Posted on 30th Jun 2013 by ian under Travel Tales | 1 Comment »

What a great week!  Bit of a holiday, part work/part research.  The work side included staying at Rydges hotels (Melbourne, Albury, Canberra two nights each).  The research was mainly travelling within Australia for the first time using a wheelchair to get around.  Flew to Melbourne Saturday afternoon – had a superb eye fillet at Locanda Italian Steakhouse and a quiet night in to watch the rugby – the Wallabies lost by two …read more

Jay Gatsby’s Sydney

Posted on 4th Jun 2013 by ian under Travel Tales | No Comments »

The Great Gatsby had a record-breaking opening in Australia, taking $6.8million, with last weekend seeing worldwide box-office takings pass the $250million mark.  So much for the purist critics who didn’t realise that this was never going to be F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby, but Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation of him – and moviegoers are loving that interpretation. On the screen we see decadent, glitzy New York in the 1920’s recreated, but …read more