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DANCES WITH WARRIORS

They're just fun to play with.

They’re just fun to play with.

We get a lot of Chinese visitors in Sydney these days, particularly around the Chinese New Year.

They all want to see the icons around the harbour. Continue reading

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RIDE2WORK DAY – no sweat.

The Light Rail arrives at the end of the line, in Dulwich Hill. I'm still cool and dry.

The Light Rail arrives at the end of the line, in Dulwich Hill. I’m still cool and dry.


“You can’t ride the bike. Not today!”

Mevrouw T has just ironed my best shirt. I’ve pulled on my neatest slacks. I have a meeting with strangers, in their office, mid-morning, with no time to shower and change before it.

It’s reasonably cool for a summer’s day, but I’m a sweater. Even moderate exertion turns me into a human puddle. No amount of deodorant will be able to cope.

But February 4th is a designated Ride2Work Day, a laudable initiative that encourages us to use our bikes for commuting, rather than serious training.

I want to support the organisers and show solidarity with my fellow cyclists. What’s the point of campaigning for better cycling infrastructure if people don’t saddle up and use it?

But that sweat…? Fortunately, I have a cunning plan… Continue reading

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NSW BIKE WEEK – our contribution

The grandsons and their father head off to school and work.

The grandsons and their father head off to school and work.

I’m delighted to be able to report that the Tulloch family is getting in early on NSW Bike Week, a laudable initiative promoting cycling in the state.

Yes, I know there is something wrong in the photo above. Cycling three abreast is not permitted and this blogger doesn’t condone such daredevil activity. Standing in the middle of the road in front of oncoming cyclists is also not recommended, even when it’s needed to take an action shot. In mitigation, I can assure readers that the road is a quiet cul-de-sac and on a designated Sydney bike route.

The family rides regularly, not only during Bike Week. There should be more of it!

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CHIPPENDALE – a Sydney crime scene goes green

Cutting edge; Central Park has replaced the old Carlton brewery.

Cutting edge; Central Park has replaced the old Carlton & United brewery with eco-design shops and apartments.

An accident of logistics* sees me staying in an Air BnB apartment in the historic inner city Sydney suburb, Chippendale.¬†(Sorry if you hit this blog post while googling ‘furniture’ or ‘hunky male strippers’.)

Finding a little time for blogging after an enforced¬†break, I researched ‘Chippendale, NSW’, on the web. Apparently it’s famous for its murders. Continue reading

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FAKING THE CITY TO SURF – by running it in Amsterdam

They're off! Photo: Sydney Morning Herald

They’re off! Photo: Sydney Morning Herald

It’s exactly ten years since last I finished Sydney’s City to Surf race from the city centre to famous Bondi Beach. Time to do it again.

One problem – I’ll be in Amsterdam, not in Sydney, on the big day.

So I’ve had to devise a 14km virtual reality City to Surf route in a town which has no true city centre, no surf and nothing remotely like Heartbreak Hill, the steep stretch halfway along the course that causes so many hopefuls to ‘hit the wall’. Continue reading

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PORTUGAL COMES TO PETERSHAM – Festival in Photos

"It feels like I'm in Madeira, mate."

“It feels like I’m in Madeira, mate.”

It’s on again, the annual Biarro Portugues – the Petersham Food and Wine Fair.

I was there with the requisites – a camera and an empty stomach. Continue reading

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HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR – Sydney style

The lion (or was it a dragon?) was primed and ready to go.

The lion (or was it a dragon?) was primed and ready to go.

It was a happy, fortunate and propitious start to the Lunar New Year.

One of my well grooved bike ride routes takes me along the Cooks River to the cafe in Sydney’s Bicentennial Park and back.

On the way it passes through the suburb of Flemington, which yesterday was having a cracking good time. I happened to arrive just as the Jin Wu Koon Dragon and Lion Dance Association was expelling evil spirits from the Saigon BBQ and Pho Vietnamese Restaurant, apparently in return for gifts of lettuce hung from the awnings. Continue reading

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