How better to spend a weekend than hitting the annual Royal Melbourne Show.
Filled with fun for kids of all ages, this yearly event runs for a good 10 days during the latter part of September at the Melbourne Showgrounds, near Flemington Racecourse.
To get in quick, we decided to hit the show as soon as it opened to try to avoid long lines. Needless to say, that idea was not the best idea I have had, as so did a few thousand other people have the same idea as I did 😦
Cost of entry: For the 3 of us (2 adults and 1 child), the entry fee was $85. Plus parking was not in the best location as we had to park at Flemington Racecourse, which was $20 for the day, so one can say that it was $105 just to get inside. For this part of the mini review I will rate the entry a 2 out of 10. Although I can understand the cost to park all day, this part could have offered a discount when it came to buying the entry tickets. Say 10% off. That would have given more incentive I think.
Food: One word. Overpriced. 3 corn dogs, 1 schnitzel and 2 drinks came to $40. Hint: Best to bring your own food for the day. Rating for this part: 1 out of 10.
Rides: Always a favourite when we go is the Ferris Wheel. One of the better rides of the show, and absolute value packed. Great ride to see everything, plus awesome views for taking some great shots. Plus, it’s also cool to trick the kids into thinking that the Ferris Wheel was named after Ferris Bueller 🙂
Young Davo is really into Dinosaurs at the moment, so the day could not be complete than a visit to Jurassic Park and hitting the Dino rollercoaster…
Most of the rides to accept Eftpos, which is handy if you don’t want to carry a wad of cash around all day. There was only 1 ride that we saw which took cash only, which was a let down. Rides – there are plenty of to get your fill of thrills, for young and old alike. From the tame to the downright thrill seekers, there’s something for everyone. My rating for this is a 9 out of 10. Awesome fun 🙂
Animals: One cannot simply go to the show and not visit the animals. The animal section is always a personal favourite for me. It gives me the chance to check out what livestock I want of my own, and of course check out different breeds of chooks 🙂 Animal sections always gets a great rating. 9 out of 10.
Showbags: It goes without saying that kids love showbags. Forget everything else at the show, just head to the bags 🙂 Although 99% of the bags are really overpriced and hold little to no value, it is always a frustrating endeavour for parents to haul their kids through the Showbag pavilion. Being that this was Davo’s first experience in the showbags, we gave him a choice the night before. He could select 2 bags. Davo’s choice for the day was the Mega Train and the Mega cars showbags. Top choice 🙂 We got for ourselves the Western Bulldogs Footy Showbag. Check out the haul 🙂
Some other cool pics we got while we were there…
In all, hitting the show can be fun day out but by the end of the day it will leave you quite exhausted.
Plot: The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Fast Review: Better Call Saul is set six years before Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) meets the infamous Walter White. When we meet this shady lawyer, the man who will become Saul is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny and hustling anyone he can to make ends meet. Working alongside and often against Jimmy is fixer Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks).
As we all know, this series is a spin-off from the hit TV series, Breaking Bad. Not often does a spin-off come close to its predecessor, but in the case of Better Call Saul, this series will definitely rival BB.
Great cast; Great locations; Great storylines; And great acting. Vince Gillian and Peter Gould have outdone themselves with this.
Verdict: Trust Me. I’m a lawyer 🙂
Rating: 10 out of 10
Plot: A medical student finds that being a zombie has its perks, which she uses to assist the police.
Review: Zombies… The whole Zombie genre has been done to death (lol). There are some shows that jump on the latest fad and ride it into oblivion. Other shows are quite an exception.
Take iZombie. iZombie tells the story of Liv Moore (NZ actress Rose McIver), and how at one fatal booze up on a boat turns her life upside down, from being an up and coming Med Student to working for the Seattle PD Morgue, and having an appetite for brains…
Despite the title, this show is surprisingly funny and takes the light-hearted look at life as a zombie.
I will not say too much about this series here, as that will give away too much. But, if you like horror-comedies and absolutely dig Zombies, then this is one show you do not want to miss.
Verdict: Live More 🙂
Rating: 9 out of 10
Remember Me (2014) – TV Series
Stars: Michael Palin, Mark Addy, Jodie Comer
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Plot: The day Tom Parfitt moves from his home into residential care, he becomes the sole witness to a violent death.
Review: BBC does it again with this horror themed TV mini-series. Remember Me tells the story of Tom Parfitt (Michael Palin). A widower who is about to move into a nursing home to live out the remainder of his days, However, there is a sinister ghost at work who is intent on keeping him alive to “take care of him”.
In this 3 part mini-series, we meet Hannah Ward (Jodie Comer), who plays the role of a nurse, who becomes obsessed with Tom’s obsession of the variations of the song “Scarborough Fair“. Mark Addy (Atlantis) plays the role of Rob Fairholme, the detective who assigns himself to discovering the truth about Tom.
I wont spoil the story here and give you any spoilers, but I will say that there are some influences here from The Ring and The Grudge. But told with a difference.
The scenery is amazing in this series. Creepy, gloomy, but perfect for this type of film. If you liked The Ring and The Grudge, then this series by BBC is a must watch.
Verdict: Will you go to Scarborough Fair?
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10