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The view from the window: Tenacious in Fiji

Tenacious through the window of a church in Daliconi, Fiji

Tenacious through the window of a church in Daliconi, Fiji

This is the second post in an occasional series called “The view from the window” — and, coincidentally, it features the same ship as in the first post! Daliconi is a small village in the Exploring Isles in Fiji, and was badly hit by Hurricane Winston in February this year.


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Fountain Series: Fun – The Tank Stream Fountain

A turtle

A turtle

Where Alfred Street meets George Street, behind Circular Quay and its bustling ferries, a fountain meanders from pool to pool. Sculpted animals peep out from pipes and are caught frozen in time while going about their business. This is Sydney’s Tank Stream Fountain — and I defy anyone not to smile at the quirky animals in this fun fountain.

A plaque explaining the fountain's inspiration

A plaque explaining the fountain’s inspiration

Part of the fountain unfolds behind the turtle

Part of the fountain unfolds behind a turtle in a series of wonderfully fluid shapes

Water pours from a spout

Water pours from a spout

Crawling crabs

Crawling crabs

One end of the fountain has a special area at the right height for children for view.

The children's fountain

The children’s fountain

Platypus and snakes

Platypus and snakes


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Fountain Series: Fun – The Fountain of Giant Soap Bubbles

Archibald Fountain, Sydney - plus giant soap bubbles

Archibald Fountain, Sydney – plus giant soap bubbles

Okay, so I’m stretching the interpretation of September’s theme of “fountains that are fun/fountains that make you smile“. The very staid and grand Archibald Fountain in Sydney’s Hyde Park does not spew out giant soap bubbles, despite the impression given in the photo above (how cool would that be if it did, though?).

But I certainly smiled when I came across this scene … and as for “fun”, this girl has no doubts.

Fun? Just look at this girl.

Fun? Just look at this girl.

And here’s the source of the giant soap bubbles. I have no idea who he is, but I often see him around Archibald Fountain, bringing smiles and laughs to young and old alike. I just call him The Bubble Man.

The Bubble Man

The Bubble Man


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