Truth Universally Acknowledged

The title of this blog is an obvious reference to my favourite author, Jane Austen. My other great inspiration is Ella Fitzgerald. I intend this site to be general musings about things which interest me, and hopefully you as well.

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

I'm a girl in her twenties living in New Zealand - of Irish and Scottish descent. I'm married to a wonderful guy and we live in a tiny house in the suburbs with a menagerie of soft toys and model aircraft. My main occupations at the moment are attempting to become and author and surviving my day job... wish me luck!


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Wednesday, 1 February 2006

Hurrah for the Auckland Harbour Festival!

We went down to the Viaduct on Sunday night to sample the festivities. We actually parked by the university, and as I’d refused to wear shoes and socks my feet were aching by the time we actually got to the waterfront.

The acrobatic stylings from the RNZAF actually started a few minutes early, and by the time we’d found a good vantage point (that Hilton monstrosity was getting in the way) it was over. Oh well. It was a good appetiser for when we go down to Warbirds at Easter. We walked along side the bars and restaurants and looked at the old “tall ships” which were docked there.

We then made our way through the throngs of people to explore the fair. The Exponents could be heard playing their concert. To be honest, they sounded awful. Surely most people are drunk when they mosh along to that music. To make up for it, a beautiful sun set was gaining momentum. The entire eastern sky was awash with a deep pink which reflected in the still water of the marina between the masts. As we wandered past the various attractions and rides, this natural attraction was far superior.

After further wandering around the wharf and checking out the luxurious super-yachts, it was time to head back to Princes Wharf to secure a spot to watch the fireworks. On our way we stopped to check out some fire-jugglers/eaters, who were averagely impressive.

We went up to the public viewing platform by White and stood waiting for the fireworks to start. A little girl next to us was intent on loudly singing her entire repertoire of show songs and hymns (about 4 songs in total) over and over again. We kept waiting.

Then, about 10 minutes behind schedule, there was a sudden explosion in the harbour and the show began. The next 20 minutes were absolutely amazing. I have never seen such a display. Every firework they let off was more impressive than the largest rocket I had ever previously witnessed. Each time we thought it was over, another spectacular round would start up. There appeared to be themes of colour. The crowd applauded spontaneously several times. Towards the end there were fireworks so massive they appeared to take up the entire sky. And at the very end, there was a massive blast, which seemed to shake the foundations of the wharf, exploding in a gold fury. It was sensational. Took me a few minutes to recover from the sensory overload.

Apparently the whole festival was quite a success, and will be repeated next year. More details here.

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