75th Birthday… of a Bridge

Sydney’s Harbour Bridge is 75 years old and yesterday was a whole day of birthday celebrations – fireworks, music, Aboriginal Smoke Ceremony, a flypast and a Ferry & Working Boats race, plus a chance to walk across the Bridge in a free silly hat. Which, clearly, I could not resist.

We did it at night, so our hats had little lights on the front. Super cool.

I roped in four new friends from my office and we all really enjoyed it. Plus its nice to be starting to hang out with people outside of work.


My first Aussie scuba dive on Sunday in Manly. Good group of people (apart from one bloke – there’s always one bloke who thinks he knows it all and turns out to be a liability once we get under the water and this one was no exception. Sigh. He was really racist too).

I saw my first ever Wobbegong and Port Jackson sharks! They were beautiful. Also saw cuttlefish, octopus, stingrays and a HUGE blue grouper. 🙂

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6 Responses to 75th Birthday… of a Bridge

  1. azahar says:

    You’re really settling in, aren’t you? How’s the new flat? Nice that the people you work with are also people you like hanging out with.

    Um… wobbegong?

  2. truce says:

    Yes, thanks Azahar, I’m settling in really well now. Still haven’t figured out the bus network yet – that’s what I need to do next!

    The new flat is great and my flat mate is lovely. I feel like I’ve known her for years.

    A Wobbegong is a shark which lives on the bottom and has a lovely pattern to blend in with his surroundings. They also – and this is the cool bit – have all these fringing tassles of skin round their edges to camouflage them even further. They’re just beautiful creatures. 🙂

  3. woodpigeon says:


    That sounds wonderful! I’ve gone scuba diving just three times – Sharm, Mauritius and Phuket. I remember seeing a black tipped reef shark and swimming after him.

  4. piereth says:

    Wobbegongs are very old evolutionarily, a throwback to a primaeval age!!

    Gorgeous diving – look out for blue-ring octopus – really beautiful if a bit deadly 🙂

    Groupers are lovely, just like dogs….

    Sooo glad your flatmate is nice and the house is a triumph – there is no downside by the sounds!

  5. Ivan says:

    Wobbegongs are cool. 🙂

    I know a lot of people who’d go out of their way to get a free silly hat. One with a light on it is special indeed, and it will be useful during blackouts.

  6. truce says:

    Ah, Woodpigeon, I’d love to dive Phuket – I’ve ‘done’ (although that’s an awful phrase) Dahab on the Red Sea, Mauritius, Kenyan coast, and Weymouth in the UK, but I’ve never been to Thailand. Still on my list! And I would follow a Black Tipped Reef Shark too. :))

    Yes, Yes, Piereth m’dear, this grouper was exactly like a dog – labrador in fact, scrounging for food. I guess some divers must feed them, which I don’t agree with. (Yet I feed the birds, so maybe I’m being illogical)

    Ivan, absolutely – I’ve heard about the blackouts… plus, with this hat I’ll never be unprepared for spontaneous pot-holing expeditions!

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