323. Sunday 7th July 2013. The River City…Brisbane…

Monday 1st July

Cold wet and miserable.

Donnis has been staying with Chris while his mum and dad go to work.

Tuesday 2nd July

Today we took Chris to the movies at Hyperdome. It was Cheap Tuesday admission prices and it seemed most of the population of the surrounding suburbs had the same idea. I wanted to see the new Superman movie, Man of Steel, while Chris wanted to see Despicable Me 2. The Superman movie was only a third full while Despicable was sold out. I felt the Superman movie although good on special effects and some 3D scenes was long winded, overly violent and the only word I can think of which describes it is…boring.

Hmmm!

Wednesday 3rd July

74.2

We took Chris with us again today. First we visited an office of my previous employer Oceanic Marine Solutions, to visit an old workmate, Bill L. Bill was not there today but the Managing Directors daughter, Lizzie, recognized me the moment I walked in the door. We had a 15 minute catch up before we moved on.

We re-visited Kangaroo Point

Paddlers on the Brisbane River at Kangaroo Point.

Paddlers on the Brisbane River at Kangaroo Point.

and caught a ferry to Eagle Street wharf

Chris and Donnis aboard an old timber cross river ferry.

Chris and Donnis aboard an old timber cross river ferry.

then caught another ferry to the Brisbane Powerhouse where we stopped for a pizza lunch and Chris tried his skills at a rock climb wall.

Chris struggles to learn rock climbing.

Chris struggles to learn rock climbing.

All morning Chris did not want to go with us or go for a ride on the ferry. By the time we left the first ferry he did not want to get off. Each subsequent ferry ride thereafter was the same reaction. Despite himself he enjoyed being on the water. Of course by the time we got back to TERIOS it was peak hour and crawled along the motorway  to take Chris home .

Thursday 4th July

73.8

Good friends Tony and Dawn J arrived on their way home from Mackay after visiting their son. Tony being the good worker that he is, volunteered to help wax WWWGO. Previous cleans and polish  just did not give it the gloss it should have. I bought an expensive Canuba Wax and he polished a small section of fiberglass. Wow! What a difference.

In the meantime I touched up the external plastic surfaces with baby oil. Another Wow!

Friday 5th July

I came back from my usual early morning g walk to find Tony waxing WWWGO again. Go Tony!

Brisbane is a river city. In fact it promotes itself as The River City. The Central Business District is situated between two reaches of the river with suburbs radiating out in all directions. The main part of the city is richly endowed with 15 bridges.

Go-Between Foot Bridge.

Go-Between Foot Bridge.

Goodwill pedestrian and cycle bridge.

Goodwill pedestrian and cycle bridge.

Kurilpa Bridge

Kurilpa Bridge

Merivale Bridge

Merivale Bridge

Story Bridge.

Story Bridge.

Eleanor Schonell Bridge linking Dutton Park with the University of Queensland.

Eleanor Schonell Bridge linking Dutton Park with the University of Queensland.

Captain Cook Bridge.

Captain Cook Bridge.

William Jolley Bridge

William Jolley Bridge

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridges_over_the_Brisbane_River   Bridges for car, bicycle and foot traffic, bridge for rail only, bridges for foot and bicycle only, a bridge for bus, foot and bicycle. There is even a bridge, built in 1936, the Walter Taylor Bridge which has accommodation built into the pylons at one end.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Taylor_Bridge  Originally the accommodation was for the bridge tollmaster. In recent years it has been rented to the public although it has been vacant for the last two years as the previous tenant was so grossly overweight he could no longer walk up or down the stairs. Nor could he walk through doorways. Eventually windows were pulled out and he was evacuated by crane.   http://www.smh.com.au/national/300kg-man-up-there-for-years-20090821-eszq.html

Today, with Tony and Dawn we took a ferry ride on the Brisbane River as far upriver as the Qld University and on the return voyage stopped at Eagle Street Pier. In the process we passed under or viewed from the ferry, nine of the fifteen bridges. Our original plan called for a trip all the way down river as far as Teneriffe but that would have taken another hour or perhaps two.The small section of the river we traversed took the ferry two hours, stopping at all wharves along the way. So, we left the ferry at Eagle Street and stopped for a leisurely lunch overlooking the river and Story Bridge.

After lunch we walked to Queen Street Mall and went the movies to see The Lone Ranger. As usual Johhny Depp gave a fun performance and I came away feeling it was a much more enjoyable movie than the latest Superman movie.

After the movie we had a quick snack type meal in the Myer Centre food hall then visited King George Square to see all the lights

Brisbane Town Hall

Brisbane Town Hall

Donnis tony and dawn outside the Brisbane Town Hall.

Donnis Tony and Dawn outside the Brisbane Town Hall.

and then caught a bus home arriving just after 8pm.

Wow a long tiring but very pleasant day.

Saturday 6th July

Once more Tony was polishing WWWGO when I returned from my walk. Hmmm! I wonder if I can chain Tony to the bus for another week?

Tony and Dawn packed up and left before lunch. It has been so nice catching up with them again.

Sunday 7th July

Today we took a bus trip to the Brisbane Cultural Centre which encompasses Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Museum   http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/    and Science Centre, Queensland Art Gallery and the Queensland Library with South Bank Precinct across the road.

On the bus trip to town, the driver stopped at an umm err bus stop and talked with her base by radio then announced that was as far as the bus would go and we could use the next bus following in a few minutes. We could hear her base conversation and it seems she had a fall shortly before starting her shift and could drive no further. Base was sending an ambulance for her.

We spent a couple of hours in the Queensland Museum and one exhibit which really attracted attention was a small pod of fiberglass whales suspended from the ceiling between two buildings. What made the scene fascinating was a recording of actual whales calling to each other.

Whales in alley.

Whales in alley.

Across the road at Southbank there was an area of park fenced off for a Snowball Fight.

Snowball Sign

Snowball Sign

Snow Ball Fight

Snow Ball Fight

The operator makes snow and heaps it in the park and supplies gloves and buckets and bits and pieces so kids can play in the snow.

As we were leaving we saw a group, the Brisbane Husky and Malamute Club   https://www.facebook.com/BrisbaneMalamutesAndHuskies  with their dogs, one of which is probably the biggest dog I have seen. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaskan_Malamute Even bigger than the Maremma Sheep dog   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maremma_Sheepdog    I cared for last year while house sitting at Mt.Pleasant in the Victorian Alps. Many Alaskan Malamute’s have strange eyes, one an icy blue while the other is often wishy washy brown.

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute

When the Snowball centre was closing for the day they allowed all the Huskie’s and Malamutes into the snow for a romp.

The bus trip home was uneventful.

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2 Responses to “323. Sunday 7th July 2013. The River City…Brisbane…”

  1. placestheygo Says:

    I sure hope Tony finished waxing before he left…haha! What a good friend!

    I bet that whale display was amazing, especially with the sound.

    That is one beautiful dog!

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    • frankeeg Says:

      Naah. He wimped out on me, escaping with just one side and half the back end polished. Maybe we will see him later in the year and he can finish the rest then, Hehehe!

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