Cricket in Brisbane - the Ashes' First Test started on Thursday November 23rd 2006, and here is some of the atmosphere from outside the game.
Its Ashes time! The First Test started on Thursday morning at the Gabba (the Brisbane Cricket Ground, but no-one ever calls it that).
Time for Australia to reclaim OUR trophy, cruelly taken from us by England in the northern summer of 2005.
Can the English Barmy Army sing their team to victory, or are cunningly placed fun police ready to seize all their trumpets?
Or will Australia's Fanatics see Australia reassert its 18-year dominance of international cricket, and reclaim the famous urn?
These photos are from Adelaide St in downtown Brisbane, outside the Gabba and at the free big-screen TV that was set up at Streets Beach at South Bank.
Long lines waiting for shuttle buses in Adelaide St, Brisbane City.
Ashes fans in Adelaide St.
Bus to the Gabba.
Getting off the bus at the Gabba.
Ride that horse to victory! Australian and English fans in jockeys' silks.
Line up outside the Gabba.
Not everyone dresses casually for a day at the cricket.
Aussie fan and Radio 4BC van.
Sponsors display outside the Gabba - Ford Australia is running a 'tonk a Pom' competition.
"Fanatics' (Australian fans) 'Tour of Duty' T-shirts.
The 3 Mobile tent had a great big fibreglass phone outside.
ABC Local Radio 612AM outside broadcast van.
English fanzine seller Andy Clark outside the Gabba - his zine is called 'The Corridor of Uncertainty' - look out for him for the rest of the summer.
A ticket? I need a ticket to get in? But I'm a blogger! A blogger! Oh. OK.
Off I went then, to the Streets Beach at the South Bank Parklands, where a big screen TV and PA system was set up for people to watch the game
View from the 'beach' at South Bank.
English fan enjoying the game at South Bank.
Free stuff! The bandannas were being given away outside the Gabba, and I scored the inflatable hand at the South Bank beach. And for US visitors, it's spelt 'Aussies' but pronounced 'Ozzies', OK?
Watching the game at South Bank.
Relaxing on the beach and enjoying the game and the South Bank atmosphere. The big screen will be there for all five days of the Test, so head on down.
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