tubs of eggplant and parsnip, I was seated next to a large supermarket tub of brussel sprouts. In contrast to the experience many Australians of a similar age and background I grew up loving brussel sprouts. As schoolfriends, and later adult friends, complained about brussel sprouts, I could never quite understand their apparent disgust. I’ve never been able to understand “fussy eaters”. Even now, when I hear people say things like, “I don’t eat vegetables”, or “I don’t eat avocado” (or similar phrases), I’ve never really understood how you could be like that. I can’t remember where I was, but the other week I overheard a father order on behalf of his young son and tell the waiter… “He’ll have the same but without vegetables”. As I’ve never been a parent, I don’t really understand the difficulties of ordering food for children, but when I heard the father say that I felt slightly angry. If I was slightly more crazy than I am, I would have shouted out an instruction that the son would be having vegetables, and he wouldn’t be leaving the restaurant until he cleaned the plate. Although you sometimes hear stories about children forced by their parents to “clean the plate”, I was never like that. My mum would often joke that, as a child, I was a “garbage guts”. I could be guaranteed to clean off the contents of my plate, as well as any other nearby plate. Growing up I had a niece who hated peas. As her mother went through the ritual of forcing her my niece to clean off the plate and eat the peas, I felt myself wanting to say, “Don’t make her eat the peas. Just give them to me. I’ll finish off the plate…” Which, in a roundabout way, brings me back to the brussel sprouts. Although my friend and I only dine two or three times a year at Fratelli Fresh, there’s one dish they have which we always enjoy and order. It’s called a Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Pancetta and Poached Egg, and although the recipe is available on their website, I thought I’d share it here also.
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My ex and I had lunch at Bills yesterday and struggled to remember the last time we had eaten there, except to say it was well over a decade ago. Despite the long absence, I noticed the decor hadn't changed one little bit. There's still the large wooden communal dining table right in the middle of the room. I vaguely remembered the food being good, though not exceptional. Ten or fifteen years later that's still the case. My ex had a chicken salad, I had a chicken sandwich. We both enjoyed our meals very much. Along with half a carafe of house white between us, it worked out to about $30 each which was also reasonable. The service was good. We enjoyed it very much. Such a shame it's a little out of the way for me to make it a regular lunchtime venue, as it took me a good fifteen minutes eachway by bus from my work.
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I’ve often wondered about the name “Blue Wok”, the name of the Surry Hills restaurant on Crown Street, not far from Cleveland Street. It was maybe two or three years ago now when our local cheap and cheerful “Thai Takeaway”, “Thai Tha Poh” was remodelled and re-named as “Blue Wok”. It was a significant time, as it marked the start of the transformation of “our end” of Crown Street as a restaurant district. The transformation is still underway and not a week passes where I don’t see further evidence of it, with new street furniture, and a new restaurant popping up (or closing) here and there. The first time I noticed the name-change from “Thai Tha Poh” to “Blue Wok” I though instantly of “Blue Vok”. As much as you try to search for information on the internet now about “Blue Vok”, there’s not a lot information about the “Blue Vok” of my childhood. My mum used to have some “Blue Vok” on the alcohol shelf in her special cupboard along with “Creme De Menthe”, so I can only assume it was a type of alcohol in that sickly-sweet oeuvre inhabited by Midori. I’m not sure if mum used to have the occasional daytime tipple, though I certainly recall having the odd taste myself. Despite the name change, there’s been a Thai takeaway in that location in Surry Hills for as long as I’ve lived here, which is now eighteen years. I came to Sydney thinking I’d be here for a couple of years before returning to the country or maybe Brisbane. How time flies. And as long as I’ve been here, it’s been always good value with freshly made, tasty food. I popped in for dinner last night and once again enjoyed it very much. Some money bags, some satay, and some fish cakes. That was more than enough food for me for a Monday night. Yummy food at a good price, and with good customer service.
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A friend and I tried out Sydney’s N2 Extreme Gelato. They make the gelato “in house” and “on demand” using liquid nitrogen (it seems) for the freezing agent. My friend had the salted caramel; I had the passionfruit bellini. Fantastic flavours. Very strong. Great to watch them being hand-made.
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