Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Feminism doesn’t have much meaning? Equal rights don’t sit well with you?
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I came into work today (my non-bone, living people and culture related work) and a colleague shared with me a course that will soon be run in town about identifying skeletal remains. I’m in! And I won’t need to correct people when they say ‘bones?’
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Alice Springs is right in the centre of Australia, hundreds of kms from other towns, so it's hard to get in stock and to retain staff so as a restaurant owner your overheads are higher than they are in the coastal cities. Annie’s Place gives locals a taste of the big city. Not the posh big city, there's Hanuman for that (Hanuman’s is a posh, yummy Thai restaurant within one of the hotels), but the big city that you would find in Fitzroy, Melbourne or King Street, Newtown.There are three components of place that produce a sense of place, ‘the physical setting, human activities and human social and psychological processes rooted in the setting’ (Stedman, 2002). Annie’s Place embodies all three. The physical setting is aesthetically pleasing, cosy and inviting. Human activities of eating, drinking and socialising take place there. From these activities, connecting with friends and/or making new friends you become socially and psychologically rooted in the setting.
Annie’s place has that sense of place that other pubs/bars in town lack. The physical setting plays a big part of Annie’s Place’s appeal. You can connect with friends at the Town and Country, but the Town & Country lacks that certain aesthetic that would give it a sense of place. For me, Annie’s Place is important, as it provides that big city link in the bush. It gives variety to a town with four main pubs that mainly cater to tradesmen or cowboys. I would think that, generally, the tradesmen and cowboys would disagree with me about Annie’s Place. They would probably feel ‘out of place’ in Annie’s Place, just as I feel ‘out of place’ in Bojangles, the cowboy bar. If you're ever in Alice, I'd go to Annie's Place.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
On the blog front I have been alerted to two movies that I absolutely have to see....An Education, directed by Lone Scherfig and Written by Nick Hornby. I love Nick Hornby's writing. If you've ever seen About a Boy and not read the book, go read the book. As usual you'll love it as much if not more than the film, especially the Nirvana references. I hate to describe this movie as such but An Education is a coming of age film set in 1961. A girl's world is expanded and set on a different path after a chance meeting with an older handsome stranger. The movie has been adapted by Hornby from journalist Lynn Barber's memoirs of life as a schoolgirl in the 60s and I'm a sucker for 60s stories, especially the clothes, if I could dress in any era this would be it.
I didn't quite get what A Single Man is about from the trailer, however, it did make me want to see the movie. Also set in the 60s, A Single Man is beautifully shot with fabulous set and costume design, starring three of my favourite actors, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore and Ginnifer Goodwin.
I also want to see Date Night starring Tina Fey - Tina Fey is my hero. I'll see anything she creates or is a part of. She's awesome.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
In the latest development permit application submission for the site, the developers (I am unsure if they are the same company who originally purchased the site or a new company) have proposed to build mixed use development of five buildings, one of which will be five stories in height. The development will consist of town and three bedroom residential and short stay apartments and a commercial floor area, including a licensed venue. If the proposal goes ahead it will give the Alice Springs CBD a much needed injection of people. Once businesses close up for the night the CBD is almost deserted, save for a few pockets of open restaurants. Drastically increasing the number of people living in the CBD, as this proposal will do, will increase the number of ‘eyes on the street’, as Jane Jacobs says.