THE DOWN UNDER
2020.12.01 14:36 hellobye123123 THE DOWN UNDER
I will be graduating with a UK LLB this year, and want to live in Australia. Would it be possible to do an LPC/ equivalent qualifier in Australia? Can anyone give me any guidance? I searched online but everything I’ve found is from 2006ish, so not sure. Any advice/ pointers appreciated.
Edit at 6 likes and no comments: (I am a UK citizen for background, my brother is in Brisbane as a barber on a work Visa he has been for a year, so ideally I would like to go to Brisbane but anywhere is fine)
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2020.11.24 11:56 tangymisery Wolf Rock + HMAS Brisbane, Qld - Dive Operator Recommendation
Good evening all. My wife and I will be travelling to Qld for Christmas this year. Having seen a truck load of posts on Instagram about Wolf Rock and HMAS Brisbane, we have decided that we would live to do both.
As we arent locals, we would really appreciate recommendations for dive operators in the area. We are looking to do 2 x dives per location. We have all of our own gear except tanks and weights. Ideally we would like to do a guided dive (again, not locals so want to be shown the highlights).
Thanks in advance!
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2020.11.23 09:49 sel040204 Your ideal start to the new season?
With the fixture being released tomorrow and is due to start on the 27th of December, what is your ideal round 1? I'll go first:
Sunday 27th December 2020 - Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC - Marvel Stadium (5:30 pm)
Thursday 31st December 2020 - Central Coast v Perth Glory - Central Coast Stadium (7:00 pm)
Friday 1st January 2021 - Western Sydney v Macarthur FC - Bankwest Stadium (7:30 pm)
Saturday 2nd January 2021 - Brisbane Roar v Wellington Phoenix - Dolphin Stadium (5:00 pm)
Saturday 2nd January 2021 - Adelaide United v Melbourne City - Coopers Stadium (7:15 pm)
Sunday 3rd January 2021 - Newcastle Jets v Western United - McDonald Jones Stadium (5:30 pm)
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2020.11.23 02:58 Teh_Cactus Does my "do-it-all" softshell jacket exist?
I figure given the time of the year these things might be cheaper, so here goes.
I like to keep a minimal wardrobe, and being in Brisbane I am thankful that I don't need too much winter stuff. I already have merino pullovers for work and light fleece and hoodies for casual, but what I want to find is a jacket that that can layer over that type of stuff that is:
- Presentable (black or dark navy, minimal branding),
- Not terribly bulky - not wanting a down/puffy thing
- Ideally decently waterproof and windproof.
- Also without a hood. I don't want a hood.
Does anyone know whether such a thing exists? Is it too much to try and find that type of featureset in a softshell variety?
I think the closest thing I can find right now is something like water resistant but windproof North Face jacket
. Does anyone know of any others worth investigating?
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2020.11.21 09:13 Destijl86 Buyers advocate in Brisbane area?
As the title suggests my wife and I are looking for a buyer's advocate in brisbane to help us find the ideal property, looking for suggestions for anyone who has used one.
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2020.11.18 15:02 typical-contents The best relaxed trousers — 13 bought and tested
We find ourselves living in a new normal, permanently working from home. This domestic setting means any kind of formal dressing feels stiff. Equally, I don’t want to wear sweatpants at all times (the delivery man is getting suspicious). Enter the relaxed trouser.
I tried out 13 different pairs of relaxed slacks over a number of weeks. The Gramicci Gramicci Pants
came out on top with their comfortable fit, versatile styling, extensive colourways and functional details. I also like the premium feeling and cosy Albam Ripstop Drawstring Trouser
, and the great value of the Community Clothing Men’s Cotton Chino
Gramicci G Pant
A versatile, comfortable, and affordable pair of trousers with a diamond gusseted crotch, and built in nylon belt. Its understated look and traditional cotton twill fabric belies is outdoor Japanese lineage.
Gramicci was a brand started in the early ’80s by a young climber named Mike Graham — the name was an Italian spin on his surname. Their early products were a pair of shorts and pants with some unique features, notably a diamond shaped crotch gusset to allow for movement, and a built in nylon belt for tightening or loosening the waist. It was a brilliant and widely copied innovation, and most outdoors companies have had a stab at it, but the Gramicci G‑Pant is the original and it remains a great pant.
Like any great piece of work or sportswear, the G‑Pant has the edge of being designed for function and feels both solidly built and extremely comfortable. It also comes in a dizzying array of colours and variants due to its rebirth as a Japanese based clothing brand rather than the more functional and anti-fashion approach of a traditional outdoors brand. The pricing is reasonable at £75 pounds a pair and it’s widely available in a huge range of colours and fabrics.
What I love most about it is its flexibility. The fabric is a fairly traditional twill so you can wear it like you would a smart pair of chinos but the nylon belted waist is and gusset crotch means it has the utility and comfort of a pair of sweats, and the minimal technical details means it’s just as good paired with a contemporary trainer and oversized sweatshirt. In fact, I wish I’d known about these when I was a 16 year old skater as I would gone crazy over the tapered/relaxed fit and comfortable, worn in fabric. It beats the hell out of the insanely stiff Dickies or Carhartts that we were wearing.
My only issues in terms of the product itself was sizing. Presumably because they serve primarily the Japanese market, the G‑Pants come up small and I would definitely size up if you’re in between sizes.
In transparency terms I could also find nothing to help me figure out the brands environmental or production credentials. This isn’t uncommon for a Japanese brand unfortunately, but it would be nice to see some basic information for customers attempting to make an ethics driven purchase.
Albam Ripstop Drawstring Trouser The Albam Ripstop Drawstring Trouser has a fantastic loose, tapered fit with a premium feeling washed ripstop fabric (the sort of gridded fabric used for some military garments). With a small crop and and easy waist, I felt like I was wearing a pair of pyjamas. It was also on the more affordable end of the premium market at just under £100. That extra money buys you a notably better finish than the top pick, the Gramicci Pant and European production. The deep indigo blue, forest green and pastel shade colourways are also genuinely unique.
A premium feeling and supremely comfortable pair of pants available in some beautiful colourways. A visible drawstring detracts from an otherwise great garment.
The big downside for me was the visible drawstring in a contrasting ecru, which gave the trousers a slightly crunchy/hippieish look that was at odds with the finish and shape. I think they were going for 70s sportswear. I can’t help but wish they’d gone for a more technical drawstring or kept it internal for a cleaner finish. The latest versions of the style by the brand have done exactly this and I look forward to trying them out, especially in the wool fabrics of their AW20 collection.
Community Clothing Men's Cotton Chino This is a great trouser, at an incredible price. £59 gets you a product made in the UK, in a quality British cotton drill, from heritage UK mill Brisbane Moss. It feels like something you could easily sell for twice the price. The fit is fantastic, with deep, flattering pleats, a loose shape, and a gentle taper from the knee.
A shockingly good price nets a very high quality and sharp looking pair of trousers. Made in UK heritage mill Brisbane Moss but the nature of Community Clothing means availability can be an issue.
What I love is the versatility of it. If your style leans classic, it would look great with a shirt tucked in or a piece of lightweight knitwear and some leather boots or derbies. If you’re more contemporary or streetwear orientated, with the cuff rolled up and pair of vans or converse and an oversized t‑shirt, you’ve got the perfect pair of kick around trousers. They also don’t have a drawstring so they are probably the easiest to smarten up of our top picks.
The downside? Well, basically they are hard to get. The brand produces them in 3 colour-ways (olive green, navy and a light tan which we tested) but they only make them when there is downtime in their factory — the brand is part of an initiative by designer Patrick Grant to keep factories operating between fashion collections. This and disruption from the coronavirus pandemic means that they’ve only been available in a very limited run of colours since the beginning of our review period, several months ago. Representatives of Community Clothing say that the sizes will be restocked soon.
Basically, if you can get ahold of them, these are great value for money and were a strong contender for our top pick.
What to look for Availability: We wanted to make sure that I could find something that would be available year round.
Range of colours: We wanted a trouser that was available in a decent range of neutral colours, in order to work as a wardrobe staple.
Fabric: For our relaxed trouser, fabric was key. How it held up to being worn around the house and how it felt sitting long hours at a desk was essential. This meant primarily cotton in hardwearing qualities like twill and drill. These had to be easy to wear, clean and ideally get better with age.
Fit: Relaxed essentially, but what does that mean? Well in practice we tried everything from cropped and tapered high waisted trousers to pleated, drawstring and hybrids of both in our hunt for the most comfortable WFH fit. The fits would mostly be somewhere between straight and an easy taper.
Versatility: We wanted a trouser that could do smart in a pinch but didn’t seem stiff when paired with a sweatshirt or a hoody.
Easy Care: The best pair of relaxed trousers had to be ones we were comfortable getting dirty in, whether cooking, putting out the trash or doing basic DIY, we didn’t want them to feel precious.
Price: We figured that to be a staple you had to be able to afford multiple pairs. The price should probably sit somewhere between £50-£150 max.
The competition The Studio Nicholson Bill Pant is a premium take on a straight leg work pant, and at £220 topped out our selection of trousers. You could feel the quality in the fabric, finish and moleskin-like brushed fabric, but the high waist tends to dig in a little if you sit in them for a long stretch and the fabric is a bit on the fussy side for an everyday trouser.
I was excited by the Garbstore Work Easy Pant. The brands AW20 collection has some ace looking fabrics and this drawstring work pant in a Japanese cordura fabric looked really interesting. The finishing and quality of the trouser were good but I’m not sure they justified the price tag and fit-wise they came up surprisingly tight/slim for this kind of style. Expensive for what it is.
The Oliver Spencer Judo Pant is a mainstay of the brand. They are well made in a brushed organic cotton, and manufactured ethically in Portugal. They almost made it as a top pick and I was really torn over including it alongside the Albam pant. But with a more tailored appearance and high waist it felt a bit too neat for this category and £50 more expensive than the Albam style.
The Oliver Spencer Workers Trouser are similarly well made as their Judo Pant brothers, but were a bit of a disappointment. In the words of my wife “it isn’t sure what it wants to be” and I think that’s about right. It has a military style cargo pocket, loose straight leg and drawstring waist which are in theory great but feel like a lot going on when you are wearing them.
The Universal Works Baker Pant is a long running style by the brand and I was really happy with them. A smart drill fabric, high waist and loose curved hem meant that they felt much more like a tailored trouser than a casual chino. That said they are great quality for the price and a good option if your looking for a smarter relaxed trouser.
The Entireworld Cotton Pleated Trouser (Type B, Version 2) was a disappointment from a brand I really love in theory. The fit was surprisingly slim for pleated pants, and I’m not sure the welted pockets on the front or flaps on the back pockets really worked with this kind of style. I was fan of the almost oxford style Japanese fabric that the trouser was made of but on the whole it felt like a timid take on a pleated trouser. If you’re still in slim styles and are looking to branch out this might be a gateway style for you but I can’t help but wish they’d been a bit more daring with it.
The Stan Ray OG Painter Pant is exactly that, a faithful take on the US workwear style, done in a coarse off-white raw cotton material and made to last with triple stitched seams. It felt authentic, stiff and not particularly comfortable. I really like how it draped through the leg. I would 100% size up on this style and it took time to break in. Cool but at £80 feels steep for such a basic utility garment.
Filippa K’s Toby Trouser is their minimal Scandinavian take on the relaxed trouser and I really really liked it. It was made of a nice mid-weight twill in a wolf grey colourway. The neat flat front with a fly is a nice touch on a drawstring trouser and it felt like a versatile item. It's especially good value at £65 and the brand has some great sustainability credibility, showing the factories that each garment was produced in.
The Dickies 874 Work Pant is the original workwear trouser and…well it feels like it. I can’t believe I used to skate in these, they are so coarse and stiff to break in, and admittedly they feel great once you get there (though the stain proof fabric is pretty damn sweaty). They also feel indestructible and are pretty affordable at around £40 but I’m too old to have pants this uncomfortable. They also come up small with a high waist, so size up if unsure.
The Uniqlo Vintage Chino is the brand’s loosest fitting, never out of stock item and it’s got a lot going for it. The brand has clearly aimed to get all the details of the classic mid-century American chino right and update them for the contemporary consumer. The fabric, the finishing on the inside of the trouser and details like the ticket pocket were really well executed. Shape wise though, this is more like a slim taper than a truly straight fitting chino and I see it as the perfect trouser for a guy who wants to loosen up but is scared off by pleats and drawstrings. Great value at £35.
This is a new guide from Typical Contents, the “wirecutter for clothes”. It’s by the team behind Epochs, a now defunct menswear blog.
We’re reviewing categories of clothing in hopes of finding the best item(s) in that category. All items tested in this guide were purchased with our own money. This post does not contain affiliate links.
Check out our previous guides on polo shirts, boxer briefs, plain t-shirts, low top canvas trainers, and summer socks.
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2020.11.14 07:49 FlowerLongIsland Studying master of counselling, audiology or speech pathology in brisbane.
I am wanting to study a masters after I finish my biomedical science degree at UQ. I am wanting to go into medicine but I did not get in this year and so decided to study a masters next year.
I am inclined towards a masters of counselling as I believe that social awareness, being perceptive and listening are my strongest skills. I have talked about this with my friends and family. Interestingly, one friend told me that this job would not have any upward trajectory in the career. I was wondering if current practicing professionals in Brisbane could give me some feedback on this. Also, there is a masters of guidance and counselling degree under education vs masters of counselling. I know that the first one is geared towards being a school guidance counsellor but I was wondering if one of the degrees was better by any means.
I would also love to hear some feedback on the profession as an audiologist and speech pathology therapist. I know that the allied health professionals are somewhat familiar of each other's jobs and if anyone had a recommendation for a specific one, that would be interesting to hear as well.
I would also like to know the difficulty of the masters of counselling/audiology/speech pathology. I would ideally like to keep my GPA above 6.60.
If anybody has any advice on a masters degree that would make me employable as an allied healthcare professional, that would be great as well
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2020.11.13 23:35 GeffersG BNE-CBR removalists
Hi all! As of yesterday I've scored a graduate job with a federal department based in Civic. My fiance and I are moving down from Brisbane in January (at this stage), although we're starting looking for rentals asap.
Ideally we would like to move our apartment contents into storage in early January while we look for a place, then into our eventual home in Canberra. The job comes with 21 days of free accommodation to help with this. Advice from anyone having similar experiences moving to Canberra and any recommendations / advice / experience about removalists, costs, and resources a would be fantastic.
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2020.11.09 06:37 prytecsolution Why should you buy CO2 laser cutting machine?
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2020.11.09 06:07 prytecsolution Laser Cutting Machines
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2020.11.07 12:13 KaydosLimitBreak How 2020 impacted this small indie game dev team
Hey Reddit Game Devs,
Wow 2020 sure has been a wild and stupid year for us all. It’s definitely impacted video game development - like no doubt we’ve all seen “game delayed due to COVID-19” etc. but not exactly the ‘why or how COVID has impacted them’. I thought it would be interesting to share how this year (and not just COVID) has directly impacted our small indie dev team in Australia. Hopefully this can give future devs a heads up on some potential pitfalls or fellow game devs can have that bit of relief and wallow in pity with the rest of us (or maybe your year was awesome?). So let’s get the elephant out of the room first...
First my thoughts go to those that unfortunately lost their lives or loved ones due to this horrible virus, we were very fortunate to not have this happen to us.
Our dev team all have full time jobs so we work on our game, Brimstone Brawlers, in our spare time so after work or on weekends. We were all very fortunate to keep our jobs during COVID-19 and to work from home but it did impact us in different ways.
Personally I love working from home - having less hours to commute gives me more valuable time to spend on game dev or other projects or to exercise or whatever. As I work for a digital marketing agency I found our client base rapidly and ridiculously expanding as many needed to focus their traditional marketing efforts into digital. This unfortunately created a lot of additional work hours as well as extra strain on my mental and physical wellbeing. Here in Australia, and especially in Brisbane, the pandemic has been fairly well contained and so I was only able to work from home a few months before returning to the office for four out of the five days. This then meant I lost that valuable extra time but was still being overworked which unfortunately meant when I got home I was usually too tired or lacked drive to do stuff as I normally would. All of this was also on top of the stress, anxiety and those other bad things COVID-19 affected us all on a daily basis. I am still grateful I had paid employment during this though.
Our main game developer, Chris (aka Ategig), had a different experience as he found working from home made it much harder to separate work from game development, as his personal game dev space became a work space as well. Often after work he would head home with excitement as it meant he could continue to working on the game. The lack of clear transition between work and game dev caused him to lose motivation at times, and as an indie dev team we know how much hinges on staying motivated!
For him it went beyond that as each Friday at work he and his colleagues would have fun spending the afternoon playing the latest build of his game (I should mention Brimstone Brawlers is a multiplayer arena brawler) but obviously that hasn’t happened in a long time. Which leads into...
The lack of physical events sucks
Events such as PAX are so amazing - that moment when it hits opening and balloons drop down, music blares and people rush in (and usually past the indie section to the AAA games lol - usually we get the later ones though), the atmosphere of gaming lights and sounds, as well as the sense of inclusion of being part of the gaming community - I really do miss it. Obviously they didn’t happen so much this year - there was an online event given the circumstances but unfortunately it doesn’t carry the same feeling. Obviously understandable but I could see the lack of physical events hurting indie devs.
Last year at PAX Australia we found our booth would constantly be filled with people playing or watching Brimstone Brawlers. Our game can be played online but I think games of this genre or party games shine when you’re in the same space - ideally on the couch with your mates. I could see single player experiences being impacted much less - as their main interaction is between the player and the game, but it especially hurt us and our multiplayer game. Just wondering if any other devs working on a multiplayer game felt this way too this past year?
Being at these events also adds a sense of credibility to your game - you’ve spent money, time and usually a lot of gruelling effort to showcase your game, whereas uploading a demo of your game online doesn’t require the same level of commitment. It’s also fairly common now for games to have demos or betas so it doesn’t feel as special. Unfortunately you therefore lose that potential credibility - which can separate you from ‘the rest’ with not only the general gaming audience but in particular press and influencer attention. Last year we managed to book lots of interviews and gain valuable earned media, but sadly not in the same way this year.
Then there is of course the ability to directly engage with players and get their reactions and immediate feedback which can be super useful, especially compared to other feedback methods such as watching Twitch streams where they tend to exaggerate things as part of the entertainment or written feedback left on Steam forms tend to not necessarily paint the whole picture. People being able to try out your game before buying is also becoming more important as...
Price barrier becoming an issue for games
While this shift has been coming for a while I think it ramped up this year - people simply seem less likely to purchase games in general - especially at full cost and indie games will be the first to be heavily impacted - especially self published titles. The ever rise of Free to Play (Hello Fortnite and Genshin Impact) make this very apparent but then we have PlayStation and their monthly PS Plus games (and the upcoming PS Collection for PS5 consoles), EPIC has been giving away very solid games each week for free, and Xbox has has their Games With Gold and have mega ramped up their efforts in the subscription space this year with their Game Pass. Like why do people even really need to outright purchase games anymore?
Ignoring Nintendo because they tend to have a more old-school audience (however we have seen them output more demos, betas and ‘Free To Start’ games recently), but it makes releasing your first game on PC, Xbox or PS with the more traditional pricing approach much more challenging - either you’ll need a good indie publisher, spend a lot of resources (time and/or money) on marketing or get lucky (which isn't the best thing to hear about your livelihood).
As we saw people were staying home more during the early stages of the pandemic we rushed to try and release Brimstone Brawlers into Early Access sooner, although admittedly we still think that was too late and we missed out on the peak moment. For our game we originally explored other options on Steam (such as four pack bundles - discontinued, demo - wouldn’t allow players to play with those on the full game) but instead released it with a set price. It unfortunately didn’t sell well.
We then finally found a way where we could release a version of the base game for free and then get players to upgrade to the Founder’s Edition to support us. So after several months we managed to release this version in October where we were immediately more successful, just reinforcing how the price-entry for games is becoming a bigger barrier. This was also despite the online attention becoming very competitive at this time - especially with the upcoming consoles. Speaking of…
Will there be Backwards Compatibility?
As a gamer and consumer I absolutely 100% love backwards compatibility - hands down it’s awesome. However as a dev it scares the **** out of me. This now means there is no real opportunity to release for a new platform with little competition but lots of potential (well I guess there was/is Stadia…lol). Every game released now is immediately going against the growing number of 2600ish Xbox games (prob more including OG and 360) and 3000ish games on PlayStation 4/5. That’s pretty scary to consider. There is little room for new indie titles to get noticed - and most of the ones that do (Untitled Goose Game, Fall Guys etc.) have a major publisher. I’m surprised this isn’t talked about more!
We are still a while off doing console versions of Brimstone Brawlers, however it was the lack of knowing whether the new consoles would be backwards compatible that was the issue. The cloak and dagger secrecy nature of the game dev industry can definitely lead to a lot of frustration! As a consumer it was kind of frustrating, but as an indie dev it was a nightmare for planning - for example if they weren’t backwards compatible that might mean extra time developing a separate version for each as well as testing and everything related. This also means you can’t plan a schedule or allocate budget accordingly. It kind of put a big question mark which lasted several months from “E3 time”, when it was expected to be announced, to I believe October for confirmation.
For us in particular it created an issue when applying for grants - for some of these you need to be very thorough with your budgeting or time schedules, however with such major unknowns we couldn’t, and sometimes the people in charge of these grants don’t share the knowledge about the current gaming climate as we do. A grant would be so useful to us. Fingers crossed - as an indie dev you need all the luck you can get.
Thanks a lot for reading, hopefully this was something you found interesting - perhaps you encountered similar obstacles or had your own - comment below I guess. Or if you’d like to reach out to Ategig
on Twitter for a personal chat that would be cool. Also guess we should link to our game, Brimstone Brawlers
, after all we need all the help we can get!
Best of luck with your game dev projects! :)
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2020.11.05 12:53 prytecsolution Acrylic Laser Fabrication Melbourne
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2020.11.03 11:29 PoolEvening5997 Seeking empathetic home owners
Hello! My partner and I have started the long slog towards saving for our first home and I’ve been seeking case studies of how others in the Brisbane area (ideally within 5-10kms) from the CBD went about saving for and buying their first home. I’m not finding anything very realistic or helpful and I’ve created a form that’s completely anonymous and if you have time I would so appreciate you contributing your home owner story.
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2020.11.03 08:44 fcwaseda First appointment with CDA
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2020.11.02 10:35 twalsh995 Which subburb to live
Hi, moving to Melbourne in 2 weeks from Brisbane, have a job lined up in Scoresby and am looking for a area to live in. I havnt been to Melbourne and really have no idea. Ideally not too long of a commute but also has abit of social life in it (I am 25), would also be fantastic if it was easy to get out into nature from aswell. I understand you cant always have everything your way and might be a hard one but any advice greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, T
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2020.11.02 04:35 snagbreac18 What's Going On At Collingwood.
**This was posted on Collingwood
but I thought why not expand it to the greater community. It is written with 'we' and 'us' because it was designed purely for Collingwood supporters. Also, Logan McDonald is hypothetical and unlikely.
In the last few days, I've noticed a lot going on in terms of dialogue surrounding the Collingwood Football Club and the financial situation it finds itself in. Many players have been brought up and this post aims to analyse and provide a guess about what's actually going on at the club. Dayne Beams
It's now been announced Beams and Collingwood will mutually part ways. Collingwood didn't win the trade exactly but at the same time, there wasn't much loss as the players recruited haven't stared.
Collingwood gained picks 41 and 44 with Beams which they on-traded. 41 and 44 never recruited anyone particularly amazing (Jack Bytel and Justin McInerney). If anything, the picks were used to gain selections and Collingwood was able to put them in a position to get Darcy Cameron. Remember, too, that when Beams went to Brisbane Jack Crisp, Levi Greenwood and Jordan de Goey became Magpies as a result of the trade. To end up with Cameron, Crisp, Greenwood and de Goey isn't exactly bad when all you had to give up was two first-rounders and a few minor pick exchanges. This may sound controversial but I think it is clear Collingwood won the trade. Especially given they got Jack Crisp basically as an added extra.
His salary will be reduced and a bit of a problem in terms of bookkeeping. However, a deal should be struck and this means more money to pursue a star or resign current players will be available in 2021. The Treloar situation
Adam Treloar's situation has sparked much controversy. For a man who has done a lot for the club, you would think he'd be on the 'to keep' list. However, his contract still has 5 years to run and he's not getting any younger. Plus, the wage he is on is increasing every year. Many clubs sign players but their wage increases each year. This means they can delay paying them higher amounts until later on when some players may retire or be traded.
What's interesting is that the club wants to trade him. He is on the table and there for a home. Last year his name was brought up but he said 'no'. Clearly, he was disposable. There are two reasons as to why I can think the Magpies want to trade him.
- Mental health. He's struggled with issues before and perhaps, with a wife moving and being isolated from them for extended periods of time means he will struggle to perform
- Injury issues. It's no secret about Collingwood's woeful run with injuries. It would make sense to clear him out and recruit a fresh-bodied player.
- Nick Daicos. With Nick Daicos basically a Pie, someone will have to go from the midfield. Part of the trade could make sense.
Now the ideally, Treloar is worth at least one first-rounder, if not two. Logan McDonald presents himself as a good candidate and if the club could get him with the second or third pick then they would be doing themselves a lot of favours, especially once you add Reef McInnes into that mix.
A later pick this year and next could mean they are able to get Nick Daicos. The club knows he has the talent to be a serious influence and unlike his brother, he won't be so easy to recruit with a later pick. If they have two first-rounders next year from a trade.
To entice a club, Treloar and part of his salary could be given in exchange for two first-rounders.
Likely clubs: Gold Coast has said they are interested but won't pursue. This leaves me to suspect the Western Bulldogs (who may get something for Dunkley), Essendon and North Melbourne all shaping as contenders. North Melbourne would be a good fit for Treloar (only in terms of team balance because he wants to win a premiership in the next few years, and, without being mean, that looks about as likely as Daniel Gorringe being redrafted) and they would have the picks to trade.
I can see the panic from people but this is where I actually see it working well. Collingwood picks up someone like McDonald, uses him in the first team and hope to have a future star on their hands. They pay McDonald well, pay off Treloar at another club but also have the talent for the future and work to build McDonald into a star.
A note: McDonald was used theoretically. He probably won't be picked up but I could potentially see him working. Tom Phillips, Jaidyn Stephenson, Mason Cox, Will Hoskin-Elliott, etc
Tom Phillips: Flippa is a good player on the wing. I feel as if, however, his time is up and that he will probably be traded. His form isn't so great and we didn't miss him when he was gone during his time on the sidelines. The likely candidate is Melbourne and Collingwood should let him go.
Mason Cox: Coxzilla is on the table to be traded but I think this is Collingwood seeing if anyone will pay for him. He is on a high salary but after that Elimination Final performance, I think he will stay. Yes, one good game doesn't make a star but with his eyes fixed, he could be a genuine forward. He strung together good games towards the end of the season and I see, with a few changes to the forward structure, him becoming a good player and kicking 20-25 goals in a season.
Jaidyn Stephenson: The Rising Star has been floated as tradeable. After a good first two seasons, this year was not so. What people need to remember is Glandular Fever can affect you for a while and his pre-season was interrupted. Also, he has OCD (I'm not joking, the AFL did something on this a while ago) and, when you have OCD, any interruption to a routine can have enormous effects on people's mental health. Off-field there have been some issues so perhaps he is in need of mentoring. It's not like he's a bad person as at school he was a perfect kid. Now he's an adult, perhaps some more one-on-one time would be good.
Will Hoskin-Elliott: The hyphen has been touted as tradeable. He might move but he'll probably stay. Collingwood is putting a for sale sign on a lot of stock. It doesn't mean much about whether it will sell. Ned Guy
The recruiting program went wrong when too many good players went out and younger ones were brought in. Then attempts to attract players to the club were made. They were successful and as most contracts are up, we're burning through the cash in an attempt to resign them. Now, things aren't looking good because Collingwood is getting so close. Expect a star to go in the next few years because Collingwood cannot meet financial demands at this stage. He's not to blame so much as some poor drafting between 2012-2014. It gets difficult when you haven't got many talents down below to deal with. Why this is happening
The answer in my belief is simple: YOUTH. The young players at Collingwood are good. At some point old dogs have to go so new ones can be taught the tricks (yes, I did make that wordplay up).
Defenders: Mark Keane, John Noble, Trent Bianco, Isaac Quaynor
Midfielders: Jay Rantall, Brayden Sier, Reef McInnes (if drafted).
Forwards: Will Kelly (but he can play in the backline), Trey Ruscoe.
Rucks: Darcy Cameron, Max Lynch
Kelly will play next year and I expect Bianco and Rantall to debut along with McInnes (if he gets drafted). We've had retirements but I think through trade, there will need to be spaces filled up for these very good players. Draft
At the draft, one player I see a good fit would be Jackson Callow. A defender or forward, he has starred for North Launceston in the TSL and one 1x premiership, plus polled more than fifteen league B&F votes over two years. Pretty impressive for a teenager. His height means he could also ruck. Essendon is probably more likely to get him but he could well come to Collingwood and star. One other thing
Sidebottom and de Goey should swap. At the start of the year, Sidebottom looked really good as a forward. I think him and de Goey are playing out of place and if the club did that then they could get maximum value for him to come free agency.
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2020.10.30 06:42 JimmyBob171 An actual storm forecast for tomorrow (Saturday 31/10/2020)
Courtesy of South Brisbane Storms. https://www.facebook.com/261100802504/posts/10158748365567505/
Soooo the big question is upon us - will Saturday's thunderstorm outbreak live up to people's expectations in SEQ? Well that depends on what your exact expectations are......
- If you're expecting lots of showers and thunderstorms in the region, the answer is yes.
- If you're expecting some locations to cop very severe storms, the answer is also yes.
- If you're expecting every house in the region will get a severe storm or flooding rain, the answer is no!
Many individual storms will also likely be moving at blistering speeds from the NW (storm-steering winds aloft exceed an impressive 110km/hr from the NW on Saturday in some areas although the storms themselves won't move at this exact same speed).
There's not much doubt in my mind that showers and storms, some likely severe, will sweep across sections of SEQ (although for the Downs, only some far eastern sections are in with a chance) on Saturday ahead of an approaching trough and front, with the main peak in the afternoon/early evening.
Most factors are very favourable – very strong shear albeit a bit linear (up to 50 knots or more between the surface and middle atmosphere) and strong instability, aided further by cold air aloft moving across.
For those locations (not all) which get a severe storm, damaging winds will likely be the main threat...... short bursts of locally intense rainfall and large hail are also possible but widespread high rainfall accumulations will be a bit difficult given the speed of the activity and a bit less moisture in the lower atmosphere (there may well be some more localised good accumulations though)..... likewise giant hail risk will probably be more localised than the wind hazard.
But how severe the cells get and how many there'll be, will depend on these factors:
▪️Whether many of the storms will remain as individual cells and therefore have a higher potential to cause giant hail and destructive winds (but they'd still be localised) due to less interference from other nearby storms......... or whether they’ll merge into a big rainy mess or a big band (in which case, there’d probably still be some severe cells embedded in it with damaging winds/hail/heavy rain, but the main threat would shift more towards locally heavy rainfall and straightline strong winds). If I had to bet money on it, I'd say the 1st scenario will probably occur during the early stages before starting to transition to the 2nd scenario later in the afternoon in some sections closer to the coast.
▪️Whether any early development of cloud, showers, storms or patchy rain areas in the morning will remain localised enough for long enough so the atmosphere won't stabilise too much. Morning cloud cover and precipitation is always a risk whenever we have a strong upper level trough approaching but in tomorrow's case, the models I've seen don't have a huge amount of prolonged cloud and only a few have some brief localised precipitation in southwestern parts.
▪️Whether there's enough of a moister NNE afternoon seabreeze onto the coast to add extra moisture (I'm not the biggest fan of NW winds). This can also cause a bit of a seabreeze front near the coast which in turn causes winds to change direction a bit more with height in the lower atmosphere – this extra directional shear can then increase the chance of a few of the storms approaching the coast to start taking on supercell characteristics (tomorrow's shear away from the coast is fairly linear).
▪️Whether or not the steering winds aloft as well as the shear will be TOO strong. Very strong steering winds can sometimes mean that storms don't have much time while still over land to reach their full potential after interacting with the seabreeze front before they race out to sea. Likewise, excessively strong shear can lean storms over so much that it starts disrupting the ideal structure they need for supercell development. Despite this though, the volatility of Saturday's setup means that severe storms and localised supercell development can't be ruled out.
▪️Although there's no southerly wind change due on Saturday to lend a helping hand, this aspect shouldn't be much of a problem since there'll still be more than enough instability and shear to support strong storm potential.
Storm activity, some severe should also occur near the southern and central parts of the QLD coast in general, and eastern and southern NSW... as well as northeast VIC.
So keep an eye on the 256km weather radar at http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR662.loop.shtml#skip
(if it goes down again, use Marburg, Gympie or Grafton radars depending on where you are) and warnings in case any strong storms come near you.
Here's an automatically generated thunderstorm map that covers the period between 6am and midnight on Saturday. For interest's sake, the purple areas on that map don't happen too often but I wouldn't read too much into those areas for now.
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2020.10.19 14:43 Gringo1234 I’m looking for someone to ‘supervise’ me during a ride or two.
Hi all, I recently read a suggestion that by posting a request on here, I may find someone willing to go for a ride or two with me so that I can gain a little experience before doing my RE test? I’m based in Brisbane (Northside) and am booked in for my RE test day in a few weeks time. I’m reasonably comfortable on the bike and have been for a few rides but with someone who doesn’t qualify as a supervisor. Ideally I’d get another 4 or 5 hours in before the test and want to do it by the book if I can. I’m not active on Facebook so am hoping one of you kind folks feels like take a learner out for a spin. If it matters, I’m male and late 40’s. I’m happy to pay for fuel and coffees!
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2020.10.11 13:26 flying_pugs Moving to Brisbane from Melbourne. Suburb suggestions for outdoor lovers with no kids
Hi everyone, my partner and I are moving up to Brisbane in about 6 weeks.
We both enjoy being outdoors - surfing, SUP, spearfishing, hunting, 4wd, camping, etc. Since my employer in Brisbane allows me to work remotely 3-4 days/week post covid (entirely remotely now), we’re prioritising lifestyle over proximity to the city.
We’ve been looking at suburbs that are near the water. Our budget is around $2000 - 2200 a month for a rental, ideally a house as we have a lot of gears. We’re happy with a commute time of up to 1.5 hours to Fortitude Valley by public transport. Would be great to be close to the freeway as my partner might travel for work. We don’t have kids so schools aren’t important to us.
So far we like Manly and Wynnum but feel that there might be more suburbs which fit the profiles. What other areas would you suggest us look into?
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2020.10.02 01:25 Suburbanite_blues89 [MF]Godless, in the city of churches
Australia has long held a fascination with the outlaw. Perhaps it can be traced back to her penal colonial beginnings. Our first police officers were comprised of the best behaved convicts, most of whom were either petty criminals, thieves, vagrants, public drunkards, or prostitutes.
Expelled from their mother country for crimes usually related to abject poverty. For they were subjects of the crown yet never experienced the privileged spoils of empire, as it was for others more fortunate to bask in.
While she may have gentrified over the last 230 years, there are those among her that have no place in the past as they have place in the future or present.
The first time I saw John in the flesh I was surprised by his appearance. I like most others only knew him by reputation.
For as infamous as he was, I never bothered to research what he looked like.
Judging by first impressions, he had the hallmarks traits of someone that had been sentenced for either running a backyard pyramid scheme, outstanding parking fines or federal fraud. Certainly not anything related to violence.
His physical appearance would be best summarized as being unremarkable and deceptively ubiquitous. He stood at an average height and carried a slightly overweight, stocky frame. Overall, he was just an ordinary looking, bespectacled, brown haired, bearded, late 40’s early 50’s, white male who could easily pass for an amateur league goal umpire, stay at home Dad, substitute teacher or council worker.
He bore no distinctive features that would trigger a memory of his face if you passed him on the street.
John was a descendant of a specific branch of atavistic Australian that came to be forgotten, left behind, or perhaps never destined to play any significant role in the quest for the Australian dream of middle-class respectability.
The Anglo division of post-colonial unfortunates that over time has slowly been relinquished to the position of the displaced working class battler.
Despite sharing a similar cultural heritiage in a mostly white homogenous enclave, the community John grew up in were often viewed by the larger part of society as the idle disadvantaged that had been economically pushed into the marginalised pockets of the city, to be the subject of disparaging commentary from the supposedly good people of the surrounding suburbs.
A contemporary parallel reflection of the relationship between the free settler and those of convict forbears, to that of the middle-class compared to those of the modern underclass.
The same people that would be inevitably replaced by ambitious immigrants from Yugoslavia and Asia as the emerging working class, hungry for economic opportunities that seemed unreachable for those drowning in unfavourable circumstances.
Although downtrodden, the locals were acutely aware that they were almost as disenfranchised as the Aboriginals they lived amongst and for most part looked down upon. If a concept of cultural privilege did exist, it was most certainly not experienced by anyone in the social environments John grew up in.
The destitution he encountered as a child was not the poverty that one associates with the third world. It was an insidious 1st world poverty that becomes another form of self-induced incarceration, the type where you are free to leave at any time but where would you go? More importantly where would you be welcomed?
These lower socio-economic environments permeate a caustically suffocating atmosphere of barren defeat, it was a common sentiment for the inhabitants to feel spiteful against those who displayed some eagerness for moving up socially and resentful against themselves for remaining perennially stagnant.
It was in this unambitious, welfare-dependant surroundings with little to no parental concern for societal development or prospects for the future which John spent his childhood years.
He would eventually grew up to become a misfit who conjured up the fantasy of becoming a aspiring career criminal. One that harboured a deep-seeded inferiority complex that synchronised with the self deluded righteousness commonly found in cult leaders.
In spite of all these adversities one invariable factor remained; John wanted to be respected – perhaps even feared. Most of all, he wanted to be admired. He longed to be influential in some facet of life. A pride driven reaction against the despair of helplessness that enveloped his childhood. A childhood that bore no immediate role models to admire.
Although he carried a cold, insular, hostile persona through media portrayal, John could at times also be charismatic, funny and engaging.
However, he did not possess the focus or drive to ever become a professional criminal, like the culturally romanticised Australian crime figures, such as celebrated armed bank robber Brendon ‘Post card bandit' Abbot or Melbourne underworld figure Mark 'chopper' Reed. Both of whom have have films made about thier exploits and have become household names in Australian criminal folklore.
John briefly joined an ineffectual neo-nazi movement in his early 20's, yet like any backyard quasi political association, without any ongoing commitment to some form ideology, it soon became merely a drab social club for societal drop-kicks who he would end up despising more, then the Jews, gays and minorities he channeled his self-disdain towards.
There had to be someone at fault for the injustice he endured. Eventually, he lost the desire for racism, in fact he even felt an affinity for the indigenous yet the deep animosity he perceived had to be directed towards a common enemy that all of society found beyond repugnant.
Those who harm the innocent and those who enable this behaviour.
John grew up in the south eastern, Brisbane suburb Inala, which in the local Aboriginal dialect meant "resting place". Inala was part of a post world 2 initiative in response to a housing shortage. In the early 50's The Queensland Housing commission bought 850 acres of land from the Serviceton housing co-operative to build affordable housing for a growing population.
Abuse can happen anywhere yet in a suburban, state housing commissioned landscape with no external influences or any substantial cultural connection to anything other than the mindlessness of television, sports, and the week to week survival that encompassed majority of ones emotional energy. These conditions become the ideal environment where the unsavory relationship between victimhood and abuse could flourish, unabated.
A place where most residents lived paycheck to paycheck with the threat of eviction and what could not be afforded deeply embedded within the subconscious. Most days would be spent fending for oneself by haplessly scavenging through a near depleted pantry, to find whatever you could.
If you were lucky there was a possibility to make a meal from water and flour. Which would be on par with how half the world lives, yet in Australia, what legitimate excuse did one have for being poor?
First world poverty sets the tone to produce the ideal breeding grounds for predators who could smell the fragility of the fatherless and disadvantaged. Accompanied by a self-loathing that is propounded onto the unsuspecting within the immediate social periphery.
Where you happened to be in the firing line of another's persons unfetterd malevolence. In a predators rationale, If God wanted you protected, he would have giving you a guardian to do so. Something one could not fully comprehend unless you have lived in such an area, where unemployment was high, aspirations were low and a stifling enmity hung in the air like the inescapable Queensland humidity.
In 1991 John moved to Murray Bridge, South Australia a country town 75km south-east of the capital in which he acquired a job at an abattoir.
Gradually he became desensitised to the slaughter of farm animals, aswell as the smell of death and excrement that retrospectively became the unknown training grounds for the future depravity he would be the mastermind of.
When he moved to the city of churches 6 years later, he relocated to an equally impoverished neighbourhood in the northern suburbs that mirrored his upbringing.
John's father had left his mother at a young age, during his childhood he witness a string of toxic, abusive relationships. His mother would sometimes leave him in the care of an uncle for days on end.
At the age of 10 John encountered a traumatic experience when he was sexually abused by an older boy in the neighbourhood that he regarded as a friend. With no emotional support network this event would become a turning point in John's life. It destroyed his self worth yet the anger pushed him through adolescence.
This severely affected John's personality. The combination of rejection and humilition manifested a macabre indifference for people due to his own personal experience with poverty, brutality and neglect. He never forgot and he never forgave. The bitterness he felt would eventually transcend into an evil that would haunt him for the rest of his adult life.
John exuded an effortless dark energy that most people, simply did not have the faculty to possess. A resentment – one that was born from the hands of abuse and hatred.
In spite of his obvious dysfunctional nature, in his idiosyncratic Australianess, John could make light of the darker side of humanity he grew to become comfortable with. In fact in terms of evil he ranks up there with the most heinous. His criminal behaviour was predatorial and calculated.
It was instinctually driven by a cruel hatred aided by malicious and misguided sociopathic conviction. Yet there was a fundamental differences between him and the Ted Bundy’s or Richard Ramirezes of the world.
According to John, God as his witness he has never harmed a woman or child and those he did harm, committed the greatest transgression against God. However this was not true, due to a lack of evidence, John was found not guilty for the murder of his ex wife found buried in the backyard of his northern suburbs home.
John with the help of one colleague and the son of his then wife he had abducted, tortured, murdered and gruesomely disposed of the over 13 bodies. They placed 8 of the corpses in barrels and hid them in various locations around and outside of the city. Eventually with the help of his lackeys they relocated the bodies to a vacant disused bank which John was renting, in a small country town north of adelaide called Snowtown.
He Then took the pleasure of receiving their social welfare benefits for a brief period or some cases for years. The people he killed were not to dissimilar from himself.
They came from lower-socio economic areas and lived on the fringes of society. All of his victims were known to John or associated with him and his family, some where even former friends. They trusted him. Over the years, he believed some of them were child abusers despite never having any solid evidence beside hearsay; to John they were simply bodies without souls not worthy of sympathy or forgiveness.
The media coverage at the time was peculiar, although the crimes were universally shocking, there seemed be a lack the sympathy from the public that would have vastly different if the victims came from good standing.
The photos of the all male victims that the media projected looked like seedy missing persons profiles from the 90’s which aroused calloused cynicism rather then an empathetic concern. The case was bizarre, and once again the city of churches was in the international spotlight for an unspeakable crime.
There was something unsettling about how the victims did not seem to receive the kind of outrage as one would expect for such a crime and you could only wonder why.
According to John the disposal of these people was a form of social cleansing. In his deranged egocentric Messiah complex pathology his victims were all lowlifes.
He regarded them as Dogs, pedophiles, snitches, informants, junkies. The worse kind of human in the criminal world. This was his adamant justification, yet to the media he would simply target societies most vulnerable; the long term unemployed, people who had disabilities, the mentally ill who had little to no family support. The voiceless whom good society pitied, yet cared little for.
In 2011 a independent Australian film called ’Snowtown' was made based on the murders. I wondered if he had ever seen the movie and if did would he be happy with the portrayal of his character. An undiagnosed fantasistical sociopath that played the role of demagogue to an emotionally void audience of believers who were terrified of him.
John sat in the same spot in the prison cafeteria engrossed in reading an article on the case of archdeacon, cardinal George Pell who was currently faces child abuse charges in the High court of Australia. This high profile case was receiving such negative international scrunity that even former Australian Prime minister John Howard weighed in his influence by submitting the accused cardinal a character reference. John's faced contorted in disgust.
‘Fucking pig, can you believe this shit?
During lunch a younger prisoner asked for his advice on seeking revenge, on a family member who he insinuated abused him as a child. These confessions of abuses, touched a raw nerve with John, he could go from cordial and talkative, to morbidly quiet and intimidating within seconds of hearing anything remotely of that nature.
He looked up from bowl of potato bake and spoke directly to the young man.
'Well mate, I've tortured a lot of people and to tell you the truth I've never regretted any of it, they all fucking deserved it.'
John laughed, as he made the statement as matter of factly as someone telling you that changed oil in thier car or reconditioned an engine. He briefly thought about his answer before he added.
'The best way to torture someone of that nature mate is to tie their hands behind their backs, then shove a sparkler in the eye of their cock and set it alight.’
John, who appreciated an audience, regarded himself a seasoned storyteller, as he understood the importance of pace, timing and suspense. He closely watched the reaction of the other prisoners, who looked uneasy yet in a restrained awe, ensnared on every word he divulged. Out of courtesy he looked around to see if there was anyone they may be offended by such claims. He simultaneously lower his eyes and voice before he continued.
‘And the funniest part is watching the bastards try and blow it out.’
John bursted into a unrestrained sadistic laughter that was echoed the other prisoners sitting at the cafeteria tables. The other inmates sheepishly laughed along in a chorus of bleak humour, even if deep down they found it deplorable maintained a facade of morbid comfort. After all, if you happened to be sharing the same space as the man, what moral superiority could one claim?
Whatever life one had before being face to face with a man who wholeheartedly believes his actions administered some perverted sense of justice was irrelevant. Inside these prison walls, there was no retribution, no god, no repercussions, no genuine feeling, just a sustained purgatorial, nothingness.
As for John his story never changed, his reputation was unquestioned, therefore he was begrudgingly respected on a primitive, prison level. He was a murderer, yet he never spoke to the police and the people he killed were in his mind child abusers or enablers of child abuse. As long he abided by prison ettitqutte, he had nothing to prove to anyone. He never had to provide any paperwork to other inmates as he was basically a prison celebrity.
In the city of churches, it was self-evident that there was a veneer of conservative consciousness that lingered in the atmosphere; a contagious biting politeness, an air of safe, well deserved entitlement, which layered itself above an omnipresent pervasive undertone, like a menacing indecipherable language that can be heard yet never spoken.
Regardless of denomination or social status there still existed the pastors, priests, chaplains and its adherents, yet there was no god in the city of churches.
Just people like John who thought somehow he was closer to the source then everybody else. John, the guy you could borrow a spanner from just make sure you return it in a reasonable amount of time. The guy who would agree, that Steve Waugh was the best Australian Cricket Captain in the history of the game. A mild-mannered psychopath.
He was not a physically threatening man, nor did he have a presence of someone that instilled fear. Yet the subtle uneasiness one feels being physically close him is based more on how he emotional processes information and what he is capable of doing to another human being without any remorse then anything else.
Applying for the position of a subcontracted english teacher in a correctional services facility was easy as it was impersonal. It was simply a resume and an email address. Send. I was surprised when I actually received a response. It seemed surreal, during the first interview i impressed the panel by writing a 6 week lesson plan in creative writing and poetry. I went on a pretentious rant about the importance of expression, self-healing through literature, the transformation of the human psyche. Subjects i sincerely believed in, yet the main reason i was applying is because i thought it would look impressive on a resume. I was more genuinely surprised then excited when i received a call informing me that i had been successful in my application. The reality did not set in until I was briefed, searched and eyed scanned on my first day on the job.
I only been working for two weeks, and in that time had some most unwavering, raw, emotionally confronting experiences in my life. Yet it felt rewarding, albeit a bit overwhelming.
I heard about one of the other teachers who has held a bible studies class for the last 20 years. An old italian guy, who was a tough as nails, with a heart of gold by the name of Mario Esposito, he was a priest at the St Francis, Xavier church in the heart of the city.
I attended one of his bible studies group just to see how he conducted a session. Thats when i first seen John reading a King James version of the bible. There were only 5 people in the group that day, when our eyes met, i froze.
His body seemed to have blurred into the background and all i could see was his eyes fixated on mine in curious distrust, at that point i did not know who he was. There was just something undeniably disquieting about his gaze.
Father Esposito was near the end of a sermon reading from revelations. He spoke with a strong southern Italian accent that was rich and musical.
‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone wants to hear my voice and opens the door, I will come in with him and eat with him, and he with me’
John listened intently, transfixed by every word as if God was speaking directly to him. After the class, i was determined to find out who he was however i did not want to appear like i was prying.
In the writing workshop the main objective was to encourage self-reflection through expression. Yet for most of the time, we just spoke about different life experiences, that ranged from heartbreakingly disturbing to suprisingly hilarious.
There was an older Aboriginal man, by the name of Cecil, he would have been in his 70’s. He was a descendent of the stolen generation, from the Barngala people who grew up at point pierce mission , on the yorke pennisula west of the state.
He who was the only prisoner in the class that read out his poem to the class. Cecil stood in front of the classroom shaking profusely and nervously stuttered through his poem which was called ‘Dirt'.
Every word he spoke reverberated a stark realism of all the hardships he faced, whilst displaying a beauty, courageous and defiant in spirit.
From the utterance of his first word my hands shook uncontrollably, that I disguised by holding my hands behind my back as i bit down hard on my lip to distract myself from the welling tears. He struggled throughout the duration of his reading, yet was adamant to persevere.
'dirt is i-in the gr, gr, ground,
dirt, i feel under m-m-my feet
that my ancestors w-wal, walked on,
dirt is the colour of my sk, ski, skin
dirt i ho, ho, hold in my ha, ha, hands,
the home of wo, wo, worms
the home of fl, fl, flowers
so why does it hurt
when i feel like dirt. '
The other participants looked astounded by what they just heard, yet confused of how they were supposed to react. A huge pacific islander named named David stood up and started applauding.
‘Good one Cec, that was fucking beautiful mate!’
John walked past the makeshift classroom, with two guards trailing closely behind, acknowledging Cecil behind the re-inforced perspex door, Cecil reciprocated the gesture with a forced smile. After the class had finished, i approached Cecil to talk about his poem.
‘Hey Cecil, i must thank for sharing your work with the class, your poem reminded me of why i fell in love with poetry. y’know a famous russian author named Boris Pasternak once said that ‘writers are the engineers of the soul…after hearing dirt, i think poets are.’
Cecil beamed a smile that came from his soul, his eyes laughed with melancholic sympathy.
'I try to think of the words as pictures. . . in my mind, and I’m the painter’ before chuckling to himself. It was a beautiful analogy, one that emphasized that the artist may never be able to analyse like an art critic, however the art critic may never be able the abandon the educated ego to paint. We sat in a combfortable silence before i asked.
'Hey Cecil, who was that man who walked past, before?'
His countenance change and the light from his dark eyes dimmed.
'Oh thats John…John bunting'
John was was on his way to see the chaplain in a prison Bible studies program. John believed in God, and the return of Jesus. Which to the average person made him even more terrifying. He had a sincere fear of Gods judgement, according to John, God was his friend and John had assigned himself as his personal street cleaner, ridding the world of evil.
When being escorted out of G division, which housed the most violent offenders in the facility he had to pass two other correctional officers who would grant him access to the function room, where every Sunday John would participate in bible studies.
The guards would mock him by indifferently, inquiring about his movements. A 6 foot 2, strongly built ex-skinhead looking guard mordantly asked.
‘And where the fuck do you think your going John?’
John looked straight ahead without blinking answering almost as quickly as the question was posed
Affectedly puzzled the older guard, a portly 50 something asked.
'Church? What the fuck for? What are you going for. . . . to repent?'
Both guards started to laugh. What do they care?. The average prison guard is on about 65 K a year, and there is always work available in the corrections services industry. Its a proven, future proof business model. Not a place for personal politics unless it directly affects your job. In the current climate as a career it was a safe bet.
The guards were not looking for any kind of answer of sorts it was just a customary query that came with the uniform. John walked past them, unaffected by their collective sarcasm.
John voraciously read any Christian literature he could get his hands on which great vigour and had the aptitude to converse with scholarly theologians on a myriad of biblical related topics. The state rightfully dispossesed his freedom to be part of a civil society, yet no one could take away his desire to revere in the glory of the lord. It was his new found passion.
After the half-hour was over it was time to be escorted back the G division, which is considered to be the home of the hardest worse type of criminal, in Yatla prison.
As he was being escorted back to his cells he walked past the two guards who had mocked him previously, in a sardonic patronising tone they jeered.
'So John, did you learn anything?'
Smug, with ironic smiles across thier faces the guards did not expect any reply when John looked them dead in the eyes
'Yeah mate I did’
The ex-skin looking guard sneered
‘Is that right? and what would that be?'
John briefly paused to saviour the moment before responding
‘Well'. . . I’m saved'
He slowly raised his hands that were handcuffed in front of his body, pointed his stumpy finger in thier surprised faces before announcing to the gaurds.
'And you cunts are fucked’.
The prison guard escorting John sensed the tension and assertively interrupted
‘C’mon John, off we go'
A maniacal smile overcame Johns face as he walked past the two standing guards whistling the Christian hymn ‘How great thou art'
The guards were left shaking their heads, dumbfounded and speechless, as the echoes of an off-key raspy nasal voice of John singing the lyrics “ Praise the Lord, Almighty" resonated throughout the block.
In the dark underbelly of working class life, ones existence is sustained by whatever distraction one decides to grasp onto. The minimum wage job, inane TV, football, violence alcohol, drugs, sex, poverty and hopelessness. This is usually consumed by either a resentment thats sustains an existence that is otherwise unbearable.
A few suburbs over in the more affluent areas people are watching scripted reality TV, picking their children up from soccer training, going to yoga class, dining out, conversing about their mundane jobs, hopes and aspirations.
They seldom talk about sex, politics or anything remotely unpleasant nor do they have any need to.
Instead they have obligatory conversations with in-laws about school fees, discuss potential property investments with financial planners or share thier opinions on the 2014 shiraz that was given as a gift from a relative. Basic prerequisites for a middle-class existence.
We may share a comtempory space, however it is only proximity, common interests and regular association that binds us together as a community. We don’t know the stranger sitting next to us on public transport is or what they are capable of, what brought them to this point nor why should we care? We don’t know where the Beaumont children, who went missing in 1966 are nor who is responsible for the infamous family murders that occurred in the 1980’s, and perhaps we never will.
The dark secrecy sits abandoned in the consciousness of a city that somehow as citizens we are all supposed to be comfortable with being unresolved. Maybe its for the best that we don’t know.
The drive home i thought about the concept of forgiveness and how powerful an emotion it is, as forgiveness has to surpassed anger and bitterness to be achieved, which is why so many never end up finding peace. For some the task of forgiveness is too daunting and unachievable.
So many people in jail had experienced some from of abuse, and thier lives were predictably fractured. How can one forgive? Yet if you don’t you are plagued by the bitterness. To be angry is to be a primitive human, our base emotional self. To forgive, is an act of god in man that has nothing to do with religion. Its a common mistake to view forgiveness as a form of weakness, especially if you have experienced a great injustice. If someone could of shown John, that he had the power to forgive those harmed him perhaps his life would have been vastly different. Now he will only ever be remembered for being the depraved ringleader of the snowtown murders and nothing more. When i arrived home, i noticed a King James version of the bible that i had not opened for years, i turned to a random page.
(Matthew 6:14) For if ye forgiveth man for their trespasses, your heavenly father will also forgive you.
John in currently serving 11 life sentences and will be never eligible for parole.
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