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Drama at the Legislative Assembly

On reflection, I think I know where at least some of this dream came from…more on that later, but first, the dream.

This dream starts with me and a group of friends walking through the City Walk exit of the Canberra Centre and heading towards the Legislative Assembly. We were discussing the portfolios of various MLAs and at one stage tried to work out what John Hargreaves’s portfolios were prior to his current ones…we couldn’t work it out so we walked up to the Legislative Assembly so that we could ask the staff there.

In this dream, the Legislative Assembly, rather than being its actual location, was located where the theatres are, just behind its real location, and there was a low-lying garden in front of it, with a maze of narrow paths.

As we approached the entrance we could see John Hargreaves going in the staff entrance door on the left hand side of the front entrance section. I quickly went up the few stairs and asked John Hargreaves what his previous portfolios were, he told me that he had previously been the minister for automatic doors and acquaintances (strange dream) before handing me an autographed photo of himself. I went back to my friends and gave them the answer.

We then decided that we might as well go inside and wait for Question Time to begin, so we went up to the public entrance (which was locked) and we were told by the attendant that we should “go to Olims Hotel and have a coffee and then come back”. I then said to her that Olims hotel is a twenty minute walk, and as it was 1:20pm, Question Time was only ten minutes away and we should be let in so that we could take our seats. She then informed me that it was only 12:40pm, and I told her that the clock above the entrance said it was 1:20pm…she then said “we like the clocks to be wrong” and changed it to say 8:57pm.

By this stage a very large school group were taking up most of the space in the garden and slowly going through the staff entrance. We left and decided to come back later.

The dream then jumped forward to Question Time where, rather than having any questions, a student in the school group was invited to read the radio news…a few stories passed before he got to a story about “drama at the Legislative Assembly”, in which he said that the clock above the entrance was to be named “the Sam Gordon-Stewart” clock after the person who had complained about it showing the wrong time earlier in the day.

I then made a scene about how I thought that if they were going to name the clock after me they should get my name right. I was thrown out of the Assembly.

The dream then ended.

I said at the beginning of this article that I think I know how I came up with this dream. On Sunday afternoon during lunch I was thinking about politicians getting requests for autographs…whether it happens, and if it is possible to walk up to John Howard during one of his walks and ask him for an autograph. That would explain part of the dream at least.


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#1 Comment By timblair On February 8, 2007 @ 2:00 pm

It must have been a dream, Samuel, because you were with friends! Outside!

Have a great day Samuel,


#2 Comment By Samuel On February 9, 2007 @ 8:04 am

Unfortunately we have an impersonator…quite a pity considering the amusing comment.

#3 Comment By John B1_B5 On February 11, 2007 @ 8:32 am

An impersonator ? Why, who’s ‘Tim Blair’ ???

#4 Comment By Samuel On February 11, 2007 @ 8:12 pm

One of Australia’s more notable bloggers. The email address used to create the account on this blog wasn’t the one Tim displays on his website, so I sent him an email to verify the account and he said it wasn’t his.

I try to verify accounts which supposedly belong to public figures, I usually don’t publish the comments of impersonators when I am aware that they are an impersonator, but I thought that comment was amusing enough to let through and just mark as being an impersonator.

Incidentally, being outside is a regular occurrence for me, being with friends is semi-regular, but putting them together is getting towards the rare end of the spectrum!

#5 Comment By John B1_B5 On February 11, 2007 @ 9:44 pm

Notable ? I’ve never heard of the man !

#6 Comment By Samuel On February 11, 2007 @ 9:59 pm

He has one of the more widely read blogs in Australia…but I don’t read it.

#7 Comment By John B1_B5 On February 12, 2007 @ 8:45 am

Well, I’m not into reading other people’s blogs either Samuel (except this one).
I just concentrate on my own Blog, posting items that I find
interesting, and I don’t give a damn whether anybody reads them or not – ( I don’t even allow for comments).

The word “popular” is a much abused term, and what’s deemed “popular” is not necessarily quality material.

I like to set my own agenda – not pander to somebody else’s !

#8 Comment By Samuel On February 12, 2007 @ 10:01 pm

The word “popular” is a much abused term, and what’s deemed “popular” is not necessarily quality material.

To use one of my favourite expressions, you’ve hit the nail on the head John.

There are a few blogs that I read, most of them wouldn’t exactly qualify as “popular”, but they are in my view (mostly) quality material, or at the very least worthy of reading.

I think this all boils down to my point about the way certain parts of our society view their sheep-like following of what is deemed “popular” (by the same groups) as “normal” and anybody who doesn’t subscribe to their normality is viewed as inferior and in need of changing.