Jingle Bells........

Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
Trip End Oct 02, 2005

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Monday, December 20, 2004

The decorations for crimbo are poor. Sydney has made a real poor show of things. There has been quite a lot of uproar due to the Ebeneezer Scrooge like mayor of Sydney. The council decided to do what Sheffield did a few years ago, and due to ethnic minorities within the city, out of respect, the mayor decided to cancel christmas on their behalf as didnt want to offend their religious beliefs. Oh well, never mind the millions of people who believe in christmas then. One shop in Sydney, Hype shoes, decided to spice things up a little and put in their shop window sex dolls dressed up as choristers. Needless to say they were ordered to remove them with haste, however it received quite a lot of praise for at least making more of an effort than the council did. THe decorations on Darling Harbour were few, but the local Novotel hotel worked out that if they turned off the "vot" in its Novotel lights, it makes the word NOEL. Very nice. The xmas tree in Darling harbour was a little scantily clad with decorations, but it still got its fair share of Japanese tourists giving a victory V sign beside it, whilst having their pictures taken.

The 16th of December was the night we were waiting for. Carols in the Domain. There are things that Sydney does do right and that is outdoor concerts. Each year they put on these spectacles and thousands of people turn up for a free concert. We arrived about 7pm and had to sit near the back as people had been camping out all day. We laid the picnic blanket out and sat back to enjoy some old classic, whilst we consumed vast amounts of vino. We had fireworks to accompany the carols, and one of the most un-christmas things we have seen, bats flying overhead to the tune of jingle bells (the bats live in the botanical gardens, big buggers and they fly off around 8pm looking for food). It surely did give the evening its festive touch. No reindeers but lots of bats. After the show we got talking to some local aussies and joined them drinking until 2am. We were the only ones left in the park so we decided to storm the stage that was set up. We were singing and dancing, entertaining a crowd of zero with renditions of christmas songs and build me up buttercup. Some of the choir were still around and came out and joined us for a short time. That was until we got evicted by a lak-lustre securtiy guard who obviously didn't care we were on private property, but he had nothing else to do at 3am so he had to show some willing at his job. It was a bloody good night.
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