Jan 13, 2017

NGV Kids Summer Festival 2017

16–26 JAN 17, 10AM–3PM Daily

Free Activities

There are eleven days of free artist-led workshops and spectacular performances for kids. Presented across both sites, contemporary artists, designers and creative groups will lead a wide range of activities at NGV International and NGV Australia.

Daily program is available for download.

Jan 10, 2017

Portarlington Mussel Festival 2017

The Portarlington Mussel Festival is held from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM on the second Saturday in January every year in the picturesque village of Portarlington on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria.
The festival will be on Saturday 14th January 2017.
Since its inception in 2007, the festival has grown year on year and now attracts around 30,000 people. Initially established to promote the Portarlington Mussel Industry, the festival now boasts a full day of activities including:
  • Live entertainment
  • Kids activities
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Art & Photo exhibitions
  • Classic car displays
  • Food & Wine producers
  • Products to try and buy!
Plus plenty of mussels!!!!

Over 10 ton of mussels were sold on the day and all mussel sellers were kept extremely busy. With 100 food and drink stalls, market stalls,  great local musicians playing across five stages, roving entertainers for the kids, plus art shows, cooking demonstrations and local beer and wine tastings, it was a great day out for the whole family! And all this for just $2!

The Waterfront Festival 2017


From 11am on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 January 2017 at Frankston's Waterfront.
Art and Craft

Art and Craft Show

Located at the Mechanics Institute.
Banana Boat Beach

Banana Boat Beach

Head down to the beach to have a go on the giant Banana Boat Beach Obstacle Challenge.
Family Play

Family Play Zone and Fun Fair with Rides and Amusements

Chill out in the Family Play Zone or join the excitement at the Fun Fair.
Food Truck Square Festival Dining

Food Truck Square Festival Dining

Tantalise your tastebuds and relax with family and friends with a range of gourmet food.
Garden Bar

Garden Bar - Beer, Wine and Cider

Proudly presented by Bay City Holden.
About the Waterfront Festival

Important Information

Car park closures, pets, parking info and much more.
Lifestyle

Lifestyle Zone

Proudly pesented by Core24 Health Clubs.
Live n Local

Live ‘n’ Local - Main Stage

Dance in the sun or chill out to local live music with everything from blues, indie, pop, rock, funk and more.
Make, Bake, Sew or Grow Market Place

Make, Bake, Sew or Grow Market Place

Proudly presented by Springfree Trampoline.


Jan 9, 2017

Friends - Episode 107: The One With The Blackout

...
[Scene: ATM vestibule, Jill Goodacre is on the cellular phone. Chandler's thoughts are in italics.]

Chandler: Oh my God, it's that Victoria's Secret model. Something... something Goodacre.

Jill: (on phone) Hi Mom, it's Jill.

Chandler: She's right, it's Jill. Jill Goodacre. Oh my God. I am trapped in an ATM vestibule with Jill Goodacre! (pause) Is it a vestibule? Maybe it's an atrium. Oh, yeah, that is the part to focus on, you idiot!

Jill: (on phone) Yeah, I'm fine. I'm just stuck at the bank, in an ATM vestibule.

Chandler: Jill says vestibule... I'm going with vestibule.

Jill: (on phone) I'm fine. No, I'm not alone... I don't know, some guy.

Chandler: Oh! Some guy. Some guy. 'Hey Jill, I saw you with some guy last night. Yes, he was some guy.

(Chandler strides proudly across the vestibule and Jill stares at him.)

Jan 8, 2017

Friends - Episode 106: The One With The Butt

...
[Scene: The Theater, the play has ended and everyone is applauding.  As soon as the cast leaves, the gang all groan and sit down heavily.]

Rachel: God. I feel violated.

Monica: Did anybody else feel they just wanted to peel the skin off their body, to have something else to do?

Chandler: (staring at a woman across the room) Ross, ten o'clock.

Ross: Is it? Feels like two.

Chandler: No, ten o'clock.

Ross: What?

Chandler: (sighs and gestures to explain) There's a beautiful woman at eight, nine, ten o'clock!
...

  • I feel violated.
    • It means feeling extremely harmed following the actions of another. In this case, Rachel feels she was mentally harmed after watching Joey's show.  She is pointing out the show was so bad.
  • ten o'clock

Friends - Episode 105: The One With The East German Laundry Detergant

...

[Scene: The fancy restaurant, Angela has her hand in Bob's shirt, and Monica is very uncomfortable.]

Monica: Something went wrong with Underdog, and they couldn't get his head to inflate. So anyway, um, his head is like flopping down Broadway, right, and I'm just thinking... how inappropriate this is. Um, I've got something in my eye, uh, Joey, could we check it in the light, please?

(Her and Joey walk away from the table.)

Monica: Oh my god.

Joey: What?

Monica: Hello! Were we at the same table? It's like... cocktails in Appalachia.

Joey: Come on, they're close.

Monica: Close? She's got her tongue in his ear.

Joey: Oh, like you've never gotten a little rambunctious with Ross.

Monica: Joey, this is sick, it's disgusting, it's, it's—not really true, is it?

Joey: Well, who's to say what's true? I mean...

Monica: Oh my god, what were you thinking?

Joey: All right, look, I'm not proud of this, ok? Well, maybe I am a little.

Monica: (hits him lightly) Oh!

Joey: Ow!

Monica: (leaving) I'm outta here.

Joey: Wait, wait, wait. You want him, I want her. He likes you.

Monica: Really?

Joey: Yeah. I'm thinking, if we put our heads together, between the two of us, we can break them up.

[Time lapse, Monica accidentally spilled her drink on Bob's shirt and is wiping it off. Joey is making eyes at Angela.]

Monica: I'm so sorry, I can't believe I did this, but I couldn't stop laughing at your Norman Mailer story.

(Angela is eating chicken wings and making the weasel-like noise Joey had told Bob about.)

Joey: Uh, waiter, one more plate of chicken wings over here.

...

  • cocktails in Appalachia
    • Appalachia is a mountain region that is joked on for incest. So when Monica said cocktails in Appalachia.  She means they were in a cocktail party in Apalachia as she thought/saw Bob and Angela (a brother and sister) hooking up.

Friends - Episode 104: The One With George Stephanopoulos

...

Monica: Alright. Phoebe?

Phoebe: Okay, okay. If I were omnipotent for a day, I would want, um, world peace, no more hunger, good things for the rain-forest...And bigger boobs!

Ross: Yeah, see.. you took mine. Chandler, what about you?

Chandler: Uh, if I were omnipotent for a day, I'd.. make myself omnipotent forever.

Rachel: See, there's always one guy. (Mocking) "If I had a wish, I'd wish for three more wishes." (Joey enters.)

All: Hey Joey. Hi. Hey, buddy.

Monica: Hey, Joey, what would you do if you were omnipotent?

Joey: Probably kill myself!

Monica: ..Excuse me?

Joey: Hey, if Little Joey's dead, then I got no reason to live!

Ross: Joey, uh- OMnipotent.

Friends - Episode 103: The One With The Thumb

...

(Phoebe opens the can and reacts.)

Phoebe: Huh!

[Scene: Central Perk, Phoebe is telling everyone about her discovery.]

Ross: A thumb?!

(Phoebe nods.)

All: Eww!

Phoebe: I know! I know, I opened it up and there it was, just floating in there, like this tiny little hitchhiker!

Chandler: Well, maybe it's a contest, y'know? Like, collect all five?

Phoebe: Does, um, anyone wanna see?

All: Nooo!

...


  • Hitchhiker
    • Hitchhiker is a person gaining a means of transportation by asking people, usually strangers, for a ride in their automobile or other vehicle. A ride is usually, but not always, free. There is a great movie with 'hitchhiker', The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Friends - Episode 102: The One With The Sonogram At the End

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(Rachel enters from her room.)

Rachel: Has anybody seen my engagement ring?

Phoebe: Yeah, it's beautiful.

Rachel: Oh God, oh God, oh God oh God oh God oh God.... (Starts to look under the couch cushions.)

Phoebe: No, look, don't touch that!

Rachel: Oh, like I wasn't dreading tomorrow enough, having to give it back to him... 'Hi Barry! Remember me? I'm the girl in the veil who stomped on your heart in front of your entire family!' Oh God and now I'm gonna have to return the ring, without the ring, which makes it so much harder...

Monica: Easy Rach, we'll find it. (To all) Won't we!

Chandler and Joey: Oh! Yeah!

Joey: Alright, when'd'ya have it on last?

Phoebe: Doy! Probably right before she lost it!

Chandler: You don't get a lot of 'doy' these days...

...

  • What does 'doy' mean?
    • It expresses the meaning of "Wasn't that obvious, huh?".  Pointing out that something said by another was quite obvious.



Friends - Episode 101: The Pilot-The Uncut Version

Friends is probably my most favour TV-show for the whole time.  I lived with it in my late teens and early 20's.  It helped me to improve my English listening and daily conversation skills a lot during the time.

Today, I decided to watch it all over again and would take some notes on quotes/words that I like in the show.  Please come back to the site for updates.


Jan 7, 2017

A Day Trip to Walhalla

Take a trip into the history of a gold mining town.

All of the our great activities of our region are on offer. Ride the train, tour the mine, take a 4WD adventure or simply relax and enjoy. The Walhalla & Mountain Rivers region is located on the southern edge of the Victorian Alps. Just over 2 hours to the east of Melbourne or 30 minutes north of the Latrobe Valley, the region is home to the towns of Erica, Rawson and Walhalla. It also includes the localities of Moondarra, Coopers Creek, Aberfeldy and the ski resort at Mt Baw Baw - Melbourne's closest ski resort. The region is blessed with natural beauty in the Baw Baw National Park, Tyers State Park, Moondarra State Park and state forest makes up nearly all of the area in addition to the towns. Walhalla Historic Township is the jewel not only in our local area's crown, but also for Gippsland and Victoria. The mix of the township's beautiful location in a deep mountain valley and gold-era heritage gives Walhalla the "wow" factor that draws people from all over the world to visit Australia's "Valley of the Gods". There's also plenty of things to see and do. Whether you're looking for a family holiday, a romantic break, a chance to relax, get away with some mates, escape the city life, have a ski, walk the trails or simply visit a place you've never been before you'll find Walhalla & Mountain Rivers a rewarding experience.


Old Kingdom Restaurant (Peking duck)


Address

683 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills, Melbourne

Phone number
03 9898 3343

Signature Dish
Peking duck

See Zomato for reviews

Lavender Harvest Festival (8 Jan 2017)

Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm, 350 Hepburn-Newstead Road, Shepherds Flat, Victoria, 3461

8 Jan 2017  


Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm is again celebrating its lavender harvest with an exciting festival on Sunday 8th of January.  Visitors are welcome to learn about the lavender process from cutting in the field to watching the flowers being distilled for their precious essential oil. Hundreds of bunches will hang beneath every available verandah and, of course, our fresh lavender will be available for sale.
 
The Lavender Harvest festival wouldn’t be complete without great local music and entertainment. We’re so pleased our favourite Morris Dancers, Brandragon, will join in to help celebrate the lavender harvest. Local favourites, Ciderhouse String Band, will delight with their brand of country-folk music.
Especially for the kids - and the young-at-heart - we have a few special treats. Local wizard, Adam, will be performing magic. We've managed to find a special lavender fairy, Aurora, who will take you on a magical journey filled with stories and songs. Finally, Mara Ripani will give traditional cooking demonstrations suited to the young. 
 
A number of artisan stallholders will have their local wares and produce available for sale. The original 1850s stone farmhouse will be available for tours and a travelogue of Ticino hosted by descendants Faye and Boyd. We've also heard rumours that a Tarot Reader will be available.
 
There will be plenty of good local food available, plus – if the weather isn’t too extreme – our wood-fired oven will be cooking up a treat. The fun starts at 10 am and it’s still only $6 per adult and $2 per school-aged child.
Dogs are welcome on a leash.