The day I met the Wiggles

August 24th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

I don’t often blog about my work, but this is too good not to show you.

I jumped at the chance to work with the Wiggles for Australian Cyclist Magazine.

We rolled up to Hot Potato Studios in the western suburbs of Sydney. Murray walked past us and I nonchalantly said hi.

I was such a silent fan boy.

I even got to pose with them at the end of the shoot! It’s at the last couple of seconds of the vid.


 

In the first or second year of being in Australia, my Dad took us out to see the Wiggles at Martin Place.

It was kinda awesome. I sang along, I’ll admit that.

Then afterwords, the Wiggles changed into normal clothes and walked straight past us.

Dad said ” How cool, man. This is what I like about Australia. You can be on stage then jump off and everyone respects your privacy.” I was six at the time and didn’t know what the fuck he was talking about. It makes sense now.

Of course, I was way too embarrassed to tell Anthony or Jeff any of this when I saw them 19 years later. I just stood there with a dumb happy look on my face as I shook their hands.

If you like this behind the scenes photography shit, you should check out the studio commercial blog. I man it, and it’s pretty hot.

Megan’s Health Tips

August 17th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

My beautiful, boisterous friend Megan Johnson got really sick last year. For practically three months. She started to feel better after eating healthier options and there’s such a positive change in her life. I’m so proud of her.

Sometimes I'm not the best influence on Megan! Straw up her nose!

These are the easiest health switches I’ve found. I hope this helps her. And You.

    • Join a local farmer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). A what? You basically give a local farmer $30 or so a week for a bag full of their freshest produce. It’s great because you save time at the farmers market and get introduced to all of this seasonal stuff you would never have tried. That’s how kale and I became BFFs. By you giving all the money up front, the farmer can do great things. My farmers from Bending Bridge Farm could buy a greenhouse for the winter because of the CSA and now offer an a la carte option. I miss them.

 

    • Add Chai seeds and LSA (Linseed, Sunflower seed and Almond seed meal) to smoothies.

 

    • When craving sandwiches, add tofu puffs instead of meat as a filler.

 

    • Use coconut oil when making Asian foods. Then use coconut oil as an after shower moisturiser during winter .

 

    • Michael Pollan in the Omnivore Dilema said that there isn’t that much nutritional value between organic and “normal” vegetables but there is a big difference between grain and grass fed beef. So splash out on the organic, free-range hormone free, 100% grass fed steak.

 

    • One of the healthiest people I know said to eat an apple and drink a glass of water half an hour before every meal so you have better portion control.

 

    • Rose tea is really high in Vitamin C. Brew 1/2 a cup of boiling water with five rose buds until it’s cooled. Take the rose buds out then add to 500ml of iced water. Fancy flavoured water for the win! Add lavender or peppermint for variations.

 

    • Add a tablespoon of goat cheese or yoghurt to your lentils or soups for protein.

 

    • Cheese and crackers count as a high protein snack as well.

 

    • Eat naturally coloured things; a variety of veg.

 

    •  I found that if I add a tablespoon of yoghurt to my baby spinach smoothies, I can double the spinach amount. Might be worth the experiment.

 

Feel well soon Meggsie Moo!

Back handed compliment

August 15th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Him: Together we’ll make one good person.
Me: Why, because you think long term and I think short term?
Him: No, because I think a lot and you get things done.

Thanks love.

Johnny Cash – Hurt

August 13th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Sydney To-Dos

August 12th, 2011 § 5 comments § permalink

Yes, I haven’t been blogging that much. Mike Jones mentioned it and it’s blatantly true.

I could talk about the stress lameness of moving back to your home town. How everyone already has an outline of whom you are as a person and what your role is in their lives. Or how I’ve been deeply insecure about my creativity to the point where it froze me for a couple of months (maybe half a year). Or I could talk about how much I hate Glee.

But I don’t want to do that, it’s depressive shit.

I’d rather have fun with you.

Grow with you. Laugh a little.

So my solution is this: I’ll treat Sydney (and by extension, myself) like a tourist. With fresh eyes.

This is what I’m going to accomplish:

  • Eat kangaroo.
  • Write. Put more of myself out there, more often. Not really Sydney-specific but very important.
  • Get a cheesy photo with a Koala
  • Ride the Ferris Wheel at Luna Park
  • Take a walking tour around Sydney
  • Go to a footy/afl game and drink beer and eat junk
  • Learn to Surf
  • Ride my bike on George St (the busiest street in Sydney)
  • Eat a bloody great steak
  • See something, anything at the Opera House