Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Stinking and Brighton Pt 2

The day continued with no further connection to the Titan Arum or Brighton.

Finally R received a call from Harvey Norman in town. After four weeks in for repair, his Garmin sat nav device was ready, replaced actually. We went in to collect it but first thought to have dinner in town, but where? We did not feel like Asian food, so we had quite a nice pub meal at Young and Jacksons and then went to HN to pick up the new sat nav.

By then it was getting on for dark, so we made our way to the town hall illuminations where we took some photos, which you have already seen.

 I had the lamb.

 R had the fish.

 On Young and Jacksons rooftop is a cider bar. It is not very large by quite a nice space and with St Paul's steeple looming over you, reminding you that you ought not overindulge.

 This painting called Chloe has hung on the walls of Young and Jacksons Hotel since 1909.

 An unusual angle at QV to view Storey Hall at the RMIT education building. I don't like it.

 These are from Boxing Day when the queues put us off seeing the Corpse Flower. The canna lilies are just gorgeous.

It was worth the effort just to see the cannas.

 Some pratt has etched a happy birthday greeting in the grass with weed killer.

The lovely lily pond nearby, with not many flowers.

15 comments:

  1. Happy New Year Andrew (yawn) from Singapore...off to the museums here as they have Open Houses on public holidays. I usually do all 4, starting from the Asian Civilisation to the Stamp, the National Museum and finally the Arts Museum or maybe the other way around. Looking forward to reading more about the high rises. I used to live in one but it was a public housing on the 20th floor and faces the seas. It was beauitiful and then we moved and became middle classe and trapped on private property and landlocked.

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    1. Happy New Year to you MC. Do the museums change much between visits? Alas we did not see any museums during our brief stay in Singapore. I suppose to move to private housing is an advance, but you must miss the views.

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  2. Happy New Year to you and R.

    That was a hearty serve of lamb!

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    1. Thank you Victor and the New Year wishes to you. There wasn't as much lamb as there appeared to be. My story, anyway.

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  3. The very lovely and lush Chloe was painted in 1875 by a Frenchman called Jules Joseph Lefebvre. Originally the lass was flatter and hipless, so people assumed Lefebvre was rooting pre-pubescent girls. He was quickly forced to give Chloe a more mature figure. Even then, our esteemed NGV was too embarrassed to display her loveliness, so thank goodness the pub bought the painting, before WW1.

    I work in that part of town so Y & J is a favourite. Happy 2013 :)

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    1. Hels, it certainly has had a controversial past. The last story about it I recall, was that someone broke the glass in front of her. It is interesting how her hand pressed into her side accentuates her narrow waist and wide hips.

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  4. Thanks Hels for that info. The lamb looked delicious. Have you seen the price of lamb in the supermarkets??? The lilies look beautiful.

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    1. Me Diane? Look at meat prices? I asked household management and he said it is on the cheap side at the moment. I think there is some destocking going on. In India I believe cannas do very well and there are many mass plantings of them.

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  5. A steeple can only remind you not to overindulge if you let it ... Happy New Year!!

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    1. Red, keep you back to the steeple then? Happy New Year.

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  6. The price of lamb is disgraceful in my opinion.
    I like your lily pond, I haven't been to ours for a while, must be time for another visit soon.

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  7. Those cannas are beautiful. Happy New Year xx

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    1. They are absolutely beautiful Fen.

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  8. I see what you mean about the view in the fifth photo Andrew, what is the green 'thing' is it a sculpture..a bit like our Biomorphe? Best wishes for 2013, lets hope its a good one.

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    1. It is some sort of plastic construction Grace. Hideous. Best wishes to you too.

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