Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Two stops early

It's amazing what happens when you grab the chance and get off the tram two stops early.

I keep seeing these pieces of street-art from the tram when I'm near my work. Today I got off the tram two stops early so I could enjoy them up close and photograph them. Finally!

Street art near my work

For reasons that appear apparent to me, the piece above reminds me of Kirty's recollection of a Joni Mitchell song.

Street art near my work

My youngest loves ladybugs at the moment. He'll be wrapped with this photo.

Street art near my work

And, of course, a tiger. This one's pretty good for a stencil art-piece. Nice lines.

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

At the Collingwood V Richmond game at the MCG

With my son Jacob and my old boss. Pies lead by 64. I don't even support either team! Jacob's the Pie's fan. The sacrifices we make for our kids.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

From the mouth of babes

From the mouth of babes, originally uploaded by Mark Lawrence.

From the mouth of babes, originally uploaded by Mark Lawrence.

Did you ever think that one day you would raise fire-breathing monsters?

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Something to brighten up a fog-grey day

I'm in the city for a third day in a row, which is very unusual for me. A heavy fog settles on the city like a dowager's peticoats. Give me spring. Or colour.

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Friday, August 07, 2009

Home-made pizza night

Home-made pizza night, originally uploaded by Mark Lawrence.

We are making pizza tonight with Shelley's home-made dough. This is one of the smiley-face pizzas for the kids. Yum!

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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Three true things

It's rare that I actually get to see the genesis of a meme. Kirsty's blog post of three true things she'd recently read in fiction really inspired me, and triggered a strong response from Genevieve of reeling and writhing and others too, and so this meme has emerged.

The idea is to post three true things you've read recently that are from fiction:

"They were a family of Anglophiles. Pointed in the wrong direction, trapped outside their own history, and unable to retrace their steps because their footprints had been swept away."
– Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things, p. 52.

"Our dreams have been doctored. We belong nowhere. We sail unanchored on troubled seas. We may never be allowed ashore. Our sorrows will never be sad enough. Our joys never happy enough. Our dreams never big enough. Our lives never important enough. To matter."
– Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things, p. 53.

Outside the playground, in the open park, with the hill rising up in front of him and the sky beyond it, he felt like walking forwards for a long time with his eyes closed, leaving everyone behind, in order, for a bit, to have no thoughts. For years, before his children were born, he seemed to have forfeited Sundays altogether. Now the poses, the attitude, the addictions and, worst of all, the sense of unlimited time, had been replaced by a kind of exhausting chaos and a struggle, in his mind, to work out what he should be doing, and who he had to be to satisfy others.
– Hanif Kureishi, from his short story 'Hullabaloo in the Tree'.

As you can tell, I've recently re-read The God of Small Things some 10 years after I first read it. And I have enjoyed more about it now.
I downloaded Kureishi's story off his website some time back and found it as I sorted through my desk this morning, and remembered how struck I was by it. So it pipped the Rushdie excerpt I originally thought to include. I've raved about Kureishi's story before. I actually found it hard to limit this meme to three true things, so I'll probably revisit this theme sometime.

I'm tagging Matthew Smith from Smithology (because I'm curious what truths he may find in the sci-fi he blogs about) and Mike Lynch from Nannygoat Hill.

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Riding the City Circle tram

Riding the City Circle tram, originally uploaded by Mark Lawrence.

This was my pefered way to get around the city for a presentation I gave today. I've been fond of these old trams since I first came to Melbourne.

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