Melbourne Day 2: Constant Gardening

We adjust the morning rendezvous time to be a bit later. I’m still a bit late 🙂

Breakfast and off to the site once again. Now I’ve taken advantage of the hotel laundry service (hand luggage only, remember?), magically at the end of the day I discover my clothes have re-appeared in my closet, washed and ironed.

Lunch is at a little Vietnamese place. Neither of us are particularly hungry. Despite everything having gone well yesterday we’re now having to modify the install to comply with the local security policies, which are at odds with what we’re being paid to do. Training and installation of other components of the system continues.

After work it’s off to the movies, and I suggest that maybe “The Constant Gardener” is a better choice than the “Exorcism of Emily Rose”, conveniently there’s a session at about the right time. We find ourselves in Chinatown, looking for dinner. Fortunately previous experience (and knowledgable friends) tells me that Pepper Chilli is a good bet, and we go there for a most excellent repast.

The Constant Gardener is not what I’d expected from the trailer, but it’s probably hard to make a compelling trailer that says ‘subtle British conspiracy thriller’. Sweeping vistas of Africa and African villagers. Much pushing of the poverty/evil drug company message (the film was preceeded by an ad for the UN food program using footage from the film). The director wastes no time getting Ralph Fiennes to get his shirt off (although admittedly, it is with Rachel Weisz :). There’s also gratuitous use of QuickTime, iChat etc. But worthwhile, and my cow-orker seemed to enjoy it.

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