||[Mar. 18th, 2006|01:59 pm]
I know it's controversial to say, but i'm really loving melbourne during these games. The city is totally alive, filled with people and mostly muscly attractive foreign people which always helps. mmmmm. I saw two aussie squash players late for something this morning on the tram. They're sitting there in full australian team uniform with their id tags around their necks. squash raquets in hand and on the phone saying "yeah.. uh.. we're on the tram. 5 minutes I swear we'll be there" while all the other passengers looked at them in amazement. Hell, I was running 30 minutes ahead of time to compensate for the traffic right now.|
In other Commonwealth games news: I have tickets to the womens hockey! yeehah. we're seeing scotland play barbados and india play malaysia. awesome. I'm so pumped. I know nothing about hockey, but the last time I saw it played I could figure out vaugely what was going on. Bek and I are planning to dress in Barbados's colours... anyone know what they are? Where is Barbados exactly? This is why I love the commonwealth games. Australia, England and Canada battle it out while 68 other countries play lawnbowls. It's amazing. One team had to come by ship because no planes go to their little island atol. awesome. I cheered for them the loudest when they walked into the stadium.
Third story: The weighlifting commentator made the following amazing gaffe:
"this next competitor comes to us from France"
"France isn't in the commonwealth"
"well... French Canada. It's the same thing"
This morning sitting on stage during the dress rehearsal for tonights concert I had a lovely moment of synchronicity when we started playing "toreador" from Carmen and suddenly I was 5, listening to this music for the first time and being so enamored that when we got home my sister and I transcribed it so I could play the main theme on my little baby sized violin.
The concert tonight should be awesome. It's mostly featuring the soloist, who is this deaf percussionist from Scottland or somewhere, and she's amazing. 8pm, Sydney Myer Music Bowl, Free.
ok. off to go do things.
2006-03-18 03:13 pm (UTC)
now a bit homesick
Not just hungover now, a little bit homesick too.
It sounds like a real blast being around the city when the games are on. I haven't got any idea what's been going on in the rest of the world. Too much time stuck in the basement of the Sorrento Hilton (Italy Sorrento, not just down the road from Melbourne) in meetings and working.
Although have hit the local bars a bit heavily a few nights. "team bonding" or something :)
the games are fantastic. i'm having a blast.
brunswick st was out of control the other night. people spilling out onto the streets and stopping traffic. madness.
2006-03-19 04:00 am (UTC)
the flag of barbados
Hey, the flag of barbados is blue and gold, with half a black trident in the middle! kind of like neptune's. Here is an explanation:
"The blue on the left is for the sky, the gold for the sand, the right blue for the sea. The trident in the middle represents the break with England at independence - the trident is broken, thus only the top is showing. The name of Barbados comes from the Portuguese name Os Barbados meaning bearded one, because of the bearded fig tree that used to cover the island. The three points of the trident represent the three principles of democracy - government of, for and by the people. "
James Dignan, 22 November 1995, "Amanda" from Barbados, 20 May 1998
Kind of funny the broken trident symbolises the break wiht england, being the commonwealth and all, but hey, at least they're honest. But this is an internet resource, so i suggest we ask some fellow barbadian crowd members on tuesday for the real story...
I tried to insert an image but couldnt... now task for you: find us some blue and yellow face paint..
I am off to make a couple of carboard tridents...
see you tuesday!!
i'll work on it.
and blue and yellow is easily transferred to blue and white if scotland wins right?
we've got all bases covered.
Further evidence of the navel-gazing self-centeredness of Americans - I have never heard of these "Commonwealth Games" of which you speak. They sound like fun! Of course, we resigned our commonwealth status a long time ago.
i know. that's the funny thing. if i was in the states right now i'd be going crazy over it. ha.
but we never screen the asian games, or the winter olympics... so i guess its' all even.
we just love these games because we win everything.