For years, I heard stories about comedians who honed their craft at the legendary Edinburgh Fringe Festival, making the annual pilgrimage along with thousands of other performers. I got my first taste of it in 2015. Initially daunted by the size of the program which resembled a phone book, we decided to just head to any act that took our fancy on the night, and we were not disappointed. Edinburgh, you were great and I will be back.
When you say “Australia”, a number of icons come to mind, but Sydney boasts the most iconic man-made structures in the country and they can be seen from the same spot: East Circular Quay. To those unfamiliar, “quay” is pronounced as “key”…nothing identifies you as a tourist quicker than asking a local “excuse me, can you tell me how to get to circular kway, please?”
There is no doubt that when the sun is out and the sky is blue, you can make any place look beautiful. I know I may be biased but Sydney Harbour absolutely glistens on a gorgeous day – no photoshopping necessary – this is Sydney Harbour and East Circular Quay at its absolute best – even the locals have now accepted the apartment building once known as “The Toaster” for its flat look and the hole in the middle (and admittedly, we were jealous of those who could afford to live there).
Today has been a good day to be sitting on my balcony – the sun’s out and the Aussie bird life has been visiting me 🙂
Sydney is accustomed to Friday night football but never for Aussie Rules football. And on a very wet Friday night, 29th April, 2011 , the Sydney Swans took on Carlton Blues at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The Blues had not beaten the Swans at the SCG since 1993 and the trend looked set to continue until halfway through the third quarter. The Swans lost by 16 points at the final siren. The match coincided with another very special event – the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. One of my fellow spectators obviously could not choose between staying home to watch the wedding telecast and being at the SCG to support her team – she solved that problem by bringing with her a portable TV set. I must admit there were certain times, especially in the second half of the match, when I am pretty sure I would have had more fun watching the wedding instead. 🙂
On March 18th, 2007, the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, or “the Coat Hanger” as it is more affectionately known, was closed to road traffic to allow Sydneysiders to walk across in celebration of its 75th birthday. I’m looking forward to its big 80th party in 2012!