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Subject:In Australia and like Cleverman?
Time:11:19 am
Follow the link for a chance to win a trip to the set!  I'll get extra entries if you do, but hey, hopefully you like me enough that you don't mind.
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Subject:If you're in Australia and want to help with feral animal control
Time:02:08 pm
 Basically, if you see something (or I guess hear something)  - say something.  https://www.feralscan.org.au/ There's an app too.

"35 per cent of all global mammal extinctions since 1500 have been Australian (30 out of 84 world-wide extinctions). Australia has lost 29 mammals since European colonisation, and feral predators are implicated in 28 of these extinctions." http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-19/fact-check-does-australia-have-one-of-the-highest-extinction/6691026


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Subject:I've been to the island of spirits across the water
Time:04:46 pm
Quite a lot of writing and lots of photos. Scroll down if you just want to see the photos. The link to Rob's photos is near the bottom of the text. 

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipONtv9HgeOrDLLw1gGodbrHUgeYRWLiqYa4bXvQqUytcPdma49Jvi03yGAefjZ7Kg?key=Y0cydmsyZ3p3U0RfTTM5MFViZUVoUk04alBDTDB3

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Subject:Good landing to Fedor!
Time:03:19 pm
 Saw #fedorkonyukhov go over Rottnest this morning, he was making good time.

Fedor in his beautiful balloon over Rottnest
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Subject:A fine cover
Time:07:22 am
https://youtu.be/H18XBTDNF78 I love the cake deployment unit.And a capella is lovely. It's the Portal theme.



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Subject:Good and Bad
Time:09:26 am
Cough, cough, macropod.Collapse )


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Subject:Hunt for the Wildepeople
Time:04:49 pm
Well, that was fun. If you liked Whale Rider, Footrot Flats, and Lord of the Rings scenery. If you've ever lived in a country town. Or dealt with the department of child services. If you would like to have the cast list well and truly on the non-Caucasian side. A very humorous romp with the odd uncanny note that NZ films tend to ring then I think you'd enjoy this.

9/10 Majestical and surfing with the Whale Rider on the Sid and Nancy Scale.

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Subject:Auslan version of Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters at Marloo Theatre
Time:12:14 pm
So the wonderful people at Marloo Theatre up in Greenmount, Western Australia are doing Wyrd Sisters for quite a few performances.

Here's the website - http://www.marlootheatre.com.au/  But they're doing one special performance on the 22nd, in AUSLAN for the deaf and hard of hearing - so if you, or anyone you know would be interested, there you are. 

AUSLAN Version of Wyrd Sisters.



Wyrd Sisters Poster
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Subject:Explore the jarrah forest at night and help conservation
Time:09:06 am
All without leaving your chair! https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/birgus2/western-shield-camera-watch/classify

Western Shield has a citizen science zooniverse project - if you're a Western Australian, this is practically in your back yard compared to most other Zooniverse projects, so you might be interested in a local do. Everyone else, here's the fierce and mighty denizens of the primordial Jarrah forest - the terrible Quenda, the dreadful Grey Kangaroo and of course, the Quokka amongst many other fierce creatures. For science!  This was also posted at http://leecetheartist.dreamwidth.org/354883.html. You could reply there by clicking here.
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Subject:Great Western Woodlands talk for Perth folks
Time:11:29 am
Perthites might be interested in a free talk on the Great Western Woodlands, from the Wilderness Society. It's on at Central Tafe tomorrow night. RSVP here.

" Stretching from the wheatbelt to the Nullarbor Plain, this is the largest intact temperate woodland left on earth. In fact, it is about the same size as England.

But it's not just size that makes it so special, it has incredible species richness. The GWW has around 3000 species of flowering plants, a fifth of all known flora in Australia. It also supports an array of mammals, reptiles, frogs and birds. Aboriginal occupation is currently dated back 22,000 years and it is also a place of cultural significance. "



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Subject:Why it's not just a plane.
Time:12:52 pm
The biggest plane in the world comes to Perth.Collapse )</div>
The not-so-ugly legal bits:
All photos and videos at the above link are ©2016 Rob Masters, and are provided under a Creative Commons Australia 4.0 BY-NC-SA international license - see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/ for more details. The short form is that you can share and modify these, as long as you attribute Rob as the original source and keep these terms, and you cannot sell them. So resharing the link is no problem, resharing individual photos is fine - as long as you link it back to me somehow, and you can make collages or whatever out of them, as long as you still link back to Rob and keep to the same terms.



 
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Subject:Some fanfic doesn't make me hiss and back away
Time:12:41 pm
I usually regard fan fiction with loathing, usually repressed with polite silence when people go on about it. On very rare occasions - usually about once every couple of years, a notable exception may come to my attention. There was that one with Captain America's public relations http://idiopath-fic-smile.tumblr.com/post/117149098318/steve-rogers-pr-disaster-gen-4k or the one with Sherlock and Mornington Crescent http://definewisdom.livejournal.com/36181.html . This time it involves Hermione and money. Lots of money. http://the-toast.net/2016/05/11/the-first-line-of-every-fan-fiction-i-have-started-writing-once-i-found-out-emma-watson-was-named-in-the-panama-papers/  This was also posted at http://leecetheartist.dreamwidth.org/354240.html. You could reply there by clicking here.
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Subject:Unexpected side effects.
Time:03:42 pm
 A side effect of these Trekz bone conducting headphones I did not expect. The start of the Shoes Remix of This Too Shall Pass from OK Go sounds like pop rocks are going off in my sinus cavities. I don't have the volume up very high but nevertheless. This was also posted at http://leecetheartist.dreamwidth.org/353986.html. You could reply there by clicking here.
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Subject:The Foreigner by The Darlington Theatre Players
Time:09:05 pm
 
The Foreigner a comedy by Larry Shue directed by Rob Warner.

Indubitably remarkable.

There are kind of spoilers below. Mild ones. For those who don't want to be spoiled the short form is: Go see it, it's funny and it does my favourite play justice. Then come back and read my review. 

Wed 4 May 2016, 8:00pm
Frid 6 May 2016, 8:00pm
Sat  7 May 2016, 8:00pm 

Marloo Theatre 20 Marloo Road, Darlington, PerthReviewCollapse )
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Subject:20 years anniversary of being married and playing around together.
Time:09:16 am
 20 years married and still gaming together whoo!
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Subject:What a lovely day for a paddle
Time:09:16 pm
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Subject:New, to me, art supply store - Oxlades.
Time:04:52 pm
 Worth knowing if you need art supplies in the area, or just a different take than Riot or Jack$on'$. They're a Queensland company, and have been here in Western Australia for a couple of years now, but aren't well known. Worth having a browse through.

Oxlades Art Supplies 2/49 Guthrie St, Osborne Park WA 6017
Monday to Friday 8:30 to 4:30 Saturday 10:00 to 2:00
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Subject:I love living in the future.
Time:10:34 am
 Well, I must say these Trekz bone conducting headphones are great - I've never been able to wear headphones or earplugs comfortably at all, this is pretty good. Pretty good sound too. Plus I look space age and all.

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Subject:It's a nice day
Time:03:31 pm
I don't know if many people with kids of the right ages in my area read this blog or not, but I think this little workshop might be quite worthwhile.
Rob and I went to the adult class yesterday, and had a great time. They even had GF biscuits available. I would certainly consider going again.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/block-print-your-own-tote-bag-workshop-kids-7-12-years-tickets-22516900656
- you really have to book!
Use rubber and ink to print your very own designs onto a tote bag! All materials and light refreshments supplied.
 
Date:    Saturday 9 April 2016
Time:    9.30am - 12.30pm
Venue: Henderson Environment Centre
Groat Street, North Beach
Cost:    $20.00
Ages:   7 - 12 years 

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Subject:Swancon 2016
Time:10:32 pm
 
I'm trying to keep a record of daily goings on at Swancon, but it's going to be a lot easier for me to do that at https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/Yj4kMB at Google Plus. You shouldn't need to log in or have an account, you can just read.

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Subject:Phewf
Time:10:28 am
Sculptures by the Sea was fun on Wednesday, but wow, was it windy! Some of the sculptures were being hauled to safety so they didn't blow away. These were not light objects either! We took Mum to see The Force Awakens yesterday, she enjoyed it, and we certainly enjoyed seeing it again. 

Not your normal boardgame - World of Yoho will be playing at Swancon if you contact me or Rob Masters. But first download the app on cheap bandwidth because it's a biggie. This plays very well, and is a hoot!




We are getting ready for Swancon. The games we're bringing are packed.  A crate of storytelling games for the Storytelling Games panel Rob and I are on,  a crate of dexterity games which really lightens up the games room these days, and the Ticket to Ride crate because Rob wanted it as there's maps we have not played and a crate of games we actually both want to play. Above and Below is in there, and Spirits of the Rice Paddy, Cacao and other recent kickstarters.  There looks to be a great gaming stream this year, and Mr O'Brien from Chaosium is an invited guest, and is bringing some new vamps of old favourites to playtest! 

The Astrofest was great fun, we got a new pair of massive binoculars which have very good light gathering capabilities. Got a great view of the ISS as she went over last night, and I saw some of  the moons of Jupiter through it the other night.

The Gluten Free Expo was delicious. One of the most interesting new things to me was the Raspberry flavoured beer from Wilde. A sharp tang of raspberry, and definitely a beer, not at all sweet. I will petition Cellarbrations to get it.

Rob and I have been deliberately going to bed an hour or so earlier than usual to get in good sleep before Swancon. Thanks to Lilysea I was able to duck into Perth last week, and get immunised. For the first time I got a fever afterwards. Rob claims I was 'out of it' but I don't think I was that bad. Poss cooked us delicious fettuccine Bologna - http://www.itchefs-gvci.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=587&Itemid=976 only with bacon and not pancetta. It was delicious.
We had brought the raspberry beer, some gourmet marshmallows and donuts from the expo for dessert, and had a good night's viewing.
We watched the pilot episode to the Shannara series, and we thought it was pretty good.

Well, now I'm going to wash, clean up and think about what clothes to take to Swancon.

Looks like a Djeran week coming up, getting cooler and even some rain, hooray!

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Subject:Busy busy things to do I just can't understand people who say Perth is boring.
Time:01:09 pm
 Well it's WABA tomorrow the 12th of March 2016 at Mount Claremont. I wonder what we'll play - first time for a while we haven't filled in our or someone else's dance card.

If you would like to play, learn or just enjoy boardgames come along. The first visit is free. Subsequent visits $5:00.

The meeting will be at the Mount Claremont Community Centre on Montgomery Avenue and will run from 1pm to 9pm tomorrow

But we will be leaving early, because we'd like to go to the Astrofest - pre register here http://www.astronomywa.net.au/astrofest.html for a chance to win some booty if you're going. Maybe we might see you!

And on Sunday we're thinking of going to the Chlli Festival in Fremantle. http://www.araluenbotanicpark.com.au/festivals/chillifestival/ It's in Fremantle, which is a good bit closer than Araluen. Hope we can make it there, we'll see how we're travelling. Might see you there too!

There is also going to be a non-WABA wargames meeting in Perth on the 10th of April 2016 with a view to a regular meet up. I'll take OGRE Designer's Edition.

Uniting Church in the City Hall, 97 William St Perth
Sunday the 10th of April, 11am-7pm
$5 Entry


In the meantime Swancon Is Coming. Rob and I are on a panel about storytelling games but we're dodging other engagements because after last year we put in an awful lot of effort to the gaming stream and we don't want to burn ourselves out.  That said, having Michael O'Brien from Chaosium attending, with some playtesting of games he's bringing with him in the offing is tremendously exciting.

The Gluten Free Expo is on next weekend here in Perth. The Sculptures by the Sea is running until the 20th of March at Cottesloe. I think Djeran (the season that follows the hottest part of the year, cooling relief) is starting to be evident - quite early really. It would be wonderful to have a long one, because it is the premier time of year for outdoor activities. Like... kayaking and cycling and walking.
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Subject:Baby mythical animals again.
Time:04:12 pm
Just a baby qilin. 
For those stretch goals at the Baby Bestiary https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/metalweavedesigns/baby-bestiary-volume-2-and-vol-1-reprint/posts/1508098 This was also posted at http://leecetheartist.dreamwidth.org/351251.html. You could reply there by clicking here.
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Subject:Baby mythical animals.
Time:11:03 am
Another drawing from me to help with raising awareness of this project - The Baby Bestiary 

I've created a new species for you to look at.
Baby Rainforest Dragons take a while to grow into their legs.
I came across a baby gecko the other day, and it was so cute, all feet and head and huge eyes, which inspired this.


Colourful rainforest baby dragon with long legs



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Time:05:27 pm
 

So adorable!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/metalweavedesigns/baby-bestiary-volume-2-and-vol-1-reprint/posts/1489427

They've got some fun ways to encourage community involvement. One of them is either colouring drawings they supply and then posting a pic, or drawing babies of your own. So here's a quick baby Basilisk chick.

Baby basilisks are precocious.
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Subject:Gluten Free Expo in Western Australia March 19 and 20, 2016
Time:10:29 am
Always worth while and some new exhibitors!

 http://www.glutenfreeinwa.com.au/

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Subject:Bye bye Fringe and hello hot water.
Time:07:42 am
Getting into hot water can be harder than you think.Collapse )


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Subject:The Burly and the Burlesque - Saucy Jack and The Space Vixens Review
Time:12:36 pm
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Subject:Review: Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes
Time:02:08 pm
 Last night we went to see http://www.fringeworld.com.au/program/event/9fe447c8-7005-4612-a6ad-2d7dd25254e6/ - Adventures of The Improvised Sherlock Holmes.  This was pretty dear to my heart, because I'm very fond of Sherlock and of improv - so seeing it all come together was pretty neat.

SIr Arthur Conan Doyle hands out cards to write a title of his unpublished Holmes story on, which they'll then, if drawn, turn into reality. While I was a little disappointed that my suggestion of The Case of the Gabardine Life Preserver wasn't drawn from the hat we were soon drawn into the mysterious case of the Missing Mobile Phone.

The cast was lively and playful, full of esoteric bits of Victoriana trivia and not above trying to trip one another up from time to time. Inviting two characters to dinner when they were played by the same person, for example, all taken in good humour and to audience merriment.

There were bits where an actor would pause, squint and try to work out if something was invented yet, a familiar feeling to anyone rpging or writing in the era. What's clear is that these actors love the stories just as much as we do, and are revelling in the chance to play in Doyle's creation.

Me to "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle' - "I'm a great fan of your work"
'Sir Arthur Conan Doyle' - "Yes, I'm a great fan of myself."

There's shows on tonight, tomorrow and Saturday. I'm surprised it hasn't sold out.

Highly recommended 8.5 and going on a treasure hunt with Dr Joseph Bell on the Sid and Nancy Scale.

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Subject:Review: The Kransky SIsters
Time:01:24 pm
You have a big collection of cane toad skins, don"t you? (don"t you) You flatten them out (flatten them out) in the clothes wringer (clothes wringer) and peg them out (peg them out) to dry. (to dry.)Collapse ) This was also posted at http://leecetheartist.dreamwidth.org/349643.html. You could reply there by clicking here.
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Subject:Welcome to Night Vale on the stage.
Time:12:00 pm
The City Council announces the opening of a new dog park at the corner of Earl and Sommerset, near the Ralph’s. They would like to remind everyone that dogs are not allowed in the dog park. People are not allowed in the dog park. It is possible that you will see hooded figures in the dog park. DO NOT APPROACH THEM. DO NOT APPROACH THE DOG PARK. The fence is electrified and highly dangerous. Try not to look at the dog park, and, especially, do not look for any period of time at the hooded figures. The dog park will not harm you.Collapse ) This was also posted at http://leecetheartist.dreamwidth.org/349343.html. You could reply there by clicking here.
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Subject:Review: Monroe & Associates
Time:11:58 am

Monroe and Associates is a fully immersive interactive theatrical live action roleplaying experience. It's thoroughly enjoyable, well presented and exciting. You are briefed, enter the caravan, and from then on you're in the world of Monroe and Associates, your only contact with the world outside the caravan the telephone, and various characters who may turn up to knock on your door.

There are puzzles to solve, and decisions to make. The sound and the lighting are controlled by the supporting performer and the whole thing is just great fun. If you've ever wanted to be Travis McGee, Spencer for Hire, Sam Spade or even wanted to leaf through the  Rockford Files or at least his caravan, this would be your chance. Or it would be if it wasn't as usual, sold out, and rightfully so.

I can't tell you anything about the plotline without spoiling it for you, but rest assured, you will make your own entertainment, and you will get your money's worth. You have amnesia, a hat and the key to a caravan. They tell you you're Frankie Monroe.  

This is one of the most well thought out and crafted entertainments I've ever seen.

10/10 outstanding and spending a busy day at the office of The Middleman on the Sid & Nancy scale.  This was also posted at http://leecetheartist.dreamwidth.org/348970.html. You could reply there by clicking here.
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Subject:Tubular Bells For Two at the Fremantle Town Hall
Time:11:00 pm
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Subject:Sweet Dreams - Songs by Annie Lennox with Michael Griffiths.
Time:12:00 pm
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This was Michael's last show for the Perth Fringe this year, he's heading off to Queensland for his next show and try to see him if you're fond of the Eurythmics, because he does a fine and sensitive job.
Hope he comes back next year.

9/10 powerful and moving and finding the briefcase with the two figurines in it from the old Live From Heaven video on the Sid and Nancy Scale.

Outside mer-acrobats, a stilted jellyfish and a huge moray eel entertained passersby. I will definitely be looking into more fringe events in Mandurah. The food vans here have much more gluten free options than the Cultural Centre fringe ones do.  This was also posted at http://leecetheartist.dreamwidth.org/348576.html. You could reply there by clicking here.
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Subject:Aaaand Now for Something Completely Improvised.
Time:09:45 pm
 Well Flash in the Can is with us again and treated us to a show of Aaand Now for Something Completely Improvised. These are the people behind Aaand Now For Something Completely Wireless, also an improv masterpiece.  In tonight's show a forgetful old grandfather, prompted by audience members sets the scene for the story to be acted out by these skilled performers. So we had the Story of Boris (whose dark secret was that he had 3 left feet) and The Mashed Banana.

We learned from audience members that it was set in Aberdeen, in the U.K and begins in a library. The cast pulled this all into a dramatic narrative involving Boris the Librarian's plot to translate all of the books in the Aberdeen Library into Scottish as should be right and proper in that place, a childless couple, 7800 babies, Leviticus and quite a lot of mashed banana.  With scene and costume changes too, and a side note from one of the actors, who was born in Aberdeen.

This was all wrapped up in a satisfying and clever conclusion. These stories will be different each night, of course, and the actors all have their own shows as well other Flash in the Can shows so there's a lot of hard work and brains there. 

8.5 (this was the preview, they will get even better) out of 10 super and watching the Radio Prune / Whose Line Is It Anyway Mornington Crescent championship playoffs on the Sid and Nancy Scale. This was also posted at http://leecetheartist.dreamwidth.org/348168.html. You could reply there by clicking here.
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Subject:Nosferatu with Viola Dana the Perth Band
Time:10:00 pm
 
Nosferatu with live score composed and played by Viola Dana.

This was an amazing experience down at Scarborough Beach at the Sunset Verandah - Big Top tonight. You unfortunately don't have the chance to see this performance at the rest of the Fringe as it was one night only. Not the usual Fringe 1 hour show. Not something the performers could do over and over - this is intense work.

They played a very good restoration of the classic horror film Nosferatu, and the band provided the score to it - live and with no stops.

This adds true intensity to cinema. For nearly two hours the band played constantly building the sound picture and the soul of the film.

As the band took their bows, it was clear that despite making it look and sound easy, playing to an unremitting conductor was physically and mentally exhausting. But exhilarating too and the audience certainly picked it up.

I never knew anybody was doing this sort of thing locally and I'm going to keep my eye on them.

They will be doing Buster Keaton's The General at the Hyde Park Festival on the 14th and I urge you to go, because it is quite stupendous to have this cinematic experience. More info herehttp://www.vincent.wa.gov.au/Your_Community/Whats_on_in_Vincent/Events/Events_2016/Summer_Concert_14_Feb

Left to right - Tristen Parr on cello, Jozef Grech on guitar, Kathy Corecig on violin, Pete Guazzelli handling MC and percussion. Photo by +Rob Masters 

The Perth Band Viola Dana

10/10 fantastic and being invited to watch Young Frankenstein in company with the original cast.
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Subject:Fringe on the Quay
Time:02:33 pm
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Subject:Puddles Pity Party
Time:07:44 am


Puddles Pity Party

Some of Rob's photos from last night.
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This is an extraordinary performer with a golden voice and great stage presence. A lot of people find clowns confronting or frightening, Puddles isn't like that. Now while I'm not phobic myself he comes across as a very sympathetic fellow so if you're trying to be brave he might be the clown to start with as therapy.

His is a very subtly nuanced performance and I've rarely seen such delicacy  in a clown performance. Unique and sympathetic performance. 

There is audience participation. There is nowhere safe to sit to not be picked but Puddles is lovely.

As Rob Masters says, if you see only one Fringe show this year, you're doing it wrong. But if time or money constrained me, this is the one show I'd see. Actually, let's put it this way - if there was one Fringe show I'd see again, this would be it. In fact I will try to.

There's three more shows, 2nd, 3rd and 4th of February 2016. 

Puddles welcomes you to take a snap during the performance which is super! He lets you take pictures with him after the show too.

10/10 mellifluous and up to the neck in dark chocolate fondue watching the Mirror Scene from Duck Soup on the Sid and Nancy Scale. This was also posted at http://leecetheartist.dreamwidth.org/347623.html. You could reply there by clicking here.
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Subject:Slump night
Time:09:34 pm
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Subject:More about Mandurah Houseboating, in between Fringe reviews.
Time:08:57 pm
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Subject:Tiny Fringe Ferris Wheel
Time:11:38 am
The tiny Fringe Ferris Wheel is worth a ride. The last portable ferris wheel in Western Australia makes for a captivating view of the Cultural Centre and surrounds. A ten to fifteen minute ride with a fairly relaxed crew "Just let us know when you're ready to get off".

7 dollars.

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Subject:Two Ruby Knockers One Jaded Dick
Time:11:30 am
 We saw this highly amusing show last night. It's the first time I've ever seen a Mentalist in the flesh. Tim Motley plays the detective Dirk Darrow.  In the role of a 1930's detective noir comedy musical mentalist prestidigitator.  And there's not too many of them about. This show is all sold out so you will have to wait until next year for a stream of unending wit, mixed metaphors in a lightning stream of patter and single entendres and audience participation. Tim has great stage presence and isn't at all rattled when an audience member flubs a cue, he makes it part of the act with true professionalism. Great show last night.
"Now - the gentleman wearing the tablecloth - "
Audience laughs
"Be quiet! If a picnic should happen, he's prepared, and you're not."

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Subject:Impromptunes at the Bok Choy Theatre, Noodle Palace. Fringeworld.
Time:10:41 am
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We saw a performance of this last night at the Bok Choy Theatre in the Noodle Palace. It's on the 2nd floor of Central Tafe. When approaching, if you have your ticket already you'll be directed up the scaffolding stairs to the third floor which is the rooftop series of bars.  

There's a lift for access if requested.

Well Impromptunes don't need me plugging it, it's extraordinarily entertaining and it was a full house last night. The performers are energetic, enthused and very very capable.  The shouted suggestion from the audience was "Lights, Camera, Dead!" and launched us into the musical dramas besetting Andrew and Peter Parker - brothers, one an actor trying to save his career against the dastardly Justin Bieber. Murder, drugs, intrigue and the amazing Jimmy the Mad Snake of debatable nationality and amazing special effects. Improv is challenging at the best of times but to improvise an entire musical with music (think Richard Vranch quality from the guy on keyboard) is just extraordinary. You'll go away sore from laughing and with earworms.  

9/10 Highly Recommended and having your own theme music on the Sid and Nancy Scale.
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Subject:A little bit about the houseboat week.
Time:04:20 pm
Leading up to and away from the new year period Rob and I rented a great big houseboat. This was a thank you to the people who have selflessly thrown open their house to a bunch of varying personalities for a few days over the past few new years themselves, with us included.

We know we liked being on the water, and we'd done the houseboat thing before ourselves and found it immense fun, so we decided to invite the people and some others, and have some boardgaming on the water.

The boat we decided on was The Murray River Queen from Mandurah Houseboats. She's a big 10 berther, and is the usual double pontoon and and twin engine design. No, you don't need a skipper's ticket to hire a houseboat, you just need to do the course before you set out, a practical which might take one or two hours, depending on how you go.

Her home berth is Ravenswood, so off we went and picked her up, did the course and set out.

Mandurah's estuarine waters are a vast shallow fish and crab nursery - so big that in the middle of it you can see the effects of the curvature of the Earth, far away on the horizon. Using binoculars you realise that you are seeing only the top half of trees on the shore.

Here's our robust vessel. You can see we had room for the kayaks aft. We're docked here at Cooper's Mill, one of the oldest buildings in the State. It's a non-functioning mill on an island near the mouth of the Murray River (Western Australia, not the other big Murray in Australia)

More later.

The Murray River Queen docked at Cooper&quot;s Mill.
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Subject:My Fringe Favourites
Time:06:57 pm

Here's what I'm interested in - won't get to them all, but at least I know what's what.

www.fringeworld.com.au/favourites/1506988/

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Subject:Treasure Ships at the Art Gallery of Western Australia
Time:06:53 pm
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Although Fringe hasn't quite opened yet this exhibition is part of it. It is very interesting, with a very diverse mix of artifacts, and may really interest those with textile leanings. Although there's a lot more than cloth to look at.

The app is pretty nice and makes the exhibition a real treasure hunt, adding interest and fun with animations and quizzes. You can build a ship out of Lego for a gold coin donation in real life.

The spice trade really encouraged fusion of styles and art and culture, and there are some extraordinary examples of it. 

9/10 Intrigued and a whirlwind tour of the lands of Prestor John on the Side and Nancy scale.



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Subject:Fringe, I am coming for you!
Time:08:23 pm
#fringeworld Leece is outlengthened by her stream of Fringe tickets. 
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Subject:In short.
Time:07:15 pm
 To be expanded later.

Good news:
Houseboat trip over New Year: Fantastic! Photos to come, probably later this week.

Good news:
Visit to Mandurah yesterday for icecream and swim and disc golf very pleasant.

About what you'd expect news:
Grandmother's Funeral Tomorrow. I am writing/editing speeches and speaking for other people as well as myself. Here I will point out the inadvisability of holding a funeral when the deceased requested that one not happen. This has happened because of other relatives guilting at key personnel.  I will not mention any of this in my speechifying though.

Good news:
My Fringe tickets have arrived! This year we're organised! 
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Subject:3rd grandparent to pass away
Time:08:14 am
Well, my grandmother - Nanna - passed away a few months after her 95th on Christmas Eve as mum and I were shopping.

A strong woman with the stubbornness many of her line are noted for. I should imagine she needed it raising 3 children alone.
We stayed with her a while when Mum left Dad - she took us in.

She was in pain and determined that she'd had enough.

We got to see her before she fuzzed out from the morphine and got some smiles and waves and a nice talk.

Trying to clear her room at the hostel during a gastro quarantine, over Christmas, is not a straightforward process.

My grandfather's on that side whereabouts is unknown, he left my grandmother and never came back. 

My dad's parents passed away years ago. I expect cigarettes, mustard gas, PTSD and alcohol would have been factors.

But a quiet Christmas and watching Star Wars again and visiting rellies has been nice. The presents to the young second cousins and cousins and their spouses went down well, and COGZ has been appreciated by people we've given it to.

I'm looking forward very much to the houseboat we're staying on - some peace and quiet at first, and then friends coming later.

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Subject:Water is precious!
Time:08:26 am
 Having just experienced a cracked waterpipe deep underground, I can highly recommend www.hydrosonic.com.au -  Peter Ruddle quickly found the pipe, dug it up (through a tricky maze of big tree roots) and replaced it, all with good humour and professionalism. 

He has a very interesting array of detectorers to help him in his work.

We're very impressed! So if you're in Perth, and your water meter is counting when there's no water turned on give Peter a ring. 

Our dwarf Norfolk Island Pine is going to stop looking so smug and well watered now, thieving blighter!
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