Saturday, 29 January 2011

The Quiet Carriage.

It's easy to take pot shots at public transport providers. I know, because I have done it here before. A piece of piss, as Tennyson used to say. A late bus, a malfunctioning swipey card, a fitful sleep, an unsatisfactory wank...these are the only ingredients required to make you wanna put the boot in. (Read on...)

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Australia Day.

On this day in 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip planted a flag in the ground in what we now know as Sydney and claimed British possession of the continent of Australia. Had Phillip not been unhappy with Joseph Banks' recommendation of Botany Bay as the spot to land, it would have been a few days earlier. Even as a kid I imagined Phillip's face, shaking his fist as he realised its unsuitability for settlement. 'Banks, you bastard!' and Banks, upon finding out, giggling behind his hand. 'Suckers!'

Australia remained a colony (or group of colonies) for another 113 years, becoming a nation on January 1, 1901.

1500 people, 223 years ago. Now a thriving, prosperous nation of nearly 22 million, with people from all over the globe, Australia is a shining example of pluralism, tolerance and democracy. (Read on...)

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

"I Warned 'Em."

He did, too...

In 2010, the HFPA asked Gervais to host the Golden Globes again. He said yes, and in the lead up to the show went on many American chat shows saying he was going to go for the jugular, lampooning celebrities and celebrity. He did. All in good fun, of course. If you are rich, famous, popular, pampered and good-lookin', you should be happy enough to take a light jab. And if you can't, when you go home to your multi-million dollar mansion you can get a massage and a blowjob in a bathful of Cristal and have a bit of a cry.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

The Best in Us.

There's a John Carpenter movie from the 1980's called Starman, starring Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen and Charles Martin Smith. Jeff Bridges plays an alien who visits Earth. At the end of the film, the dying Bridges tells Smith, in one succinct line, what he finds most beautiful about the human species.

"You are at your very best when things are worst."
(Read more...)

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Brisbane Floods - Useful Contacts.

Hi. I don't imagine too many local people will visit Bigmouthery the next few days, but if you do and you need info, here's a list of good places to go:

Live streaming radio updates: 612 ABC Brisbane (612 on the AM band)

Flood updates, warnings and appeals for assistance: Qld Police Service Facebook Page

Bureau of Meteorology: Queensland Warnings and SEQ Radar

SES: phone 132 500 or check their website

Energex: 13 19 62 for emergencies only! A half-cooked lunch is not an emergency. Power outage info.

Traffic & road closures: site currently showing low bandwidth due to high congestion
It's important to be aware that passing on information based on hearsay e.g. Facebook re-postings can cause havoc with emergency services and communications. This happened last night with issues around sandbagging assistance and today it's messing up the RSPCA. It is best to stay tuned to the ABC and the Queensland Police Service Facebook page as they are providing up-to-the-minute coverage of the floods as they unfold.

The Brisbane City Council website is, at the time of writing (1100 AEST, Jan 12, 2011), subject to congestion and has been crashing.

There are two major evacuation points, at the RNA Showgrounds and QEII Stadium.
Details on further evac points are pending, but stay tuned to the radio and the official sites for further info.

On a personal note, we're doing okay here. My suburb has experienced some pretty substantial flooding but I'm on high ground so unless it pisses down, we should be okay. It was very odd to wake to sunshine this morning, knowing the worst of the flood appears yet to come.

If you are in need of accommodation or storage, leave a comment below or at my Facebook page. If we can get to you safely without causing further problems to emergency services, we will.
Stay safe.

PS: 000 is for LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES! Moving your stereo is not a life-threatening emergency!

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Songs I Loved as a Kid - 1970s

Ah, nostalgia. It's great, innit? Well no, not always. To steal a phrase from the obscure French guy, our remembrance of things past can be clouded by so many things, not the least of which is romanticising without clear perspective. When people talk about the good old days, they're usually referring to that time in their life when they felt the most happy, unencumbered by work, financial burdens etc., blithe to the problems of the world. But when it comes to the pure of enjoyment of music from bygone days, nostalgia can be a wonderful thing. (Shake your groove thang...)