cats, witches and wolves

Finally got around to revisiting Fairy Park in Anakie. As a kid my family went there many times  although I can only remember two  — one when it was sunny and the other cloudy. Yesterday was sunny but I think I prefer it better when it’s cloudy there. More Germanic feeling.

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We got there a few minutes after 10am, when it opens, and there was _still_ people ahead of us. It turned out to be quite busy a couple of hours after that. People from all over: international tourists, other parts of the state and locals.

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The playground had been totally remodelled but apart from that it hadn’t changed much since the early ’80s. All the displays were the same and in one case had lost function (Jack no longer climbs the beanstalk). I guess the hazard insurance for having little kids crawling all over the joint must be high but apart from that the owners must be raking the cash in for the part of the year that it’s open and hibernating nicely during the part that it’s not.

What was really nice to see was all these northern hemisphere conifers that have grown over the years.

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When in Rome

Went to the tennis yesterday. Even though it’s been two years since leaving korea I can still appreciate the convenience of having world class events like the Aus. Open happening right on our doorstep. We only had ground passes, so no entry to the two really big-name stadiums but that was plenty fine. And mum gave us the tickets because she couldn’t use them. Tennis (compared to something like motor racing) is really worth seeing in person compared to on TV.  It’s pretty cool being that close to the players and seeing the game from different angles.

Having said that, the first thing we saw was in ‘hisense’ arena – a women’s match with players I wasn’t familiar with and we ended up sitting behind and to the right of the main TV cameras so all the fotos from that match look as if I’d photographed the TV at home.

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I wish we’d been better prepared for the sun. It wasn’t an especially hot day but the sunshine is unrelenting even with sunblock on. I sat out at a smaller court watching Sam Groth play doubles but an hour was about all I could take.

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I didn’t know there was a juniors section to the tournament but they were out on the back courts and all hitting it just as hard as the pros. Here’s Japan’s Chihiro Muramatsu carving up against a GBR girl. If she becomes super-famous remember you heard that name first here at Sunny Breaks.

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My only criticism of the tournament organisation is the ridiculous prices of food and drink within the venue. People pay a lot of money to get into these kind of events, so why not show them a little respect by providing some decent, reasonably priced food? If we’d known we’d have made sandwiches. As it was we had some wedges and a crappy ‘pizza’ plus a couple of drinks for 45bucks. It was Je paying. If it was me I’d probably have left early. I watched a family of four come into the place we were at, they sat down, looked at the menus for a few minutes then left.

Korean food in Melbourne

Went to a few Korean restaurants in Melbourne recently. It’s fairly hard to come by authentic dishes. Partly because of the embarrassment of riches we have here in Australia when it comes to ingredients. For example, beef is used sparingly in Korea (if it’s on the menu at all) but here it’s cheap so the temptation for restauratuers is to use more but that completely changes the food.

Presentation is also different.

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This place in Richmond is a good example of a kind of korean food but definitely one for a mild australian taste. Also the stools you sit on here were ridiculously uncomfortable. It really is an indicator that these leeches we call real estate agents rule the land when you’ve got a city as sprawled as Melbourne is, yet here I sat is a busy (and therefore presumably successful) restaurant that was tiny and elbow-to-elbow.

In contrast, we went to another place in Clayton called Kang na roo which I am guessing is play on words. This was just like what I’d get in Korea at an everyday restaurant, right down to the plastic bowls and tupperware-style bottle of water. The only difference was the price, in that it’s a good deal more expensive here but then that’s to be expected. Two thumbs up!

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:GROAN:

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As if I didn’t already have enough reasons to dislike real estate agents.

standby readers

sunnybreaks.org is in transit.

 

*Edit*: Okay that went about as expected. Time-consuming, perplexing but eventually most things end up in the same place. However, like moving house something always gets lost or broken. There’s all these backup/import options but none of them get everything. And now I find that wordpress, for quite some time has not included a link list in it’s default installation. Welcome to the Me generation. I don’t care about anyone else’s website, this is all about the self-aggrandisement.

So anyway – mo old, long link-list was one of those things that the damn exort thing doesn’t think to make a record of so I’m going to have to start anew and remember who and what was on there.

I’m really out of touch with this website building bizzo. It’s almost as if they make it increasingly complicated so the average person has to pay a _professional_ to make it all work.

After nearly 10years of free hosting with webcentral.net.au it felt like it was time to move. For a long time I had a distant but very coridal assocation with the head guy there but it seems he’d left as my emails went unanswered during the last year or more. Everything worked but I couldn’t log in to the controls anymore. Kind of like how the mars rover gradually fell apart.

So I moved it all to bluehost. The first year is priced at a very reasonable rate. Hopefully it’s reliable.