One Sunny Saturday in Sydney…

8.03am, Saturday 6th August, Bathurst & Kent Streets, Sydney, NSW

The voice is a bit scratchy and the eyes a bit gluey this morning folks – no, not from playing up – just a very late night after the second annual Yalumba dinner at the Sugaroom. Picture this!! Down at the end of Harris Street in Pyrmont, where the road stops and the harbour starts, near the old Water Police station. A fairly brisk breeze coming in off the water, which means a ‘no mozzies and spring is just around the corner perfect Sydney kind of’ night. 95 people milling about on Sugaroom’s front deck, trying the new Yalumba white wine project – 2010 Vermentino – with chef Nick’s mini ‘Smoked Mozzarella. Olive & Basil Calzone’. With that sort of start, I had a bit of a feeling that we were in for something special, and that is exactly what happened. You just never know who is going to be at one of the dinners, and last night one of Australia’s great motor racing living legends was there, and I – as a registered rev head and V8 Supercars fan, Ford and Mark Winterbottom gal – had a top time listening to first hand accounts of driving the Mt Panorama circuit from the old Hardie Ferodo 100 days, and all the insider at the wheel stuff that you never know about – behind the scenes. Yes folks, I had a great night out at work last night, listening to Ford and Jaguar legend – the elegantly grey and beautifully articulate John Goss.

I keep promising to catch up all the jobs from this week …….and I will, but right now I have to shoot off. I have hired a little buzz box car and have a touristy let’s see Sydney list of things to do on my weekend off. In the latest issue of Time Out Sydney, there’s a really top article on the new Underbelly ‘Razor’ TV series on the two ‘razor’ gangs that ruled Sydney vice and corruption in the 1920s and 30s – run by the scary gals Tilly Devine & Kate Leigh. The article calls Wooloomooloo, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst & Kings Cross “Razorhurst” and gives you a 12 location tour to do which gives you a really clear picture of the Sydney of that time. So we’re off to do that this morning so that when the series starts later this month – we’ll really understand it from the ground up.

See ya later!!

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