Posted in General on 09/11/2009 06:04 pm by scotty
Adelaide may be getting their own hi-tech bus but we’re already way ahead in Brisbane.
Of the four people sitting near me on my bus trip home one is checking Facebook, the second listening to their iPod, the third sending SMS, and the fourth chuckling while reading Cracked.com. At least I’m not tied to technology.
I took Catherine to school this morning and after dropping her off walked down to the car with Alexandra. I was pressing the little button on the car remote and wondering why it wouldn’t unlock. It took me a few tries of the button to realise that I was pressing the “lock” button…not the “unlock”… [sigh]
Posted in General on 08/01/2009 12:35 pm by scotty
We’re off to the Ekka this year ! Thanks to revenue being devasted by Queensland Healthflu in 2007 plans to destroy revitalise the site are now in action. This is the last year you can experience the show in its pre-War glory.
What’s ahead is a 15 year predictable urban gentrification that will provide more suave but lifeless yuppie apartments and squat and sensible office blocks containing cubicle dwellers spending the day responding to emails and occasionally ducking out for a soy caramel frappichino. (I can say this, I’m one of them but I’m too cheap to buy coffee. And certainly don’t drink hipsters brews).
The RNA have helpfully published an FAQ, and as a community service I’ve provided translations to the answers to the burning questions of the future of the Ekka, as quoted below:
Q. Will the EkkA be impacted by the re-development? A. The EkkA will operate effectively throughout the re-development programme and will be a better event on completion of the Project.
Q. Will the EkkA land space be smaller? A. What we’re determined to achieve is better efficiency of that space. There will be significant and positive changes to the EkkA and the RNA Showgrounds site. The history of the EkkA will be safeguarded and it will remain the leading agricultural show in Australia, where the county meets
Q. Does the community have a say on the future of the site?
A. Yes – definitely. As custodians of the RNA Showgrounds, any changes to the site and the EkkA have to involve Queenslanders. We have established a free call hotline (1800 066 053) for people to provide feedback during working hours and our website www.rnashowgrounds.com.au will also allow people to lodge feedback. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A. Yes – definitely. We’ll smile serenely.
Q. What level of influence can the community have on the development?
A. A variety of ongoing consultation activities are planned to allow the community, operators and stakeholders to provide feedback to the RNA and Lend Lease regarding the redevelopment. All feedback is encouraged and will be carefully considered.
A. Minimal, community feedback will only be considered (but handled carefully).
Am writing this in present tense although it happened on Friday…
Catherine had her first tuckshop order today.
“Why?!”, I hear you all ask, “Surely you would have been up early enough this morning to make her lunch?!”
I can hear Scott exclaiming, “But you made her lunch this morning and put it in her lunchbox!”
Ah yes, indeed I did. I even put the said lunchbox into her school bag together with her water bottle. It’s just a shame that when we got to school this morning that I realised I didn’t put the school bag into the car…