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The Rock-itt : February 2011
I awoke into a fog, this time not one of my own making as the nation's capital greeted Australia day with an enveloped sea mist. After the relentless heat and humidity that will have to pass as Sydney's 'difficult weather' recently, it was a refreshingly cool balm but also an entirely false dawn. As with the previous year, Radio Northern Beaches was to set up shop amongst the thousands that attend the Dee Why Australia Day Breakfast. We camped down early, a public holiday ruing 6am, in virtually the identical spot to the year previous, metres from the sand on the grass promenade - though with a crucial difference and not an entirely successful one. My arrival after the leg work of raising our covered stall was happily complete was doubly fortuitous -- not only had I missed the physical labour that would be awaiting me at the other end but the parking gods smiled. Pulling past the traffic bouncers blocking car access to the front and up alongside the stations stand to, ahem, 'drop off equipment' (abagwithalaptopinit)Iwas again directed to the already crowded public parking. With a masterstroke I simply reversed my twenty-five year old battered Mercedes next to one of the lines of polished classic cars on the far side of the street -- within a minute another gleaming wagon from yesteryear had parked the other side of me rendering my subterfuge complete. I will now attempt this everywhere there is a classic car display -- it gives me a reason to keep my wheels tidy. The Australia Day Breakfast at Dee Why Beach is one of the biggest such events on the peninsula, combining a main stage replete with all manner of local dignitaries, musicians and appropriate fanfare plus the requisite stalls for food and local business, family friendly activities and the aforementioned parking for elderly vehicles. I was slightly disappointed with the previously alluded to unsuccessful relocation of the main stage. Whereas, before our beach front location was the last in a line of stalls right next to the stage -- creating a makeshift amphitheatre -- Australia Day at Dee Why Beach By Julian Brown - Program Manager