So what has happened to Pokemon Go? When the world first real time, location based game was released in July in selected countries, including Australia, it was a phenomenal success with millions of download within days. Taking the world by storm and everyone by surprise with mixed reviews to catch and train the virtual creatures. People congregated at several hot spots in popular places throughout Melbourne city. It was bizarre to see that many people arching their head slightly downwards and staring at their hand-held device. Their minds focused on the tiny screen. This was a daily occurrence, increasing to a larger crowd during the evening and weekend.
On the 11th September 2016, it was the beginning of Spring in Melbourne. The weather was perfect after a long cold and wet winter season. It was time to come out of hibernation and live life again. It took me by surprise as I was walking through one of my favourite city garden, Fitzroy Garden, when I came across a group of strangers congregating underneath a giant tree. They were engrossed with one thing and one thing only - Pokemon Go.
Fast forward to today, where are these game players? They seem to have dispersed into oblivion or perhaps abducted by the unknown.
In less than five weeks, it will be Christmas. The main streets, shopping malls, state buildings and landmarks such as the city town hall and city square, and hotels are getting ready for the festive season with decorative ornaments and colourful lights.
Breaking news in the past few months, aside from the phenomenal success and short life span of Pokemon Go in Melbourne, we have seen unexpected news with Brexit in UK and the elected Donald Trump as the new President of America, with his catchy slogan "Making America Great Again". It was a scary thought to learn there is such a huge divide of beliefs in people and hatred and protectionism and disunity in the 21st century that could split a nation. First the UK, then the US.
Here in Australia, the Malcolm Turnbull's government was trying to pass through the Plebiscite law by allowing the public a conscious vote on the same sex marriage. This was voted down by the Labour and the Green, which was a sigh of relief for the LGBT community.
On the entertainment industry that has enriched people's life with music, the sudden demise of some of the most legendary singers of our time - David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, has filled us with great sadness.
Taking a moment to reflect some of these breaking news, I could not help myself but to think that there is hope in all the bad news, and that there is a new beginning to an ending by looking back at the beginning of Spring when flowers are blooming, birds singing, leaves taking shape on deciduous trees, longer daylights, animals coming out of hibernation...and that there is a promising side to all these and to new life.
Below are photos that I have taken at the beginning of Spring at my favourite city garden - Fitzroy Garden, set on a 26 hectares site in the city of Melbourne, Australia.
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