Archive for August, 2009

iPhone App Number 3

August 28th, 2009 No comments

My latest (3rd) iPhone app has just been released. Its called “The Quick Brown Fox” and is a rather addictive typing game. The object of the game is to type the sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” as quickly as possible. The twist is, every time you tap a key on the keyboard, all the keys shuffle their position!

It comes complete with the usual local high scores and a global high score chart, built using Google Apps.

More details can be found on my app site here.

The Quick Brown Fox is available on the App Store by following the link below.

App Store

Back in Bondi

August 19th, 2009 No comments

Well, we are back in Bondi – and its great to be back.

After 6 months in Noosa, followed by 4 weeks exploring Queensland in a caravan, we decided we missed Bondi too much.

There is something very special about Bondi. OK, so it’s a bit rough around the edges and it gets a bit crazily busy on a summers weekend but it has got a great community spirit. We still have our house but have decided to “downsize” for a while and are renting a flat closer to the heart of things. The kids are literally just around the corner from the school. We are just around the corner from half a dozen great cafes (including our favorite Organic Republic Bakery / Cafe). There are 3 corner store / supermarkets to choose from plus chemists, video shops, bottle shops, hardware stores etc etc. Some are a bit more expensive than going to a big supermarket or shopping center, but the best thing is they are just around the corner. We don’t have to drive anywhere. We don’t have to spend half an hour circling the car park, trying to find a space. We don’t have to find a parking spot when we get back!

Noosa has its great points. Sunshine beach goes on for miles and you’ve got it pretty much to yourself. Hastings Street is great. It’s got loads of atmosphere, great cafes and restaurants and shops. It’s said that Noosa is a bit like Double Bay by the sea, and that’s probably a good description of Hastings Street. However, step a few streets back and its a different story. Its very suburban, fairly quiet and a bit poor. There’s not much community spirit, especially where we were in Sunshine beach. Every other house is a holiday house, so they’re empty for months at a time, or just used as a weekender.

One of the biggest minuses for Queensland was actually the schooling. The public education system was just too much behind what we were used to in New South Wales. Both our kids (8 and 10) went up a year (because the cut off dates are different in QLD and NSW!), but even so, our daughter was still finding it too easy. My son was actually in a year 3/4/5 composite! The local school was also just too big (1200+) and because there was no hall or assemblies, there was no opportunities to meet other parents.

We just didn’t fancy our kids growing up in this area. I don’t think there would be enough for them to do, other than smoke pot and go surfing. That may not sound too bad 🙂 but its not really what I want to encourage my kids to do.

We have never wanted to live in the suburbs or in a characterless modern house in a big housing estate. I still stand by one of my favorite sayings: “a bad day at the beach is better than a good day at work” – however, maybe you need to choose your beach wisely! We tried the “sea change” and had a great time but didn’t quite find what we were looking for. Still not quite sure what it is we are looking for, but I’m really glad we did it.

Maybe we are too much snobs, or too much hippies, but we enjoy the buzz, the bohemian feel, the good and the bad point of living in Bondi. A few streets back from Campbell Parade is where the heart of Bondi is!

Its great to be back.