Monthly Archives: July 2008

Movie Review: Hancock

Mood: Meh

Everyone who is anyone wants to be a superhero – or so it seems with so many superhero films around.

Last week’s cinematic adventures involved a society misfit with super powers who does more harm than good with his efforts to fight crime and evil. Featuring an all-star cast of Will Smith, Jason Bateman and Charlize Theron, the trailer looked really good when we first saw it quite a few weeks ago.

The synopsis of Hancock appears below:

There are heroes… there are superheroes… and then there’s Hancock. With great power comes great responsibility – everyone knows that – everyone, that is, except Hancock. Edgy, conflicted, sarcastic and misunderstood, Hancock’s well-intentioned heroics might get the job done and save countless lives, but always seem to leave jaw-dropping damage in their wake.

The public has finally had enough – as grateful as they are to have their local hero, the good citizens of Los Angeles are wondering what they ever did to deserve this guy. Hancock isn’t the kind of man who cares what other people think – until the day that he saves the life of PR executive Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman), and the sardonic superhero begins to realize that he may have a vulnerable side after all. Facing that will be Hancock’s greatest challenge yet – and a task that may prove impossible as Ray’s wife, Mary (Charlize Theron), insists that he’s a lost cause.

In light of all the superhero films that have been screened so far this year, Hancock would have to be the film that I liked the least. There were just too many ideas going on in the film, and too many things that were explained in a very rushed way and not be allowed to develop in their own time. I really would have liked to have seen certain relationships develop at a more leisurely pace, as well as certain points of the film unveiled more gradually than in the flurried manner by which they were pushed out.

I enjoy watching Will Smith on screen – there’s just something about him that is so highly likeable and watchable – whenever I see him on screen, I see the fun, cheeky kid who was the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. As the movie’s title character, Smith gave a very restrained performance – he was good to watch, but he wasn’t as much fun as he could have been.

I have loved Jason Bateman since the days of Valerie (later renamed The Hogan Family). I thought he was absolutely brilliant in Arrested Development. And I loved watching him as Ray Embrey, a loving husband and father wanting to save the world, one person at a time. I felt a genuine connection between Hancock and Ray – on screen, Smith and Bateman had chemistry that felt warm and fuzzy and was easy to watch.

Right from the get-go, there was something fishy about Charlize Theron’s Mary. You knew the minute she laid her eyes on Hancock that she held the key to his past. Here is where I felt the movie could have improved – a bit more suspense. Charlize played the protective wife and mother well – and she is absolutely gorgeous!

I walked out of the cinemas unable to decide whether I’d had an enjoyable time. A week later, I’m still undecided. It will be interesting to see if they make a sequel – not sure where they can go with the storyline – by the end of the movie, Hancock has redeemed himself and is playing a good superhero while Ray and his family are living the happily ever after ending. Perhaps they will delve more into Hancock’s past in the sequel?

Rating:

Continuing the Six Degrees game, from Sex and the City: The Movie to Hancock, there is 1 direct link:

1. Kim Cattrall was in 15 Minutes (2001) with Charlize Theron.

And Bacon numbers:

Will Smith (I) has a Bacon number of 2.
* Will Smith (I) was in Welcome to Hollywood (2000) with Kelly Preston.
* Kelly Preston was in Death Sentence (2007) with Kevin Bacon.

Jason Bateman has a Bacon number of 2.
* Jason Bateman was in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) with Julie Gonzalo.
* Julie Gonzalo was in Saving Angelo (2007) with Kevin Bacon.

Charlize Theron has a Bacon number of 1. (I didn’t know this one!!!)
* Charlize Theron was in Trapped (2002) with Kevin Bacon.

So now I’m all caught up on the outstanding movie reviews. We may be seeing Get Smart this Friday night, or I may be taking myself to see Mamma Mia! over the weekend. Stay tuned for more reviews!

Movie Review: Sex And The City

Mood: Not Fussed

So much hype surrounded this movie – from the rumours of a film version of the very successful TV series, to the weeks of filming in and around New York, and finally to the world premiere – I couldn’t help but be excited about spending my hard-earned money to see Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte on the big screen.

In the weeks leading up to the world premiere, the film was a hot topic of conversation – almost every female I knew were eagerly awaiting their chance to see the film while sipping their Cosmos and/or bubbly at a Hoyts La Premiere / Greater Union Gold Class session, the diehards gloated about their Sydney premiere night tickets (that were sold out months before the film opened), and those without the tickets had even entered competitions to try and snare those elusive tickets to be amongst the first to see the flick.

I, on the other hand, was happy to see it when I got around to it. And to be honest, I’m glad I didn’t race to the cinemas like everyone else.

There was no chance at all that J would accompany me to the viewing. That much was certain. I think he said something along the lines of "I’d rather pull out my fingernails with pliers than sit through that clap trap", and as he had agreed to see Mamma Mia! with me, I figured I’d let him off the hook for this one movie.

Boy, am I glad I didn’t force J to sit through the movie.

The film’s synopsis is below:

“After years of living in the city I assumed that if my friends and I ever got our fairy tale endings that would be the end of the story. But real life – always has a twist.” — Carrie Bradshaw

When it comes to screen size, bigger is definitely better!

The film promises to answer all of the lingering questions – will Carrie and Big finally tie the knot? Can Samantha really be satisfied with just one man? Will Charlotte ever get pregnant? Can Miranda and Steve actually live happily ever after?

Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), successful author and everyone’s favourite fashion icon-next-door, is back, her famously sardonic wit intact and sharper than ever, as she continues to narrate her own story about sex, love and the fashion-obsessed single woman in New York City. Sex and the City finds Carrie, Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) four years after the hit HBO series ended, as our favourite friends continue to juggle jobs and relationships while navigating motherhood, marriage and Manhattan real estate.

“Year after year, twenty-something women come to New York City in search of the two “L”s: labels and love. Twenty years ago, I was one of them. Having gotten the knack for labels early…I concentrated on love.” — Carrie Bradshaw

Chris Noth reprises his iconic role of Carrie’s handsome yet elusive Mr. Big; David Eigenberg as Miranda’s down-to-earth husband Steve Brady; Evan Handler as Harry, Charlotte’s dependable and loving husband; and Jason Lewis as Smith Jerrod, an actor, client and devoted lover of Samantha’s.

Also co-starring are Candice Bergen as pre-eminent Vogue Magazine editor Enid Frick and Academy Award®-winning actress Jennifer Hudson as Carrie’s young and inexperienced but still label-savvy assistant Louise, a character new to New York and introduced in the film. Also returning are Mario Cantone as Anthony Marentino, Charlotte’s opinionated wedding planner, and Willie Garson as Carrie’s sartorially splendid pal Stanford Blatch.

To be perfectly frank, the movie was definitely not nearly as good as the TV series. In my opinion, the movie could have ended 30 minutes before it finally did end. The whole movie felt far too long and could have been split in two, and with the tone of the movie a lot darker and heavier (and clunkier) than the TV series, I found it very tough going to sit still for a whopping 145 minutes to see Carrie finally go from A to Big.

The girls were still fun to watch – the chemistry that was so prevalent on the TV series translated to the big screen well. It was great to see that Samantha was still with Smith, although for a while I was a little bit annoyed with the character evolving from the founder of WIIFM to someone whose only purpose in life was to look after a man. I loved that Charlotte was still with her wonderful Harry and life for them and their little girl could not be better. I was happy to see Miranda with a meatier storyline for a change – so often in the TV series, I felt Miranda was pushed into the background and it was good to see Cynthia Nixon getting stuck into a role that was more than just bitchy one-liners.

As for Carrie, well, she was just less fun. I get that people have to grow up and act a certain way at a certain age or station of life, and the minute she started prepping for her wedding was when the fun slowly ebbed away. Short of turning Bridezilla, Carrie got, well, carried away with the wedding plans and it was easy to predict the whole thing would ultimately explode in her face.

One must remember that Carrie and Big had an on-and-off relationship throughout the entire TV series, so one should expect that somewhere during the movie, the relationship would also go through the on and off phases. No surprises for guessing when the "twist and turn" happens, and at that very point, the movie should have ended leaving room for a sequel. But, alas, the movie went on for another 30 odd minutes before it mercifully ended with the group gathered to celebrate a major milestone with their signature Cosmos.

Rating:

Well, at least I can say I’ve seen the movie. And I did love her wedding dress. And the walk-in closet. And the pretty pretty shoes … such pretty shoes.

Continuing the Six Degrees game, from The Incredible Hulk to Sex and the City: The Movie, there is 1 direct link:

1. William Hurt (I) was in Mr. Brooks (2007) with Jason Lewis (I).

And Bacon numbers:

Sarah Jessica Parker has a Bacon number of 1. (Too easy.)
* Sarah Jessica Parker was in Footloose (1984) with Kevin Bacon.

Kim Cattrall has a Bacon number of 2.
* Kim Cattrall was in Live Nude Girls (1995) with Robert Harvey (I).
* Robert Harvey (I) was in Rails & Ties (2007) with Kevin Bacon.

Kristin Davis (I) has a Bacon number of 2.
* Kristin Davis (I) was in Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D, The (2005) with Sasha Pieterse.
* Sasha Pieterse was in Air I Breathe, The (2007) with Kevin Bacon.

Cynthia Nixon has a Bacon number of 2.
* Cynthia Nixon was in Marvin’s Room (1996) with Margo Martindale.
* Margo Martindale was in Rails & Ties (2007) with Kevin Bacon.

Chris Noth has a Bacon number of 2.
* Chris Noth was in Deli, The (1997) with Sherry Ham-Bernard.
* Sherry Ham-Bernard was in Air I Breathe, The (2007) with Kevin Bacon.

David Eigenberg (I) has a Bacon number of 2
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* David Eigenberg (I) was in Sam the Man (2000) with Marin Hinkle.
* Marin Hinkle was in Rails & Ties (2007) with Kevin Bacon.

Evan Handler has a Bacon number of 2.
* Evan Handler was in War and Love (1985) with Kyra Sedgwick.
* Kyra Sedgwick was in Loverboy (2005) with Kevin Bacon.

Jason Lewis (I) has a Bacon number of 2.
* Jason Lewis (I) was in Pardon, The (2008) with Leigh Whannell.
* Leigh Whannell was in Death Sentence (2007) with Kevin Bacon.

Nearly caught up with the reviews – one more to go – stay tuned for the review on Hancock.

WYD08 – A Week of Pope & Hope

Mood: Pilgrim Dodging

For the past week or so, Sydney has been gearing up for the inaugural visit from His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the World Youth Day Sydney 2008 celebrations. The festivities officially commenced on Tuesday 15 July, culminating in a Final Mass to be celebrated by the Pope on Sunday at the Randwick Racecourse.

Since the middle of last week, Sydneysiders have been watching with bemusement the arrival of pilgrims from all over the country and the world. Some of the key stats gleaned from the official website are listed below:

* Up to 225,000 registered pilgrims are expected to take part in WYD08 events each day, including 125,000 international visitors.
* 100,000 Australian pilgrims are expected, including 40,000 from greater Sydney.
* An estimated 2,000 clergy and 700 Cardinals and Bishops will be present.
* 3.5 million meals will be served to pilgrims.
* 100,000 will sleep in 700 schools and parishes.
* Up to 500,000 people are expected to attend the Final Mass at Randwick Racecourse and Centennial Park (which is open to all).

Significantly, this is the biggest event hosted by Sydney since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. But unlike the Games, which were held before the horrific attacks of 9/11, the security measures around Sydney are the tightest ever seen in the city – even more so than during APEC in September last year.

Security measures aside, the ever wise, oh so popular NSW Premier Morris Iemma reassured Sydneysiders that everything would be just like it was during the Olympics – our city would be filled with a happy party spirit and there would be no issues getting around using our wonderful public transport system. (Has anyone noticed the sarcasm dripping off the screen yet?)

And whilst I enjoy a party as much as any other partygoer does, I will be very glad when the WYD08 festivities end on Sunday and the pilgrims leave Sydney for whence they came.

I can’t quite put my finger on why I’m so grouchy towards the event and the people who have converged on Sydney for the event, but I just want to scream "go home" to every person decked out from head to toe in their official WYD08 merchandise. My levels of tolerance are at an all time low (I’m not 100% at the moment physically, physiologically or psychologically), and these shiny happy people irk me.

Yesterday was the last straw. So far this week, I have waited a lot longer for a bus to pick up passengers at my bus stop, because no matter what time I finished work, all the buses that would normally take me home would be packed and consequently fly by without stopping. Mornings were only slightly better, but ever so slightly.

Yesterday morning, I boarded a bus to go to work, and found, to my amazement, a seat near the front of the bus that was unoccupied. I stopped and waited for another passenger to sit (this male pilgrim was standing closer to the seat and was laden with WYD paraphernalia) and after a few seconds, it was evident that he wasn’t going to sit down, so I gladly took up residence. I had been sitting for no later than 10 seconds when my seat buddy, a female pilgrim decided to shift her weight from her seat on to me. Yes, that’s right, she wriggled around and ended up in my lap.

I was a bit stunned by this, so I tried to push her off my lap. She pushed herself further into me, so I pushed back against her. She kept wriggling to get back into my lap, but time and time again, I pushed her off. After what seemed like an eternity of struggling against her weight, she finally moved enough to not be sitting in my lap, but that still didn’t stop her from using me as her cushion as she then sprawled over me for the rest of the 15 minute bus trip.

So why did she climb into my lap? She was making room on her seat for her bag.

And the kicker? As we were nearing the end of our trip, she finally took up her seat again, only to turn to me and stare at me with a look of complete disgust on her face. I have no idea what that was for – by that point, Jackson the iPod was on so loud I’m sure the bus heard Fergie sing "Labels or Love".

Having sounded very cynical thus far, I suppose I was a little excited when the Pope’s motorcade pooped past my work building yesterday morning. But I’d be more excited by next week, when the bulk of the pilgrims would be leaving our shores!

Movie Review: The Incredible Hulk

Mood: A Tiny Bit Disappointed

Another month, another Marvel Comics superhero comes to life on the big screen.

Ok, so it really was a month ago since I saw this movie – my ticket stub said so.

When I first heard that there was a Hulk movie due out at the cinemas this year, I wondered why the studios would remake the Eric Bana movie so soon after its original release in 2003. It has been a while since I’ve seen that movie, and my foggy memory recalls the ending leaving not much room to segue to a sequel.

In any case, I’m pretty sure that there is a mega movie in the works to feature a large number of Marvel Comics superheroes, hence the reason for there being so many superhero movies introducing the characters. And according to Wikipedia, that movie is called The Avengers, scheduled for release in 2011 which will feature superheroes including Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America.

And pardon my ignorance – as I did not grow up reading Marvel Comics, I am only just learning who the superheroes are and what they do and how they all fit in the big picture.

Anyway, moving right along. The synopsis for The Incredible Hulk is below:

The explosive, action-packed adventure in one of the all-time most popular superhero sagas unfolds with a cure in reach for the world’s most primal force of fury: THE INCREDIBLE HULK. We find scientist Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) living in shadows, scouring the planet for an antidote. But the warmongers who dream of abusing his powers won’t leave him alone, nor will his need to be with the only woman he has ever loved, Betty Ross (Liv Tyler). Upon returning to civilization, our brilliant doctor is ruthlessly pursued by The Abomination (Tim Roth)–a nightmarish beast of pure adrenaline and aggression whose powers match The Hulk’s own. A fight of comic-book proportions ensues as Banner must call upon the hero within to rescue New York City from total destruction. And on June 13, 2008…one scientist must make an agonizing final choice–accept a peaceful life as Bruce Banner or the creature he could permanently become: THE INCREDIBLE HULK.

As I knew this was a superhero movie, I couldn’t help but take some expectations into the cinema with me. And because Iron Man was still so fresh in my mind, I guess my expectations were that The Incredible Hulk would be just as good as Iron Man. I really should have parked my expectations at the door, because I walked away from the film feeling a little bit disappointed.

It’s not to say that Edward Norton wasn’t good. He did a good job with what he was given, and there was the usual Edward Norton intensity throughout the film. Tim Roth was deliciously sinister as Emil Blonsky who turns into the horrendous Abomination – Roth plays the bad guy so well. William Hurt was very watchable as General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross. And Liv Tyler – well, let’s just say she wasn’t stretched at all – Betty Ross felt very similar to another character Liv has played in the past – think Grace Stamper in Armageddon.

I know the movie was (re)introducing The Incredible Hulk to the audience and paving the way for possible sequels in the lead up to the almighty mega superhero movie. While there were some good action scenes and funny lines, I still nevertheless felt disappointed by the pace and the premise of the plot. And I shouldn’t compare, but I can’t help it – this was definitely no Iron Man.

Rating:

Continuing the Six Degrees game, from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to The Incredible Hulk, there is 1 direct link:

1. Cate Blanchett was in Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003) with Liv Tyler.

And Bacon numbers:

Edward Norton (I) has a Bacon number of 2.
* Edward Norton (I) was in Primal Fear (1996) with Alfre Woodard.
* Alfre Woodard was in Beauty Shop (2005) with Kevin Bacon.

Liv Tyler has a Bacon number of 2.
* Liv Tyler was in Reign Over Me (2007) with Robert Harvey (I).
* Robert Harvey (I) was in Rails & Ties (2007) with Kevin Bacon.

William Hurt (I) has a Bacon number of 2.
* William Hurt (I) was in Into the Wild (2007) with Marcia Gay Harden.
* Marcia Gay Harden was in Rails & Ties (2007) with Kevin Bacon.

Tim Roth has a Bacon number of 2.
* Tim Roth was in Even Money (2006/I) with Forest Whitaker.
* Forest Whitaker was in Air I Breathe, The (2007) with Kevin Bacon.

I have more reviews to post – the next one is for Sex and the City: The Movie – stay tuned!

From the Mouths of Babes …

Mood: Still Laughing

Sunday, late morning / early afternoon, J, Miss M and G walking from Sydney Entertainment Centre towards Darling Harbour.

Miss M sees the Monorail carriages and track.

Miss M: What’s that?
J: That’s called a Monorail.
Miss M: What does it do?
J: It’s like a train and takes people around.
Miss M: Why is it up there?
J: So it can take people around away from the cars.
Miss M: Where does it take people to?
J: Just around the city. Nowhere in particular.
(Pause.)
Miss M: But why did they build it?

Good question, honey. We don’t know either.

And a cute one that made my heart melt.

Miss M: I love you, Gloria (pause) … and Daddy.

Out of the blue. Completely unscripted. She was holding my hand, leading me to the space shuttle exhibit in the PowerHouse Museum.

G: (picking up Miss M despite ridiculous pains shooting around her hip) We love you too, honey.

Ding Dong, Big Brother’s Dead!

Mood: Hear Hear!!!

Oh Big Brother, it was time to go quite a few years ago.

The show being axed has not come as a great surprise. The ratings have been sliding for a number of years, and the tactics to draw the audience back have been more and more desperate. Even a change of hosts and slight change of format has not slowed the ratings’ steep slide to doom and the show into television history.

I will admit that I did watch the first four series of Big Brother. I watched the first series because I was curious to see how a show would work when it was all about a group of strangers who are voluntarily “imprisoned” inside a compound with no contact with the outside world. At the time, the genre of voyeurism was relatively new and it was seen as “groundbreaking”. The series was a ratings winner as we watched bunny-eared Sara-Marie bum-dance her way into our hearts, Christina and Peter doona-dance they way into television infamy, and nice guys Ben and Blair man-hug their way through the winner’s announcement (Ben won the prize, Blair won a part on Neighbours).

The second series saw a “beige” young man with the weight on his shoulders raising his siblings after they became orphans cry his way to the $250K. The nation cried with him when he was reunited with his little brother just after he was announced as the winner of BB2. It was clear, right from the start, that the battler would take out the title. I don’t think anyone could have betted against Peter as at the final winner.

And of course, BB2 will be remembered as the series that produced the “Jess and Marty Show” that survived the test of time – almost. We watched the romance blossom between the older, outgoing NSW girl and the shy much younger WA guy, the short period of separation when Jess was eliminated and Marty went on to become the runner-up and the tearful and heartfelt reunion at the end of the series. We were then subjected to every stage of the relationship by both print and visual media – the move from NSW to WA, the first home together, the engagement, the wedding, the trial separation, the divorce, the aftermath and the follow up to the aftermath.

BB3 was full of controversy. We watched an imbalanced Belinda become gradually emotionally unhinged as the series progressed. After five weeks away from reality, she became the first housemate to walk from the compound. We grimaced as Jo cock-teased all the boys in the house before being voted out by an overwhelming 86% of the voters, which remains the record as highest percentage of votes to evict a housemate in the history of the Australian series. We laughed and mocked sooky la la Saxon as he cried for his mummy. And then there was the cameraman who whispered something nasty about big gal Chrissy behind the not-so-soundproof wall.

Reggie the small-town fish and chip shop girl from Tassie took home the winnings as the first female winner of the Australian series. Lauded by the locals but not by her husband, Reggie soon found herself divorced and hooked up with a scum-sucker who drained her of her prize-money after promising her the world and failing to deliver.

BB4 was the series that produced the nicest winner of all time, who took home the biggest prize pool ever. When Trevor was announced the winner, his winner’s cheque had 6 zeros behind a 1. And to add to the celebrations, he proposed to his now wife on stage in front of the world.

I stopped watching the show after that. I know BB5 was won by twins called Logan – there was nothing else worth remembering from this beige series. BB6 saw the first nails being pounded into the Big Brother coffin, after two male housemates were ejected from the house after what can only be described as sexually assaulting a female housemate. In an age when the format was stale and the show held no more elements of surprise, BB7 should have been the final series, especially after more controversies of betrayal and deceit. I don’t even know who won that series, nor do I care. And so it seemed, neither did Gretel Killeen, who was replaced (read: “sacked”) amid rumours of her lack of compassion / warmth towards the housemates and viewers.

But still, Network TEN was like a dog with a bone and commissioned another series of BB. This series was the worst one yet, with new hosts Vile Sandilands and Jackie Hoe failing to gel with anyone, and the housemates being less likeable than any ever seen throughout the series. I had to laugh though when I read that during the time Vile was ill, his replacement Mike Goldman was able to boost the ratings of the flagging show, just by being the replacement host.

After eight years and 160 or so housemates / Z-listers and guests, the curtain will finally come down on the show next Monday. RIP Big Brother – may you never be resurrected.

Under The Weather

Mood: A Bit Icky

I’m not feeling the best at the moment, and neither is J.

Both of us are a bit under the weather. J thinks he’s coming down with something, or in fact has already caught a bug which is peaking now. He was completely wrecked on Monday night and it took him ages to fall asleep, even in his own bed. So awful was he feeling that he took Tuesday off work and stayed in bed all day.

I’m actually not surprised that he’s fallen ill. J has been running around like a headless chicken trying to do so many things and he is generally fatigued. The cold change in weather recently has probably aided any kind of bug ravaging his weakened immune system. On top of that, his room does get quite cold at night and his poor excuse for a blanket is nothing more than a thick sheet. When I stayed over on Monday night, I had to bring my flannelette pyjamas and footy socks to wear to bed in an effort to stay warm.

This morning, he was still feeling unwell. He mentioned that he had a temperature and a weird taste in his mouth (sure signs of a bug) and that he went to bed extra early last night, rugged up with layers, only to wake up a few hours later in a lather of sweat.

Meanwhile, I’ve been struck down by a UTI for a worryingly third time in as many months. Whilst I have previously self-treated after the self-diagnosis, three times in three months was a bit much to take.

The symptoms were there all Tuesday morning, if somewhat vaguely. By lunch time, I knew the bug was making another appearance. Shortly after lunch, my condition deteriorated so quickly and badly I thought I was going to pass out at work. After being sent home (I was told I had a sweaty grey face), I headed straight to the doctor for prescription drugs.

Still uncomfortable yesterday, I chose to work from home instead of dragging myself to the office. I got more work done from home than I have in the office over the past couple of weeks – go figure.

And even though I’m back at work today, I’m still feeling a little seedy and wish I was at home. The funny thing is, I’m actually busy today, because I am part of a submission bid team and there is plenty of research and analysis to be completed. The only problem is to do with the topic of the submission – blood. I can’t quite work out if the flip flops in my tummy are the side effects of the antibiotics (the doctor said I might suffer mild nausea) or from reading about blood and blood products!

So, with neither of us feeling 100%, it will be interesting to see how we are placed by Saturday night, when the annual Redkite Colour Ball (arguably the best party of the season) is being held at the MCA. I even have an electric blue dress to match the colour theme and all! Fingers crossed we both pull up feeing not too bad on Saturday morning!

And more good news … it seems I may have accidentally under-medicated myself. Apparently, I should be taking two tablets at two different intervals of the day, not one. Damn!