- While I was at work today, R walked into town for some shopping. Guess who had to walk home as well as the trams were too packed to get on.
- My alternative route home from work when traffic is heavy is around Albert Park Lake. I am barred from doing that for two weeks and restricted off peak for weeks before and after.
- Two weeks ago we went for a walk, as we do, and I wanted to check the water level in Albert Park Lake. Our two normal walking paths were blocked and we ended up walking the back streets of South Melbourne instead. While there is still access, I am not sure how for us who live east of the lake.
- Trams and buses are both mucked up for the four day period.
- The noise is extraordinary. R is in a grump because he did not have his arvo siesta.
- Much water has been extracted from the lake to water and put on a good 'green' show for public.
- I worry about the ducks and swans while this event is happening.
- We have met the owner of the Jolly Roger sailing club. Nice bloke. He is elsewhere now, driven away temporarily.
- Thousands or tens of thousands of people who were trying to go about their normal weekend business were inconvenienced Saturday and Sunday.
- Private people (a person in particular) are making a lot of money at the expense of state government coffers.
- It costs the government (you, the taxpayer) a fortune to stage each year. They argue the benefits to the local economy. The race must happend against a city backdrop. Well, just on the news tonight, I did not see any city backdrop. Who around the world watches it anyway? Rev/motor heads. No one else would.
- It is just some strange cars driving around in kind of a circle. Show us Holden and Falcon racing against each other and it might have a little more interest.
- After four years, I do not find the Roulettes so fascinating and nor is the
RAAF Hurcules(Hurcules is not what I meant to spell out wrongly. Ta Daniel, F18s.) The para gliders with flags were new I think, but I could not even be bothered rushing for the camera.
- Appropriation of public property for private profit.
- The clincher for me: They put up temporary lights that shine straight into my bedroom and light it up. They are there for weeks. I don't like that, but it also stops me gazing out to sea from my bed, looking at the buoys, the ships, St Kilda etc.
- Yes, I have been, two years ago when it was free on a Thursday. I did not/could not see any cars racing, but the atmosphere was ok. But then I always enjoy a walk in Albert Park.
- The whole buggery thing is so impersonal. I believe when it was in Adelaide, you could get close to the cars and talk to the drivers. No chance of that here.
- Can I avoid it and go away? No, I have to work during the Grand Prix.......always and it is not just for four days for us.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Another Melbourne Grand Prix has finished. Who was expecting me to rant about it? Well, I am now, post GP. It seemed worse this year. Apart from the screaming distant noise, it had little impact on us in Balaclava. I cannot say the same here and after four years I really am over it.