Sulphur-crested cockatoos on Broadway Street

In Australia, sulphur-crested cockatoos have adapted very well to European settlement in Australia and live in suburban habitats in cities such as Sydney. These birds are naturally curious, as well as very intelligent.

They are very long-lived, and can live upwards of 70 years in captivity, although they only live to about 20–40 years in the wild. They have been known to engage in geophagy, the process of eating clay to detoxify their food. The sulphur-crested cockatoo is a seasonal breeder – in southern Australia the breeding season is from August to January.
A sulphur-crested cockatoos on Broadway

One Central Park

The jurors spent almost a year processing 88 entries, with One Central Park competing directly with the other four finalists in the category: The Edith Green-Wendall Wyatt Federal Building, Portland, USA (Americas); De Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands (Europe) and Cayan Tower, Dubai, UAE (Middle East & Africa). Central Park gardens

You’ve got to know when to…

Know when to fold ‘em….
Holden is ceasing production in Australia in 2017.  The Australian car industry is all but dead and South Australia is in shock following confirmation that Holden will cease production after more than 60 years. The General Motors car produced in Australia since the 1950’s is last in a wave of car production leaving Australia. Holden will now follow Ford and Mitsubishi out of the country, leaving only Toyota building cars here.Holden cars 1

Busking

Street performance or busking is the practice of performing in public places, for gratuities. In many countries the rewards are generally in the form of money but other gratuities such as food, drink or gifts may be given. Street performance is practiced all over the world by men, women and children and dates back to antiquity. Tom Ward performs in Hyde Park for Australia day.  Note the extra holes at the bottom of his guitar.

Tom Ward

You can get anything you want…

…at the Central Market in Adelaide.  
Kangaroo meat is produced in Australia from wild animals and in 2010 was exported to over 55 countries worldwide. Currently sourced from wild animals as a byproduct of population control programs, both the meat and the hides  are sold. Although most species of macropod are protected from hunting by law, a small number of the large-sized species which exist in high numbers can be hunted by commercial hunters. This policy has been criticized by some animal rights activists.  On the other hand, the kangaroo harvest is supported by a wide range of professional ecologists in Australia.  Tastes like venison. says the butcher at the Central Market.
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Boynton Park

Adelaide is a planned city, and the Park Lands are an integral part of Colonel William Light’s 1837 plan. Light chose a site next to the River Torrens. He was influenced by William Penn’s design of Philadelphia, and planned Adelaide on a grid of one square mile, interspaced by wide boulevards, incorporating five large public squares surrounding the entire city with a green-belt and the “lungs of the city”.Adelaide Parklands

Adelaide Architecture

Australian residential architectural styles have evolved significantly over time, from the early days of structures made from relatively cheap and imported corrugated iron (which can still be seen in the roofing of historic homes) to more sophisticated styles borrowed from other countries, such as the Victorian style from the United Kingdom, the Georgian style from North America and Europe and the Californian bungalow from the United States.Architecture 1

Black Swans in Bonython Park

Within Australia black swans are nomadic, with erratic migration patterns dependent upon climatic conditions. The black swan breeds mainly in the southeast and southwest regions of Australia. Like other swans, the black swan is largely monogamous pairing for life (about 6% divorce rate).  An estimated one-quarter of all pairings are homosexual, mostly between males.

Black swans

Henley Beach

Named for English town of Henley-on-Thames, the Town of Henley Beach was promoted in the South Australian Register in 1860 as being “free from all the noxious smells which have been cause of complaint elsewhere”.

 

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The Beehive

The Beehive Corner is a landmark in the Adelaide city center, on the north-eastern corner of King William Street and Rundle Street, centrally placed between the Railway Station and the city’s shopping precinct.
For over a century, “Meet you at the Beehive Corner” has been a common phrase among Adelaideans when nominating a meeting-place in the city.
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The Adelaide Gaol

Said to be haunted, the Adelaide Gaol was the first permanent prison in South Australia.South Australia was settled with no convicts, and at first there was thought to be no need for a jail. When need arose, they first used the ship, and then built and operated the Adelaide Goal from 1841 until 1988. The Gaol is one of the two oldest buildings still standing in South Australia, the other being Government House which was built at the same time.
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The Tour Down Under

Ruth Corset (in pink) from Team Total Rush Hyster was the front runner most of the 38 laps, but was over taken by Melissa Hoskins (right) team Orica with a time of 1:05:19.  This was the inaugural race of what will be an annual event in Adelaide, South Australia.

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Newtown news

Newtown is awash in posters.  Workers are paid to scrape them off.Newtown, a suburb of Sydney’s inner west is located south-west of the Sydney central business districtstraddling the local government areas of the City of Sydney and Marrickville Council in the state of New South Wales, Australia.

King Street is the main street of Newtown and center of commercial and entertainment activity. The street follows the spine of a long ridge that rises up near Sydney University and extends to the south, becoming the Princes Highway at its southern end. 

 

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Miss Havisham’s rest

Eliza Emily Donnithorne (1827–1886) of Camperdown, Sydney, was jilted by her groom on her wedding day and spent the rest of her life in a darkened house, her rotting wedding cake left as it was on the table, and with her front door kept permanently ajar in case her groom ever returned. She was widely considered at the time to be Dickens’ model for Miss Havisham, in Great Expectations (1861) although this cannot be proven.

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Iceburgs

Coogee is a beachside suburb south-east of the Sydney central business district,in the state of New South WalesAustralia.The Tasman Sea and Coogee Bay along with Coogee Beach lie towards the eastern side of the suburb. The beach is popular for swimming and famous for its dangerous shore breaks. The locals call the sandstone rocks icebergs.

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Lady Vixen

Lady Vixen, part of the Flamewater Circus, practices Friday nights at Camperdown Memorial Rest Park adjacent to the historic Camperdown Cemetery located on Church Street in Newtown, an inner-city suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The cemetery was founded in 1848 and was for twenty years the main general cemetery for Sydney, with the total number of burials being about 18,000. Many people who were important to the early history of colonial Australia are buried there. It is the only one of Sydney’s three main early cemeteries that still exists.

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Backstage at the Opera

It’s a twist on the character explains Benjamin Rasheed, 
Parpignol is the traditional toyseller, but he’s this demonic clown 
who’s pedaling a cart full of toys, but also, he is actually pedaling drugs to people in the cafe.”
Benjamin Rasheed prepares to go onstage as Parpignol in Opera Australia’s 2015 production of La bohème.
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The Three Sisters

Just outside Sydney, The Three Sisters are rock sandstone rock formations in the Blue Mountains,near the town of Katoomba.  Legend has it that three sisters – Meehni, Wimlah, and Gunnedoo – lived in the Jamison Valley as members of the Katoomba tribe. They fell in love with three men from a neighboring Nepean tribe, but marriage was forbidden by tribal law. The brothers decided to capture the three sisters and a major tribal battle ensued, and the sisters were turned to stone by an elder to protect them. He was killed in the fighting and no one else could turn them back. This is claimed to be an Indigenous Australian Dreamtime legend.

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Spectacled flying fox

In Cairns, a Queensland city that acts as a gateway to both tropical north with its world heritage rainforests and the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, you can see Spectacled flying foxes in the middle of town, roosting in the grounds of the beautiful library.

 

Bat in Cairns

Yungaburra

A juvenile fig bird eats dinner along the Peterson Creek. The Peterson Creek Wildlife Corridor Project aims to establish a wildlife corridor between Lake Eacham and the Curtain Fig State Forest and Yungaburra National Park which are presently isolated. Yungabura is a town located on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia.  

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Platypus at Yungaburra

This platypus was diving for dinner at a creek in Yungaburra.
The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) also known as the duck-billed platypus is a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia. It is one of the five extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth. It is the sole living representative of its family (Ornithorhynchidae).
Hail our Platypus leader – This one’s for you Dirck Halstead.Platypus

Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge, a World Heritage site north of Cairns -is located in the southern part of Daintree National Park, near the cane-farming town of Mossman.
It is part of the traditional homeland of the indigenous Eastern Kuku Yalanji people.
Fauna commonly observed in the gorge includes the Australian brushturkey

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Wallabies

Mobs of wallabies graze near the highway outside Cairns at dusk. Wallabies are herbivores whose diet consists of a wide range of grasses, vegetables, leaves and other foliage. Due to recent urbanization, many wallabies now feed in rural and urban areas. Wallabies cover vast distances for food and water, which is often scarce in their environment.Wallabe dance

Crystal Cascades

The Crystal Cascades are located in the largest rainforest in the world  in a relatively unspoilt section of the upper Freshwater Creek, in the Redlynch Valley, outside of Cairns. The largest waterhole is sited alongside a sheer cliff which locals and tourists climb to jump into the adjoining deep waterhole. The most famous part of the cliff is called “No Fear”.

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LA BOHÈME at the Sydney Opera House

The full moon shown on us as Anne, Annette and I marveled at the Opera Australia production  in the Joan Sutherland Theatre set in the bohemian streets of 1930s Berlin, in the colour and chaos of street fairs and burlesque bars, fairylights and fishnet stockings. Maija Kovalevska makes her Australian debut as Mimì after stunning audiences in the role at the Metropolitan Opera New York, LA Opera, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.  Andrea Molino returns to Australia to conduct.

Here’s to the spirits that guide us, and kudos to the toymaker Harrison Pierce!

 

Night at the Opera
Night at the Opera

Arriving

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In the air with 300 people with pillows, blankets and sleep masks on Boeing 777
Happy New Year! The man in front of me gets sick 3 hours into the flight and they ask over the
intercom if there is a doctor on the plane.  They elevate his feet and put his head down.
The man next to him has to stand as there are no empty seats on the plane!