Archive for March, 2010


Posted: March 18, 2010 in Misc Thoughts

Last weekend I made a trip to Melbourne Zoo. I will eventually upload the many photos that I took on that outing but for a second I was a little horrified about something. As I wrote here Yakini the gorilla, and his father Motaba and brother Jumutamo. I shouldn’t have worried as it seems they are only going to be relocated to Werribee, although I wish the keeper could have just told us that instead of being so coy. For the moment the three bachelor boys are being housed in the old Melbourne Zoo gorilla enclosure.


Posted: March 15, 2010 in Melbourne

Here is a photo of Melbourne Zoo’s baby elephant Mali.

What’s the Yakini?

Posted: March 14, 2010 in Melbourne, Misc Thoughts

Yakini not long after he was born in 1999

Today we went to the Melbourne Zoo for the first time since late 2007 and noticed that something, or more specifically someone, was missing. Where was Yakini the gorilla who was born in such dramatic circumstances just over ten years ago? I know he was at the zoo just under a year ago, as he briefly escaped from his cage which even made the news in April 2009 but he is no longer a part of the gorilla troop currently at the zoo. We asked the keeper who was doing a talk about the gorillas and she ummed and erred before telling us that he has been shipped to another zoo. She did not elaborate any further but said that now Rigo is the head of the gorilla troop. This now also begs the question where is Motaba, who was the previous head of the troop. Rigo was the gorilla who was always isolated from the troop, for over a decade, but now he is the main gorilla and the other males have disappeared to who knows where. Unlike when Mzuri left the zoo to go to Jersey there has been no announcement. Does the zoo think that Melbournians, who actually named the gorilla (although he has since been renamed Yadumu by the zoo) would forget him or not want to say good-bye? Do they think that now that the baby elephant Mali has come onto the scene that we would not still be interested in Yakini? Perhaps they should take his name off the website too!

Rigo who spent a greater part of his life in solitary now is the sole silverback at Melbourne Zoo

Rigo was in solitary for over a decade is now the sole silverback

Melbourne Storms March 2010

Posted: March 11, 2010 in Misc Thoughts

The view from my place during last Saturday’s hailstorm.Video of the footage from the next street. (We didn’t take the film of it!)


Posted: March 3, 2010 in Music

I am very sad. There is currently a newz story on AOL doing the rounds that lists the 10 most downloaded songs from iTunes ever (since 2003 anyway!). The list is depressing and just shows how much music has deteriorated in the last decade or so since the advent of auto-tune, American Idol and the demise of rock ‘n’ roll.

10) Kesha: ‘TiK ToK’ (2009)
9) Leona Lewis: ‘Bleeding Love’ (2007)
8) Taylor Swift: ‘Love Story’ (2008)
7) Flo Rida: ‘Low’ (2007)
6) Lady GaGa: ‘Just Dance’ (2008)
5) Coldplay: ‘Viva la Vida’ (2008)
4) Jason Mraz: ‘I’m Yours’ (2008)
3) Black Eyed Peas: ‘Boom Boom Pow’ (2009)
2) Lady GaGa: ‘Poker Face’ (2008)
1) Black Eyed Peas: ‘I Gotta Feeling’ (2009)

I know that older generations have always derided the music that the youth of the day lsiten to but you’d have to admit that the above list is shit. Songs #2, #3 and #10 are all particularly crap, but I guess that if we look back to when I was in my record buying days of the 1990s there would be a few skeletons in the closet (Milli Vanilli!!!). However back then quality always rose above the crap but now… the Black Eyed Peas are the best that the current generation can do… rock ‘n’ roll is dead…


Last week I dragged Priscilla to the National Gallery of Victoria for the last day of the AC/DC Australia’s Family Jewels exhibition. It was great to look at all the Acca Dacca memorabilia while the normally staid NGV rocked to Highway To Hell and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. It was the perfect antidote for crap like Ke$ha and Taylor Swift.