The Pipe Organ & Sunset Gathering | Mon 4th to Sun 10th Aug 2014 — Ned Martin’s Dot Org

Monday 4th August – Pizza

Day

It rained a little this morning, but not on me. I caught the bus to work, had subway for lunch, and caught the bus home again—a tricky two-bus combination getting off in the city and walking to the magic bus station under the Myer Centre.

Night

Bronwen and I bought Dominos pizza, via Woolworths for milk, toilet paper, and cannellini beans.

Delicious Dominos Pizza

Tuesday 5th August – I ache

Day

I caught the bus to work, had sushi for lunch, and caught the bus home again. For some reason, it felt very much like I was at the wrong end of a long week and like the day was too long—my chair hurt me, my computer screens hurt me, my eyes ached, my back ached, I didn’t feel like I was working well… I don’t know why. Hopefully tomorrow is terrific!

Night

Bronwen went climbing. It was very cold outside.

Wednesday 6th August – Lucy

Day

I drove to work so we could see a movie tonight. Then, I worked.

Night

Bronwen and I went and saw “Lucy” at South Bank Cinemas. It was a little unusual—it felt like a low budget, almost arthouse, movie—but it had some big names in it. An interesting plot anyway.

Thursday 7th August – Dinner

Day

I again drove to work, so I could go to Bronwen’s parents’ place after work.

Night

I drove to Bronwen’s parents’ place, where I had dinner. The power button on my phone stopped working.

Friday 8th August – Broken Phone

Day

I again drove to work. The power button on my phone had stopped working yesterday. I could still use my phone, but should it ever turn off—or freeze up and need turning off—I’d never be able to turn it back on again, or so I feared. As work had lunch at Nandos, which was near E & E Electronics, I dropped my phone off there to see if they could fix it. I then left work early and walked back to pick it up. They said they hadn’t been able to fix it, but charged me $35 for cleaning it. Apparently it worked as soon as they took it apart. They said it may have been dirt stuck somewhere, or it could be a software issue.

Night

I went to “Knockoff—Free Comedy at the Powerhouse” all by myself.

Saturday 9th August – Brunswick Street Mall Reopening

Morning

I reset my phone, after the power switch not working problems it had been having, and started the tedious task of setting everything up again.

Day

Bronwen and I drove to Sizzler for breakfast and lunch. We found out that it’s cheaper to get a meal with the salad bar included than it is to get the salad bar and drinks, so I got a meal minus the actual meal (because I’m vegetarian and Sizzler is a steakhouse—which resulted in me getting just chips).

Afternoon

After Sizzler we drove to The Valley, which was having its Brunswick Street Mall Reopening festivities.

A pretty green fairy in The Valley

A female breakdancer doing her thing

Ice carving, The Valley

One of the new roof things they have put in The Valley

Bronwen amazed at her own skill

They have put strange yellow things in Brunswick Street Mall, with song lyrics on them

There were bands

Sunday 10th August – Pulling out all the stops

Morning

I slept in, having to get up in a hurry and rush to Bronwen’s parents’ place. Once there, we all drove down to City Hall, and queued up in a ridiculously large queue (it had actually looped upon itself and formed a circle) to go see “Pulling out all the stops”—an organ concert to celebrate the restoration of the pipe organ in City Hall. Despite the huge queue, we managed to get seats right up the front—even though the back was entirely packed. I think no one realised there were still seats available up the front.

I’m not a fan of organ music (it seems discordant to me) but the organ, and the playing of it, was very impressive. It has 5 manuals, 80 speaking stops, and over 4,300 pipes.

The immense queue of people waiting to get into City Hall

The queue has joined itself and formed a circle

The ceiling inside City Hall

The ceiling inside City Hall

City Hall’s Pipe Organ

The balcony is full

Screens were set up to show the organist’s feet

The organ has five stages

Organ pipes in City Hall. I like the shadows.

Some more cool shadows

Afternoon

After the organ, Bronwen and I drove to Fortitude Valley, where we bought Tandoori Vege pies from Pie Face for lunch and watched “Four Kings” perform.

3D Street Art

3D Street Art–it genuinely does look stupid from the wrong angle

Beatboxing

Mates save mates from alien abductions all the time in The Valley

People are abducted by UFOs all the time in The Valley

Being levitated to the mothership

A rather large bubble

Confusing graffiti–why is there a QR Train?

Night

As the festivities in The Valley came to an end we drove to Kangaroo Point and walked to the Sunset Gathering. It was quite a large one—there was even a cockatoo.

Bronwen learning to fly

Slacklining as the sun sets

When chilli just isn’t strong enough anymore

A professional fire twirler showing his stuff

This seemed very Australian at the time. Because of the beer.

Sunset Gathering is colourful

A girl plays with fire at Sunset Gathering

A girl plays with fire at Sunset Gathering

Sunset Gathering is a colourful place

Sunset Gathering is a colourful place.

Sunset Gathering is a colourful place.

Sunset Gathering is a colourful place.

Sunset Gathering is a colourful place.

Sunset Gathering is a colourful place.

Sunset Gathering is a colourful place.

A girl fighting herself (a double exposure of the same girl)