Thursday, February 21, 2008

A new Queen



The weather has cooled again and I am pleased. I was able to sleep with my blinds up and window open last night after a few days and nights of air con. The bottle-oh came illegally at 5.50am and woke me earlier than I had to wake with his multiple glass crashing business, but not by much. He isn't supposed to arrive before 6am. But no rush to jump out of bed.

I looked out the window and there was a big ship that looked unfamiliar. I saw a cruise ship in port yesterday and checked what it was as it looked to be a nice boat. It was nice and I hadn't seen the Mercury before.

So it must be leaving now. Hang on, they leave in the evening, not in the morning. No, with lights blazing, it was Cunard's newest ship the Queen Victoria. I believe it was being escorted by an old Sydney Harbour ferry, the Lady Cutler. (Sadly another old Sydney ferry, the Lady Chelmsford sank at Victoria Harbour a couple of days ago) Gee the QV looked to be a fine boat. While it is not the largest of Cunard's cruise ships, it is probably the finest. It will be off to Sydney tonight to cause some road traffic mayhem in that fair city.

13 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:08 pm

    Yes and what a sight it will be for those lucky revellers at Harbour Party in Sydney on Sunday afternoon/evening. With both the QV & QE11 docking in Sydney. Two Queens on the Harbour and so many queens partying on the harbourside (only in sydney eh?). Will be a great view at sunset. May take a stroll down their early Sunday evening to have a look and take a pic or too.

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  2. What's the Bottle-oh? And why does it crash?

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  3. Andrew, that staircase was just meant for me to swan up or down. I'm in love with this ship and I haven't even seen the sailors.

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  4. Ah, Harbour Party. I smell Mardi Gras in the air. Should be great viewing.

    Glass and metal recycling man Reuben. He comes in a truck and empties about a dozen full sized wheelie bin from our property and a dozen or so from an adjacent one. The noise is horrendous. I can even hear it with the window shut. Bottle-oh is the old name for a bloke who used to come around and collect bottles from houses and later get a few pennies for them. My father always had a good supply of nice brown ones for him.

    With your taffeta trailing behind you no doubt Jah Teh. Staff are probably all Filipino.....not that there is anything wrong with that. Some of my best friends......

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  5. Jahteh, you're tart when it comes to sailors and we all know it. (We've all seen your belle bottoms.)

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  6. The Queen Victoria. That's the one with povert-stricken kids stuffed up the funnels, isn't it?

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  7. Doubt it Brian. They didn't trust your lot to build it. The Italians got the job. The kiddies probably crush the coal barefoot to power it.

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  8. This time I'll try not to garble my words up. What I was trying to say was:

    Isn't Bottle-O slang for bottle shop? I notice a chain of bottle shops called funnily enough "The Bottle-O" has sprung up in the last few years.

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  9. Taffeta, really Andrew, that would be silk brocade and only of the highest quality. Take no notice of that bearded peeping-tom pervert.

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  10. My nan and pop used to take crusies in the 70's with their brother and sister inlaw. They would come back with lots of lovely home made gifts for us kids from some little Islands they would step off the boat to visit.
    I so want to go ona cruise..perhaps I should book a cruise for me and hubby for our anniversary this year..seeing this boat gives me the travel bug!

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  11. Never heard a bottle shop called that Ben but I have seen the chain called that.

    Ok Jah Teh. You may as well go the whole fantasy.

    Cazzie, R who has been on a cruise with his job, assures me that I would be bored stiff on a cruise. A few days might be ok.

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  12. People stacked their empties in the backyard against the fence, the bottle-o would turn up and pay for them, and you couldn't trust him.

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  13. Exactly how it was Robert. The bottle-o wasn't a rich dude so no one worried too much about his 'poor arithmetic'.

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