Smoother than a kashmir codpiece!

Dropped into the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney the other day on my way to Spanish class to see one of my favourite artists, Anish Kapoor. Really liked his work since he did the piece for the Unilever series called Marsyas at the Tate Modern in London back in 2002. The enormity of that piece really appealed to me and it also reminded me of an old red gramophone we used to have at home. The records we played on it were all very old operatic belters, to which me and my sister really joined in with gusto! Some of the pieces were really good in this exhibition too as the pictures below will indicate. I don’t profess to understand a lot of art and I think that is the whole point of it. In this the ideas of reflection, light, distortion of images and visual confusion were easy to absorb and ponder, loved it! I think my favourite is the giant cocoon type structure and also the mirror outside. I didn’t really get the main piece though to be honest, a red wax clockwork type contraption carving out a circle….I took the chance to wander around the rest of the gallery so have thrown in a few pics of that too. Anton Kannemeyer, a South African born artist,(I think) had some curious exhibits in the “taboo” section. If you are a fan of the SuperXV series you may recognise the shirts! The show was a welcome relief from all the work and exercise; my body is feeling the strain from the new regime to get fit for sailing! That said the shape is returning! 🙂 Its really great being in Manly and getting the ferry into town. Also spent the day snorkeling on Shelley beach over the weekend. Hope everyone had a good Valentines Day and are feeling the February love! Barbecue on the beach this weekend, weather and attendees permitting x

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2013 has got off to a flying start! Arriving back in Australia last month, thanks to Adrien and Daniella, I had a roof over my head in the lovely Mosman! Running in the morning down to Balmoral beach was a pleasure but looking for apartments in Sydney is very competitive! Having decided on Manly as the best option for someone at my stage in life, I looked at several apartments over a two week period. In Australia, as some other places, the apartments are shown to would be tenants at predetermined dates for 15 minute intervals. However with everyone viewing at the same time, vying for the agents attention, asking questions and measuring up, its a cut throat business! For each place there were at least 4-5 potential suitors, so in the end Gumtree came to the rescue and I found a little bachelor pad through a private landlord. “Nestled in among the back streets of Manly, a stroll away from all the amenities, is this charming semi furnished studio”… broom cupboard with sofa but its home and I’ve got wifi so am settling in nicely. No sooner had I unpacked from 8 weeks on the road however, I packed up again and headed off to Minh and JessieJervis Bay for a party with fellow MGSM graduates and a refreshing scuba along the coast with Minh and Jessie. Its been 4 years since I got my PADI in Zanzibar but it all came back very quickly. Cyclone Oswald didn’t do us any favours and the swell and thus boat trip out was eventful, but once in the water it wasn’t so bad even though the viz was pretty poor. We saw octopus, shark, lots of weird fish and dolphins a-leaping, so in all it was very successful, mind you any dive where you don’t drown is arguably so!

Having returned to Manly it was time to get the fitness regime back on track for the pending Round the World sailing training in April. So I’m now doing yoga three times a week followed by a 8-10k run towards Spit Bridge and a short swim in the ocean. Squash has recommenced on Mondays with Don Diego and the apartment block has a gym in it so I can do weights in between days. Today is Tuesday so naturally I can barely walk! Adrien (being a ex sailing instructor)…. (I think) has offered to give me some extra tutelage, so last week we took the seas in Hunters Bay in a Dart 16 catamaran. With such a small “vessel” you are really with the elements and everything happens very quickly, so naturally I capsized us within half an hour – a baptism of sorts you could say! Not to be disheartened we joined the club to get some extra practice in before D-Day! Living the dream or trying too hard….you decide!

Of course there is always business….. this year being that of the water snake (my birth year is the fire snake) ought to be a good one I think. The rationale being that as Pisces is a water symbol, maybe the water snake might have mercy! This time next year baby…….. oh yeah!Living the dream