Happy New Year 2012 at the Space Needle

January 1st, 2012 To ring in 2012, Seattle’s iconic Space Needle put on a spectacular 8 minute fireworks display that was started with a countdown like a NASA rocket take off and all timed to music (mostly space themed including music from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek – The Next Generation, David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”…

Viva Las Vegas

December 8th to 12th, 2011 Las Vegas, Nevada I have just returned from a trip to Las Vegas with one of my best friends Scotty who was visiting from Australia. This was my first visit to Vegas since 1998; new casinos and shopping centres have been built, some old places were gone but overall it…

Seattle Christmas lights are go!

November 25th, 2011 Seattle Center Christmas Lights How quickly a year goes by! There is only one month to go before Santa Claus pays a visit and tonight the Christmas lights started to go on in Seattle. I had planned to watch the tree and star lighting and fireworks downtown, but there were thousands of people there, and crowd movement…

City Icons: Seattle’s Space Needle

When I travel I always like to take a look at the landmarks that make a city instantly recognizable around the world. Some of the more famous ones that spring to mind include the Sydney Opera House (constructed 1959-1973) and Harbour Bridge (1928-1932), Berlins Brandenburg Gate (1788-1791), London’s Big Ben (the tower 1843-1858), the Eiffel Tower in Paris  (1887-1889 for…

Spooky light & fog over the Space Needle

August 28th, 2011 Seattle Centre Even though it ultimately was a warm and sunny day, a strange fog hung over parts of Queen Anne on this morning. As the sun was rising this created some rather spooky yet cool light effects through the fog and superstructure of the Space Needle which added an extra dimension to the…

The day I almost met Buzz Aldrin……

August 1st, 2011 Space Adventures Today the Space Needle announced a Space Race 2012 competition with the grand prize to win a sub orbital space flight with a company called Space Adventures (valued at $110,000 USD)!  The contest is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Space Needle in April 2012. I of course immediately entered (you have to…

Seattle, Washington….my new home

Epic Journey When I left Orlando, Florida on May 11th, 2011 the flight with transfers was meant to take about 8 hours to cross the country and arrive in Seattle, Washington…..mother nature had other ideas! The United States has been hit by crazy weather this year – never ending snowstorms in some parts, fires and flooding…