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April 27, 2006 - Disneyland

Our hotel is located a 5-10 minute walk from the main Disneyland gates so this morning we walked down to the park. We entered through the main gates of the ‘Happiest place on earth’ and I stepped in gum. Damn it! But other than that annoying start it was a good day. We went on ... Read moreCairns Read more »


Jo & Brett
I had a quick trip to Cairns this weekend. Left about 10.00am yesterday morning. Pretty uneventful trip until just outside of Cairns. My car decided it would get a case of pretty serious shudders. Pulled over and checked for a flat tire. Everything seemed ok. Got hold of a local mechanic (3.30pm on Saturday, how lucky is that!) who put my car up on his hoist and we found that one of the tires had gone out of shape. Had a big bubble that was causing it not to drive smoothly. Put the spare tire on and problem solved. I’ll have to get another spare tomorrow when the stores open.

Brett and Jo picked me up and we went to a restaurant on the esplanade for dinner. Very nice. We went for a walk along the street and through the Pier shopping centre. Then we walked into the mall to listen very briefly to a string orchestra playing. There are plenty of art studios in Cairns and we went into one showcasing underwater photographer Matt Haling. Had a chat with Matt. Seems like a really nice guy and his work is just great. His website is I was so taken by one framed piece, Anemone, that I bought it on the spot (after some peer presure from Jo 🙂 ). This will be the first photograph to hang in my house that I haven’t taken. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be reproducing this picture since I don’t do underwater photography.

Anemone by Matt Haling

Then we went to Casa De Meze (spelling may be wrong). After they have finished serving meals at this restaurant they clear the floor and have a live band for latin music. The music was good and some of the dancers were really good. Good fun just to watch. Maybe night time I’ll get on the dance floor.

This morning had a yummy breakfast at Brett and Jo’s place. Left for the long drive home about 10.00am.

That’s Incredible

Since I’m not at work this week Damien and I decided to try somewhere else for lunch. We tried to go the Balcony cafe but they were closed for renovations. So we went to the esplande and had lunch at the Blue Bottle Cafe. Damo had the pasta and I had the fish. Both were very nice.

This afternoon we went to the movies and saw the movie The Incredibles. Its a Disney animation and I’m never quite sure just how PG these movies are going to be. However this movie was very enjoyable. Good animation, very good character interaction. Loved the whole disfunctional family of super heros trying to fit into ‘normal life’ story line.


I bought a book case today. Its a cheap item that you have to put together yourself. I love these things. They look fairly tidy, they’re cheap as chips and they’re actually very study. As they should be since they’re held together with dowel and 50mm screws. Now I’ll just have search through my shelves and under my bed and find those books I have laying around and put them in their new home.


Let there be more light

Another light change. This time changed the light bulb in the study to a fluro which gives much better light for reading. Uncle Mervyn came over and gave me a hand. Its not hard if you have four hands.

I’ve been meaning to go to the local second hand PC store and see what parts I can get cheap to upgrade my computer. I went there a few weeks ago on a Saturday and they were closed. I go today, and they are closed. I think they might have gone out of business. Bugger! Back to the yellow pages to see what else is available.


It was very humid today, and hot. Just to give you an idea it was 32 degrees celcius and 80% humidity. That kind of weather makes you sweat just standing still, in the shade. But lets not complain (too late?).

I’ve decided to do some work on my garden during my current holidays, so I started removing the excess of weeds early this morning. I got maybe a third done. Yes its a bit of a job. I’ll tackle it over the next few days slowly, bit at a time.

My shower was starting to drip so I thought I should change the washers on the taps. However I think it was playing games with me. I replaced the washers and when I turn off the tap it continues to run slowly and then drip and then stop. Obviously there is some sort of time / space displacement happening such that when I turn off the tape some times passes before the water is actually stopped. I shall have make some sort of offering to the Gods of the shower to try and rectify this. Perhaps a new bar of soap.

Damien came over this afternoon and helped me to change over my light in the lounge room. The existing light was an exposed bulb and was just a bit too harsh on the eyes at night. The new light had a nice diffuser attached to reduce the glare. This jobs been on the to-do list for some time so I’m glad to finally get it done.