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…

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…

Vida does tapas in Paddington, Brisbane

Puzzles and Parrots

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…