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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.

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