Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A musical interlude

One of The Man's songs from cabaret last night (yes, it's a Tim Minchin). My favs aren't yet up on YouTube but I shall add more when they are!

Modern art in three paragraphs

From Something Changed:

Impressionism — painting outside of a studio with quick, loose brushstrokes to capture an evocative impression of their subject. Van Gogh was an Impressionist but wanted to express how he felt about what he saw so he distorted the subject. This helped to lead to Expressionism practised by artists from Edvard Munch through to Francis Bacon. The Fauves (wild beasts) expressed themselves by painting with bright colours. Jackson Pollock did it by throwing or dripping paint on a canvas. His paintings were abstract — Abstract Expressionism.

C├ęzanne was very important. He began as an Impressionist but then started to look at a subject from two different perspectives to represent how we see. Picasso and his friend Georges Braque were very impressed and started to paint subjects from lots of different views. This is Cubism. Marcel Duchamp was a Cubist but then changed art for ever. He said the idea is more important than the medium and refused to stick with the limited choice of canvas or stone. So he chose everyday objects and called them art because he had altered their context. This led to Conceptual Art where the idea becomes the medium.

The Dadaists were very cross. They blamed the horrors of the First World War on the Establishment’s reliance on rational and reasoned thought. They radically opposed rational thought and became nihilistic — the punk rock of modern art movements. Dada plus Sigmund Freud equals Surrealism. The Surrealists were fascinated by the unconscious mind, as that’s where they thought truth resided. Piet Mondrian thought he could paint everything he knew, felt and saw by using two lines placed at rectangles and three primary colours. This was called Neo-Plasticism and was inspired by Cubism. So was Futurism, which is Cubism with motion added. Vorticism is the same as Futurism, but British. The Minimalists might represent the real truth because they weren’t trying to represent anything. Performance Art is Dada live.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Design strategy

I came across this video on Get Shouty and although sceptical at first about the words it uses (in American accent no less) like 'resonate', 'action' (as a verb), 'surprise and delight', I found it really enjoyable to watch.

The video shows how a design strategy team approaches a challenge to identify the right idea for a business - a new product, service, etc.

Much love for the large plastic box of coloured pens on their desks, plus their dependence on coloured post-it notes. Design strategy looks like a great job... and without knowing a thing about them, this team (Continuum) seem to have their heads screwed on.

RESONANCE from chris hosmer on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Japanese socks

This blog post is like Ronseal. It does exactly what it says on the tin.

In it, you will find a photo of my new Japanese socks. They are from two different pairs, but I have worn one of each in order to show them both off in one picture.

One is a carrot, the other a watermelon.

I would like to thank my friend Nozomi (one of the infamous Chocolate Girls) for the present. She brought them back from her recent trip home to Japan. Puts the incessant Cadburys Dairy Milk (compulsory UK export from all trips home) a little in the shade, don't you think?

Life is a cabaret old chum

I don't think I told you before (because I refrained from simply blogging his CV and vital statistics when I met him) but The Man has a theatre company, Two's A Company, which runs a cabaret night every Tuesday in Sydney.

For the last two weeks on special request the evening has involved a host of guest singers all under one theme - Disney.

I went to both nights (no I am not a WAG, I don't always go, but come on peeps... it was Disney!) and it was so much fun! A pal last night took a couple of videos and popped them up on YouTube and I wanted to share them with you.

First up, The Man sings with his pal Courtney in an arranged-at-the-last-minute duet.

Then Lauchlan does a turn as a blue genie from Aladin.

Very entertaining :). Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Christian FM

A few weeks ago I finally cracked.

I have always enjoyed Merrick, Rosso and Kate Richie (yes, Brits among us - Sally from Home & Away) on the radio on Nova in the mornings. Yes they are rather annoying but also often amusing. As long as you only tune in between 6am and 8am, and on week days. Because before 6am they play the show from the morning before, and on the weekend they just rerun stuff from the week. I know... bit poo.

Anyway a couple of weeks ago Rosso, or Merrick (I can never tell them apart) was shouting just a little bit too loudly just a little bit too early. I think he was pretending to talk like a dog.

I leapt out of bed and turned the radio off and demanded that The Man retune the radio. Which he did.

The next morning I awoke to a very peaceful yet friendly pair of DJs. Triple J, The Man had assumed, but I swiftly realised it wasn't. Seemed we had found Hope FM - Sydney's Christian radio station.

Now my religious beliefs are... lacking... but I appreciated the soothing tone and didn't mind the religious undertones to the songs (hey, if you don't listen properly they all just sound like love songs anyway). So we have stuck with it. Except on Sundays when you get preached at.

But this morning the dulcid tones woke me at 6.30.... and then I was awoken again at 7.30 as the radio switched itself off again. A whole hour of mellow godly chit chat had passed me by and I had to do a quick sprint into the shower in order not to be late. That's not the point of an alarm!

Tonight the radio gets a re-tune again.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Mixed emotions

The whole moving home thing brings with it very mixed emotions.

I have some amazing friends out here and the lifestyle is so much better than in the UK. I will miss it a lot. I don't think I realised in time that it wasn't Australia that was making me homesick but just one piece of my life here that I could have changed to make it all better. Oh well, live and learn.

I am very excited to be returning home - I do love London and the UK.

I keep throwing around comments like "gosh I will miss XX" and "first thing I will do when I get home is XX". So I thought I would work on a couple of little lists:

Things I will miss:

- Fabulous sushi that costs pittance
- The sunshine
- Winter lunches in Hyde Park in my shirt sleeves
- The journalists out here (so nice to work with)
- All my social media crowd pals - the UK tweeps have big shoes to fill!
- My very good friend's wedding, which makes me sad

Things I am looking forward to:

- British Dominos Pizza - its like a completely different food group to the Australian version
- Curry
- Cocktails and wine bars
- Being reunited with my shoes
- Understanding systems and laws
- Seeing my (much bigger than when I left them) nieces
- Dickensian Christmas with log fires, red wine and all that jazz
- Putting more effort into seeing Europe now I have seen how Australians never really get to see Oz and we do the same back home

The Big News

The teasing is over, I can now announce my news....

I am moving back to the UK! Sooner than planned, but I finish up at Kinetics on the 28th August and will be boarding a plane home on the 21st October.

I have been offered a stonking job at a great agency for when I get back, and so will be renting a flat in London rather than booting out my tenants and moving back into my dream cottage (they will have to excuse me turning up and emptying my belongings out of the loft though!)

From the 2nd September to the 16th October I shall be travelling around the wonderful world of Oz taking in the Top End and much more!

- Flying to Perth and spending a couple of nights with my good friends KK and Matt
- Heading on a 10 day trip up from Perth to Broome, taking in the Pinnacles and Monkey Mia
- A couple of nights in Broome staying on Cable Beach
- A 9 day trip through The Kimberley and the Bungle Bungle
- A night in Darwin
- A 3 day tour in Kakadu
- Bit more Darwin
- Fraser Island
- Tasmania: Hobart, Port Douglas, Cradle Mountain, Devonport, Launceston
- Back to Sydney for a leaving bash then HOME!

By the time I fly home I will have been to every state, every state capital (bar Brisbane, except for a brief stop over), a bit of New Zealand and some of the most amazing sights I will ever see.

More excited forward looking and reminiscing backward looking posts to come now my gagging order has ended!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Secret keeping

I am not very good at keeping my own secrets.

Right now I really want to blog about all the exciting things I am up to, but I have to keep my lip digitally buttoned.

I would like to tell you what I just bought at lunchtime, but its a clue about the exciting things I am up to, so I can't.

I would like to share with you what I am talking about endlessly with my man. But that would be tantamount to telling you my news, so its off limits.

I can't even tell you what my man achieved this morning (a big tick on his secret to do list)... needless to say I am not allowed.


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