Monday, November 27, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Pity in a way.
I'll tell briefly what happened...
ok, so G20 protests were going on all day all over Melbourne.
Not sure of what time it was, but I guess around mid-afternoon, the police decided to round everyone up and move us out of the Flinders Ln, Collins St and Exhibition St area. This they did with the police horses and the New World Order Robo-Cop Riot Police.
Once the had pushed us back to a certain point they stopped. Why they did this, I don't know. There had been violent protests earlier in the day, but from wht I could see, there were only a few thousand people around, mostly peaceful and just enjoying the day.
Anyhow, once the people had been moved this time, the idea went through the crowd to go up to Treasury Gardens, and so, most people did. From here, people moved a couple hours later, to a fairly impromtu Street Party on the steps of Parliament House.
And this was awesome. 200 hippies laughing and enjoying themselves, passer by families coming and going and everyone dancing to a pink Gemini, rigged up with a solar panel, DJ decks and sound system, painted bright Pink and filled with indigenous endangered plants.
This was ace. There was such a cool cool vibe, and not one Cop in sight.
Till about 9 pm. A few cops came into sight. Then more...and more.
Pretty soon there was about 100 cops milling around.
Through a spokesperson, we were told to leave peacefully, or be removed. The crowd, obviously, as we were there to oppose g20, wasn't too keen on either idea.
Within what seemed seconds, all Hell had broken loose.
The Police charged; truncheons arms and legs swinging, through the otherwise peaceful crowd.
The force and the brutality of their atack was absolutely shocking!
Never in my life have I encountered violence of this scale or viciousness.
And who was it on? 200 dancing Hippies having a Street Party. Seriously, there is something wrong with a world that has to protect 200 of the most powerful people in the world from 200 dancing Hippies - 3 km away.
I don't condone the violence that had been directed at the Police at other times of the day by certain groups.
But the people at this protest/street party weren't harming anyone. Why did the Police 'need' to charge in the way they did?
Monday, November 20, 2006
G20! Melbourne, 18th November.
The first of many videos and photos I'll be posting to do with the G20 "riots" that occurred here on Saturday, November 18th.
I was on the frontline during this incident, and when my pics are back I'll post a few, particularly the ones of this incident.
I'll let you see and hear it for yourselves before i give you the background story.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Ah! Missed it!
And where was I?
I was up in the CBD, the "Paris" end of Collins St, sitting on my arse, doing nothing, watching, and waiting (to take photos as well as voice my dissent) for the protests to begin. The G-20 protests that is.
That's right, Melbourne plays host, this very weekend, to the Group of 20's latest forum on how to make the rich richer, the poor poorer and how best to eat the remainder of the planets already dwindling resources.
It actually was a pretty unevenful event - the protests as far as today was concerned...at the 'front' anyhow.
Oh, one thing...I was questioned as to 'why I was taking pikshures' by one of Victoria's finest - then had to give my details/ID. (I thought this was Australia, not a fascist state - oops, silly me)
Anyhow, there was a fair bit going on around the rest of the City, a few sit-ins etc , but nothing at the g-20 site itself, where I was.
So, while I was sitting around, waiting, over at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl (a massive outdoor ampitheatre), the latest Make Poverty History concert was getting underway.
Lead of course by the wonderful and inspiring Rev Tim Costello of World Vision (brother also of the host and co-chair of the G20 forum, and Conservative Government /National Treasurer - Peter Costello), the concert was a free (as Make Poverty History concerts are) statement to those up the top end of town to, Make Poverty History.
The rest, I had to find, in OTHER countrys' papers before even my own (this is by how much I missed 'it' - even though I was only a couple of kilometres away) that, well, let me digrees a moment first. My how the World has changed over the years. I was 2 KM away from this, and read about it in the Washington Post before anywhere else.
Oh; I should also point out... that it just so happens, that during this G20 event, and the Make Poverty History counter-events going on all weekend, U2 are touring, and are in fact, in Melbourne.
But wait, there's MORE!
Pearl Jam, my beloved Pearl Jam are also in Melbourne this week.
So, everyone I guess kinda expected Bono to appear at the show. And, well, I kinda figured, I dunno if anyone else did, that maybe, just maybe, there'd be an outside chance that Eddie Vedder or Pearl Jam proper would probably turn up to - being the kind of band they are.
I did actually wonder down for a while, and sat outside in the park listening - no ticket. But anyway, I got hom tonight, googled g20, and sure enough all the usual supects popped up. But, I noticed there were a couple 'articled' that had popped up to.
Tha Washington Post was one.
I clicked on it and opened it up.
There, right before my very eyes, were Bono AND Eddie Vedder, opening the show, covering Neil Young's "Rockin' in a Free World".
And where was I? Sitting on a step on bloody Collins Street.
Better luck tomorrow?
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
As good as it gets
Saturday, November 11, 2006
To Blog, or Not to Blog?!?
Not here but on a specific blog, just for my writing.
And not the crap I dribble here either, but my 'actual' writing.
Not that i'm particularly prolific, but just somewhere to post it - to 'put it out there'.
Hmm, food for Mini Vinnie's thought!
So, I am about to either dis-spell that new myth; or my visits are going to go through the roof!
Tip for the Day!
Friday, November 10, 2006
AMERICA, F@CK YEAH!
Or, as one could say; I applaud thee!
I am SO happy that you collectively decided to stick it up George and the Republicans!
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Yet another, Lazy Sunday...
Which, by the way, we FINALLY got an issue of out on Friday.
Well, by 'out', I mean got back from the printers' and ready to go out.Tomorrow it will be distributed.
But for now, back to writing something "humorous"...
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Aunty Copping out
Damn ABC, the most respected, diverse and wholly INDEPENDENT media group in the land - in fact in the region, laying down to 'the man'. This isn't jst about one satire taking the piss at those in power being axed, this is about Howard's cronies taking their place at the top of the board and flexing their neo-liberal muscle.
In other words, this is blatant censorship.
ABC, you oughta be ashamed.
In fact, just to remind you, here is the mail i wrote you through your contact section...
"Shame Aunty Shame. You've gone soft and let the establishment win. As long
as I can remember watching the ABC, it has had comedies taking aim at those
in power. Now the ABC is letting those in power take aim at the ABC. What
next? Kerry O'Brein and Tony Jones coming out in 'full force' then bending
to the answers they ask of those in power? The ABC - following in the
footsteps of those Corporate Whores at 7 and 9. Shame Aunty, Shame!"