SYDMOB #27 Sunday, 11th December 2004  ---  Approx participant count: 50 +

Emailed Instructions


On the morning of Saturday the 11th of December, you should have already synchronized your watch to the time of the Telstra clock, available by calling 1194

If you are using Sydney’s notorious Rail system, e mail, for a number to call if you are held up.

By 11:55 pm you should be in the Circular Quay area, make your way to Jessie Street Gardens, the grass area at the back of Paragon Hotel on Loftus Street between Alfred & Bridge Rds.

*The Mob Rep will be only present between 12:05am and 12:55 pm*

Locate the individual in the general vicinity carrying a silver folder and wearing tinsel in their hair. Approach and say, "Have you been naughty, or nice?"

You will be then handed the rest of the instructions. Move away, read them, and follow them.

Script Instructions - This Flashmob is in two parts....

Part One

Smile and say CHEEEEZZEE please !!
Idea submitted by Jason, the teenage love god.

Make your way towards The Opera House by the way of the promenade in front of "The Toaster". By 1.10 pm, you will be outside The Sydney Cove Oyster Bar (those of you who were Oompa Loompas will remember the spot well) Play the tourist, enjoy the view. There will be a woman with a sheep handbag in the vicinity. User her as a marker.

At 1.11 (or there abouts, all going well) the mob reps will appear, wearing tinsel in their hair. This is the tricky bit. You need to be within easy "Bounce into photo range", but not be too obvious. The reps will signal "On your mark" by drawing attention to themselves, talking about the view, whilst bumbling for a camera. They will ask a passer-by to take their photo. As the reps take their time, issuing instructions on how to use the camera and pose, jump into the photo, and bellow CHEEEEEEEEEEEESE! (A long drawn out eeee is required). Throw your arms out wide, and smile. Wait for a startled look, and hopefully a pic, then mock disperse. Head towards the Opera house. On a day like today there should be lots of easy targets.

Keep an eye on the Reps. They will pick a random tourist who is posing for a pic, they will jump into that photo. Be ready to lunge with them. Outrageous poses are encourage. We will do this several times as the opportunity presents itself.

To signal a disperse, we will pick one couple to "Worship". When the reps throw themselves down in adoration before a tourist crying out "The Messiah! The Messiah" do the same. Genuflect (Oh. Okay, Bow subserviently,) before them. Fall to your knees in awe. Carry on with this till the reps signal the disperse by standing up, saying "They are NOT the messiah, they are just very naughty people!

Part Two
Cowboys & Indians

Toss a coin. If it is heads you are a Cowboy, Tails you are an Indian.
Tips for sound effects
Cowboy noises are "Yee-Ha! Yahhoooo Yippee-I-Oh-Ki-ay" etc
Indian noises are the standard Hollywood "Whooo-oooo-ooo"etc.

By 1.45 you will have made your way to near the Orient Hotel in the Rocks. If you are a cowboy, you will congregate at Argyle & Playfair Sts (Lowenbrau Keller), if you are an Indian, you will be at George St & Mill Lane (Near Rocks Mkt). At 1.46 the reps will step forward and jump onto their horses. Saddle up with them and begin your ware cries. Gallop about, drawing you bow and arrow or gun, and take shots at the enemy. Feel free to shoot the general public too. (it ain't a war unless you take shots at a General!) Die and resurrect yourself at will.

The battle will rage until the Mob reps stop, look at each other and drop their weapons, unsaddle, and yell "Merry Christmas Sydney", throw down your weapons, and start yelling "Merry Christmas" too. Wave goodbye. Disperse.

We will be meeting up at the Orient Hotel Beer Garden (Argyle & George Sts), and all are welcome to come and join us.

And a Merry X-Mass and Happy New Year to all our Sydmob members, their friends and family from Sydmob.

Hey there Mobbers!

What a fabulous day we had! I believe we brought genuine delight as we rampaged around Circular Quay, surprising unsuspecting tourists with a whole bunch of new best friends for their Sydney photo album.

A real stand out was the couple posing for their wedding photos. How could we resist a target like that?

The looks the Bride and groom exchanged with each other as Tempest ran up towards them! It was a look along the lines of…”Is she with you?” Full blown trepidation bloomed on her face as the single lunatic running towards them turned into about 40 or so. When the wedding photographer realised what was going on, he nearly trampled Pauline as he rushed to get in a position to take the shot. There is no doubt that the bunch of maniacs who exploded into their photos, bellowed “CHEEEESE” then buggered off again will come up in conversation for years to come. “Who WERE those people?!!”

So, how did all of this go down? Jason wrote and suggested that two mob reps ask a random tourist to take a photo of  them, then the rest of the mob lunge in around them as they pose for the shot. Fantastic idea, we thought, so this was how we started it off. The look the guy holding the camera gave us, as he tried to work out exactly why we had set him up, and what we were all about, was, as the catch cry goes, “Priceless.”

With any mob we plan, there is always evolution as we bounce an idea back and forth. The original idea was expanded from the “Take our photo” scenario into the larger event that we ran with. Everyone loved this event so very much that Mal and I are even toying with doing just one of each “CHEEEEESE” every mob. Maybe even with a poster or something saying “You’ve just been flashed by Sydmob” Whatever we decide, we do promise to do this act again.

One thing we will change, is we will try to slow it all down a bit, as some of our mobbers are less mobile than others, and not everyone could keep up. Sincere apologies for that. These two were probably a couple of the more vigorous mobs we have planned for a while. I know that, had Camilla been there, she would have given us a good and deserved shellacking about the pace of the day.

Anyhow, I digress. As it was Christmas, we figured the best way to signal the disperse was to find a Messiah. Or just a couple of very naughty boys! This we did. Two guys in perfect position to worship, standing right in the middle of the Opera house stairs. Mal filmed our mad devotion, and their hilarious reaction to this. I have to give them credit, they took on the role of Messiah willingly! Mal stayed there after we dispersed. He has captured the three victims checking out their photos after we left. This is cute to see, a kind of. There was rather a lot of that going on yesterday. People checking their cameras “Did that really happen!”

Act two

So, we wandered off, wishing we had planned to “CHEEESE” our way all the way to the rocks. Yes, back to a familiar crime scene. Remember the alien invasion? This time we gave that part of the rocks a blast from the past, as cowboys and Indians stampeded around, dying and arising spectacularly for a last Christmas melee.

As you may hear on the footage, Mal got so carried away with his new “Spielberg” role, that he forgot to signal the disperse! A gentle prod, and it was “Merry Christmas Sydney” and off to the Orient for a well deserved Xmas drink or two.

Mal & Tempest



Thanks  to The fabulous shutterbugs Pauline and Andrew who might be available for weddings, parties and anything. 

VIDEO FOOTAGE (and other media)

See the infamous Prune Interview
See your photo in   Act One
See those Indians win the day! Act Two

Listen to Triple-J's Hack reporter Ali Benton story on GFM#2 - Click Here

In the near future we may have some video footage and/or audio for you too take a look at...stay tuned.....

As always, any other footage or photos people wish to contribute is more then welcome.