The Heat is On at the Tunnel Picket
We are becoming seasoned at looking after ourselves in hot conditions, and today hats, sunscreen, copious water and even umbrellas were everywhere. Also as it was obvious it was not necessary to link arms, as soon as the sun rose many protestors moved into the shade of the trees. The police had no such luxury. In their hot fatigues, they had to maintain their position in the full sun. No wonder their bosses decided to call it quits by the early afternoon.
|'Stop Wasting Our Money' indeed|
Even though the picketers' behaviour was placid and calm, the police presence remained large. While most of them were in casual mode, there were a couple of plain clothes' officers, with guns on hips, patrolling and taking pictures and one of the police along the fence line seemed to be wearing a bullet proof vest - too much 'Breaking Bad' was my conclusion.
Undoubtedly this police presence is costing tax payers heaps of money, a responsibility that the media regularly puts down to us. But how many of these police are actually necessary? Surely some of them could be better deployed at a more edgy gig, like ... the tennis.
|Drilling: take 2?|
We started today imagining we would only be at the corner of Alexandra Parade and Brunswick Street briefly, as we understood that work was nearly completed there. It soon became apparent that that wasn't the case. It was likely that the work done on Friday was a flop and needed to be done all over again. That is good news for us; the more delays the better.
Interestingly, the word is now out from Linking Melbourne that the drilling is more likely to be finished in February. The idea of a January completion is fast disappearing into the ether. That's what we like to hear.
|More taxpayers' money|
This shiny new drill is one of two presently gracing our streets. It looks sleek and state-of-the-art. And 'lock-on' proof. But I am assured by someone who knows that that is not the case, and the very top of the drill will provide comfortable seating, with a bird's eye view, before too long.