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Brisbane I-Spy

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by Claire Coe (subscribe)
Writer; adventurer; Brisbanerrr
Published September 14th 2011

It's 3pm in Brisbane City.

So you've rocked up early for a dinner date, or you have to wait a whole hour for public transport, or you're looking for a secret, matinee mission to distract you from your jaded life.

Whatever the situation, you've got an afternoon to fritter away in Brisbane City.

You could shop, grab a drink in some delightful cafe or read/sleep in Anzac Square. Alternatively, you can partake in a free game of I-Spy around the CBD. No photos, no competition; just honour-system scoring. Soon you'll notice what you've always seen and reinvigorate your love of Brisbane City.


1. Busker (double points if you donate) .....5 points
2. Big Issue guy (double points if you donate) .....5 points
3. Red-headed hipster girl (a girl so trendy you are fearful to approach) .....10 points
4. A thirdwheel (a friend hanging with a couple) .....10 points
5. An MX salesperson ....10 points
6. A jaywalker .....10 points
7. (3) Peter Parker lookalikes (double points if they have a camera) .....10 points/lookalike
8. A businesswoman with sushi .....10 points
9. A businessman with subway .....10 points
10. A shop's beam barrier alarms going off .....15 points
11. A scared, cautious old couple .....15 points
12. A school kid with a fast-food dessert .....15 points
13. A businessman wearing a pink shirt and/or tie (double points if both) .....15 points
14. A backpacker .....15 points
15. Somebody talking into a hands-free Bluetooth .....20 points
16. Someone with an iPad .....20 points
17. Someone you know by name .....20 points
18. Someone who might be a spy for ASIO .....20 points
19. The police .....25 points
20. A businesswoman with a shoe shopping bag .....25 points
21. A corporate/hotel lobby with a blonde receptionist .....25 points
22. A Starbucks worker who is not outgoing .....30 points
23. The Marilyn Monroe doppelganger ......35 points
24. A Lolita (girl dressed like a China doll, fashion influenced by Victorian period) .....40 points
25. Stefan (hairdresser and owner of Jo-Jo's restaurant on Queen St) .....45 points

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What a great idea Claire. I have spoken to so many people that want to travel to other cities because they can't see what at there own doorstep. There is so much to see in this great city of ours. I think an app with this game on it would be a great tool to remind us what we have. Graet Blog.
By Dan Berryman - senior reviewer
Thursday, 22nd of September @ 10:32 pm
I love the concept Claire. I can definitely imagine a very similar concept in Adelaide with some of our common sights. :) Especially some tailor made for some of our unique buskers.

I think it is a great idea to get people to interact with, and re-imagine, their own city, rather than always focus on what other cities have. Definitely plenty of adventures to be had just walking around your own city and appreciating what is on offer.

If I'm in Brisbane I'll have to make sure I give the game a go!

Also, congratulations about being mentioned Courier Mail, great to see this get a bit of recognition. The concept is definitely worth it!
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Thursday, 22nd of September @ 11:28 pm
Im in Melbourne and read the note that the Courier Mail had picked up your game. It looks like great fun and creative. Congratulations.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Monday, 26th of September @ 02:04 am
Thanks for the kind words everyone :) It's good to hear people are getting something out this little pasttime.
By Claire Coe - senior reviewer
Monday, 26th of September @ 02:17 am
Just letting you know you've inspired me to make my own I-Spy for Adelaide. :)

I haven't had a chance to play it myself. But I'll make sure I have a go next time I'm in town.
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 5th of October @ 04:07 pm
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