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Yes…back to Brisbane after a few days up towards the Sunshine Coast. I think it is ironic that on my visits to both the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, the weather was not always so kind. One day at Nambour was simply beautiful, but the others were grey and cloudy – almost like Auckland  !!

Nambour is a provincial town that serves as a hub to the Sunshine Coast (between Brisbane and Noosa). The reason I do not have photos is because I was examining from 8.00 in the morning until about 5.30 at night. By the time I was back in my motel, it was dark…early evenings here.

I became used to the walk alongside the road to the motel. There was no formed pavement all the way, so it was a nice walk along the grass sidewalk. I heard some extraordinary bird songs. I can see how Messiaen became so interested in birdsong. I wonder what he would have made of the percussive sounds of lots of the Australian feathered varieties.

The promised wireless access at the motel turned out to be not possible, as they had been unable to set it up correctly to enable access. Slightly annoying and a concern if there had been any urgent problems about which I needed to ask England. I did find an internet café, but it was closed by the time I had finished. The only supermarket I found also was closed by 6.00 on Saturday night, so for a change I did eat out – hurrah for chinese restaurants! A very enjoyable Lemon Chicken!!

I was extremely fortunate to be examining in beautiful houses on the outskirts of the town – both of which had lovely grand pianos and an amazing outlook of trees and gardens. I wished I had my camera, but there is so much to carry when examining that I simply decided not to take it with me.

As the title states, I have returned to Brisbane in a most uncomfortable train trip. the train was fine – if a little slow, but the seats were not designed for any long term seating and I was glad to arrive and be able to walk the trip off – a trip to the supermarket and bottle store to buy supplies so that I do not need to eat out all week. It was interesting to see a proms style concert from the "other side". I could not find it in myself to wave a replica Australian flag in the Land of Hope and Glory. In fact I think I would find it difficult to wave a NZ flag. It is SUCH a British tradition……

Talking of tradition. The political landscape changed overnight in NZ. Not a lot may change, but it will be interesting to see what eventuates in the next few years. There is some hope that we may stop the complete socialization of NZ and also stop pandering to those that do not want to look after themselves!

So now my last week and then next week….ZN 2

About David Adlam

I am a conductor, composer, clarinettist and examiner for Trinity Guildhall working in Auckland, New Zealand and overseas
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