I wanted to look at something at a speciality shop. There wasn't a branch in town, but one at Southland Shopping Centre and one in Church Street Brighton. It was a busy day for me. I needed a haircut, in Prahran, and a couple other bits and I wanted to see the Titan Arum at the Royal Botanic Gardens. Given christmas traffic and parking difficulties, no way did I want to take the car.
So Brighton's gain is at the expense of Southland due to there not being a railway station at Southland, even though it was promised by the present state government. Not a sodding sod has been turned.
The Titan Arum was magnificent. The lass in attendance told me it might flower two days before christmas or christmas eve. As it turned out, it flowered christmas day afternoon. The plant is also known as the Corpse Flower, owing to it stinking like rotting meat when it is in full bloom. It only flowers every seven years and it is a quite rare and endangered tropical plant. There were stories about it on ABC Melbourne on Boxing Day morning. Oh no, no publicity. It will get too busy. R said it would be on the tv news that night, so I thought that afternoon after work would be our only chance to smell it. With R we walked to the gardens for a whiff. Well, there was a queue a mile long, so we didn't bother. The queue the next day stretched out of the gate of the gardens and along The Tan. Well, I am glad I went when I did. I will just let some meat rot, and get the same smell.
While these bananas are growing in the greenhouse, given the right conditions, bananas will grow in Melbourne, but I don't think they will ripen.
Tram to South Yarra and train to Middle Brighton. I have arrived on a different planet. No rubbish on the ground, not even a cigarette butt. Not one, not not one overweight person to be seen, except for me. Plenty of tight older faces and scrawny necks though. I saw just one black face. Even the traffic seemed ever so polite as the large black SUVs crawled along Church Street. It must be one of the last bastions of white middle class Australia. I bought what I wanted, well more than what I intended and headed back to Prahran. You see the same people there, but they are mixed up with every other variety and social status of people you could come across.