Sydney in February
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February started off with a lot of rain. All sorts of flash floods with some parts of Sydney receiving a months worth of rain in 30 mins and I managed to get soaked in a torrential down pour. The weather was very reminiscent of the Summer I had last year in London and is not what I was expecting or wanting. I am sure that it is better than February weather back in England where it cold all day and dark really early.
I was watching television when an advert for a new series of Gladiators being filmed in Australia. I was overwhelmed with nostalgia for spandex, john fashanu and referee john anderson “shouting gladiators are you ready?”.
On entering the venue we could hear the noise of the event. John, despite being 27 years of age and on antibiotics for the flu he had, jumped in the air like a maniac because he had been overcome with genuine excitement. We got ourself some inflatable gladiator things that you bang together to make noise. It took some convincing as they were for kids which seemed a breach of some age discrimination law. It was really cool in there, wasn’t allowed to take any photos though which was very annoying.
I met up with Lilly who I had also met in the Cook Islands and in Fiji, I am fairly sure the only person left who I have met travelling who is still to come to Sydney.
That evening I went to see Calvin Harris with john et al. We got tickets on the spur of the moment. It was a mistake. His warm up DJ was brilliant and set the bar high.
I planned to leave Australia in early march and so needed to get myself an Indian visa. This would be my second attempt. I first tried in London last summer. I took a day off work, got in two different long queues and the Indian High Commision only to be told that I needed to return at a later date as I would be going in 7 months and the visa would expire in 6. After another 2 hour queue in Sydney and providing a flight itinary I had written on a scrap of paper at the counter It was sorted, although it would take 1 week for me to get my passport back.
I started working in the city for a stockbrokers checking and transferring money between different accounts, fairly average stuff. Working in Australia is quite different to London. The working day is 8:30 until 5 but most people are late arriving and early leaving. People play music out of radios in the middle of the office and people love to sware and curse at every opportunity. I get some good views of the city from my office, I can see the harbour bridge which is cool and I can also see the opera house in the reflection from a big shiny building which was apparently used in the matrix.