Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Classical music in the Mall and skinny palm trees

from Wendy
The compulsive obsessive councillors of Geelong love to lay down bricks and pavers in fancy patterns, pull them up again, plant rows of trees, pull them up again, disrupt traffic for six months, create dust in the shops. Ah, but now they try to calm the nerves of shoppers, especially what they term as Mall rats, the lovely unemployed teenagers, by playing classical music in the Mall! I was delighted (?) to hear a piano tinkling above the intermittent rush of water from the gushing fountains that thrust water at our feet every five minutes. It was Mozart! A girl at the counter of the Reject shop said, 'I have to put up with it all day long! It's awful!'

Now, I do like fan palm trees (called iri masei in Fiji and the leaves are used for making dance fans) and they look okay down at the Geelong waterfront, young trees, but someone has planted some lanky lean giant ones in front of the Flight Centre in Moorabool Street. These are skinny with a tiny little topknots of leafage. Will they survive in our modern streets? They certainly look bizarre to me.


Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

We are fortunate that Geelong's development is a goer because in some other towns they don't do anything to upgrade their main streets and waterfront. I've been here for more than twenty years in Geelong and have noticed the enormous development especially in the outer suburbs and Eastern beach where I used to walk every morning. It is beautiful to walk along there at night with colourful lights and even eat at Smorgies.

7:19 PM  
Blogger The Moody Minstrel said...

That girl complaining about Mozart reminds me of that school in the States that started punishing troublesome students by making them sit and do homework in a room with Frank Sinatra playing in the background. Student behavior quickly improved.

8:59 PM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Well, I've been back to the Mall since then to buy a DVD player for my daughter-in-law - as Peceli is off to Fiji this weekend. well, they've changed their tune in the Mall. Must be something there in cyber-space. They were playing some mighty mournful music, someone moaning like Frank Sinatra or Bing Crosby. Even I hurried away this time!

11:45 PM  

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