Archive for March 6, 2009

Earthquake Update

Posted: March 6, 2009 in Melbourne

Just an update on the Melbourne Earth Tremor that occurred at 8.55 pm this evening. Apparently the epicentre was at Korrumburra, approximately 98 kms, south east  from Melbourne. The tremor registered 4.7 on the rictor scale.


Well that was weird! About ten minutes ago the whole house started shaking and you could here the building rumbling. The rumbling only happened for about ten seconds but it caused a bit of a panic. We weren’t the only ones who ran outside to see what was going on!

Speaking of clowns, I just heard Peter Costello cracking jokes on TV. He was making gags at the expense of Kevin Rudd, but it makes me wonder just what Costello’s role in parliament is. Perhaps he should go into stand up comedy as he is too gutless to become the leader of the oppostion, just as he was too gutless to challenge John Howard for the Prime Ministership. I think that Costello only wants to sit on the sidelines sniping at the government rather than rolling up his sleeves and getting his hands dirty trying to drag the Liberal Party out of the mire that he and Howard put them in.

Here’s another classic post from my old blog from December 28, 2007.


Believe it or not, as a kid I always wanted to be a clown when I grew up. Some people would say that I succeeded in that goal, even though it is not my profession, whilst others would wonder why someone who lacks any sense of humour would want to be able to make people laugh. Ironically I have coulrophobia, a fear of clowns, which causes me to completely freak out whenever I see one of these buffoons in real life. (My fear of clowns probably occurred when I saw Zig and Zag at Moomba once. I found them both to be quite rude.)

Growing up my favourite movie was Cecil B de Mille’s “The Greatest Show On Earth”, which featured two of the greatest clowns ever in cameos. Lou Jacobs was a famous clown with Ringling Bros, Barnum and Bailey for over thirty years. For some reason I had a poster of him that was hung in my room. I suspect that I got the poster in a showbag from the Royal Melbourne Show. I think that this poster was the reason why I wanted to be a clown.
The other famous clown that had a cameo in that movie was Emmett Kelly. He played a sad, tramp clown and was perhaps the most famous American clown of all in the 20th century.
Another reason why I wanted to be a clown probably has something to do with my Grandad. No, he wasn’t a clown, but he used to live in Richmond and whenever the Ashton’s Circus played in Melbourne, they were stationed at the nearby Burnley Oval. We would always walk down to the oval to look at the elephants, camels and lions, but I cannot remember if we saw any clowns or not.

Here’s an old post from my other blog that I am bringing over here. I did this one on December 27, 2007.


In the 21st century circuses have become quite politically incorrect. Very few people these days agree with the idea of having performing animals at a circus as many people believe that this is cruel. It is not natural for an elephant or a lion to even be confined to a zoo let alone in a circus. Still, as a child I always wanted to go to the circus. I think my parents only ever took me a couple of times. It would be very hard for parents to take their kids to a circus with animals today, as many city and town councils have banned them from their towns. I find these reproduction vintage circus posters to be very fascinating. The originals are all from around 1900 or even earlier and they can be found all over Ebay. They are colourful and interesting and tell us a little about how much things have changed in the last century.

I have just finished updating this blog by bringing lots of posts over from my old blog. I’ve still got a way to go before I have finished bringing everything I want over. One thing I noticed is that I did quite a few posts on how AOL Australia sucks. True, most of them came when I updated to my new computer and the trouble I had trying to get a Vista compatible/AOL Australia compatible version of the AOL browser. Still, nobody should have to put up with this much rubbish over such a long period of time. I have spoken to the boss (Priscilla) and we really need to get an new ISP, one that doesn’t rely on such a crappy browser. We still have dial up and must get onto the broadband revolution ASAP.

* To read about my AOL Australia frustrations, click here.


Posted: March 6, 2009 in Melbourne
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This weekend is the Labor Day long weekend in Melbourne which also means that it is Moomba time. The Moomba festival begins tomorrow night but I fear that it has lost a lot of its lustre in the last few years. Up until recently it was a week long festival but now it just runs for four days.


I think the first time I attended Moomba I was seven years old. I went with my school to the festival on the banks of the Yarra River. I cannot remember much about that day except we caught one of the Harris blue trains from Noble Park station to Flinders Street, and that I bought a show bag full of lollies. I would have probably of watched the waterskiing or gone on a ride, but I cannot really remember.


I don’t think that I ever went to Moomba with my family. We used to go to the Melbourne Show in September, but never Moomba. I think that Moomba was always considered the poor mans show, although everyone would watch the Moomba parade on Channel 7 and then the waterskiing and birdman rally.


I did start going to Moomba in the mid-1990s with Priscilla as this was something she really enjoyed. I think that in 1996 we saw Zig and Zag at what would have been their last Moomba appearance. They were always a part of Moomba (as well as the Good Friday appeal) and it was not long after this that the allegations about Zig being a child molester came out. Zag always seemed like the grumpy, creepy one of the duo but I guess that this shows that looks can be deceiving. I think that I would have freaked out on seeing Zig and Zag anyway, as I am deathly afraid of clowns. I have always thought that clowns are pretty scary and think that under all that makeup they must be hiding something.


We’ll probably go down to the Yarra sometime this weekend after I finish work. We’ll probably only stay for an hour or so as we’ll again discover that we have outgrown the Moomba festival.