An Aussie barbecue by the Cairns lagoon, and an Aboriginal Flamenco concert

It’s been a great day, down at the Esplanade, enjoying a typical Aussie barbie with some friends. Only one regret, you are not allowed to drink beer in public, so we had to help get the saussages down with soft drinks. Anyway, we enjoyed ourselves nonetheless and look forward to getting together again very soon.

As you can see, it was Graham who took care of the barbie, and Lachy and Steve’s main priority was to make sure Graham had all the drinks he wanted. That’s how things work at an Aussie barbecue. One of the guys is in charge of the barbie, the rest of his mates make sure that he’s never short of drinks and conversation. Sometimes one of them may even criticise the way he’s cooking the chops or the saussages and give him advice, but always in good terms. Meanwhile, the SHEILAS are preparing the salads, setting up the table if there’s one, cutting the bread and so on. Sheilas are never even allowed to get near the barbecue, that’s a guy’s job. In other words, roles are strictly established and anybody trying to break the rules may never be invited to a barbecue again. And since I enjoy barbecues, I stack to my role and prepared a delicious green salad, exactly as I was told.

Graham looking very professional cooking the BBQ for everyone, at the Cairns Lagoon.

Of course, I had to put the pic of Lachy wearing my beautiful apron, very Spanish looking thing. It’s a present one of my friends gave me the night before we left Spain. Thanks a lot, Jose. I’m afraid we didn’t take any pics of the lovely ladies, but we’re hoping to get together with Silvia and Nadege, Graham and Lachy’s viwes respectively, very soon again, and then I won’t forget.

Lachy & Steve keeping Graham's company..Lachy looking very comfortable wearing a very Spanish apron.

I got to tell you about the open air concert we went to on Friday evening, after our fantastic day exploring the ATHERTON TABLELANDS region. The concert was held at the Warrina Lakes, in INNISFAIL, a town very well known for producing a large proportion of Australia’s sugar. The town is also home to PARONELLA PARK, and, if you have read previous blogs, you will remember that the park was built by a Spanish migrant, José Paronella. So the theme of the concert was the lives of José Paronella and Joaquín Gómez. Joaquín was a very famouse flamenco guitarist who migrated to Queensland in the late 50´s. But the originality of it all was how a pure flamenco singer, a couple of flamenco guitarists, a didgeridoo player, a violinist and a flautist, in conjunction with a narrator, two female singers and a whole chore of kids in the background, all got together to tell the story of these two Spanish migrants who called Tropical North Queensland home.

The concert started with the sounds of the didgeridoo, while the narrator talked about the beginning of Australia related to the fascinating and ancient ABORIGINAL culture. Then it went on in a very particular way. Flamenco guitars and clapping mixed with lyrics in English. I know that to everybody in Spain mixing flamenco with English lyrics may sound a bit bizarre, but the story, the atmosphere, the lights and the thousands of flying foxes above us made the whole thing very well intervowen and very enjoyable. I must admit the bits I most enjoyed where the ones the pure flamenco singer did, in Spanish. It was a bit as if I was again in Madrid, out with my friends, singing and dancing the night away.

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In a few hours it will be Monday again, and we’ll be back to work. Stay tunned…

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