Worm Farm…

So when some asks you whether you have a pet (s) what do you say if all ya got is a worm farm? ‘well sort of’ is usually the response, with that said, I feed them and occasionally look at them and they provide some entertainment so I guess they constitute as pets! – fish for example are much the same, feed them and watch them…

However worms have a pretty useful side benefit – they eat scraps and give great fertiliser! even liquid fertiliser so i thats one extra point for worms over fish. Now worms are a bit picky when it comes to food, you can’t just feed them any old scrap, for example, no onions, bread meat or dairy products, basically whatever falls on the ground naturally is what they eat. However there are some excellent kitchen waste products that they just love, coffee grinds, banana peels (they love these) , any leafy vegetable, tea bags (remove the staple) just to name a few.

Now we got ours from the Watershed (newtown) when we did the workshop there, 65 bucks is not bad either especially considering it is recycled plastic and also australian designed and made. The actual worms can be purchased here also for 30 odd bucks (not a bad trade either, i reckon ya could make a few bob this way!). The actual name of the farm is a “Worm Factory” see here for more.

Now the pictures here are from our one which we got in Jan 08, it is fairly well developed and we are almost moving upstairs to the next level.

More useful links:

http://www.ryde.nsw.gov.au/services/worm.htm

http://www.reln.com.au/worm-factory-p-131.html

http://www.nitrowormfarms.com/worm_farms.html

The Herd, Summerland

herd.jpg14 Jun 2008, The Factory Theatre Victoria Rd – Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales.

Pretty good show, nice mix of new stuff of the album and classic stuff, ‘scallops’ was a winner. The Factory Theatre is a damn fine venue, hope to see more here, especially since it is but a 10 minute walk – easy to roll home with a stop at the Vic on the park….

This is the second Herd show we have seen, will definitely go for a third! The first was at the Enmore Theatre, not a bad venue either.

probably only the second time I have visted myspace was to check these guys profile – I wont dare link to that shit tho…

The best place to find info about them and the rest of the solo artists is at http://www.elefanttraks.com/

Take the time to check out the solo artists like Urthboy and Ozibatla – these shows usually have half the herd there anyways :)

Sites of Enmore/Newtown

Well I have lived here so long and never taken a picture of the most famous site in Newtown – the ‘I have a Dream’ mural. I do regularly get and take pictures of some of the graf that is around, its amazing how often it changes, there is even a stencil art wall in Enmore which morphs and evolves on a regular basis..

Check out more graf here

Just wander on thru the back streets and you find a world of artwork (some may not classify it as so) that is everchanging…

and from the City of Sydney Site

Paula Hamilton and Paul Ashton who kindly gave permission to reproduce the following extract from their article in Public History Review Vol. 9, pp23-36 (see especially pp30-32)

Another memorial in the Inner Western suburb of Newtown is painted on a wall. It is at the less salubrious

end of the area on a main traffic thoroughfare in one of the most congested streets in the city. Adorning a whole wall in bold colours, it is impossible to miss. It bears the classic realism of the spraycan artist. There are two images: the Earth, and the face of Martin Luther King, both stark against a black background.

Underneath are the words ‘I have a dream’. Across the bottom third of the wall is the Aboriginal flag and the injunction: ‘Please show respect, post no bills here.’ But despite this mural’s visual accessibility and prominence it is often viewed ‘in a state of distraction’-as opposed, for example, to the intense focus when in a museum- because it is part of the public streetscape of buildings, shops, people and cars. It is arresting, but becomes part of the urban visual wallpaper. Memories embedded in buildings like this one acquire meanings different from those the architect intended, and the mural obscures any sense of the three storey building underneath it.

Twin Pioneer – Scottish built taildragger…can it get any worse :)

dsc_4890-test1.jpg This has to come pretty close to the ugliest plane I have seen at our airport! The light blue paint job certainly did not do it any favours! This big bad boy is a twin engine (LEONIDES 531/8, whatever the hell those are! 9-cylinder supercharged aircooled radial piston engine – 550 odd HP) taildragger, another strike against it! I feel sorry for the pax, talk about a vertigo trip and you have not even lifted the tail! It feels like your climbing everest when trying to get to the cockpit!

Nonetheless we should concentrate on its good points…top speed? 145kts, well thats pretty good considering the size of the wings and the fuse, on that note you could probably land it in a footy field with those flaps and slats :) This one i think was built around 1958, there were also military models, this may explain the tri-tail configuration to help against enemy fire – I think damage tolerance had a different meaning back then :)

What else we got? the cabin is very roomy with plenty of emergency egress exits – all in the roof?! reminds me a little of the Shorts skyvan, come to think of it, thats gotta be the ugliest aircraft ever built and still flying. So, Twin Pioneer you off the hook here, the second ugliest plane on the airport (note the skyvan has a real uncarriage setup:) )

dsc_4883_1.jpg An interesting note about this particular aircraft, on the left had side of the fuse (internal) there is a whole stack of hand scrawled notes/calculations, maybe the flight engineer ran out of paper?! Imagine that, mid-transit and heres your flight engineer calculating landing distances based on weight etc on the fuselage skin, that would be a sight.

Head on over to the gallery for a full series of pictures on this ugly duckling – a few of some great british engineering with chains, hydraulics and the like!