...and for that we are very grateful. You've seen the outside of our double-brick wall. Here is the second skin, revealed in all its horror. I know it's stood there for 100 years without a problem, but do you think this is good workmanship? Stones, rubble, junk, all shoved in together? We're very glad it's been revealed and strengthened.
Meanwhile in much more important news, it's O-week. Orientation Week, the week before semester starts. Which means that hundreds of university clubs are touting their wares on the Boulevard of Broken Dreams outside my building. I snapped a couple of views of happy young people to cheer you all up. Look at all that innocence, joyfulness and expectation. Now, don't you feel much better?
Incidentally, in that first photo the line of booths extends right to the end of the picture. And they're three and sometimes four deep. I had no idea there were so many groups on campus. Evangelical Union, Epicurean Society, Entrepreneurs Club, Engineers without Borders... and there many more that don't start with E. Like Catholic Asians, and the Hong Kong Club. There's 85 Broads, which seems to be a business club for women. And the University Regiment. The Tai Chi Club and the Gargoyle Appreciation Society (true!) The Drama Society and SUMS, the Sydney University Music Society. There are all the political groups, and the religious ones, and the nationally-based ones, and the sports ones.
It's a tough life, being a student. All those decisions to make. And classes haven't even started yet.