This week in Sydney and Canberra

Late yesterday afternoon I finally landed back in Brisbane after 8 days away in both Sydney and Canberra. It’s so great to be home. I don’t think I do ‘away from the kids’ very well.

Appin Massacre

I turned up early a few days early in Sydney to attend the 200th Anniversary of the Appin Massacre. It was a great turn out – I’m pretty sure there were over 1000 people present.

We also just made it over to Campbelltown Arts Centre for the exhibition With Secrecy and Dispatch. It’s an amazing exhibition and should be required attendance by school children across the Sydney region.

Pics from the day are on The Critical Classroom’s Facebook Page.


On Tuesday evening after the Board meeting I jumped on a train to Canberra. Felt happy that I scored a window seat but then slack that it was actually too dark to get any good pics. Despite that I thoroughly recommend the trip down – very relaxing.

You can book the train via NSW TrainLink, with trains regularly departing from Central Station. Very convenient.

Enjoying Canberra

Canberra was a mix of personal and professional. Had a couple of excellent meetings with clients and got projects moving forwarding. I also spent a few days with my sister and her family. I babysat the kids for a few days – there was a trip to see Zootopia, movie night with The Force Awakens, a trip to Weston Park and a ride on the little train, a trip to Black Mountain and the Telstra Tower and a visit to to Mount Stromlo.

Canberra’s an odd place. I enjoy visiting it, but I’m not sure I could ever live there. I’ve been thinking about why it’s so different to what I’m used to. I think it’s the lack of familiar green – it’s more brown and that dull Eucalypt green rather than the tropical green I grew up with. I’ve also noticed that the architecture is much more standardised. I’m no architecture expert so I have no idea if it is all the same period but if feels as though Brisbane there is a greater diversity of styles across the city. In Brisbane there is also more colour from advertising and marketing. In Canberra, I wonder if there is a limitation on the amount of commercial signage that buildings are allowed to displayed.

Farewell Sweet Prince
Of course this week is devastating because the world lost Prince. I can’t describe what it’s like to know that he is no longer with us, but I’m incredibly grateful for the legacy he left. Since his passing I’ve been getting my Prince fix with videos, posts and music being shared on social media. What did we do before the Internet?

A fire lit for Tiga Bayles this weekend.

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