Friday, 11 July 2008

World Youth Day Update #2

This morning while exploring a ruined 19th century swimming baths, which were built as part of a now closed psychiatric institution (another project of mine involving a truly enlightened Victorian doctor (who was almost certainly gay) which will (hopefully) one day have a web site of its own) with my littlest Duck-Noodle and the Hounds of the Atonement (ok, so one's a terrier-cross, but let's not be picky) we heard the strangest sound coming on the wind across the upper reaches of Sydney Harbor.

It sounded like - I swear I'm not making this up - a group of women singing "whoo-hoo" to the X-Files theme. Given our surroundings it was spooky enough to start the dogs howling, and you've got to remember these are creatures that don't bat an eyelid when I play Rammstein.

Now I've got to confess I always found Scully kind of cute in a purely physical way, but Mulder was the much more interesting of the pair, although I suspect his life would have been a lot simpler if he'd tried a little anti-obsessive medication. For a few moments it wouldn’t have surprised me if either of them jumped out from behind a tree, and I turned on our trusty camera in anticipation.

Looking towards the source of this strange chanting, it seemed to be coming from a group standing in front of the Sydney Boys High School Rowing Club. Zooming in revealed the singers to be a group of nuns: it was then I remembered that next week the Pope-on-a-Boat parade will be passing this way en route to the Sydney Olympic stadium, where he’ll be doing whatever it is Popes do in Olympic stadiums with a couple of hundred thousand young people. Clearly the X-Files is part of this aquatic liturgy, and the Sisters were just rehearsing. Which sure makes a big change from strumming guitars and singing Kum-By-Yah.

When we bought this camera Mrs. Caliban expressed concern that I'd get up to mischief with the high-powered digital zoom. Somehow though I don’t think taking telephoto pictures of Nuns was what she had in mind ;-)


Sean the Blogonaut F.C.D. said...

Lol, thanks for the entertainment. Just got back from Sydney did a "ghost" tour of the rocks. Love looking at ruins. Maybe next time I'll drop in and say hello.

FranIAm said...

I am reading this quickly as I get ready to head off to my 4pm vigil mass.

Oh am I laughing very LOUD!

Digital zoom.

Alcibiades said...

G'day Sean!
Next time you (or anyone else here) is in Sydney give us a yell - there's always a coffee/beer/whatever on offer - and if it's ruins you're after, have I got an afternoon for you ;-)

PseudoPiskie said...

So? Surely there has been something to blog about if only the ruling about protesting. Some photos of folks with condoms and hangers and others with messages? Love the shirts available. Or did you get out of town for the festivities?

Lindy said...

Please do use your new high-powered telephoto lens to get a shot of the pope/boat tour. That's got to be one for the ages.

I'll be checking back for more pope coverage. The whole pope thing both fascinates and annoys.