Brisbane house that was British consulate goes to auction

first_img… and the upstairs living area now.Mr Scalia said they were drawn to the property due to its infrastructure.He said the granny flat had been constructed after September 11. It includes a bedroom, living room, kitchen and two full bathrooms.“Each time there was a new Consul-General they renovated and restyled so that happened many times,” he said.“I remember when we first looked at it and they still had furniture here, there was this very ornate dining table.“We moved in on Christmas Eve (2005) and I remember a mad rush because the deeds were still in London. It was an amazing effort.” What the house looked like when it was the British Consulate in 2005, complete with a flagpole to hoist the Union JackThe impressive estate is full of features that would impress even the most famous spy, and includes a ‘panic room’ style security door in the bedroom wing, extensive CCTV, even a separate outbuilding constructed to house federal police officers.Electricians even found wiring for a secret camera in a flower pot.Current owner Gerard Scalia said the impressive house, which sits on a 1763sq m block, had “lots of James Bond-esque” inclusions.“It is a unique house,” he said. “The rumour is that even Prince Charles stayed here for a night.”Property records show the house was purchased by The Minister Of Public Building And Works Of The United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland in 1973 for $73,000, and was the home of various British consul-generals before being sold to the Scalia family in 2005. The granny flat as it was in 2005More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoIt is now back on the market and listed with Sharon King and Kris Matthews of Ray White Toowong.“The whole property, it is like Fort Knox,” Ms King said.The six bedroom house at 12 Gladesville St in Kenmore has seven bathrooms, room for nine vehicles, two kitchens, including one used for catering, a billiards room, a large dining/family room for functions, a study and a second upstairs kitchen and living/dining area.An original security door is also located upstairs where you will find the six bedrooms including the master suite.There is also a pool, a chicken coop, several courtyards and decks. Since it was sold in 2005, the house at 12 Gladesville St, Kenmore has been renovated and transformed from British Consulate to family home. The flagpole is gone and you can see the granny flat that was constructed to house federal officers after September 11. 12 Gladesville St at Kenmore — the former home of the British Consular-General — will go to auctionA HOUSE that was once home to the British consulate in Brisbane, and reportedly hosted royalty and the English cricket team, is on the market — diplomatic immunity not included. center_img The downstairs living space in 2005 … The dining room as it was in 2005 when it was the British Consulate One of the kitchens now.Mr Scalia said they would be sad to leave the house but their children had left home and it was now time to downsize.He said he hoped the house would be bought by another family or an executive couple who liked to entertain. Miss Moneypenny, perhaps. “It is a fabulous family home and a fabulous entertainers home,” he said.The house will go to auction in coming weeks. The British Consulate is now located in the CBD.last_img read more

NBA: LeBron Re-injures Groin in Christmas Day Loss to Clippers

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James suggested he re-injured his groin in the Christmas Day defeat to rivals the Los Angeles Clippers.James returned from a thoracic muscle strain as the struggling Lakers went down 111-106 against the Clippers at Staples Center on Wednesday.The three-time NBA champion, who missed the loss to the Denver Nuggets, was nine of 24 from the floor and two of 12 from three-point range for 23 points and 10 assists. Speaking to reporters afterwards, James – whose first season with the Lakers was ravaged by a groin injury – said he was kneed in the groin by Clippers opponent Patrick Beverley.“I felt healthy going into the game. The second or third defensive possession I got kneed in the groin taking a charge from Pat Bev,” James said.“That kind of set me right back to where I was five days ago.”It was another disappointing outing for Western Conference leaders the Lakers (24-7), who crashed to a fourth consecutive defeat.The Lakers lost to the Clippers (23-10) for the second time this season, having dropped Opening Night against Kawhi Leonard’s team.“They got stops, they made shots,” James said. “When we got stops, we weren’t able to counter on the other end and make shots. We’ll watch the film at our next practice and see ways we can get better.“It’s a long season, it’s a marathon, so, you know, it was a great atmosphere. We had a chance to win. But they made the plays.”Meanwhile, Turkish-born centre Enes Kanter played his first match outside the US for more than a year as the Boston Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors 118-102 in Canada.Kanter, 27, has been a critic of Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.In January 2019, Turkish prosecutors issued an international warrant for his arrest and he told the BBC he was trapped in the US.Before Wednesday’s match he posted on Twitter “I’m Free” alongside a Canadian flag.Jaylen Brown scored 30 points and Kemba Walker added 22 to beat Toronto 118-102, ending the Canadian side’s 34-game home winning run against Atlantic Division teams.Speaking about being able to play outside of the US, Kanter told the New York Post after the game: “(It is) Definitely amazing.“I just can’t describe it with words. Just going out there was more than just a basketball game. For me, it was just going out there and living this freedom.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Europe’s golfers celebrate their latest Ryder Cup triumph.

first_imgMcGinley insists it would be wrong to take all of the credit for the victory.It was their third tournament victory in a row, ensuring they’ve won 6 out of the last 7 versions of the event.The teams next clash in 2016 at Hazeltine in the American state of Minnesota. They beat the USA by 5 points at Gleneagles.The European players have lavished praised on team Captain Paul McGinley following their win over USA at the Ryder cup in Gleneagles.The host retained the trophy by 5 points with Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell among those winning their single matches.last_img read more

The draw that tastes like a defeat – Japan clawback to share Senegalese spoils

first_imgThe Blue Samurais of Japan put on a warring display to claw back a point against a bulky Senegalese side blessed with pace, power and history.Senegal has never lost to Japan in three encounters and this historical state coincided with their confident performance in Russia to make Japan a bit of the underdog in this Group H encounter.But all two Senegalese goals from Niang and Wague got replies from Inui and Honda to leave the Senegalese tasting the draw like a defeat.Senegal played a 4-3-3 perhaps with Mane in mind seeing that’s the exact tactical set up in Liverpool that brings the best out of the star.And to a measured extent, it did as the Senegalese got his first goal albeit a low punch from the keeper at the near post that ricocheted off his knee in the 11minute to put the most daring African side ahead.The goal, a reward from the positive attacking display which saw Sabaly get an opportunity to fire a shot from the left side of the 18-yard box after a weaker Japanese header out of the box fell to him. No need for Brazilian finesse shots as Sabaly showed his love for power and hope for precision. The fierce shot was too hot for Eiji Kawashima who punched it to Mane who from close range was at the right place and the right time to allow his body to do the work without the application of any more effort.Japan found an advantage in their disadvantaged featherweight physique with very good off the ball movement and pace to locate collect long laser passes from the wide areas.These kinds of passes would worry the Teranga Lions the entire game because once it found a man, the Samurai warriors playing a 4-2-3-1 would suddenly find several support options to choose from to leave the Senegalese in moments of panic.The Japanese pulled level in the 34th minute through a brilliant effort by Takashi Inui. The former Eibar star curled a perfect one in the 18-yard box to beat the outstretched hand of the Senegalese goal keeper to draw level.Back from the recess, it was the Japanese who to took the game to the West Africans by creating decent chances and missing them with ease. Inui nearly got a brace but his perfectly struck shot just at the edge of the 18-yard box hit the top right corner of the bar much to the delight of the  Senegalese. Totally against the run of play, Senegal got their noses in front from the 19-year-old Mousa Wague in the 71st minute.He latched onto a perfect cross on the left before firing at close range for the second goal for the Senegalese. The Japanese responded seven minutes later and it was Honda who announced his presence with the much-needed equaliser from close range.Senegal and Japan are now joint leaders of Group H with four points apiece having beaten Poland and Colombia respectively in the opening games.last_img read more