24 December 2010

Dick 'n balls hits pooh corner

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[First filed: Dec 17, 2010 @ 8:15]

This in from Tim the Yowie Man:

On the eve of the holiday season, Canberra’s Tim the Yowie Man has issued an urgent plea to the Eurobodalla Shire Council to immediately clean up unsightly graffiti that has recently appeared at Pooh Bear’s Corner on the Clyde Mountain.

“The historic location, on the Clyde Mountain is well known to Canberra kids, many of whom ask their parents to stop so they can have a peek into Pooh Bears Cave on the long and windy drive to the coast,” explains the Canberra cryptonaturalist and tourism operator.

“Graffiti such as people’s initials and names has been common place at the famous landmark for many years, but unfortunately, some fool has gone too far and drawn a large phallic symbol at the entrance to the small cave – it’s just totally inappropriate for kids,” laments the Yowie Man.

The cave, part of a munitions store during World War II that could be detonated to stop passage of enemy forces from the coast to the national capital, has been decorated with teddy bears for several decades. “It even has its very own Facebook site,” says the Yowie Man.

“Traditionally, Boxing Day triggers a large exodus of Canberrans who head to the coast via the Clyde Mountain…if the graffiti was cleaned-up prior to then it would be one of the best Christmas presents the Eurobodalla Shire Council could give to Canberra families (apart from some nice beach weather…),” urges the Yowie Man.

UPDATE: You’ll all, no doubt, be thrilled to know that FM104’s Scotty and Nige have, according to their twit feed (and who better to have one?), taken Black Thunder down the Clyde and cleaned up Pooh Corner.

Christmas is saved!

What other civic duties would you like to see them perform?

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la mente torbida10:21 am 29 Dec 10

Ok, flame suit on…..

I’ve been commuting from the Bay to Canberra two or three times a week (and back) for over 15 years.

Observations: Bay to Canberra, Canberra to Bay: Generally 1 hour 45 minutes
Bad weekend, lots of travellers: 2 hours

Overall: the road is fine, the odd idiot, let it go

I can join the dots but can the Highway Patrol officer coming the other way? I also was not talking about a car doing 90 either.

I dont disagree with the wole “get out there, get past & dont dick around thing”. I also dont profess to have never sped while doing this but you have to weigh up your options. Coming up the Clyde, you get slower vehicles, yep there is no easy overtaking alternatives but if you think about it, how many times have you blasted passed someone after the Mongarlowe River only to be pulled up for a breatho in Braidwood?

Better still, so many people have passed me (sometimes unsafely) & then pulled up in Braidwood for a feed no more than a minute in front of me. WTF is with that? Why the hurry?

Now I dont dick around & will sit on the limit (unless I am in the Patrol which is slow up hills) but people just have to be in front.

The drive is short & scenic, enjoy it.

I wont be heading that way over Xmas if I can help it because unlike most of Canberra, I dont have tunnel vision…….Eucumbene here I come!!!!!

“But other countries, similar in size and population (ie Canada)”

You’re kidding….right?

georgesgenitals6:36 pm 23 Dec 10

“So, Me No Fry, its OK to speed to overtake someone at 100?”

Vehicle doing 90km/h, 1.5km straight available, you join the dots…

Yowie Man, get a scrubbing brush, if it bothers you so much….

Fish are really biting, the berley must be working.

Merry Christmas, all, and take it easy.

Dvaey ” It never fails to amaze me, when travelling to the coast with a boat or campervan, travelling at 100 in the 100 zone, the number of idiots that rush to get past you. The problem with the coast road, isnt the road, its the idiots who try to save 10 seconds by passing vehicles travelling at the speed limit on windy corners.”

How come you can’t pull over when there are a few cars behind and let the people pass? It would be a considerate thing to do. I know you shouldn’t have to, but it would save some heartache.

what jim and kb said +1

So, Me No Fry, its OK to speed to overtake someone at 100?

georgesgenitals3:26 pm 23 Dec 10

When the road’s really busy, there’s not much point overtaking at all. You might as well accept that the line of traffic the stretches to the horizon is going to travel along at 80-90km/h and use the time to chat or take in some music.

Me no fry: firstly, you need to go back and read dvaey’s post; secondly, you need to pull your f&cken head in.

So, dvaey, your definition of an idiot is anyone who overtakes you? If there’s an overtaking lane and somebody overtakes you, what is the problem and why do you care? And what is your objection to having an increased number of overtaking lanes? Better that than people having to use the opposite side of the road to overtake.

You sound a bit like the guy I saw once on a trip to the coast, doing 60 in a 100 zone for no apparent reason, hanging out of his car window yelling abuse at everyone who dared to overtake him (which was literally everybody, by the way).

I think you might be the idiot.

georgesgenitals said :

The road to the coast is fine. Plenty of upgrades in recent years, lots of overtaking opportunities, no really nasty corners anymore.

George, please. Lots of overtaking opportunities? I don’t think so. This is why Australians have such poor quality roads generally – they are too accepting.

It never fails to amaze me, when travelling to the coast with a boat or campervan, travelling at 100 in the 100 zone, the number of idiots that rush to get past you. The problem with the coast road, isnt the road, its the idiots who try to save 10 seconds by passing vehicles travelling at the speed limit on windy corners.

Fortunately Ive also heard theyve installed point-to-point cameras along the clyde to catch those people who think there arent enough overtaking opportunities. I cant wait til they get around to installing point-to-points for the whole drive. It wont have an immediate effect on the drivers, but hopefully it would only take a year, and we’d all be safe to travel to the coast at the speed limit, without having to worry about slowing down Mr Hotstuff in his daddys lancer or WRX.

“Rioters may be unaware that Pooh Corner is one of the outlets of the under-road dynamiting tunnels from WWII. The road was to be blown up if the Japanese hit the south coast …”

But I’ve seen plenty of Japs down the coast in recent years! That bloody council can’t do anything right!

I love the drive to the coast. When you were a kid you’d hit the winding eastern downhill bit and you could feel the anticipation of seeing and smelling the ocean. Apart from that, the secenery is brilliant with the massive tree ferns, majestic gums and misty valleys and peaks.

la mente torbida11:30 am 23 Dec 10

I love the road

georgesgenitals7:44 pm 19 Dec 10

georgesgenitals said :

georgesgenitals said :

The road to the coast is fine. Plenty of upgrades in recent years, lots of overtaking opportunities, no really nasty corners anymore.

It’s not even 150km, harden up. Not all roads in Autralia are the smooth, wide boulevards Canberrans get by with.

George, please. Lots of overtaking opportunities? I don’t think so. This is why Australians have such poor quality roads generally – they are too accepting.

I don’t live in Canberra anymore. The roads where I live are not smooth, wide boulevardes, they are dangerous, narrow, off-camber, potholed and deadly and people do die on them quite regularly. But judging from past posts on this topic, these people deserved to die because they couldn’t keep their car on the road.

I drove up from Bateman’s Bay last weekend, and was surprised by how much the road has been improved. Seriously. The road is fine. The only dangerous thing about it is the people who have zero idea how to overtake safely (and most of them had blue and white number plates). This is not meant to be a troll – lots of Canberrans genuinely don’t seem to cope without two lanes each way.

georgesgenitals said :

The road to the coast is fine. Plenty of upgrades in recent years, lots of overtaking opportunities, no really nasty corners anymore.

It’s not even 150km, harden up. Not all roads in Autralia are the smooth, wide boulevards Canberrans get by with.

George, please. Lots of overtaking opportunities? I don’t think so. This is why Australians have such poor quality roads generally – they are too accepting.

I don’t live in Canberra anymore. The roads where I live are not smooth, wide boulevardes, they are dangerous, narrow, off-camber, potholed and deadly and people do die on them quite regularly. But judging from past posts on this topic, these people deserved to die because they couldn’t keep their car on the road.

georgesgenitals7:59 pm 18 Dec 10

The road to the coast is fine. Plenty of upgrades in recent years, lots of overtaking opportunities, no really nasty corners anymore.

It’s not even 150km, harden up. Not all roads in Autralia are the smooth, wide boulevards Canberrans get by with.

Rioters may be unaware that Pooh Corner is one of the outlets of the under-road dynamiting tunnels from WWII. The road was to be blown up if the Japanese hit the south coast …

On the eve of the holiday season, Canberra’s Tim the Yowie Man has issued an urgent plea to the Eurobodalla Shire Council to immediately clean up unsightly graffiti that has recently appeared at Pooh Bear’s Corner on the Clyde Mountain.

Well I live in the Eurobodalla these days and can tell you that the council will not do anything
that might cost them money. Oh, other than give themselves pay rises or further build their empire that is.

Muttsybignuts6:17 pm 17 Dec 10

Will no-one think of the Yowies?

Maybe it was a Yowie who painted the dick n balls…

Will no-one think of the Yowies?

troll-sniffer said :

Me no fry said :

But the current road? It is an average drive at the best of times (and I do the trip at least once a month) and a slow-moving ribbon of steel at the worst, totally inadequate for the volume and type of traffic it carries.

Wghat an absurd statement. The current road is actually more than adequate for the volume of traffic except for a few hours a few weekends a year. And when I travel on those few days I arrange to leave earlier or later than pre-programmed robots and generally average over 80km/hr for the trip.

What an absurd response. Well, we’ll just have to disagree then. In my experience the volume of traffic has increased dramatically over just the last ten years, and at all times of the day too (I’ve experimented). There are parts of the road that are just not up to it – not necessarily the volume but the type of traffic.

troll-sniffer2:41 pm 17 Dec 10

Me no fry said :

But the current road? It is an average drive at the best of times (and I do the trip at least once a month) and a slow-moving ribbon of steel at the worst, totally inadequate for the volume and type of traffic it carries.

Wghat an absurd statement. The current road is actually more than adequate for the volume of traffic except for a few hours a few weekends a year. And when I travel on those few days I arrange to leave earlier or later than pre-programmed robots and generally average over 80km/hr for the trip.

Me no fry said :

Anybody ever used the road between Araluen and the coast (comes out near Moruya)?

Yup, it is a nice drive.

squirell said :

Me no fry said :

can they just build a proper damn road between Canberra and the coast? Something with 4 lanes all the way would be nice – with a more direct route, if possible. Yeah yeah, I know, I’m dreaming. But other countries, similar in size and population (ie Canada) seem to manage to build proper roads.

The coast is a place where people go to relax and get away from it all, why would you want to throw in 4 lane highway and get even more people going there?
Plus can you imagine the eyesore it would be? It’s a beautiful drive down the Clyde.

You’re right, of course. When I wrote that I had visions of a lone car (mine) on a 4 lane road, wafting serenely between the coast and Canberra, driving in dappled sunshine. It’s so much nicer in my little dream world…

But the current road? It is an average drive at the best of times (and I do the trip at least once a month) and a slow-moving ribbon of steel at the worst, totally inadequate for the volume and type of traffic it carries.

Me no fry said :

can they just build a proper damn road between Canberra and the coast? Something with 4 lanes all the way would be nice – with a more direct route, if possible. Yeah yeah, I know, I’m dreaming. But other countries, similar in size and population (ie Canada) seem to manage to build proper roads.

The coast is a place where people go to relax and get away from it all, why would you want to throw in 4 lane highway and get even more people going there?
Plus can you imagine the eyesore it would be? It’s a beautiful drive down the Clyde.

Or yknow…people could just not go to Batemans Bay.

James-T-Kirk10:44 am 17 Dec 10

Agreed, but there’s also nothing to stop a concerned citizen seeing said graffiti taking matters into his own hands and removing said grafitti from site, rather than expecting shire council to allocate half a day for a crew of several to wander up the Clyde and hold up traffic for half a day while they work out how to best remove said grafitti in an environmentally sensitive fashion.

I would suggest that said individuals insurance may not cover those activities, and that our pre-programming within society requires us to ask somebody else to do it…

troll-sniffer said :

Agreed, but there’s also nothing to stop a concerned citizen seeing said graffiti taking matters into his own hands and removing said grafitti from site, rather than expecting shire council to allocate half a day for a crew of several to wander up the Clyde and hold up traffic for half a day while they work out how to best remove said grafitti in an environmentally sensitive fashion.

+1

I like it!

That’s a shame – the real dicks are the ones who did it.

But never mind cleaning the graffiti, can they just build a proper damn road between Canberra and the coast? Something with 4 lanes all the way would be nice – with a more direct route, if possible. Yeah yeah, I know, I’m dreaming. But other countries, similar in size and population (ie Canada) seem to manage to build proper roads.

Anybody ever used the road between Araluen and the coast (comes out near Moruya)?

georgesgenitals9:31 am 17 Dec 10

Coming back up you can swing a bit wide and lay some rubber on the exit…

troll-sniffer9:28 am 17 Dec 10

Agreed, but there’s also nothing to stop a concerned citizen seeing said graffiti taking matters into his own hands and removing said grafitti from site, rather than expecting shire council to allocate half a day for a crew of several to wander up the Clyde and hold up traffic for half a day while they work out how to best remove said grafitti in an environmentally sensitive fashion.

Hehe! Pics or it didn’t happen?

Totally agree. It’s become a minor cultural attraction. The last thing we want is some nob drawing, well, nobs in the little cave.

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