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17 April 2010 @ 11:55 pm
Melbourne!  
I have spent the day in the company of magnificent women! One of whom is only 8 days old, and is utterly adorable. Baby!Treacle is the sweetest, snuffliest infant in all of Australia and has built a massive following among the good citizens of Victoria as she went out to greet her public. But that is part of a longer story ...

treacle_tartlet  and I were theoretically going to a 'popular culture convention' in Melbourne today.

And look, we did actually go ... for about 90 minutes. We had a brilliant tram ride out to the showground where it was being held, sat behind (unintentionally) hilarious teenagers, had a lovely chat with a quartet of delightful cosplayers, met a security guard who was so thoroughly archetypal that we decided he was actually cosplaying a security guard, charmed and were charmed by a comic artist and then, faced with yet another long queue in the sun with no shade on offer save my parasol (treacle is several inches taller than me, so it was not an easy share!), we fled.

After seeing no one, not even the lovely kerryblaze  nor my friends Deense and Belle.

However, it was a good flee! We traipsed off to the markets and purchased organic treats for lunch and breakfast. Then we foolishly went into my favourite shoe shop and a pair of red Fluevogs followed me home. Then we trudged down to the NGV with the full intention of seeing art, but ate macarons instead. At each spot we were surrounded by people commenting on the tinyness, sweetness and general perfection of the treaclette. And rightly so, she is a very good baby, especially when doing duck and seagull impersonations.

And then each to our respective hotels, for rest and restoration.

After a brief nap, which should have finished 10 minutes earlier so that I had a chance to brush my hair and put on a spot of slap, it was off to dinner with blindmouse  and oddishly , and kerryblaze  was able to join us, too! This was tremendously good news as I had been hoping to meet the first two for a good year or more, and after meeting up with the last in Sydney, was thrilled to have another opportunity to chat. But there was even better news as two of mouse and cense's friends were there and they were brilliant company!

A rollicking dinner was had, in which it was decided that since many of the girls are in bandom and I know nothing about MCR or Panic, we needed to begin a Laura Marling fandom, with associated orang utan. NB: If such a thing already exists, please let us know. Googling has turned up nothing as yet.

Topics of conversation ranged from the desirability of Karl Urban, to re-imagining the mediaeval through Chaucer, to the ubiquity of Hugo Weaving. Ms Blaze has taken possession of a secret stash of something for someone, about which more may be revealed in the future if all goes well, and I am hoping to catch up more with the two hilarious and bright young folks we met tonight. Also, all the best people eat kangaroo! 

I had a wonderful time, and was only mildly horrified to look at myself in the lift mirror on my return to my hotel. Flakes of mascara on both cheeks, hair that looked as though a cow had licked it, and bags under my eyes that Louis Vuitton could sell as coin purses. Still, people enjoy my company for my amusement value, not my looks!

Tomorrow, treacle and I will see famous people who we will fail to recognise and go out for cocktails with that chap from Torchwood, who she at least will be able to spot at a distance. Personally, I'm hoping for Hugo Weaving to make a surprise appearance, as I am good at noticing him ;-)

In other news, HAPPY BIRTHDAY shezan  and angela_snape , you're two people who I wish I heard more from. May your day be filled with beautifully behaved pets, tremendous presents, and no volcanic ash.

And on that last note: after fluffy snow and volcanic clouds, does anyone want to lay money on what the next cause for European transport chaos will be? I am torn between supporting plagues of locusts and Godzilla ...
 
 
 
auntpurl: phil spectorauntpurl on April 17th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Karl Urban is one of my best friend's and my favorite hotties. However, he was in the movie Riddick and was so ridiculously costumed and hair-do'd that we took to calling him "Commander Dumb Hair", which sort of cuts down on the hotness factor. To wit:



blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 17th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHAHAHA! Oh lord, I never knew! If I see him today, I will ask him what his motivation was!
Jaeenchanted_jae on April 18th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
Godzilla!

You should get paid for blogging somewhere, because your wit and charm always make me smile.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 18th, 2010 06:27 am (UTC)
It's no fun if you're being paid!

But I am glad, as you are a dear woman to whose face I am very happy to bring more smiles :-)
Bubba: Amnestyabsynthedrinker on April 18th, 2010 05:24 am (UTC)


The boy would not survive an encounter with me I can assure you.Yumm-o! Glad you had a nice time. Be well.

Peace,
Bubba

Edited at 2010-04-18 05:25 am (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 18th, 2010 06:26 am (UTC)
I met him this afternoon and he very graciously signed a long autograph and note to a friend of mine. What a lovely man! Inside as well as outside!
The Ramblings of an often very distracted person.annes_stuff on April 18th, 2010 09:28 am (UTC)
Are you going to make me wait to see what he wrote?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 18th, 2010 11:34 am (UTC)
Where would be the fun in telling you? In fact, if I wanted maximum fun, I would hold onto it until I see you next. In fact, that could be the plan!
The Ramblings of an often very distracted person.annes_stuff on April 18th, 2010 11:55 am (UTC)
So I could be waiting 12 months then?

*runs and ducks for cover*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 18th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
You know me well. However, the joy of your face when you get it is enough to propel me into action ;-)
The Ramblings of an often very distracted person.annes_stuff on April 18th, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC)
Have I told you I will now be attending May Crown?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 18th, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
Excellent! In that case, action will be easy!
The Ramblings of an often very distracted person.annes_stuff on April 18th, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
The decision to go was made this time last week as I found out Gabs and Stanzi were driving down so this means I can now afford to go.
jolinar_rosha: Trip smilingjolinar_rosha on April 18th, 2010 08:56 am (UTC)
sounds like you had a blast! :)

as for European transport disasters, I'm going with the locusts.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 18th, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
I think you're right! And I'm starting to think I might have to loan our tent out to stranded travellers, the poor dears!
jolinar_roshajolinar_rosha on April 18th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
I know! All those stranded people, it must be horrible!

I was thinking of going to London for a weekend sometime next month, to visit a cousin - so much for that plan now... :P
Blindmouse: Superhero Zblindmouse on April 19th, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC)
Was so awesome to meet you, my dear! And I have no point, just, you know. *waves* Hi there.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 20th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
HELLO! It was awesome to meet you, too! Also, orang utans! (And if only I could remember the start of that whole thing ...) *Waves back!*
Bubba: Gay Hatterabsynthedrinker on April 20th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
Fluevogs! I am wearing my favorite Angels(Michael) while I type this. You are a goil after my own heart.

Peace,
Bubba
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 20th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
They're great shoes! Pingrid got me onto them and I am trying to restrict myself to one pair a year. And since you own a piece of my heart, it seems only fair I should attempt to pilfer some of yours!
Kilian Ruadhms_kilian on April 20th, 2010 07:27 am (UTC)
OK, reading your blog in backwards chrono order, and now all is made clear.
Next time?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 20th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
Next time indeed! I will need to come down again in the not too distant future anyway. Also, the NGV International has such a great 14th-16th century art collection!!
pingridpingrid on April 20th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
I forgot to ask! WHICH fluevogs? *is reminded of my Grand Nationals, pets them obsessively*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 20th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
These ones!
http://www.fluevog.com/code/?w=family%3AOperettas&p=1&pp=1&view=detail&colourID=1784

Not as sexy as your GNs, but I can walk in them!
pingridpingrid on April 20th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
FAR more wearable! And gorgeous. I love the Operettas, I'm dead keen on the orange slingbacks. Are they true to size, would you say?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on April 20th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
From reading on comments they seem to be at the generous end of Fluevog sizing, which is why my duck feet fit into them! They definitely have a wide toe, though I had to go to the 7 1/2, whereas my foot is really only a 7 and was perviously even 6 1/2 in an E fitting. In short: I have no idea ;-)
pingridpingrid on April 20th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
Hee! In that case I think I'll just have to take my chances and hope they're still being made if I ever make it into an actual Fluevog-carrying shop. I haven't lusted after them for ten years yet to justify the possibility of wasting the money. :p