Reasons why the ACT is better than NSW – Ice

johnboy 8 August 2008 24

In our ongoing series of things which are better in the ACT than in NSW I present ice. As in frozen water.

Yes I realise the surrounding regions of NSW also get it occurring naturally. And what of Deniliquin I hear you ask? What of it? I reply.

90% of the population of NSW never see it lying on the ground versus 100% of the ACT population so we’re going to claim it.

Ice transforms our world, demands we ask questions of it, and promotes a sense of wonder.

I pity those who don’t have it.


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ant ant 11:58 pm 09 Aug 08

There’ll be plenty of this stuff around tonight and tomorrow. There’s a corker of a coldie moving in on us, an dit’s already cold-as down in Canberra. 1.5 c at 10pm, that’s rather unusual. They’re forecasting snow down to very low levels tomorrow, which means it probably won’t happen.

New Yeah New Yeah 8:27 pm 08 Aug 08

That puddle has been at the Ainslie oval for about 3 or 4 weeks now and doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller. As long as the mud doesn’t start to rot, if that is how you describe old mud that smells rank, then I don’t mind getting mud stains all over my kit each week.

As chillun, on crisp Canberra morns we used to pick up ice out of the storm water drains and throw it at each other – green ice is rad.

Pesty Pesty 8:22 pm 08 Aug 08

Kitchen Man said :

One of the coldest places I can remember being at is junior footy at the big Amaroo Oval…the one at the back of Amaroo school. The wind just rips down those hills at the back and there is nowhere to hide.

I’m with you Johnboy. Love the winter here. I wish we were about 300 metres higher and then we’d almost get a ‘european winter’. If it’s going to be this bloody cold, it may as well be 5 degrees every day and get some serious snow every year !!

So much for global warming! What a joke, best excuse for government revenue making since speed cameras!

Kitchen Man Kitchen Man 7:01 pm 08 Aug 08

One of the coldest places I can remember being at is junior footy at the big Amaroo Oval…the one at the back of Amaroo school. The wind just rips down those hills at the back and there is nowhere to hide.

I’m with you Johnboy. Love the winter here. I wish we were about 300 metres higher and then we’d almost get a ‘european winter’. If it’s going to be this bloody cold, it may as well be 5 degrees every day and get some serious snow every year !!

I-filed I-filed 6:24 pm 08 Aug 08

OK which of Pesty and NoAddedMSG is Jack Waterford getting all nostalgic about his distant cocky ancestry yet again? 🙂

Bundybear Bundybear 6:06 pm 08 Aug 08

Kaloo Kalay…..anyone else morphed off to Footrot Flats??

Pesty Pesty 3:41 pm 08 Aug 08

verbalkint said :

for those who arent aware, that is taken at the smaller hockey/soccer fields across from Ainslie footy club (I assume, it might be at the fields near the mint too I suppose).

Anyway, it looks like the fields in Ainslie, and, as someone who goal keeps for a social sunday soccer team (www.sundaysoccer.com – its great, 7-a-side, mixed comp, lots of fun, always looking for new teams) I have to stand in that muddy puddle and get covered in that each week. So while ice is good and all that, it isnt so flash when it becomes mud.

When I was a lad we had to chase the cows off the field, and you know what they leave behind! Many a ball sailed past me streaked in brown! Who would catch that or worse, dive into it to save a match. Muddy puddles were OK, fun even, but there is a limit!

Thumper Thumper 2:49 pm 08 Aug 08

This is a cool thread.

man, I love those crisp, slightly foggy mornings when the frost crunches loudly beneath your feet and the eastern sky is a greyish pink canvas of soft horizontal cloud.

or something like that

S4anta S4anta 2:44 pm 08 Aug 08

Jyndabine or Tumut for Rugby late June early July. Frigg that

astrojax astrojax 1:52 pm 08 Aug 08

agree with verbalkint; i also keep goal in said comp, not much fun sloshing about in mud puddles with a rampaging attack bearing down and little in the way of a defence to support you

[of course i’m lying – it is a hoot to dive into the mud!! ; )]

sexynotsmart sexynotsmart 12:22 pm 08 Aug 08

I’d like to nominate another “coldest place I ever played” location.

AFL against the Cooma Cats in the early noughties. I played at their home ground twice, and it was snowing both times.

The second time I totally wussed out and spent the last quarter standing next to the barbeque. I had to buy extra tickets in the “firewood game day raffle” to rent the warmest spot (downwind).

la mente torbida la mente torbida 12:15 pm 08 Aug 08

Agree with peterh…Crookwell was the coldest place I ever played

NoAddedMSG NoAddedMSG 12:13 pm 08 Aug 08

Stomping through iced-over puddles in gumboots is good.

Also fun is walking across pristine lush green, heavily frosted lawns, and then coming back later to see that your foot prints can still be seen. (The grass gets a bit mushed, and goes a darker green/brown where you crushed it.)

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 12:11 pm 08 Aug 08

This photoessay series will ventually culminate in just one sentence.
Queanbeyan is beyond our border.

Otherwise its reading like the plastic-bag kid from American Beauty dicovering all manner of even more stupid and redundant things that they don’t have on the South Coast.
(Bottleshops attached to supermarkets! Gasp!)
(McDonalds open 24hrs! Astonishing!)
(Roundabouts and paved roads! Orgasmic!)

peterh peterh 12:02 pm 08 Aug 08

Overheard said :

Looks like a hockey goal to me. Involuntary shudder, remembering Saturday mornings in the late 70s, early 80s tending goal in full riot (no pun intended) gear at Southwell Park. The 8.30am starts were a b-tch, especially in situations like the one pictured — doing a half and half between field and ice hockey!

nah, crookwell carnival was much, much much worse. icy cold rain, sleet and snow, scoring goals with lumps of mud – could never find the ball again, think that the goalie was standing on it. parents yelling encouragement from within the cars (B*stards) and telling us to rug up.

southwell park was priceless in comparison, especially when you could get the ball to hum at groin level through the fog – almost sad, the damage you could do.

ah the memories. Left fullback was such a good position to play, and thumping forwards was a perk.

Crikey Crikey 12:01 pm 08 Aug 08

This site has become ‘soft’ lately. I wonder what has brought about this?

jakez jakez 11:38 am 08 Aug 08

Joe Canberran said :

JB I get what you are saying and I too stare in wonder at some of those small things in our natural world but sometimes you sound a bit like a freak (not that there is anything wrong with that 😉

A little madness now and then is relished by the wisest men.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 11:36 am 08 Aug 08

johnboy said :

But it staggers me how many manage to leave their water bottles behind on the ground every week.

I have never paid for a water bottle, so many companies and organisations give them away that I almost always have several spare around the house.

I imagine these younguns have exactly the same (lack of) emotional attachment to theirs as I do.

Overheard Overheard 11:20 am 08 Aug 08

Looks like a hockey goal to me. Involuntary shudder, remembering Saturday mornings in the late 70s, early 80s tending goal in full riot (no pun intended) gear at Southwell Park. The 8.30am starts were a b-tch, especially in situations like the one pictured — doing a half and half between field and ice hockey!

johnboy johnboy 11:12 am 08 Aug 08

verbalkint said :

for those who arent aware, that is taken at the smaller hockey/soccer fields across from Ainslie footy club (I assume, it might be at the fields near the mint too I suppose).

Anyway, it looks like the fields in Ainslie, and, as someone who goal keeps for a social sunday soccer team (www.sundaysoccer.com – its great, 7-a-side, mixed comp, lots of fun, always looking for new teams) I have to stand in that muddy puddle and get covered in that each week. So while ice is good and all that, it isnt so flash when it becomes mud.

I always think you guys (and girls) look like you’re having more fun than many would approve of.

But it staggers me how many manage to leave their water bottles behind on the ground every week.

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