In many ways, it’s a great relief that the barbecue, or any kind of gathering in a friends back garden, has replaced going to the pub as the standard form of entertainment here in Australia.
Because when you go round a friend’s house, you take a couple of bottles of wine, which will cost anything between $10 and $20. You’d probably take a few six-packs of beer that would cost around $35. Then you’d maybe take a plate of food; say $10 or $15 worth.
All in, let’s call it $65 and that’s going to cover an evening’s entertainment for yourself, your wife and your kids.
Let’s compare that with a boy’s night out.
On Saturday evening, seven of us went to the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane City to see the “Roar” play Newcastle.
- A short taxi ride from the pub where we met to the ground – $6.00
- The price of a ticket for the football match – $20.00
- Food: one hotdog; one pie; one kebab with everything – $20.00
- A dozen beers in various bars afterwards at approximately $7.00 each – $84.00
- A long taxi ride all the way home – $20.00
Total cost of boys night out = Approx $150.00 each
At current exchange rates, that’s about £100.
12 beers may seem a lot, but remember they are only schooners, which as you know from reading my article about lights, mids and heavies, is 425 mL. That’s three quarters of a pint, more or less.
So 9 pints between 6 PM and about 2 o’clock in the morning is quite sensible drinking. But then, we are very sensible boys.
What would that cost in England?
Well, the price of our football tickets compares very well against the price of a ticket at Manchester United. Unfortunately, the quality of football here in Australia does not compare.
So I won’t compare the price of the Brisbane Roar tickets to the £34 it would cost to buy a similar ticket at Manchester United, but instead I would say it’s the equivalent of, say, a “third division” team like Sheffield United in the UK.
There, tickets start at £18 for adults, so $20 for our “Hyundai A-League” tickets isn’t too bad.
Shame about the quality of football though, this was one of the poorest games I’ve ever seen. Brisbane didn’t so much roar, they sort of meowed.
Here are the, ahem, highlights…..
Did Brisbane actually get a shot on target? I don’t think so.
I’m sure that in England the price of hotdogs, pies and kebabs aren’t that much different than here and I’m not really sure how the prices of taxis would compare. But it’s the cost of beer in a pub that makes the difference.
I am told a pint of beer in England is something like £3.60 these days. So 9 pints would come out at £32.40.
That’s equivalent to about $48 in Australia money, making the $84 we paid for our beers here is a massive 75% more expensive!
So, here’s to the barbecue!
A girls’ day out.
Mrs BobinOz and Elizabeth chose not to come to the football, but they had their own girls’ day out on Sunday.
They went to see Mary Poppins…….
…..The Supercalifragilistic Musical at Qpac, (Queensland Performing Arts Centre) with some other short and tall girls.
Here’s a quirky social difference between the UK and Australia:
Australia doesn’t seem to do pantos, or pantomimes to give them their full name. They used to, apparently, but not any more.
For a country that look just loves words that end in “O”, that is strange. Anyway, as Mrs BobinOz could not take Elizabeth to a pantomime before Christmas, she decided to take her to Mary Poppins after.
Tickets, for those keeping score on the cost of entertainment in Australia, were $45.
They had a great time; Elizabeth loved it and even met and got autographs from the two main child stars of the play.