Gekko Editorial Bit
& The Bayeaux Tapestry
No big changes to the Gekko website
or newsletter this time - except that there are a lot more handmade books
(more about that later) and a couple of story submissions to the Reading
Room - Love
at First Sight and God
The Follett family tree is gathering
momentum (which is my word for dust) and now reaches back to Somerset
around 1540. The Folletts (then Foliot) were half-brothers to William
the Conqueror (Battle of Hastings, 1066) though I have yet to gather enough
information to form a direct lineage.
On November 18, 2001,
Kristie and Max and I sat outside and watched the Leonid Meteor Shower
(see November 1998 article).
Everyone, prepare yourselves for work because that's what the Year of the Horse is all about. The horse is also the strongest fire element in the Chinese zodiac, but this is a water year so expect plenty of steam - major and minor conflicts everywhere. A good year for business and hard work, probably not so good for politics.
My handmade books are
generating interest world-wide, and I am now making as much money as I
was when I supplied my books wholesale to a shop in Adelaide. Eight sales
to the US, eight to Australia - and money on its way from Norway. The
main reason for the Gekko being four months late is because of the extra
time put into making books and securing international sales.
(click any book for a better view)
My work at the PIRSA Bookshop
- Roseworthy Information Centre - ended abruptly with a migraine, and
I found myself back at DETE sooner than expected. My old DETE spooty boss
was gone (to PIRSA oddly enough) and life was a quiet, pleasant and well-paid
we finally replaced our bale of hay air conditioner with a real one -
not like we need it yet because of the weather. Adelaide experienced the
coolest start to summer since 1964 with the first 18 days of December
averaging a maximum temperature of 22.8°C - a nice change from the
record-breaking hot summer we had last year. Even in February we only
had a couple of days over 30°C. March and April have remained cool
- but very dry
We traditionally celebrate Chinese New Year at the Lotus
Restaurant in Melbourne Street, North Adelaide. This time there were 10
of us - Riff, Bec, Joe, Annette, Belinda, Adam, Moira, Steve, Kristie,
and me. The silver lion from last year was back - early - and this year
leapt around inside, off pillars, onto tables, and spat lettuce over nearby
guests. The martial arts display was very quick, but the swordwork was
nice and I appreciated the backflip. The banquet was plentiful, though
we were still able to walk (not like last year) - Riff & Bec took
home what was left.
We first heard about hybrid
cars years ago when trials were being done in Europe. The idea was to
have two motors - one electric, one petrol - increasing fuel efficiency
by using half the energy. We waited and , eventually, rumours began to
surface in Australia.
(click car for a better view)
Economy and speed...
Gadgetry and driving skills...
Jase was working at the
Show this year, so I could go whenever I felt like it. And I did.
I expect the biggest thing
to happen in my life for the past few months was the purchase of a new
car. I had taken the Honda in for a service in preparation for the Christmas
Interstate trek. A $200 full service ended up costing me $100, pistons
losing compression, muffler holier than the Madonna of Guadeloupe, suspension
lacking suspense, O rings going crusty. Rather than spend several thousand
dollars on getting all that fixed, the following day I went out a bought
a car. I am really happy with how much I paid, I haggled really well and
nearly made a man cry with my hard-ass line, got the colour (yellow) that
I wanted AND managed to get a $600 trade in for the Honda. I love air
conditioning and the CD player.
Christmas began early
with the hunt for Christmas lights - first locally and then out to Port
Adelaide and Lobethal (where the entire town lights up for Christmas).
On a similar topic - I've been swapping e-mails with some old friends from high school that I haven't spoken to for years (Mellissa Johnson & Rachel Chapman). There is a website at http://www.schoolfriends.com.au where past students and teachers can register and find people with whom you went to school - and there are more people registering every day. Very real and worthwhile - you can find old friends even after marriage/surname changes, and exchange messages while keeping your personal e-mail details anonymous.
My 14-year-old nephew, Jonathon, visited after Christmas. We all played lots of PlayStation (SSX Tricky), went to the St Kilda Beach adventure playground, walked the dog on Anstey Hill and saw a gekko (at night), and watched the Haunted Castle 3D movie at IMAX. (The IMAX cinema in Adelaide closed at the end of January 2002 - see article)
The Allure of Movies
Here is a list of movies we've seen lately (and a few odd ones we forgot to mention last time) ranked again according to re-see-ability. The Others deserves special mention for sheer quality (saw it twice and it was still creepy), and you should demand to be paid real money before seeing Jurassic Park 3 - truly woeful. Each movie is linked to a decent review.
The Allure Lounge Cinema
Kristie (as Naga the Serpent girl)
Next time you are in Adelaide
and want a really fancy meal, try Lenzerheide on Belair Road. Jase took
me out to dinner for our 9 year anniversary. WOW! The food is awesomely
tasty, the waiters are silver service trained and the decor is rather
apricot. But don't let that put you off - the lamb dish that I ate for
mains was so tender and lamby that I nearly cried for joy. If you do decide
to go there, take plenty of cash, because it's expensive but SO worth
it. Bit of extra advice, make sure that you leave enough room for dessert.
Bluff the Penguin (Secret Agent) escaped Warren's secret base on the moon only to fall foul of the Uberhound's freaky time travel trap.
With Bluff gone, what tyranny does the evil hound have planned for our fragile little world?
Click here for the full-page print version.