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January 2011

the music we see
Prime yourself for a pumping week with a Sunday evening of live music. Check out some of Brisbane’s great local talents, or welcome the touring national and international acts that make their way to our fair city. Brisbane boasts some great venues like our favourite The Tivoli Theatre. For gig guides head to Rave Magazine, Time Off Magazine and The Dwarf, check out individual venue websites, or keep an eye out for the myriad posters that amass on random walls (as pictured), bus stops, telephone poles and in café interiors right across Brisbane.

hollywood dreaming
Brisbane is oh-so-close to the sensational Gold Coast and its gaudy gathering of theme parks. But we don’t mean that in a bad way; the very artificialness – sometimes kitschy, sometimes inventive – of these places is exactly what makes them so alluring. Would we like to cavort with giant grinning, talking koalas and caper down cobblestone lanes while gorging ourselves on three scoops of rainbow-coloured ice-cream ? Would we ever! Head to Coomera and take your pick between Dreamworld, Wet n Wild and Movieworld (pictured), or head right into the coast to Seaworld at Southport. All offer amusement in some hyped form or another, and you can score cheap tickets through RACQ.

river rising
So much of our city revolves around the quiet Brisbane River: South Bank and the Cultural Centre, New Farm Park, the annual River Fire, beautiful suburbs with glitzy houses on the riverside. Last week’s flood – quite the tumultuous start to 2011 – really showed us a different side of the river though.  You can help our lovely city to heal in the aftermath of the flood in a number of ways, such as donating money, food, cleaning products, clothing and furniture. One site we like: givit.org.au. Or, in the spirit of Hello Sunday where good things happen on Sundays, we are very much liking this week’s planned volunteer day (Sunday 23 January). Sign up to help (or be helped if you are in need) at sistersuburbsunday.com.au.

the yellow line
Brisbane’s train network will get you just about anywhere you might want to go one Sunday, excluding the likes of say Paris or New York. Still, you can get into the city, to South Bank, to either the north or south coasts, even the illustrious Ipswich. We suggest venturing to a station you’ve never heard of and seeing what the locale has to offer. Cute boutique discoveries and tasty surprises might just await you. In any case, you can use the journey to indulge in iPod or novel time and some people watching, which we can assure you is never dull on the train.

brekky for the new year
We celebrated the first Sunday of 2011 with a tasty bowl of macadamia  and cranberry muesli, topped with honey and yoghurt, at HomeGround on Brunswick in Fortitude Valley. It’s an intimate, lowkey cafe featuring a simple but nutritious menu, cute crockery and assortedcollector teaspoons.  A big nod towards the coffee, which is so so splendid it could easily become a Sunday (or any day) ritual. It was just the way to set a precedence of delightfulness for the day, and for the year.

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