The flight from HK to Sydney went very smoothly and watched a few movies though I got very little sleep. There was a complimentary newspaper I’d picked up at the airport - the South China Morning Post. Unbelievably in the Hong Kong Property section there was a very random half page article about the Northern Ireland housing market containing a quote from Ulster Bank’s Derek Wilson re the latest Housing survey – I couldn’t bloody believe it! Also there was a lot of RBS advertising as soon as we had stepped off the plane at HK. Is there no escape!!
One of the movies I watched was ‘The Hangover’ which was really funny– the guy (Doug) who goes missing in it reminded me of Ricky and one of the other main characters was a cross between Mark Drennan and Andrew Hanna! If you’ve seen the film you’ll maybe know which one I’m talking about.
Also watched the British gangster classic ‘Get Carter’ starring Michael Caine as an East End gangster going up to Newcastle to exact revenge on whoever killed his brother. 1st time I’d ever seen this film and it was brilliant especially the cinematography and how it built up the suspense. Incidentally I couldn’t believe how much gratuitous nudity there was in this 1971 film. Every few minutes Caine was rolling around with another eager young lady or phoning a naked Brit Ekland for a bit of a “chat” – it felt like every time Michelle looked at my screen there was a rather ample 1970s breast on show often followed by a tut of disapproval from my good lady. The 2 hour long film oddly seemed to pass by very quickly!
The journey is over!!
Yes we finally arrived at Sydney and it is strange to fly somewhere so far away and when you arrive everything is in English and looks and sounds so familiar. Normally when I go on one of my very rare foreign outings a 2 or 3 hour flight brings you in contact with German or Polish or Dutch etc. I obviously knew people in Oz spoke English; I’m not that much of a wally, but it’s still a wee bit strange. What I’m already also struck by is the natural friendliness of the Aussies, even the guy at Immigration control who started chatting away to us like we were his mate – very different experience from United States customs which makes me so nervous I must look as if I’m anxiously hiding a bag of Colombia’s finest where the sun doesn’t shine.
When we got to our hotel we had a quick swim and then headed out to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in hazy sunshine but didn’t quite make it there. On route we stopped for a bite and then the jet lag and lack of sleep really started to kick in – feeling dazed each step felt like you were walking in deep sand and we gave up and headed back and set the alarm clock for 4 hours sleep – we felt that if we had any more we wouldn’t sleep that night. It felt amazing being able to lie down on a flat bed instead of an airplane seat where lying on your side is pretty much impossible. Enjoyed the deepest sleep of my life and feeling a hundred times better we then headed out and took in some of the sights and a few bars. The opera house and bridge looked cool – it was strange seeing something for real that you’d only ever seen on TV, magazines etc your whole life – it almost seemed unreal.
When we got back to the hotel at about 1am we were wide awake so we ordered some room service beer and watched the film “In Bruges” (starring Brendan Gleeson & Colin Farrell) on the notebook – we were sitting on our sofa with a thick blanket up to our waists like 2 pensioners watching the Twelfth!
Went to bed at 4am
Was awakened before 7am by a loud whirring noise – the type of siren a submarine sets off when it realises a torpedo is coming its way! At least the type they do in the movies (Red Oktober / Das Boot). The racket came from a construction site – it was quiet after that but that was me awake and that is why I’m typing this entry at 7.30 am.
Today we are looking forward to meeting up with Emma & Kyle in Sydney, (who are now living in Canberra about 180 miles away), and taking in a Rangers match. C’mon the teddy bears!! I never thought I would ever be at a Gers game with Emma – I’m sure she didn’t either! Since they’ve moved over here Kyle is missing real football but I’m not sure how much he’ll see watching Rangers – we’re hardly Barcelona! The game will certainly be interesting for her anyway!
The weather is currently a little dull but set to improve later– so we may well leave our planned walk along the cliff top path from Bondi to Coogee beach until tomorrow when it’s meant to be much sunnier and hit a museum and shops today before the footie. Michelle is still in “snoozeville “and likely to be so for another wee while. I’ll sign off now and hopefully my next update will have some photos of us meeting up with Emma & Kyle – I reckon our meeting up with them could end up quite messy – the Bondi walk on Sunday will likely be taken with a slight hangover. Talk soon!
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