Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Sun, friends and Iggy

Well, I am no longer a Big Day Out virgin. BDO 2006, although apparently smaller than the last few years, lived up to it's name and exceeded my expectations. Iggy of course was the highlight. He is a crazy, crazy man yet oh so awesome.

It started out with a bottle of wine (WELL before the sun was over the yardarm) at home and with that finished, Graeme got into a dress. He he. The three of us eventually left a lot later than planned (Graeme decided not to cross-dress for the event in the end) but got there with plenty of time to spare before the real action started.

We positioned ourselves in one of the cages that supply beer and met a few randoms. There were vague efforts made to meet up with others but in the end it really was just the luck of the draw.

The day was extremely hot and we didn't really know where we were going or what we were doing but we finally set up a semi permanent camp in the main stadium and found a few people.
Kings of Leon was the first major name that we saw. Good but not the highlight. Time plodded on and Franz Ferdinand put on a good show yet J and I were determined to stand at the next door stage because Iggy was playing after that.

He was amazing. Bouncing around all over the place exposing his ass crack the whole time. In retrospect I wish we'd been closer but either way, we were there! We had a good view, just not quite close enough to get some really good photos.

Afterwards, we watched a bit of the White Stripes but were lured towards the excitement of the fair ground rides. The Super Loop had a big queue so we abandoned the main stadium to find the other rides. The Octopus nearly killed me (I was doing a running commentary of our imminent deaths) and within 5 minutes of stumbling away from that, went on the bloody Wipe Out which left us all feeling decidedly awful and we had to take a 10 min sitdown in an attempt to recover. Fat Freddy's was the closing show which (and we should have known this) attracted EVERYONE, all 35,000 people, into one of the smaller stages. The light was odd and crowds were seething. We left pretty shortly after that and came home to have a wind down glass of wine and then bed.

And now, 5 days later, my legs are still killing me. I think that's a sure sign of a good time.

K xx

Although not the best view, it's a pretty cool photo... Fat Freddy's Drop Posted by Picasa

J and G Posted by Picasa

Iggy on form Posted by Picasa

Me getting Lei'd Posted by Picasa

Jen and Alice in the beer cage Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

sorry bout the lag


I am sorry that we have been so slack. I am irked (oooh!) because I have a million great photos to show you all but my computer had le tantrum last night and then I had a tantrum and...well, no photos.

But I have been having a fantastic time in Welly. The flat is cool and I am so glad that I am back with my friends (me and Em had a monster victory at Pictionary the other day which, though it sounds a bit lame written down, was AWESOME). We've been hanging at the beach, and picnicing up at the Botanical Gardens where lots of live music is being played all summer. Yay for Wellington. Rosie was down for a while as well, so lots of fun was had, though she has now left BOO HOO!

Big Day Out on Thursday. All flatties attending, plus K and Alice. Going to be a good day!

Photos forthcoming...

Keep in touch, especially 'Strines..

J xox

Friday, January 13, 2006

Welcome to 2006

Hello everyone and welcome to this hopefully wonderful new year. I hope all celebrations went as planned and that everyone had a monumentally happy New Year. I have set my hopes high for this year to be good filled with intense study counteracted by intense funness when I get the time.

Things are changing once again as all the people I have come to know and love up here are departing for far more exciting places such as Welly and Melbourne. Damn them. But at the same time at least all my nearest and dearest are in the same country as I am at long last and therefore visiting is made oh so much easier. Plus my Martina is moving up here very soon and I am overjoyed about that. And J is visiting for the Big Day Out next week which will be fantabulous.

And the weather is amazing. Very hot and sunny. Mum (who is up here for the Heineken Open) and I went out to Goat Island the other day and went snorkelling with huge snapper and blue mau mau. It was awesome. Highly recommended. Splendid day out. And Pakiri beach is beautiful too.

Anyway, room is in desperate need of a clean up (haven't unpacked since New Year) so i better get onto it.

Love to one and all!
K xx

Friday, January 06, 2006

the boys are back in town and j too

Heya peoples...

I am back in gorgeous Welly...the weather has been remarkably good and I mean that literally. People look suspiciously up at the beautiful clear skies and mumble to themselves that it's perfect now....but the fear remains.

Anyhow, I am happy to be back, though those of you who have made a big move (OZ ain't far but it felt far) know about the almost depressive anti-climax that follows the return. It's good to be back with all my buddies again.

Christmas was on the boat/ Waiheke Island and was brilliant and fun and I got on with my brother so the miracle of the birth of baby Jesus obviously brushed off on the family for once.

New Years in the Hawkes Bay was also brilliant and fun and involved nothing more strenuous than marathon drinking/cards games. I am bad at poker, tolerable at 500, betting is not my thing apparently so I can cross that particular addiction off my long list.

Me and dorkus will try to be a bit more consistent with the blogging. In the meantime, much love to everyone out there and I hope you are happy and having fun.

J xoxox