Friends and loved ones

Merry Christmas

Quieter than usual due to my boys being away in Hawaii, but I chatted with them on Skype this evening. Presents are easier now all the adults in the family have switched to (non-anonymous) Kris Kringle... and of course we stuffed ourselves full of heaps of food. The only downer was being locked-out of my sister's house for a little while, and I managed to get the wrong thing for my niece's


Perfect for a train-spotter

Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for a train-spotter? Got a budget of hundreds of thousands of dollars? Then splurge and buy them a home in this new development in Caulfield East. Urban Art Apartments is an artistic, inspired residential development in Caulfield East which is surrounded by lush greenery and designer art pieces. The development will feature a range of 34 architect


Dream: the late start

Just had an interesting dream. I dreamt that I woke up at 11:48am (according to the clock) today. (I'd intended to get up and out early, with a planned half-day at work followed by various errands before the shops shut for Christmas.) Somehow I'd slept through the alarm. Despite it being late, I was very sleepy. I stumbled through the house and was surprised to find the washing machine runni


Lego: Santa’s little helper

For the past year or two, Lego have advertised heavily around Christmas time on billboards and in newspapers. Surprisingly, they don't direct you to the Lego web site, but say to search for "Santa's little helper". This is tied into their advertising for those keywords on Google, which goes through to their web site with a gift suggestion applet. (For some crazy reason goes to a


Christmas bins

I am not totally convinced that this attempt to beautify the street furniture around Bentleigh really works. I mean sure, the benches... but the rubbish bins? I assume this is cheaper/quicker to do than hanging up decorations from the street lights, as has been done in the past. That's so awkward that one year when they accidentally left a single decoration up after Christmas, it was determ

Consumerism, Culture, Melbourne

Christmas is coming

So here we are, Christmas Eve. After yesterday's heat, it was still 30 degrees C overnight. Thankfully it's cooled down now to 25, and I've opened up the house to let it all in -- though hopefully not too many flies. Tomorrow we'll pile over to my sister's house for Christmas lunch, but it's looking like we won't get to use the pool, as evidently it will be cooler, so not the stinking hot Austr