...and then I had a weekend like this...

Dateline: Saturday 27th June. 2009
Location: Brisbane.

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Dateline: Sunday 28th June. 2009
Location: Still Brisbane

Sunday was a day of an entirely different colour, which started with a market. Followed by a market, and then to round off the mid afternoon - a market. Or, as JT and I had organised - a Collapse )

So that, ladies and gentlemen, is how one has a most excellent weekend.

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moving stories

Why I left Canberra
By Nemo. Age 34 and a bit.

I was born in Canberra. Grew up in the region. 33 years later, I was still there. I have a familiarity with the place. I love Canberra.

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So I started talking very quietly to a few friends about the idea shortly after returning from Europe holiday. Though I think even then I’d been thinking about it for a while...

Why I chose Brisbane
Also by Nemo. Still 34 and a bit.

So while I needed a change, I didn’t need to deny my past. I needed a balance of familiarity and freshness. I needed somewhere bigger, but somewhere I would find comfortable.

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So was it the right thing to do? Most definitely.

I have no regrets at all.
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music mix june 2009

this is the mix of albums I just cleared off my ipod (shuffle). It has made a pretty good mix, so I'm sharing for posterity.

Gotye - Like Drawing Blood
Tricky - Maxinquaye
Tool - Lateralus
The Cat Empire - The Cat Empire
The B-52s - Cosmic Thing
Sky - Sky 4: Forthcoming
Rob Dougan - Furious Angels
Radiohead - OK Computer
Oingo Boingo - Best O' Boingo
Infected Mushrooms - Vicious Delicious
Moya Brennan - Maire
Julian Lennon - Help Yourself

Hello, Brisbane!

It has been a long time between regular LJ posts. To be honest, I don't really see this post changing that trend. But with FB gone for me, this is the place to write. Besides, this is a better place for a thoughtful post anyway, than the microblogs encouraged by FB, twitter, etc.

I want to write about solstice. About music. Over this last weekend I had thought to compose a long entry - about solstice festivals - about how somehow I get picked as the last moment fire-torch bearer to light the bonfire, even though I wasn't part of the firetorch parade. Maybe it's just a firey vibe I give off? (Maybe the girl just thought I was cute?)

About dancing to drums around an exploding fire, arguably through the lightest of rain, though it was not noticed till we stopped. Heat scorching my face and body, but not stopping. Being recognised as the guy meditating on the seat at the bus stop from half a day earlier and half a city away, but not stopping.

I took it as a celebration not only of the sun, but as a personal welcoming-Nemo-to-brisbane ceremony. Nobody else there knew it, but it wasn't important that they did. I may have made some new friends that night. I wont know till I meet them again. Till I recognise them as no-longer new faces.

I want to write about music. A global and free music festival. Dancing in the street to marimba maestros. Calmed by excellent amateur choir in a gorgeous church. Sitting on the banks of the river for the moment of solstice, fragments of rainbows appearing out of nowhere from the grey sky to make us smile, and rock drifting over the water. Stopping to be unexpectantly entranced by an excellent pub band in the street, and then a talented young duo in the lobby of the gorgeous old theatre.

I could even write about the amazingness that is the discovery of chocolate+cherry+date sourdough loaf. WOW.

But mostly I really just want to thank kokopops for introducing me to this city anew. To people and events, and generally ensuring I'm not lonely in a city of strangers. I've been here 6 weeks now, and this place is home. Thankyou.

I want to wish everyone a happy solstice, may the planet keep turning on it's axis for you. May smiles keep coming your way...
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I am going to assume that any readers of my LJ are familiar with Novemberfest by now, so I'm just going to say:
29th November, Lunch, park behind the paddleboat hire on lake BJ.

If you don't know of Novemberfest, a quick primer is on my wiki here:

There is a facebook event for it too.

Come one, come all! Bring games, friends, foods, more friends. yay! 

promoting the awesome

This is a bit of blatant link sharing from a project I'm background involved in. It's new and has great potential - what it needs now is awesome people being involved...

We're lookig for user-generated videos, so sign up, get involved... or at the least, check it out now, and again later :)

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looking for new housemate...

I'll make this post short, brief, as undivergant from the topic as possible, straightforward, straighttalking, non-distractive, free of lolcats, and otherwise clear of banananas

My housemate is moving out in two weeks, so the master bedroom is available, for $140/wk, as of 20th September.

A refresher: Blacket St. Downer. All but across the road from the Dickson Shops.

So I'd like someone to move in as close to the 20th as possible... so if you or someone you know is looking for a place to live, and the Canberran inner north is an option, drop me a line.

* earthnative [at] gmail [dot] com
* ph: 0410 491 539

(so how was that? I didn't add too much extraneous blather did I?)
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