This is a picture of my kids, Anna and Ben, taken at a photobooth that's part of the Warhol exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane until 30 March.
They became bored with the main rooms (filled with Andy's paintings, films, and collections that he'd made - Oh I so could have spent another hour there) but they adored the kid's section.
Apart from this photo experience, there was a chance to have their "15 seconds of fame". You can sit down in front of a camera and then 15 seconds later see yourself on the wall in beautiful black and white film, slowed down.
There was also a drawing spot where you could display your own art.
And of course, Andy's "Silver Clouds" - a room full of silver balloons.
High quality children's experience that I loved as well.
Susan Kiefel, pictured, has just been appointed to the High Court of Australia. Having been a Federal Court Judge for some 10 plus years, Justice Kiefel now rises to the most coveted of positions in the legal profession.
She's the third female only who has risen to the bench since it's creation a century ago.
Susan left school at 15. Through a combination of intelligence and unswerving determination, she has achieved the most prestigious of all ranks in her profession.
She's my cousin too.
We are all so very proud of this woman. Congratulations Susan. You deserve this.
As I write, Powderfinger are performing their first song in a gig at Elephant Rock, Currumbin (Gold Coast). It's ANZAC day here, a national day of remembrance for the Diggers who fought and died at Gallipoli in WW 1. My grandfather was there, he returned with what would now be called PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Anzac day remembers all men and women who fought in both wars. My father fought in WW 2. "It takes 3 generations to get over a war" a colleague once said. Food for thought.
It's a public holiday, kicking off with dawn services all over the country progressing into a day of Aussie pastimes: the beach, games of 2up, lots of music.
Powderfinger are backed in the Freedom concert by all major groups of War Vets, citing it as a celebration of the freedom they fought and died for.
Powderfinger's new album just about to be released! First one in 3 years - Yeeeeeehaaaaaaa!
I really wasn't prepared for my dental appointment this morning. It's been 2 years and numerous visits since my massive panic attack whilst undertaking root canal work and I've become a master at the art of breath relaxation during these gruelling affairs. (Tip: Close your eyes and breathe verrryyy slowly and regularly. If you are a visual type get a pleasent picture happening. If not, repeat a simple word or phrase as you breathe. Eg. "Calm" or "I'm safe").
So I waited, recognizing the ball of anxiety sitting in the pit of my stomach and picked up The Little Book Of Beauty by Kaz Cooke
Truly, I was giggling on and off for half an hour. This is one very funny woman with a sensibility ( or is it a nonsense - ability ?) around the beauty industry and it's pressure on women.
At the back of the book, she describes herself as (not an exact quote) " A hauntingly beautiful model trapped in someone else's body".
It's full of beauty "tips" that really make a girl laugh and put it right up the beauty industry at the same time. It completely made me forget to breathe and relax, I was giggling too much. One of my favourites is:
"Disguise cold sores by gluing sequins onto them".
"The neck can get very 'crepey' and old looking. This is because you're getting crepey and old".
Needless to say, when the needle went in, my bottom lip twitched uncontrollably...But at least I'd had a damn good laugh beforehand!