movie: Moana

movie: Moana

Since watching this at the movies with my daughter, we’ve bought the BluRay and watched it as a family umpteen times. Largely a story of girl power, a re-imagined Disney princess, a comedy-hero performance from Dwayne Johnson and a great session from Jemaine Clement. There are some concepts around reincarnation and polytheism, which my kids at least have been able to take up as the world of the movie, rather than reality. Between the characters and the story, and the Lin-Manuel Miranda songs, it’s one you’ll find on high rotation, and not mind too much.

Movie: Silence

I wanted to see Silence on the big screen. I also didn’t want to. The Scorsese films I’ve seen have been more in the category of ultra-violent, and filled with characters who little valued human life.

I was glad to have spent the time watching this one. Decades in the making, it tells a story of faith, and what to do when your faith is tested that forces the viewer to think carefully about their own experience. Its lack of soundtrack made me more aware of the sounds around me even days after watching.

former piano

Ex-piano

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I spent years learning the piano. I can still remember my late piano teacher – a lady who devoted most of her life to teaching kids like me how to be better musicians – showing me how the sustain pedal works: lifting the dampeners so they no longer press against the strings to cut off each note. Walking past this abandoned soundboard brought me right back to that moment.

cafe: Buck Hamblin, Thirroul

Marvel Street Roasters coffee. 260 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Thirroul. The original Buck Hamblin ran a shoe store here for three generations of his family, and now it’s a licensed cafe. Ex-White-Horse barista Luke Barrett is at the helm, and is running the show on a hot but quiet Saturday afternoon when I wander in.

Buck Hamblin, Thirroul

Inside, it’s a spacious, well lit place with comfortable chairs and excellent coffee. I have an espresso and a filter, and they’re both well made, and Luke is happy to explain their origins.

Buck Hamblin, Thirroul

And you have to love a place with a lego character on the espresso machine.

Buck Hamblin, Thirroul

Open 7am-4pm every day.

netflix: Minimalism: A documentary about the important things

Minimalism: A documentary about the important things

Watched this while on holidays, after reading Nathan’s review of it. I was on holidays mostly to stay home and tidy up the house – something we’ve been aiming to do for weeks – and so I was lifting boxes of things while listening to how people have dramatically simplified their lives.

Is there more happiness in getting rid of everything? Just having a tiny wardrobe, a chair, and a few technology items? Or in globe-trotting with all your possessions in two bags (and – we assume – a large bank account somewhere)?

The Weston Eatery, Canley Vale

Double Roasters. 2-4 Canley Vale Ave, Canley Vale. On the edge of Canley Vale, close to its train station, lies this newly opened cafe with a focus on delicious, instagram-friendly food.

Weston Eatery - exterior

The inside is reminiscent of Blackwood Pantry in Cronulla, with lots of light timber and white walls. It’s a beautiful space, and they’ve made the most of the space they have – fitting in as many tables and chairs as they can, but still with the airiness of the high roof.

Weston Eatery - coffee machine

 They managed to spread the colour around, and provide views into the kitchen.

Weston Eatery - front counter

 Coffee is quite good – it’s a double roasters. My espresso is gone in a single gulp.

Weston Eatery - espresso

 The flat white is even better than the espresso; balanced, with a rich mouthfeel.

Weston Eatery - flat white

 We tried quite a bit of the food, but the standout was the fried chicken burger. Just a hint of chilli, good balance, and Brasserie Bread soft bread roll.

Weston Eatery - chicken burger

If you’ve never been to Canley Vale, now might just be the time to try it out.

 

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