"Is that it? Is that all there is?", I overhead some visitors say, a bit surprised at how "short" this year's Tropical Fruits Street Parade was. I was a little inclined to agree, as I remembered the last parade I attended seemed to be a little larger, and there were more people on the streets … Continue reading Tropical Fruits Street Parade
I felt like a double-agent as I sat and quietly had a beer at one of the local pubs in Lismore this afternoon. It's a pub which has been traditionally a very "working man's pub", but which seems to have embraced the LBTIQ+ Tropical Fruits celebration this year, with lots of rainbow flags. They also … Continue reading Tropical Fruits Or Not?
If I think about all of the things which have happened in terms of gay life in Lismore during my lifetime, there's a lot to reflect upon. As a teenager, I remember the homophobic editorials of Jim Brigginshaw, Editor of "The Northern Star". I remember doing a school project, aged 16, where I was part … Continue reading Tropical Fruits Parade and Launch
"Where The F... is 34 Union Street?", I asked myself out loud as I walked along Union Street, South Lismore, a street I've walked on many, many times. Although family members have lived on Union Street since the 1930s, I never once imagined there was a #34. Indeed, all of the numbers I've ever seen … Continue reading Tropical Fruits Photography Exhibition
I'm sure my mum would have been horrified by what I wore to the New Years Eve Party at the Lismore Showground tonight. It wasn't outrageous in any way, shape and form: it's just that it wasn't new. In my family at least there was always a custom to have new outfit for the Lismore … Continue reading Fireworks never disappoint