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Wisteria

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Thirty years ago Mum took this photo of the big wisteria plant we had growing along our side fence.  Lovely lovely thing.

Wisteria

The other events in the Olympics we won ballot tickets for was synchronised swimming and synchronised diving.

I took along our work Sony Mavica because it did short videos, but I spent entirely too much time changing "film" (floppy disks) to really enjoy the synchronised swimming.

My photos of the synchronised diving were pretty crap, but apparently we won medals!  - Rebecca Gilmore and Loudy Tourky winning bronze

Synchronised diving medal winners

and Robert Newbery and Dean Pullar also winning bronze

Synchronised diving medal winners

Most of my footage of the synchronised swimming was videos on the Mavica, but Mum got a few photos and I got a couple of photos as well on the Mavica.

Synchronised swimming

Synchronised swimming

Synchronised swimming

Obligatory Olympic Park photos

View to Sydney from Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic Park

Afterwards I met up with Daniel and he took my camera and took a whole stack of photos of the athletics in the afternoon.  He also got this pretty cool photo of Sydney Olympic Park at night.

Sydney Olympic Park at night

On the middle Saturday night of the Olympics, twenty years ago tonight, there was a free concert in The Domain.  For some reason I ended up going with Neety, the brother type person's girlfriend at the time.  I was a little too terrified as a youngster to take my *super expensive* digital camera with me, so the only photos from the night were Neety's.  

The concert was pretty cool.  There were a bunch of acts that I'd either never heard of or didn't know any of their work, then Paul Kelly and Neil Finn (Crowded House).

Aside from creepy guy rubbing his genitals into us in the mosh pit, but after I GLARED at him he went to find some other people to harrass.

This was Leonardo's Bride

Leonardo's Bride

Leonardo's Bride

and Mark Seymoure

Mark Seymoure

Paul Kelly was a surprise.  The only thing I knew by him was Dumb Things from the Young Einstein soundtrack, but even though I didn't know his work I really enjoyed him live. 

Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly

And Neil Finn did a whole bunch of Crowded House songs, which was super awesome, even though he stopped singing I Fall at Your Feet just in time for everyone to sing "who knows where that might lead" and barely anyone sang it (I did!!!).  

Neil Finn

Neety wanted to hang around after to see if she could wangle a meeting with Neil Finn, or even get a copy of the playlist, and span some yarn about coming all the way from the Blue Mountains or some such silliness, but didn't get anything.  

There is a photo she took of Neil Finn rehearsing earlier in the day though.

Neil Finn rehearsing

Jordan

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Twenty years ago, right in the middle of the Olympics, Vic and Janelle had Jordan.  I went and visited them twenty years ago today when he was two days old.

Janelle and Jordan

Jordan Owen

Kaz and Jordan

Shoalhaven River

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Back in the early 80s, Dad did a lot of bushwalks with mates from work.  They did several trips to the Shoalhaven - I have a feeling they walked/liloed the entire length of the river over time.  Forty years ago today Dad took this photo of Tony (Robinson?) and Brian (Hayman?) on beach at bottom of Needles Pass.  

Tony and Brian at Shoalhaven River

The thing that made this photo special is that they got a poster sized print of it and mounted it to a piece of masonite and hung it in the kitchen, where it stayed for nearly thirty-five years until Mum sold the house in 2014.  So we looked at this photo *a lot* !!

Funnily enough I couldn't easily find a picture of it in the kitchen.. I probably have one somewhere.. but I did find this one of Pam making cocktails one Christmas.

Shoalhaven River below Needles Pass

I scanned Mum's print of it some years back and was going to use that, but scanned Dad's slide just the other day..!

The ticketing for the Sydney 2000 Olympics was by ballot - months in advance you put in orders for what you'd like to see and with any luck you might get to see something you wanted to see.  I put in for gymnastics and on the 17th September 2000 the mother type person and I faced the HOARDES of people, in organised chaos, to go to Sydney Olympic Park and see some gymnastics at the Super Dome.  It was actually super-well organised and everything flowed nicely.

Of course we had to have a bit of a wander around to see everything first.  (aside: I still have that green tshirt - one of my "winter" tshirts)

First some photos from Mum's camera..

Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic Park

Fountain at Sydney Olympic Park

Then a bunch from mine..

Sydney Olympic Park panorama

Sydney Olympic Flame

Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic Flame

Sydney Olympic Flame

Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic Park

Then onto the gymnastics!  I just had my little point-and-shoot Olympus camera with 3x optical zoom and no manual features, so the photos weren't great.  And if someone "stuck it" the crowd roared, which I'm sure would have been super off-putting for the other competitors....

Sydney Olympics - Gymnastics

Sydney Olympics - Gymnastics

Sydney Olympics - Gymnastics

Sydney Olympics - Gymnastics

Sydney Olympics - Gymnastics

Sydney Olympics - Gymnastics

Just before the start of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, the Olympic flame had been traversing the world from Greece (do they really allow naked flames on aircraft?), all around Australia, and finally through Sydney for a few days.  

On this day twenty years ago I managed to see the torch relay twice, and my camera documented it three times.  NFI who any of the people were.  If it had been now it would be easy to find this stuff online, but not so easy to find stuff from back then.

First up was in Marrickville, a kilometre or two from where I lived.  It was headed southeast down Marrickville road, and turned left onto Victoria Road, where I saw it.  I went and saw it before heading to work.  

Sydney Olympic Flame Torch Relay - Marrickville

Sydney Olympic Flame Torch Relay - Marrickville

Sydney Olympic Flame Torch Relay - Marrickville

Sydney Olympic Flame Torch Relay - Marrickville

Sydney Olympic Flame Torch Relay - Marrickville

At lunch time, I walked up to Randwick from work (along with half the Eastern Suburbs) to see it coming down Avoca St? Belmore Rd?

Sydney Olympic Flame Torch Relay - Randwick

Then I passed my camera off to Daniel, who took it into the city where it was *epic* - epic crowds and festivities for the celebration.  Apparently there was even Steve Waugh.

Sydney Olympic Flame Torch Relay - City

Sydney Olympic Flame Torch Relay - City

Sydney Olympic Flame Torch Relay - City

Thirty years ago this week apparently was a church weekend away - to Collaroy Conference Centre.  

View to Long Reef

I have no memories of this weekend.  

I always thought it was odd they called them House Parties since they weren't at houses.  Especially when I went to House Parties in the late 90s and they were nothing like these ones ;)

Mum took a bunch of photos, including the two in this post taken thirty years ago today.  Apparently there was a medical theme and I had an amputated arm and Dad was in a mental asylum...

Dad and me at St Clements house party

Chris and John

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Back in 2000 Chris and John were sharing an apartment in Enmore (literally right next to Enmore Theatre).  I spent a bit of time there while they were there.

I've seen a bit of Chris over the years (there's various mentions of him in the blog), although I haven't seen John since forever.

John was a character.  Nice guy but incredibly flakey.  I came up with the term "John Time" and the formula was "triple it and had half an hour".  It was surprisingly accurate.  So if he said he'd be five minutes, it'd be 15 plus 30, so forty five minutes.  If he said he'd be half an hour, expect to see him in two hours.

This was taken of them playing a game, twenty years ago today.

Chris and John

Bluey

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Forty years ago today Dad took this photo of me with my new budgie, Bluey.  Imaginative name haha.  Sweet little bird who could say a few things, but sadly only lived three years.

Me and Bluey

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