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“the cafe is open”……

1 Apr

When I set out for my morning photo walks, the lights are out in most shops around the Gold Coast.

With our growing addiction to the coffee bean, and more people than ever walking early in the morning,

I see signs appearing all over the coast at sunrise, “the cafe is open”……

The cafe is open…..

The cafe is open…..

verandah view………..

29 Dec

A beautiful moon here on the Gold Coast tonight and a balmy 25 degrees Celsius.

After a day which included a swim at our favourite beach and dinner at an Italian Cafe,

what better way to finish the evening than taking in our verandah view…….

Verandah View

Back Alley Beauty………..

24 Jun

Jodie, a talented Cabaret performer was singing in a fashionable and very bohemian cocktail bar/ restaurant this weekend and she invited me to meet her in the back alley……….for some photos, (what went through your mind, people), between sets.

A vastly talented singer/entertainer, Jodie is one of the hard-working people in the entertainment business locally.

Not only does she perform endlessly, but she supports and promote countless other bands and performers.


Good Morning Gold Coast……………..

12 May

It truly is good for the soul to be on a beach at sunrise and here on the Gold Coast the secret is well and truly out.

People come from everywhere, runners, walkers and of course surfers.

There is a mixture of cooking bacon, coffee and sea spray in the air.

Its tough I know, but someone has to do it !!

Advertising…cheap and effective

14 Jan

Millions, maybe billions are spent each year to motivate us, the consumers to part with our hard-earned cash. Sex, emotions, patriotism, even dubious financial gain are used by companies world-wide to ensure that their cash registers continue to sing ” Cha-ching “. Now we need a vibrant,  fluid economy to ensure growth and keep us and our kids in jobs so I am not about to start berating advertisers for the money they spend.

What I did want to mention was the little man, the mum and pop store that only just survives and has an advertising budget that may buy a packet of lollies and a balloon to give to one customer. How do these retail stalwarts manage to attract spenders to their wares. Inventiveness, that’s how, by doing something that stands out and gets people talking, or that becomes a local identity.

This enterprising deli/general store had colour and fun in mind when they devised their campaign. It sticks out and draws you in. Maybe these people could teach the big boys something…….

How things change……

29 Dec

I have often commented on the changes that have occurred to the way we live over the last century, if fact in my last post I wrote about the changes in air travel. Well today I took my kids into the Brisbane CBD to an area known as South Bank. Now lots of cities around the world are developing central areas into entertainment precincts, crammed with cafes, restaurants, public spaces inhabited by street artists (aka buskers), usually close to business areas to reduce travel for city dwellers and to attract dollars back into the city during holidays and weekends.

Today I counted over twenty eateries in a kilometre stretch along the South Bank area, including one Bistro that provided leather and cane sun lounges for its dinners ? I don’t know about you, but I think the only appropriate food to eat on a reclining lounge is peeled grapes, hand fed to you by a nubile waitress/waiter depending on your orientation. Ice cream, milkshakes, hot chips (fries) along with Italian, Thai, and ten other exotic cuisines where offered, and with the kids in tow milk shakes were the drink de jour.

South Bank is kids heaven for more than just food of questionable nutritional value, for some long sighted town planner included a beach themed water park.

A lagoon with real sandy beach, a rainforest creek, and so many squirting, splashing play zones that the sound of laughter and squealing could be heard from the underground car park.

All this clever construction started me thinking about what we has kids regarded as wonderful. A rope from a branch over a creek was the stuff that memories were built on, flying thru the air attempting to create mini tsunamis all over your friends was the best fun.A bit of research and I found this picture of an early swimming bath on the banks of the Brisbane river not far from the current epi-centre of entertainment……How things change ( I bet the laughter was just as loud).