Comedy Channel, what’s the big deal?

February 21, 2007 at 1:35 pm | Posted in Random, Television, television ads | 4 Comments

Apparently, the Comedy Channel has moved to Melbourne. If you have Foxtel you’ve probably seen the promotions ad nauseum. I realise that getting the opportunity to move out of Ryde in Sydney to Melbourne, home of Australia’s most well known comedy festival is probably a good thing. A quick check of their schedule and website clearly shows the preponderance of non-Australian content and other than “Stand up Australia” where they have a live audience and perhaps the occasional special (particularly over the festival) does it really matter where they are headquartered or a need for a massive campaign?

Two big ships

February 21, 2007 at 12:40 pm | Posted in Australia, General, Out and About, Random, Sydney | 2 Comments

If you’ve been in Sydney or perhaps anywhere in Australia you would be aware of the recent arrival in the Sydney harbour of the Queen Elizabeth 2 and the Queen Mary 2 cruise ships.

Tuesday morning I walked to work after the QM2 had already docked and was suitably impressed by it’s size, particularly in reference to the buildings along Potts Point and Garden Island. No wonder the Navy decided to give up the dock, compared to the QM2 they’re small.

After work I, and apparently thousands of others, made our way into the Botanic Gardens and other vantage points to see the arrival of the QE2 into the harbour. It’s certainly a big ship. although small when seen with QM2 and clearly an event. 


It was the oddest of spectacles, as a dozen or more helicopters hovered and flew above the harbour like gnats, the hundreds of small boats and ships skirting the edges of the ships reminiscent of forlorn puppies seeking the approval and acknowledgement of these pack leaders. Finally, there we, the people, flittering from one side of Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in order to catch the best view akin to a primordial ooze being pushed in one direction or another.

I was more than happy to be a single cell in this mass of people straining to see the ships, enjoying the evening and the experience. In the interim between the arrival of the QE2 and the fireworks I had some dinner before meeting Miki at Embarkation Park to catch the bright, shiny and loud fireworks in the shadow of the QM2.

The fireworks were good and the atmosphere jovial and relaxed. Although traffic chaos and recriminations have no doubt soured the experience for many Sydney-siders.

Sadly, I didn’t get any good firework photos (see below for the “best” of the worst).  


Added to that is the rather short notice news from the Police that there’ll be more road madness on Thursday when VP Dick Cheney arrives in Sydney.

 Makes me happy I live in the inner city, that is until the rental crisis hits!


February 21, 2007 at 9:32 am | Posted in Cafes & Restaurants, Food, General, Out and About, Sydney | Leave a comment

Like many Martin Place workers I often venture to the Lindt cafe – along with numerous tourists and chocolate lovers. This cafe in the heart of the city features a plethora of Lindt chocolate products, coffee and sandwiches. Its popularity with the corporate set is evidenced by a polite request on the menu for meetings to last no longer than 30 minutes.

Generally speaking the service is friendly and efficient. However,  when the store gets crowded, whether ordering take away or table service receiving your order does slow down and the staff do tend to get a tad frazzled. Personally, I’m a fan of either the hot chocolate or mocha and more often than not it will be made very well with a topping of chocolate shavings.

Recently, Lindt opened its second store in Darling Harbour and while it has a greater selection of chocolate and ice cream, it lacks sandwiches, table service or staff in a chocolate shop who understand ‘pain au chocolat’.  Furthermore, the city store has high ceilings and interesting decor whereas the Harbour store lacks  an engaging design. Although located on the harbour means that after sitting and drinking coffee or ice chocolate all of the tourist hot spots in the area are available for you to explore.

If I had a choice I’d prefer the city store and that’s not just a decision based on proximity.

On a final note, given that according to reports Australia is the home of the only Lindt cafe (now two), presumably in part a result of impressive sales and yet the official web site makes no mention of either Australia or the cafes.

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