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Random Fridays: Vomitorium

A passage below the Roman amphitheatre in Cadiz, Spain.

A passage below the Roman amphitheatre in Cadiz, Spain.

Now there’s a catchy word: vomitorium. Nothing — although you might think so — to do with relieving an over-full stomach. Rather, the word describes a passage through which large numbers of people could rapidly leave an entertainment venue, such as an amphitheatre. (source) This particular vomitorium is in the Roman amphitheatre in Cadiz, Spain.


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Year of the Rooster

Quuen Victoria Building (QVB) rooster

Quuen Victoria Building (QVB) rooster

Last year was The Year of the Monkey; now we’re into The Year of the Rooster. In Sydney, everything gets in on the celebrations. The rooster above, and in the two photos below, stands proudly under the dome of the Queen Victoria Building. (The header photo is a sign in the Westfield Sydney shopping mall.)

Lanterns in the streets.

Banners in the streets.

Of course, it’s not all celebrations. No retailer with an eye on the bottom line is going to miss such a marketing opportunity. These are in the windows of the Hermes store — though I admit, they looked much better when I first spotted them, at night with no reflections (and no camera!).

Here’s the offering from department store Myer. I’m not convinced this rooster is all that successful.

Even the lottery gets in on the act! (And no, I didn’t win a thing on this scratch card.)

Year of the Rooster scratch card

Year of the Rooster scratch card

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Random Fridays: Flowers on a railing

Flowers on a railing

Pink and white flowers on a wooden railing

Yes, I know, Random Fridays has taken a break — but it’s back, baby!

Here is the first photo off the rank: clusters of pink and white flowers oh-so-casually (not!) left on a wooden railing. This was taken on the Hermitage Foreshore Walk, which runs along Sydney Harbour. When I spotted the flowers, I did wonder — who had picked them? how long had that person held them as s/he walked along? why did they decide to stop carrying them? why arrange them so carefully when abandoning them?


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Five Minutes: A glass of bubbly

Frosty, empty glass.

Frosty, empty glass.

I came across a new photo challenge last week: Desley Jane’s Five Minutes challenge. “Choose a scene or an object and keep fixed on that object, and shoot for just five minutes. You can move around the object or scene but try not to interfere with it. See what happens in that five minutes, what changes, how the light changes, what comes into the frame or leaves the frame, or what other parts of the object you can focus on or use to your advantage.”

If you scroll down the page, you’ll certainly see what changed in these five minutes. 😉

Just poured and frothing over with enthusiasm.

Just poured and frothing over with enthusiasm.

Settling down nicely with a fine stream of beads.

Settling down nicely with a fine stream of beads, and a delicate mousse on the surface.

Sip!

Sip!

Slurp!

Slurp!

Not much left now!

Not much left now!

All gone. :(

All gone. 😦

Why the pink straw? Well, how else could I drink the bubbly without picking up the glass and getting fingerprints all over it? But I’ll tell you, as “challenges” go, drinking a glass of sparkling wine — even a small glass, as this one is — in five minutes is no easy feat, and using a straw doesn’t make it any easier!

Jaunty pink straw in empty glass.

Jaunty pink straw in empty glass.

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From mirror pouch to mobile phone holder

Originally, this drawstring pouch held a hand mirror.

Originally, this drawstring pouch held a hand mirror.

A friend gave me this lovely drawstring bag with matching hand mirror after she returned from a stint teaching English in Japan. I’ve repurposed the bag to hold my mobile phone and earbuds/microphone, as I wanted something to not only protect the phone’s screen but also to keep the earbuds with the phone.

Now, it holds my mobile phone and earbuds.

Now, it holds my mobile phone and earbuds.

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