Friday, January 30, 2009

The 2009 Story Chapter 2 - monkeySHINE


“Did you know the Archduke Maximillian of Austria presented Mary of Burgandy.......”
“Who? What? You’re gabbling Monkey......!” said Keeper.
“Let me finish!” (Monkeys can get quite indignant). Proceeds to drop voice. Becomes almost humanoid......
“The Archduke Maximillian.....” Pauses for effect. Remains silent for further effect....then continues with a teacher’s expression.
“Presented Mary of Burgundy with a diamond and had it made into the most splendid of rings to proclaim his eternal love for her in 1477...”
“Yeah? So?”
“Well....” Sighs like a teacher does in front of an exasperating class....
“...creating with this deed a trend for lovers that indeed in itself would last an eternity....”
Keeper looks, says nothing. Shakes head and quizzically lifts shoulders.
“Well that’s why the Diamond has become a Stone of Eternity.” Still Keeper is silent.
“Well that’s why it’s the most revered and romantic of all the sparkling gems......and SHINES a light into the Lovers hearts......oh........
“.......and that’s why I want to introduce you to Laura......”
Monkey drags Laura in front of Keeper.
“Hi, there Keeper – what Monkey is trying to tell you is that I am a highly experienced Diamond consultant and to celebrate Valentine’s Day I am presenting a beautiful exhibition and sale of loose diamond stones at 6pm Tuesday 10th February . It will be here at Behind the Monkey, featuring the SHINE of Origin Australia (TM) Diamonds – all at industry prices.”
“Fantastic!” Keeper was delighted. “We’ll offer a glass of’s a given to go with diamonds!” Finally she understood the MonkeySpeak.
“Well, they’ll be beautiful Whites, Champagne, Cognac and Yellows guaranteed from the Argyle Mine – and some sourced from world suppliers specialising in loose diamonds.....”
“It will be a special and sparkle arkly evening!” cried Monkey interrupting.....
“Baker&Schundlar are dressing The Cracked Gallery with their beautiful silver dusted baroque furniture, Pollen Nation are supplying a white orchid flower art vase.....clients can do a meander and a wander around the gallery and store and soak up a bit of romance! I might even get MARRIED!”
“No Way! Monkey – I can’t have two of you...”

“Who said I would marry a Monkey......?” Monkey looked sideways at Laura.

“Hmmmmmmmm.....” said Laura – “I’ve got to go – but tell everyone I’m available by appointment for private viewings the week of the 6/2 -13/2 too if they like – I can offer advice on buying, choosing, replacing and setting stones as well as recommending specialists regarding design and custom settings......and I’ll see you, little Monkey on the 10th February!”
“Oh goody,” said Monkey – “a whole WEEK OF DIAMONDS!”

*Monkey bursts into song*

“Hush my lover, don’t say a word
The shop down the road has a mocking bird
And if that mocking bird don’t moan
The Monkey’s gonna show you a diamond stone
And you’ll see how that diamond stone will SHINE
And then the monkey will make you mine...........................
...............for eternity”

“Monkey, she’s gone.....she’s not listening......get back to work you old romantic!”

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Last Night.................................

The Monkey would like to say a big THANK YOU to Yolanda Stapleton for putting together an amazing evening opening to the Super Super Sampler exhibition. There was a wonderful turnout and a very appreciative audience for the exhibition. Congratulations Yolanda and also for having the most fantastic Dad! Ron, worked so hard all night helping everything to run smoothly. “Yeh Ron!!!” (Monkey screams!)

A big congratulations to Lloyd Hughes who won the Best In Show award for his unique approach to using the supersampler camera. Prizes courtesy of exhibition sponsors Fitzgerald Photo Imaging, Pigeonhole and Lomography Australia. Well done Lloyd and indeed to all exhibitors – Flexhaus, Gav Fielding, Nathan Martella, Russell Winter & Yolanda Stapleton. (Monkey claps loudly!).

The People’s Choice award is still open and votes are being taken during the duration of the exhibition, so make sure you put yours in! (Monkey offers pen!)

If you didn’t make it last night the exhibition runs daily until January 25th so do make sure you check it out! (Monkey wags fingers!)

Sunday Times Magazine 25.01.09:


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The 2009 Story Chapter 1

The 2009 Story
Chapter One - Yey Yey, it's New Year!

“Yey Yey its New Year! 2009 will be full of Splendid Happenings and bursting with Special Moments!”

“Keeper wake up! Did you hear? Bountiful Wonderfuls are coming hurling through the Universe!”

“Monkey calm down – it does after all happen once a year – a week after every Christmas…..”

Sarcasm filled the air. Didn’t make a bit of difference however to the Monkey.

“This ones different!”

“How so?”

“This one ends in a 9”.


Questions ignored. Enthusiasm continues. Keeper thinks about the number 9.

“Lotta things happening you know?” Keeper groans at Monkey’s pun as our lovely designer Lotta walks in the door

“How’s my reinvented watch jewellery selling Monkey?”

“Selling lotta of it”……giggles, jumps around the shop. Lotta groans. Monkey ignores. Continues on babbling wildly as Lotta asks what else is happening…………

“Super Super …………..Sampler.”


“In The Cracked Gallery – Super Super Sampler. Yolanda Stapleton from Onetrickpony has assembled a group of local lomographers who have millions (slight exaggeration but it’s over 250) of images shot with the supersampler camera.”

“Good – then I’ll come for opening drinks on Wednesday Jan 14th from 7pm” (see invite below) Keeper seemed pleased about that.

Gotta go!” screamed Monkey

“Hey, before you do, let’s throw a big thank you out to everyone for their support this Christmas and over the whole of 2008. To all our friends, clients, suppliers and designers it’s been an absolute pleasure and we wish you well……………….”

Monkey interrupts………

“Yep, may all the Splendid, Bountiful, Abundant Happenings swing your Wonderful Way!!!!”

“P.S…. that’s times 9 of course!”

Super Super Sampler

Behind The Monkey thanks all clients and friends for their support over 2008 and trusts this New Year will bring many special moments and be filled with wonderful abundancies!!