I'm off to read your comments - keep them coming - I love to hear what's happening elsewhere!
PS I was walking through Old Sydney the other day and a barefoot madwoman dashed out into the street ahead of me and hurled something on the sidewalk ... when I rather cautiously got to outside her house, I inspected the remains - shattered balloons and pieces of ice! Icebombs!!
Otherwise, Sydney is (scuse me) a little samey. Friendly, but samey.