Knighted Cockie going nutty on The Strand .
Townsville's waterfront area known as The Strand is a grand concourse, the jewel in the city's crown . On Australia Day it was alive with a merry, happy throng of family groups, joggers, cyclists, skate boarders, dogs, a flock of screeching Palm Cockatoos feeding on Asian almond seeds, swimmers, café habitués and a trio of young buskers , two of them rangas, the centre of much attention . Overhead circled the Red Baron and suddenly the RAAF C-17 Globemaster roared by, grabbing everyones attention .
An abiding memory this writer took away from The Strand was spotting an elderly gentleman , sitting on his own in a secluded spot, taking a selfie of himself with a koala bear soft toy. Hmmm. At first I thought it was Mr Bean .
Also noticed were many children and adults draped in flags , wearing hats with flags on sticks . Some of the small Australian flag face stickers on cheeks and foreheads were in the upside down position. A flag flown upside down is taken as a sign of a ship in distress at sea .
There was evidence that somebody had spat the dummy during the day -there was a repulsive kid's soother on the main drag.
It is hoped it was not recycled as a few passing dawgs gave it a lick. Hopefully the child deprived of the dummy did not crawl into the grassed area and mistake the many strange mushrooms that have popped up due to the rain and sucked them to ease the teething pain .Hotrods, motorbikes and LNP and ALP election signs on trucks circulated on the road running along the back of The Strand .