Thursday, 24 July 2014

Trying to slip it on

No, this is not a safe sex message.

At the risk of boring you with 'old men's' issues can I complain how difficult it is to find men's slippers? I've just spent a couple of hours trawling department stores and the range of men's slippers they have on sale is, quite frankly, pitiful.

Half a dozen supposedly different styles but mostly variations of the one theme and even when I found a pair that vaguely attracted my interest they had no pairs available remotely near my size. And just in case you are wondering I do not have a pair of King Kong size feet.

I might have been attracted to these slippers, if the wearer came with them...

Chace Crawford wearing Etro dress slipper

...but no, they don't look at all the snugly warm pair I am looking to wear these cold winter evenings.

I'm not keen on them but perhaps I will have to resort to purchasing the dreaded...

Ben Affleck wearing Ugg boots

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Sourdough Five Ways

Sourdough bread seen through the windows of a bakery/cafe at the Five Ways.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Five Ways

On two of the five corners of the Five Ways intersection in suburban Paddington.

'Eat Thai' Restaurant

Royal Hotel

Monday, 21 July 2014


A touch of France and a traditional Eastern Suburbs terrace house in Paddington.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Jersey Boys

'Jersey Boys' is the film adaptation of the internationally successful stage musical of the same name about the musical group the Four Seasons and its lead singer Frankie Valli.

In recent decades film versions of stage musicals have mostly failed to match the impact and success of the stage originals; 'Chicago' being a singular and outstanding exception. Although it has its moments 'Jersey Boys' does not buck that trend.

The stage show was an exhilaration; almost a concert with bite sized digestible bits of plot inserted between and within a seemingly endless and continuous stream of toe tapping hit tunes. And it was fast paced.

For the movie, Director Clint Eastwood has chosen to give greater prominence to the drama and to pull back on the music, especially for the first 30-40 minutes. This makes for a laboured start that drags and I became impatient for the hit tunes to arrive. When at long last the first of those tunes, 'Sherry' is sung and is immediately followed by two more hits, the film finally takes flight.

The second hour is clearly more entertaining than the first so at least the film concludes on a high note. Just a pity about that start.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Lobby Hero

'Lobby Hero' is being staged at the tiny TAP Gallery and Theatre. The small performance space allows for an audience of about 60 people.

The play is set in a New York residential lobby where two security guards work and two police officers frequently visit. The guards and the police have a few issues and dilemmas to face and they spend the best part of two and a half hours talking these through to no clear resolution.

I have the sense that this work, which originated off-Broadway, is a draft of a play intended for bigger things which haven't quite been realised.

Jeremy Waters gives the stand out performance. Although frequently funny, the play is overlong and in the end not entirely satisfying.