Tag: mardi gras

  • Big Events

    Big Events

    “I think she might be Scomo’s biggest mistake”, an “old leftie” whispered into my ear at the Andrew Olle Media Lecture.

    There was a perception, rightly or wrongly, that the appointment of Ita Buttrose as ABC Chair was simply another political appointment and that Ita would do the “government’s bidding”. Indeed, the appointment was a “captain’s pick” by the Prime Minister, made outside the process which had been established for ABC and SBS board appointments.… Read the rest “Big Events”

  • Red and Purple

    Red and Purple

    For the first time today in decades, I felt that all too common feeling of sunburn on the back of my neck. Though sunburn was pretty common when I was a child, I’ve had long-term awareness about the risks of skin cancer, especially since I have fair skin and red-haired ancestry, always wearing a hat and sunblock to significant outdoor events.… Read the rest “Red and Purple”

  • Mardi Gras

    Mardi Gras

    About 10.45am on Friday, I received the following text message from a friend and former colleague. “Watching you on tv xxx move out from behind Nat where do I buy merch?” Shortly afterwards, she added, “Ps I’m in WA forgot time difference”. If you look closely at the video below, you’ll see me as a “backdrop” to a live cross on ABC News Breakfast.… Read the rest “Mardi Gras”

  • ABC Pride in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade

    ABC Pride in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade

    “It’s all going so fast”, I said to my colleague to the left of me.

    We were walking / marching / dancing along Oxford Street, as part of the “ABC Pride” float in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

    Even though ABC Pride is a staff-led initiative (it was not an “official” ABC float), it was awesome to have Managing Director, David Anderson on the float, and ABC Chair, Ita Buttrose came along to meet and greet everyone, before making her way to the party at Taylor Square.… Read the rest “ABC Pride in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade”

  • Mardi Gras Season

    Mardi Gras Season

    Around mid-afternoon I took a break from activities at Sydney Mardi Gras Fair Day, and went for a walk down the street. I’d been at Fair Day for a few hours, working on the stall we have, raising awareness and raising funds for ABC Pride’s float in the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.… Read the rest “Mardi Gras Season”

  • Mardi Gras

    Mardi Gras

    Though I never made it to the street parade this year, and I didn’t get to see Cher perform at two o’clock in the morning (or something stupid like that), I have some wonderful memories of this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

    Going back to the very beginning, I was very pleased to be invited to attend the premiere screening of the film, “Riot”, which in a docu-drama, tells the story of the events leading up to the first ever Mardi Gras.… Read the rest “Mardi Gras”

  • Pump Up The Jam

    Pump Up The Jam

    “What are your plans for Mardi Gras? Are you going to the parade? Are you going to the party?” have been the questions colleagues have been asking me over the last couple of weeks. When I’ve told them, “I’m actually a little shy, I’m not very good with crowds”, they’ve seemed a little disappointed.… Read the rest “Pump Up The Jam”

  • Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2017

    Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2017

    “The last time I went to the party, I saw YOU there”, I said to a colleague this week, in response to the question about my plans for Mardi Gras. “Oh that was a long time ago”, she responded. Though they say you’re only as old as you feel, I definitely feel too old for the party.… Read the rest “Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2017”

  • Mardi Gras History Walk

    Mardi Gras History Walk

    “Tom Hughes was Lucy Turnbull’s dad”, I whispered into the ear of my friend Graeme. Though it wasn’t specifically mentioned on the Mardi Gras History Walk, it was something I knew which added to the story. Historian, Robert French was talking about a meeting of the Liberal Party of NSW held in the early 1970s.… Read the rest “Mardi Gras History Walk”