Back in Brisbane

The sunrise over Brisbane on Monday was really beautiful. Even the city's ugly buildings looked good against the backdrop. I wouldn't normally have been up and about so early, but I'd woken at 4.00am Brisbane time. Most days I wake at about 5.00am, but because of the change between daylight saving time and regular time [...]

It’s Like I Never Left

Back in Brissie for a few days... The first thing I noticed was sitting, waiting for a train at Roma Street, and about half the men were wearing shorts. "Oh yeah", I thought to myself, "you can wear shorts in Brisbane in the middle of winter" That's the thing about coming back to Brisbane that [...]

Back In Brisbane

Back In Brisbane

Every time I pay a visit to Brisbane, I invariably ask myself the question "should I return to live here?" Having grown up in Lismore, and having family here, Brisbane was a fairly obvious choice for me for university during the 1980s. The first three years I spent in Brisbane (1984-1986) were memorable. During the [...]

Brisbane History with Beers

Even though I lived here for four years, and even though I have a family connection with Brisbane that goes back to the 1960s, the truth be told: I really don't know that much about the history of Brisbane, and am even a little vague on contemporary Brisbane. Since I left Brisbane at the beginning [...]

Changing Brisbane

"I don't remember seeing those sky-scrapers before", I thought to myself as I walked through the city. On my way to a meeting in another part of Brisbane today, I went for a brief "sight-seeing" excursion which took my briefly this afternoon into the city. I began the trip by walking along Coronation Drive, where [...]

Puzzles and Parrots

Vida does tapas in Paddington, Brisbane

As we left dinner at the very charming and tasty tapas bar "Vida" in Paddington (Brisbane, not Sydney), I asked my friends "What was the name of that cafe/restaurant in Paddington". Was it Scribbles or something?". "Scribbles"? No! Of course, I was confusing it with another favourite from the time, the legendary 1990s cafe in [...]

Streets of Your Town

On the freeway in Brisbane

If you're looking for somewhere good and cheap to eat on Brisbane's south-side on a Wednesday night, I can highly recommend the Southern Cross Sports Club on Klump Road. For a total of $38.00, four of us - three adults and one child - were able to eat well. "I have to take a photograph [...]