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Topic: Aussie cities
Posted By: Jo Bird
Subject: Aussie cities
Date Posted: 15 Aug 2012 at 19:05
I've just read an article in the paper that says Aussie cities are the best places to live.
Melbourne is the best city in the world and Sydney, Adelaide and Perth are all in the top 10.
 
 
 


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Posted By: Toots
Date Posted: 15 Aug 2012 at 20:22
I would agree with that Jo. Wonderful country, lovely people.

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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 15 Aug 2012 at 23:22
I would have to agree, but then again I am biased. However, Australian cities have also been rated expensive to live in, but that is all relative in comparison with how much the A$ is worth against other countries.
A lot of British citizens migrated to Australia in the 1960s to the late 1970s. The Australian government at the time subsidised the cost with the migrants paying £10 per person. The migrants were termed affectionately as "£10 Poms". I saw a programme earlier this year which case studied 6 families. Not all enjoyed the Auatralian experience. I think it was quite harsh for them in the early days but once they settled into jobs and got their own homes it became better for them.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 15 Aug 2012 at 23:23
I just realised I posted the same thing twice - I used my phone and back keyed. I didn't have the delete message option anymore.


Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 16 Aug 2012 at 09:39
Yep it's very expensive for us to visit at the moment. My neighbours here were in Sydney a couple of months ago, said the same.
also housing where we lived in Eastern Suburbs (Sydney) unbelieavable, London prices, couldn't afford to buy our house back now, infact it just sold again at auction , my old neighbour told me, often wish we'd kept it and just moved back into it, as small as it was!!!
 
I like Brisbane, after Sydney , have friends there, so have visited them there, infact friends that are there temp, have had several floods in last couple of years.(mY hubby tried to get a job there before we came back to UK, but without success)
I'm surprised at how quiet Perth is, couldn't believe it when we first visited about 5 years ago, we know quite a few people  who live in Perth now, emmigrated, or there for work (Oil, gas etc...)only within the last 5 years, for the outdoor life etc..
A good friend of ours lives in a small house in Subiaco (Perth) so we are still thinking of trying to go over. My son was best friends with hers, when we were in Asia, he was always at our house, like my 2nd son.


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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 16 Aug 2012 at 16:32
I moved away from my parents' house in the Eastern Suburbs years ago to Campbelltown when I got my first teaching appointment. Housing here is very affordable, but an hour by car (non peak hour - the M5 is a car park in the morning and evening peak hours)or train using East Hills line into the city. My parents' house was 20 minutes by bus to the city so we never needed a car back then. When I was younger my parents house was a small 2 bedroom cottage on a very small block of land with an outside loo. We used to hate it when it rained heavily to run out to use the loo. When my mother and sister renovated the house in the 1990s the first thing they ordered was an inside loo, a bigger kitchen and an extra room for a study.

Deborah if you have ever been to Campbelltown /Macarthur region when you lived here, and were to visit the area again you would not believe how much housing development has occurred and is still occurring. For the average house price in the Eastern Suburbs for a small 2-3 bedroom house you can buy in the Macarthur area a house with a master bedroom with ensuite, another 2-4 bedrooms, a second bathroom, internal laundry, a study, a theatre / media / rumpus room, kitchen with a walk in pantry, open plan family / dining / living area with an outdoor entertaining area and still have change. You would have to be a millionaire or have a very, very large mortgage to buy a house this size in the Eastern Suburbs now.
The closer to the city the higher the cost.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 16 Aug 2012 at 16:57
I still found the UK expensive due to the exchange rate. A$1 was equal to £0.65, so the first few days we were calculating the cost of items e.g. £20 meal was A$30. We stopped calculating the costs as we wouldn't have spent any money or enjoyed ourselves if we kept thinking about it. My friend did an exchange teaching programme about 6 years ago in the UK for 12 months. The person she exchanged with came to my school and took my friend's classes, lived in my friend's house and drove my friend's car. My friend had the same deal in the UK. The teacher from the UK had the better deal. They were paid the salary from their own countries, so my friend had to live on her Australian salary in the UK when the exchange rate was A$1 = £0.45. A £20 pound meal = $44.00 back then.


Posted By: Jo Bird
Date Posted: 16 Aug 2012 at 17:17

We have a tv show here Margi about Brits who move to Oz... Wanted Down Under.

It's always a dilemna for them. A better life in Oz if they leave friends and family in the UK.
 


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Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 17 Aug 2012 at 00:48
I don't think I went to Campbell town, altho I worked with a girl from there, when I worked in IT (yeah, unbelieavable i was a main frame programmer at Westpac, head office St. Leonards)
 
We went out west to Paramatta several times, had lunch at the footy club there.
We could see the Wales migrating from our front door step in Clovelly.  My kids wish we'd kept the house, and moved back there (used to go every time it came empty- rented out while we were overseas for previous 12 years) Altho where we lived was mainly Brits, and Irish Expats of course, so all in same boat. I didn't have a car there, as easy to jump on a bus to the city/Quays.
 
A good friend of mine just bought a house in Hurlestone Park (near Dulwich Hill) I usually stay with her when i go over alone. (not for a long time now) we worked together at Westpac.


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Loose Lips, Sink Ships !!   or as they say in Jamaice, 'Mouth open, Story fly out!'


Posted By: Bren
Date Posted: 17 Aug 2012 at 21:16
off topic but Aussie related whilst you were in UK Margi DWTS Australia final was screened - guests artists were the cast of Burn the floor and one of our pupils performed on show - Gary has blonde hair wearing grey jacket and dancing middle of the ffloor and at one point lifts his partner in split lift

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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 18 Aug 2012 at 03:09
Thanks for posting this Bren. I love DWTS. I did see the final as I gave my other sister instructions on all the programs I wanted recorded to watch later at my leisure. I am still catching up on other programs she recorded for me.
Its fantastic that you know one of the dancers who was once one of your pupils. You must feel really proud that he is dancing professionally in "Burn the Floor" and touring with it.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 03 Sep 2012 at 16:36
Have a look at this video of a song "Great Southern Land". A former colleague of mine is in the choir at 2.45mins. From the logo I think it was made by Tourism Australia. It also features local artists and I think Tina Arena is in it too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHYnkWjApiU&feature=youtu.be - Great Southern Land

It's shows quite a few aspects of Australia.


Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 03 Sep 2012 at 17:49
Tina Arena still going???!!!!
wasn't she a one hit wonder (at least overseas)
I'm thinking she came from Maroubra?? not sure where i got that from!!!


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Loose Lips, Sink Ships !!   or as they say in Jamaice, 'Mouth open, Story fly out!'


Posted By: Jo Bird
Date Posted: 03 Sep 2012 at 19:11
Originally posted by MargiABC



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHYnkWjApiU&feature=youtu.be - Great Southern Land

It's shows quite a few aspects of Australia.
Lovely song. Beautiful country.


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Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 04 Sep 2012 at 03:30
Originally posted by deborah31

Tina Arena still going???!!!!
wasn't she a one hit wonder (at least overseas)

I'm thinking she came from Maroubra?? not sure where i got that from!!!


I think Tina was from Melbourne - not sure. She was in Young Talent time as a child performer (that was filmed in Melbourne). That show was revived, but only did one season and Tina returned as a judge.

The group of teenage performers in the video clip are the 2012 Young Talent Time performers.


Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 04 Sep 2012 at 09:33
yep, i must be thinking of someone else re Tina, I know there's a bit of a greek community in Maroubra, or used to be (isn't she greek descendant)

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Loose Lips, Sink Ships !!   or as they say in Jamaice, 'Mouth open, Story fly out!'


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 04 Sep 2012 at 13:35
She is of Italian descent. She was on the Australian version of 'Who Do You Think You Are?' earlier this year.


Posted By: jamesfly
Date Posted: 07 Sep 2012 at 10:16
you give the best information about Aussie cities.

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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 01 Oct 2012 at 16:44
Thanks James.

I have actually been to every capitol city at some stage over the last 30 years. I've been to Perth twice - The first time I flew - it takes about 5-6 hours to fly to Perth (the capitol of Westwrn Australia) from Sydney and I returned on the train - the Indian Pacific which takes 3 days - we had a sleeper car. The train makes several stops at Kalgoolie - which is a large mining town, Adelaide the capitol of South Australia, Cook, which is a small settlement in the middle of the Nullabor (means no trees)which is a large desert area and Broken Hill in NSW which is where Priscilla Queen of the Desert and some of the Mad Max films were filmed.

Melbourne the capitol city of Victoria is about a 2 hour flight. I spent a cultural experience week there 2 years ago to see exhibitions that were only on there. I have been there 3 times all up.

I've been to Adelaide 4 times, by train and coach and crusie ship.

Hobart is the capitol of Tasmania which is not part of the mainland. Its about a 3 hour flight from Sydney. I spent a week in Tasmania 9 years ago for a holiday - the climate is quite cool there, but the scenery is beautiful

Brisbane is the capitol of Queensland and about a 3 hour flight from Sydney.

The capitol of the Northern Territory is Darwin. I've only been there once for 1 day, so I intend to go back to explore more - either by train (The Ghan) or I will fly there. I also want to to explore more of the NT and visit Alice Springs and Uluru. My sister and her husband and daughter did a self drive campervan holiday there a few years ago.

The capitol of Australia is Canberra which is half way between Melbourne and Sydney. Its about a 3 hour drive from Sydney. My niece is at university there, which gives us an excuse to visit and see some great exhibitions there.

Last year I did a 28 day cruise that circumnavigated Australia so I got to visit all the capitol cities again, as well as other places of interest along the way.

We are gearing up for bushfire season. The authorities are doing a lot of bush fire prevention back burning before it gets too hot and dry.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 03 Oct 2012 at 03:32
Most people when they think about Australia, make reference to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Habour Bridge as man made wonders, but there are so many natural wonders, but unfortunately, because Australia is so large, would take a lot of planning and time to see.

   

An example of a natural wonder is Wave Rock in Western Australia. When We went to WA in 2006 for a holiday and I climbed Wave Rock as one side is not very steep; however 6 years on, I don't think i could do it again.




Posted By: Jo Bird
Date Posted: 04 Oct 2012 at 12:13
Margi... I'm impressed you've been to every capitol city in Australia.
I wish I could say the same. I've not yet been to Scotland or Ireland.
 
Does the bush fire season affect you at all?


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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 04 Oct 2012 at 17:52
Bush fires strike different places every year. Where I live we have been affected indirectly about 4 times. We have a bush reserve area one street behind us. There have been bush fires there, but they have always been put out very quickly. 15 years ago, on Christmas night we were nearly caught up in a bad one. We were having Christmas dinner at my brother-in-law's brother's house when we started to smell smoke and had a blackout. We looked over the back verandah and we could see the flames in the distance. We were lucky as we were able to drive home. The fire lasted a few days and luckily the fire didn't reach the house. The house was about 80km from the Sydney CBD, but the smoke and ash drifted all over Sydney for over a week. Another time my brother-in-law was driving home from work, a trip that would take 1 hour in peak hour, but took him 4 that night. A small bush fire had started near the freeway and the grass surrounding it caught fire. The fire jumped across 4 lanes to the other side of the road.
There have been fatal bush fires in Canberra several years ago and Victoria suffered severe bushfires about 3 years ago. It was so bad the fatalities were quite high, with some families thinking they were safe one minute, then a fire would jump and they were unable to escape. Several communities were affected, with at least one community not having a single building standing. As a result, laws were changed about bush fire warnings, communications in regard to bush fires and hazard reduction practices.

Unfortunately not all bush fires are caused by natural occurences e.g. lightning strikes. Arsonists have been the cause of some.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 05 Oct 2012 at 06:12
There are 2 bush fires on the Central Coast of NSW at Gosford and Port Macquarie right now. They said on the news that messages about the fires and evacuations had been sent on mass by SMS to residents in those areas. I am hoping the fires will be extinguishes asap. The temperatures have been quite high the last 3 days at average of 34 deg C and we are less than half way through spring.


Posted By: jamesfly
Date Posted: 18 Oct 2012 at 06:16
It is true.I also agree with this.

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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 20 Oct 2012 at 08:05
Here is another natural wonder of Western Australia taken from my holiday photos in 2006. Its called the Pinnacles Desert, thousands of limestone pillars - believed to be at least 6,000 years old - rise up to 3.5 metres tall from the sand.

       

It feels like walking through an alien landscape on another planet.



It would make a great movie location for a science fiction movie. It looks very similar to the some of the locations used for the science fiction movie "Galaxy Quest" made a few years ago starring Tim Allen and Signorey Weaver.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 03 Nov 2012 at 15:28
This is the 'town' of Cook in the middle of the Nullabor. It boasts having the longest stretch of straight railway line going through it for 478Km. Not a big population here.

    

The Indian Pacific train stops there every 2 or 3 days to drop off supplies and mail and to pick up mail. The train is called the Indian Pacific as the Indian Ocean is on Western Australian coast and the Pacific ocean is on the coast of the easter states of Queensland, NSW and Victoria,


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 15 Nov 2012 at 01:10
Yesterday Cairns in northern Queensland experienced a total eclipse of the sun. In NSW we could have seen a partial eclipse, but it was fairly overcast in Sydney so not much to be seen.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 15 Nov 2012 at 01:28
I haven't been to Cairns, so that is another place I would like to visit. My brother-in-law has relatives living there. I haven't been to the Great Barrier Reef either. We nearly went there last year when I was on a cruise, but the water was too rough and the captain cancelled any plans to allow passengers off the ship via the ship tenders, so we missed out. Another time.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 15 Nov 2012 at 01:44
This is a satellite picture of Australia with the cruise route superimposed onto it on the TV monitor in our cabin. The off-shoot to Bali on the far left was so Australian passengers could buy duty free alcohol as well as see some of Bali. If Australian passengers disembarked before Bali they could not buy duty free alcohol. Of course overseas passengers could buy any time.



Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 15 Nov 2012 at 19:01
I saw an eclipse in Cairns (well Cape Tribulation) on the beach overnight/early morning, can't remember, we were staying in a YOuth Hostel at the time (forgot the name) - about 19 years ago.
We did go off to the outer barrier reef too, what a trek out there, it was so rough, loads of japanese tourists jumped in the sea , vomiting when we got there, I was so green, I couldn't move!!!!!! (not a good sailor)
 
Anyway, just booked our flights, we're coming to Sydney!!!! for Xmas holidays!!! escaping a bit of winter here!!!  Flying with Korean (cheapest!!) flying via Seoul , so having a stopover on the way back! might stay in Gangnam!!! in Seoul.   


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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 15 Nov 2012 at 21:24
That's great Deborah. I hope the weather is more consistent by then. Its been hot for a couple of days, then its dropped to 20deg C or less. for a few days, then up again.

Are you practising your Gangnam style for your stopover


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 15 Nov 2012 at 21:39
'Schoolies week' is starting so a good time to give the Gold Coast or any popular holiday spot near Queensland or northern NSW a miss for a couple of weeks. Year 12 final exams have finished and a lot students head off for a holiday, termed 'Schoolies week'. A lot of drinking and partying goes on, so not a good time for a holiday there if your family orientated.


Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 15 Nov 2012 at 21:43
20C is hot for us now!!!
Year 13 still here (last year) my daughter still has another 3 years (in year 10 currently)


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Loose Lips, Sink Ships !!   or as they say in Jamaice, 'Mouth open, Story fly out!'


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2012 at 10:33
You've been away from Australia for too long Deborah. I prefer summer temperatures of 25 to 27C for comfort, which on the coast is usually what they have, but not where I live. It can be 5 to 10 degrees hotter than the coast. Can't stand extremes of 35-40C as in Italy and some summer days here. I remember when I was in Auckland in December 2003, the temperature got to 28 or 29C and they said it was a heat wave.

If you are planning on hiring a car during your stay, the RTA, now known as the Roads and Maritime Services have changed some of the road rules in NSW in regards to use of mobile phones, signalling at roundabouts, crossing solid line markings and a few others. They didn't give much warning and only had them published on their website. A lot of confused motorists.

http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/usingroads/roadrules/index.html - Here is the link for the updated road rules


Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2012 at 13:03
We always hire thru the 'cheap place' at Kings Cross, (for some reason can't remember the names, the white cars with 'no birds' on the side.) Thkey're in Perth too.
 
Yep get confused driving in different countries, for a while in england, i was turning left on a red!! (don't they do that in Aus??) or maybe it was Canada (turning right on a red)!! Had to take new tests in both countries.  Driving in Asia was a nightmare too, anything seemed to go.
Had to get a Highway code book here when i arrived, as was driving everwhere at 40km, when the speed limit here is 30MPH, in Aus they drive much faster in towns i think.
Have to always drive automatics too, the hills in Coogee/clovelly scary now.
My aussie license has just expired too, but now have a UK one (after 20 years of not)
 
Have to look for my old aussie navman now. (altho the furthest we go is usually Brighton- south) Have some friends in Kogarah, and near the airport.)


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Loose Lips, Sink Ships !!   or as they say in Jamaice, 'Mouth open, Story fly out!'


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 16 Nov 2012 at 14:14
Most speed limits have been reduced. Main roads in some residential and business areas are 60km, other residential roads are 50km. Main roads through some towns can be as low as 40km. Crown Street in the city is 40km all the way. There is major road work on the M5 so it varies between 100, 110 and 80km depending where you are on it. Most of the tollways are cashless, except M5 which still accepts cash. You need one of those toll paying beeping things in the car. I think you can get them for a short time

The new road rules have only been in since 1st November. Every other driver going through a round about must be looking at the car in front to see what they are doing in regard to signalling.


Posted By: jamesfly
Date Posted: 29 Nov 2012 at 20:54
I also agree with it.In Australia many best visiting places.

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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 01 Dec 2012 at 14:02
A bit of a scorcher today for the first day of summer here. It was about 37C today and its now 1am and its 26C now. Most of Australia had extremely high temperatures today.


Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 02 Dec 2012 at 14:26
I think 40km is too fast in towns, and centres, should be 35km, we get the 'toll' gadget in the car (booked now) . There is now a shuttle to King's Cross to pick up the cars (much cheaper than anywhere else.
We tend not to go very far, was talking to my ex neighbour a day or so ago, she hates driving north over the bridge, and had to do it recently for family medical appointments.
Tend to stick in the Eastern Suburbs, and South down to Symbio (animal park- found it on the map)- small and up close, don't think we'll do Taronga this time. Have some friends in Engadine, and near Botany Bay.
37C far too hot, mid 20's fine for us!! freezing here, first frost overnight here for us.


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Loose Lips, Sink Ships !!   or as they say in Jamaice, 'Mouth open, Story fly out!'


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 10 Dec 2012 at 23:58
I have not been to Taronga Zoo in about 20 years. I have been to Dubbo Plains Zoo twice in the last 15 years., but have been 3 times altogether. I had friends who used to live in Orange; which was only an hour away. If you haven't been there before, there are no visible fences or cages at eye level. There are moats and fences that don't detract from the open view. About a 4 to 5 hour drive from Sydney though. You can drive around, cycle around or walk between each section. Walking is OK, but only in cooler weather.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 11 Dec 2012 at 00:13
When I was on my cruise last year and the ship berthed in Brisbane, I did go to Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. The crocodile show was good.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 20 Dec 2012 at 07:13
I've been hearing sirens and helicopters in the last hour. There is a bush fire less than 5 km away from me. Its propably far enough away from me and will have the bush fire brigades there putting it out now. On the news they said it was suspicious. Its the first day of the school holidays for summer and more than likely a bored teenager has started it. They just don't realise the damage they cause, the cost of putting it out and the angst it causes to nearby residents in regards to their safety and homes.
I hope the police catch the arsonist soon. There are severe penalties for arsonists who start bush fires due to the fatal ones experienced around Australia in the last few years.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 20 Dec 2012 at 21:31
The police have arrested 2 boys aged 11 & 14 for the bush fire. One man was taken to hospital and people were evacuated from homes in one street.


Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 21 Dec 2012 at 05:48


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Loose Lips, Sink Ships !!   or as they say in Jamaice, 'Mouth open, Story fly out!'


Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 21 Dec 2012 at 05:51
saw it on the news yesterday (in coogee now), re young boys arrested

bit jet lagged still, so only been to the beach once this a.m. (7.00, you wouldn't believe how many shops/cafe's open, and people jogging on the beach)
son is sick so a bit tied up at the mo, daughter still hacking away too with winter cold.
hope to be out and about tomorrow, and start my xmas shopping!!!, lol, lastminute.com here


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Loose Lips, Sink Ships !!   or as they say in Jamaice, 'Mouth open, Story fly out!'


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 21 Dec 2012 at 09:48
Interesting to see shopping centres not that busy this time of the year. I was at a large shopping centre (I think it was Westfields) at Ryde today and the place was not very busy this close to Christmas. The same last week. I was at Westfields at Burwood shopping after a dental appointment and it wasn't that busy either. Either everyone is so organised and completed their Christmas shopping or they have done it on line.
You might get some great Christmas bargains Deborah.

Enjoy your holiday back in Sydney.

I don't know if your children were into the Wiggles when they were younger, as all but Anthony are retiring from performing at the end of the year. 3 new performers have been signed up.


Posted By: Jo Bird
Date Posted: 21 Dec 2012 at 20:02
Deb... You're in Oz... Have a great time!
 


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Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 22 Dec 2012 at 23:33
I used to love the Wiggles, margi, i took the kids to see  them when they were small, Greg was sick, so it was Sam wiggle!!
I watched carols in the domain last night, and saw their last show, and saw the new wiggles.
my kids over them now of course, but we know all the songs, ha..ha.. they look so old now don't they, and greg wiggle (lead in yellow) was back, i think the one in purple, had a cafe somewhere (newtown?) not sure\
son a bit better today, finally got him eating (he's a sickly child) left my daughter on coogee beach, she's english rose colour, desperate for some colour (which she'll never get!!) she has to accept it, people are never happy are they, especially teenage girls!!
at least my son has picked up a bit
shops were not busy (compared to england) at eastgardens yesterday.
right i just read on msn, that louis won!!! (my fav) wasn't going to look will now!!)
hubby was on george st on friday, but didn't see russell crowe/hugh jackman at premiere, wish i'd of known, my fav two!!
deb.xox
in coogee


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Loose Lips, Sink Ships !!   or as they say in Jamaice, 'Mouth open, Story fly out!'


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 23 Dec 2012 at 01:25
My younger sister did her degree in Early Childhood Education at Macquarie Uni external studies (she had a diploma and had been teaching for years, but had to upgrade to a degree due to work requirements). Three of the Wiggles - Anthony, Murray and Greg also have degrees in Early Childhood Education from Macquarie. They sang at her graduation (not as the Wiggles - not found fame and fortune then, but as fellow students, but the idea was there based on assignments they had to do). Jeff was in a band with Anthony and Anthony's brother called the Cockroaches in the 1980s to 90s. My cousin used to play with Jeff as children when her parents went visiting his family. She is over 60 now. Jeff would be the oldest Wiggle.

I hope you got some bargains at Eastgardens. A lot of shops are offering big discounts trying to get customers in and a lot also have online stores that they would not have had 2 years ago. They have realised they have to follow consumer shopping trends to survive. I used to shop at Eastgardens with my sister and mother when they still lived at Kingsford. The family home after it was sold has been a 'knockdown rebuild' home to the current owners.
The shopping centres will be busy for the post Christmas sales - maybe that's what people are hanging out for.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 23 Dec 2012 at 05:29
I hope your son is feeling better soon. I hope your daughter doesn't come back sunburnt from the beach. Plenty of slip slop slap.


Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 23 Dec 2012 at 09:32
of course i remember the wiggles names now!!! anthony, and murray, my daughter was actually singing mashed potato today on the beach!! very catchy, heard they were in the cockroaches a long time ago, and that they were involved in early learning etc...how nice to have known jeff.
when i first joined westpac (about 18 years ago) one of the other trainee programmers i joined with (also called anthony) was a lead singer in a band (sang at a 30th party at another colleagues) he was very good , wonder what happened to him.(altho he also turned out to be an excellent programmer too, was promoted very quickly and ended up being sent overseas with westpac)-altho he too must be now late 40's

despite being on the beach between half hour- hour , we (daughter and I) are quite burnt, didn't feel that hot at 9.00am!! If my daughter was here a year, she wouldn't tan, she just doesn't have the pigment, but you can't tell a 15 year old anything really, she'll just have to invest in spray tans in the future, if she wants to have some colour
Spent a lovely afternoon reminiscing with an ex neighbour, and other ex-pat (English)friends in Clovelly, now feeling it (too much wine)


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Loose Lips, Sink Ships !!   or as they say in Jamaice, 'Mouth open, Story fly out!'


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 24 Dec 2012 at 13:26
Hot enough for you earlier today Deborah? My car thermometer showed the outside temp was 36°C by 2pm today and very humid. That storm made a difference lowering the temp.
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Have a happy Christmas. I will be trying out my new toy in the morning - a Yonanas. It makes a frozen dessert with a "soft serve icecream" consistency out of frozen fruit. Its dairy, fat & gluten free with no added sugar, colouring or preservatives. I've bought and frozen over ripe bananas and mangoes. I also bought stawberries and a fresh pineapple to freeze. I will let you know the results after I have made some and tasted it.
I wanted to try it earlier but I bought my sister one for Christmas (gluten free and dairy free diet), so I have to wait until she unwraps her one.


Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 26 Dec 2012 at 05:09
Merry xmas from coogee too!
what is a yonanas? must of missed them in the shops
been to the beach again today, to watch the sydney-hobart yachts go past
went to WBJ (according to my friends teenage daughter, westfield bondi junction) on xmas eve, wasn't too busy really, thought might of spotted Mel B!! as she has her kids in Bondi public school (i[ve heard), thought she might of been stocking up on the Jimmy Choo's or at Tiffany's there!!

weather hot enough for us today, would hate to be in Perth right now!
Son still lingering,(always sickly recently, he's a tween) but daughter has a secondary infection (everyone still coughing since cold england(except me) so at least she in now on antibiotics since Xmas eve, she still managed to body surf the 4m waves tho!
Travelling sure is tiring tho, we are sleeping forever at the mo.


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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 26 Dec 2012 at 14:45
The Yonanas is a kitchen appliance I first saw demonstrated on a shopping channel. I have tried it and it works really well. I made soft serve mango with pineapple, plain banana, banana and strawberry and banana amd mango. The banana gives it a creamy consistency. The riper the banana, the sweeter the "ice cream". Fruits with a higher water content comes out like a sorbet. Its a good way to eat fruit in very hot weather. I saw it advertised in a Myer catalogue as well before Christmas.

The shopping centres in Campbelltown were chockers on Christmas eve. It was like half the city left their Christmas grocery shopping to Christmas eve. Not a spare car parking space at Macarthur Square or Campbelltown Mall. Another minor shopping centre had a 10-15 minute long queue to get into the car park. At C/town Mall they had a security guard at the bottom of the travelator doing traffic control as there was a constant queue of people with their shopping trolleys trying to get on.


Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 28 Dec 2012 at 07:22
had a trip down to helensburgh yesterday, boy did that take forever, sydney traffic much worse!! and fast drivers.
saw some australian animals up close, will send some pics!!
deb.xox


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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 28 Dec 2012 at 22:46
I'm glad to hear you had a good day out.
How many more days are you out here for Deborah?

I always keep to the speed limit so on the M5 or freeway I use cruise control to stay at 110km/hour or less depending on the traffic conditions. It amazes me that cars still speed past me over the speed limit especially since its a loss of double demerit points for speeding and seat belt offences over the Christmas - new year period.
Where the speed limit drops to 80km/hour due to road works on the M5, I am sure some drivers think that because its mainly road work done at night, the 80 limit could not apply to them since its daylight.

I'm glad I wasn't travelling up north along the Pacific Hwy as there were major traffic delays earlier in the week.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 31 Dec 2012 at 13:06
Happy new year Deborah, Aussie time.


Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 01 Jan 2013 at 09:45
had a few great days, happy new year!!
i will send some pics when i get back, as just nipping in and out of internet cafe
been to yarrawarrah today, to visit friends.
I know why it's so expensive here, people earn lots more!! minimum wage here seems to be about 20$!!! now, in england it is about $8 !!!!!
anyway having a great time,just finishing up our left over dollars from when we lived here.
Watched fireworks on the beach last night, and then to a friends house in Clovelly.   Just had a big birthday, but not sunk in yet, back to reality, arrive back in UK , on MOnday, via Seoul (having an overnight stop on way back)
All dashed in to watch Kylie on the countdown!!!
Deb.xox

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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 05 Jan 2013 at 03:44
Another hot one today with the current temp at 37°C out my way.


Posted By: Jo Bird
Date Posted: 05 Jan 2013 at 18:48
Originally posted by MargiABC

Another hot one today with the current temp at 37°C out my way.
Just read an article in the paper about the heatwave.
Average temps of 40 degrees across the country Shocked


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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 06 Jan 2013 at 00:40
Tuesday's forecast is 42°C. Total fire bans around different parts of the country. Tasmania had been hit by terrible bush fires with about 100 homes lost. Tasmania is the most southern part of Australia and usually does not have very hot summer weather.
There are also bush fires near Canberra and parts of rural NSW.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 07 Jan 2013 at 08:17
They have just announced a total fire ban throughout NSW and the closure of all national parks in the state. There are currently 88 separate bush or grass fires burning around the state. The worst area is near Wagga Wagga in the country. The Shoalhaven area down the south coast is an area of major concern and residents have been out on alert. I have 2 former colleagues who have moved there and their homes back onto bush land. They get kangaroos coming out of the bush to lounge on tne front lawns. The native animals will be in a lot of strife if the fires get out of hand.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 08 Jan 2013 at 08:34
Originally posted by deborah31

had a trip down to helensburgh yesterday, boy did that take forever, sydney traffic much worse!! and fast drivers.
saw some australian animals up close, will send some pics!!

deb.xox

I watched the news tonight. Residents at Helensburgh were evacuated today. The rural fire service sent out text messages to residents. There are now over 130 fires burning around the state with 40 out of control.
Temperatures reached the forcasted 42°C in Sydney with strong hot westerly winds. Luckily the Royal Narional park in Sutherland has escaped any fires, but the authorities are still on high alert as the temp has only dropped a few degrees at the moment. A southerly change expected tonight so tomorrow will be at least 15° cooler.


Posted By: Rose
Date Posted: 08 Jan 2013 at 13:06
My Sister and cousins are in NSW - but not near the fires at yet .. cousin's hubby is a bush fire reserve firefighter, my thoughts are with all those affected by these fires ..

Temp yesterday was 43 ..

Hence my cousins dog in his own pool ;







Posted By: Jo Bird
Date Posted: 08 Jan 2013 at 15:13
The fires were on the lunchtime news today.
Hope you're bearing up in the heat Margi.


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Posted By: Toots
Date Posted: 09 Jan 2013 at 11:14
You OK Margi? My hair stood on end when I saw the news.
Loved the photo Rose. Staffi's are such lovely dogs. My aunt used to have them and they were wonderful with the children


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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 11 Jan 2013 at 09:12
I'm fine Toots. The major fires are not near me, but I have friends who live near them. Two live in the Shoalhaven area down south near Nowra and another friend works in Lithgow out west.

I don't know if you heard about the arsonists that were caught. Four teenagers have been arrested for lighting fires. Two were 16 yrs old and lit fires not far from houses in Macquarie Fields and a 12 yr old and a 17 year old lit fires in Eaglevale. Both suburbs are part of the city of Campbelltown where I live. The residents at Macquarie Fields got their hoses out to put out the fire as it was virtually a few metres away from their homes.
The police believe that some of the major fires have also been lit by arsonists. However the weather bureau has forecast lightning in some areas and with the return of the heatwave today and continuing tomorrow the aithorities are very concerned. The forecast for tomorrow is 45°C in some areas. I think we get away with 39°C in Campbelltown tomorrow.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 11 Jan 2013 at 15:43
Rose, your cousin's dog knows how to keep cool in the heat wave. I'm sure the pool will be well used over the next couple of days.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 18 Jan 2013 at 05:10
Rose, I'll bet your cousin's dog is in the pool right now. Another scorcher. Its 45°C right now where I live and 46°C in another suburb called Penrith. I spent the morning at the cinema watching Les Miserables and having a nice big cold drink. The air conditioning is on and it brings some relief.

The bush fires are still burning and some homes and other buildings were lost at Coonabarabran in country NSW several days ago. Its near the Sidings Springs Observatory, which escaped being damaged. One country town in Victoria has been cut off by the fires and residents cannot be evacuated as there is only one road out. We only hope the fire does not reach them. They have been told they will have to defend their homes. There are still idiots out there with no thought of others who are being caught for lighting fires either ignoring the total fire bans on their propertes or they are arsonists intent on causing a bush fire. Police have arrested several people over the last couple of weeks.
I feel for the firefighters. The heat from the fires as well as the high summer temperatures must make it difficult for them, and their safety while doing their work must be a concern for their families. Many of the fire fighters are volunteers. Rose mentioned her cousin's husband was a volunteer fire fighter.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 18 Jan 2013 at 07:13
Its official - today's temperature is a record for Sydney. Its caused problems with people being sick from the heat and problems with suburban trains.


Posted By: Jo Bird
Date Posted: 18 Jan 2013 at 07:47
Originally posted by MargiABC

Its official - today's temperature is a record for Sydney. Its caused problems with people being sick from the heat and problems with suburban trains.
I can't imagine what it feels like Margi. I start to melt if it goes over 25 degrees here.
It must be difficult to eat, sleep or do anything at at all. Hope it cools down soon.
 


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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 18 Jan 2013 at 16:01
I read that the train delays were caused by overhead wires buckling in the heat and a hose used to run a key signalling system melted. There were grass fires in the.CBD with sparks from the monorail braking to a halt causing a grass fire at Darling Harbour and a grass fire near a suburban train station at Kogarah.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 26 Jan 2013 at 04:58
Today is Australia Day. Since its a Saturday, the public holiday for it is on Monday. Its celebrates the day European settlement in Australia occurred in 1788 by the First Fleet, led by Captain Arthur Phillip.

Every local council and country area will have an Australia Day ambassador, usually someone who is a celebrity or has a high community profile to help celebrate Australia Day in that community. We have concerts, fun fairs and a lot of migrants have their Australian citizenship ceremonies today. The Australian Government bestows Australia Day honours on people who have contributed significantly to the Australian Community e.g. Order of Australia. We have not had any knighthoods since 1986 when the then Prime Minister, Bob Hawke abolished them. Anyone already with a knighthood was not affected. Every Australia Day, we have an Australian of the Year announced. This year it is Ita Buttrose.

Sadly, there will be some not celebrating as they are fighting fires or helping with emergency services. Australia really is a place of contrast. While there are bushfires still burning in parts of Victoria and NSW, there are really bad floods in Queensland.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2013 at 09:06
The actress Miriam Margolyes, became an Australian citizen yesterday.

She is pictured with Prime Minister Julia Gillard after receiving her Australian citizenship certificate.



Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 28 Jan 2013 at 05:49
The floods in Queensland are almost as bad as the floods in Jan 2011. A cyclone is the cause of this and the heavy rains are heading towards northern NSW. Gale force winds have whipped up foamy waves on part of the Queenland coast. It looks like snow from a distance and the foam has blown onto the streets to about 1-2 metres in height.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2013 at 01:07
Part of the storm cell from the cyclone came down our way - just torrential rain for the last 2-3 days. They announced several road closures this morning in different parts of Sydney.
At least the rain has helped ease bush fire dangers and the dams will be filling up.
Very tragic in Queensland with 4 fatalities from the floods. A 3 yr old boy died in hospital from injuries received when a tree fell on the family car. His mother is still in hospital.
A lot of people are being evacuated from their roof tops in worst affected areas. I feel for the people who rebuilt / repaired their homes from the 2011 floods, only for it to happen again to them.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 09 Feb 2013 at 22:02
Happy Chinese new year. Today we welcome in the Year of the Snake. Sydney has the largest CNY celebrations outside of Asia, with celebrations lasting over 2 weeks. It started on Friday night with the official launch which is conducted by the City of Sydney Council (with lots of sponsorship). The launch takes place at Belmore Park with entertainment including dancers dressed as snakes. Sydney's Lord Mayor, Clover Moore officislly opened the celebrations. The park has a weekend market just for the start of CNY. At night thr markets are lit with beutiful red lanterns hanging from tree branches. I was one of tbe invited guests (I am in an organisation that is holding 5 events for CNY) so after the official part, all the guests were transported to a cocktail party hosted by the Lord Mayor.
Events over the 2 weeks include Dragon boat races, exhibitions, talks, tours, concerts, a ball (the Dragon Ball). The final event is the Twilight Parade with floats, street performers, and marchers all lit up. I went to last year's one and I will post so photos of the parade. Each year the city partnets with a different city in China and they send out over 100 performers for CNY.


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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 24 Feb 2013 at 21:35
We have had some bad weather these last few days. Its still warm, but having bad storms. There were mini tornadoes down the south coast and also a few suburbs away with trees down and damage to buildings with roofs torn off buildings. Its been raining quite heavily over part of the weekend with flooding in the mid north coast. Our main dam, Warragamba, is now overflowing. Only a few years ago we were in drought with that dam being reported on as to how low it was. At its worst point it was about 40% full.


Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 24 Feb 2013 at 22:27
was talking to my Sutherland friend (from South africa) yesterday, she didn't mention the weather tho.... only the cold here!!!!!Cry
Want to come back to the Sydney,,...miss the CNY and celebrations.
No China town here, there is one in Manchester, but went up a few days too late for the celebrations and procession there.  I really enjoyed the CNY when we were living in Borneo, and of course we got extra days holiday!!.
 


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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 25 Feb 2013 at 01:16
The worst suburbs affected by the storms were Malabar, Kiama and Narellan not far from me. Apparently some of the roofs torn off in Kiama had asbestos in them so they had to have an enviro hazard clean up there. Today's news said that parts of.Randwick was also damaged in the storm yesterday.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 25 Feb 2013 at 06:20
When we were in Manchester last year my sistet and I had dinner in Chinatown. It was a night where dinner was not included in the tour. My sister had researched restaurants that could cater gluten free and this one did. I can't remember what it was called.


Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 25 Feb 2013 at 20:53
There are lots (Chinese Restaurants) in Manchester, when i worked there we would go for Dim sums/ lunches etc.
 
Can't remember the names either.


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Loose Lips, Sink Ships !!   or as they say in Jamaice, 'Mouth open, Story fly out!'


Posted By: Toots
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2013 at 07:47
I did my midwifery training in Coventry and was very lucky to work with a bunch of Malay nurses. They used to cook like a dream.. One would rush over to the nurses home at lunch time and prep the meal then they spent all evening cooking. They often inviting me for a meal and I've never forgotten. They could make a cabbage taste divine. Since then I've loved Eastern/Oriental food but sadly, in many cases here, the 'takeaway' tastes nothing like  cooked for a family


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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2013 at 14:20
I love having yum cha. I always have a supply of different dim sum dumplings in the freezer so I can steam them whenever I have a craving for them. There is between 2 - 5 Chinese restaurants in every suburb in Sydney and at least 1 in every country town (it seems). I remember in the 1980s we went on holidays with our parents and stopped in for lunch in a Chinese restaurant in one small country town. A delivery was being made and my mother called out to the cook in Cantonese that the delivery man was looking for him. He had not heard anyone speak in Cantonese to him in a long time and he dropped this very large basin of cooked rice .

Toots you are right about home style Asian cooking. When my sisters and I went to China in 1985, the food that was served for lunch and dinner to our tour group was pretty much like the food my mother cooked. About half of the tour group wouldn't eat some of it because it had no resemblance to what Australian Chinese restaurants served, such as steamed savoury egg custard with beef. At least the 3 of us ate well.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2013 at 11:50
Up early for a 4 hour drive to Young NSW, cherry capital of NSW. Its also the historical town once known as Lambing Flats, a gold mining area in the 1860s and the site of the infamous riots against Chinese miners in 1861. The town is unveiling plaques commemorating the events, the Chinese and those who helped the Chinese from that time period.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2013 at 09:56
After a 4.30am start we arrived in Young at 8.50am including a breakfast stop at Maccas. Lovelty day but got sunburnt. Staying overnight and having a more leisurely drive home tomorrow.


Posted By: Toots
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2013 at 08:36
You couldn't send a spot of that sun over here could you Margi? After a very short taste of Spring, we are back to winter today with temperatures set to plummet  and snow forecast. It is Mothering Sunday today, I'm off to see mine with a basket of anemones .Bless her, she has sunk so far into dementia that she will probably throw them at me.

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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2013 at 23:20
I'll do my best Toots, but I don't think it will work. After all the rain we had a few weeks ago it was nice to have the sunny weather, particularly on Saturday when most of the activities were outdoors. It was also nice to see so much green around and fuller creeks and rivers. One of the places we went to on Saturday was known as Blackguard Gully in the 1860s where the actual riots took place. We were there 2 years ago and it has a creek in it, but it was all dried up then. It was nice to see it full of water on Saturday.
The riots were a blight on our history, but in context, those who rioted against the Chinese miners were mainly Europeans and some Americans who had travelled to Australia from their own countries to the gold fields.

I hope you had a nice day with your Mother. Our Mother's day is in May, the same time as the US one.



Posted By: Toots
Date Posted: 15 Mar 2013 at 08:39
It's helped a bit Margi. We had a beautiful Spring day yesterday. All the windows and doors open. Ummmm rain today though

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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 16 Mar 2013 at 21:10
I'm glad the weather is better. I hope it keeps being spring like weather in spring like it should be. We have been having an extended summer here with temperatures in the high 20s to low 30s°C over the last 10 days. Cooler weather on the way this week.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 27 Mar 2013 at 13:46
I'm off to Canberra tomorrow to see the Toulouse Lautrec exhibition at the National Gallery. Its about a 2-3 hr drive. Double demerits over the Easter weekend starting tonight, so I have to make sure I don't stray over the speed limit. Cruise control comes in handy for that.


Posted By: Jo Bird
Date Posted: 27 Mar 2013 at 17:04

Have a great time Margi Big%20smile



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Posted By: deborah31
Date Posted: 27 Mar 2013 at 17:57
Originally posted by MargiABC

I'm off to Canberra tomorrow to see the Toulouse Lautrec exhibition at the National Gallery. Its about a 2-3 hr drive. Double demerits over the Easter weekend starting tonight, so I have to make sure I don't stray over the speed limit. Cruise control comes in handy for that.
Careful on the roads!!
I suppose you heard all the recent hoo ha (may you didn't) over the Chris Huhne case, (his wife took his points for him!!- under pressure-bearing in mind she's a high flying exec , who's not stupid, runs her own companies etc..- scorned woman tho)
I may of taken some points for my husband at some stage!!- can't say anymore, but as sole earner most of the time, and in the past , as a family we could never survive with him out of work!
Luckily in Holland, i only ever got fines for speeding- ie not points (4 in one week, when they installed speed camera's on one certain lane, then got a several hundred Euro fine!! for having a mobile phone IN MY HAND!! ) while in a car park , just parking the car!!! luckily Holland/Europe is only fines, and not points, otherwise i would of never had a licence!!- they are very tough, and on the spot there, they try to hit you in the pocket, and the Dutch being 'careful' with their money , don't like it!!


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Posted By: Toots
Date Posted: 28 Mar 2013 at 09:14
Safe journey, and have a great time Margi. I envy you, I've never seen one other than pictures in books/internet/TV etc.

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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 29 Mar 2013 at 15:25
I have never seen so many highway patrol cars on the freeways for "Operation Tortoise" over the last 2 days. A couple did pull over some cars for speeding. I enjoyed the driving as I don't normally drive 250km in a day, but tiring. We stayed overnight to break the driving up. 20 years ago I would have done the 500km round trip in a day, but I don't have the stamina now. I brought my niece home from uni as well for her mid semester break.

The Toulouse Lautrec exhibition was fantastic. There must have been over 120 of his works on display from his early years right through to some of the last pieces he painted. We always get the audio guide as it gives more information on selected pieces that won't be found on any written descriptions next to the painting. His favourite redheaded subject was evident in 4 paintings. According to the audio guide, she lost favour with him when she became a brunette. The exhibition closes on Tuesday, so I'm glad we went yesterday.


Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 14 Apr 2013 at 15:44
Another warm day and its the middle of autumn here now. It was 30°C today and will be the same tomorrow. Very unseasonal for this time of the year. A little cooler during the week.


Posted By: Jo Bird
Date Posted: 14 Apr 2013 at 16:56
It's cool and damp here. Fairly seasonal I guess...
but it would be lovely to have some sunshine.


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Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 02 June 2013 at 06:06
The Vivid festival is a light festival that has projections on buildings around Sydney. Its on at the moment. Last night the BBC and Vivid celebrated Dr Who's 50th anniversary with 3D style light projections off a building near Circular Quay called Customs House. Here is a link to a YouTube video that shows the projections.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNPGBJgqB1Q - Dr Who 50th Anniversary at Vivid

Other buildings and sites are lit up as well with different projections. The Opera House and the Contemporary Museum of Art to name a few.

We saw the water lights at Darling Harbour when we went in to see War Horse.



Posted By: MargiABC
Date Posted: 02 June 2013 at 06:28
Here is another video that's a good summary of Vivid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hcp6649VPc - Vivid



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