My Visit to the Tip Shop Glenorchy


Recently I visited the Tip Shop run by the Glenorchy Council. Glenorchy is a suburb of Hobart that I often visit for shopping and errands. The Tip Shop is actually a shop on the premises of the local rubbish dump where you can buy secondhand goods, vintage items, collectables, furniture, bikes, toys, electrical goods etc. The idea is to recycle rather than have all that waste end up as land fill. Tip shops are very popular with everyone. I often find it hard to get a park for Wazza my Ford Falcon. I’ve had some very good finds at good prices although you have to weigh up the prices in your head a bit. Would I be better off buying this item somewhere else? Would I be better off buying this item new? It all depends on what you are buying of course. Quite a lot of people buy things with the plan of fixing them up. There is a big board there with people’s finished projects posted on it. People have made things out of things they have bought or restored something like a piece of furniture. I found Pedigree Penny there. She was very dirty and had lost most of her hair. She was working ok and I got her for only $10.00. Vanda soon had her nice and clean and later we are going to choose a new wig for her. I found a beautiful old typewriter there from the 1950’s that had been marked down to almost half price so I got that for myself. I’ve picked up a few nice little bits and pieces too such as tins, ornaments, pots, vintage toys and books. Here are some of my Tip Shop finds.


One of the things I enjoy about The Tip Shop are all the sculptures made out of scrap metal. Some of you might have seen my “Cee’s Oddball Challenge” photo of  the scrap metal man. There are a lot of these sculptures around the grounds and I took a lot of photos of them while I was there last time. I have put them together in a slide show for you to see. If you have something like the Tip Shop in your town keep an eye on it as you never know what you might find there. Remember one man’s trash is another man’s treasure or should I say person’s treasure! What ever you can find some really interesting stuff there.

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Dark Mofo : The Crossing

Tonight I went to an arty event called “The Crossing” Churches from Launceston to Hobart were lit up for the event while inside organ music was played. Now this was no ordinary music. people expecting to hear Onward Christian Soldiers were in for a shock as one or two elderly residents were. There were no brightly coloured lights to illuminate the church either. Instead there were blueish lights which made the church look rather eerie. Red shone through the lovely stained glassed windows. The music on the organ which was some sort of keyboard was high-pitched or deep sounding. It was a bit Pink Floyd meets Science Fiction. Some elderly residents left early. For myself I got bored after a while and went outside and had some free soup and damper the minister had made. I found the music shrill and high pitched and it hurt my ears. A kid next to me said it was creepy and you couldn’t dance to it and he or she did not want to dance. I joked that it was nothing like The Bee Gees and didn’t blame them. At the end the artists did get a big round of applause for their efforts. I think most people liked it a lot. I have to say I found it monotonous and no way did I have any peaceful thoughts while I was in there. I have no way of introducing you to the sounds I heard but here are a few photos I took. There is a link for those wishing to know more about Dark Mofo and The Crossing.

Dark Mofo The Crossing


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A Little Bit of Hollywood in Oatlands

There was a great deal of excitement in Oatlands during all of May due to the arrival of a film company from Sydney Australia. The name of the company is Causeway Films and the film they were shooting is called “The Nightingale” The film is a period drama set in the year of 1829. A young convict woman is out for revenge for the murder of her family. She travels with an Aboriginal male outcast but she gets more than she bargained for. I wasn’t able to find out a lot about the plot but I was told it could be released around February 2018. The film stars Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Damon Herriman and Ewen Leslie and is written and directed by Jennifer Kent.

The locals were lucky enough to have a chance to wander around and meet some of the cast and crew. I walked my dogs around the set while they were not filming and later returned to take a few photos. They were all very friendly and very nice and I was allowed to get very close to what was going on. People were happy to talk to me and answer questions. Toby and Teddy got lots of fuss made over them which they enjoyed and we had a wonderful time.

The High Street was the location of the film shoot and I was lucky enough to be near the director for some of the time. I got to hear them yell  things like “All quiet on the set” “Rolling” “Action” and “Cut”

The High Street itself looked absolutely amazing. The council brought tons of earth and covered the bitumen and pavement in it. The crew built a mock stone wall and covered the chemist with mock sandstone and it honestly looked so real. You would not have guessed that behind the mock stone was a timber framework. it looked just like the real buildings in the street that really are sandstone. I was a bit sad when it all went back to normal. The chemist is a weatherboard building and they covered that with a mock stone facade. In the film it became the post office. I didn’t even recognise it.

The chemist had to remain open for locals wanting prescriptions so they had to allow them to walk down the street when they were not shooting. They did this at regular intervals so the locals were not too inconvenienced. They were very well organised and considerate I thought. Well now I would like to show you some of the photographs I took over the two days they were filming. Mine are the ones in the slide show below. These first four are by a friend at work who kindly allowed me to use them in this blog.


Photo from the Nightingale set by Denise Smith


Photo from the Nightingale set by Denise Smith



Photo from the Nightingale set by Denise Smith


Photo from the Nightingale set by Denise Smith

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The Making of Nightingale
Causeway Films-
IMDB Cast List –
Sam Claifin –

Snapshot Sunday – Paparazzi Dog and Marilyn Rabbit

Fellow Blogger Julz who lives in Melbourne recently did a post entitled “Dog Boy and Rabbit Girl” featuring bronze sculptures in St Kilda, Melbourne. It turns out that there are a series of these popping up in cities all over the place. This one is the Hobart version.

A Long Way Home – The Story Behind “Lion”

My Thoughts on the Book and the Film


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I am sure that by now some of you will have seen or at least heard about the film “Lion” which was nominated for several Academy Awards. I have no idea why it did not win any. I don’t as a rule follow Hollywood movies and had no idea what most of the other films were about but I doubt that they were better than this one.

I first heard the amazing story of Saroo Brierly in 2015. David told me about it one day when I was visiting him in hospital after hearing about it from a friend. I asked our friend to tell me a bit more about it and learned how  John and Sue Brierly had adopted this little boy from India in 1987. If you know the film you will know that Saroo became lost after getting onto a train which carried him across India to Calcutta as it was known then. He was just five years old and as he spoke a different dialect he was unable to communicate with anyone to tell them who he was or how he got there. He survived on the streets for some time before being taken to the orphanage which  the Brierly’s adopt him from. When he grows up Saroo searches for his home by using Google Earth and eventually is successful.

I was interested in this story at once because it is so unlikely that such a thing could happen that I wanted to know more but also because of the Hobart connection. The Brierly’s own an industrial hose business in Hobart and I had often seen their ads on television.

The film is based on the book Saroo Brierly wrote about his experiences, “A Long Way Home”. I decided that before I saw the film I would try to read the book and luckily some friends had it and loaned it to me. It is a very readable book and I was able to finish it in three days finishing the day before seeing the film. Naturally I noticed a few differences which is to be expected when you try to compress a book into a two hour film but on the whole it stayed fairly close to the book.

The Book

One of the things that is different of course is that in the book Saroo writes in a lot more detail about his memories of his home and family and his experiences living on the streets.  I have to say that he was an incredibly fortunate little boy and obviously had good instincts about who to trust as he was in danger of being abducted more than once. He also had the good fortune to be saved from drowning by a complete stranger.

It must have been a hard decision for a young boy  to make to abandon all hope of returning to his family and making the long trip to Australia. Hobart must have seemed about as different from Calcutta as it could possibly be. I was also very interested to learn that the Brierly’s had chosen to adopt rather than have children of their own because they felt there were enough people in the world already and that by adopting an abandoned child they could do some good in the world. Although it is not mentioned much in the film they did all they could to ensure that Saroo and later his adopted brother had Indian things around them. He tells how he had a map of India in his room when he was growing up and how, when he was able to speak some English he told his mother what he could remember of his life and she helped him to draw a map of his home. If you had only seen the film you might think that Saroo only started to think about India when he met the Indian students at college but in fact he wrote that he always thought about it and willed himself to remember as much as he could.

The Film

I was not at all surprised to read that Dev Patel would play the adult Saroo. I had first seen him in the TV series “The Newsroom” and liked him a lot. Actually I had seen him a few years earlier on the British TV serues “Skins” but I did not realise this until later.  I have also seen him in “Slumdog Millionaire”, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and its sequel “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” I thought that he gave a fine performance as Saroo Brierly and yes I agree he nailed the Australian accent.

Nicole Kidman I was very impressed with too. I think that is the first time I have seen her playing a part that did not require her to look glamorous and I liked that she was willing to do that.  David Wenham is also a good Australian actor. I hadn’t seen him in anything for some time as I don’t really watch a lot of movies. I remember that I liked him a lot in the Australian TV series “SeaChange” which I’ve recently been re-watching.

As for little Sunny Pawar who played young Saroo, how cute is this child? I think that must have been a difficult role for a little boy with little or no acting experience but he was so believable.

The other thing that I liked about the film was the cinematography. It won’t come as any surprise to you that I love to see Tasmania on the big screen but I thought that the way the Indian scenes were filmed was beautiful too and I liked the scenes featuring Google Earth. I have always been fascinated by Google Earth and like most of us who use it I’ve walked the streets of places I’ve lived  with it.


If you have not seen “Lion” it’s well worth a look and if you would like to delve deeper into the story read “A Long Way Home”. If, like me, you were wondering how the film came to be called Lion it is because Saroo’s real name, which he could not pronounce as a five year old is Sheru which means Lion. If you are appalled at how orphaned or abandoned children are forced to live I’ve included a link from the film’s website to some organisations that try to help them.

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