I'm an experienced corporate communicator and editor with an eye for interesting events and an attachment to my trusty Oxford dictionary.
You don't have to spend Australia Day with the plebs
Most Australia Day events involve mixing with the masses in a cheek-by-jowl celebration of what makes Australia great. But what if you could take the celebrations up a level in class, viewing experience and exclusivity? You, and 5 of your very best friends, can become Very Important People at a Very Impressive Patriotic Party with front row seats for the Darling Harbour Australia Day Spectacular. $777 value and it won't cost you a cent. Interested? Read on.
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Picture this: 6pm, Saturday, 26 January, Darling Harbour in the late summer afternoon. Performers on the World Music Stage and Street Music Stage are packing up their gear and all eyes turn to Cockle Bay, the evening's entertainment epicentre. While the rest of the crowd are jostling for position, and getting ready for a long stint on the ground, the VIP Competition winner and friends will be lounging on board that delightful old girl of the sea, the South Steyne. You'll watch the sunset with welcome drinks in hand and then indulge yourself with the barbeque dinner and lamingtons while the South Steyne Show Band entertains you.
You'll have uninterrupted views of the official proceedings, and the boats, harbour heroes and tall ships parading by in the twilight, then front row seats for the fireworks finale. Magic.
Bear with me, I'm getting around to the entry particulars. If you're my age (no, not telling) you might remember those Spot The Ball competitions beloved by newspapers everywhere in the '70s and '80s. A great action image (usually of big, burly, battle-scarred footballers) would appear in the Sports pages, but with the ball removed from the image. Your job (we're talking really old technology here) was to clip the photo from the paper, place a small cross where you thought the ball was supposed to be, mail it in and wait to be contacted by phone with the happy news that you were spot on. My, how times have changed.
The Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority version has 5 easy steps that just reek with new technology:
Step 1: go online here, Step 2: Check out the grid photo of the happy group playing ball Step 3: Enter your contact details Step 4: Enter the coordinates for the square where you think the ball should be Step 5: Enter the text so they know you're a real person
Voila! You'll still have to wait for the phone call but it will be backed up by an email. Then you'll have the interesting task of selecting which of your 5 best friends will accompany you. Time for calling in some favours,I I think.