No doubt, Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the world’s most well known and photographed landmarks. It is the world’s largest (but not the longest) steel arch bridge with the top of the bridge standing 134 metres above the harbour. It is fondly known by the locals as the ‘Coathanger’ because of its arch-based design.
The Tyne Bridge in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England is a much smaller version of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, its length measuring 397 metres and the main span 161 metres. There is much controversy surrounding the two bridges and which one may have been a model for the other. Although the Tyne Bridge was opened in 1928 – four years before the Harbour Bridge was opened – the tender was submitted and contract signed for the Sydney Harbour Bridge in March 1924.
On January 26th, the inevitable question arises: Just what does it mean to be Australian?
The environment many of us enjoy today – the open wide spaces, the pristine waterways – all should stand as a reminder of just how lucky we are with a multi-cultural influence of fabulous cuisines, language and values. As for our blue skies, I call it blue on blue. I don’t know anywhere else in the world where it’s so divine to look at anytime of the year (except when it’s cloudy).
So, too, the freedoms we enjoy – to speak our minds, choose our governments and travel. These are just some of the things about being Australian.
Fergus McMaster was a wealthy grazier who took little convincing about the benefits of aviation. He was crossing the sandy bed of Queensland’s Cloncurry River when his car broke an axle. Paul McGinness helped repair the vehicle and the two struck up a friendship. Back in Brisbane, McGinness and Fysh outlined to McMaster their plans for an air service, beginning with joy rides and air taxi trips. McMaster, fired with enthusiasm, convinced business acquaintances to invest with them. (www.qantas.com)
In 1921 the Qantas fleet consisted of two biplanes – an Avro 504K and a Royal Aircraft Factory BE2E
I’ll admit this doesn’t look like the most enticing coffee, however I will say Australia generally does a great coffee and beats most other countries hands down. Except Turkish coffee in Turkey of course.
My local area and being an Inner Westie, find it’s groovy and funky with lots of street art which is encouraged by the local Council. Although this mural ‘I Have a Dream’ wasn’t commissioned, it was created during a weekend in August 1991. Ms Pryor and Andrew Aiken, who later served a jail sentence in the UK for murder and now lives in Canada, had twice asked for permission to paint it but were refused. So they decided to do it anyway. Now it’s been heritage listed by the local Council.
However, a red dust storm enveloped Sydney and shrouded the eastern sea board after gale-force winds ripped into the drought-stricken hinterland.
Walking around Circular Quay 23/09/09 at 8:00 am