2. Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss. I love the passion and vibrancy of this piece of art which was created in 1908.
3. Les Miserable. My favourite musical of all time and I have seen it on stage at least six times and my beloved very kindly bought me a copy of the 2012 film so that I can watch it anytime. I’ve seen professional productions in Sydney’s theatre land and on London’s West End, and I’ve seen a local theatre production in the suburbs of Sydney – all were equally as good, as the storyline, the music, and the words are impossible to get wrong.
I think the casting of Hugh Jackman and Russel Crowe in the movie was inspired and I love the fact that the role of the Bishop was given to Colm Wilkinson who played Jean Valjean in the original stage production (Hugh Jackman’s character).
4. John Glover’s paintings of Tasmania. He was born in England in the 1700’s but moved to Australia in 1831 and took on the beautiful landscape of Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania).
5. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and Dead. This is a play by Tom Stoppard which features two minor characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the ill fated Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. I studied this at secondary college and loved it from the first time I read it at the age of 17, and always wanted to see it on stage. About three years ago I finally got the chance and saw it in the West End, and it was every thing I dreamed it would be.
― Tom Stoppard,
6. Aboriginal Art. Whenever I see Aboriginal art, wherever I am in the world, it gives me a feeling of home. The colours, the hidden stories, and just the sheer beauty of it just say Australia to me.
7. Cats. No, not the musical, the living creatures, and of course for us it is Princess Cookie Cat. Cats contain an innate beauty and I very much appreciate it.
“There’s no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat. ”― Wesley W. Bates
8. John Lowrie Morrison (Jolomo). A Scottish artist that creates the most beautiful, colourful depictions of Scotland, especially the West Coast where he is from. The first time we came across John’s work was in a gallery in the Cotswolds and Ken recognised the bank in front of his childhood home in one of the paintings. We’d love one of his paintings but we’d have to win the lottery first.