Yesterday when I was at the tennis SS went to the National Gallery of Victoria which had a free evening at the current show titled Triennial Extra. There was art, DJs, bars, food, ideas, dance, design. He saw a lot of cool stuff. But none of what he saw was better than
In 2017 Nadal was up a break on Federer in the AO Final. It looked like he would close the gap to one slam apart. A year later it’s a done deal; Nadal will never close that gap and it will take someone very special to get to 20 slams. Our last full day
I was going to call this post Hot Pants and a Unique Sweet but then Caroline Wozniacki made history and it seemed flip. We dropped off laundry first thing. You know how vacation plus humidity plus staying in a hotel goes. I remember when Brad Gilbert was Andy Murray’s coach and on ESPN he
So said the tabloids; the movement to reject Australia Day as a testament to European presence was dominating social media. Happy Invasion Day some were calling it. Celebrating Australia Day. Celebrating Australia Day. Flowers laid at State Parliament to celebrate Australia Day. Or protest Australia Day. It’s open to interpretation. The parade passes by.
The food at the Australian Open is an affront: to taste, the senses, nutrition and satiety. All the fried stuff of an exhibition midway, $14 sandwiches made with white foam and coloured paste, more fried items, stand alone chip kiosks, and more offers of salt than you can shake a stick at. There is
Caught an Uber to the airport. It took a mere 17 minutes at the speed limit. Central business district to the suburban airport. There is a tunnel that virtually skirts the city, the traffic, but is also a vortex in its never ending arc to nowhere. First time ever flying Qantas. Extravagant, I know,
Started with a four lap swim in The Johnson’s 50 meter fifth floor swimming pool. Nearly died! Hot and alternately cloudy and sunny and overall wonderful in Brisbane (which, to be fair, I expected to be more crass, flash and glitz than it was. Architecturally it was actually more interesting than YVR). Re-connected with
You know your flight leaves in the witching hour when the airport looks like this. AC flies Melbourne direct followed by Sydney direct followed by Brisbane direct. Long flights. First time in the newly renovated AC international lounge; during renos you had to go upstairs to a small and pretty drab space. The reinvented downstairs