Wi-Fi is a useful connection in public places that offer it, but it seems to work better in public libraries and small cafes. Services offered in larger corporate chains are often under powered and serve to frustrate. It's the main reason I choose to extend my date entitlement on my iPhone and use it as my modem.
That all works well until something goes wrong with the phone.
I spent two hours trying to post the last entry here before switching phones - Sue's is my back up - and again this morning, things have not gone well between the phone and I until suddenly, all is forgiven and for no reason I can fathom, everything works again. Little wonder some people become frustrated with technology.
Yesterday was a Canberra day. In the morning and early afternoon, my brother Art, having taken the day off, took us to the National Gallery to see an Arthur Boyd Exhibition and then to the National Portrait Gallery. Along with his wife Ann, we spent a pleasant few hours doing what I do best ... look at art. The Boyd Exhibition - The Agony and The Ecstacy - was spectacular, with a vast array of his work which was representative of his development as an artist. The enormous influence of his father, Merrik, was obvious, as was the influence he had on other Australian painters, including my favourite, the l'enfant terrible, Brett Whiteley. Across his life, he experimented with style but often with recurring themes.
|Jack Charles by Rod McNicol|
National Portrait Gallery
We had coffee by Lake Burley Griffin before retiring for the afternoon. Being able to do these things family always makes them more special.
The evening was spent with friends we met in the UK in 2012, Amanda and Kevin and who we have been trying to reconnect with ever since. A chain of events have stood n the way until now and it was pleasant evening catching up and filling in our back stories for each other. Whilst it was a reminder of the fun we haf with them when our acquaintance was new, these things need to evolve and there was the feeling that may have been happening last night.