January 31st, 2005

After a hard days work, tonight, as a farewell to my parents who have been in Sydney for the past two months, we went to Forty One Restaurant. I have to say it was probably the best restaurant I have ever been to ever. This was also the most expensive restaurant I have ever been to, out doing even London’s ‘Le Pont De La Tour’ and not even on a conversion comparison!! It was also the heighest restaurant I have ever been to, located on the forty second floor of this building –

Black Arrow Indicates Location

Here are parents and myself at dusk with our superb view over Eastern Sydney –

Here is a view of East Sydney, Woolloomooloo is at the bottom of the picture, the bright lights on the horizon to the left of the picture is Bondi Junction –

And this is a view of Finger Wharf at the bottom of the picture and some of the bays of Sydney, the yellow light in the sky in the middle of the picture is the moon –

My parents opted for the normal menu, whilst I decided to go for the degustation option (which means the tasting menu). A total of 6 courses and little bits inbetween for me which I enjoyed very much, let me give you the run down –

Galantine Of Quail & Foie Gras, A Small Salad Of Baby Beans & Endives, Truffle Oil Infused Ravigote Vinaigrette

followed by

Grilled Queensland Sea Scallops, Cauliflower Puree, Kalamata Olive Tapenade, Green Apple Reduction

followed by

Steamed Western Australian Yabby Tails, Asparagus & Bread Sauce, Vanilla Infused Extra Virgin Oil

followed by

Leek Potato Soup in an espresso cup!?!

followed by

Roast Boneless Rack Of Gippsland Lamb, Creamed Parsley & Leeks, Sauteed Potato Gnocchi, Black Olive Infused Jus

followed by

Ossau Iraty Sheeps Milk Cheese With A Celeriac, Apple, Date & Walnut Salad

followed by

Apricot Sorbet

followed by

Dark Chocolate Mousse With A Raspberry Crème & Warm White Chocolate Sauce

followed by

Coffee Vienna and Chocolates

An excellent evening and an excellent restaurant. The funniest thing about the place is the toilets, it is very hard to ‘go’ when you are looking out over half of Sydney –

Finally….Forty One Restaurant, located at the very top of landmark Chifley Tower, has long been recognised as Sydney’s most revered fine dining experience gaining international recognition for the innovative cuisine of its chef and owner, Dietmar Sawyere. Open for dinner from Monday to Saturday from 6:30pm and for lunch from Tuesday to Friday from 12 noon. I recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Sydney, it is not really on the tourist path.. you read it here first!! Visit Forty One Website Here.

January 31st, 2005

Sunday was Sue’s leaving party, although she is not leaving for another week she was kind enough to have it a week early as Andy and myself are going up to the Sunshine Coast for a couple of days. Pictures of that to come no doubt. Here is a bunch of party goers in the garden –

Sue,Matt,Esther,Andy,???,???,Britta (surfer),Willow (wind in the)

Here is Andy and myself as ‘the brothers’ (we are not women, we did not feel the urge to change to change clothes when we both saw we were wearing the same thing) –

There you go Sue you are well and truely featured on g2007.com (again).

January 31st, 2005

5 people drowned (here / here) at the weekend in NSW because of the waves. It really brings home how dangerous the ocean is, especially after my close encounter. We went out today and the waves are still 4-5ft, this time I was much more aware of my location in the ocean.

January 29th, 2005

The swell in the pacific ocean had been increasing since Wednesday and had reached 5ft by Friday and is currently staying around this level. Meauring a wave is a science, just have a look at this page that tries to explain how to do it. My method of measuring a wave is simple, if I stand of the beach and go ‘whoa’ when it breaks, it is normally too big for me to surf on. This is approximately the size of a 5ft wave

About 5ft? Not Me Surfing 🙁

It is hard to imagine, when you are sitting infront of a computer reading g2007.com and are no where near a beach, that a 5ft wave is that big, especially if you are taller than that. 5ft does not normally account for the backwash that is infront of the wave that is being pushed into the wave to make it bigger. So really the point of the break of a wave is normally >5ft, Matt (the pilot) says that you can ‘pretty much double it’. So a 5ft wave may look almost 10ft from the beach, that is why in the above picture the little man looks half the size of the wave. So, anyway, to cut a long story short, there I am practicing in the break of these 5ft (read occasional 10ft) waves. Riding white wash is really a ‘newbie’ thing so it was not as cool as proper wave riding but this really wasn’t an option today. So after about 1.5 hours of solid surfing I got out the water to have a little breather. I got back in and paddled out to where I thought was a good place to wait for the break. I was also trying to reach my friend Teresa who was surfing the break waves as well. When I looked over my shoulder the beach look further away than normal, at around this same time this ‘monster’ wave appeared before me, it migt not have been 5ft but when it was right infront of me it looked pretty big!! The best thing to do on my surf board (which is not a short board, so duck-diving is out of the question) with waves that are about to break on you is to abandon the board and just attempt to dive under the wave, in the hopes that the rolling motion of the wave doesn’t catch you and leave you under the surface for longer than you would like. So I managed to get under the first wave, I got to the surface with about 0.5 seconds to spare to attempt to get some new oxygen when the second wave hit. This time I had no time to dive under the wave and my lung capacity was low. It is important not to panic when you cannot breath as that leads to disaster. Although there is a real need to get back to the surface in case another wave was coming and I really didn’t think I could hold my breath another time for another huge wave to throw me around like a rag doll. I got to the surface and tried to get to the board before the wave hit me, so I could try and ride it in, but I was so tired from just paddling out and the lack of breathing that I could not reach it in time, so I was hit for the third time by a wave, under the water again for much longer than I would have liked. After that I managed to grab the board and ride a wave practically the whole way back to shore. It was no Eddie Aikau wipeout, but didn’t go back in again that day.

Anyway, so that night, as a celebration of not drowning, I went out with the guys to see Beastie Boys at the Hordern Pavillion in Sydney. It really ruled!! It was the best gig so far this year (ok so I have only been to 2). I have only really listened to their latest album and Ill Communication, which seems like a mistake as they have some really cool stuff out there. Here they are at Sydney (picture stolen from BeastieBoys.com), we were middle right (you can’t see us) –

Beastie Boys

The ended the evening with Sabotage, which is one of my favourite tracks on the Ill Communication album. I also learnt a new dance manoeuvre which I tried out at Candy’s Apartment (a bar in Kings Cross) later that night (was not successful and have a sprained wrist now).

So Saturday we went to ‘WaveAid‘ a concert of which proceeds went to Tsnumai victims. Here is the stage and some of the other 50,000 people that were there –

It was all going very well until they held a minute silence and a fight broke out right infront of us during it, which was terrible and the worse thing I have seen in a long time. Every cloud has a silver lining though, here is a picture of me with the COPS!!! –

It was a really hot day (as you can probably see from the pictures) so I was glad when the sun had gone down, here are Powderfinger playing out to us in the evening –

It was a really cool gig, apart from the fight during the silence and one of the organisers calling our entire section ‘a**eholes’ for trying to bring in alcohol to the non-alcohol section. When we all booed him (because of his huge generalisation of aprox. 25,000 people – it was probably about 10 people that tried to do it) he got really angry and started using even more vicious swear words at us, the guy was an absolute idiot and should not be allowed to talk to huge audiences, he might have started a riot!! Andrew is going to write a letter to the organisers, but I doubt it will ever happen, he is too busy working and running his housing empire.

The highlights of the evening were Powderfinger (who we went to see at the Hordern Pavillion last Monday), John Butler Trio and Nick Cave. Silverchair, who had not played a gig for a couple of years were a bit of a let down; they didn’t seem to be able to get the crowd going in any capacity. I am going to make a video of the night but have to work out how to host it without it getting downloaded by thousands of people, which has been happening recently. I can’t afford the bandwidth costs!! Maybe I should make g2007.com subscription only, are you interested in paying $40 a week to read this? Well an excellent weekend so far………..

January 27th, 2005

On the 26th of January every year, Australia celebrates the arrival of the first fleet. The first fleet consisted of 11 boats that brought the original settlers (I use the words ‘original settlers’ loosely considering the aboriginals were settled here long before) to Australia. They were made up of mostly convicts from the UK. The day is a great day to wave the Australian flag. I met my parents and we had a look at the vintage cars that were on show in the streets of Sydney as well as go around some of the museums, they are all free on this day –

After having luncheon in circular quay and meeting my flat mates we were back out again down to Darling Harbour to see the ‘light and firework display’ with about 4 million other people, they were pretty good but nothing like NYE –

January 23rd, 2005

Went to see Kiko tonight, they played at One World Sports bar in Darling Harbour. They are a really cool band that play a Portishead style of music. You may recognise Matt (pilot) and Mike (friend around the corner) on the left –

I am not really a big fan of ‘sports bars’, after all, the last thing I want to be thinking about on the 4th bottle of Stella is why I should be out doing some sport to keep fit. All is not lost though, I saw this sign in the bar which I thought was pretty cool –

Tracey Redhead was also playing at the bar tonight, she really has an amazing voice. So I bought her CD and she signed it for me! How lucky am I!!!

Ok, now for some pictures that I got off my parents –

Dad and myself outside the house I live in, in Woolloomooloo!! (the grey house on the right is a brothel, although it is understandable that we get a lot of knocks on the door with the garish colour schemes going on)

Parents Pose with my stupid (but very reliable) car at Palm Beach after boat trip to Bobbin Head

Parents and I in the Hunter Valley
January 23rd, 2005

I went to Birkin Head Point for lunch today with Charmaine. We went to ‘The Pet Store’ where I read this sad sign on the window of a cage of puppies. I am sad to have read this sign, it seems some of these dogs will have no stories to tell when they grew up because of their travel through genetics.

January 18th, 2005

We all have them. Although I sometimes wonder how an argument can erupt when it is just about the rights and wrongs of vaccumming bathroom tiles –

January 17th, 2005

Ok…so the night went like this I thought… Went out with Rach, Cecile and Mike to see ‘Hero’ at the open air cinema at Olympic Park (film was ok)… Got back and went to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair to watch the light display on the bridge…got home at about midnight….went out for a quick beer with Andrew at the local…ended up in Kings Cross like this –

Andrew (unfazed) and Myself (gratuitous underarm hair shot) in Vertigo, Indigo, Laguna, Iguana Bar…I think?!
January 14th, 2005

Racket : $14.99
12 Balls: $7.99
Tennis after a thunderstorm in Gladesville with Charmaine: priceless

I actually have an acute elbow injury from tennis/surfing. Updates to come…..