Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pitt Street

At the Pitt Street mall - lunchtime. Is this the centre of Sydney?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Grocer building

Is this the new trendy hot spot in Sydney or am I behind the curve?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

RAR Memorial

On ANZAC Weekend here is a jungle like memorial just off George Street, it always seems damp in this area - or is it just me?

Monday, April 25, 2011


Today in Australia is ANZAC Day.
Inside the ANZAC memorial in Hyde Park. This sculpture is entitled Sacrifice.

"This is the central motif of the Memorial's design.

'Thousands of women, although not directly engaged in war activities, lost all that was dear them - sons they has borne and reared, husbands, fathers of their children, friends, lovers.

There was no acknowledgement of them in casualty lists of wounded, maimed and killed. They endured all men's sacrifice quietly'.

'In this spirit I have shown them, carrying their load, the sacrifice of their menfolk.'

Sacrifice is a shift away from the rhetoric of honour, glory and manly deeds manifested in earlier memorials - Hoff had seen too much of war to glorify it." From the AWM website.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

I hope the Easter Bunny visited you! Happy Easter, or Christos Anesti!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Martin Place

Morning sun on the Cenotaph - will be crowded at dawn on Monday ANZAC Day.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Crossing 2

The morning office workers going to work - like me.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Book Kitchen

In the back streets of Surry Hills looks like they need some heavy security bars to keep secure the valuables. Read any good books lately?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sea and sky

Remember ... 'our land is girt by sea'

What lands are not?

Watery Wednesday

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Deli

"I'm just going to pop down the deli for some devon."
Could anyone try to translate this please.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Ibiza cafe

This is one of the many Coffee Shops in Avalon Beach - it is a bit early and they have not opened yet. Usually busy. This is the primo - oldest one in town - coffee shop, licenced, have a fire in winter and is in the most central position. near the Corner of Avalon Parade on Old Barrenjoey Road.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Watching the surf

Like me I can't stop looking out to sea, checking the surf.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

ANZAC Sports Car

These army guys were with their sports car, a handy parking spot. Very central.

A Sydney Story courtesy of Fitz ...
Imagine the scene. While the rest of Sydney sat in gridlocked traffic on Sunday morning, 1500 triathletes were running, riding and swimming from first light. Of course, once one has finished such an event, the general thing is to burst through the finish line before collapsing to the ground as you allow the blessed feeling of achievement to wash over you. Then the form is to stagger back to the "transition zone" to retrieve your bike, but there is a strict protocol involved. It is considered very poor form to get that bike until the last competitor has completed the cycle course. So it was that on Sunday morning, a hundred or so of the first finishers, all of them as lean as greyhounds, wander over to find that although it is more than two hours since they had gone through this section, they still can't get on their bikes and go home, because there are still competitors who haven't gone through yet. So they wait, some more patiently than others. Finally though, a good 10 minutes after the penultimate competitor, the last man arrives. He's hurting, but he's still going. A large bull of a man of oriental appearance, he either dismounts or falls off his carbon-fibre steed - it's hard to tell - and jogs very, very slowly, with his bike towards the transition. Many hundreds of eyes watch on in a curious silence until suddenly, in a beautiful moment, the swollen crowd rises in unison to clap and cheer with genuine warmth, encouragement and appreciation for the efforts of a fellow competitor who is struggling, but still game. The big man remains a study of exhausted, single-minded focus, but now continues with a slight spring in his step. Gotta love this city.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Washington H Soul Pattinson

Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited was listed on the Sydney Stock Exchange in 1903. This store is Pitt St stands out from the glitz of the the Westfield development just up the road.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Royal Botanic Garden

City skyline just up that hill.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Beach Trio

Coming back from a surf.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Autumn Beach

Last days of summer, the chill hit Sydney tonight and somehow I think the beach days like this are over.

Monday, April 11, 2011


A colourful bowl of fruit for Monday morning, apples are coming into season at Bilpin.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Mt Wilson, Blue Mountains. Why are the mountains blue?

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Autumn Approach

The chills winds of winter are coming, this Sunday at 2.00pm apparently, and its time to chop some wood and clean the fireplace. I was working near the mountains west of Sydney during the week and was reminded of the misty cool climate up there.
Weekend in Black + White

Friday, April 8, 2011

Scooter man

Tried the old move the camera trick, hey it worked. There is an explosion of these around now.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Dolphin Hotel

On Crown Street the other day and this has become a super trendy strip. This pub looks cool, couldn't go inside as it was my lunchtime - and I didn't have any money on me either.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Emden Gun

Another reminder of WW1, it points up Oxford Street.

This gun was from the Emden a German warship in World War I. The Emden was a successful raider in the Indian Ocean and was run aground by her captain to prevent her from sinking, after engaging the HMAS Sydney at the Battle of Cocos Island. In 1917, a 105 mm gun from Emden was installed as a monument. It only lists the officers on the HMAS Sydney, I guess there were too many crew to fit on the memorial.

The second HMAS Sydney was lost with all hands, 645 sailors, in WWII off Western Australia in a battle with another German Raider the Kormoran. Amazingly both were found in 2008.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Reflection pool

In front of the ANZAC War Memorial is a reflection pool, popular with lunchtime office workers, it provides a nice frame for the view to the Archibald Fountain.

Monday, April 4, 2011

ANZAC War Memorial

After emerging from the tunnel, crossing Hyde Park is my vote for Sydney's most beautiful building. Clad in pink granite its interior is white granite.

Fund raising for it began on the first anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli in 1916 it was finally completed in 1934, it is the main commemorative military monument of Sydney, Australia.

Inside the dome is painted 120,000 stars, the number of NSW volunteers that served in WW1. Out of a population of 4 million, 330,000 Australians served with 60,000 dead.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Retro Tunnel

This is a link tunnel to Museum Station under Elizabeth Street, looks a bit retro, usually no graffiti which is unusual for a tunnel. This is a start photo for another lunchtime run. The best part of the tunnel is its rubber floor which is nice and soft - a change from the hard concrete footpaths.

Friday, April 1, 2011

On the edge - and about to jump!

On the edge of a waterfall - and about to jump, don't do it green gang.
Actually the Lloyd Rees fountain in Martin Place. Rees was passionate about public art and this fountain is a tribute to that.

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Hyde Park Walker

Sun streaming through Hyde Park.