Thursday, June 25, 2009

Il Porcellino

Bondi with Il Porcellino in Florence

Il Porcellino ("the piglet") is the famous bronze boar standing in the Florence marketplace where Bondi visited in March 2007.

Munson with copy of Il Porcellino in  Sydney

A copy of this boar was donated to the City of Sydney in 1968 (see plaque below) and now stands on Macquarie Street outside Sydney Hospital.

Sydney plaque Piglet flu

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Moscow strays



Russian scientists say that Moscow stray dogs became much smarter. The four legged oldest human’s friends demonstrate real smartness such as riding the Moscow metro every morning to get from their suburban places of living to the fat regions of Moscow centre. [more…]

NB: I would take some of the pictures and interpretations in the linked article with a mine of salt.

June is bustin' out

June 2008 June 2009

June 14 2008: 8.8kg    ->    June 14 2009: 43.8kg

All but 3.5kg of that growth had happened by Xmas last year.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Entertaining Mr Munson


Munson pays quite close attention to dogs he sees or hears on TV, so I sometimes leave on a DVD of Antarctica, Eight Below or Snow Dogs  to babysit him when I'm out in the evening. He's not just a passive watcher of screen entertainments: he comes and goes from the room according to his interest in what's showing, sometimes watching from the sofa or the floor, other times nose to the screen with an ear cocked to the speaker.

20090529 Munson watching Antarctica

Playing a few YouTube videos of  talking malamutes and huskies is also a sure way to get his interest.

Munson with toothed whale Munson with plush soccer ball

Monday, June 15, 2009

Bondi at the British Museum

London - British Museum - Bondi

Schmap Maps have picked a photo of Bondi outside the British Museum as one of the images in the new edition of its London Guide.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

VIVID Sydney: Light Walk

Lighting the Sails

Smart LightArgyle Cut

The new VIVID Sydney festival of music and light incorporates a Light Walk around The Rocks, Circular Quay and the Opera House. This series of light-centred installations also allows you to view the Lighting the Sails artwork as part of Brian Eno's Luminous event - the sails of course referring to the Opera House's arched forms.

Rainbow Rainbow + shadows

Vase of light

Lighting the Sails 

Blue hoops Munson gets his halo

MCA red MCA mauve

MCA coloured snow  

Many faces of the Museum of Contemporary Art, created through a series of static and dynamic images projected onto its seaward side.

MCA green

MCA orange

Customs House - MunsonCustoms House - Munson 

Dendy stepsConservatorium of Music

Lighting the Sails

Lighting the Sails 

flickering green globes

haunted pavilion on Observatory Hill Pink cabling

 Observatory Hill  and Sydney Harbour Bridge

MCA + Sydney Harbour Bridge

Munson & strolling men in white

(Thanks to Peter for this picture of Munson).

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Bondi Beach Promenade

Munson at Bondi Beach

It is a great regret of mine that Bondi never strolled along the promenade at Bondi Beach due to the stringent anti-dog policies of Waverley Council. A multitude of "No Dogs" signed were posted at each end of the beach and council inspectors were quick to advance on infringers with their microchip scanners and fine-books. I wrote to the Council some time ago to point out that the policy of allowing dogs on the coast path was at odds with the policy of forbidding them on this particular stretch. I never got a reply, and appeals to the NSW state bodies were dismissed with the usual circular argument about it being forbidden because it's against the law.

Today I see that the policy has been amended to allow leashed dogs on this stretch of concrete. The world has not been brought to an end by all the people out strolling this fine day with their canine friends. Now if some of the similar pointless policies in the Sydney CBD can be overturned it will a happier day for all.

Munson and Maya 

Munson met a four month old Siberian Husky pup by the name of Maya (pronounced May-a). She's all white with two piercing blue eyes. Quite a crowd developed as they checked each other out.  It was quite difficult to get good photos as people would simply walk in front of my camera to take their own pictures.

Munson cleans up after an ice-cream treat

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Cooks River

 20090606 Cooks River walk

It's only two weeks' shy of the winter solstice but still warm enough for a lightly clad midday walk. Today, a ten kilometre loop through Marrickville and Dulwich Hill, mostly along the banks of the Cooks River.

20090606 Cooks River map