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…but like all dreams, well, I’m afraid this can’t last forever. You’ll have only ’til midnight, and then… – from “Cinderella”

Posted by on Oct 13, 2012

But I still have those slippers on and lovely memories...

There are days when I don’t feel like getting out of bed at all.  You know those kind of days, it’s dark and cold outside, and you just feel like cuddling up with your other half or a good book.  Then there are days when I can’t wait to get out of bed.  I set my alarm clock earlier than usual and can barely sleep the night before, brimming with expectation and excitement.  Well, today was one of those days.  It’s always one of those days when I go busking or have a concert or something similar.  But today was a double whammy – busking AND a concert!

So I set my alarm clock a half hour earlier, have breakfast, get myself sorted out and packed up, do a few warm up exercises and head off to the station to catch my train.  Today the trains don’t go right to the City Circle (or to the epicentre of Sydney), rather, they terminate at Central Station.  This suits me perfectly.  I have heard that busking at the Central Station tunnel is good and I find to my pleasant surprise that it is.  There are a lot of coppers walking around, to “clean up” the flotsam and jetsam but they don’t bother me as I have my permit tattooed on my forehead.  OK, not quite, but they see it well enough.  I didn’t make my usual $15, I made less, $10 to be exact, but for a change a lot more people pocketed out some money as opposed to the last two weekends and some even stopped to talk.  So although economically I worse off, on a spiritual/emotional level I was much better off.  Think I’ll busk at Central next weekend too…

After my busking session, I head off on a bus to Taylor Square, which is on the corner of Oxford Street, one of the uber coolest and hippest streets in Sydney, to a bike fair.  I’m not particularly interested in bikes, I do like to ride them, but I’m there to watch a very special, very cool and very hip orchestra – the Ukulele Orchestra of Leichhardt which my very dear friend Ross plays in.  I take my place in the front row and wait with baited breath.  And then they begin…

They open with Supergrass’ “Alright” and go through songs like “Sloop John B”, “Mamma Mia”, “All of Me”, “Under the Milky Way”, 2 sets of about half an hour in length each.  I don’t know how to describe the concert to be honest with you.  It was just out of this world, I felt like I could not get enough of them, they were awesome!  And of course I sang to every song I knew :D But not only were they great, the whole atmosphere at the fair was great.  If you squinted a bit (to blur out the Sydney sites in the background) and blocked your ears (to keep out the Aussie lingo), you could very well believe yourself to be at a French fair with organic food delights and lovely good looking creatures all around you.  If there was one place I felt I belonged to in this dog-eat-dog town, this was it.

But as with all things, it had to come to an end.  Or should I say, my curfew was up.  So I packed up the pumpkin, put on my raggedy dress and ran for the bus and then the train home.  But I still have those slippers on and lovely memories of one of most fantastic days of my stay in Oz so far…

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