Thursday, October 11, 2012

So Cross

As far as I know, Annie O'Dyne coined the name So Cross for Southern Cross Station, or as it used to be known, Spencer Street Station.


If it is a warm summer's day in Melbourne, city people look for grass. There is not a lot within the city boundaries. This one is technically outside the city grid, but no matter. Thank you Fairfax Press for giving us a little patch of grass. We just love it.


Southern Cross Station was buzzing with people, extra busy because of school holidays. The pleasant enough cafe where I once caught up with blog mates is now a Hungry Jacks. I am appalled but it didn't stop me buying a cheeseburger.


As I get older, I find I get appalled far more often, but the advertisements for a private gambling company, the TAB, at a public railway station are truly appalling.


We once strayed into a gambling area with Little Jo when she was a baby. We were quickly moved on. Yet this advertising is seen by hundreds of children and youth every day. I am appalled.


There are promises of riches, but the reality is a good percentage of the money you gamble will go to government, which is not a bad thing for me and those who don't gamble, and a smaller percentage to a private company.

Gambling can be a bit of fun at times, but don't ever expect to win.

14 comments:

  1. There are so many gambling services nowadays and they advertise widely. It must be a temptation to use them even if just out of curiosity.

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    1. Yes Victor. I see their angle as making people, young included, very used to being surrounded by gambling to the point where they feel comfortable with it as a normal part of life.

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  2. I reckon you were moved on because Litte Jo as a baby would have been a distraction to the punters/gamblers.

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    1. Windsmoke, no, she was trying to jump out of our arms to get to a pokie machine.

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    2. Bwah! Ha! Haaaaaaaaaaaaa. fabulous 'colour and movement' draws all the tiny minds.
      Last Monday at SoCross during Show Week our 5 carriage train was reduced to 2 and it was sardines in a can. The announcement claimed some carriages "broke down at the last minute" but there they were on the track, right next to us. Some passengers had to stand all the way to Bacchus Marsh.
      SoCross

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    3. Ann, the show stole your carriages? While engines break down, carriages do not.

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  3. Do they give odds on which train service will be cancelled each day? Replaced by buses?

    They'll get no money from me - the technology is beyond me and the options too complicated. As for picking a winner, my mother always told me "you couldn't even pick your nose!"
    The two times in my life I have won money on a horse race I had been told in advance by people who knew someone who knew the result was guaranteed. On one of the two occasion I said I didn't have any cash to put on horses - my friend put $10 [a lot in those days] on the horse as payment for regular lifts to work - and generously gave me the ticket after the win. Working at one agency, a professional punter bought me a quinella ticket every week for a year and a half, which was very kind of him, but not one ticket was a winner.

    The ads may be inescapable, but wrong. Shall I be a wowser and mention alcohol?

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    1. FC, that's a good one.

      A quinella ticket a week and nothing! Not fair.

      Yes, alcohol ads can go as far as I am concerned. I don't need any encouragement.

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  4. Appalling! I missed the good weather :(

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    1. Not hard Fen. There was only one day of it.

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  5. I can't believe that the TAB (or any gambling company) are allowed to advertise in such a public place. That's completely unacceptable: has there been any controversy about it?

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  6. Kath, isn't it just plain tacky, if nothing else. I have not heard of any fuss about the advertising.

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  7. Have you seen the advertisements on TV encouraging people to place bets? Tsk Tsk. Can't get much m ore public than TV.

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  8. I've seen ads for the Casino, River, but I can't remember other gambling ads. The last I remember seeing was when the TAB was called The Lucky Shop. That was years ago.

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