SUE JACKSON Therapist/Writer/Photographer/Activist

Last year, as the unofficial blogger/photographer to the anti-East-West Link campaign, our battles were my blog's entire focus. But by Christmas, with the electoral win for people power and the dumping of the dud Tunnel, I was suddenly at a loss. What to write about now? Not sure yet. But there will be ongoing musings and images from this Australian life. So please leave a message. (No need to sign into an account. Simply comment as ‘anonymous’; then leave your name within the comment itself.)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Cavity in the Tooth of the Beast: Tunnel Picket Wednesday

Ready for anything at 5.30am

This morning, a fellow protestor at the drilling site at the corner of Queens and Alexandra parades, came up with a great analogy about our picket. He compared Premier Napthine and his cronies to a huge powerful beast, but a beast with a problem. Inside the large head of this leviathan there are teeth and inside one of those teeth is a cavity. The cavity, though small, is a constant irritant and when the creature puts his tongue on it, it feels as large as a canyon. It impedes the animal's sense of well-being and occasionally reminds him that he is not as strong and impregnable as he imagines. One day he too will fall.

7am - the drill ascending

It is never pleasant to see the drill rising for the start of another day of drilling, but we have become practised at making the most of the time in its shadow:

We socialise

We catch up on reading

We celebrate: 'Happy Birthday to Kat!'

Twenty-four years ago today Kat was born - to make a difference. This year she anticipated the festivities by two days. And not many party girls get to celebrate their birthday at the top of a drilling rig, with all eyes trained on them and a special squad of highly-trained experts required to ensure their safe exit. Who needs a red carpet when you can mark your birthday like that?
Heading off home, I passed the police enjoying breakfast at their picnic tables. Despite their apparent ease, we know that many of them have grave and increasing doubts about this posting. I'm sure not even the limbs of the beast feel comfortable when that pesky cavity just keeps on throbbing.

The strong arms of the beast


Blogger MR.GRIM said...


3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love analogy of the "beast". I also believe as you do, that Miss Kat was born to make a difference, and I predict a bright future, both personal and professional.

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Rowan said...

Thanks Sue!

5:52 PM  
Blogger Jill Koppel said...

Thanks Sue. Lightning fast post and brilliant imagery - I'll pass this on to your 'source'.

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dental cavity, yes but another irritant might be untreated itchy piles. The constabulary suffer their share and it probably accounts for their disagreeable moods. Being up in the night with an itchy bum then starting duty so early, makes them maggoty of temper.

4:52 AM  

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