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Sydney Weekend

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Back on 8 February I headed up to Sydney to catch up with Mum for Christmas.  Just a few weeks late haha.

Drove up Friday evening (after having a random day off which was nice) and looked at some of Mum's holiday photo slide shows.

On Saturday morning we headed into The Entertainment Quarter for the latest Ryan McNaught Lego exhibition - Lego Cities.  We took the train to Central and a bus down Anzac Parade (where I think it's amusing they're putting light rail back in after it being gone for so long).

Central Station

Central Station

Except the Entertainment Quarter is huge and there was literally no information whatsover on the tickets about where to go.  Lucky we were early because we walked around for ages, and had to ask two separate people where it was.  Pathetic event management.

I'll leave the Lego to a separate post.

So we were done by 11am but it was a case of "now what?".  It was such a lovely day I didn't want to just go back to Mum's and do nothing.  We were in Sydney for heavens' sake!  Even if we just took a Manly Ferry and back it'd be *something*.  But then I thought, you know I've never taken the ferry to Parramatta before.  So we hopped on a bus to Circular Quay, topped my Opal Card, and hopped on a River Cat.  I decided not to sit outside in the sun (I came for a Lego show, so no hat, sunscreen or sunglasses, and did get ripped off by the pharmacy at Circular Quay just to get some sunscreen), so got seats on the left, fortunately the windows open!

I'll leave the ferry trip to a separate post.

On the way Mum called Pam and asked if she'd like to catch up for lunch (it was about 13:30 by this point).  So she met us at the ferry terminal.  Parramatta had been hit hard by the storm the previous night, and there were a lot of downed trees.  Pam's place (which is brand new, and they are the first tenants in the place) got heaps of water from leaky windows.  Note to self: don't buy an apartment in any new building until the building industry can get their act together - shoddy work is the norm on anything built since the building deregulation thirty years ago or whenever it was).  

Tree blown down in storm

We wandered up to Church Street to look for some lunch (it's after 14:00 by this point).  I stipulated it needed to be a *light* lunch as I was going out for dinner.  So we ended up at Volcanos Steakhouse, where we thought we'd get a few starters and call it a day.  Except their starters were HUGE.  And then Pam said she doesn't eat cheese, after the things Mum and I ordered had cheese.  I wish she'd said that before.  #grunt.  If I'd known all that I wouldn't have got any more than two dishes, tops.  They were pretty good though!

Volcanos Parramatta Mozarella Sticks

Volcanos Parramatta Wedges

Volcanos Parramatta Cheesy Garlic Bread

After eating way too much, we headed for the station (the ferry is nice and all but it takes like an hour and a half). 

St John's Parramatta
St John's Parramatta

Parramatta Town Hall
Parramatta Town Hall

Caught an inter-urban back to Central, and another train back to Mum's.

I had twenty minutes, which gave me just enough time to have a shower, then head out again.

Met up with Daniel and Fi at Redfern station and we walked down to the Duck Inn Restaurant and Pub.  I started with a delicious Grifter watermelon pilsner (Serpent's Kiss) that was perfect for a humid Sydney summer evening, and had one other that it seems I didn't check in, so don't remember which.  Could have been the Mismatch Lager, but not sure.

Duck Inn Beers

Because I had such a big late lunch, I was happy with just starters again.  And Daniel and Fi had spent the day down at Wollongong with Daniel's parents so didn't feel like too much either so that worked out.  And they all had duck in them!

Starting with confit duck loaded fries with fig, burgundy, thyme mayo, liquid gruyere cheese and scallions, which was amazing

Duck Inn loaded fries

And also steamed bao buns with shredded five spice duck, pickled carrots and daikon, coriander, chili and hoisin sauce, also amazing, and peking duck spring rolls served with micro herbs and soy infusion dripping sauce.

Duck Inn bao rolls and spring rolls

Was a lovely evening catching up with those guys.  I owe them a beer though!

Sunday morning I went to church with Mum, hoping to see the Cartans, as they're in their nineties now and times to see them may be limited..  But they weren't there.

So then headed off to Luc and Lizzi's to do a penultimate donut photo with Ryan, and ended up staying for lunch which was lovely.

Then headed for home.  I took a slight detour to go see Cordeaux Dam.  Again you can drive right up to it which is nice.

I'll leave the dam to a separate post.

And finally home.

Brickman

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When Neil and I saw there was a Ryan McNaught Lego exhibition coming to Canberra, we bought tickets as soon as they became available.

This was a hint at the mall:

Brickman, Canberra

On the day we'd booked our tickets, our breaker box caught fire.  This caused me no end of stress.  But it all worked out in the end and we got to go see it.

Pro tip:  book tickets for a school day - no annoying kids!!  And no crowds!!!

Sydney Lego mosaic

Giant begonia

Little old lady who lived in a shoe

Lego movie stage

Lego Movie director

Collosseum

Collosseum showing current day ruins, and its heyday

Small sculptures

Hot air balloon in Lego

1961 Ferrari made of Lego

1961 Ferrari made of Lego

The Brickman's Bounty

Walking the plank

The Brickman's Bounty

The Brickman's Bounty

The Brickman's Bounty

The Brickman's Bounty

A Roulette

Jetstar Deathstar

Jetstar Deathstar

Jetstar Deathstar

Jetstar Deathstar

Jetstar Deathstar

Jetstar Deathstar

Jack and Rose on The Love Boat

The Love Boat in Lego

Shark on The Love Boat

Bridge of The Love Boat

Engine room of The Love Boat

The Love Boat in Lego

The Space Shuttle in Lego

Sean Connery James Bond Lego mosaic

Cartoon character Lego mosaics

Lego X-Wing

All the James Bonds in Lego mosaics

Notice the ring-in above?

Johnny English Lego mosaic

Saturn V rocket in Lego

R2-D2 and C-3PO are going to the moon

Lego Opera House

Lego Opera House

Father and son off to the opera.  With Jabba.

Audience in the Opera House

101 Collins St Melbourne

Elvis the helicopter

Qantas A380 in Lego

I saw a couple of these little green guys around.  Turns out there was a competition to see how many there were.  I counted something like 25 in my photos.  I think.  I forget.

Green spaceman hitching a ride on the A380

Neil and I had a great time, all the more awesome with no kids or crowds.

Junee

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So on Saturday the Albury-Wodonga Lego User Group put on "Bricktastic" in Junee.  Seemed like as good an excuse as any to head down and visit the little brother.  So Saturday morning I headed down.  It was quite foggy for much of the trip which was kinda nice.

Arrived at nearly 9:30am, and then headed to the pool and rec centre.  Instantly I confirmed what I knew would be true - it would be peaceful and uncrowded - nothing like the ridiculousness that is the Canberra Lego shows (that I stopped going to because, kids).  Had a good long wander around, it was pretty cool (it was, in fact, bricktastic!).

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

Bricktastic, Junee

After we were done there we headed back to David's for a little while.

Then headed out again.  We stopped by Peter Neve's, but sadly he wasn't home (haven't seen him since Dad's funeral).  Had a quick look at the trains.

Peter Neve's trains

Peter Neve's trains

Peter Neve's trains

Went to the Junee Hotel for a pub lunch.

Then up to the showground to go to the circus.  This was a Lennon Brothers circus, and it had animals other than horses - I thought exotic animals had been stopped in circuses in Australia years ago.  This one had three lions, monkeys, ponies, donkeys and camels.  It was quite a fun afternoon.  They couldn't have made much profit though - there weren't many people there.  Maybe there would have been more for the evening show.  There were no photos allowed, which is fairly common for performance shows, and I would understand flashes distracting the performers, and phone screens annoying other audience members.  But.  They were selling flashing glow sticks and spinning LED lights which are far more distracting and annoying than someone taking a few photos.  I reckon the real reason they don't want you taking video/photos is in case one of them falls or gets attacked by lions and they don't want it recorded.  But the real kicker was the kid outside (who played a clown) telling us not to take photos of the animals outside (before we even went in).  Little anti-photo nazi.  That sort of attitude to photos really pisses me off, and did colour my mood for the show.  So I'm going to post the couple of photos I got anyway.  So nyer!

Circus tent

Lions at the circus

Circus monkeys

Stopped the IGA on the way back and picked up some stuff for dinner.  

But first we did most of a 550 piece jigsaw.

Then I cooked up some chicken (butter chicken - Chicken Tonight), rice and veggies for dinner.  And we watched half a dozen episodes of The Good Place, which was good to watch again from the beginning knowing how things go later on.

Then this morning I came home, again through fog in various places along the drive.

The Spirit of Expo

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Tonight I watched a special Dad taped off channel 9 back in 1988 called "The Spirit of Expo" about World Expo '88.  I wanted to go to Expo but Dad didn't want to go to Queensland because of "Bezerky" (Joh Bjelke-Petersen).  When he was no longer premier I was like *now* can we go to Expo?  We went in the September school holidays.  The soundtrack of the holiday included "You'd Better be Home Soon" and "Perfect", which I listened to on repeat on account of having to change radio stations every hour or so on my walkman on the drive up.  "Two Strong Hearts" also reminds me of the trip because the music video was filmed at Expo.  I think there about sixty pavilions (ok wikipedia says a hundred) and I saw in all but five of them.  The only one I was annoyed about missing was the China pavilion.  Apparently it had a 360 degree cinema.  Mum and David managed to see all of them, but Mum sneaked in the back door I think it was of the Germany pavilion.  (We mostly stuck together as a family for the first day of the three, but went our own separate ways for the second two days). David collected passport stamps from more places than me because he asked at all the restaurants for their stamps.  I remember seeing a *lot* of laser light shows.  And a lot of queuing.  

Here's photo taken of Dad on that holiday.  So typical of Dad.  Thinking of him (and Mum) tonight, on account of him going and carking it four years ago tonight.

Dad in 1988

Sydney Icons in Lego

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Waaaay back in January, immediately after seeing Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick, I took a train (it was free. and it was hot.) from Central to Circular Quay, had a quick bite to eat, hacked some portals and went to the Museum of Sydney to see Sydney Icons in Lego, by Ryan McNaught.  It was a bit of a strange exhibition in that as well as the Lego displays (which were awesome), there was thousands of Lego bricks to play with. So while each session was an hour, most of the kids took a quick look at the displays then started playing with the Lego.  I just tried to get photos, which sometimes proved difficult with lots of kids heads in the way.  

Museum of Sydney
Museum of Sydney

Opera House in Lego
Opera House in Lego

Opera House in Lego
Opera House in Lego

Front of Opera House
Front of Opera House

Steps of the Opera House
Steps of the Opera House

Interior of the Opera House
Interior of the Opera House

Darth Vader and Chancellor Palpatine attend a show at the Opera House
Darth Vader and Chancellor Palpatine attend a show at the Opera House

Endeavour and Opera House
Endeavour and Opera House

HMS Endeavour in Lego
HMS Endeavour in Lego

Sydney Harbour Bridge in Lego
Sydney Harbour Bridge in Lego

Sydney Harbour Bridge in Lego
Sydney Harbour Bridge in Lego

Harbour Bridge deck
Harbour Bridge deck

Bridge climbers
Bridge climbers

Reckon that's Paul Hogan painting the Harbour Bridge?
Reckon that's Paul Hogan painting the Harbour Bridge?

Accident in the Harbour Tunnel
Accident in the Harbour Tunnel

Pacific Aria in Lego
Pacific Aria in Lego

Pacific Aria in Lego
Pacific Aria in Lego

Pacific Aria cutaway
Pacific Aria cutaway

Pacific Aria cutaway
Pacific Aria cutaway

Pacific Aria cutaway
Pacific Aria cutaway

Pacific Aria cutaway
Pacific Aria cutaway

Pacific Aria cutaway
Pacific Aria cutaway

Jack and Rose and some random on the prow of the Pacific Aria
Jack and Rose and some random on the prow of the Pacific Aria

Galley of the Pacific Aria
Galley of the Pacific Aria

Partying on the Pacific Aria
Partying on the Pacific Aria

Swimming on the Pacific Aria
Swimming on the Pacific Aria

Someone having a shower on the Pacific Aria
Someone having a shower on the Pacific Aria

Sydney Harbour yachts
Sydney Harbour yachts

Sydney Harbour yachts
Sydney Harbour yachts

Luna Park in Lego
Luna Park in Lego

Luna Park in Lego
Luna Park in Lego

Luna Park in Lego
Luna Park in Lego

Luna Park in Lego
Luna Park in Lego

Luna Park in Lego
Luna Park in Lego

Luna Park in Lego
Luna Park in Lego

Channel 7 helicopter
Channel 7 helicopter

Bricks!
Bricks!

Waaaaaay back in January I saw another one of Nathan Sawaya's Lego exhibitions in Sydney.  This one had a DC Comics theme, so lots of comics and super heroes.  It was at the Powerhouse Museum, and very nicely they let you take photos.  And they didn't overcrowd each session, so it was possible to get photos without a thousand kids heads in the way.

Nathan's trademark yellow man, done like the Joker
Art of the Brick

Batman
Art of the Brick

Wonder Woman and Superman
Art of the Brick

Justice League of America
Art of the Brick

Action Comics
Art of the Brick

Green Lantern
Art of the Brick

Superman
Art of the Brick

Trident
Art of the Brick

Detail in the trident - fish, starfish and crabs!
Art of the Brick

Flash Forward
Art of the Brick

Cobblepot
Art of the Brick

Superman (I really liked the mosaic that made the mirror)
Art of the Brick

Mosaics of comic book covers, and the original covers

Art of the Brick Art of the Brick

Art of the Brick Art of the Brick

Cowl Collection
Art of the Brick

Joker
Art of the Brick

This completely black sculpture of Batman looked transparent because of the way the light reflected.  A photo doesn't capture this.
Art of the Brick

Next to Batman is a Batman logo
Art of the Brick

Inside the logo is all different kinds of bats and Batman weapons
Art of the Brick

The Batmobile
Art of the Brick

Art of the Brick

Check out the detail in the wheels!
Art of the Brick

Art of the Brick

So what else has been happening?

On Tuesday night we went and tried the bar under A. Baker.  We had a beer each, which were local beers.  As we were sitting there I noticed a Clonkilla wine on the shelves.  So I asked the bar tender if all the drinks there were Australian (excepting maybe the spirits of course).  But he said that the majority of drinks were in fact Australian - certainly the wines and beers, and where possible from near the Canberra region.  Even a lot of the spirts were Australian, although they did have some imports for the Scotches and Tequila.  We'll have to go back some time and sample some other stuff.

A Baker

After a drink we met up with Stu's old friend Katie in Dickson for dinner.  We got a selection of bits and pieces that included dumplings and pork buns and peking duck.

Dickson Dumpling House

Last night we went with Neil to the "Mapping our World" exhibit at the National Library.  It was good but a bit too crowded - really hard to get up close to read the info boards.  And it probably should have been called "Mapping Australia" because that's what it mostly focussed on.  It finished off with a lot of Captain Cook and Matthew Flinders' maps of Australia.  

National Library

Fra Mauro World Map

Captain Cook Botany Bay

Captain Cook New South Wales

Captain Cook New South Wales

Matthew Flinders Port Phillip Bay

Matthew Flinders Australia

Then we came home and watched The Shipping News.

I had a terrible week for sleeping.  Sunday/Monday/Tuesday I simply couldn't get to sleep and was a zombie most of the week.  On Wednesday I was desperate and took everything in the house that might help me sleep, including magnesium, a "sleep" vitamin pill, a valdoxan and a shot of scotch.  It had the desired effect and I got to sleep very quickly for once.  Although I woke up at 5am. Sigh.  Thursday night after drinks was also much better, although woke up at 4am with hurty so that ruined that.  Last night I finally got a good night's sleep - getting to sleep early and waking up late.  

The Art of the Brick

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While in Sydney I went along to Nathan Sawaya's Lego exhibition "The Art of the Brick" at the Town Hall.  It was pretty crowded with kids but was otherwise awesome, and unlike the money-hungry Warner Bros you were allowed to take photos at this exhibition.  Which made it all kinds of wonderful.

Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Blue Guy Sitting"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Mask"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Mask".  This kind of full face mask is called a Bauta.
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Untitled"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Untitled"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Courtney Yellow"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Parthenon"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"The Artist's View"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Untitled"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Swimmer"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Peaces"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Yellow"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Hands".  The sculptor's worst nightmare: living without the use of his hands.
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Skulls"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Rain"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Apples"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"T-Rex".  This piece took Nathan 80,000 Lego bricks and an entire summer to create.
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Sing"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Untitled"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Globe"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick
"Thinker"
Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick


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