Posted on: Saturday, Nov 30, 2013
Sunday – Laura home from a heady, wonderful week of celebration at Schoolies on the Gold Coast and mega-party at Roma – we had a family lunch at Qi’lin Chinese restaurant to celebrate not seeing her on the nightly news and then watched her toddle off to bed. Gosh the internet is an interesting place – I Googled ‘Laura Heydon’ to see if there were any photos of her partying and found this one on a site called ‘Noosa News’ showing some of the cast of South Pacific (Lorz second left).
Monday – major demolition happening in the home office where they are modifying the exsisting structure to create an accessible bathroom. A lovely lass by the name of Louisa joins the team on December 16 – Louisa has spina bifida and is in a wheelchair so we need to make appropriate renovations.
I moved into the dining room coz it was pretty noisy in there – flat out with Rydges posts all this week – and there were other things to juggle…
Tuesday – having written the new Travel Without Barriers website on the weekend, the site went live. Here is a link – needed the website live before Wednesday so it could be eligible for nomination in the 2014 Queensland Disability Awards (Technology & Innovation category). The website ‘live’ is a soft launch – the main launch is planned for March after Louisa (above) settles into her role and the Life Without Barriers venture (below) is developed further.
Wednesday – had a good meeting with Life Without Barriers (www.lwb.org.au), a national non-profit organization that looks after people with disabilities – we are working together on developing a joint venture with Travel Without Barriers. We meet again to nut out the business plan and roles on December 16.
Wednesday evening – the final Presenting Fairholme (Speech Night) – Laura performed in two choir numbers – very moving – and she won two awards – one for Prefect of the Arts and the other for Contribution to the Arts. A nice way to finish her school days. We went to the nearby Fire & Ice restaurant for a celebration dinner. The other thrill for the day was to see Laura in the local paper, pretty in pink at the Toowoomba Grammar formal with partner, Traecy and her friend Ellie and her beau, Thomas.
Thursday – Laura took off to the coast to spend a couple of days with her above mentioned mate, Ellie… ahhh, the joys of having a driver’s licence! Bit of a bummer – the side effects of the new drug, BG-12, kicked it – ‘flushing’ with an itchy rash. Hopefully, like the proverbial Christmas threepence, it will pass.
Friday – Disappointed with the government for the way it is using its ‘mandate’ – after campaigning against Labor’s unsustainable debt, lifting the existing debt limit from $300billion to $500billion, showing that the turn back the boats policy was no more than a slogan, trashing diplomatic relations with Indonesia and China and then trashing the Gonski education revolution after promising pre-election that it would be implemented. On the people smuggling front, loved this comment from savvy political journalist, Annabel Crabb – “Mr Morrison’s next news conference will be in 23 seconds’ time, at the top of Sydney’s Centrepoint Tower! And, unfortunately, the lifts are broken!”
Saturday – still Rydging – heard from an old friend from Vanuatu days, artist Helen Norton – her exhibition, New Works 2013, opens in Perth on December 5, after which she will be relocating to our neck of the woods – somewhere in SE Queensland – it will be great to catch up again! Here’s a link to Hel’s website – www.HelenNorton.com.au. The painting next to Helen is one of the new works, titled ‘Possum Crossing’…
Sheeting and waterproofing done, plumbing and electrical pretty much done, plasterer did his thing and had some high-pressure cleaning in the courtyard (better than 30 second ‘outdoor crean’). Laura home safe and sound with a minor jellyfish sting while jet-skiing. Spoke with James – from his tone sounds like the job at HMAS Waterhen is boring him witless.
Oh. And not really ‘news’ but caught Casablanca again – it cemented it’s place at the top of my best movies of all time – great script, acting, direction and when put in the context of being made in 1942 as WW2 propaganda, to present as pure escapist entertainment with great humour and one of the all-time great screen love stories is amazing. And it would never have worked in colour.
“…it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you’ll understand that. Now, now. Here’s looking at you, kid…”