Award-winning foyer of award-winning(!) Hotel Hotel in Canberra for lunch with Ukrainian embassy friends on Wednesday.
Science Week flags on the way to Australian Parliament on Wednesday afternoon.
(My father’s view.)
Thursday was the fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. Here in Canberra we had the national ceremony, on Anzac Parade near the Australian War Memorial.
One of the military planes that came straight over our house. X
My father attended, and then when he was going out to lunch with another veteran afterwards, someone saw their medals and paid for their lunch without them knowing about it!
Australia didn’t win anywhere near as many medals as expected at the Rio Olympics (considering how much money we pour into sport), but we just won the women’s Modern Pentathlon.
(Notice all the empty seats in the background.)
I actually saw this event at the Sydney Games in 2000, and even though it gets NO attention, it’s pretty amazing. The athletes have to compete in fencing, swimming, horse jumping, shooting and running – that’s five sports, not just running or swimming in a line for a few seconds and then getting multi-million-dollar endorsements!
It’s sad nobody gives them any notice.
But what an odd Olympics in general. The cheating. The idiotic behaviour of some athletes. The locals moving non-Brazilian athletes to tears in many sports because they boo everyone like it’s all so much fun. Not exactly the Olympic spirit!
The gymnastics equipment from Rio is being donated to Ukraine at the end of the event. Many of history’s most successful gymnasts – including the most successful woman in Olympic history, in any sport – have been Ukrainian or Belarusian (though the world refers to all people from the USSR as “the Russians”!), but now with the invasion Ukraine has NO money for the sport. They still managed a silver and a gold this time.