Did I say close? It looks like we've got the first hung parliment since 1940. And since I don't have a photo to go with this weeks big news, I will instead post a photo I took last week of another first. Our garden path after the first hailstorm we've had for many years.
It's election day. And while I was tempted to show you the photo I took of the long long long line I waited in at the polling booths this morning, I found this magazine cover very funny and decided to take a photo of it. The polling booths will close in about 40 minutes. It will be a very close election this time I think.
Thanks to the continual 'development' in the Northern Beaches a lot of our lovely old buildings have disappeared. This wonderful old garage looks it's going to be the next victim. I remember the Manly of my youth having a great village by the sea feel. Beautiful hotels built in the 1920's, cottages and small blocks of flats on the beach front. There were still many places to stay and cafes and restaurants, but the place still held it's character. Now all but one of the cottages are gone (that one left has been redevoloped and now has a great whopping apartment block in its back yard - oh but the developers 'still kept the heritage of the house alive' - what rubbish) and the beach front now resembles the Gold Coast. I envy the beautiful cities of Europe I've visited (Paris, Zurich, etc) whose city authorities respect their heritage. We clearly don't.
No picture today. Instead a link to a video. Last Monday (2 August) a group of Sydney public schools performed a surprise flash mob dance at Circular Quay to start Education Week. I wasn't there to catch the action but heard about it because my daughter's school participated in it (no she wasn't in it). Apparently there were simultaneous performances in Orange and Miranda.
One of three mysterious cannon that was unearthed during the rebuilding of part of Taronga Zoo in recent years. Unfortunately I don't remember the details about how old they are and why they were there although I did read the plaques. I will have to do some research - but for now bed beckons me. If anyone knows more details please do tell..........
Driving down Warringah Rd this morning I saw the most magnificent surf at Dee Why Beach. I had to go and look. It was absolutely bucketing down and extremely windy and freezing up on the cliff where I took this photo but it didn't bother me. I was completely overcome by the power and majesty of the sea. The photo and the others you can see here really don't do it justice. I guess you had to be there.
The wonderful old internal mail system in the Dymocks Building. The system of putting memos and such in tubes and sending them through the network of pipes was long before my time but it's nice to see that at least one place still has them intact as part of the buildings history. Even if all the tubes are blocked off now.
I took this picture today while waiting for traffic to move - and feeling very envious of the clear traffic coming the other way. It seems getting around Sydney is becoming more and more of a problem lately.