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Happy Birthday and get thee to the Lake!

By johnboy 11 March 2013 33

Have you ever been in a city celebrating its 100th birthday before?

I know I haven’t.

So if you don’t have plans to get down to the lake to join in the fun you really need to take long hard look at yourself.

Yes you could sit alone in a dark room watching torture porn or shooting zombies.

Or you could be getting entertained in the late summer fun and joining in your community for an unforgettable day.

The video nasties will still be there when you get home!


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Swaggie 11:47 am 12 Mar 13

Carillon was the place to be – laid back atmosphere – food vans and ice cream with minimal queues, parking at the end of Kings Ave Bridge and an outstanding view of the fireworks. The Swaggettes had a brilliant day and all in all it was a great afternoon and evening

ainm 10:28 am 12 Mar 13

What a fantastic day! The free public transport to and from the event was great, as was the music at two stages I visited at Aspen Island and the Regatta Stage. In between the two northside stages I had fun watching the goings-on along the way, like the SKRYF robot, getting some centenary coins, watching a marching band and seeing the multicultural stalls and performance. Over on the southside I had a drink at the Walt & Mazz bar, had an amazing experience at the Bubbly Bar (got in early to buy a ticket, and I was wowed with what we got for $15), enjoyed the passing musicians on the lake, and the crowds in general, who looked genuinely happy. As the sun set I ventured back to the northside to watch The Church, and then listenend to the Symphony (which didn’t seem to interest many people who got up and left straight after the Church finished playing), watched the art being made on stage, and watched the fantastic fireworks followed by some great local bands. And even after all of that, there was so much more that I missed out on!

Yet sometimes I felt I was in a parallel universe – there was so many people complaining! Yes, there could have been more toilets and food stalls – I found that the food stalls seemed a bit hidden away at times, but you make do.

For me though, yesterday capped off a brilliant weekend in Canberra. There was nowhere else I would rather have been.

Here’s to you Canberra, happy birthday!

EvanJames 10:10 am 12 Mar 13

I wonder if the bosses of this event were charging concession operators to set up? Seems to me that if you declared open slather on food, drink and tat stalls, you’d have them coming from all over.

But if you were charging extortionate rates to be there, and making them jump through bureaucratic hoops, then you’d have too few and people would be standing in half-hour lines to buy stuff.

Oh wait…

Snarky 9:28 am 12 Mar 13

Mrs Snarky and I had a fabulous time. Stage 2 music was great, fireworks were brilliant. Mrs S had tics to the Bubbly Bar and well enjoyed that, while I found a few unexpected treasures in Hancock Basement and Fun Machine. A top night! My congrats to all the organisers and performers.

According to 666 on the way in this morning – attendance 150,000+; arrests – nil! Go Canberra!

PantsMan 9:12 am 12 Mar 13

Apart from the burning embers of fireworks landing on the crowd, I thought it was… (wait for it) … hmmm… a successful event put on the ACT Government.

thebrownstreak69 9:08 am 12 Mar 13

LSWCHP said :

These two people, veterans of an extended period of day-to-day life in Paris said that for them, Canberra was an absolute paradise, and they adored it. They couldn’t imagine wanting to live anywhere else other than our beautiful, happy, prosperous, peaceful home in the country.

After spending most of the afternoon milling around the edge of our beautiful lake among thousands and thousands of my happy, smiling fellow Canberrans without hearing so much as a raised voice, I couldn’t agree with them more.

Well said. We have it very good here.

Thumper 8:56 am 12 Mar 13

KB1971 said :

OH, since when have we had a paddle steamer on the lake?

We don’t, but it would be absolutely brilliant if we did!

martin75 8:50 am 12 Mar 13

Yesterday was very disappointing!

My kids will remember the birthday as one very BIG queue!
We queued for toilets 45min, very ordinary food 1 hr

How can you promote an a event as ONE BIG DAY and then not cater for one big day?
It was a joke.

I hope the 1% of Canberrans (3500) enjoyed the worlds longest bubbly bar because there was zero alcohol options on the northside of the lake.

What happened to the floating entrainment, that was going to come by every 10 minutes?

switch 8:42 am 12 Mar 13

KB1971 said :

OH, since when have we had a paddle steamer on the lake?

It’s normally tied up in red tape over at the National Museum. Apparently it escaped for a while yesterday while the Grand Poohbah In Charge of Boating on the Lake was too busy to notice. No I am not making this up.

chewy14 7:57 am 12 Mar 13

I’ll say firstly that I had a good day, sometimes these events are what you make of them.

BUT

It was truly a badly organised event. Nowhere near enough food or drinks stalls, (was there even one bar on the north side of the lake?), the gourmet food and wine marketplace was tiny, the events were fairly pedestrian and why did they decide to put the symphony (snooze) on after The Church?

DrKoresh 2:58 am 12 Mar 13

chilli said :

I’m thinking particularly of you, silver 4WD with an abusive blonde in the front and a couple of scared looking little girls in the back. Hope that the police car leaving shortly after with it’s siren blaring was going for you.

There’s a lot of those women out there, aren’t there? I remember in college nearly being hit by a mum in a 4X4 as I was walking past the entrance to Dickson Macca’s. I told her she should go forth and procreate to which I got the somewhat baffling response along the lines of:
“Don’t f**king swear at me like that in front of my f**cking kids…”
I was dumbfounded, couldn’t do anything except laugh.

c_c™ 1:35 am 12 Mar 13

chilli said :

I understand from people who work in the bit of ACT bureaucracy dedicated to the century celebrations that they have been funded on the smell of an oily rag.

So yes, it could’ve been done better but given the funding constraints I think they did OK. And they organised the weather pretty well.

If that’s true, why did Robyn Archer get a tax payer funded round the world trip, along with that historian?

chilli 12:40 am 12 Mar 13

I understand from people who work in the bit of ACT bureaucracy dedicated to the century celebrations that they have been funded on the smell of an oily rag.

So yes, it could’ve been done better but given the funding constraints I think they did OK. And they organised the weather pretty well.

On a different note, in relation to people leaving the fireworks, could I say to the careless morons who were hooning up the grass embankment on the northern bit of Commonwealth Ave bridge to launch themselves through the thronging pedestrians on the footpath to go southward on Commonwealth Avenue, that really you don’t have the right to endanger people because you can’t be bothered queuing towards the exit like all the other car traffic. I’m thinking particularly of you, silver 4WD with an abusive blonde in the front and a couple of scared looking little girls in the back. Hope that the police car leaving shortly after with it’s siren blaring was going for you.

sushico 10:55 pm 11 Mar 13

Truly disappointing. A bunch of words in big letters does not a celebration make.

LSWCHP 10:50 pm 11 Mar 13

I was at the lake this evening with Mrs LSWCHP waiting for the explosions (god I love explosions), and she reported chatting to a young couple who’d arrived here from overseas about a year ago. It was a long chat, because she was waiting in the line for a bite to eat for 30 minutes, but that’s a different story.

The couple had arrived from Paris, although the woman was originally from Italy. They said that life in Paris was great if you had a huge fortune that could shelter you from reality, and it was a fantastic place to visit for a while, but if you had to live there long term on a moderate income it was pretty sh*t, with poor services, lack of work, racial disharmony, insane traffic and a wide variety of other unpleasant stuff happening.

These two people, veterans of an extended period of day-to-day life in Paris said that for them, Canberra was an absolute paradise, and they adored it. They couldn’t imagine wanting to live anywhere else other than our beautiful, happy, prosperous, peaceful home in the country.

After spending most of the afternoon milling around the edge of our beautiful lake among thousands and thousands of my happy, smiling fellow Canberrans without hearing so much as a raised voice, I couldn’t agree with them more.

Happy Birthday Canberra, and best wishes to all the Rioters who were out and about today. It was good fun.

helium 10:50 pm 11 Mar 13

helium said :

The gourmet food might have been OK, huge queues and sold out food, around the lake not much happening in the afternoon other than the lightly attended music gigs.

They needed way more food stands, ice cream and drinks (on a hot day..), especially around Regatta point (which had a Regatta !!)

Long queues for the ferry shuttle and the bubbly bars, mmm took up a lot of space in the most narrow part of the lake. There were thousands just walking around, probably trying to figure out was was going on… answer not much..

There will be plenty of people disappointed by the event ….

helium 10:49 pm 11 Mar 13

The gourmet food might have been OK, huge queues and sold out food, around the lake not much happening in the afternoon other than the lightly attended. They needed way more food stands, ice cream and drinks (on a hot day..), especially around Regatta point (which had a Regatta !!)

Long queues for the ferry shuttle and the bubbly bars, mmm took up a lot of space in the most narrow part of the lake. There were thousands just walking around, probably trying to figure out was was going on… answer not much..

There will be plenty of people disappointed by the event ….

bubzie 10:38 pm 11 Mar 13

I’ll add another word that describes the day.
Unorganized.

I donned the bright yellow hat and volunteered today.
I got told to meet at stage 88.
OK, they wanted me on the other side of the lake.
20 minutes later..nope they want me on the other side again!
At about this time, I was about to throw in the towel and just give up, but I got there.
Got told that they needed as many volunteers as possible, to stop the kids (and adults) from pretty much destroying the balloons that spelt out welcome.
Someone hadn’t thought that through! Wind makes big balloons ..not stay upright.
(OK I could also say the general public made it even trickier as well!)
Got given other job, as other people were going home and I was told I’d just be doing it for 10-15 minutes or so.
1 and a half hours later, I was still there. I needed a hand as it was pretty out of control. I couldn’t find anyone around that knew what to do, or how to contact the people in charge of the volunteers.

Also waiting in line for 20 minutes for an ice cream is just ridiculous.

grunge_hippy 10:34 pm 11 Mar 13

expected more, got way less.

food on the regatta pt side was inadequate. $20 for 3 ice creams and 2 drinks was a bit cray cray. expected to see more going on around the lake and especially on the lake. The fireworks started verrrrrrrrrrry lamely but ended on a high. People actually got up and left half way through because they thought it was done. the symphony was a giant snooze fest.

One highlight was The Church but they didnt play for long enough. I would have thought Paul McDermott could have done more of his comedy shtick between bands or at least have a sing with the gladflys.

It just didnt deliver what it promised. The organisers needed to get down to moomba and see how its done.

I also think this all could have happened on Saturday or Sunday too, instead of today and have to back up for work tomorrow.

tommy 10:03 pm 11 Mar 13

The fireworks were great – well worth the wait. Would have been impressive from the Bubbly Bar location.

However, the food stalls were crap with gigantic queues (eg 45 minutes for an ice cream). Supposedly very few businesses were interested in providing food service on the day. They’d have been better off just having the usual suspects do sausage sizzles and drinks – or just ban all food/drink sales to make it BYO.

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