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Memories Of Mardi Gras 1978

As we head into Mardi Gras season in Sydney, and in particular the fortieth anniversary (though strictly speaking, it’s half way through the year), I thought I’d re-share an earlier post from 2016. I recently had an email from someone interested in the oral history project I had been involved in back in 1998, celebrating twenty years since the first

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Camera Roll

The long-running garage in my street has closed and moved to Peakhurst, I discovered this morning. As I don’t have a car, I’ve never actually entered the business in the twenty-something years I’ve lived here, though I’ve often glanced inside, as I’ve walked along the street or the back laneway. I noticed it, as I went for an early morning

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Getting around Sydney Airport

I spent far, far too much time at Sydney Airport this week. In the midst of the school holidays, there were better places to be. The reason? I had a family member (and her daughter) down from Lismore. She needed to travel to Newcastle for a specialist appointment. And, as she’s quite old, and immobile, the best/easiest way was to

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Chippendale Historical Walk

“Is this place up for sale?”, a bloke asked the tour group leader. With his slurred speech, he appeared to have already had “a few”. “No, I’m not a real estate agent, this is a history walk”, he was told, and we all laughed in recognition that we probably did look like a group of people ready for an auction.

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Adieu, Midnight Shift

The wallpaper at Sydney’s “Midnight Shift” features hundreds and hundreds of photographs snapped over the bar’s thirty-something year history. Sadly, there’s not a photograph of me, or that I’ve seen. That’s odd, given the hundreds and hundreds of times I’ve visited the bar during my life. The first time was probably in the early 90s. I remember going there on

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Combat Wombat

The first time I saw them play live was in May 2005. In the midst of a week of seeing live performances by popera group, Il Divo and cabaret singer, Tim Draxl, I also saw the Australian hip-hop band, Combat Wombat. They were launching their debut at Sydney’s legendary live music venue, now closed, The Hopetoun Hotel. “Why would I

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Two Terrific Plays

In high school, in 1982 or 1983 (I can’t remember), we studied the play “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf”. As we read the play in class, my teacher chose me to play the role of George. Typecast? My friend Sue played Martha. Anthony played Nick. Louise played Honey. We all loved our roles, and continue to love the play. I’ve

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Passage to Pusan

I was moved by the comments of the Korean Ambassador, as he spoke passionately about the profound effect of the Korean War. He talked about how people from all around the world came to a country they hardly knew existed, and for their efforts, the people of Korea remain grateful. I was the opening of an exhibition, inspired by the

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World Press Photography

I’m not sure what it says about me, but I found the photographs of animals far more compelling than those of humans. I’m talking about the World Press Photography exhibition, currently showing at the State Library of NSW. The annual exhibition often features photographs of people in desperate situations around the world, fighting wars, living in poverty, and so on.

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Long Weekend

“Your dog is so cute. Do you mind if I take a photograph?”, I asked the group of three women, waiting for a bus on Oxford Street. “No worries”, they said, as they helped to coax the reluctant hound from allowing me to take the shot. There was a lovely “long weekend” feel about the place, as I went for

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