A Day Out At The Ekka – Part 1

It’s been a while since I talked about Q150, but today is a good day to revisit that subject. One of the ten categories is events and festivals. Of the 15 events and festivals that made the list, I have experienced three out of the top five.

At number four is “Riverfire” which is a firework display held over the Brisbane River and best viewed from the South Bank Parklands. At number two is “State of Origin” which you will recall I followed religiously from the comfort of our local sports and recreation club.

Yesterday we had a day out at the Ekka, which is a 10 day festival and Brisbane’s biggest. It was also the winner, number one, in Queensland’s top events and festivals.

There are plenty of places on the Internet where you can find out everything you need to know about the Ekka, so I have decided not to make BobinOz one of those places. Instead I wanted tell you about Showbags.

Showbag Shopping at the Ekka

Showbag Shopping at the Ekka

Showbags are like little party bags children get at somebody’s birthday. As you can see from the picture there were stalls and stalls selling showbags. Prices appeared to range from $6 upwards to, I think, around $50. The kids just love them, it’s like getting a McDonald’s happy meal to the power of 10, AND you don’t have to eat the food!

There must have been more than a hundred stalls selling these show bags, ranging from Dora the Explorer to Spiderman and even a Men’s Health magazine showbag. All claim to offer exceptional value compared to the price of the bag.

My daughter got the Barbie showbag and she was delighted with it. It looked like $20 worth of rubbish to me, but then I’m not a five-year-old little girl. But I have to say, one little item in there was worth the 20 bucks on its own.

It was a tiny torch on a keyring. Nothing great about that, but then I looked at the back.

Somewhere in a pub in China, one year ago.

I want you to picture the scene: there are two strangers sitting at a bar somewhere in China. They start talking. One says to the other “I’ve just put the finishing touches to my new little torch keyring, but before I can package it, I need a translator to work on the instructions on the back. It’s so frustrating.”

The other guy, whose Chinese name translates to “Del Boy Trotter” (for those unfamiliar with the English comedy “Only Fools and Horses” Del Boy is a ducker and diver, a bit of a lad, know what I mean?) in English, is quick with his reply.

“Well, I’m just your man. I have a company called Trotters Independent Translators, just tell me what you want on the back and we’ll translated it into English. No problem bruv. Shall we say 10,000 Yuan?”

The result of that deal is this…….

Torch Keyring Instructions

Torch Keyring Instructions

Tomorrow I will tell you three unusual facts about the Ekka and take you on a ride that you will never be able to do without me.

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