The harbour that divides us. Manly or Bondi? We're only human!

Saw a lovely picture, of Bondi Beach, by Melbourne-based, Rosina Lamberti,here!!!

You’ve read this before, but I’ll tell you again:
In 2001 I showed a Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beach Challenge Assessor (then called judge) what turned out to be, in that year, Sydney’s Friendliest Beach, as proclaimed by that competition.

From 2002, I have been an assessor myself, for this competition.
I have assessed the Sydney section, during those years.
I lived in Matraville/Hillsdale/Eastlakes, during my teenage years.
Attended Maroubra Bay High School. So Maroubra was my beach.
But, keen on the girl who had been my first date, ever, to the Maroubra Bay High School Dance, I had reasons to haunt the Bondi area a bit in the latter teenage years as well.
You’d think I’d be biased towards Bondi but I have always taken my task of reporting on what I saw and was shown, during that competition seriously and no matter how beautiful Bondi Beach might be, the people who had nominated Manly Beach that year, had pulled out all stops!
A great, detailed audio-visual presentation in the Manly Town Hall, and a very friendly, well-informed and interesting guided tour by the then mayor, of the beach, and yet another detailed explanation of the workings of the care for the beach, by one of the council’s experts.

At Bondi, that year, I sat with a council’s representative, on the steps, leading to the beach and he gave me a talk about how the beach was looked after.
From the Manly visit, I was able to pass on to the committee a huge presentation folder and other items, outlining the highlights of the beach, its environment, use and care.
Much later, at the presentation night, I sat with the mayor of Manly and representatives from the nearby council and, sure enough, Manly did well.

Many years ago a bridge was built to unite the eastern, western and southern suburbs, with the northern suburbs. Later, a tunnel was added but I reckon that I can stil detect a mainly friendly rivalry.
So don’t get me started on the topic of these kinds of divisions!! The term: Pillarization is still floating around my brain.
(When we left the Netherlands, in the fifties, pillarization (dividing Dutch society into a whole lot of little groups) was only just starting to die off.
I’m a soccer fan. Rugby League has just never gripped me. So, I won’t mention those rivalries either. :)

The harbour that divides us. Manly or Bondi? We're only human!


Ramsgate, Australia

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Is Bondi Beach, any more beautiful than, say, Manly, or North Wollongong, or Nobbys, or any of the others?
Is there a difference between the people who live on the Manly side of the harbour, and those who live on the Bondi side?

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