Sunday 1st November 2015 – Brisbane Zombie Walk
The day started cheerily. Bronwen and I got up early and drove to “Jacarandas & Roses at New Farm Park”, a photoshoot put on by the “Passionate about Photography” group. I’d been to another of their shoots back on Australia Day and it had been quite busy, with several models and photographers—but for some reason, today only one other photographer, a model and her Mum turned up. This was a bit sad, considering I’d got up early and skipped breakfast to get there on time, but as I was wandering around the park taking photos of the jacarandas while Bronwen posed for the photographer, I bumped into another photographer who had come for the event but been unable to find anyone, and we wandered off and took some photos around the powerhouse—some of which turned out nicely, so that cheered me up.
After stopping at Coles for some muffins and an iced coffee, we drove to the Mount Coot-Tha Botanic Gardens, where we drove around for a very long time to watch all the other people finding carparks before I could park in them. After eventually finding a carpark we went for a wander through the gardens, having a look at the new section they’ve built near the tunnel entrance, and having a look at the Jewish festival. There were police and Israeli security (“ex-IDF, now registered bodyguards”, they said) everywhere.
Having managed to take some photos of the Israeli security, I retired to the Grass Roots Music Festival to listen to some blues while I awaited my sudden and unexpected assassination. Strangely, they let me live, so I went and took some photos of ducks, lizards, and pollen to celebrate.
Fearing that our lives would not be safe at the botanic gardens, Bronwen and I fled to the suitcase rummage in the city, then had some sushi for lunch, before heading to Roma Street Parklands for the Brisbane Zombie Walk
The days where the Brisbane Zombie Walk was genuinely scary (back in 2007, Maz was bitten, I had bottles thrown at me, and there may have been some minor damage to shops…) and the surprised city folk weren’t entirely sure what to make of the group of crazed zombies rampaging past their shops have, unfortunately, well and truly gone. Nowadays it’s a tame, highly organised, and rather expensive ($20 entry this year), paid event—carefully kept away from unsuspecting people, and this mostly ruins it. Nevertheless, large amounts of people still go to huge amounts of effort to make themselves look terrible, and this year’s route through Roma Street Parklands was a lot better than the previous year’s West End one.
I have been to quite a few Brisbane Zombie Walks now.