Archive for May 18th, 2006

Hooray Hooray, The Busway Goes Away!

The previously reported potentially time travelling pointless busway has finally been shelved by the Chief Turnip Stanhope government.

It seems that they have finally seen the light and realised that the busway will do nothing to help public transport, or at least partially. The “new” transport minister, John Hargreaves (who has taken over the role from the disastrous Simon Corbell) has shelved the busway plan, stating that it will not be built in his lifetime. Chief Turnip Stanhope, who seems to specialise in silly rants and comments has decided that Hargreaves statement does not reflect the view of the government.

Thankfully the government will retain the land (it’s not as if you could really do much with the land other than build transport corridors) which they acquired for the busway, and possibly use it in the future for something slightly more sane.

As I suggested back in October, light rail would make much more sense between the town centres. Gungahlin is growing and is in severe need of proper public transport links, and there is a remote possibility of another town centre being built west of Weston Creek, or between Weston Creek and Belconnen, which would make light rail a much better option.

Light rail could be built between each town centre, and as it runs on its own tracks it would not need to worry about road congestion. It could also run more directly between town centres than roads can and do.

It is good that this expensive busway has been scrapped, as we don’t need it, and really have much more important things to spend money on, especially with a budget deficit (regardless of what accounting methods the Chief Turnip invents to turn a deficit into a surplus).

Samuel

3 comments May 18th, 2006 at 03:35pm

The Mountain of Voiceovers

A few nights ago I had a very strange dream. The owners of 2CC and 2CA decided to sell the stations, and they appeared on the TV news to announce the new owner, who turned out to be the new voiceover woman on 2CA (it’s nearly half a year now…nearly time to drop the “new”). She promptly moved the 2CA and 2CC studios to a strange “H” shaped building on a flat section half way up Mount Ainslie. The “H” shape is vertical, not horizontal.

The transmitters were then moved to the top of Mount Ainslie, and produced lightning, which apparently helped to improve the signal (which seems strange considering that lightning usually causes interference on AM signals) so much that 2CC and 2CA could be heard worldwide.

The dream continued to get stranger when the announcers of both stations started painting the building, and encouraging listeners to help out as part of a contest where the best painter would get to live in the “H” building for a week. Mike Frame ran his show from the roof of the “H” building where he spent most of his show singing whilst painting.

The odd thing is that everybody was trying to paint the building with white paint but the lightning was causing rain (according to the weather reports on 2CC in the dream), and the rain kept washing the paint away. On second thoughts, that wasn’t the only odd thing about this dream.

Samuel

May 18th, 2006 at 10:04am

Samuel’s Footy Tips: Results

Now that Samuel’s Persiflage has had a bit more than a day at the top of the page, on with the blog…and as for the footy tips, well it had to happen eventually, I had a good weekend. I had my highest score for the year in the NRL, and had a gain in the AFL, with my weekly total being equal higest for the year. The running totals also went up.

AFL Round 7: 4/8 (50%)
NRL Round 10: 5/7 (71.43%)
Week Total: 9/15 (60%)
Graph of the weekly results

Totals:
AFL: 26/56 (46.43%)
NRL: 32/70 (45.71%)
Total: 58/126 (46.03%)
Graph of the total results

Samuel

May 18th, 2006 at 07:54am


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