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06 September 2009 @ 06:16 pm
Police, sirens, big crash!  
After an exciting morning spent sorting out all of our e-waste for recycling* and delivering it to the depot, I decided to have a quick nap. Which was interrupted by a siren. Not unusual, this is the inner city, after all. Then another siren. Then quite a few. Then an almighty crash.

A blackguard, having stolen a large black vehicle, had led police on a merry chase through the local streets, before losing control of the vehicle at the T-intersection just before the railway bridge near our house. Trying to aid the police car that was positioned to cut him off before he reached the busy pedestrian village centre, he attempted a manouevre that was impossible by virtue of a. physics, and b. the fact that there was already a vehicle in that space. He smacked into an innocent ute (Australian vehicle that has a sedan body and a tray-table back, mostly used by tradesmen and farmers), then smashed the pedestrian railing outside the train station and came to a halt against the wall of the train station.

By a very happy chance, no one was walking by at that exact moment. Usually on a Sunday afternoon there would be kids on bikes, couples strolling, and old men with their dogs. The train station staff were all inside, or down on the platform, so they were safe, too, and the only person hurt was the bad guy.

Who was very very promptly arrested.

By the time I popped my shoes on and came out for a stickybeak, the local constabulary were assisting the miscreant from the stolen vehicle, and reassuring the chap in the ute that he would not have to worry about paying his insurance excess. My neighbours were up on their fence for a good view (Sunday afternoon in Erko is a bit slow, this is the most excitement since the last public arts fair) and filled me and Mr Brammers in on the details of the crash, while Mr Ute was given the details for the police insurance numbers to call to cover his vehicle repairs.

Ambulances appeared, and Mr Ute was given the choice of going to hospital for a check-up or being given a lift home with his belongings to be delivered later. Mr Criminal was observed in the back of the police paddywagon, and passed inspection, apparently.

Our neighbour's kids asked all of us for details, and we relayed what we could see from our higher positions (admittedly, mine wasn't that much higher. As the boy of the house put it: 'Who's stupid enough that they drive like that where they could kill people to avoid being caught? Because he was obviously going to have a crash somewhere on this street and if he killed someone he would be in so much more trouble!'

The assembled adults agreed that young lad had the right of it and that it was clear thinking like that which would see him grow up to be someone successful and happy, rather than a car-thieving loon.
We decamped for coffee, and, on the way back, witnessed a fat berk shout abuse at a woman who had just realised she would be unable to turn left due to the fact the police had closed the road. Said berk leant on his horn and shouted quite vile invective, so I shouted back, 'Pull your head in, there's been a serious incident, you ignorant twat.'

He gave me a look, realised the street was full of police, and drove off in tight-lipped silence. The policewoman who was doing traffic control at the nearest point did not hide her grin.

On an unrelated note, I am considering my summer holiday. I was all in favour of Italy with a quick weekend in Paris to catch up with the girls, then realised the Vionnet exhibition will still be on then. What should I do?

Poll #1453860 Where should Brammers holiday?

You should go to:

Paris, Roma and Firenze
Oslo and Wisby
All of the above

If you decide to start seeing exhibitions in Paris, you will need at least:

a week
a fortnight
a month
a lifetime, because you will pause for macarons too often

The best time to travel would be:


Remember this important local tip:

*With the FABULOUS Sydney Council e-recycling drive: big burly men descended upon the car when we pulled up, took our bins, brought the bins back, and thanked us! All for free! If you live in Sydney council area, mark the next on in early December on your calendar. Sorry, pseudicide, you're Marrickville.
maevemistmaevemist on September 6th, 2009 09:52 am (UTC)
and on an even more unrelated note...

*snip* He smacked into an innocent ute (Australian vehicle that has a sedan body and a tray-table back, mostly used by tradesmen and farmers), *snip* or overgrown city boys with small dicks who like to over compensate. :P

As for your holiday question I have no opinions but I do have a very important question. Do you have enough room in your port for me to stow away in?
Brissygirlbrissygirl on September 6th, 2009 10:01 am (UTC)
LMFAO that is so true! the Gym junkies who wear suits during the day and drive shiny hard top utes just to have somewhere to stow their gym gear!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 6th, 2009 10:15 am (UTC)
Ahahahaha! This one seemed to be a genuine tradie, so we'll leave him in his role as poor victim and hope that all repairs are done quickly and with no loss of income to him.

And alas, no, I have to pick up several kilograms of books I left with Pingrid in Oslo. But when I am a multimillionaire one day, I will organise a little fandom tour.
Anwynanthraxia on September 7th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
Genuine tradie? So had a ute with more than 12inches ground clearance?
Do NOT understand those ones - what good is a ute if it's sparkly cherry red and can't clear a single rock in a paddock? You'd never be able to drop hay bales off to feed the sheep up with one of those!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 7th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
White Toyota with factory specs, tools and ladder in the back and logo and mobile number on the side. It did the heart good to see him.

And yes, I agree. Meesh's sister had a hotted-up ute, despite being an actual vet, she used to mock herself for it, and was cool enough to get away with it.
Brissygirlbrissygirl on September 6th, 2009 10:00 am (UTC)
That was all very interesting about the accident.
What kind of idiot doesn't realise that the street is full of cops and leans on his bloody horn for so long that someone in their house has to yell at him to realise he is being a fucking wanker!

Glad nobody was hurt.

As for your holiday poll I'm no good. I've never been further than Sydney. Are you going on a bus tour thing or are you and Mr Brammers just going to mosie around by yourselves?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 6th, 2009 10:14 am (UTC)
I was crossing the street that he was driving up, but yes, although his view of the accident itself was blocked, there were flashing lights from sirens everywhere and at least three police in his sightlines, so he is equal with the car-thieving idiot in my Stupid Person of the Day awards.

And yes again, very good luck that no one was hurt!

Planes and trains are our usual means of transport. We'll walk anywhere, don't mind a good cycle, and he can drive if we must, but busses are strictly to be used on a normal inner-city short commute basis, never ever under any circumstances as a tour :-)

Our main way of doing things is to turn up in a city and wander around until we think we've seen everything we really need to see, then we go back and see the things we liked most again. Low-tech, but fun!

Sydney is good to visit, I liked it so much I stayed!

It's a Deensedeensey on September 6th, 2009 10:30 am (UTC)
I could always give them your address >.>
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 6th, 2009 10:32 am (UTC)
Alas, you need ID with your address on it. But then, if we end up going again, you can always give us your e-waste ;-)

calanthe_fics on September 6th, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
You are welcome to holiday in any Eurpoean city where there's any decent children's activities for entertaining Jnr while I'm sipping fat free hot chocolate with you and Mr Brammers.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 6th, 2009 11:36 am (UTC)
You know, I actually know more kids' stuff in Paris than anywhere else ... You are definitely a factor in my calculations, one way or another, we will be catching up in person!
Bryoneybryoneybrynn on September 6th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)
Sounds quite exciting. I especially enjoyed the part where you yelled at the berk. *g*

I'm jealous of your fabulous trip. Though next week I'm going to try to post some pics of where I'm living for the next few months - it's insanely beautiful.

Oh bb. Just... oh bb! *pines for you a bit*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 6th, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
I was trying to fit Canada into the schedule! But Mr Brammers is coming with, and he is not a great traveller, so it's get to where we are going asap. Next year!

You'll be happy to know I have been writing, and in the not too distant future will publish it!

And yelling at him was a lot of fun, especially the part where I could see the look on his face that said 'Oh, apparently I have been a twat. Bugger it, I will swear at her, too. Oh, there are police everywhere, I might just shut up.'
nolagalnolagal on September 6th, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC)
I went to Paris in January and it was really nice. I was too early, but there is one week or maybe two where every store has massive sales.
I was there around the 8th-12th and there weren't a lot of tourist so anything I wanted to see was easy to get to and not crowded. It wasn't really cold at all, light jacket or sweater weather.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 6th, 2009 12:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The last time I was there was some years ago, so more up to date information is wonderful. Sales, genius! Why didn't I think of that? Money is tight and that would be a good way to make it go further ;-)

And yes, the only thing voting against Scandinavia and the Baltic is that I would need twice as many clothes ;-)
pingridpingrid on September 6th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
Much as I would love to have you come here, Oslo is frankly quite meh in winter. I suggest somewhere further south in November or December (because January might crash with my Egypt plans), and then come back and do the North+Baltic next summer!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 6th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
That's a point, when are your Egypt plans?
pingridpingrid on September 6th, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
Not quite set, but probably February, and I don't think I'll be able to take off work both January and February. Too soon after Christmas.

If January is your only option, though, I could probably manage a Friday to Sunday thing. :)
This Girlthisgirl_is on September 20th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Sorry for jumping in, but I would highly recommend a visit to Aswan while you're there. We only went as a jumping off point for Abu Simbel, but it's a really lovely place.
This Girlthisgirl_is on September 20th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
Europe in Winter? Are you nuts?

I would recommend Provence, having just been there (what do you mean you didn't notice I was gone?) but a local assured me that it's awful in winter. So, actually maybe Paris, because then you could spend lots of time in museums, galleries, etc, and not feel bad about missing everything else.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 20th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
I am missing winter! Last year was the winteriest I had been in years with a quick freeze in Christchurch (-5) and a coolish autumn in Firenze (10). Sydney's idea of winter has lows of 8, for three days. I want to wear my thick coat!

But yes, Paris and Firenze offer much in the way of shopping and gallery-going, which is really the main exercise. If I can convince Mr Brammers that he likes Europe, we will follow up with a nice long spring trip in the next year or two.
This Girlthisgirl_is on September 20th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
"Sydney's idea of winter has lows of 8, for three days."

I like Sydney's idea of winter. It sounds a lot like England's idea of summer, but with a promise of better, rather than a threat of worse. :oP
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 20th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
Heh. When I first came out here it was spring and I thought it was the most delightful weather ever (17-23 every day, sun, a light shower, then more sun). Then summer hit, and I thought that I might die. The winters are generally quite nice, but January and February are to be avoided where possible, nobody needs 40-45 degrees!
This Girlthisgirl_is on September 20th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
45 degrees is Not Okay.

But actual sunshine is good. I had almost forgotten how much I liked it. *is a drama queen*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 20th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
You can have some of mine! I miss my ozone layer!