Unfortunately, the weirdness didn’t want to stay put on Bizarro World, so we made a VCAT application and parked it there for much smarter legal people to figure out.
While we’re on this somewhat odd journey, we’ve realised we require extra beer money. See below for a subtle tip on how you can help top up our beer money to assist us getting through this thirsty testing time.
Subtle hint: Donations contributing towards copious amounts of Mountain Goat Steam Ale are greatly appreciated
See below – the space appeared like this a fortnight ago for the Human Powered Cycles opening par-tee. That is, if you’re standing in the opposite corner of the image above and obviously not standing on a ladder.
Presently it’s got a newly painted charcoal-grey floor and my back still hurts slightly from painting it on Sunday and many lovely bikes either to be picked up from repairs, courtesy bikes and those sexy Gazelles.
Have I managed to mention yet that The Bloke (above) is opening a cafe in the large adjacent space next to HPC? If not, you’ve been told now!
Current ETA for your Macchiato, Ristretto and Flat White orders should be in January 2009. Apparently I’m going to be a trainee barista. At some point in time. Could prove interesting to say the least, as I’ve always shown more promise as an amateur Barmaid.
Fig A: This large space already looks rather different. It will look even nicer when we remove the archaeological levels of sawdust.
We’re rather busy up here on Beer Can Hill. The Bloke is hard at work organising and planning his contribution to the new Human Powered Consortium just up the road. Needless to say, I just love the idea of having a 2-group coffee machine loitering about the place, just it ain’t plumbed in as of yet.
Did I mention that YarraBUG Radio is finally on air and spreading little sparkles of bicycle lurve and mirth across the airwaves of Melbourne? I’m on now and again, so listen for the one who sounds like Minnie Mouse with a strine.
So if you haven’t realised as of yet, those coaches will not be moved by Monday 24 November, but instead by, hopefully, whenever, maybe, hold your mouth the right way …………. March 2009.
Which proves if you’re not standing for re-election, it seems that a outgoing incumbent can promise any old shite to keep the plebs happy. However I don’t believe the plebs are going to be very happy or accept the umpires decision on such a poorly and insensitively managed process.
I’ll preface this with the opinion that I have a lot of respect for truck drivers. Well, most of the professional ones I’ve encountered and had the opportunity to have a chat and peacefully exchange views.
However there are cowboys & fkwts out on the roads, but they’re probably cowboys & fkwts to virtually every other road user.
Massive B-triple trucks eight times the length of a family car would be allowed to run on CityLink and many other main commuter routes, under a secret Department of Transport plan leaked to the State Opposition.
The leaked document shows the routes B-triples – prime movers towing three trailers that can weigh up to 82 tonnes and are up to 36 metres long – would take through Melbourne, and around Victoria. B-triples weigh 74 times more than a family car, and overtaking one is the equivalent of passing eight motor vehicles, according to NSW motoring organisation the NRMA.
I’ll circumvent a long rant by simply mentioning that if these monsters are allowed on more roads, then at the very least a major road user education program and complusory side guards should be enacted immediately.
Although, as usual, don’t hold your breath waiting for the revelant authorities to do the right thing. Will it take someone or something, akin to the shock of Darren Millane’s accident, to speed up any changes, such as what happened with rear impact guards in the early 1990′s?
Yes, you are correct in picking the image on the right as the cover of Godley & Cremes Consequences. And if you know of a copy in Australia, at a reasonable price, the cfsmtb management would love to hear from you
Remember those geological ages you learnt at school? Earlier this year, a new geological age was quietly accepted, the Anthropocene, and here’s reasons why you should be cogniscent of that fact.
For those who didn’t happen to notice, perhaps because it wasn’t exactly front-page news in most of the country, NASA’s James Hansen, the man who first alerted Congress to the dangers of global warming 20 years ago, returned to testify before the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming this week. This time around, he was essentially offering a final warning on the subject. Unless the U.S. begins to act soon, he pointed out, “it will become impractical to constrain atmospheric carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas produced in burning fossil fuels, to a level that prevents the climate system from passing tipping points that lead to disastrous climate changes that spiral dynamically out of humanity’s control.”
For the “elements of a ‘perfect storm,’ a global cataclysm” being assembled, he placed special blame on the “CEOs of fossil energy companies [who] know what they are doing and are aware of [the] long-term consequences of continued business as usual.” He added that they should, in his opinion, “be tried for high crimes against humanity and nature… I anticipate testifying against relevant CEOs in future public trials.” That’s a novel thought in our nation’s capital. Oh, and while he was at it, he probably should have thrown in George W., Dick C., and crew. What they haven’t done (and what they’ve blocked from being done) over these last eight years may turn out to be their greatest crime of all. Talk about smoking guns… or is it melting ice?
In cheerier news, may we introduce the Slow Bicycle Movement, which is just dandy for plodding, early middle-aged CGAF types such as yours truly. And in even cheerier news, the Dreams on Wheels Exhibition kicks off at Fred Square tomorrow. In future news I should get around to typing more than a few words about the long-planned YarraBUG radio show program on 3CR, which is growing little wings for it’s on-air debut, and the Vast Bicycle Consortium of Great Wonder that will be opening it’s doors up the road from Beer Can Hill. Heady days indeed.
Now in a valiant attempt to lift the mood somewhat from Mike Davis’ piece above, here’s a wicked Cassetteboy vs David Attenborough mashup that clearly demonstrates what munted creatures that some humans have de-evolved into. Warning: audio NSFW. Very, very NSFW