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April 2010

how to place a bet
Ladies, pop on your frocks; gentlemen, your ties. Head out of town for Beaudesert’s annual Anzac Day Race Meeting and soak up some ‘buzzing’ country atmosphere. Place a bet or two, watch the horses thunder over the finish line from the quaint little grandstand (built an impressive 98 years ago) and head into the beer garden for a few drinks with the locals. This gorgeous old racetrack has a bucket-load of history, even serving as a camping ground toLight Horse Brigade troopers during WWII. If you miss the action this Anzac Day, you can always check out Beaudesert Race Club on another race day.

one person’s treasure
If the sun is taking a break one unsunny Sunday, a lovely wet weather alternative is the Paddington Antique Centre. For sure, some things are a little overpriced, but in some ways this makes the treasure hunting even more satisfying, for it is when you are most (financially) challenged that you are most rewarded. The building is the old Plaza Theatre and the electric blue interior and ornate stage are in their own right worth checking out. Right next door, too, is the brightly decorated Java Lounge Cafe where you can get breakfast right through until two o’clock.

when we were young
This week’s story takes place at a mere one of Brisbane’s many green spots. George Scarlett Park on Cliveden Avenue in Corinda is a recently renovated, peaceful hangout. Check out the cubby house, flying fox and rope tower, and stick around for the beautiful afternoon light through the trees (which, by the way, are perfect for climbing… but watch out for the ants). There’s a hoop on a half court too for doing half court and hoop things, a gazebo and, of course, a swing set.

passerby
This nun, in all her various get-ups, can be found along Milton Road, on the left-hand side as you are coming towards the city. We won’t tell you the exact location so that you can take a humble Sunday drive and be surprised by her presence yourself. We estimate that the nun has been standing at her post for at least 15 years, though we have not yet conducted official investigations.

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