Well it has been a long time between drinks on this blog and this one isn’t really about work but is a way of getting me to shake the cobwebs loose and get back into things. We are just finishing the long Summer break here in Oz and I go back to work in a few days. We stayed in Sydney for these holidays and did lots of Sydney Festival things so I thought I would at least list them for my own benefit (so I can remember them for the Christmas letter at the end of the year!) and just make something of a record. I don’t usually use this blog for this stuff and generally only blog like this when we are travelling but … exceptions make rules!!
We started the year off with a stay at Rydges in North Sydney – which will seem a hoot to you … why pay to stay in your own city?? We have found that living somewhere else breaks your usual mentality and as it was only ten minutes by bus to the House it gave us a different focus and besides the view was better than at home!!!
Our first foray was “A Life in Three Acts” at the Wharf followed by “The King’s Speech” movie, the next night, at the Dendy. Both were very good. For Festival Opening Night we simply set up in the Domain and enjoyed the shows. We actually enjoyed the tribute to Ruby Hunter more than Emmy-Lou but it was still good fun! Back to the “House” the next night to see “Love, Loss and What I Wore” – a sort of “chic play” with magic from Magda & Amanda and pretty good from the others!
Back home after some lovely wanderings and meals in Kirribilli and Milson’s Point and immediately back in for the Kronos Quartet and its eclectic mix – preceeded by a lovely Festival “special” mealdeal at the swish Swissotel.
In again on the train for Saturday night in the Domain for “Los Lobos” this time. This was a terrific night with the whole crowd dancing!
Wed next was the “Giacomo Variations” with Malkovich. This much-anticipated show was the “lemon” of the festival unfortunately and Mick was first to tweet that the emperor had no clothes – we felt sorry for the cast! The next night was “Inception” at the St. George Open Air Cinema – this was another magic night (despite the rain!). We would really recommend a night here for a “summer treat” – well organized and great fun, food and views! Friday night meant Parramatta Park for a great night with the ACO and SDC. With the full moon thrown in to complement a lovely evening this made for a top show! Saturday back into the Domain for the Sydney Symphony with John Bell the essential ingredient to the Shakespearean theme – an oldie but still a very goodie with fireworks and cannons de rigeur!!!
That almost has us up to date and I don’t think I have forgotten anything?! Opera tonight – Madame Butterfly – and again next week – Carmen – with the Domain again this Saturday for Opera in the Park (with a foretaste of Carmen). There will be an interlude of theatre with “Bigger Than Jesus” at the Wharf this Thursday – we are looking forward to that as it has great reviews and we listened to Margaret Throsby interviewing Rick Miller recently.
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And if we don’t weaken there is the Flood Relief Concert on Sat the 5th!
Gotta luv Summer in the City!!!!!!!