Friday, May 7, 2010

An interview with Tim Minchin

You guys have all been patient enough - so here it is - our long awaited, very long interview, with the one, the only, Timothy Minchin.

This has also been posted on Hannah's blog - I'll fix you up with a link asap - and an article from the interview by Hannah is also in the Comedy Festival Edition of Farrago Magazine (the Melbourne University publication!) See below!

As predicted, there's now an e-mag of edition 3 on the site, and you can read it by clicking the link below:
Farrago Edition 3, 2010 e-mag

Tickets for Matilda the Musical, which is discussed below, are now on on sale. You can find out more here.

The interview was conducted on the 15th of February at the Cambridge Cafe in Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia; and went something like this.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Like tree branches

Alright, although the blog is called 'skate25/8', I conincidentally do other things in my life! So for the duration of this blog, you will occasionally get non-skate posts. I'll resist ranting on about capitalism, facebook and other cheap forms of laughs. You're more likely to see posts about:

Some of which include, recently interviewing the comedian, Tim Minchin.
The 2010 Melbourne Zombie Shuffle.

Stay tuned, I'll keep you posted.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Icehouse & Derby Patriot

On ice...
Haven't been to Melbourne's new double ice rink yet? Go! GO! GO!

They've now introduced 10 visit passes, for those who missed out on the Year Membership, which ceased sale a week before the rink's grand opening.

The ice quality of the Bradbury Rink (for general skating) can be a bit iffy... especially if you're going to the last session of a busy day. However the amount of space beats anything Victorians have skated on in a long time.

On Derby...

I've been looking at some lovely new boots a la Bont. Although they don't seem to have taken off in the derby world yet, I'm got faith in the little darling, and I'm looking to buy them sometime in the next few months. Full custom is availiable - and I'll be able to go to my local... (I say local but I mean far away) skate shop, and have the assurance of a boot that fits - and in the case of problems, can be dealt with swiftly and without concern for overseas dealings.

The Labeda's were from online... and I'm sick of swimming in skates. They're skates... not ponds.

The Derby Patriot's are pictured above. From what I understand they're based on the ice boot of the same name, which look extremely similar.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Roller Derby #1

Tommorow night is Derby Night... well. Derby Lite Night. Great little class at Skaterz Eltham, coached by Kitty De Capitate and some of the other Victorian Roller Derby League (VRDL) girls. It's a 'pre derby' class. So technically it's not part of the league - but we're learning skills they will help us through Fresh Meat.
If you haven't seen the VRDL girls in action, look them up on youtube, or try to check out a bout a Puckhandlers Resevoir.

Derby wise, I'm currently skating on a pair of Labeda G80s, which I'll need to upgrade soon. They're about a size and a half too big (even with 2 pairs of socks and flexy, bendy soft orthotics in them).

They look pretty... but I'm starting to destroy them a bit. They're not made to take a beating. I almost ran over them with my car the other day... but that's another story (they now have road burns).

I also now have big comfy knee pads that are reminiscent of pillows. A decent size bruise was on my knee from the previous week of training - I fell on the pads and couldn't even feel it. I could wear em' all day.


Monday, February 22, 2010

Skate 25/8

This is pretty much going to be a place for me to relay my gratuitous amount of skating to the free world of cyber space. I skate far too often... and knowing me, I'll probably blog too little, but we'll see how it goes.

To start you darlings off, here's a video off the wheels of my Mission Wicked 7s (hockey skates) which after 20 months, started touching... yes. 20 months, and my wheels failed to get smaller. So perhaps Rink Rat should be applauded for their ingenuity? A wheel that never wears out.

My brother noticed them doing this one evening (when I hadn't skated on them for about 24 hours). From memory it wasn't too humid, however there had been a few consecutive warm days. Although, nothing that they hadn't experienced before.

I skated that night and they continued to rub against each other. Only on Sunday did they finally 'shrink' back to normal.

They only did this on one foot - however the other skate's two front wheels also looked closer that normal (like wheels fresh out of the box, not a year and a half old...)

I'll post some stuff on quads soon.