I’m world weary, living in a great big town
I find it so dreary, so dreary
Everything looks grey or brown
I want an ocean blue, great big trees
A bird’s eye view of the Pyrenees
“World Weary” - Noel Coward
From John Oxley Library | An exhausted Noel Coward Visits Brisbane:
Exhausted from his hectic schedule, Coward cancelled his tour of Townsville and Cairns, which was a bitter disappointment to locals (and the mayors of the two towns). Coward was disappointed too saying, “I am very upset. I would have liked to see the Far North, but I am absolutely jaded and tired out. All I want to do is to sit in the sun and be alone for a little while“. Arrangements were made for him to have a break with a weekend at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, which was chosen for its quietness. There, Coward stayed at the Mooloolaba Hotel and spent a great deal of time at the Mooloolaba Surf Club and in the surf itself. He also briefly visited Coolum and Caloundra. He later admitted to reporters, “Mooloolaba saved my life. It’s a nice spot and the people were good to me. I could never have gone on without that break“.