4.03pm, Monday 26th July, Brisbane Airport, Queensland, Australia
Today I have a ‘did you know?’ thing for you. Did you know that the Pacific Ocean is absolutely massive, and covers about 30% of the earth’s surface? I’ve had a very, very lucky run this year, and have been on both edges of that particular big blue bit of water. Early this morning I was perched about thigh deep on one side of the Pacific – the Southern bit – at Surfer’s Paradise south of Brisbane, and earlier this year I was on the other side – the Northern bit – at Del Mar, which is on the coast just north of San Diego. How good is that! It all looks a lot the same from both spots actually – big watery nothing else for the whole horizon, which is great in itself. It certainly makes geography lessons come alive when you get to lift this stuff out of the atlas and into three live dimensions. Come to think of it, with the internet and all, the atlas will probably become a collectible relic of the past, just like street directories – with every man and his dog running a GPS to get around. I’m going to keep my maps and start marking off the blue bits I’ve stood in and flown over on this job – I’ll probably surprise myself.
Why was I in Surfers? Went for a bit of a look after seeing the Wallabies get up over the Springboks in Brisbane last Saturday night.
*** OK, on that note – “Kia Ora” my New Zealand colleagues – here’s a big prediction that could get me into hot water in a few weeks time when we’re working over in the Land of The Long White Cloud. I know it’s early days, but we saw something special start with this win against the Boks. ‘King Coach’ Robbie Deans is starting to get what he wants, and I think the Men of Gold are going to take it right up to the All Blacks, and maybe not the Bledisloe, but will take one cup off them. It will be the Webb Ellis Trophy – in Auckland – next year. All the signs are there kids, all the signs are there.
(If they don’t, I may never work across the Tasman again – as I’ll be laughed out of the place. But that’s what I reckon)
See ya when we’re back in the wintery old Barossa – where I might have to invest in a new hot water bottle!