Friday, January 21, 2011
This is good. And it reminds us that Australia is yet to make any announcement on it's representation at Yeosu.
I spoke to the Yeosu delegation at the 4th Assembly of Expo Cities and Regions at the Shanghai Expo last October, and I made a representation to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Mr Kevin Rudd's office soon after on the 6 November, but I have yet to receive a reply from Mr Rudd.
Correspondingly, I followed up the latest news re: the USA's announcement with another email to my local Federal member of Parliament today, and here it is. I believe the contents are self-explanatory.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
It dates from when I was studying Spanish in Seville and I wrote to the Australian Government taskforce responsible for the Australia Pavilion at Expo 92 with regards to employment there.
Here is the beautifully written response from Mr Geoff Brown. It goes into detail the nature of the engagement with Seville, how many would be employed in the Pavilion, both Australian-based staff and locally-engaged staff, and also features the wonderful Australia at Seville Expo 92 logo, which later became the logo for the Australian Government Department of Tourism (the body then responsible for Australia's engagement with World Expositions).
Although I eventually ended up working for the Seville Expo Authority, this letter was a nice part of my journey towards eventually working at the Expo.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
This is one of my latest purchases, a United Nations Pavilion at World Expo '88 commemorative spoon.
Double click image to enlarge. Enjoy!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Nearmap aerial shot of the Expo 88 site and Brisbane City at the height of the Jan 2011 Brisbane Flood
So I visited the site and found the data for 13 January 2011 (the peak of the flood) for the former Expo 88 site - which I have outlined in red. This more or less matches the size of South Bank Parklands today.
Here is the image, which shows considerable parts of South Bank Parklands - and South Brisbane under water - including South Bank's famous artificial sand beach, which is in the centre of the image.
It may take a while for the popular beach to be restored as the filters will no doubt be working overtime.
Click on image twice to enlarge.
|Image courtesy of Nearmap|
|This plaque is at the northern entrance to South Bank Parklands, the former Expo site, and shows Brisbane in 1830 and 1988.|
|This is the northern entrance to South Bank Parklands - the Energex Arbour Boulevard|
From "Incredible Flood Photos" http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=28015&id=138403559554005
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Endeavour and Exploration: The Royal Society and the Southern Seas and a World Expo for Australia in 2020
Sending Captain Cook to the Southern Seas to observe the transit of Venus from the Pacific was commissioned by the Society, after it was determined that this would be a once in a century opportunity to do so, after several viewing points had been observed from other parts of the World. Hence the 1769 to 1770 window of opportunity came into being, and a voyage to Tahiti was planned, which co-incided with a trip up the eastern coast of the Australian continent. On August 21 1770, at Possession Island, the purposely named island on Cape York, off the present coast of Queensland, Captain Cook claimed the eastern sea board of the continent for the British Crown, which would lead to, ultimately, after the US declaration of Independence, to Britain deciding to send her convicts to the new Australian continent, and not to America anymore, which led directly to the European settlement of Australia.
The renowned botanist Sir Joseph Banks accompanied Cook on this expedition and made numerous notes and sketches on the flora of the new continent, naming many new species of plant life, leaving us also a lasting legacy categorizing for future generations.
The chief purpose of observing the transit of Venus across the sun however, was to assist in working out the distance between the Sun and the Earth, which had not been known, hence setting the major benchmark in interstellar distances, one astronomical unit.
Cook's initial voyage of course led to further subsequent voyages and later the 1788 British settlement of the Australian continent, which was celebrated with Brisbane's World Expo '88 in 1988.
Here I am pictured with Captain James Cook at the entrance to the exhibition in Canberra, which returns to London in February 2011. Many original artifacts that were used in the original expedition, including maps and instruments, diaries, and letters, as well as the one of the original cannons from the ship Endeavour were on display.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
As I've been trawling the net, I've found some more World Expo '88 heritage images taken during the flood.
First one here is of riverside sculpture "Man and Matter" by Peter D Cole, which was commissioned for the Expo's riverside boardwalk. It was re-located to the riverside boardwalk at Kangaroo Point, just nearby South Bank Parklands, at the conclusion of the Expo. Here the several figures can be seen 'walking on water'....
Second photo is of the famous Wheel of Brisbane, at the former Expo site itself, whose base has been flooded with water. Water from the River inundated most of the riverside walk of South Bank, and also Street's Beach (the artificial sand beach at South Bank) was also affected.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
My mother and I returned to Brisbane from our holiday to Sydney yesterday to find that the City was in 'shut-down' mode, preparing for the worst flood in over 30 - if not 100 years.
We were very lucky to get home, as essential services were being suspended in anticipation for the 4am peak in the river this morning at 5.5 metres, which comes after weeks of flooding in northern Queensland, to nearly an area more than the State of Texas, or France and Germany combined.
75% of the State of Queensland has been declared a disaster zone, and in the Brisbane central business district 10 city blocks are underwater, with the former World Expo 88 site, the now South Bank Parklands, on the southern bank of the Brisbane River, also underwater.
The neighbouring suburb of West End, where the Expo 88 symbol tower is located (here pictured, courtesy of Jackie Ryan, Facebook) is also affected. It may be many days or even weeks before access to South Bank Parklands or West End is restored.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
The description of the shirt is as I described in previous posting - a pop art fantasy with the Chicago Columbian Exhibition Ferris Wheel in the background.
And here's the photo!
And in the midst of several more popular (these day) offerings such as American baseball teams, and Hawaiian beach t-shirts, I found one of a several-hundred foot high bikini-clad sunglass wearing blonde bombshell straddled next to a high way and picking up a car in her hands, saying "Wow!", with an image of the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition Ferris Wheel in the background.
For a pop-art image with a World Expo icon, this shirt is a real find!
Expect to see a photo of me wearing it at this space soon!
For a tease, I did a search on Google for Chicago 1893 Exposition, and got this image, which, as you'll soon find out, appears to be the image (or close to it) which was used for the T-shirt!
|Image from http://bss.sfsu.edu/cherny/cultlexp/expo.htm|
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
The blog "Public Diplomacy from a Mexican Perspective" is at http://public-diplomacy-mexico.blogspot.com/ and we hope Cesar will add some more in English from his (excellent and in Spanish) thesis!
This is one of my favourite Expo souvenirs, and highly prized, as staff uniform items are very hard to get to!
The tie is in deep navy, and features the Pavilion logo, which later became the Australian Government Department of Tourism logo, with Australia Expo 92 Seville written in navy letters under the logo.
Also featured woven into the tie is the famous northern Queensland Ulysses butterfly, which featured in the Pavilion's sky-lit internal atrium, replete with rainbow lorikeets and several metre high palm trees.
Click twice to enlarge.
I was visiting my favourite local op shop this morning and the owner Desley kindly gifted me these three World Expo '88 penny medals.
I told her I would promptly upload them to the blog and let her know!
These medals were available at manual machines across the Expo site, whereupon after entering $1 or so, an old Australian 'Kangaroo' penny coin would drop into the machine, and upon turning the handle, would be pressed and embossed with a special World Expo '88 marking, which in this case features the Expo 88 sunsails and the monorail.
Here they are!
|Notice how "Down Under" is written upside down!|
The Spanish Post Office put out an innovative series of stamps featuring the globe logo of the Expo, the mascot Curro, as well as Seville's place in the history of World Expositions.
This particular set, which I purchased on eBay last year, is one of my favourites.
At this moment, we thought we'd do a review of the main leading contenders, compiled from Urso Chappell's new http://www.expobids.com/ website....
There has been a lot of Thai publicity (mainly from the Thai Government) about it's proposals for 2020, centred on several main Thai cities. The publicity looks flash and impressive, but it's difficult to know at this stage which city will be pre-selected for a possible Thai bid.
Thailand's bid comes after the 2006 Royal Flora Ratchapruek - an International Garden Exposition which was held in Chiang Mai in 2006.
View this video on the Thai 2020 bid!
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's high profile visit to the Shanghai Expo in August 2010 included a launch for the bid for a Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bay area bid for 2020, at the now unused Moffet Field airport.
With water access, close proximity to San Francisco by rail and road, including possibly, by 2020, link by high speed rail to Los Angeles, and a large hi-tech suburbia site, this proposal has got a lot going for it.
But is it the Governator's attempt at a last swan song?
We wish Urso and his compatriots in California good luck!!!
Read this article.
We had the opportunity to meet with the BIE delegation head to Turkey at Shanghai Expo 2010, and he was talking upbeat about a possible 2020 bid for Izmir, after losing to Milano for the Expo 2015 bid place.
Izmir has a lot of things going for it - Turkey has never hosted an Expo before, and has already put in a lot of work for 2015 which can be used for 2020.
But now it looks like Izmir could have a rival - Ankara. Ankara is now apparently doing a lot of leg work to launch a counter-proposal to the Izmir bid for 2020.
Foundation Expo '88 has been pushing for a 2020 Exposition for Australia - to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Captain Cook claiming Australia for the Great British crown (1770-2020) - which would be the most significant Australian anniversary since the 1788-1988 Bicentennial of British settlement to Australia.
Foundation Expo '88 has written to local, state and federal Government representatives about the opportunities to be gained by Australia hosting an Expo in that year - whether it be Universal Exposition or International Garden Exposition - and has heard back from State Tourism representatives saying they will 'look into the matter'.
Meanwhile, a letter forwarded to Foundation Expo '88's local Federal member of Parliament has been forwarded to the Honourable Ms Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia, for her comment.
The original Foundation Expo '88 proposal called for an 'exp0lympiad' - a joint Universal Exposition and Summer Games Olympiad.
Read the Foundation Expo '88 proposal here:
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
A Dubai proposal for 2020 has also seen a lot of press, also in the form of a joint Universal Exposition and Summer Games Olympiad, with support from the highest levels of their Royal Family, however, it is difficult to know if the Dubai bid will proceed with the effects of the Global Financial Crisis there.
Read this article.
BRAZIL, CANADA, DENMARK, RUSSIA, SOUTH AFRICA
There has been also lesser press with regards to bids from Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Russia and South Africa, and we won't go into detail about each one here.
Read the full details at ExpoBids.com -
LET THE BIDDING BEGIN!
With thanks to Urso Chappell's ExpoBids.com
Monday, January 3, 2011
I just found an Expo '92 mascot "Curro" pin on my desk and that prompted me to scan it for the blog..... and then I remembered my 'pins' box, with a selection of Expo 92 and Expo 93 pins, as well as a pin from Expo 88 and Expo 2005 respectively. I then also remembered my three Shanghai Expo 2010 pins, the BIE pin, China Pavilion pin, and Australia Pavilion pin.
Whilst this is not a comprehensive collection, it does give a brief 'snapshot' of some of the pins that were available at these World Fairs!
|Features the popular Australia Brisbane World Expo '88 logo featuring different themes of the Expo emblazoned on one of the Expo's sunsails. The blue wavy line refers to the Expo's location on the banks of the Brisbane River.|
|The official mascot of Spain Seville's Expo 92 "Curro" features here, with some of the sponsors of the Fair, as well as Pavilion badge for Monaco, and one of the pins for Japan|
|The Korea Taejon Expo 93 mascot space elf "Kumdori" features here, as well as the Pavilion pins for the USA and Australia. The central left pin features the globe-like Expo 93 logo, which incorporates a 'yin-yang' circle.|
|Kikkoro and Morizo, the friendly Japan Aichi 2005 mascots, feature on this Expo 2005 pin|
Sunday, January 2, 2011
I promptly scanned the inside and outside of the pamphlet, which includes a note from the owner of when they visited the Pavilion during the Expo.
Here it is! Enjoy!
It is a succinct summary of Australia's representation at and hosting of World Expositions, however lists Australia as only ever hosting two World Expositions, Melbourne 1880 and Brisbane 1988.
This is quite common in many of the Australian Government publications on World Expositions, and even the Queen, when giving her Opening Ceremony speech at World Expo '88, also said that Brisbane's was Australia's second World Exposition.
The correct figure however is probably 4 - counting the very first Australian International Exposition - Sydney 1879, Melbourne 1880, Melbourne 1888, and Brisbane 1988.
In the interim periods there were also numerous Australasian or Inter-Colonial Expositions, which which had international aspects to them, but were limited in scope.
To read the DFAT page on World Expositions, (DFAT by the way is the Australian Government Department responsible for Australia's representation at World Expositions), read further here:
The DFAT page includes a summary of Australia's representation at Shanghai Expo 2010, and was updated in December 2010.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
|From the Cesar Corona InternationalExpositions.org website|
I've just come across Cesar Corona's website on International Expositions, at http://www.internationalexpositions.org/ and am impressed with this scholar's achievements and credentials.
A World Expositions buff with considerable work experience at World Expositions - Lisbon 98, Hannover 2000, and Shanghai (for the University of Southern California's Centre for Public Diplomacy), Cesar is at present a Master of Public Diplomacy candidate at the USC, ostensibly doing research on the link between World Expositions and Public Diplomacy.
This is an area of research that is extremely important, yet is undervalued not extensively covered.
His work into this field, coupled with his practical experience of working at World Expositions is greatly welcomed.
His undergraduate thesis - "Public Diplomacy in International Expositions: Mexico and Canada in Expo 2005 Aichi" is actually quite close to an Honours thesis I proposed to do at the University of Queensland in 2008 - on "Australia and Japan at Expo 70 and Expo 88", and is available online as a PDF at http://188.8.131.52:8080/tesdig2/Procesados_tesis_2008/octubre/0633095/0633095_A1.pdf and I'll look forward to reading this thesis, if not from a view point that it may give me further ideas as to what is possible in this relatively new field.
I hope to make contact with Cesar and learn more about his research.