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  • The Music of John Williams: the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House

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    Wow! That might have been the best concert I have ever attended. Both the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and John Williams celebrate their 75th birthdays this year and to mark the occasion the SSO performed a selection of Williams' orchestral hits in a concert at the Sydney Opera House under the baton of Arnie Roth. The […]

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  • Chinatown or Japantown?

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    While waiting for Mamak to open B and I wandered around Chinatown yesterday evening. There is something fundamentally ugly about Sydney's Chinatown. It looks rundown, but not in that evocative Asian style. I guess that many of the buildings are just plain ugly, as are many of the shop signs. It's a pity, because there […]

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  • Mamak

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    We tried out the new Malaysian restaurant Mamak in Sydney's Chinatown last night. The restaurant opens at 6pm and by 6:30 there was already a long queue which continued until after we left at around 8:30. That said, the actual wait wasn't that long. The staff are genuine Malaysians – you can tell by their […]

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  • Wolli Creek

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    For part of our journey to work the train line follows the path of Wolli Creek. The creek begins somewhere near the rather dreary suburb of Narwee, where I once worked in the post office. It is but a concrete lined stormwater canal, running besides the M5 East motorway, behind playing fields and factories, then […]

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  • Malaysia, Thailand, Doctor Who, Elections

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    We have decided now to go to Malaysia rather than Europe early next year. The timing and costs for Europe just didn't work out and we found a cheap Jetstar deal for Malaysia. Also thinking of visiting Thailand as part of the trip. I came across a remarkable video of a Thai market located literally […]

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  • Europe beckons, but do interruptions await?

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    At this moment six years ago I was on a Qantas 747 en route to Heathrow Airport and thence to Paris for our honeymoon. It was our first of three trips to Europe. Earlier today I put down a deposit on a fourth. Yesterday Flight Centre held a European Travel Expo at Darling Harbour. This […]

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