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It’s maybe for Skywhale Monday

By johnboy - 12 May 2013 52

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The Centenary Team have let it be known that Skywhale might be slipping the surly bonds of earth tomorrow morning.

Or it might not depending on the weather which isn’t looking good.

Check the Centenary website from 5am for confirmation.

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It’s maybe for Skywhale Monday
blind 10:40 pm 12 May 13

HATERS GOTTA HATE

SKYWHALES GOTTA SKY

Do what’s right, skywhale – we want you to fly tomorrow but don’t take foolish risks.

gooterz 9:31 pm 12 May 13

Free the whales!

grunge_hippy 9:00 pm 12 May 13

why didnt it fly today? would have been perfect!

dungfungus 8:23 pm 12 May 13

Masquara said :

Mr Evil said :

And MONA was pretty much paid for by a very rich individual – who was prepared to put his money where his mouth is, rather than expect the taxpayer to fully support his bold idea.

mmmm perhaps, rather, “paid for by unfortunate gambling addicts preyed upon and pickpocketed by opportunistic gambling entrepreneur”? It’s also likely that the fortune that built MONA, besides cleverly tax-havened and tax-avoided, was heavily subsidised by government and welfare agencies helping the families of those gambling addicts. e.g. indirectly paid by the taxpayer.

Why pick on MONA? The casino at Wrest Point built about 40 years ago was also “subsidised” by thousands of Tasmanian gambling addicts. It was so bad that when the casino opened at about 2.00pm every day there were dozens of women lined up to get to the tables. Locally, this event was known as “the housewive’s stakes”
Also, how many poker machine addicts are there in Canberra that get fleeced at a certain club that subsidizes a certain political party?

Masquara 7:22 pm 12 May 13

Mr Evil said :

And MONA was pretty much paid for by a very rich individual – who was prepared to put his money where his mouth is, rather than expect the taxpayer to fully support his bold idea.

mmmm perhaps, rather, “paid for by unfortunate gambling addicts preyed upon and pickpocketed by opportunistic gambling entrepreneur”? It’s also likely that the fortune that built MONA, besides cleverly tax-havened and tax-avoided, was heavily subsidised by government and welfare agencies helping the families of those gambling addicts. e.g. indirectly paid by the taxpayer.

Pork Hunt 6:31 pm 12 May 13

Deref said :

thoughtpod said :

I hope it flies on Monday.

Firstly, because it is a beautiful, wondrous and creative thing that it marvelously at odds with the (slowly ebbing) conservativeness of Canberra.

I wish it were true. My perception is that, as Canberra’s population’s grown, it’s become dramatically more conservative. RA posts are a pretty good indicator.

You might have a point. I remember the heady days of pommy bastard, captain raaf, woody, henry bg and mr gillespie etc telling us how we should live our lives. Miss you guys…

damien haas 6:29 pm 12 May 13

MONA is wonderful. It has also been paid for out of a private individuals pocket.

dungfungus 6:19 pm 12 May 13

thoughtpod said :

I hope it flies on Monday.

Firstly, because it is a beautiful, wondrous and creative thing that it marvelously at odds with the (slowly ebbing) conservativeness of Canberra. The people who saw it were delighted, and rightly so. They were also proud of the city for investing in something that whimsical and controversial…again, and rightly so.

Secondly, because the Sour Puss brigade may have a chance to see it and befriend it before deciding that it is irrelevant or wasteful.

I was recently at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania. It too delighted in surprising people, challenging them in ways both serious and lighthearted. It’s a national treasure, but I suspect that a lack of hackneyed kangaroo sculptures and other safe cliches would have had the Tasmanian chapter of the Sour Puss brigade up in arms.

Whatever happens, it will never fly.
It’s a hot air balloon, not an aeroplane.

milkman 6:11 pm 12 May 13

What a ridiculous waste of money.

Ben_Dover 6:10 pm 12 May 13

I hope it doesn’t fly, just to highlight what a monumental folly and waste of money it is.

JessP 5:41 pm 12 May 13

God help us.

Mr Evil 5:41 pm 12 May 13

thoughtpod said :

I hope it flies on Monday.

Firstly, because it is a beautiful, wondrous and creative thing that it marvelously at odds with the (slowly ebbing) conservativeness of Canberra. The people who saw it were delighted, and rightly so. They were also proud of the city for investing in something that whimsical and controversial…again, and rightly so.

Secondly, because the Sour Puss brigade may have a chance to see it and befriend it before deciding that it is irrelevant or wasteful.

I was recently at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania. It too delighted in surprising people, challenging them in ways both serious and lighthearted. It’s a national treasure, but I suspect that a lack of hackneyed kangaroo sculptures and other safe cliches would have had the Tasmanian chapter of the Sour Puss brigade up in arms.

I love how some people are so happy to foist their idea of “whimsical and controversial” upon everyone – but never at any actual real cost to themselves.

I’m sure the artist has made sure they won’t be out of pocket throughout this whole saga………

And MONA was pretty much paid for by a very rich individual – who was prepared to put his money where his mouth is, rather than expect the taxpayer to fully support his bold idea.

Deref 5:31 pm 12 May 13

thoughtpod said :

I hope it flies on Monday.

Firstly, because it is a beautiful, wondrous and creative thing that it marvelously at odds with the (slowly ebbing) conservativeness of Canberra.

I wish it were true. My perception is that, as Canberra’s population’s grown, it’s become dramatically more conservative. RA posts are a pretty good indicator.

Roundhead89 5:26 pm 12 May 13

I knew it wouldn’t be too long before someone linked the Skywhale with the Budget on Tuesday. Nine News ran a report about “hot air in Canberra” showing the NGA event with tut-tutting about how family benefits will be cut to finance things like the Skywhale.

Really, you’d think they’d come up with something more original. The “hot air in Canberra” line is trotted out each balloon festival, and as for the nonsense that the taxes of hardworking Aussies (porkbarrelled bogans?) in the Western Suburbs are financing bread and circuses here, that just reinforces negative stereotypes which were superseded when the ACT gained self government.

thoughtpod 5:09 pm 12 May 13

I hope it flies on Monday.

Firstly, because it is a beautiful, wondrous and creative thing that it marvelously at odds with the (slowly ebbing) conservativeness of Canberra. The people who saw it were delighted, and rightly so. They were also proud of the city for investing in something that whimsical and controversial…again, and rightly so.

Secondly, because the Sour Puss brigade may have a chance to see it and befriend it before deciding that it is irrelevant or wasteful.

I was recently at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania. It too delighted in surprising people, challenging them in ways both serious and lighthearted. It’s a national treasure, but I suspect that a lack of hackneyed kangaroo sculptures and other safe cliches would have had the Tasmanian chapter of the Sour Puss brigade up in arms.

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