Lowering the Jolly Roger
Throsby’s shattered. They’re out to demolish his favourite dilapidated ruins.
What don’t they get about the ecology of ruins? When all the dereliction is expunged do they move on to storm damaged, the shabby. Then simply bad paint jobs. Next it’s old and ugly, then just old.
It’s a slippery slope and council should not try the ride. The place will end up looking like a developer’s brochure, then we’ll all die of boredom.
Throsby’s daily sojourn takes him past the delightful old girl – although from the rear it looks like a bloke. He’s trudged the innards on many a safari, fighting off vandals, avoiding sudden scrub fires, and greeting the native squatters – a cheerful but greatly maligned band of lads quite grateful for the open-air elegance of this former 5-star riot-torn dive.
A local greeted Throsby a few years ago and took him on a tour. “Welcome to Checkpoint Charlie Hilton,” cackled the old Vietnam veteran, as we crunched our way over a sea of shattered glass with his two ferocious but instantly forgiving hounds in tow.
We fell silent and stood still, allowing a squatter, bow tightly drawn, to close in on a group of white-tailed deer grazing amongst thick foliage of the small forest that was once that proud and mighty City Motel and Jolly Roger niteclub.
Ah say “Foghorn’s” the name
Fog, as in water vapour squeezed out of the air when that air cools.
This was found at a Port Corporation website:
Radiation Fog occurs when relatively warm, moist air is cooled by contact with cold land surfaces, particularly in the valley and around the coastal plains.
Sea Fog occurs when warm moist air flows over a relatively cold sea surface that cools the air flow below its dewpoint.
Radiation fogs that form in the valley can extend to the harbour and occur normally in winter, early spring and occasionally in summer. Radiation fogs can occur in early spring off the port.
This was news, concerning the local harbour foghorn blasts that keeps the surrounding suburbs leaping startled from deep slumbers – slumbers deepened by prior random and unannounced terror-inducing awakenings.
A fog horn is located on the city side of the river near the ferry wharf. This horn is primarily to aid the movement of ferries.
A second fog horn is located on the Headland. The horn is faced to sea to aid the navigation of vessels through the port.
Throsby isn’t sure if he’s hearing the ship’s personal pandemonium or the shore-based blasters.