Skywhale coming to the UC open day

johnboy 20 August 2013 6


This just in:

Skywhale, arguably the world’s most famous hot air balloon, will be part of University of Canberra Open Day on 31 August.

Created to celebrate the Centenary of Canberra, the distinctive Skywhale will make its return to the Capital with a tethered appearance near the Haydon Drive entrance to the campus during the Open Day event.

Weather permitting, it will be possible for members of the public to have tethered flights in the balloon in return for a donation to the Centenary charity Dollars for Dili.

UC Open Day will be Skywhale’s first visit to a university campus anywhere in the world and will see it take to the skies above Belconnen for the first time.

The University, which has been active in celebrating the Centenary, was pleased to invite the Skywhale to its Open Day to give more Canberrans and visitors to the city the opportunity to see the balloon for themselves.

Open Day will also feature course information, demonstrations of studios, labs and other facilities, competitions and appearances by players from the UC Brumbies.

[Photo by Deref]

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6 Responses to Skywhale coming to the UC open day
Masquara Masquara 7:27 pm 20 Aug 13

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t recall any previous mention of return visits … and given that there was some controversy at the time, had there been future plans already six weeks ago, I’m sure Jeremy Lasek would have told us. I think there might be more than a little sensitive political retrofitting here to save a little bit of the skin Katie might have left in the game – but hey! If it means we see Her Gorgeousness in the skies again, that’s a good thing!

Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 11:50 am 20 Aug 13

Skywhale, arguably the world’s most infamous hot air balloon,

Fixed that for you.

Oh boy, the waste of money Tittycarp balloon is going to appear here again, we should all be just so grateful.

Madam Cholet Madam Cholet 11:23 am 20 Aug 13

Is it on a lecture tour?

FioBla FioBla 10:49 am 20 Aug 13

Hey, I like Skywhale.

But let’s put in perspective:

From previous post:

>$14,208 raised in Centenary online auction

>The public is encouraged to donate directly to Dollars for Dili and Boundless.

The public paid $170,000–$300,000 for this. I think that’s the *opposite* of donating directly to a charity.

Surely donating directly to a charity would be giving the $170,000 to the charity.

(Willing to be corrected on this).

IrishPete IrishPete 10:34 am 20 Aug 13

How lame: “UC Open Day will be Skywhale’s first visit to a university campus anywhere in the world and will see it take to the skies above Belconnen for the first time.”

No doubt it will also be its last ever visit to a university campus. What’s the lifespan of a Skywhale?

Mind you, I might go have a look.


Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 10:25 am 20 Aug 13

Let’s hope nobody sticks a fork in it!

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