So far, the Easter break has been fairly relaxed and laid back. Friday I went to work for a few hours then came home and watched TV with my brother D. We watched Oprah doing a show about 30 y.o. women around the world. It was interesting to see the different cultures ad the way the women face up to their daily lives, particularly in Iraq.
Yesterday I decided to go into town and see the Lord of the Rings Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum, in the Sydney CBD.. It was a very wet day. Last Easter, wet as well I decided to visit the Archibald Prize viewings at the Art Gallery of NSW. I should have learned from that experience. On wet days everyone wants to do things indoors, even if it means going out to do them.
Sheesh, I paid $19.00 (Aust) and I have to say I was disappointed. I caught the monorail across town from Pitt Street and that was an experience in itself. It was crfowded and lurched from Pitt Street across town to Darfling Harbour where it gave up the ghost at Harbourside, two stops away from where I was going. It came to a stop and there was an announcement "The monorail will terminate at the next stop due to technical difficulties". Literal transalation of that announcement, which was made both at the station and over the monorail intercom would lead one to believe that if one was game enough, one could still travel one more stop before the monorail terminates. But no, an official roused everyone out of the carriages and then they had an announcement "This monorail terminates here". Our monorail isn't Sydney's most effective form of transportation but the toursits like it, even if the $4,00 fare is a bit of a ripoff. So we all alit and waited for the next train to take us the last two stops.
A short walk to the Powerhouse and the line was snaking out the doors and around the side of the building. It was a light drizzle but not uncomfortable. The line snaked in to the exhibiton which was absolutely crowded and difficult to enjoy because of the crowds. Brickbats to the Powerhouse which seems to be keen to cram as many people into these exhibitions as they can fit not caring about visitor comfort, easy visibility of exits etc.
The exhibition itself was interesting enough with various items of costume, models, armour etc from the trilogy, including Boromir's funeral boat. What was rather bizarre was the large number of monitors displaying the Extended DVD on how the series was made. I'd have thunk that most visiting would be LOTR tragics who, if they have DVD players would certainly have the Extended DVD and therrefore perhaps this space could have been put to better exhibition use,. That and more attention to the crowds, maybe even restricting entrance once a certain level was reached, might have made for a more pleasurable experience. Still, if it wasn't raining there probably wouldn't have been as many people there.
Today, there was no rain. It was a fine 27F/80C, early autumn day in Sydney. Three friends and I went to the Harbord Diggers for a lingering lunch and a couple of dollars on the pokes. We didn't break the bank but we didn't lose much either. You tend not to when you play the 1c machines.
Tomorrow, Easter Monday, another holiday, remains uncertain. It'll be about 21C so I'll probably spend the day in the great outdoors.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend folks.