Thursday, 20 October 2016

Mr Blogger and Mr Apple - Please get together

I'm having great difficulty downloading photos or images into blog posts. I suspect it has something to do with macOS Sierra, the latest operating system for Mac Books, which I downloaded on my return from overseas this week.

I am mightily pissed off having wasted considerable time today trying to get back into blogging for no benefit.

If anyone from or from Apple notices this complaint would you please provide help or better still fix the frigging problem.

Any readers who can help are welcome to provide comment or advice to this post.

In the meantime consider me off the air from Blogger until further notice. Friends can find me on Facebook.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Where was I?

Ok, to start off with I was in Malta. We rented three apartments between the six of us (two per apartment) in Gzira/Sliema a fifteen minutes or so bus trip from the old city of Valetta.

The view from our apartment
Malta is a bit like Sydney. Proud of its harbour and clinging to its many seaside bays. There was immense daily water traffic just down the road from this position. Commuter and tourist ferries in particular.

Our first sunrise in Malta
In forthcoming days I'll post photos from this trip which included Sicily and Rome after Malta.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Where am I?

I haven't abandoned my blog.

I am holidaying in Malta, Sicily and Rome. I will resume blogging from about 18 October after my return to Australia.

Here's a photo to be going on with.

The view from our apartment in Gzira, Malta

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Bridget Jones's Baby

It says more about me than the movie that the most annoying thing for me about 'Bridget Jones's Baby' is the superfluous 'S' that follows the apostrophe in the title. Renee Zellweger's mannered English accent in the early scenes comes a close second.

Our love's lost heroine falls pregnant but does not know which of the two possibles is the child's father. From such a slim premise the result is a predictably silly and familiar, yet quite entertaining, film.

If this is the last film in this series it will have the rare privilege of completing a movie franchise on a high note.


Friday, 16 September 2016

Spin Out

I think a film about Bachelor and Spinsters Balls, an Australian rural curiosity, would be interesting especially in documentary form where the participants and activities would be a source of interest for many.

'Spin Out' is a fictional account of such a ball in which perhaps inevitably the participants and their activities have been turned into caricatures. Because the film focuses on the extreme there are humorous and gross moments but not a lot of balance.

Some funny moments but a missed opportunity.


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Barefoot in the Park

Ensemble Theatre

Neil Simon's play 'Barefoot in the Park' is fifty-seven years old. It depicts a young married couple setting up their first home in a tiny, walk up, New York apartment only days into their marriage. The wife's mother and an eccentric free loading Lothario of a neighbour complete the major characters.

It is very much a comedy of its time and I doubt it could sensibly be staged in a 21st Century setting without a complete reconstruction. This production keeps to its time. That's a brave thing as dated comedy can die an embarrassing death. The company and the performers are rewarded for their bravery in this Ensemble Theatre production by delivering an entertaining rendition of the work.

It won't have hurt that most of the audience at the performance we attended were of an age to remember our own experience of the times.