|The entrance to the Royal Australian Mint|
Something like I would have expected to find at the end of a rainbow, like the one I photographed up in Byron Bay the day I saw Magda Szubanski and bought her book -
Magda Szubanski, Rainbows, The 2016 Byron Bay Writer's Festival, Jung and Synchronicity
|It was a double rainbow, as well that I saw from my car|
|Poker machines in the German Club in Canberra|
|House of cards? Poker Money?-)|
I'm always chasing rainbows in this life it seems...and that pot of gold that's rumoured to be at the end of it.
I noticed all the flowers that the mint had on display, which were for promoting Canberra's annual flower show, which I had attended the day before and wrote about here -
A Black Swan Event in Canberra
I was kinda hoping to pick up a money tree that I could take home and plant in my own garden, but the mint made it quite clear with the signs on the walls that they weren't giving it away.
Even the mint's "stairway to heaven" to the observation deck was only filled with five cent coins:-)
I had flashbacks to another "stairway to heaven" I had climbed in Tasmania earlier that year -
Hit Me with Your Best Shot
|A "stairway to heaven" made with five cent pieces? Cheapskates!|
|I found the MINT coloured lines on the factory floor amusing:-)|
There was a machine named the Titan, which was basically a big mechanical arm that would lift barrels of blanks (I think) and pour them onto the production line.
|I was wondering if the forklift drivers make a mint in here, as I have a forklift license:-)|
|Pieces of eight? 8+8=16? 16 16? 1591? 1+5+9+1=16;-) 2016?|
I had never been to the Olympic stadium in my life before.
But it is officially called ANZ stadium in Oz, because a bank has the naming rights to the Olympic Stadium...money talks.
|The medals for the 2000 Olympic Games held in Sydney were minted here|
Cathy Freeman is a Sharks supporter
|Cathy Freeman climbs the stairway to heaven?-)|
|The opening of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney|
Cathy Freeman became the Olympic champion for the women's 400 metres at the 2000 Summer Olympics, at which she lit the Olympic Flame and she is a Cronulla Sharks supporter, too, so to see those Olympic medals on the wall of the place that minted them was giving me goose bumps to think that the first time I've ever been to the Olympic stadium I might see my team win their first ever NRL grand final.
|An owl on the floor of the mint keeping an eye on me?-)|
|The machine at the mint that you put three dollars in to get one dollar back...hmm|
Now isn't that an apt metaphor for modern banking?-)
|The coin I minted on the day at the mint in Canberra|
The bloody coin machine doesn't give change back if you put in the wrong amount, so ironically I got ripped off one dollar.
|The other side of the coin I minted that day|
I thought seeing this rooster coin for sale in the mint's celebration '50th year of decimal currency' in the Year of the Monkey was another good sign for the Sharks for their fiftieth year celebrations in 2017, because we were forced to play our "home" semi-final at the Rooster's home ground, because the NRL deemed our real home-ground at Cronulla too small to hold a semi-final there.
Shark Week in the Year of the Monkey
I also bought a little bottle of gold flakes from the mint shop, as next year will be the Sharks golden anniversary and if you buy shark at a fish and chip shop in Australia you ask for Flake:-)
Plus, my life path number is 7 and on the bar code of the gold bottle is a 007.
Oddly enough, my son took me to a movie the same day I visited the mint in in Canberra, that I didn't really want to see, but it was his pick -
2017: What Comes First, the Chicken, the Egg...or the Monkey?
|Egg and lettuce sandwiches, mint cake with kool mint|
And that day at the mint cafe in Canberra I got the last mint cake and had egg (2017: Year of the Rooster...or Shark again?-) and lettuce sandwiches and a black coffee.
|Mmm...mint cake and Kool mint|
New Castle? See Change?
but if you really want to see change...and not get much back...head to Canberra and the Royal Australian Mint .
|"The Green Machine" lost their semi-final to the Melbourne Storm September 24th|
|Are Canberra called "The Green Machine" because the Royal Australian Mint is housed there?|
But let's flip for it shall we?
|The coin I minted in Canberra, September 29th, 2016|
Life's a gamble...isn't it?-)
|Fan Day at the Sydney Opera House September 29th, 2016:-)|
|Life Path Number 7?-)|
|Black, white and blue? The Fonz a Shark fan, too?-)|