You know how it goes- you hear the alarm, then expect an announcement or call to say it’s a mistake.Only that didn’t come so, stumbling around, we dressed and staggered down the concrete stairwell of the fire exit.I spent a couple of hours quietly strolling down from the Victoria and Albert statues down George Street to Circular Quay.I love the Queen Victoria Building (known locally as the QVB) which is a beautifully designed, high ceilinged arcade with a good range of shops and delightful tea palace on the third floor. Now, on the positive side, as Latest said yesterday, my dislike of the huge liners means he doesn’t have to take me on a Round the World cruise for my significant birthday, however I did start to blow that money on a little shopping splurge today. It’s been hectic but fun; new friends have been made and old ones revisited.I’ve enjoyed new experiences, and eaten and drunk too much good food and wine.That water had been there sometime and smelt (and obviously tasted) utterly putrid.There was much panic in our room as Jonathan flushed his mouth out with toothpaste, mouthwash – I think he was tempted to try my perfume.
And so, with a heavy heart, Latest set off for the last match of England’s World Cup campaign.The moral of this story is that it’s important to actually check in the mirror before you respond to a fire alarm, as the risk of being burned alive is considerably preferable to the humiliation of meeting people you know when looking like a scarecrow.Curiously a flock of cockatoos was patrolling the ground as we finished, with their eyes on some sort of nut that had fallen from the Norfolk Pines.Latest did a final round of radio reporting, bidding farewell to the England team as they made their way home from the World Cup, then it was another flight (8th for me, 14th for Jonathan) and back to Adelaide.For those of you who doubt my journalistic integrity when it comes to reporting the state of Latest’s attire, I managed to take a sneaky shot of him in transit. The odd thing about England being knocked out of the competition is that a lot of pressure eases from Jonathan’s shoulders.