Thursday, November 10, 2011

Twelve plus forty

Some forty years ago yesterday, I could well have been sitting on my grandparent's gate post in South Oakleigh, watching the traffic and listening to my transistor radio, tuned to 3XY, Where No Wrinklies Fly.

Occasionally in the background I would hear my grandparents call out, 'Come inside, before you get taken'. I ignored them but I really wanted to ask, 'Grandma, if I get taken by a big strong man, what will he do to me?'

Forty years later find me sitting on our balcony, watching traffic. It is a little different. I am still watching the traffic, but watching the weather too. My radio is now digital rather than a transistor and I am listening ABC News Radio and not a pop/rock radio station. Oh, that lad crossing the road looks cute in his singlet.

Some things change, but the essence doesn't.

28 comments:

  1. I reckon the more things change the more they stay the same for better or for worse :-).

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  2. 'Oh, that lad crossing the road looks cute in his singlet.'

    So you saw me then. Have always thought I look cute in my blue singlet and white long johns under my Laura Ashley print hot pants.

    I remember Where No Wrinklies Fly, though I was more a 3UZ Stan the 'Helloooooow' Man listener.

    I reckon you probably remember when there was an ABC country based (I think it was thus) radio station 3LK.

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  3. Yeah Windsmoke. There is a lot of deja vu when you get older.

    A ghastly mental image LS. I think my parents often listened to 'The Greater 3UZ' otherwise I am not sure how I would know the slogan.

    I cannot remember 3LK. Google tells me it was the former call sign of what is now the commercial, complete with Neil Mitchell, Horsham based 3WM. Would be the wrong side of the state for me, if that is so. I am scratching my head on this one. Now, what was the call sign for the ABC country station(s)? Research!

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  4. I think 3LK covered the Wimmera. Have in the back of what is left of my brain, that LK was an abbreviation for Lubeck.

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  5. oh LS i've come over all hot and well, nauseas ;) Ha ha ha!

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  6. Coppy used to work at 3UZ and she has Stories oh yes indeed.

    A fencepost or a balcony, any vantage point from which to relax and gaze on the passing parade is better than therapy. Years ago I used to visit a friend who lived on the highway at Cheltenham and we never tired of merely watching cars whizz by - a myriad a fascinating detail to observe. My new vantage point is a deck and gumtrees and my friend and I can sit on it gazing mindlessly until 2 bottles are drained and we can't really see anymore. X X

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  7. Sorry for the in joke, but ...

    Keep drinking until you can't see Joyce's backyard. (You KNOW you want/need to.)

    AND only 2 bottles!!??

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  8. Stan the man and "This is the platter parade".
    3UZ or 3DB, 3XY came along later for me in my rebellious teen years lol.

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  9. Lovely post, Andrew. Historic and hilarious. I'm rather jealous!

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  10. Careful Fen, I've heard LS can be a bit of an animal.

    Yeah Ann, I remember she worked at one, but I forgot which one. I thought watching traffic was an autistic trait of mine, but seems not.

    LS, she already has a sullied reputation. Don't make it worse.

    First sign of independence Jayne, finding your own radio station to listen to, rather than that of your parents.

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  11. Kath, that was after I toned it down a bit.

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  12. Referring back to a previous post, do tell R that it reminded me to reprise one of my favorite dishes, kedgeree, for dinner tonight.

    Tomorrow night it will be back my usual dinner fare of larks' tongues in aspic on a bed of truffle laced beluga caviar garnished with deep fried zucchini flowers. (Of course there'd have to be fries with that.)

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  13. Tonight LS? Surely fish is on the menu for a good christian household on Friday.

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  14. ... the author who had a link fail.


    IF Sedgwick's Jacky Howe mated with his Laura Ashley (above comment), he would get a very floral shearer.
    He has referred above to Joyce, so I have made a disgusting and therefore temporary post explaining it just for you all.
    he also said "only 2 bottles?" - indeed, whereas a whiskey river is required for obliterating the searing image of Joyces Backyard

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  15. Perhaps LS did not catch that it was only two bottles of wine, rather than two bottles of whisky.

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  16. I grew up listening to 5KA, mostly the news and the horse races. Other times dad would have it turned off. I didn't get my own radio until I started working and bought one.

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  17. In Sydney it was 2SM or 2UW with Ward 'Pally' Austin and his blond hair and surfie looks.

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  18. River, horse racing was so big on the radio back then. I think we had two or sometimes even three stations broadcasting races.

    Victor, don't go back to see what he looks like now. 2SM was kind of a sister station to 3XY. Same owners I think. We had Greg Evans and Lee Simon from memory.

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  19. Haha ... the habits of a lifetime set in childhood!!

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  20. Red, guess that's why I still suck my thumb. (Cheaper and less a health hazard than my former packet a day habit.)

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  21. I suppose they are Red.

    LS, fess up, what sized packet? I heard there are many large things about you and it probably extends to cigarettes.

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  22. Anonymous3:35 pm

    Your on transistor radio what a luxury, I had to make do with a crystal radio set.

    Those were the days laying in bed at night with the crystal set clamped to the window sill, listening to the radio till I fell asleep.

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  23. Crystal sets are a mystery to me Anon. You built your own?

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  24. Crystal sets (I had one), Meccano sets (I had one and still have it), stamp collecting (I did that and still have it - with the wonderfully coloured Melbourne Olympics stamps) and donkey engines (never owned one, but had friends who did - likewise with Hornby train sets) are all remnants of the same era.

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  25. Thanks LS. A toy post. Never done one yet.

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  26. Hahaha LS, I rest my case! And A - would LOVE to see a toy post! My faves are the old tin toys!!

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  27. Great Balls On Fire7:14 pm

    LK was sister station to 3DB. Call sign: 3DBLK.

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  28. Ok, thanks GBOF.

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