Brandon Sanderson – First Australian Book Tour

Mark your calendars: Brandon Sanderson is coming to Australia for the first time in April 2012 to attend some conventions and do some book signings! No word yet on whether he’ll make it to Sydney.

Details so far (check his calendar for updates between now and then):

Doom-Con, Swancon 37, Perth, Australia

Date: 05.04.12 Time: 3:00 pm-7:00 pm
Place: Doom-Con, Swancon 37
Address: TBD, Perth, Australia
Type: Convention

schedule: April 5–9, 2012 (Easter weekend)

Notes: Brandon is International Guest of Honor.

Supanova Melbourne 2012, Australia

Date: 13.04.12 Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Place: Supanova Melbourne 2012
Address: Melbourne Showgrounds
Epsom Road
Ascot Vale
Victoria 3032 Australia
Type: Convention

schedule: April 13–15, 2012

Supanova Gold Coast 2012, Australia

Date: 20.04.12 Time: 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Place: Supanova Gold Coast 2012
Address: Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
2684 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
QLD 4218, Australia
Type: Convention

Fascinating look at everyday life in Sydney in 1966

Film Australia have a fascinating collection of films of historical significance in their archives, including Life in Australia: Sydney, a promotional film showing footage of what everyday life was like for a Sydney family almost 50 years ago.

A few things I found fascinating:

  • Suits and ties everywhere, no bogans
  • Stay-at-home mums
  • Almost all white people
  • The “old rattler” train carriages that were still running until recently (yes, they’re that old!)
  • The opera house being constructed
  • Red-brick buildings shown off as stylish and new
  • Is that girl at the rock’n’roll dance rocking out in her underwear?
  • Time traveller from the 80’s at 17:02
  • The traffic was bad, even then
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