Bienvenue et bon séjour!
Tuesday, 31 July 2007
Bienvenue et bon séjour!
Monday, 30 July 2007
Sunday, 29 July 2007
The bridges are the Anzac Bridge in the foreground; the old Glebe island Bridge in the middle. Well I remember waiting to cross here as it lifted to allow ships to pass through. It was replaced by the much higher Anzac bridge, so is no longer in operation; Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background.
You may see them better in the cropped picture(despite loss of quality of pic):
Saturday, 28 July 2007
Friday, 27 July 2007
Thursday, 26 July 2007
Sister City relationships are fairly popular around the world. Apparently they were begun by the Eisenhower administration in the US in 1952.
Sydney City Council has sister city relationships with San Francisco (1968); Nagoya, Japan (1982); Welllington, New Zealand (1982); Portsmouth, UK (1984); Guangzhou, China (1985) and Florence, Italy (1986).
Local government areas also have sister cities. Where I live, we are sisters with Takeo, Cambodia; Tanggu, China; Bitola, Macedonia; Glyfada, Greece; Rockdale, Texas, USA; Bint Jbail, Lebanon; Yamatsuri, Japan and Gilgandra, a country town in NSW. I don't know that these relationships confer any special benefits other than a warm inner glow and trips for local dignitaries!
Do you know of any Sister City relationships your city has?
Wednesday, 25 July 2007
Tuesday, 24 July 2007
Monday, 23 July 2007
In October 1969, New York artist Christo arrived in Sydney to wrap Little Bay (about 10 kilometres south of Bondi). The project attracted a lot of comment, much of it critical and mocking . His team of workers included art students and rock climbers. A group of thugs arrived and ridiculed the workers, and a scuffle broke out. Opinions varied from that of the Sydney Morning Herald’s JAC Dunn who said “The more you look at the rippling acres of polyweave enveloping the rocks….the more you get the Christmas feeling: ‘What’s underneath?” to the tabloid Daily Telegraph which asked “Who called the fire brigade?”
(From James Cockington, History Happened Here : strange but true stories from Australian suburbia.)
Having moved to Sydney the year before, but only being 11 years old, I have a vague memory of all this occurring, and would love to have seen it, but alas I didn't . . . all I can remembr are some black and white TV news images.
Pictures of Wrapped Coast
Christo's other projects included wrapping The Reichstag in 1995, and the Pont Neuf in 1985.
Sunday, 22 July 2007
The chimneys in the background are also a feature of Sydney Park - they are remnants of the former brickworks on the site.
Saturday, 21 July 2007
Friday, 20 July 2007
In the nineteenth century, the Sir Joseph Banks Hotel, on the shores of the Bay, was a popular meeting place for sports enthusiasts and holiday makers. By 1850, a zoo had been established there. Visitors danced, picnicked, went horse riding, and played cricket and football. But most of all, they came to see international athletes challenge the locals in the Sir Joseph Banks Handicap, first run over 100 yards on a cinder track. The winners collected cash prizes, and competition and betting were fierce. In 1988, as a Bicentenary project, Council refurbished the Sir Joseph Banks Pleasure Gardens, restored the racing track, and brought back the running race under the new name of the Botany Bay Gift. This annual athletics carnival is now the richest in Australia and attracts top athletes such as England's Linford Christie, and Australia's Robert De Castella, Nova Peris-Kneebone and Melinda Gainsford-Taylor.
Thursday, 19 July 2007
They made collections and observations in South America, Tahiti and New Zealand before reaching Australia. His major landfalls on the eastern coast of Australia were at Botany Bay (28 April - 5 May 1770) and at the Endeavour River (17 June - 3 August).
Back in England, he ran his estates, and controlled the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and was a Trustee of the British Museum and made other botanical trips. In 1778 he also became President of the Royal Society, an office which he held until his death in 1820. He was knighted in 1781.
Linneaus' suggested naming the new country (Australia) 'Banksia' . Although not adopted, Bank's name was bestowed upon a genus of Australian plants and he made his mark upon Australian history in other ways. When the British government was casting about for a suitable place to establish a penal colony, Banks was an advocate for Botany Bay. After the settlement was established at Sydney Cove, he encouraged further investigation of the natural history of the area and became the acknowledged authority on matters relating to New South Wales. His impact on the study of natural history in both Britain and Australia cannot be overestimated.
Wednesday, 18 July 2007
Tuesday, 17 July 2007
I think they just look cold!
Monday, 16 July 2007
Picnic at Garrison Point, Georges Hall.
Sunday, 15 July 2007
If it appears a little familiar, that may be because you saw Tom Cruise fighting baddies there in Mission Impossible 2. Apparently there is great diving off it too.
More about Bare Island: Here and underwater dive pictures here.
Saturday, 14 July 2007
* Hmmmm- perhaps at the Musée Branly in Paris, which has a modern Aboriginal art collection?
Friday, 13 July 2007
Thursday, 12 July 2007
Now they are far less extensive than they were then. They once reached a height of 40m above sea level, and 90m below. Originally covered by timber, they were cleared, and became unstable. They were mined between 1930 and 1990. In 2003 they were placed on the State Heritage Register.
Several Australian movies were filmed amongst the Kurnell sand dunes, including Forty Thousand Horsemen, The Rats of Tobruk, Phar Lap, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.
Read more about the dunes here. And about sand mining here.
Wednesday, 11 July 2007
Tuesday, 10 July 2007
This modest little house at Villawood has an interesting pedigree.
James Cockington wrote in his book:
"The Chard's new two-bedroom house had been chosen at random.
Monday, 9 July 2007
Dad loved machinery, steam engines, printing presses, his vegetable garden, his family, Australian silky terriers, Indiana Jones movies, making silly faces, The Goons, British comedies, AFL footy, brass bands, cricket, Melbourne, and for a while making his own beer. He loathed the beach, The Show, crowds and wasn't keen on cats.
He was a loyal and steadfast friend, a loving husband for 50 years, a fabulous dad for 48 years, and an adoring Gramps for 12 and a half years.
I miss you dad.
Sunday, 8 July 2007
Saturday, 7 July 2007
The best view of the bridge is as you drive across the duplicate bridge heading west…so it flashes past in a second.
Friday, 6 July 2007
Thursday, 5 July 2007
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Tuesday, 3 July 2007
"The upper deck consists of a British rock 'n' roll/London themed 'booth' style seating area with posters, memorabilia, music and lights.
The lower deck consists of a 'space age' themed party room/dance floor with a iPod music system to choose your favorite tunes and bar area with cool boxes filled with ice for BYO cans and casks and a table for BYO buffet food or organised catering if required.
Unfortunately, due to Government regulations, this area can only be utilised when the Bus is stationary so we will be sure to stop at some great locations and use 'the britstop'™ as the venue! "
Monday, 2 July 2007
Folks, I'm two days through an intense 3 day conference, so I apologise for not visiting everyone's "Theme Day" posts yesterday. I promise to try to get to as many as possible when this is all over.
Here's a "red" pic I nearly chose for yesterday....featuring the City of Sydney's Number 001 fire engine. Actually, what i like best about fire stations are all the firemen's coats and gear hanging ready on the hooks around the walls.
Firies are great!
Sunday, 1 July 2007
I'm sorry, I can't for the life of me find the links to all the other ones, so have a look here.