Tag: Sydney

The city where I live. I came here in 1995 “for a few years” to “advance my career”. I fell in love, stayed longer than expected. And then, I don’t know, suddenly it’s twenty years later. Although I still toy with the idea of moving back to the country, Sydney is increasingly “home”.

Circular Quay Construction

Never Drink During The Speech

A colleague messaged me yesterday saying "I just watched Caroline Wilson's speech. I saw you in the crowd". He was referring to the Andrew Olle Media Lecture, which I've written about previously. In reply I asked him if they'd crossed to me with a glass of wine in hand, as once occurred. I learned my ...

Parbury Tour Group

Parbury Ruins

The last couple of days in Sydney have been extremely warm, with temperatures in the mid-30s. Today was a terrific day to head underground, to visit a place with a climate resembling a wine cellar. The Parbury Ruins, at Miller's Point, were uncovered only a few years ago during the construction of an apartment block. ...

Opera House Protest

Sydney Opera House Protest

According the The Guardian, there were hundreds. According to the ABC, there were just over a thousand. According to Fairfax, there were thousands. And according to both News Corp and Alan Jones, there were probably just a "handful". I don't know exactly how many people attended tonight's protest rally at the Sydney Opera House, but ...

The view from the thirteenth floor of the ABC building in Ultimo, Sydney

Recent Views

Though it can sometimes be cold, wet and miserable in Sydney during winter, it can also be totally awesome. And yesterday, in the midst of our visit to the NAIDOC Week Arts Festival, I took a brief walk out in the sunshine. I sat down, I closed my eyes, and just enjoyed the awesomeness of ...

Cahill Expressway View of Sydney's Vivid Festival

The higher view of Vivid in Sydney

Most years when my friend Sue and I visit Vivid, it's either cold, or wet, or overly crowded (or usually all three at the same time). But tonight was different: the weather was fine (in fact, warm enough to take our jackets off), and things weren't overly crowded. Oh, and we did the "VIP Tour". ...

Sunrise at Sydney Opera House

Sunrise at Sydney Opera House

Staycation (Day 3) started early. I woke at 4.30, and thought "I don't feel like going back to sleep", so I hopped on a bus to Circular Quay, to enjoy the sunrise, and to take some lovely photographs.

Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens

There's something really terrific about being a tourist in your own town, especially on a weekday. On weekends, the area around Circular Quay is full of both tourists and locals enjoying the space. But on a weekday, most of the locals are still at work, so it's just you and the tourists. The only locals ...

Potentiality for Love (2018) by Eija-Liisa Ahtila


"Oh, it's two-thirty, it must be time for a nap", I thought to myself a couple of hours ago. On a Monday? Yes, because it's Day 1 of my "stay-cation". The last time I had a "stay-cation", this blog tells me was almost exactly five years ago. Before that, and ever since, my time off ...

Wendy’s Secret Garden

"Oh look, there's Wendy, doing the washing up...", my friend Sue commented, as she pointed towards the upstairs window of the house Wendy Whiteley has lived in for almost fifty years. Downstairs, at the entrance to the house, a number of women had gathered to read the sign declaring the NSW Government had promised to ...