Sunday Roast – The Little Marionette

1 03 2009

Today I should be roasting up a storm with the boys. But unfortunately I am stuck at home with the aforementioned assignment 😦

I did however manage to sneak out this morning before church to Balmain to pick up some breakkie at The Little Marionette. If you haven’t been before – you should go.

It’s a tiny cafe carved out of the wall opposite Gladstone Park and next to Balmain hospital. It makes the most of the park by offering free rugs to sit on. We don’t usually stick around though, just pick up and go. There is almost always a line out the front.

The espresso is well made and I think they have their own bean – not too sure about that one. The owner is friendly and keen for a chat and this morning he was sporting one of the most impressive moustaches I have ever seen.

The highlight for us though, is the banana bread with passionfruit butter! Whoever thought of bringing butter and passionfruit together = Genius! It was a little pricey this morning at 1 slice for $5, but I was happy to part with my hard earned for it.

Check it out if you get a chance.


1 03 2009

It was suggested that I do a weekly haiku. I dunno if I can commit to weekly and I don’t think I could produce much in the way of traditional haiku.

So I propose H.A.I.K.U. Harnessing Actuarial Insight Knowledge and Understanding.

Certainly not intended to be a weekly post, but it will get some things off my actuarial chest occasionally.

Today I am immersed in an assignment for my final actuarial subject, Commercial Actuarial Practice. I have been given an “Environment” case study where a theoretical paper manufacturer has decided to develop a timber plantation. My job is to advise them of the financial impacts of climate change on this plantation.

It’s really interesting reading up on climate change and Emissions Trading Schemes and modelling growth of trees and things like that… but it’s due in about 28 hours… I have 4000 words to write… and I’m over it!

The whole idea of this course is teaching actuaries to be better communicators. So I am getting stuck into the report now, even though I haven’t finished all the techy stuff, because I don’t think I will be a very good communicator at 1am in the morning!