Last Thursday at 5.45pm I set out to Avid Reader bookshop in Brisbane for my conversation with Radio National’s Paul Barclay. My hotel lobby was crowded with people taking refuge from the storm which had just ravaged Grey Street outside. There was no public transport, no taxis, no way of contacting the bookshop. I decided to walk. This is what I found.
Avid Reader is in Boundary Street, West End. At 6.15pm last Thursday night one side of the street was a blaze of lights. The other side was completely blacked out, the power cut. As this picture shows, Avid Reader was on the other side, shrouded in darkness.
But inside were Avid Reader’s fabulous Fiona Stager and Krissy Kneen, wondering if it was still possible to run the conversation as planned, as was the intrepid Paul Barclay, his sound recordist and several people who’d braved the storm for the event. Paul and I ended up recording our conversation in the ABC studios the next day, but on the night of the storm we all stood in the street drinking wine and had a party. It was fantastic, despite the chaos.
And here’s how Avid Reader usually looks.
Next up I’ll be writing about natural capital (the new ‘It Capital’) and the Accounting Frontiers Forum being held by the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand on Thursday 11 December 2014. By happy chance, the conference is called ‘Beyond the Financial: Re-thinking the Capitals in Practice and Assurance‘.