July 28th, 2010

If you have not seen the video to my 30th have a look I think it’s my best production yet!

So I organised a weekend away with as many friends as I could afford the deposit for at a location somewhere on the Northern Beaches. It was fun not telling anyone the location as it is more of a surprise when they arrived. The place we rented for the weekend was on Morella Road in Whale Beach, with an amazing view over the surf. The place was very vertical and it had its own elevator. The elevator still didn’t take you to the living area making it a bit redundant but useful for those first few steps.

First off in the morning we met up with Nancy, Marcus and Hugo for a surprise breakfast near their house, which was really nice. It was also where Amy gave me my birthday present which will last a lifetime, although Marcus put a downer on that one when he said I got it a bit late!!!!!


Rimowa Cabin Trolley Present

I was also lucky enough to get cash from my parents and six laps at high speeds around a racing track in Sydney, which is going to be awesome and a blog entry in itself I’m sure.

So the first evening Amy made a lovely chicken dinner with potatoes which was very nice, we also played Bingo which I bought especially for the night. The next day we ate so much food it wasn’t funny, I made a breakfast, Stu and Simone made a delicious home made pizza and Marcy and Chris did their famous Brisket dish for dinner. Nancy and Marcus made a very delicious chocolate cake for dessert which doubled as a birthday cake!


Stu the Pizza Chef Teaching me the basics

Note also in the above picture the clock says ten minutes to three and just below Stu’s arm you can see Marcus is still wearing his pajamas.

To get an appetite for dinner after all of the eating we’d already done before 3 o’clock we headed down the beach to play catch, the USA version of this involves a special glove like the one used in baseball, here is Amy in action -


Amy playing Catch

In the evening we used the roof deck table to play beer pong, Chris, Marcy, Marcus, Stu and I played this awesomely fun game. If you have never heard of it you probably weren’t in a fraternity and didn’t live in America. The idea of the game is to throw a ping pong ball into a cup. If you get it in the other team have to drink the beer that is in the cup. It is a fun drinking game -


Me, Chris, Stu and Marcus playing Beer Pong

The house and some pretty strict rules, one of them was that if we forgot to take a bin out then there would be a $60 fine for each bin they had to throw out themselves. So when Marcy played pretend baseball with a carrot and came within inches of throwing it through the window we counted ourselves lucky as that probably would have been a small fortune to repair, you can see the action in the video.


The Gang around the table

So overall a very memorable 30th, the next one of the weekend group is Hugo’s…. in just over 29 years!!

July 25th, 2010

So this weekend we celebrated my 30th birthday. I’ll do a proper blog entry about it soon but here’s the video of the awesome time I (we) had –


July 5th, 2010

When we went to see Russell Brand a few weeks back, he was telling a joke how Australians have lied to the rest of the world, it is not hot and sunny all the time. Mr G the poet laureate had only bought t-shirts from England. The reality is it does get cold anywhere South of Queensland and at the moment its about 14 degrees, which is the coldest winter in Sydney for a long time.

So what better way to celebrate that than a trip ice skating as part of the Sydney Winter Festival.


Amy and me skating (looks like Amy is going shopping)

It was a fun night, I did a skate train with Chris and Marcy, Chris went too fast for my beginner skating style and Marcy and I ended up crashing. Some nice people helped us up and said “that’s what you get for messing around”, they looked as if they were about 19 years old which I thought was funny.


Amy, Lucy and Angharad enjoying the pro skater and some fake snow

It was an awesome evening and felt like Christmas. I really enjoyed skating hopefully we will get down to the Bondi one.