Posts Tagged ‘Sydney Showground’

No seats reserved,

Gates open. Rush

To secure best spots.

We aim for grandstand.

Distant but removes height challenges

(Especially for Phil)

Band takes the stage,

Crowd surges across barriers

Filling vacant grass.

Slow motion.

Human tidal wave, watched from above,

The perfect choreography for concert opener

The Immigrant Song.




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Overnight stay means

Indulgences (somewhat tempered),

Dusty morning,

Early place in Showground entry queues.

We are near front. Success.

Crowd builds,

Queues turn to mobs

Crushing mobs. Relentless & uncaring.

Ten year old in terror

Eyes fearful, tearful.

In a flash,

Phil’s safe,

Astride the shoulders of

Giant-hearted Ian Elliott.*


* You’ll find Ian’s presence in a number of Short Memories, and he is an unnamed presence in many. He appears in a couple of the rotating heading banner photos … and he is in the class photo at Short Memory #70. Ian’s status in the Cowan family annals is one of legend – the story of Phil being rescued by Ian at the entry to the Sydney Led Zeppelin concert is told and retold.

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