Australia Day January 26th 2015 and, as the old song goes ..”hotter than a pepper sprout,” so obviously, being Australia, you light a BBQ! The view from our balcony is excellent, although to get really spectacular panorama shots, you’d be better down on either the South Perth foreshore, or Langley Park. On the other hand, nothing beats sitting at home not having to worry about drinking and driving and heavy traffic.
As well as some of our friends, we also played host to some visiting Germans and they were fantastic, saying they had a great time, taking over the BBQ and cooking up a storm. An excellent airshow before the fireworks, although it was a shame Qantas didn’t have a low flying jet coming through over the Swan River – maybe Air New Zealand could do it next year, seeing Qantas has more or less pulled out of international flights from Western Australia, that black Dreamliner would look stunning over the river and city.
As promised, it was a fantastic 35 minute fireworks display with a fabulous finale, Perth does it really well. The city doesn’t try to compete with Sydney on New Year’s Eve, opting instead to “own” Australia Day and an interesting choice of music soundtrack this year by radio station sponsor 94.5FM. Usually it’s all Australian songs but this time they chose well known music from around the world, much of it with a river theme, including Moon River. Ah yes, the music. This will get me killed, but herewith a tale! I carefully spent the afternoon setting up Chromecast from the computer to the upstairs sound system, so we could all bop to the synchronised music and fireworks. All good, the fireworks started and I turned the music up. BUT, as some of you know, Ann, my wife, doesn’t mind a chat. Ten minutes in, she started talking … well … addressing really … one of our friends, then said, “That’s too loud!” Turned the music down and proceeded to talk very loudly for the next twenty five minutes! Everyone looked at me, but I just shrugged, knowing it would be like trying to stop an Exocet missile. If anybody knows what tracks were played for 70% of the programme, I’d love to know.
Speaking of competing, nothing could beat a lunatic decision by our time-warp trapped Prime Minister, yes that 1950s renaissance man, Tony Abbott. We’d woken up to hear our conservative PM, unable to shake the shackles of his English birth, had give in to his need to tug the forelock and granted a knighthood to the Duke of Edinburgh. It must be said, my thoughts are not a reflection on the Duke, I rather like him, but it was Australia Day and there were some much deserved awards given to wonderful Australians. Many of us thought it was an Australia Day hoax, however it turned out to be true! It has to be said, it takes a very special skill to take the focus off Australians who’ve contributed to society enormously and refocus on the British Royal family! Welcome to Australia under a conservative government, wind your clocks back 60 years.