Wallpaper Monday, one day late

Sydney fireworks

One of the most obvious, visual signs of The Crisis has been the reduction in funds for celebrations. Last year, Lisboa’s Praça do Comércio was draped in gorgeous Christmas lights; this year it was bare. Most of the cities in the Algarve cut their Christmas lighting budgets by at least 50%; in some cases it was 90%. The same thing happened to the New Year’s Eve fireworks displays. In Portimão, the 15-minute display of years past was reduced to a mere 60 seconds. Of course The Crisis has been hitting people much harder in so many ways, but for some reason these more visible signs have been particularly difficult to see.

So it’s nice to know that in other parts of the world, funding for traditional celebrations is still prioritized. The New Year’s Eve fireworks show at Sydney Harbor is one that I have always wanted to see…from a boat, of course. Hopefully wearing shorts, since it’s the middle of summer there, and holding a nice drink in my hand.

Someday…

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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4 Responses to Wallpaper Monday, one day late

  1. Joan says:

    My first thought on seeing the pic was, “Click to sydnefy.” You did better, though. Still chuckling 🙂

  2. Lilaine says:

    Maybe Lisboa’s Praça do Comércio was bare this year, but what about Terreiro do Paço?
    As the Natives keep the memory and the use of the name, they may also keep a vivid memory of past glorious and gorgeous Christmas lights, don’t you think? I hope they do. 🙂
    We had less street illuminations(not that much in quantity, but in duration) and a shorter than usual ‘official’ fireworks display in my hometown, too. But we enjoyed a couple other private ones(as in several occasions during the year), the place where I live being quite near an area of billionaire-owned properties…
    As for this Sydney wish of yours, is a drink in your hand the only ‘thing’ you picture yourself holding, even if it’s a real nice drink? 😉
    Whatever it is, if it’s meant to be, you’ll get it 😉
    I wish full Christmas lights to everyone next year. 🙂

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