SHELLY BEACH SNIPPETS No. 73. September, 2016.
Patricia Newell-Dunkley – Photographs by Reginald J. Dunkley.
Greetings from down-under where the City to Surf annual race has just been completed, with over 80,000 people participating along the 14 kilometre route from Sydney to Bondi Beach. Gorilla costumes and fluoro tights were among the many colourful outfits on display. The event is a major fundraiser for charity, with more than 250 organisations benefiting.
Bondi Beach is one of Australia’s most famous beaches worldwide; it has featured on more postcards and more Television shows and Films than any other in Australia. Each year tens of thousands of people, from backpackers to billionaires, take to the golden sands of this wide, one kilometre long city beach expanse to walk, jog, or just soak up the sun. Being only 10 kilometres from the City Centre Bondi Beach is one of Sydney’s busiest beaches with hosts of events all year round from community art shows to running marathons.
It is also one of Sydney’s most visited beaches throughout the year the beach hosts many local and international events from the City to Surf fun run to the Festival of the Winds Kite Flying Festival. On Christmas Day, at the height of the Australian summer, it has become traditional to meet and celebrate on the beach. It is also a special place to be on New Year’s Eve with thousands of revellers watching the fireworks. Bondi Beach is also fun in winter with an ice-skating rink built as part of Bondi Winter Magic Festival.
Bondi is also the home of Australian Surf-lifesaving, the Bondi Life Saving Club formed in 1906, is Australia’s oldest. The main street along the beachfront is Campbell Parade, where you can find a range of stylish surf and fashion shops, outdoor cafes and bars. It’s a popular meeting place for Sydney’s Cafe Society. It has cool fashion and designer label shops, and many art galleries, with a flea market every Sunday including Jewellery, handcrafts and vintage clothing. Each spring the Bondi to Tamarama Beach Section is transformed by The Sculptures by the Sea exhibition the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition, celebrating 20 years and commences on October 22nd to November 8th. A visit to Bondi Beach is a must.
Renee Zellweger and Patrick Dempsey jetted into Sydney to promote their latest movie “Bridget Jones’s Baby”. The glamorous forty-seven year old Hollywood Star together with her boyfriend musician Doyle Bramhall, spent their first day trekking the beach from Bondi to Clovelly on a very sunny day. Zellweger has family in Sydney who she always visits. The movie also stars Colin Firth and premiers in September.
Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston are in Brisbane, Queensland, on the movie Thor: Ragnorok. Parts of the city were transformed to look like New York – complete with yellow taxis and U.S. Police cars. Hundreds lined the streets to watch as the filmmakers worked on the outdoor scenes of the 3rd film in the series based on the Marvel Comics Superhero.
Continuing our South Pacific Islands Vanuatu is a Pacific Island adventure far beyond any notions of cruise-ship ports and flashy resorts. Deserted sandy beaches, ancient culture, remote and rugged islands, and world-class diving are just a small part of the magnetism of this scattered 80-plus Archipelago. You can hike up a crater and stare into a magma-filled active volcano then ash board back down, snorkel, and drink Kava with the local chief. Vanuatu is full of surprises and adventure.
Voted the “Happiest Place on Earth” it is one of the few remaining countries in the world where indigenous people live a proud traditional life. They survive without televisions, automobiles, refrigerators, etc. and they have a profoundly beautiful and simple life that brings them close to each other. The anecdote “Money does not buy happiness” rings true. Anyone who comes to Vanuatu will leave as a changed person, seeing the world differently and finding life is much better than it often seems.
Vanuatu is home to the highest number of active volcanos in the world, it’s most valuable resource is its large supply of beautiful natural wonders, Giant Banyan Trees, untouched Coral Reefs, teeming with life, snorkelling at Blue Holes is stunning and full of colour, Waterfalls, Ancient Art, Dance, Organic food, and a myriad of hidden bays and beaches, it is a lush tropical Island with turquoise waters. Located 500 miles west of Fiji and 1000 miles north-east of Australia, Vanuatu is a forgotten paradise, a land enchanted with romance and beauty. With special holiday packages available.
Drama at Shelly Beach with a very pretty, bright eyed, and bushy tailed possum taking up residence in a friend’s house and leaving his calling card. These little critters are protected and you are not legally allowed to move them. The only thing to do is find out where and how they are coming in and block the entrance. Meanwhile the birds are still flying in for their feasts, Lorikeets, Crested Pigeons, Pied Butcher Bird, Clinking Currawong, Black backed Magpie, and of course my very special hand fed Yellow Wattle Bird, the more the merrier as spring rolls in and the nests fill up.
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