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A few things…

Dishwashers: On the subject of water (I think Andrew or somebody mentioned this a while ago) in last Sunday’s Age M magaziney thing, there was an article noting that dishwashers generally use less water than handwashing. Dishwashers are in the 13 to 20 litre per cycle range, whereas handwashing is up around 40 to 60. Yay — for once you can be lazy and environmentally friendly!

What they don’t appear to mention, however, is ensuring the dishwasher is full before using it. To do that, I’ve bought extra crockery and cutlery as appropriate, so I don’t run out of things between running it every couple of days.

Boomers: Saturday’s Age A2 section (which I’ve only just got around to reading) notes it’s ten years since Mark Davis wrote Gangland, a book I’ve been meaning to read for quite some time. Davis writes now:

Somewhere deep in the fabric of Australian cultural life it is forever 1974. The Whitlam government is still in office. This Day Tonight is still on television. Patrick White has recently won the Nobel Prize. The last fading bars of Eagle Rock echo from the Sunbury stage.

Many of the figures who stood out in 1997 as playing a disproportionate role in Australian cultural life by and large continue to do so. Kerry O’Brien, Robert Manne, Peter Craven, Phillip Adams, Christopher Pearson, Anne Summers, Helen Garner, Richard Neville, Keith Windschuttle, Ray Martin, Clive James, P. P. McGuinness, Germaine Greer, Piers Akerman, John Laws, Michelle Grattan, Laurie Oakes, Alan Jones, Gerard Henderson and George Negus are still out there, setting agendas, demarcating standards, creating much of the intellectual and cultural climate. Whatever they breathe out becomes the oxygen of Australian cultural life.

— Turf war; Mark Davis. The Age. Melbourne, Vic.: May 19, 2007. ; p. 12

I know what he means, though he misses the one I like to take potshots at, Barry Humphries. Maybe ‘cos Humphries too old to be a Boomer, born in 1934. Or maybe it’s not the type of cultural influence Davis is looking at.

But it’s a very interesting read, even if I don’t totally agree with all of it. I can’t find it publically online, probably as it’s due to be republished in fuller form in Overland, though it is available in Gulliver/ProQuest.

Parking: I’m not trying to dob people in, but I reckon the local council should send parking inspectors around to schools at morning drop-off time. People parking across driveways; people parking too close to corners; people backing up around corners; people parking (and leaving their cars) in “set-down only” areas. They’d make a fortune.

Crude: ABC TV, tonight 8:30pm.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

11 replies on “A few things…”

re: parking at schools. Bayside Council does send inspectors around at school drop-off time. I was nabbed pulling over to the kerb, letting the kids out, and driving off (30 seconds, max) and fined $61. Fair enough, it was a bus zone! Haven’t done that again!!

By the time it takes to fill with water, our present dishwasher uses an incredibly small amount of water. This one is so much more efficient that our older ones.

The observation on Boomers is intersting. Whenever I return to Australia I feel caught in a music time warp, has there not been any new music in 20 years? Of course it seems there has been no new DJs in 30 years so it all makes sense.

Dishwashers do use less water for a wash, but I’ve never been convinced (and never found the stats either) as to if that figure factors in the water used to make the thing, and that does matter.

I still used mine until it broke, and will get another one when I can afford it.

Oh my God, what about the extra greenhouse gases used to make the extra cutlery and crockery.

What about the extra energy used for me to type this message. It’s your fault, Daniel.

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