Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Elephant in the Room

As Cro reminded me, the elephant in the room this weekend is the Melbourne Grand Pricks Prix, or is that the Australian Grand Prix. Who cares. It is a horrible event and while it is run by a private corporation, somehow, if proper accounting methods are used, last year cost the state $90 million. Sport is very much like farmers in the country who love to privatise the profits and socialise the losses.

The attendance figures released by Grand Prix Corporation always substantially exceed those of the Save Albert Park group who have tirelessly but unsuccessfully worked to stop the race being in an inner city park, normally full of ducks, swans, swamphens, cormorants and pelicans. SAP volunteers are at each entrance turnstile with people counting clickers.

Look at the crowds as the race is underway!


Couple more people here. It is hardly an overwhelming number.


The only interesting thing about the race are the planes. I did take some photos of the F18 Hornet Bomber as it made its fly past but they are no better than last year's, so here are some I baked earlier, including the Air Force Roulettes. The noise from the Hornet is both deafening and terrifying.





Later edit: Our Hairdresser Friend who lives in St Kilda was terribly clawed by her cats when the Hornet flew over on Saturday. She posted a very graphic photo of her injuries.

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  1. How right you are about the privatise the profits and socialise the rest.
    And the noise of car races (even without the Roulettes) is incredible.
    Love your plane photos though.

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    1. EC, the same perhaps applies to business too. Thanks.

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  2. Considering this was always and will forever be a stolen from Adelaide thing.. :) Why yes, I am still annoyed about that, Melbourne.

    The race in Adelaide was fantastic, we went every year usually thanks to various companies who sponsored the race. I have a lot of good memories from it. We would be put up in a box above pit lane for free. The location it was held in Adelaide was close to Rundle street and Rundle Mall, the atmosphere was always great, and best of all street buskers from all over the world would come to town and put on really great shows. Some of those buskers kept coming back for the Fringe Festival after we lost the race, and some of them even put on shows of their own because they became so popular.

    But having said that, it was a street circuit and some people would tell you having all those streets closed off caused mass chaos, others would say it was noisy, I'm sure a lot of people hated it, we were just not among them..

    I have a friend whose son started out taking photos at the Grand Prix in Adelaide, then moved on to the supercars, he has travelled the world taking photos of these events and being paid to do it. If you asked either of them, they would say they never even dreamed that the son heading off to the Grand Prix as a kid with his Dad's borrowed camera would have ended up with the son having a huge career and his photos published all over the world.

    Sometimes these events can provide opportunities for our local kids that we cannot even imagine. :)

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    1. Please Snoskred, get out there and lobby for a return of the GP to Adelaide. As a street event in a city, I think that would work better than the way it happens here. It is the set up and take down that is real problem for us, for weeks in advance and afterwards. That would be less of a problem in Adelaide.

      Amazing story about your friend's son. Good on him. Last week I tried and pretty well failed to take films of vehicles moving at a snail's pace. What must it be like to try to film fast moving vehicles.

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  3. Oh my gosh, I hope she is all right. I remember a terrible incident relocating some cats to a dead end four house country road, that dead ended not many feet from the freeway. I was transferring the last cat to the relocation cage when a horrendously loud engine started up. The sound was sudden and deafening. I tried to hold onto her, but she clawed and bit my arm so badly she got away and probably did not survive. The sound came from jet boats. For some reason, the commissioners had allowed a farmer who owned the fields behind the houses to scoop out narrow twisted canals to hold a once yearly jet boat race in them. These are tiny jet boats, who navigate the narrow canals at incredibly high speeds. The event was days away, but someone was practicing. My arm was mincemeat, the cat was gone and the four households of elderly residents could not believe the gall of the commissioners to allow such races on a dead end road without parking. The event day even brought helicopters that hovered over the people's houses at times. The poor cat was never seen again.

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    1. Terrible story Snoskred. The effect on animals of such noise is well known, yet little consideration is ever given.

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  4. I seem to remember from past years that this is definitely not one of your favourite events Andrew.. it's not growing on you? 😀 Cats can cause a lot of damage with those claws if they get nervous!

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    1. Grace, the event is not growing on me at all. Yes, as dogs can bite in panic too.

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  5. Bloody waste of money, send it back to Adelaide!
    Noise from the bloody race and the planes was damned annoying here in Oakleigh.
    It upset the local wildlife, 2 & 4 legged sorts.

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    1. Jayne, that is long way for the sound to travel, but I know it does.

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  6. Motor sports are not for everyone so therefore anything to do with it is a problem.
    I'm not a fan but we did have TV on, sound very low.

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    1. Low sound is the only way Margaret.

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  7. I watched some of the race...our Daniel did well to come fourth having started from eighth position.

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    1. Lee, he seems like a nice guy, but so often we end up disappointed by sports stars.

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