So the G20 has been and gone from Brisbane. Hasn’t anybody ever heard of video conferencing? It would have saved a lot of time, money, inconvenience, and maybe embarrassment for Tony Abbott.
During the two day conference the temperatures were significantly above average for all of S.E. Queensland as Tony tried to convince the world there was no such thing as Global Warming.
And then he made a brilliant deal with China to allow them to buy freehold land in Australia – no questions asked. What did Australia get in return? We got the right to have China freely export the goods they will produce from the land they buy.
The two reasons I could never live on Bali would be that you can’t drink the tap water – and the traffic.
Not only are there very few rules other than Might is Right, but white lines mean nothing, and traffic lights are only ‘advisory’. Oh, and if a non-Balinese is involved in an accident with a local, the non-Balinese is always in the wrong. Some locals have been known to ’cause’ an accident and suffer a while in hospital (at the non-Balinese driver’s expense) just to get a new motor bike (at the non-Balinese driver’s expense).
And don’t call the police. That will just cost you more money.
Just a thought – While Tony Abbott blithely ignores some fairly compelling science about climate change, and how humans may have something to do with it, everyone seems to be ignoring the elephant in the room. There are four billion too many humans on the planet! But not many appear ready to leave yet.
No this is not the runway; it’s the vehicle entry/exit. The runway is where it always was, and can be seen in the background of the photo.
The main terminal is big and flash and modern – and unfortunately just as inefficient as the old one.
Our first surprise upon landing on our Virgin flight from Brisbane was being herded onto buses on the tarmac to be taken to the terminal. Why couldn’t we dock to the terminal? [Read More…]
Just a Thought – Instead of sacking thousands of public servants, why not give their jobs to the over 60s who will have to work until they are 70. Must be easier than staying as a bricklayer.
The Buderim Ginger Factory is no longer at Buderim. In fact it hasn’t been there for a couple of decades. But why change the name of something so famous just because they moved to a more suitable locale? It’s now at Yandina, less than an hour up the Bruce Highway.
In the 1980’s we owned a shop in the markets where the old factory used to be. We sold Buderim Ginger amongst other things. The markets are gone now too, and been replaced by a modern shopping centre.
With much more space at Yandina, The Ginger Factory has an authentic taste of Queensland. It incorporates leisurely shopping and special treats, entertaining tours, rides, shows and fabulous food. [Read More…]
Down on the Gold Coast, opposite that monument to human naivety and vulnerability, Jupiter’s Casino, is one of the greatest cabaret restaurants in the land. We’ve been there a couple of times and both times we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
The entertainment starts before you enter the grounds. The castle is the first thing to impress. Then the performers in full costume as you enter have you wondering if this was a good idea or not. There are some nasty teeth and syringes and stuff. [Read More…]
When I was a little kid I was terrified of the Story Bridge. Coming from a farm with no rivers to cross to visit my grandparents meant crossing the Brisbane River. Every Christmas this happened. My first memories were of the water so far below and these huge girders above and around. I hid on the floor in the back seat. Now people pay to climb it.
Story Bridge Adventure Climb (SBAC) is run from Kangaroo Point at the southern end of the bridge. The bridge walk is one of only three in the world.
To learn more and make a booking please [Read More…]
Montville is the biggest and most interesting market village in South East Queensland, and maybe Australia. I certainly haven’t seen better.
If you want to experience really relaxing shopping for arts and crafts, this is the place. For a romantic morning, afternoon, day, or couple of days, try the magic and old world charm of Montville. It’s only one hour north of Brisbane, and a place of peace, calm, and coolness compared to the Sunshine Coast 430 metres below. [Read More…]
I was born and grew up in Dalby, Queensland, which is only about 50 or 60 kilometres from the Bunya Mountains. In Australia 50 or 60 kilometres is a doddle. Mum would drive that far to go shopping. Consequently for a way to escape hot summer Sundays Dad would often take us for a drive there. The change in temperature was noticeable even as we climbed from the flat plains of the Darling Downs to the summit.