Friday, November 19, 2004

A man's home is his Castle

Last night I went to see the Heidelberg Theatre Company (HTC) production of The Castle. The Castle was a great film and I was sceptical as to whether it would work as a play. The good news is that it was a fantastic adaption of the film.

All parts were well played, but it was the part of Dale Kerrigan that was best. The actor who's name I can't recall was excellent. He narates and acts in the play at the same time so he had a lot of lines to remember. Also of mention is the actor who played Steve-ideas man-Kerrigan, he has an interesting comic style that just cracks up the audience. This was also seen to good effect in the HTC production of Rough Crossing earlier in the year where he played the drunk waiter.

The set was good, even managing to squeeze in a jail (or is that gaol?) cell on the right for brother Wayne who spent most of the play sitting on his bed reading a book, while on the left was the veranda of the holiday house at Bonnie Doon. The centre of the stage though was the Kerrigan's Kitchen, with "ergonometric" chairs. This revolved around to reveal a judges bench for the court scenes.

One particularly funny moment was when the actors walked off the stage except for Wayne Kerrigan in his cell. For a few seconds we were sitting there in darkeness and silence before Wayne too walked off the stage. It was only when they turned up the lights that I realised it was interval and cracked up laughing. It's funny how interval sneaks up on you like that, sometimes you can feel it coming from miles away. Not this time though.

And yeah, that's it really, a good adaption of the film. I almost forgot to mention the good use of musical interudes between scenes, they portrayed the emotion of the previous scene perfectly. Although the only song I can recall now was "Better get a Lawyer" by The Cruel Sea.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

The best of Ben's Adventures.

It's been a while since I've posted so I've decided it's time for a Best of Ben's Adventures. "But you've only posted afew times?" you ask. I thought tha sincetabout half of all the popular musical acts have or are about to release a "best of" or "Greatest Hits" album I thought I'd do the same.

Nah, not really.

The list of greatest hits I've made so far is:

The Living End
Shania Twain
Brittney Spears
Nikki Webster (yes that Nikki Webster)

I had more but it's too late to remember.

The last one on the list is unfathomable. What the hell is she thinking? What hits? Bloody oath!

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

No more exams


I had my one and only exam for this semester yesterday. It wasn't too bad, but I could have studied more for it. I think I did ok...

Now to finish off all those assignments. Bloody Assignments.

Friday, October 22, 2004

New toy

I've been eyeing these off for a while now, and today I bought one. Yes that's right, I'm now the proud owner of a Lego Star Wars Imperial Shuttle. It is so cool, all white like a fridge except for a few grey bits in the vertical stabiliser and the wings fold up and down. It even has blue bits at the back that represent the thrusters.

Wings down...

and wings up...

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Blogger sucks the big one...

I just typed up a massive post about my experience with the heroin addict yesterday. It took me about 45 minutes to write. When I clicked publish I got some message about blogger being offline between 6:00 and 6:30 PST. Thank's a fucking lot!

If anyone reading this would have liked to have known about what happened with the heroin addict, write a complaint to blogger.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

I went gunzeling instead.

I didn't feel like going back to uni so I went and bought some film for some photography (I had my new camera with me). Yes I know it's not a digital, but I couldn't afford a digital SLR so I got a film one. After putting two and a half films through I'm addicted to SLR cameras.

I ended up catching a 96 to St Kilda. On the way we passed B1.2002 shunting outside the convention centre in Spencer Street with the desto showing St Kilda 112. So with that in mind I alighted from the 96 in Fitzroy Street St.Kilda and hung around the Park Street terminus of the 112 waiting for 2002. It turned up after waiting while 2 trams shunted in turn. A few shots were had of it approaching and sitting in the terminus.

I boarded and travelled through the quiet leafy backstreets of St. Kilda, Middle Park, Albert Park. Even Clarendon Street in South Melbourne seemed very laid back today, it must be the nice sunny weather we are having. I guess the intoxicating sea breeze that was blowing helped as well. As much as I would have liked to stay on board I alighted from the tram at the Casino and crossed over to the other side in order to get a 96 back to Albert Park. This is where I snapped a shot of a Citadis approaching the stop on it's way from Port Melbourne to Box Hill.

All the way back to Albert Park, and then a short walk along the grass between the street and the light rail line, I was going to get a shot of the trams in the cutting between South Melbourne and Albert Park stations but decided against it. So back it was towards the bridge on the corner of Canterbury Road and Albert Road. The hope was to get a shot of a 5 section Combino crossing the bridge in the afternoon light. I missed my chance, one went past before I managed to position myself in the median strip of Kerferd Road. After that it was a precession of B2's. I snapped one of those insted. As I knelt down on the grass while waiting I also discovered that the Kerferd Road median strip has a bindii. Must complain to Port Phillip council ;-).

I thouhgt I'd try another angle of the bridge, so I repositioned myself and just as I was making sure the settings on my camera were OK a D2 raced by. Missed it again! Bugger it I'm going home, but not before I got another shot of a B2 from this new angle.

Got the next B2 that turned up at Albert Park back to Spencer Street Station. I alighted at Bourke street and made my way accross the bridge towards the suburban platforms. I managed to make the 5:29 Greensborough which was an X'Trapolis. The only problem was that the lights were off, except for the ones at the doors, so it was really difficult to do the crossword while in the city loop. I've got to say that I like the X'Trapolis as the seats are comfy and the cabin is relatively quite as compared to the Comengs. It's just a shame they don't ride as smoothly as the Siemens trains (which have hard seats by the way). The horns on the XT sound unreal though. HONK!

Nearly hump day

I went to uni today, to the library to work on an essay and discovered that I'd left the assignment sheet at home. No problem I thouhgt, I'll just download the sheet off the lecturers website. The website was down so I ended up surfing the net for an hour and a half...

After that I logged off the computer and found one of the good desks waaay down the other end other end of the library next to a window overlooking Swanston Street. I pulled out all the bits and pieces of my medium density housing design for land development and proceded to watch the trams go past. Half an hour latter (by this time it was 1 pm) I started work. I finished up some time after 3 pm when I decided it was time for lunch.

Deciding what to have for lunch was too hard so I went to Hungry Jacks. I had one of those Cheese and Bacon Whoppers that they've been advertising lately. It was kind of like a big bacon delux, funny that. And why do the people behind the counter still persist on asking if I'd like a large meal? If I wanted a LARGE meal I'd ask for one. So I sat in the dining room upstairs and did the crossword in MX while watching the trams on Swanston Street again. Some of the ones I'd seen earlier went past agian after going to their suburban terminii and returning to the city.


Monday, October 18, 2004

Wow it's a Blog!

Yes it is.

What is meant to happen is that I'm supposed to write stuff here, with a sprinkling of pics and links to stuff etc etc, while you are meant to hang off every word I type and praise and adore me.

Ok now that we've got that sorted I can tell you all a bit about myself. I'm a 23 year old student from Melbourne Australia. I still live at home with my parent and I have a 14 year old cat named tabby (I'll post a pic latter). After finishing year 12 in 1999 I enrolled at RMIT where I completed an advanced diploma in spatial information. After completion of the advanced diploma in 2001 I enrolled into the batchelor degree of Geomatics. I hope to complete this degree by the end of 2005.

My hobbies and interests include railways, aviation, fishing, geocaching and photography. I enjoy a good movie or book and listening to music. I keep telling myself that I need to do more walking and that I need to ride my bike again.