Sunday, November 25, 2012

Our neighbour

A couple of doors along is the St Kilda Road Police Complex. It is often mentioned in the media and the media often get things wrong.

Mr Red Symons of ABC radio, it is not the St Kilda Police Station and nor is it Police Headquarters or Police Headquarters in St Kilda Road.

All reporters, it is not Police Headquarters or St Kilda Road Police Headquarters. Police Headquarters is in Flinders Street. I will wear St Kilda Road Police Station.

You know there is a serious media story, albeit usually a tragic one, under-foot when the media take over the lane at the rear of our building.

R was ballistic last night because media had overtaken Queens Lane and interrupting his access to our carpark. Why doesn't the council book the illegally parked media cars, he asked? Good question, why doesn't it?

In my head, I am working up a list of matters to ask City of Port Phillip to deal with. This is added.


23 comments:

  1. Colin7:16 am

    Good luck with your endeavours with City of Port Phillip.
    I don't think the Media would give a "fig" about being fined. All they want is a story and the more sensational and gross the better!
    Showing a mangled corpse and a de-gutted animal is a delight for that mob. Just imagine the ear to ear grin of Karl Stefanovic of Channel 9 news - good God, the mirror he smiles at will crack.

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    1. Colin, management would pay, and it would be tax deductible. I know little of Karl and I don't want to know more.

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  2. My immeidate reaction to your thought of raising the problem with the City was the same as Colin's, 'good luck'! The media is a law unto itself.

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    1. Yes Victor, you are right. At times media have permits to do things.

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  3. photograph them and facebook 'em Danno.

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    1. Colin9:39 am

      Ooooooooh - I don't think so.
      The media would have you like baked beans on toast!
      I think via proper channels and with persistence is the more sensible way to go.

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    2. Ann, it is an idea to photograph the photographers.

      Colin, it is a no win via the proper channels.

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  4. There's probably no one working at that hour that gives a rats, hence no bookings.

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    1. Busy doing clearway stuff Fen, at that time. They are responsive to phone calls.

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  5. Off topic ever so slightly, but I remember when the houses and flats in St Kilda Rd were old, elegant, limited to 2-3 storeys and tree lined. Not monsters like the police building.

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    1. Hels, I collect photos of the 'old' St Kilda Road. Our building is appalling and should never have been built.

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  6. Print up a bunch of stickers that say "illegally parked" and run down to stick them on each windshield. Use surgical gloves so you don't leave fingerprints.

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    1. I like that River. It inconveniences them.

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  7. This sounds like one of those problems where there may be little that can be done to resolve it. It's already been said a couple of times, but good luck with that.

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    1. Rubye, how could I explain the media parking situation to a starving African child?

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  8. Colin3:54 pm

    No "River" that won't work either. The whole place would be under video cameras. I thought about that with the Albion Rail Station car park #1. A very nice new model car, registration "QLD FLAUNT" driven by the most obnoxious woman "of great importance" ???
    The red jacketed, black skirt type- age middle 30's. I think of the Human Resources, Political correctness, Marketing and "God forbid", Public relations brigade.
    Parks illegally where it says prominently, "DO NOT PARK HERE".
    When I told her on the one and only occasion, that she shouldn't park there, I was told in the most "feral, unladylike" language what I could do with my information, and off she strutted. Now the station masters have had enough of her, so the registration has been referred to the Qld Rail people and the police.
    I await with bated anticipation to see her car impounded.
    I just hope that I will be on the scene to see her alight from the train, only to find a "missing and impounded" car.
    What movie star said it - "Make my day"?

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    1. Video surveillance? Wear a mask and black plastic garbage bag clothes. Be a ninja.

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    2. Colin8:36 pm

      River! Thanks for the advice, but no way.
      I think my neighbours in the street would be on phones to the police like lightning - "there is a terrorist loose". The car in question is there from 9.15am (on the dot) and departs to wherever at 5.15pm! Anyhow, it is too bloody hot to dress up in a plastic bag here.
      Next suggestion please????
      Anyhow all is in progress re: QLD FLAUNT. I just hope that I am there when Mme. gets off her train and finds no car.

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    3. Colin, what to do about such people in the world? Legal avenues don't work. Personal action is needed. You tried chat. Something more extreme is needed.

      River, their is full video surveillance there.

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  9. Ha! I can't think of an easy solution Andrew but add it to your list - you never know - but if I were you I wouldn't hold my breath.

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    1. Dianne, I am not holding my breath, even in advance. Slash their tyres?

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  10. There was a time when journalism was a respected career, now its a bit like saying you work for the tax department, don't admit it at a party!! I have a friend who when he takes his dogs for a walk at night, if he comes across a ca parked over the pathway and he has some dog poo in his little bag, he sticks it under the car door handle....icky but effective haha!!

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    1. Love it Grace. We just happen to looking after Jack at the moment. Yes, I think you are right about journalism.

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