Thursday, March 08, 2007

Kitsch at Smorgies in Geelong

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After three hours sorting and labelling boxes for a container to Fiji for flood relief, we were starving so had a $12 lunch at Smorgies on the pier of the Geelong Waterfront. Eat as much as you like. I chose Chinese food mainly then some Greek vine leaves, tabouli etc. It was quiet until about seventy Greek tourists from Melbourne arrived. They didn’t pick Greek food items but fish, chips, roasts!

In between serves, I did some rather awful sketches of the rather awful kitsch statues which periodically become animated and talk or sing. Salty the seal is one. King Neptune is another. There’s a thunder and lightning effect as well. I really dislike statues and fake coral but I guess it is for the kids. The message from Nepture is apparently about the marine environment. I don't know what the Greeks thought of it!

Some of our friends do not like Smorgies as it's a help yourself to the food sort of environment and lots of people poke at and peer at the food as they select, but we find it fine as it is good to feed Islanders. The view too is lovely as Smorgies in Geelong is at the end of a pier with lots of great views of sea and foreshore.

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Blogger The Moody Minstrel said...

Face it; kitsch sells.

Look what happened to Star Wars...

3:54 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

My brother who is an architect/town planner called the place 'Coney Island' when we went to the pier and Smorgies. But I don't know Coney Island though I guess it is kitsch kind of design.

1:59 PM  

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