Riverfire | Mon 22nd to Sun 28th Sep 2014 — Ned Martin’s Dot Org

Monday 22nd September
Post-Festival Traumatic Syndrome


I arrived home at 5:20 AM, having left Mitchell Creek at 3:30 AM. I was very tired.


I am tired. I have a post-festival-traumatic-syndrome: a sore throat, and my nose runs. I drove to work.


Bronwen and I went to ALDI, and wow, they have tried to logically organise their stock! They have synthetic turf right beside self-propelled lawn mowers! I don’t think Woolworths sells either!

ALDI sells unicycles this week. Conveniently placed beside the 6V lantern batteries. Near the toilet paper.

In an unprecedented attempt at logically organising their stock, ALDI has placed their lawnmowers next to their synthetic lawn!

Tuesday 23rd September


I worked, slightly less sick than yesterday.

Wednesday 24th September


It was raining, and I’m still sick, so I drove to work—dropping Bronwen off at her work on the way. There were very loud helicopters practicing for Riverfire.


Bronwen and I had cheap and nasty pizza from Dominos.

Thursday 25th September


I worked.

Friday 26th September


I worked. There were very loud jets, practicing for Riverfire. They’re painfully loud in the city, echoing off the skyscrapers.

Saturday 27th September


Bronwen and I and had a look at the new iPhone 6, and 6 plus, on our way to Sizzler. To my surprise (while I’m not a fan of IOS—despite what Apple fanboys claim, it’s years behind the competition and they don’t seem to be catching up—I have always thought the design and build quality of Apple devices better than most of their competition) they look and feel just like cheap knock-offs of the HTC M8. The shop had an HTC m8 there, and in the build and design department, it won hands down. That said, they also had all the Samsung Galaxy phones—the most popular in the world—which all look terrible. It leaves me confused: given how far behind Apple’s hardware and software is, why do so many people buy them, even now when they no longer look better?

After being disappointed in the new iPhones, we went to Sizzler, and were disappointed in their salads.


After Sizzler we drove to South Bank, and walked to the Whale Mall (near the Queensland Museum) and watched “Ocean’s Skin”. I didn’t like it much.

Ocean’s Skin

Ocean’s Skin

Ocean’s Skin


Then we rushed to the Victoria Bridge, to watch the Super Hornets fly over. We’d planned to watch them, and the following helicopter display, and then go—but we ended up staying all evening, watching several fly-overs and then watching Riverfire. There was a drive-by (I’m not sure what the correct term is… float by sounds wrong) by a Jet Pack (the water-bound kind, not the space-age real flying type), which was cool as I’ve not seen one outside of Youtube before.

Superhornets at Riverfire

Superhornets at Riverfire

Why does it have its feet out?

A superhornet making its own little clouds

Going fast

Jet Packs

A man strangely floating through the water

Oh, I see. That makes more sense

The jetpack looks like a lot of fun

The jetpack man can dive like a dolphin


One way of catching the bus once you have missed it

The helicopters came very close

A helicopter at Riverfire

A helicopter at Riverfire

A helicopter at Riverfire

The helicopters made big disturbances in the water

A helicopter in front of the Wheel of Brisbane

Careflight also did a helicopter display

This is probably what it looks like moments before you die


We wandered down into the ridiculous crowds along the riverside of South Bank for Riverfire. We got let through security because the guard thought we worked for the ABC, which bypassed a very long looking queue of people having their bags checked for glassware. Even so, it was far too crowded to get to anywhere with a good view, so we ended up standing behind thousands of sitting people.

In what must have been incredibly annoying for them—some of who had probably set up their little picnics and what not hours ago to save a spot—as soon as the fireworks started, everyone stood up and surged forward, squashing picnics and taking over the carefully saved spots people had been waiting in all day.

The fireworks were spectacular, as usual, but they are too big now—the crowds make it unpleasant and highly dangerous, and it’s not possible to see more than half the fireworks from any given point, which makes smaller ones like Buddha’s Birthday Festival more exciting and much more fun.

People who arrived early and thought they were clever, moments before being trampled by all the late arrivals

Riverfire fireworks

Riverfire fireworks

Sunday 28th September


I don’t know what I did today. I forgot to note it down, and now it’s lost forever.


Bronwen and I stayed the night at Bronwen’s parents’ place. They are still in Japan, but are getting home tomorrow, and Bronwen is picking them up, so that somehow meant we should stay the night.