January 26, 2023

Friendly, loud and a little daggy: don’t let the Olympics change Brisbane too much | Katherine Feeney

ICYMI the Olympics and Paralympics are coming to Queensland. For the record, I’m psyched. I’m listed here for the Games and the coming-of-age prospective they guarantee. I was barely alive when the last big second for Brisbane happened. BNE 2032 will be the Expo 88 of my era.

There is just a single teensy, very small, tiny concern I have about the full shebang. It’s a problem that everyone in a prolonged-expression relationship can relate to. You see, I love and have loved Brisbane for a whilst now and I rather hope it doesn’t at any time definitely adjust.

Improve up, mature, develop, positive, but never alter. Occur of age, but don’t alter, Brisbane. Just take Expo, for instance: it served carry about alfresco dining and South Financial institution and an affinity with well mannered general public queueing, but a great deal of what is good about the town remained the identical. Shiny new issues came and some shiny new issues went, but Brisbane was however Brisbane in 1989 however a bit bizarre, nevertheless a bit awkward and additional than a minor little bit daggy in the incredibly best of means.


Yeah, nah?

Okay. How do I really like Brisbane? Let me rely the techniques.

I adore Brisbane to the depth, duration and breadth of its winding river. Thelma Plum has it completely when she sings of a brown snake love chunk. Nowhere in close proximity to as pretty, glittery and appear-at-me-magnificent as the harbour in Sydney, Maiwar is stunning, in her very own way. Certainly that’s the appeal of this River City. It’s not obvious, you have to seem for it. But it is there.

It’s there in the way we say “thanks” to bus motorists when hopping off. It’s there when we say “G’day” to individuals passing by on the avenue.

I have tossed a number of “G’days” out on the Coogee-to-Bondi wander before I was virtually escorted from the spot. I attempted it in Toorak also and the only “G’day” I obtained back was my echo.

Relatively random friendliness and openness is a little something that sets Queensland’s capital metropolis apart from others down less than. But the more substantial this metropolis gets, the additional this friendliness is at hazard. Here’s hoping when the Games get right here, we’re even now giving “G’days” with gusto.

Here’s hoping we’re also even now dressing and swearing with gusto as well. Really don’t know about you, but I appreciate the comprehensive-blown, borderline garish use of color in this town, both of those in fabric and in tongue.

Compared with the hushed hues of Hobart, the million shades of shadow in Melbourne, or the sun-bleached-surf-foam of Sydney, Brisbane is all bright, blinding, roaring colour and it is a loudness I really do not want turned down.

Listen carefully and you can hear the vivid blueness of the state’s broad horizons embedded in the way Queenslanders chat, if you can’t see it in the way they like to costume.


Certainly, from time to time, you may discover your self wincing at a riot of bold tones at the races, or the missin’ of the letter G. But you are going to also come to marvel at the mastery of profane punctuation, the good feeling the term “youse” really can make, and the way a vivid pair of togs, confidently worn, can seriously increase the mood.

Let’s not mute ourselves, Brisbane, just since the Online games are approximately here. Let us as an alternative elevate a pot (certainly not a middy, ten or manage) to this River Town and Sunshine Condition.

Permit me to set the countdown clock, purposefully ignoring daylight preserving, and begin preparing for the Game titles with real sunniness and Queensland keenness.

Time will march on, change will creep in, but, ’ken oath Brisbane, let us not fail to remember the humble joy of keeping down to earth.

Katherine Feeney is a journalist and broadcaster who provides Afternoons on ABC Radio Brisbane.