Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Negative nelly

Oh the internet is so cool!

Oh the internet brings people together!

Oh the internet is like democracy in action MAN!

Geographical distance is a forgotten concept!

Where do you want to go today?

The world on your computer!

The computer is your world!

Life without boundaries!

Travel the world without leaving your desk (or putting any pants on)!

And so on.

Random paradox – this Newtown photo pool is so good, when I look at the photos of Camperdown Rest Park, King Street and random beer gardens I am there. The sense of place is so strong in these brilliant photos. But all it does is remind me of how far away it all is and how barren (Sharon) StinkTown TM is.

The cliches need retooling. The internet is nothing but a mean, rotten tease. It takes me there in pictures, but then refuses to be some kind of awesomely advanced matter transporter that can zap me to and from this place and that without the need for a shitty 3 hour freeway trip.

Here is StinkTown TM right now. Grey ‘n’ dull enough for ya?



And here, thanks to Stack, is something random from Newtown that you might see just wandering around on your way between good pubs and functioning public transport:



Hell, it even looks good when it rains in Newtown:



Compare and contrast. Contrast and compare. God knows there’s nothing else to do ‘round here.

5 comments:

Zoe said...

Oh, stop whingeing. Canberra can be gorgeous, but there's no point wishing it was Sydney.

That little boat, btw, is in Enmore, off the back of a gallery on Enmore Rd about two blocks from where I used to live. It was very nice to see it again.

(And your word verification, negative nelly, is "bwuaa" - how appropriate!)

comicstriphero said...

Canberra can be gorgeous, but there's no point wishing it was Sydney.

No, I know that will never happen.

I guess I was wishing that I was in Sdyney.

We all have negative moments.

Georg said...

Yep, that boat is just off Enmore Rd. I always wanted to take a photo of it so when I finally got a camera phone I did. I must say though comicstriphero, you make Newtown look good by only choosing those photos. You could have used: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stack/66335502/

comicstriphero said...

I must say though comicstriphero, you make Newtown look good by only choosing those photos. You could have used: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stack/66335502/

Yeah, but to me, that still looks good.

Spend enough time away from somewhere that feels like home and you start to paper over the myriad of cracks...

byrd said...

myriad of cracks, indeed. go walk around the alley behind green square. Granted its way to wide, but other than that, suitably dislocated from the pleasant open greenery of cbr...