The Melbourne Magic Festival is once again being held 3 – 15 July at the Northcote Town Hall and beyond and I think this would be one fun school holiday activity with the kids. The Wind in the Willows is also being staged 14 – 15 July at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre in Preston with tickets available now. I’m planning on taking my children to the Van Gogh and the Seasons exhibition at the NGV before it closes on 12 July. There are a number of other arts activities both indoors and out, which I’ll post about later this week.
I ate my first pie and donut for the winter season over the weekend and have noticed a couple of new local places to try over the next few weeks. Proof Pizzeria has opened recently on Burgundy Street in Heidelberg and I missed a dinner there the other week when I was ill but it looks good. I was also speaking to some Austrian friends about the Austrian Club in West Heidelberg and if goulash doesn’t take your fancy, the sound of some of the desserts like apple strudel and chocolate cake might!
It’s a good thing I’ve managed to make it to semi-regular classes at Cinch PT in Macleod and I laughed on entering last Friday as my trainer Nikki Ellis always keeps things interesting – last week we did the ‘Olympics’ which was a circuit of running, rowing, long jump, high jump and archery tailored to an indoor studio environment while recent months have included being soldiers in the army and tradies week complete with tool kits to exercise with. It’s been a lot of fun! I think Nikki and her husband secretly like planning their themes and creating their exercise equipment and other props to suit.
The Healthy Body Book launch at Busybird Publishing at 118 Para Road, Montmorency is being held on Saturday 22 July from 3 – 5 pm and I’m happy to say that my sponsor Nikki Ellis from Cinch Training in Macleod is one of the co-authors! Refreshments will be provided – admission is free but you do need to RSVP by 18 July if you’d like to come along. This is the second book of Busybird’s Health Conscious series and Donna Campisi, author of ‘The Unlikely Marathoner’ will be launching the book.
I made it to a morning class at Cinch today and have needed to be consistent with exercise over these colder months, particularly given I’ve had a couple of dinners out over the past week. Mr Rosanna and I had dinner with some friends last Saturday night in the back dining area at one of my old favourites Paladarr Thai restaurant and cooking school housed in a former Art Deco bank building in Alphington. The food is still great although they do kick you out early being in a residential area – we were served our bill along with hot towels at 10pm! Still, the duck curry and steamed fish dishes in particular are recommended.
I spent last night catching up with an old work friend at Spanish restaurant Tinto in Burwood Road, Hawthorn and managed to snaffle a park right on Burwood Road as it was very busy when I arrived. Tinto’s been there for a while, and like Paladarr Thai, is a warm and cosy place to go in winter – it was full house last night. My girlfriend Kath and I shared both the smaller and medium sized dishes which included amongst other things some yummy field mushrooms, a seafood casserole and broccolini. I did exercise some restraint and didn’t order the churros (Spanish donuts) as much as they were tempting.
My next lecture is one for the foodies so I look forward to letting you know what that’s all about closer to the end of the month. It’s been a very sombre week world-wide and a number of my friends and colleagues are heading to London in the coming months so I am hoping they stay safe on their travels, and you as well if travelling.
The weather has turned and it’s got cold these past few days. I’ve been admiring the beautiful new winter collections from some of my favourite labels including Gorman, Obus, Miranda Murphy and Nancybird as well as Elk Accessories whose garage sale with up to 80% off started today and goes until Sunday. I walked past Green with Envy in Flinders Lane on Sunday night when I was in the city and fell in love with their beautiful shop window featuring some gorgeous floral dresses by Nicholas and an amazing fresh floral display. I was just as taken with the actual florist shop, Pollon Flowers, on the opposite side of the street whose window display was reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland but with a gold tortoise featured rather than a white rabbit.
I just wanted to mention some other upcoming markets including the Sisters’ Market in Brunswick this Sunday, Markit at Fed Square on Sunday 7 May and the Heide Mother’s Day Market in Bulleen on Saturday 13 May.
I’m hoping to make it back to my weekly class at Cinch PT sometime soon but in the meantime my very dynamic trainer Nikki has been very busy organising the Diamond Valley United Girls Night In Pamper Night and Pop Up Market event on Friday 12 May. I can’t quite keep up with her! But that’s maybe what trainers do – set the bar high.
I’ll be back next week and will have another local profile ready to go. Stay warm!
This is the title of my next Bold Thinking Series lecture and I’ve assembled an interesting panel of futurist, businessman, youth advocate and digital disrupter for Thursday 6 April at the State Library which will consider amongst other things, the jobs that will disappear in the next 20 years and the jobs of the future, the rise of robotics and Artificial Intelligence and what digitalisation and automation mean for us in middle class professional jobs or the service industry. I’m thinking that perhaps I should have studied psychology instead of public relations!
But having said that I think I’m a natural communicator and I will be holding a couple of workshops at the Leading Now 2017 leadership summit taking place at Mantra on Salt by the beach in Kingscliff, NSW from 7 – 9 May. There will be some impressive keynote speakers including Dr Louise Mahler and Dr Jason Fox and I’m grateful to have been invited to be part of this event by my former Telstra colleague Tiffany Gray. If you are interested in attending, there is actually an early bird discount if you book before Friday 31 March and even better, you’ll get an extra 15% discount if you use the code: Christina in the promotion code box when checking out – it would be lovely to see some familiar faces there from this part of the world if you can manage it.
I’m also pleased to say that Valentina Maxwell-Tansley, Ella Hinkley and I were successful in our funding application to Darebin Council on behalf of the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre with Council unanimously agreeing to increase investment in the centre along with expanding funding over the next three years in line with our recommendations. Instrumental to this has been the work of the previous Board, current Homestead staff as well as Vicky Guglielmo from Creative Culture at Council. I am looking forward to introducing the new La Trobe Art Institute team to my friends at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre in the next few weeks.
Speaking of Darebin, the Darebin Community and Kite Festival is on this weekend, as well as the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix for any petrol heads out there. I’m planning on taking it easy after a very busy past few weeks. I was out with some work colleagues last night for a casual dinner at Indian restaurant Horn Please (near the Moroccan Soup Bar) which was a great night out – the samosas, dahl and cauliflower starter dish are highly recommended. Needless to say, I forced myself to go to training at Cinch PT this morning in Macleod and Nikki and the girls at training recommended reading Tools of Titans which looks at the tactics, routines and habits of billionaires, icons and world-class performers and what commonalities there are between them in terms of concrete and actionable goals, as opposed to abstract dreams. Have a great weekend!
I made it to my first training session this morning with Nikki Ellis at Cinch PT, after having had to deal with some niggling minor health issues to start my year. I was lucky to get the last spot as classes have been very busy since the New Year. I expect to be in all sorts of pain tomorrow! Although Nikki tells me that her word for the year is ‘sore’ while my word for the year is ‘expansion’ (although I didn’t mean this in the physical sense!).
Apparently Nikki was reading about words for the year on Mamamia and if you are a fan of Mia Freedman she is going to be the guest speaker at this year’s Banyule Women in Business Lunch being held on Thursday 9 March (the day after International Women’s Day) in the Great Hall at The Centre Ivanhoe. I had dealings with Mia’s agent last year as we actually invited Mia to be on one of my lecture panels but unfortunately the stars didn’t align as Mia was going to be overseas. I think this event is likely to sell out so I would book now if you’re interested in seeing Mia.
Speaking of inspirational women, I discovered 98 year old yoga teacher Tao Porchon-Lynch online a little while ago as she’s currently featured in ads for activewear brand Athleta. I’m also looking forward to returning to yoga classes soon, which I’ve missed as my teacher is currently away in India.
I just wanted to mention some local art exhibitions that are launching next week including Atmospheres & Environments at Hatch Contemporary Space in Ivanhoe as well as My Melbourne, Here and Now by Hans Schiebold and Bella Italia by photographer Heather Davies at Montsalvat in Eltham. Puesta del Sol is also on poolside at Montsalvat next Thursday night if you’re after some food, drinks, music and art. Have a great weekend!