and an Elmar 35mm 3.5 lens
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I was disturbed, while taking my weekly constitutional, by hordes of runners wearing Urban Max smocks, pounding the streets of Kings Cross and the Botanic Gardens. What are they doing? It seems to be a cross between orienteering, a treasure hunt and a pub quiz. Why can't people just enjoy Sydney at walking speed? Why does everything have to be turned into a race or a contest? Even drama has to be turned into Theatresports.
I don't care. I enjoyed my leisurely stroll after the usual coffee at Bar Coluzzi. It was oddly cold this morning and I had the tiny table near the door and got the draught (or is it draft?) coming in, spoiling my paper reading. No matter. I wandered down to Mrs Macquaries Seat via the Kings Cross library. It was so nice just to sit right at the edge of the water and look out over to Pinchgut and see the wind ruffling the surface of the sea and the ferries and tankers plodding back and forth.
And being out of the wind it was almost warm. I had the Leica IIIa with me and took a few snaps, which I had developed when I plodded back up into town and got to Woolies. They weren't as bad as I thought.
Had lunch at a Korean hole in the wall near what used to be Planet Hollywood, and then perused the camping shops on Kent St in preparation for Christmas.
Been a busy week ... trying to get the newsletter out as well as sift through all those job applications. I was just overwhelmed and just couldn't do them justice .. so just ended up going for the very obvious two candidates. Who knows what geniuses I may have missed because they didn't shine in the CV ...? Also had poor Louise have her daughter break her arm near the wrist in exactly the same way as Paul. As Harry Hill would say - what are the chances of that happening?
So it was good to knock off on Friday and head down to the Chelsea for a drink or three to farewell Greg, who is going to set up a bar and dumpling place in Darlinghurst - and do real hand made jiaozi - good luck to him. It was nice to chat to the many attractive young females who now populate the online section - but they all seem to have been here for about three months. Makes me feel like an old fogey and long time resident.
In other news .. spent most of my downtime trawling through the marvellous Life magazine photo archives and pulling out some stunning colour images of Beijing and the Hump.