Doting grandmother and grey nomad who should join Volunteers Anonymous and is greatly in favour of a ten day week. So much to do, so little time.
A Cracker of a Christmas Cruise
I've just been tidying up the cupboard that everyone dreads confronting. You know, the one with the stash of presents for all occasions, the vacuum cleaner, mementoes from your dad's war service, and memorabilia which your kids will throw out when you shuffle off this mortal coil. One vintage newspaper supplement of Christmas carols ranging from the religious to the secular had me thinking. Whatever happened to the event known as The Night the River Sings?
Brisbane entrepreneur and businessman, Gary Balkin, initiated the spectacle in the late 'eighties. He was inspired by Vancouver's annual carol flotilla and aimed to give Brisbaneites the opportunity to experience a good old-fashioned family night out.
As with many events, the format has changed somewhat from its heyday in the 1990s because of insurance concerns. It does, however, retain the flavour so beloved of Brisbane citizens at this time of year – tinsel and glitter, a carolling choir, and a great seasonal buffet. No fireworks as in days of old, but hey, aren't we trying to slow down global warming??
In previous years, a local radio station broadcast carols as the boats cruised by. Now the carols are live, in the form of choristers from the Queensland University Musical Society, affectionately known as QUMS.
So give your shiny Christmas clobber an airing, stock up on glow sticks, put fresh batteries in your torch, and make sure you have that essential booking for The Night the River Sings on board that Grand Old Ladies of the Brisbane River, the Kookaburra River Queens.