We took a walk down to the South Bank of Brisbane today. The area is a riverfront arts area with performance venues, museums, an art fair and cafes. Near the maritime museum, we heard a boy in his mid-teens playing the violin beside the pedestrian thoroughfare. He seemed to be working his way through the intermediate level Suzuki repertoire. This brought back memories of my dad's ceaseless encouragement of my sister and I to play our violins for money on the street - probably an attempt to recoup some of the many thousands spent on lessons over the years. He may be the first father iin history to actually encourage his children to become street musicians. It clearly didn't work (or did it . . . clever reverse psychology) since he ended up with an engineer for a son anyway!
We visited the Queensland Museum for awhile, but it was aimed at a slightly younger crowd (please, no rapidly approaching middle age jokes - I can't even rent a car without a surcharge yet!). Ryan was feeling a bit ill, so we headed over to the South Bank 5 Cineplex and took in Batman Begins based on timing as much as anything. I was personally disappointed by the lack of subtitles as it is quite disconcerting when Batman says "G'day mate!" Fortunately Ryan had his Australian Phrasebook along, so we were able to muddle through. I am unhappy to report that the inability to turn cell phone ringers off is a problem down under, thanks to an inopportune rendition of a salsa-esque tune in the middle of the film.