Archive for March, 2008

29 Mar

Lights On, Lights Off

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Lights on, Lights off

This evening Sydney switched off its’ lights between 8pm and 9pm for the second Earth Hour….well most of its’ lights, oh ok, maybe about 60%, you still need to be able to see where you’re going you know. Most significant were the switch offs at the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

Sydney held the first Earth Hour last year and this year it has spread to over 370 locations including New Zealand, US, Canada, UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Is it really useful? Will it really help? Well I guess it’s all about raising awareness, though some people think the exercise is so pointless that they’ve created an anti Earth Hour petition encouraging people to turn everything on for the hour, doesn’t look like it was a big hit though with only 87 signatures. Critics from last year pointed out that the amount of energy saved would only be the equivalent of taking 6 standard cars off the road for a year.

Personally I was out taking those pics so no lights were on in my place, effectively I just saved the planet….yay, go me!

27 Mar

Beaches and Bunnies

In Uncategorized by pauldwade / March 27, 2008 / 0 Comments

Bluey's Beach

So this is the beach I spent a couple of afternoons on over the Easter weekend, the weekend was spent with a few friends up at Smith’s Lake which is about 4 hours north of Sydney in an area full of lakes and beaches funnily enough called the Great Lakes region. We were lucky enough to get some great weather on Sunday and Monday so made the most of it down at Bluey’s Beach.

House in the hill

We stayed in a great house set in a hill over looking the lake, two balconies, two lounges, massive kitchen, all the mod cons. It was such a fantastic relaxing weekend with vast amounts of drink and food consumed, though funnily enough no Easter Eggs. Didn’t feel remote guilty when I heard it was snowing in the UK!

All the pics from the weekend can be found on Flickr.

18 Mar

Post Gay Christmas Blues and Balls

In Uncategorized by pauldwade / March 18, 2008 / 0 Comments

SparklesSo that’s it for another year…..well actually Mardi Gras was over two weeks ago but as usual i’m being slack as on the whole blog front, so much for one a week ey…will keep trying.

Despite Sydney’s distinct lack of a summer the skies were blue for the parade on the Saturday night, though there was a chilly wind. I managed to get a media pass again so took pics in the parade as it made it’s way up Oxford St.

After that I nipped home and got changed for the party which luckily was only a 10 minute walk away at the Entertainment Quarter. Me being a lightweight I only managed to last till about 3.30am before heading home in the rain with no taxis in site.

I was punished the next day by having a stomach bug that laid me out for two days, so when I should have been partying and finishing off the weekend with a bang (so to speak) I was in and out of bed and the loo….nice.

It all goes quiet after Mardi Gras, just like normal Christmas everyone hibernates for a bit to recover from the excesses and lack of money. Good job then that PKF (the company I work for) threw a free Masquerade Ball last Friday. Actually I organised it to be precise and a marvellous night was had by all, aided of course by an evening of free drink and food.

Me, Luke & Markus