Not Just A Face In The Crowd

On an average of maybe once a month I join the 2.5 million train passengers per year that swipe their cards at the Fortitude Valley train station. In peak hour I blend into the bodies and faces that  focus on the platform or the exit without awareness of the guards watching the procession of humanity. Off -peak is more relaxed and even seems to promote acknowledgements and greetings as we  take our time to swipe and move.

Today I had an off peak experience and casually swiped my card when a voice called “Hey mate”. When I realised it was a staff member I  immediately thought  either  my card didn’t read or random body checks were about to be introduced by Queensland Rail.

However, the greeting was followed with “I saw you on TV the other week”.  I now have  reasonable list of TV credits to my name so I could ask “Whch program”?  It turns out it was a recent ABC documentary on Mu’ooz Restaurant in West End.

The fascinating insight for me was that the staff member stated he recognized me from my trips in and out of Fortitude Valley. Just when I thought I woud be a face in the crowd it turns out that my face stands out enough to be remembered on screen and at barriers!!

Our conversation then shifted to the subject of the documentary and the QR staff member’s interest in  learning more about African cuisine and the location of the restaurant.

I did my promo job with a quick review and reccommendation as well as directions to  rival Google maps.

This encounter also reminded me that I live in a public sphere most of the time. Today I was wearing my “Free the Refugees” Tee shirt and my Anti-Poverty 2016 cap. I have been described as a walking billboard before and I take my public role of advocacy  as a challenge and invitation to engage in public conversations about justice.





Just Dates October

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

International Day for Older Persons

World Habitat Day

4-10 World Space Week

World Post Day

9-15 Mental Health Week

10 World Day Against the Death Penalty

13 World Sight Day / International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction

16 World Food Day

16-22 Anti-Poverty Week

17 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

22 – 30 National Children’s  Week

24 United Nations Day 

24-30 Disarmament Week

28  World Teacher’s Day

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Just Dates September

September is

28 August- 3 September  Legacy  Week 

1-7   Spina Bifeda Awareness Week

     Fathers Day

4 – 10 Child Protection Week

4-11National Threatened Species Week

7      Indigenous Literacy Day

8     International Literacy Day

9     White Balloon Day

10   World Suicide Prevention Day / RUOK Day

11 – 17  Disability Action Week Queensland

12 – 18  National Stroke Week

15 International Day of Democracy

16 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

18-24 World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

21 International Day of Peace

29 Death of John Pat in Roeburne Prison (1983) prompting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

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Just Dates : August

Queensland Multicultural Month

31 July – 7 August Donate Life Week

1-7 World Breastfeeding Week / Homelessness Week

4 National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day

6 Hiroshima Day

9 International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

12 International Youth Day

13 National Bookshop Day

13 – 21 Seniors Week Queensland

14 Feast of Micah the Prophet

19 World Humanitarian Day / World Photo Day

20- 26  Children’s Book Week

21-28  Hearing Awareness Week

23 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

31 International Overdose Awareness Day 

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Just Dates: July

In Brisbane  this is Black History Month
International Day of Co-operatives

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday

3 – 10 NAIDOC Week

10 – 16 National Diabetes Week

11 World Population Day

18 International Nelson Mandela Day

22 Stress Down Day

28 World Hepatitis Day

31 National Tree Day

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