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Saturday, June 21, 2003

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The launch of the new Harry Potter book was celebrated today by 800 fans with this steam train ride (the "Hogwart Express") - which left Central at 7.30am. Panorama. On its return an hour later everyone queued up to collect their copy of the book. A pic of some of the crowd on the station.

11:58:37 PM    

Thursday, June 19, 2003

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The government has organised a series of "welcome back the Iraq War troops" parades in a number of the state capital cities. Here is the scene yesterday in the first of these parades - in George St in the city ... panorama.  The crowds seemed rather sparse and subdued compared with the normal Anzac Day response. The march was publicised only a day or so before the event -- maybe for security reasons. Here are some pictures from the parade.. a Vietnam veteran bikie ... an "old aussie digger" ... Prime Minister Howard pressing flesh after the parade (there was a lone protesting voice yelling out "You're a liar, Howard!" at the start of his speech) .. Leader of the Opposition Crean with a sailor ... police taping up garbage bins ... the crowd and troops stand at attention for the singing of the National Anthem

10:42:13 AM    

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

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Yesterday was the 200th anniversary of the first circumnavigation of Australia - by Matthew Flinders.  And in a somewhat ironic coincidence(?) it also marked the arrival back in Sydney of the aboriginal vessel, the ketch "Tribal Warrior" after its two year trip around the country.  Panorama . The "Tribal Warrior" Asociation website is here. There is also in fact a tall ship Windeward Bound re-creating Flinders' voyage which is due back in Sydney next week. I did a panorama of the Windeward Bound when it departed -- more than a year ago -- from Darling Harbour. ...Foucault on ships: "The sailing vessel is the hetereotopia par excellence. In civilizations without ships the dreams dry up, espionage takes the place of adventure, and the police that of the corsairs"

3:28:58 AM    

Saturday, June 07, 2003

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Rene Rivkin is a high profile financial advisor and recently he was given a custodial sentence for insider trading -- which sentence he started this morning. Yesterday his lawyers made a last ditch attempt to stave off his imprisonment. In the panorama Rivkin is shown coming out of the Supreme Court after the appeal failed. Here is a picture from the middle of the media scrum -- the woman under his arm is his wife, the guy in yellow is his minder. Update - in the Sunday Telegraph today there were blurry shots of Rivkin on his first day in jail --- taken by someone - "Sam" - inside the prison with a camera-equipped mobile phone. Another sign of the depth of the media frenzy surrounding this incarceration. Update again: Sunday pm - Rivkin collapses in cell - Realmedia report from the ABC.

3:12:55 AM    

Tuesday, June 03, 2003

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Newtown bridge at dusk yesterday - panorama.  Newtown's King Street is a tunnel of traffic but a busy "alternative" shopping/eating/promenading precinct nonetheless. The station entrance here is an elevated open area and always catches the last rays of the sun. An historic photo from the middle of the road.

9:40:33 PM    

Sunday, June 01, 2003

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There were an amazing number of festivals in Sydney yesterday - the Rocks Arts festival, the Leather Pride festival, the Italian festival at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, and this one at Manly Beach - a food and wine festival complete with camel rides - panorama. Manly has a quite different feeling from Bondi -- the topography is not quite so rugged and the crowds are not so hip and international. But it is more laid-back somehow - and the beach goes on forever. There is a Manly Beach webcam here.

10:55:21 PM    

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