Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A week's gone already

So, the appointments mentioned in the previous post happened and the outcomes were the same.  All going well. Keep doing what you're doing!

And the mammogram, well.......  the operator was friendly :-)

Saturday was very busy. I conducted two weddings which both went very well. All parties were pleased. The weather was fabulous which certainly contributed to the success of the events as they were both outdoors - no need to resort to Plan B.

And Sunday was spent very quietly at home resting after a busy Saturday.

On Monday (yesterday), Carole and Ros and I travelled to Sydney for an overnight stay at the Sydney Harbour YHA which is right at the foot of the southern pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. In the afternoon we went to the Indepent Theatre in North Sydney to see the Bald Archys exhibition. Artists submit a comical piece on canvas of a high profile person in our community. There were many of our Prime Minister, Opposition Leader, Rupert Murdoch, Ita Buttrose and lots of other Australian characters. We laughed out loud at some and really couldn't figure out the point of others.

In the evening we attended a panel discussion at City Recital Hall, Angel Place on the topic

Poverty amid Plenty: Exploring ideas for a more equitable and sustainable world - as part of the

City Talks 2012 program.

The MC for the event, Adam Spencer, played an excellent role, very professional and well prepared and presented the panel members with challenging and stimulating questions in their area of expertise. The speakers presented a range of ideas and opinions and outlined some of the current programs being conducted globally - in the case of General Electric - and by the city of Sydney in an attempt to address the issue at a local level. 

One panel member, Rachel Botsman, social innovator and author of the influential book "Mine is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing the Way We Live" proposed one of the simplest and most easily embraced concepts - rather than trying to keep up with the Joneses, we get to know the Joneses and explore the possibility of sharing resources with the Joneses and others.

It created a great topic of conversation for us over our delicious pizzas at the Australian Heritage Hotel afterwards.

Our stay at the YHA was excellent and I recommend it for anyone wanting to stay right in the city of Sydney.

This morning we saw the Salon des Refusees - some of the portraits that were not chosen to be hung in the Archiblad Portrait Prize. Then inspected the new section of the Museum of Contempory Art, lunching there on the rooftop before catching an afternoon train home.

It's now 7.04pm on Tuesday 1 May - and I am packing my bag to fly to the Gold Coast tomorrow to spend some time with Tim and Debs and baby Isabel. The Hopemobile is still there, so I'll drive it home when I return.




Carmen Coutts-Smith said...

You busy beaver! Keep it up. Did I tell you that Joan and I are in Paris at the same time...end of next week! Stranger things have happened than meeting in the middle of a Parisian street. (Maybe a worse thing is Tony Abbott as PM!) Sorry if you are a liberal voter.

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