- Newsletter #15 -
Christmas 2017
 
The meek shall inherit the earth - but only if it’s alright with everybody else.
Piano
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THANKS FOR YOUR AMAZING SUPPORT THIS YEAR.

We have had a super-busy year and want to thank you for being part of it.  The numbers don't really matter but they mean a lot to us because each tour means time out of the office and time on the street engaging with the city whilst traipsing recklessly across political, cultural, economic and environmental as well as design territory. Best of all, the numbers mean we have spent lots of time with like-minded architectural enthusiasts like you!

So - in 2017 we conducted 57 public archi-tours (on foot and on push bikes) plus 29 custom archi-tours; (custom tours) including
- 8 corporate tours,
- 9 university tours (4 US & 5 Australian),
- 6 school tours (including our youngest group yet - a raucus bunch of super-cute third graders from Kamaroi Steiner School),
- 2 tours for the Agency 2017 Oceanic Architecture Student Conference,
- 2 tours for the Australian Institute of Architects national conference,
- a 4-hour Utzon love-fest for the Glenn Murcutt Master Class and we took archi A-lister Joshua Prince-Ramus for a tour of Utzon's House.

Sometimes they were of a rambling nature and other times they were as tight as a polite architectural simile. Special thanks to co-conspirators Benjamin Driver, Hugo Moline and Sam Samarghandi who recently joined our team.
We hope to see some of you again in 2018. Perhaps you'll join Ben or I on our new one - The Track - inspired in part by Darwin’s distracted stroll down George in 1836 and in part by the deeds of our inspired Lord Mayor, Clover Moore.
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SHARE THE SAW.

We reckon our tours make pretty cool gifts. They’re handsome, they have a small carbon footprint, they're naturally spicy (with no added sugar) and the recipient will think that you think they’re smart and a wee bit cultured. Everyone’s a winner! If you’ve read our FAQ you will know that satisfaction is 100% guaranteed so it will knock the socks you gave them last Christmas right off their sweaty little feet. Best - they don’t require much Chrissy paper - just a simple, honest envelope will do and a bit of a lick.

If you order them before the 22nd of December we will print and post them to you at no charge. They're valid for 12 months and can be redeemed on any walking or cycling tour.

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2017 TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS (THANKYOU!).

We put a lot of love into each and every one of our tours. We are proud of our tripadvisor reviews as we have no control over them which means they're a true reflection of what we do and how we do it. 

Here is what a few kind people have said:

November 2017
"My sister and I did the new George St walk with Ben. It was way too much fun!  There are always so many little quirky things you don't know about a city and Ben was very informative and knowledgeable." 

May 2017
'Not withstanding that the Opera House is such an icon in the Australian consciousness, it was your wealth of knowledge and your passion that I remember most. The storytelling and the presentation of all that Utzon intended to achieve, plus the political and financial obstacles that you illustrated so convincingly, were more than purely interesting. You told the story of a young democracy that struggled with excellence and the building process. I recommend this tour to not only architects but to all who love learning about all the layers of city making and indeed dream making."

May 2017
"A genuine love of history, place and architecture is beautifully entwined into stories that are far greater then the some of their parts. Communicating the layered and often tumultuous history behind Sydney’s built environment was seamlessly done through series of stories that resonate well beyond the day of the tour."

January 2017
"I have lived in Sydney for years and thought I knew a lot about the Opera House... but I didn't. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, interesting and passionate about Utzon and his creation. The perspective on the people and the times was most fascinating of all. Highly recommend the tour."

December 2017
"What an outstanding tour, informative and enjoyable in equal measure. We took the Utzon tour on a Saturday morning. There were only six of us and Eoghan, an unlikely mix of guide, architect and raconteur, kept us enthralled throughout. Three hours flew by. Eoghan brought this fascinating part of Sydney's architecture and history to life. I couldn't recommend it highly enough."

All reviews above were posted in 2017 on tripadvisor.
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TOURS OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS.

December 2017
Saturday 16th. 9:30am-12noon SAW 3 - Harbourings
Wednesday 20th. 9:30am-12:30pm SAW 2 - Utzon
Saturday 23rd. 9:30am-11:30am SAW 1 - The City, Sydney
Wednesday 27th.. 9:30am-12noon SAW 3 - Harbourings
Saturday 30th. 9:30am-12:30pm SAW 2 - Utzon
January 2018
Wednesday 3rd. 9:30am-11:30am SAW 1 - The City, Sydney
Saturday 10th. 9:30am-12:30pm SAW 2 - Utzon
Saturday 13th. 9:30am-12noon SAW 6 - The Track
Wednesday 17th. 9:30am-12noon SAW 3 - Harbourings
Saturday 27th. 9:30am-12noon SAW 5 - Modern Sydney
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Full program, tour information and booking details here.
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Thank you and bye for now
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We enjoy sharing our world with you. Feel free to make contact and please spread the word. We look forward to seeing you on an upcoming tour.
- Love and seasonal greetings from SAW (Eoghan, Benjamin & Sam) -
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