Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Senator

I must say I have been a little impressed with our fellow resident, Senator Hinch. Here from his Justice Party is a list of some of his achievements at the end of 2017.

*Passport ban on paedophiles.

*Working with government to introduce mandatory minimum sentences for sexual offenders.

*Senate Inquiry into Transvaginal Mesh led to TGA ban on mesh for pelvic organ prolapse.

*Co-sponsored Same Sex Marriage Bill.

*Stopped plans for live export of donkeys and ponies.

*Gained Senate support for CCTV in all abattoirs in Australia to prevent animal cruelty.

*Introduced Bill to mandate staff ratios in aged care facilities.

*Established Senate committee watchdog to keep government accountable following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

*Co-sponsored Inquiry into the safety of motorised scooters.

*Leading the political campaign to establish the ANVAM (Australian National Veteran Arts Museum).

This year he has been proactive in many areas of concern to me. If you don't know about the transvaginal mesh, it is kind of explained in the list. The Senator has this year done some terrific work on an often inappropriate procedure.

He is currently campaigning about aged care, pressing that there needs to be nurse resident ratios. I believe Our ABC's 4 Corners programme will cover the matter next Monday night.

I was rather disappointed that he agreed to the government's tax cut for big business, with his proviso that it did not include banks. The appalling behaviour of our banks and financial institutions has nothing to do with the tax they should pay, and nor do I support the cuts for big business. It is a moot point though as the tax cuts were withdrawn for political reasons.

The Senator has also pushed very hard on stopping live animal exports.

I have found The Senator's very passionate campaign about saving dugongs and sea turtles quite compelling. It seems that under the Native Title Act, Aborigines have a right to hunt in their traditional ways, including hunting dugongs and sea turtles for their own personal consumption, whereas both species cannot be hunted by anyone else. The problem is the the Aborigines have been abusing this allowance by going out hunting using non traditional methods in motor boats and commercially trading their catches of dugongs and turtles. Dugongs are an endangered species and this is just so terribly wrong, never mind the threat to sea turtles all over the world.

Dugongs have faces only a mother could love, but they are gentle vegetarian creatures, which I think are not averse to an Iceberg lettuce leaf, should one appear on the seafloor before them. I read that somewhere. They are also known as Manatees. Final photo by The Jungle Store.

Interesting that the Senator's party is going to run candidates in the upper house in the forthcoming state elections and a candidate in the federal lower house by election in the seat of Wentworth in Sydney, New South Wales, former PM Malcolm Turnbull's electorate. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Funny Friday

I am often surprised at how many years I have known some blog people. Some I have known for more than ten years.

I walked past a wallpaper shop last week and I was reminded of this clip. I posted it in 2013 and I just rewatched the clip and I laughed just as much this time as I did last time. Some of you will remember it, I am sure. Be aware it is not a first class visual or audio piece.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Choose your map

The Age newspaper ran a readers' poll about their preference for a new style suburban train map with the proposed outer ring rail line included on the maps.

I didn't mind this map by Adam Mattison, with the proposed line just shown as a simple circle in green. I like the way he shows the city centre with the four underground loop trains. His effort was inspired by the Moscow Metro Map, and came in first with 3,050 votes.

This one by Philip Mallis is interesting as it makes no pretence at any kind of geographical connection to reality. I remember when the Thames River in London was removed from the Tube Map and there was such an outcry, it was put back. I feel, and certainly for me, people like to get some idea for what direction they are going to travel. In Melbourne we are more inclined to orient ourselves using Port Phillip Bay. The loop is shown as a straight dark line. It was very brave of  the creator to rethink how things are shown and with only 240 votes, more than just me weren't keen on it all.

Jamie Brown simply added the proposed new line in green to the existing train map, and this is my preference and it came second with 2,751 votes.

So even though my choice is to update the existing map, I like that people were prepared to think about it. Just because it is the map we know, doesn't mean it couldn't be or shouldn't be changed.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Dinner out

BAD has left French Polynesia and will be at sea for a few days.

Four us at a pub for dinner had no dietary requirements. Of the others one could not eat beef (Hindu). One could not eat meat, without advisory get out options (Sikh). He chose the chicken. One could not eat meat at all and had the vego hamburger (Hindu). His Jewish partner could not attend as he was busy baking for Jewish New Year and he cannot eat pork.

Before our Late Friend died, he used to host huge multicultural dinners at home and catered for all. Much easier to just go to the pub now where all are catered for.

It was a nice Saturday evening. We seem to have fallen to catching up with who remains of our loose little group about once a month.

Then Sunday Hippie Niece hosted a barbeque at her Mother's home where she lives to thank everyone who supported her over the past couple of years through her difficult pregnancy and then her mental struggle to adjust to being the mother of delightful twin girls. All seems to be going quite well for her now and she seems much happier without the girls' father around, although he does have the girls every second weekend. It will be good for them to have some contact and knowledge of their cultural and racial background.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Love all? Love nothing

Maribeth in the US wrote an interesting and I say wise piece about the awful business of the US Open finals Women's Tennis Championship. I don't have a great interest in tennis but one could not fail to take note of the absolutely awful business where the pleasure of victory was denied to the winner.

Here is what Maribeth wrote.

Here is paste of my comment.

What you have written is totally endorsed by me. As an experienced player, Williams should have known better. While of course Williams would be a favourite with New Yorkers, surely the crowd had an idea that what they were doing would be mentally devastating to the winner. Terrible business.

Former star tennis player Billy Jean King wrote a thoughtful piece but I totally disagree with her. Unfortunately I am on the side of former Australian tennis champion and homophobic Margaret Court.

If there is variable enforcement of rules in tennis, that needs to be addressed. Enforcement of rules and not let a match 'play on' for the sake of crowd entertainment may need to be addressed. Of course some umpires will be more strict in their interpretation of rules, but the variation should not be by much.

At the end of the day, Serena Williams lost and Naomi Osaka played very well and should have had a glorious victory, but it was so spoiled by Williams' bad behaviour and the subsequent bad crowd behaviour who booed the winner, and I don't think there is any doubt about Williams bad behaviour, however you see the larger picture.

Many tennis players, including Williams, have a history of destroying tennis racquets when they are under stress on the court. I would immediately put them off the court for such undisciplined and violent behaviour. This is the real problem. The tennis authorities have tolerated bad behaviour by competitors, perhaps thinking all publicity is good publicity. They have reaped what they have sown and made their own bed to lie in.

Congratulations to Naomi Osaka, who from everything I have read, played really well and deserved to win.  

I can't believe I have just written a post about sport without the inclusion of a hot male sports player.  

Monday, September 10, 2018

Monday Mural

BAD is in Tahiti.

Grace and Sami in Perth, Jim in Sydney and Jackie in Toronto should all have Monday Mural offerings.

This work is on the side of a building in North Carlton. Bright and cheery and appealing to children I should think. The name of the business is Oasis, hence the scene. Two of the artists come up when searching, both from Sydney, Scott Nagy and Krimsone.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Another South Yarra Stroll

I went out for a half hour walk, well 45 minutes because I kept stopping to take photos.

Walking east along Toorak Road, buildings one side, Fawkner Park the other side. Pretty marvellous old pile.

Wouldn't afternoon tea be so nice in that little open tower, or as somewhere to read a book and doze off in the sunshine.

A quality block of flats, probably built in the 1950s. Interesting windows and very nice ironwork.

Once The Albany Hotel, accommodation only,

with this adjoining annex and it is probably a  good thing that it was covered in ivy. It was not the most attractive place. It was demolished. In this case, unlike the town in Western Australia, it is pronounced Orbany, and not Albanny.

This new apartment building to the right replaced the above. The old building is getting a new roof and I hope a great restoration.

The 58 tram used to swing right from Toorak Road into Park Street, but it was disconnected for the construction Metro Tunnel and is unlikely to to be reinstated.

Note that the tracks come to abrupt halt.

As does the overhead electric wire to power the tram.

I turned into Park Street. Oh, protest signs against Metro Rail.

The Domain Road tram was axed and many St Kilda Road trees were felled, although not as many as was first thought.

It is a little early for this potted white magnolia.

There used to be a white magnolia in each of four gardens side by side. Sadly three were removed when houses were renovated.

The houses above and this gutted house are a little unusual in Melbourne as they are three storey, with the the lowest level below ground level.

Looks like a new building under construction. I am fairly sure the new building is replacing the demolished pair on the far left.

New and quite respectful to its older neighbours. A worse result would have been an attempt to copy the style.

I do remember when some very rough types lived in this place. I think it was a boarding house. You could so easily pick them on the tram. More than once I have said to myself, yep, Park Street boarding house for sure, and being correct. It has been in this state for quite a few years now.

Many of the houses are quite small, but not as small as they initially seem if you note the rear extension behind the front of the house.

Around the corner into Domain Road. We can see the top couple of storeys from home. It is a very expensive block of apartments. Instead of attaching metal numerals to the stone work to perhaps later fall off, the numbers are carved into the stone. I like it.

But it seems the residents here don't like Metro Rail either.

A few years ago this quite ok block of flats with a partly glass enclosed spiral staircase was demolished. I expect it was a rental block and would not have been too expensive to live there.

Demolished to build this. Lots of character, hey.

I turned into Domain Street to be confronted by this. While we can see it from home, I had no idea it looked like this at ground level. The taxpayer subsidised Melbourne Grammar School for boys has built this fantastic new building. The donations parents and others made to the general building fund are tax deductible too. Why would the poshest school in Melbourne need taxpayer funds.

Seamstress Mrs Ya Chan works seven days a week sitting at a sewing machine, for a very meagre reward and pays her tax to subside expensive private schools, to which she can only dream of sending her children. Her children will more likely be in a run down state school with paint peeling from the walls and an asphalt play area partly covered with demountable classrooms. Can any reasonable person tell me this is right?

The lovely Melbourne Grammar playing fields with some pretty nice old buildings.

Around in Bromby Street a house is getting a large extension.

The dear little St Thomas Aquinas Church.

A second storey being added to an existing house.

Now at the corner of St Kilda Road. There is no entry and exit between St Kilda Road and Bromby Street, unless you are staff at Melbourne Grammar and have your own little driveway to turn into Bromby Street from the underground carpark. You don't have to mix with commoners on St Kilda Road and have such a great convenience. Just another outrage for the privileged in our society! It is not like a teacher in a posh private religious school is anything wonderful. My sister is a teacher at a posh private religious school. She is not a believer and is only there by the grace of god. (I amused myself with my last sentence as it came from my fingers, not my brain)

Some planting has happened at one of the Highrise's sister buildings. Please don't step on me. Cute, even if the strappy plants aren't.