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If you squint a little, it’s easy to take yourself back to the seventies. A time when the refectory was one large room and tables and chairs could be moved to accommodate the conversation’s shifting numbers. Where a cafeteria and a French crepe cafe fed the masses without the need for branded fast food and juices.

Where the cinema teasingly screened multiple films each day. If there had been a subject called Film Studies in those days, I’d have academic honours to burn.

Refectory precinct UQ - July 2014 - Ancient Canvas Effect FX

The sandstone origins of the campus remain central. It’s easy to find the library building and remember frantic studying for end-of-year exams. To remember news of the dismissal of a Prime Minister coming through the loudspeaker system and a rush of bodies heading to the streets to protest.

Library Building UQ - July 2014 - Lindale effect FX

The walk, sometimes run, through the courtyard to the Michie Building and favourite English tutorials with an always stimulating radical feminist who is now the Head of School.

Walk to courtyard - UQ July 2014 - Ancient Canvas effect

Michie Building - UQ  July 2014 - Ancient Canvas FX

The graduation hall, where an Arts graduate wondered what came next, is now the University’s Art Museum.

Old Mayne Hall - UQ July 2014 - Ancient Canvas

Entry UQ Art Museum - July 2014

If you squint a little …….

Brisbane City Hall has recently emerged from a long restoration and renovation project to bring it up to current structural and safety standards.

It’s been a long time since I visited this building which was, up until the 1960s, the highest building in the city. The main auditorium holds more than a few memories for me, none the least of which was a performance of The Dudley Moore Trio. A post-show not-by-invitation back stage visit with my friend resulted in a meeting with Dudley himself and a program full of autographs.

Here are some images. The last shot was taken inside the clock tower lift.

City Hall - Worn 18City Hall - Worn 18 - Main AuditoriumAuditorium Dome - Worn 18 - City HallCeiling and light detail - Worn 18 - Brisbane City HallInside the clock tower - Worn 18 - Brisbane City Hall