Monday, 30 November 2009

Surface View

UK specialist printer Surface View is now offering selection of original, hand-drawn, cutaway diagrams by Terry Davey that appeared on the cover of Haynes Workshop Manuals. The Surface View website is very slick, and I'd love to decorate a house using some of their murals and prints.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Golden Spokes Win

On Sunday November 8, C. C. Coglioni del Nord won their first cycling team trophy by 0.15s. Full results are here.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

The Amazing Mr. Henry Keck, The First Governor Of Darlinghurst Gaol

I think that the life story of Henry Keck would make a great book (and film). Some interesting quotes from the online history of Darlinghurst Gaol:
Henry Keck was appointed to be the first governor of Darlinghurst Gaol. He had papers saying that he had been an officer in the British Army and in charge of Dublin Castle. This was his first deception. Many more were to follow. The papers were all forged.

Keck was a man of culture and found some musicians among his prisoners. He was able to train and assemble small orchestras which were hired out to functions around Sydney Town.

However, his most enterprising exploit was the establishment of brothel activities within the gaol for prisoners with spare earnings. It operated from the women's cells and proved so popular that he expanded it to include prostitutes from local brothels outside the gaol. Finally Keck installed two prostitutes in the courthouse next door, using lawyers' chambers that were empty at night, and allowing prisoners access to the court through the underground passage.
I can imagine Simon Winchester doing a great job of this story. One can order the biographical cuttings on Henry Keck from the National Library of Australia.

Chase starts in Shents

From the November 7 Subiaco POST:
Police investigating the theft of an Aston Martin from Shenton Park this week went on a high-speed chase early on Thursday morning after spotting another vehicle being driven suspiciously. The Aston Martin was stolen from the Lake Jualbup area on Monday night.
Actually, I thought it was stolen from outside 1 Harvey Road, two doors down from our house.
Police were on high alert during subsequent night patrols. At 2am on Thursday, Cottesloe police saw a stolen Holden Commodore GTS in Harvey Road, Shenton Park.
Indeed they were on high alert. They asked for permission to park an unmarked police car in our driveway. And seeing a young lad running down the street after being dropped off, entered another property in the street with guns drawn!
An hour later it was spotted in Cottesloe’s Curtin Avenue. The chase led police to Leach Highway, south of the river – they abandoned the pursuit when the driver of the stolen Commodore reached about 250kmh. Police believe the Commodore driver could be connected to recent western suburbs burglaries.
Seems like they know which houses to target. The number of trades vehicles parked in Harvey Road over the last few months might help identify promising houses to burgle ...