Occupy Brisbane, or not…. Part 1

October 23, 2011 1 comment

People would be familiar with the Occupy movement which started on Wall St and spread via social networking to a city near you. Including, to my fair city, Brisbane, Australia.

It just so happens, that I walk past this spot on my way to work most mornings, so I took a few pictures to show you what it really looks like, on an average day (without the promise of a news crew and time to assemble a rent-a-crowd.) Those who believe in genuine demonstrations or who have weak tickers, look away now.

View from the Adelaide St footbridge

So much foot traffic coming their way, every morning, from Central Station....

With so much traffic in the general vicinity, anyone with a bit of chutzpah would be able to do something with a good cause….

So, what's the cause, again? And why is there no-one around to give information at peak rush-hour?

To be fair, read the helpful sign. This cause is about the 99% of us who are apparently represented by this group, except that all of us are on our way to work, except them.

Wow. That's lots of people. (Not).

Thanks!

October 23, 2011 1 comment

After 12,000 reads, it’s probably time to say “Thanks!” I appreciate you stopping by and coming back for more. For me, it’s about spreading a bit of joy and pulling people up to say, “Hey, did you notice that …?”

Categories: Writing

Must try: aja coffeehouse, Elizabeth Arcade, Brisbane

October 19, 2011 4 comments

Looking for a new place to eat in Brisbane City?

aja coffeehouse, Charlotte St, Brisbane

Opened 8 weeks ago, aja coffeehouse offers a fresh and well-priced menu of Asian-fusion dishes, Aussie burgers and continental breakfasts or simply a place for coffee and a dessert.

Service is quick and professional and the premises are spotless. You could go there for a work-lunch (as I have done, several times), girls’ catch-up, brekky or casual date and feel welcome.

Stylish, spotless and relaxed. What's not to love?

I’ve taken some of my fussiest friends there, and aja hasn’t missed a beat. The salt ‘n pepper calamari is unbelievably good and the presentation, lovely. Take my advice: Say YES to the fries (crispy, salty, sweet and spicy!). Your low-carb day can wait.

Salt 'n pepper calamari to die for

aja is located at the Charlotte St entrance to Elizabeth Arcade and is open Monday to Thursday 7am-6pm, Friday 7am-9pm and Saturday 9am-9pm (closed Sunday). Catering is available with 48 hours notice ph. (07) 3161 2691.

Opening a business in this economy is gutsy. Aja is a young, family outfit and they’re really very good. Give them some love, Brisbane.

Categories: Brisbane, Review, where to eat

Miss Piggy cupcakes

October 8, 2011 4 comments

Take a look at these Miss Piggy cupcakes (from Cup-a-Cake, Chermside).

They look easy enough to make, if you’re so inclined: 2 cut marshmellows for the ears and snout, dots of chocolate gel for eyes and snout and a sugar flower on top of your pink iced cupcake.

I might take some of these to work to share. After all, we should take work seriously, but not ourselves.

Enjoy!

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Categories: Cake, Craft, Parenthood

Inaugural Brisbane City International Dancesport Championship 2011

September 12, 2011 4 comments

It’s been a number of years since Brisbane has been able to host a championship event for Dancesport. Finally, the drought has broken.

The inaugural Brisbane City International Dancesport Championship was held at the Sofitel on 10 September 2011. It was restricted to registered couples and some teacher-pupil dances. However, as the event grows, individual and social competitors will be competing too, so watch this space.

It was an elegant and well-run affair — a credit to the Organising Committee (Chris Sandison, Sharon Courts, Richard & Natalie Perry), adjudicators, competitors, the Sofitel, suppliers and supporters. For results, adjudicators’ marks will be available on the BCIDC website 48 hours after the conclusion of the event.

Enjoy a small sample of my photos … I’ve taken them to support the event and our fabulous dance school, Perry’s Superior Ballroom (Richard and Natalie Perry). Check out more of my photos at this *******link*******. There are some beauties, from all levels and ages. I’m happy to make photos available to individual competitors, by request. Love makes the world go ’round, so let your dancing friends know about http://www.theothercolumn.com, subscribe (it’s free) and if I’ve snapped you, the photos of you are yours for free. I might even see you at the next event, so don’t forget to smile!

I’d like to give a shout out to our daughter’s instructor, Blair Petterd. He’s awesome beyond awesomeness itself. (I’ve photographed him #98, with his gorgeous partner, Kelly Friswell, in the light pink dress). Also, cheers to Kevin Flowers (t/a William Flowers), dressmaker extraordinaire. You’ll see some of his fine creations, below. Cheers also to Capilano Honey (those honey shots are wicked).

The fierce dancing and sportsmanship was brilliant. Congratulations to all.

Cookie Monster cupcake YumYumYum

September 5, 2011 2 comments

Here’s a little something to brighten up your morning. Who doesn’t love Cookie Monster after all?

It looks easy to make, using Oreo biscuit for the mouth. But what do I care about that. I’ll take it, thanks. The hyperactive blue food colouring will nicely assist the effects of caffeine. It’ll make me work faster. Or something like that.

Happy Monday!

Categories: Australia, Business, Cake, Craft

Beautiful book bag

August 3, 2011 2 comments

I love my latest book-ish thing…

Book bag

It protects my precious books in transit.

A pouch for a writing pad, a slot for pencils and a snug spot for my beloved book...

Order yours from http://www.olvarwood.com.au/gifts.html

And, because caring is sharing, here’s a quote from the book I’m reading (The Story of a Novel). These words of Thomas Wolfe were originally published in 1936, but the feeling still holds true for those afflicted with the need to write. At pp.36-7:

It seemed that I had inside me, swelling and gathering all the time, a huge black cloud, and that this cloud was loaded with electricity, pregnant, crested, with a kind of hurricane violence that could not be held in check much longer; that the moment was approaching fast when it must break.

Categories: Australia, Books, Craft, Review, Writing

Office politics: What to do about the milk?

July 6, 2011 8 comments

This may be a short, but very significant post.

What do YOU do to stop co-workers using up ALL of your milk within a day of purchase?

I’m convinced that someone on my floor is bathing in my milk like Cleopatra, because it disappears Just Like That. I wrote my name in permanent ink pen on it, following office protocol. I also tried writing the name of crankier, slightly scarier individuals on it. Today, I tried something new….

Will this deter the milk thief?

I don’t mind the occasional sharing. However, from my last bottle of milk, I only had 3 cups of coffee (which is enough for one day of average output. No coffee, no workee).

If this doesn’t work, I’m thinking of writing EXPRESSED BREAST MILK on the bottle. Although, that might be going too far. After all, I  don’t need to include the word “expressed”, because it’s self-evident. If it weren’t expressed, well, it’d be a breast in the fridge (and no-one wants that).

Does your workplace have this problem? What are your handy hints?

Bridesmaids: movie review

July 3, 2011 4 comments

Funniest movie of the year?

Bridesmaids was a great movie; unexpectedly so. I was anticipating Hollywood same-same, but what I saw was a more mature (and simultaneously, immature) group of fantastic comedy actors blitz a script and win over a cinema full of women. I counted only seven men in the audience. The humour was face-splittingly good (although, I would issue a warning about course language and crunchy blankets… Don’t take your son with you to see it. Might be awkward.)

So, what do you do when your life is falling apart, romantic relationships seem hopeless and your best friend gets engaged and asks you to be maid of honour? What happens when you’re thrust onto a bridal party of people you don’t know, who seem alarmingly weird (the bride’s future sister-in-law), competitive in a sociopathic way (the bride’s other, newer bestie) and are otherwise wrongly-wired in a more harmless way? Well? Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper made for the funniest bridal party.

I, for one, have been on such a bridal party (although, they weren’t intentionally funny). I’d bonded to the best of my abilities with people I’d never otherwise come across in life, through strip shows and arguments over dresses, heels, hair and makeup. The movie allowed me to laugh about it, in retrospect. Call it therapy. Every girl should go through it. It’s character building.

Annie (Kirsten Wiig), is asked to be Lillian’s (Maya Rudolph) maid of honour. Annie is stuck in a sex-with-no-strings-attached relationship and is privately devastated that her best friend is getting married. However, she does her best to be supportive. Unfortunately, everything she does goes horribly, horribly wrong. Some scenes are dry-wretchingly reminiscent of American Pie. Everything the new, other best friend does, trumps poor Annie’s thrifty and well-intentioned attempts.

Being Hollywood, there is a happy ending. Go see it with your best girls.

Categories: Life, Love, Movies, Review, Sex, Uncategorized

GCC: the terrible truth

May 29, 2011 5 comments

Today, I had good news and bad.

The good news was, that I found my watch which had gone missing months ago.

The bad news was that the watch was on the treadmill (the walking thing which one is supposed to exercise on).

The Global Corporate Challenge made me rediscover my treadmill today, if for no reason other than team-guilt – the other team at work is winning, so it’s time to get walking.

What was surprising (other than finding my watch in the very same place that I’d lost my spare car key only six months earlier), was how much effort it takes to walk off Tim Tams. Especially, the six dark chocolate Rum & Raisin ones I ate yesterday.

Global Corporate Challenge day 11 - a half an hour walk

As the picture shows, half an hour of walking (at an easy pace) only burns off one Tim Tam (90 calories or 400 kilojoules) and a bit. I’d never counted calories before, nor dieted, so this was quite a shock. Furthermore, the walk only clocked up three and a half thousand (ish) steps, when the other teams’ averages are around 11,000 per day. Hmmm.

All things considered, I’m thrilled that I’ve found my watch and a new way to watch what I put into my mouth. (Those who know me well probably wouldn’t call me a convert, just yet).

Happy walking, everyone.

Categories: Australia, Business, Health, Life