Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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September 13th, 2009

Planned route: walk Enmore Rd; Newtown station; train around the Bankstown loop; Punchbowl station; walk and explore.

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I will also buy an apple from this greengrocer. In Punchbowl. http://tr.im/yybo

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I have decided! I’m going to visit the Mirage Hotel in Punchbowl! http://tr.im/yyb5 Looks classy.

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Looking at maps of Sydney and deciding ‘pon my destination. Almost anywhere will have interesting sights at dusk, however.

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Oh Newspoll, I know that’s your number repeatedly calling me. Should I answer? Do I care?

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@gga “Vote”? What do you think this is? Democracy? :) I will consider. :For tweetstreams to work, you have to get into the zone.

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@roguemm @pressdarling Glad you found something of value in my burblings. Always good to get feedback. :)

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LIFE photo gallery: “New York’s Golden Age: The 1940s” http://tr.im/yy2x

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I’m still undecided. Take notes & photos for a later essay? Live tweet like http://tr.im/yy2i? Neither, and just enjoy a sunny excursion?

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I’m showered. I’ll have a cuppa, make sure all batteries are charged, then select a destination.

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@NereadersDigest @InnerWesty Cronulla, Macquaries Fields and North Narrabeen are all interesting suggestions.

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@Neekatron Lack of ale is not a deal-breaker, but I suspect a drink on a warm day is a likely need, and shit-quality lager doesn’t cut it.

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@fictillius Blacktown is also an interesting suggestion. I do like to go beyond the clichés and parocialism of inner Sydney suburbs.

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@Nickhodge You may like these photos of the Maunsell Sea Forts. http://tr.im/yxQj

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Sustainable House Day 2009 http://tr.im/yxOM looks interesting. But not for the mood I’m in today, alas. I am reflective, introspective.

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@benmoretti No need for me to Google Tufte’s books, they’re all sitting on a shelf nearby. I do think the latter ones lack substance though.

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@paullyoung @benmoretti Auburn appeals too. Gordon does not.

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@Neekatron Cabramatta is lovely any time of year, and I know this great little diner. Alas, there is no ale ANYWHERE in Cabramatta.

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Film idea: “Rambo vs Rocky VII: Wheelchairs with Spikes”! You know, like Roman war chariots.

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I would much rather go see Oil Rocks in Azerbaijan, but I may not have time today. http://tr.im/yxLY

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I’m thinking that I might travel to another part of Sydney today, and write about it. Maybe. But if I did, where?

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@JonoH I usually like it when you talk dirty to me, but not today. ;)

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Whenever I see the term “wealth creation”, a little orange light lights up in my head. And not in a good way.

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For some reason I missed @chrisberg’s commentary on the NBN from 3 August. It’s still valid. http://tr.im/yxGd

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“Far from protecting us, the war on drugs is making the world a much more dangerous place.” http://tr.im/yxFL

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@SnarkyPlatypus Pourrais-je pas plutôt fixer une date cible pour la cocaïne et prostituées?

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@SnarkyPlatypus Je ne suis pas très habiles à se trouvant juste sous le soleil. Je me sens comme je veux accomplir quelque chose!

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Ah! I am, as always, revelling in the beauty of a “new” place! To think people choose to spend their sunny Sunday at clichéd, tedious Bondi!

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I like coming out here. I feel positively skinny.

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I’m observing all this through the window directly under this “Mirage” sign: http://tr.im/yyxu

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African man walks slowly with his groceries. $10 shorts, $10 “Australia” t-shirt. A gold watch glistens in contrast to his ebony wrist.

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Fat man with cricketer’s moustache and rugby jersey drives practical builder’s ute. Beside him, a petite Filipina woman, looking bored.

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The Star City Casino courtesy bus has arrived, too, seeking punters to draw into its web of darkness. It is empty.

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Outside, though, I do see quite a few well-dressed Muslim women driving expensive cars. Driving to other places, no doubt.

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@courtney_gibson Ah, but like all poker machine rooms it’s a dark, cool cave where time stands still. Polyester is the only sane fabric.

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@pixel8ted Punchbowl looks like nothing’s changed in 20 years. It’s enduring rather than surviving, and certainly not thriving.

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@erkpod Thanks for your rail advice. I will go back through Sydenham. I still have a Redfern change tho, unless I do the City Loop.

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@damonism There is a pizza and steakhouse across the road boasting grilled barramundi for $19.95, but it looks… basic.

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Oh dear. In search of peanuts, I found the poker machine room. Sad old men and even more seriously obese women in polyester slacks.

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Just discovered the Ramadan Awareness Campaign. http://tr.im/yyuU Looks to be a useful resource.

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Punchbowl Rd’s “upgrade” divides street. Footpaths of bare concrete, steel rails. Nothing to entice people to linger. No cafés. No flowers.

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This poor little shopping strip would have once been thriving. But the car and the supermarket means everyone would shop at Bankstown. Sad.

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@damonism A Halal KFC still doesn’t get past the fact that it’s a KFC.

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I just realised why everything’s so quiet. It’s Ramadan. Silly me. Women with young kids bringing shopping home, hungrily awaiting dusk.

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@DrMobs I suspect the gift store down the road has actual punchbowls. It certainly has Elvis Presley clocks with Arabic inscriptions.

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I can see myself departing here for somewhere more cosmopolitan, like Sydenham.

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At the Mirage Hotel, Punchbowl. On tap: VB, Toohey’s New, Cascade Light and Reschs. No ale. No kitchen, so no food. Football on TV.

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His son, slick black hair, slick black slacks, comes back for more bread.

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Waiting with apples. A grey-haired man buys a huge watermelon and a dozen bags of unleavened bread. The radio plays, in Arabic.

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Alsn, the travel agent specialises in honeymoon packages.

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So far I’ve counted 5 businesses about staging a wedding.

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Above a bleaker-than-it-sounds The Boulevard, a swallow in spring-red finery presides wire-borne over a wog-filled 4WD a’doofing.

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Punchbowl. Tired Chinese hairdresser. “Last Minute Finance”, which I take to be a non-bank lender. “Eternity Funerals”. A weddhng boutique.

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I’ve also taken a photo of ibises in a date palm tree. Ugly fucking birds. They match this place.

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Oh, no loop. I have to wait 15 mins at Bankstown to get the next train 1 stop to Punchbowl. Ripped off. I took a photo of the toilet.

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@paulwiggins Re suburbs rebuilding as residents die, yes. See A J Rose’s “Patterns of Cities”. Urban geography FTW!

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Birrong. “A brighter future for all Australians starts here” says the school sign. Doubt that.

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Berala. Red brick makes way for weatherboard, cheap awnings and fake red tiles.

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Rockwood necropolis. I should explore some day. @ApostrophePong’s photos were gnod, back then.

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Some of those Vietnamese noodle places by Flemington station look promising.

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Strathfield. Cheaply-built apartments, English and “pre-university” colleges, pigeons and despair.

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Hard to respond to comments doing this.

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Past Ashfield, the endless red-brick suburbs. Few walk.

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Lewisham still looks unloved.

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Italian youth in designer sunglasses, full of attitude and shortness. Train! Tired parents with tired, irritated children.

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@paullyoung Punchbowl “boringly suburban”? But that’s precisely what I want to see!

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What’s two steps up from a muffin top?

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She: Red singlet, tight black jeans, too tight for her ample hips, cheap blue thongs. Her northern English accent could shatter granite.

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20yo couple. He: black t-shirt, purple jeans, longish black hair, chubby, pale skin, 5 lip piercings, disdainful.

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Her make-up has run, she looks tired. Still going home from last night? Hooker at shift’s end? She looks irritable.

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Newtown station, 10 mins to wait. Woman in 4” heels, skimpy black dress pink fluorescent appliqué, straggly hair blonde streaks grown out.

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Enmore Rd is quiet, languid. Even King St is no traffic jam today. Surely warm day = beach isn’t THAT much of a cliché?

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Enmore Delicious Roll still sells their home made sausage in a bun for $2.50. Hendrix blares out of Scrambled Cafe, unenticingly.

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Warm sun. Blue sky. Gentle breeze. A pair of honeyeaters squawk, but with little enthusiasm.

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And so… departure…

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Wikipedia tells me the Mirage Hotel was nicknamed “the bloodhouse”, which sounds… promising. http://tr.im/yycX

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If my forthcoming flood of observational tweets from exotic Punchbowl is likely to annoy, use Twittersnooze on me. http://tr.im/yycA

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Dear Cats, it is not necessary to push ALL of those objects onto the floor. Please be assured, Gravity does still work.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Il serait avantageux si les chats ont exercé leur droit de naissance un peu plus tranquillement.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. Les chats sont concernés. Le vent fait beaucoup de bruits extérieurs. Ils se plaignent. Et vous?

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Mon plan: Writing this morning; lunch & errands to King St; desk afternoon of loose end removal; evening uncertain.

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@philipargy Daylight Saving? No thanks. I’m a morning person and that morning light is helpful.

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Seems quiet. Hands up who’s already having a distinctly CBFed kind of Monday? http://tr.im/yBtQ

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Interesting dinner guests, who I now thank: @zuzu @facibus @4fthawaiian @goaldeebug @ApostrophePong. Erk!

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While the food and company was wonderful, I do think a restaurant called Opium Den 1. should have served opium and 2. been a den.

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I’m always disappointed to look back at tweets I’ve done while mobile and seeing how many typos they have.

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The Swans Club? Welk, if you insist.

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Or should that be “give a piss”? I want less urine, not more.

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Not to mention, CityRail, where do I fucking well take a piss?

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So, CityRail, I’m on a train but my journey plans have changed. How do I address this when I can only buy tickets outside the barrier?

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RT @sparksman: Enmore Delicious Roll does awesome Pho Bo Kho if you like spicy viet noodles [Correct. And I do.].

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@DDsD I reckon the time to explore kebabs in Punchbowl is not during Ramadan. ;)

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@kathodonnell Ta to you an everyone else who’s enjoyed my little observations. Fun journey. I like the exploration.

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Approaching Lakemba, the railway is lined by wattle in full yellow bloom.

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Punchbowl is now starting to come alive as dusk falls. But, like @stephenfry in America, I’m moving on before I’ve properly experienced it.

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And now we say farewell to Punchbowl’s Mirage Hotel, as I get the train to somewhere… better? Different, at least.

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Sun sets, red sun thru brown haze over red tiles. Endless red tiles.

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@SnarkyPlatypus But the Hitler example only “a little” over the top? Clearly my programming is working.

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@SnarkyPlatypus I get stabby in Bondi. Here, people go about their business, lovely to watch. Shame the area’s run down a bit.

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@SnarkyPlatypus “Bondi is pleasant enough, besides the excessive crowds and wankery.” Yeah, like Hitler was OK except for the Nazi thing.

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