Brisbane you sun-drenched city of splendours! Our sweeping urban landscape is considered a third parent to the many millions who were raised on this sub-tropical floodplain. High-profile national treasures like The Veronicas, Leigh Sales, and Charlie Kingsford Smith count themselves lucky to have been born and reared on a diet of bananas, sugar cane and excessive quantities of sunshine.
We bloody love a good reminisce so hop aboard this fun-filled trip down memory lane for another 20 things you’ll remember if you grew up in Brisbane:
- Birthday parties at Jojo’s on the Mall.
- The whole mango situation.
- Shivering dramatically and moaning about frostbite the moment the temperature dipped below 22 degrees.
- The shock and horror of finding out there were sunscreens with an SPF below 30.
- Knowing that Indooroopilly Shopping Centre was THE place to hang out after school.
- When King George Square had actual grass you could frolic on.
- Buying your first umbrella.
- Scooping hailstones off your lawn after a hectic storm.
- The first time you went to Dreamworld and it was the tits.
- The twelfth time you went to Dreamworld and you realised it wasn’t the tits.
- Bawling inconsolably when Tops, the Myer Centre’s micro theme park, closed down.
- Your dad telling you all about the ’74 floods.
- The original Christmas decorations that used to go up out the front of David Jones.
- Playing a real-life game of minefield with the bindis in your backyard.
- The whimsical lilac decadence of the New Farm Park jacarandas in full bloom.
- Being regaled with all the stories of Expo ’88.
- Getting scorched by the little metal bit of your seatbelt in the height of summer.
- Willing to lay down your life guarding the spoils of your Ekka showbag.
- Sweltering through grade five’s rendition of ‘Let It Snow’ during your primary school’s carols evening.
- Having absolutely no goddamn idea what the hell the point of the Skyneedle was but fiercely defending it as the pinnacle of taste anyway.
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