(above) The band played for an hour to an empty park at Sorry Day 2016 in Victoria Square, Adelaide, South Australia. Neither indigenous people or anyone else thought the event was worth attending. It was money wasted while tribal Aboriginal people sleep in the rain in the South Parklands.
(above) The woman in black and pink refused to serve a white man because he wasn’t “Aboriginal” at the Sorry Day 2016 event in Victoria Square, Adelaide, South Australia.
White man refused coffee at Sorry Day 2016 event in Victoria Square in Adelaide
“Drug addicts,” the Baby-faced Derelict snarled at the Sorry Day stage as he passed through Victoria Square from his West Terrace Camp to the Hutt Street Centre.
A white-looking woman was giving the obligatory Welcome to Country greeting through two trailer-sized amplifiers. A dissenting opinion roared back from a black tribal woman with grey hair who issued rude instructions as to where the microphone woman could go. She then lit a smoke and hobbled away on her walking frame.
The black woman was amongst strangers. The tribal folk from Whitmore Square and the South Parklands weren’t there. Nearly all of the two or three hundred people at Sorry Day were well dressed city indigenous people one or two generations removed from the Stolen Children generation. The rest were white bureaucrats and low-level politicians.
A white fella named Hill took the microphone and urged people to apply for compensation. I asked a Chinese-Aboriginal friend next to me how his compo claim was going. He’d been taken from his parents at age 8 and put into the paedophile-run Wyndana Children’s Home. He said his claim had been stalled for years.
Another speaker said he hoped the Sorry Day site would “fill up”. It didn’t. A ridiculous twelve plastic chairs had been placed below the stage down on the sunken grass area that could accommodate 2000 people. Three or four people had manoeuvred an old blind black man down the disability-unfriendly ramp, but he quickly wised up and the chairs were once again empty, and they stayed empty.
There had been a short soccer game amongst brown-skinned Aboriginals and white boys, but both groups cleared off once the television cameras had captured the heart warming multi-cultural scene for that night’s news.
One speaker on the stage thanked Santos mining company for providing the mostly empty marquees staffed by government funded organisations and departments. This speaker said there was free coffee in the yellow marquee for “elders and those who think they’re elders”.
I’m an elder and live in a society protected by anti-racist legislation so I went for a coffee, but upon my arrival the staff became preoccupied with re-arranging cups on the tables and wouldn’t look up at me. When I asked for a coffee, one woman still staring at the table dismissed me with the word, “Aboriginal”. “Isn’t that racist?” I asked. “No,” she said, still fascinated with the table cloth.
I went behind the stage and told a well-dressed Aboriginal named Frank Lambert about this illegal discrimination. He said he’d buy me a coffee, but I said, “That’s not the point. It’s the humiliation,” “I’ll have a word with someone about it,” he replied then continued his joyful networking with the other guest speakers. One of them was a Megan somebody-or-other representing Lord Mayor Martin Haese whose Adelaide City Council employees steal and destroy the blankets of homeless tribal campers.
I went to each of the stalls including Amnesty International, and on each occasion the staff became engrossed with fiddling with knickknacks on the tables. There was a government-funded stall offering free toothpaste and toothbrushes. I didn’t want any, but asked for a toothbrush to test their reaction. A woman said no; she added that they were for school kids, but the school kids had left; her stall was dead zone.
After that, I was marked and wherever I moved, the police turned to watch me.
But I was watching others including those getting food at the free barbecue. I can’t say with statistical accuracy, but it appeared that Aboriginal people were served larger quantities than the few non-indigenous diners that had the nerve to stand in line. I joined the queue and one server wouldn’t serve me until a tribal-looking teenage girl reminder her to do so.
Two homeless white teenagers who had slept on the ground in Rymill Park didn’t even bother joining the queue.
After that I went to One Tree at South Terrace where 30 tribal Aboriginals sat on the grass in three groups. They were talking and laughing, and oblivious to the Sorry Day spectacle in Victoria Square. The Whitmore Square indigenous people seemed of the same sentiment except for Peter Gibson who got Big Ron a coffee at the no-whites marquee.
I returned to Victoria Square to listen to the band that played to a completely empty grass area while up on terraced area there were about sixty government people in the Santos marquees, three police officers, and perhaps another 20 standing around.
The costly Sorry Day event had created a dead zone from what was usually a busy spot. Its only message was that neither indigenous nor non-indigenous people thought it relevant in any way whatsoever.
31 May 2016
Tarzan at Ruf Us
Jesse was dressed in his Tarzan tunic while pushing his shopping trolley bulging with blankets and clothing across Hutt Street. The cold morning air made his white skin even whiter so he changed back into his non-Tarzan costume.
Jesse isn’t insane, but becomes manic in new situations. This is common for people sleeping in dangerous environments with their adrenal glands reacting to the fear factor and throughout the night pumping adrenalin into their bloodstreams.
By morning, they arrive like wild tigers at venues with calm people who spent safe nights in their own homes. Re-adjusting each morning by turning down the adrenalin requires a strong mind that is firstly observant of the syndrome.
Another four or five new people arrived after Tarzan re-adjusted to become Mr Normal. They wondered why the homeless centre was locked and empty while AJ and Nicole were serving food on the footpath.
One of them was Brendan. He’s trying to escape the insects. “Are you staying at the Traveller’s Inn,” I asked, thinking he’d been attacked by their bedbugs. But his insects were things like parasites called Morgellons that produce multi-coloured fibres that protrude from your skin and are neither plant, animal or mineral. Singer Joni Mitchell has become so disabled by them that she crawls naked around her house.
Brendan asked if there were insects on Kangaroo Island. “Not many,” I replied.
A new woman named Alex was helping Nicole and AJ. She works in the complaints section of an insurance company. She asked, “Are you alright?” to The Walking Man”. I told her he’d been in the homeless scene since the 1980’s when Mike McAleer ran the St Vincent de Paul Night Shelter. That was when staying there didn’t cost a cent.
Nicole gave Tarzan some red tent fabric to put over his shopping trolley. She also gave away packets of Little Hotties adhesive Toe Warmers. You tape them onto your socks and they heat up to 40C degrees, or hotter if something goes wrong.
The hot water ran out, but there was adequate food because the ex-homeless veterans take less when they notice demand is high from homeless people.
After Nicole, AJ and Alex finished up, Brendan caught a bus, but was kicked off because he didn’t have a ticket.
Ruf Us free food and clothing for homeless people Every Saturday at 9:15am In front of the Hutt Street Centre, 258 Hutt Street, Adelaide (near South Terrace) 31 May 2016
Shortages of night shift volunteers
City Salvos are having difficulty getting volunteers for their Saturday sleepovers in the Benson Room. Few people want to stay up all night watching and protecting a dozen people sleeping.
Mattresses and bedding are placed in two rows in the Benson Room. Men are on one side and women on the other. Those under 18 are put in the free food room.
The guards sit outside the door and monitor movements to the rest rooms or elsewhere.
Many underclass people would help, but are excluded due to criminal records that would affect the Salvation Army’s liability and insurance coverage.
Michael Johnson was an effective volunteer even during the period he was being investigated for murdering his girlfriend, Debra Balbi. Eventually, he was arrested and is currently awaiting trial. 31 May 2016
New singing group at Salvos
A new singing group is forming at Congress Hall. Observers say these new singers will fill the gap left by the swift exit of the Forever Hopeful Voices to St Luke’s church mission at Whitmore Square after a dispute with Army management.
Rosalie Turner is the Forever Hopeful Voices choir mistress while the cooks include Piano Player Wayne. They meet at St Luke’s at 5:00pm every Monday.
The new City Salvos singers will practice every Wednesday at the Salvation Army, 277 Pirie Street, Adelaide beginning on 6 July at 7:00pm, which is after the 5:00pm coffee and the 6:00pm meal.
Both groups should be successful as singing is the most therapeutic activity that traumatised people can engage in. 31 May 2016
(above) Dan and Linda-from-the-tent's abandoned campsite where she lived after being evicted by Lord Mayor Martin Haese's storm troopers. One trooper suggested this campsite. This was where Rob was woken by the police drone and thought the aliens were landing.
(above) On the left is Lazy Cottage while the middle building is Angry Cottage. The third building near the red traffic lights is the legendary Crazy Cottage. The Adelaide Day Centre soup van parks across Carrington Street in Hurtle Square each evening from 6:00pm from early May to early October.
From the Contact Page
"I have lived in public housing for more than 12 years and I am the only person who has a copy of the key to my home. If I lost it, I'd have to call a locksmith at my own expense to enable me to gain entry. I am always able to vary the date of my home inspections but rarely do. These inspections occur about once a year, are timely, informative and respectful.
"It is outrageous that Anglicare will enter a tenant's home for an inspection in the tenant's absence if the tenant cannot be home to attend. That is not respectful, dignified treatment of a tenant. Even in private rental over many years in the past, (eg. with Biggs Real Estate, Gary J. Smith) the agents NEVER entered my home for an inspection or valuation etc. without my consent.
"Anglicare can and should allow some leeway when arranging tenant home inspections."
from Blithe Spirit 30 May 2016
The Nasty Side of Social Inclusion
A white teenage girl walked up to the Celebrity Can Collector, Big Ron and myself at Sorry Day 2016 and asked where she and her boyfriend could stay for the night. She was still chilled from sleeping on the wet ground in Rymill Park the night before. They’d tried Street-to-Home, but that had been useless. I was also useless.
Housing for homeless people is a trade secret guarded by bureaucrats who keep lists of welfare housing in little black books.
This secret housing is their leverage to entice desperate homeless people to sign away their privacy rights allowing “case managers” to share their most intimate personal details to a variety of other welfare agencies.
Anyone who declines to sign away their right to privacy is refused housing.
This is called Social Inclusion. 30 May 2016
The Logic of Hoarding
Free food joints offer limited and irregular amounts of often stale food so people grab huge amounts then sort out the good from the bad at home.
This applies to used clothing or anything that is free. It’s a logical response to deprivation and insecurity, and which the government labels as “hoarding and squalor”, and calls the “perpetrators” mentally ill and deserving of “help”.
Accompanied by “helping agencies”, the government raids peoples’ homes and throws their stuff onto rubbish trucks then charges them for the service.
Nearly everyone wants to help a hoarder get rid of his or her junk, but is it really helping them because why do unhelped hoarders live to such old ages? 30 May 2016
Free hairdressing every Wednesday
A qualified hairdresser named Danielle is offering free haircuts every Wednesday night at DUO express. Bookings should be made via the Equity Queen’s daughter who answers to the name of Jo. Doors open at 5:00pm every Wednesday Salvation Army, 277 Pirie Street, Adelaide 30 May 2016
Should we trust charity executives who don’t trust us?
Should we trust welfare agencies that install a dozen spy cameras then become vague when asked how the captured images will be stored and distributed?
Should we feel even more mistrustful when the video files go missing, or are inaccessible when someone without power wishes to view instances where he or she was offended against?
All the talk of empowerment and enablement are hypocrisy when those with vested interests in charities or government departments install these cameras then refuse to demonstrate convincingly that they won’t be used to disadvantage vulnerable people. 30 May 2016
“I wouldn’t have anything to do with her. I abused the **** out of her. Used to be with FamiliesSA.” A Can Collector at Sorry Day 2016 30 May 2016
Harsh talk at the Romero Soup Van at Hurtle Square
“Emma’s dead,” I told the old man who has served soup for 19 years with the Adelaide Day Centre soup van.
“Not that little one,” he gasped.
“Yes, January 2. She used to punch herself in the head so hard one day her right eye was blue and swollen and closed. She couldn’t open it. Other times her ears bled. She was my favourite...,” I added, but couldn’t continue as my throat constricted.
“Thanks for telling me,” he said and moved into the darkness at the front of the soup van.
29 May 2016
(above) Midnight at St Luke's church mission in Whitmore Square, Adelaide. On rainy and cold nights like at present, St Luke's management lock their courtyard gate to discourage homeless campers - and prevent disabled homeless campers - from accessing the dry courtyard.
Enter, the spin doctor
In response to increased lifestyle inspections of tenants in their rental units, Anglicare’s Community Member No. 1, Peter Sandeman, has instituted a series of posters that include sentences like the following:
“Servant Leadership: We place the needs of others first to enable them to grow. We empower, accept responsibility and understand our role is to enable, encourage and support.”
Does this contradict the following sentence on Anglicare’s letters warning of their three monthly inspections? “Unfortunately the date and time cannot be varied. If you are unable to be present at the inspection, we will gain access with our keys.” 29 May 2016
Christadelphian Saturday evening soup
The Christadelphian Church in Halifax Street, Adelaide is serving soup this Saturday, 4 June at 5:00pm to “warm your bones”. The church is 100 metres west of Hurtle Square.
This will allow guests to leave there and go straight to the nearby Magdalene Chruch hall in Moore Street for their 6:00pm soup and meal. 29 May 2016
From the Contact Page Comment
“You do realise that all tenants have to put up with regular inspections, don't you? Why should you be any different? All agents, landlords, etc, can enter with the appropriate notice.”
From the Editor: In previous years, there weren’t routine inspections of the Laura and Alfred West units administered by Anglicare; they weren’t necessary. Inspections transfer money from building programs to the non-productive bureaucracy. They’re a form of corruption.
“I think maybe you're a bit paranoid. You seem to fear being judged yet you judge everyone else.”
Editor: Unnecessary Anglicare housing inspections are like unnecessary strip searches by police and prison guards that are done for reasons other than for what they were intended.
Inspections are always done by people with more power against people with less power.
“If there is an issue with maintenance, etc, you know you can go to the tribunal don't you? You can take action that doesn't involve potentially libellous comments on a blog.”
Editor: I have no problem living in a rundown retirement joint, but do have concerns with unsafe steps used by my fragile and infirm elderly neighbours. The cost of the silly inspections on one unit could have paid for a safety ramp. That’s corruption.
“Seriously, you have done quite well out of your lifestyle choices. When are you going to be thankful that your living off the system and using it to your full advantage has actually got you to a point where things are fairly good?”
Editor: You actually haven’t a clue how I’ve lived most of my life in the homeless scene or what I’ve done.
“Be a crusader, by all means. But keep in mind you've used the system yourself. You have benefited from the system you yourself critique.”
Editor: Human dignity and self-determination are as important as material benefits and welfare housing inspectors are ghouls sucking out vital energy.
The welfare housing and homeless industry has gone the way of the Job Network with its corrupt practices that benefit employees and harm the so-called beneficiaries. Posted 29 May 2016
(above) Prescription pills, shoes and a shopping trolley underneath a tree in Port Adelaide.
Viking Can Collector not amused
The Viking was annoyed that The Ghost Who Walks mixes other cans on the back of the ute with those collected by himself when they go to the recycling centre.
The Viking takes pride in his integrity at earning money from can collecting rather than collecting the dole. He pays fair rent and doesn’t want his receipt amounts clouded by stuff thrown in my The Ghost. 29 May 2016
Chat and Chew
Rachel the chef overcooked the goulash so that in the words of one diner it became a beef hot pot. He said everyone liked it. He said it was the best he’d ever had at Chat and Chew. 29 May 2016
A light fight at Fred’s Van last Thursday
A drunk sitting next to me complained that he was sick of life and would take the first opportunity to “end it all”.
An Asian-looking man sat near us. The drunk sneered that “assassins all have the same names: what’s your last name?” The smaller Asian-looking man wouldn’t play along and stared at the drunk. That was a mistake. The drunk touched him. The other man said, “Don’t touch me,” so the drunk pushed the palm of his hand into the other man’s face ― without hurting him. The Asian-looking man grabbed the drunk and they shoved each other.
The Asian-looking man was urged to move away, which he did, but kept staring at the drunk. The drunk moved quickly towards the other man, trying to punch him in the face.
Grinder moved into the vicinity wanting to protect anyone being attacked.
Two St Vincent de Paul men stood between the drunk and the Asian-looking man. One called the police. The drunk spat on the Asian- looking man then walked off with his hat.
The police arrived and chased the drunk and caught him. A St Vincent de Paul man and woman got another beanie for the Asian-looking man who left, unhappy and defiant. 28 May 2016
At a recent Fred’s van, Father Christmas jabbed me in the throat and slapped my face. It wasn’t injurious, but part of our ongoing competition: I mock his clothing and deafness while he displays his superior fighting reflexes.
Grinder thought it was more serious and positioned himself to knock Father Christmas to the ground. Mr Christmas made a quick exit. 28 May 2016
A man washed his face in the Pulteney Street fountain before the Christadelphians arrived a few minutes late. His bedding lay flat on the street bench.
The fried eggs ran out because there were 48 diners, more than the usual 35. Nearly half lived outside. But there were still adequate sausages, bread, sauces, orange juice, tea and coffee.
The Mystery Woman was there, always comfortable with herself.
Mark was there after four years working in waste management then four months unemployed without getting welfare. He suffers from depression, but was also bothered that “Ice” addicts in his rooming house had cut up his work clothing while it was on the clothing line. He moved to another rooming house, but that was also inhabited by crystal meth addicts.
The Crazy Cottage residents thought nothing of the Star Force surrounding the building and bringing a tenant out on a stretcher. It was a non-event: no one was talking about it.
Another man was at the barbecue that I hadn’t seen since his Identi-Kit image had appeared in the newspaper some years previously.
A different group of Christadelphians operate the free barbecue each week and this is from a relatively small congregation. They are impressively successful in their daily lives. One could easily think that people who look forward to Armageddon would be depressed failures, but the opposite is true. 28 May 2016
Anglicare’s shonky repair job
A tremor known as The Earthquake a few years previously shifted an Anglicare retirement unit so that a diagonal split occurred across the shower cubicle tiles. The shower water leaked through the crack into the wooden flooring for years until a new tenant asked Anglicare to fix it.
Last week, the house-proud tenant was aghast to see the Anglicare contractor sealing the thick gap with black silicon on light-coloured tiles. He said black was the only way to go because it was the only colour he had in his vehicle. So now there is a black streak running across her scrupulously cleaned light-coloured shower tiles. 28 May 2016
The decent Man formerly from Kilburn
After viewing the security camera video of “The man formerly from Kilburn” breaking up a beating in the waiting room of the Royal Adelaide Hospital Emergency Department, journalists wanted to interview him.
The elderly man has declined all offers saying he wants no publicity and that "Any decent person would have done the same."
The rice and curry easily ran out before everyone was served. Some didn’t even make it to the front of the queue before the ubiquitous sausages were gone.
Glenn who lives on a door in the creek bed at Salisbury didn’t get a sausage sandwich. Some didn’t even see the take-away bags of fruit, sandwiches and sugary buns.
The Ghost Who Walks peeked into the back of the locked van while the St Vincent de Paul volunteers were serving the crowd of over 100 people. (Graham from Salisbury thought it might have been 130).
It was a shambles that the volunteers came inadequately supplied though everyone was polite and relaxed.
At the end, when Fred’s Van had left, and nearly everyone else had left, the man with no legs in the wheelchair went around the benches looking for leftover food. 27 May 2016
Lance Armstrong’s new trick
Many Adelaide taxi drivers graduate from their eight dollar an hour jobs to soup kitchens for the underclass. Lance Armstrong has broken this mould by adopting both careers simultaneously.
Lance spends incredible amounts buying organic leafy vegetables then pulverising them in his Ninja Bullet processor. He also spends equally incredible amounts on special carbon fibre bicycles that he routinely crashes in collisions with cars.
His third major recurring expense is arbitrary fines dished out by various authorities when he contests their opinions and directives, such as telling police officers they’re fools. If he was a low-grade drug addict he could get away with this, but Lance is a highly intellectualised non-violent old man, and therefore threatens authority with his intellect.
To compensate for these expenses he has soup at the Adelaide Day Centre soup van in Hurtle Square then follows it to Whitmore Square where he presents a large container for them to fill from what is left over after the other homeless and underclass people have left. He could get far more food from other places, but the soup van provides home-made soup without MSG and other poisons.
Lance’s individuality and ability to argue with authority figures guarantees him respect in the homeless scene. 27 May 2016
Monday fight at Fred’s Van
A number of “squad cars” arrived at Gawler Place during the Fred’s Van meal last Monday after a woman broke a thick branch from a tree then used it to beat a man.
A witness said the branch wasn’t small and that the beating was severe. 27 May 2016
(above) Every two or three weeks during the summer the Anglicare grass cutter runs his machine over ground that hasn't any grass to cut. The blade is set so low that roots are pulled from the ground, often in a flurry of dust that coats the windows and porches. Meanwhile, Anglicare is raising rents to cover costs that include leaving units empty for three months.
(above) This rusted gutter has been leaking water onto a wooden disability ramp for years. For hours after each rain it drips onto the ramped steps, making them dangerously slippery for an old man who has had multiple strokes and can barely walk. Despite half a dozen building and lifestyle inspections where salaried bureaucrats tell tenants to clean their bathrooms better, Anglicare won't fix the leaking gutter that makes the invalid ramp dangerously slippery for the old man.
Ruf Us strikes the right chord
If only things could have gone so well the week before when the Majestic partners were inspecting the Ruf Us operation.
On that Saturday morning, practically no one turned up yet last Saturday there were 20 mostly genuine and homeless people at AJ’s and Brian’s 9:15am breakfast outside the locked Hutt Street Centre.
Rosemary was there with bloodied bare feet and roared at a young woman who called her Mum.
Grinder appeared rested and to whom AJ greeting with: “Glad to see you’re out, Grinder.”
“You’ve got to get up one day,” Grinder told me later, meaning that I’d have to eventually stand up for myself.
There were four or five new people, sunburnt with messy hair and carrying backpacks.
AJ distributed clean synthetic sleeping bags to those she thought needed them, plus the usual soap, toothbrushes, paste, toilet paper and shampoo packs. She expended her energy judiciously, concentrating on the desperate people, but was still polite to the ex-policeman who has had a stroke and is moving into a home “for six months”.
A simple gift and kind word to someone in the murky world of exhaustion and depression may be remembered for a lifetime.
That crazy fellow who hit Grinder from behind at Fred’s Van a couple of months ago arrived wearing socks without shoes. He asked Grinder for a light as if they were old friends. “Glenside,” Grinder muttered.
Kenneth in his absence sent his appreciation to AJ for the previous week in the parklands.
There was a variety of cooked hot food in aluminium containers including tuna patties and fried rice, but it ran out before the last man arrived. Grinder didn’t like the carrots in the beef dish: he said that whenever anyone “chucks”, the mess always includes lumps of carrots.
Sitting there on the dirty ledges and steps amongst exhausted humans on that balmy morning, we were immersed in a haze of emotional insulation that protected us from the judgemental expressions of dog walkers passing by, and the less judgemental police at the coffee shop across the road.
It was a 45 minute dreamscape created by Brian and AJ and those who prepared the food and donated the bedding that morning.
“I feel warm; I feel happy. Thank you,” Jesse said to anyone listening.
Ruf Us Free breakfast every Saturday at 9:15am. Served outside The Hutt Street Centre, 258 Hutt Street, Adelaide (near South Terrace) 25 May 2016
Anglicare: No Place to Call Home
Anglicare Community Member No. 1 ordered yet another “Building Inspection” that formally listed maintenance requirements that had been noted and ignored from previous inspections.
It isn’t known if the repairs will include installing safety ramps for frail tenants of the Laura and Alfred West Cottage Homes units that are administered by Anglicare. Nevertheless, many tenants still see the repair program as good news.
Yet within this good news, Anglicare employee Garry Spurling, advising of last Monday’s inspection, couldn’t get past stating in his letter that: “Unfortunately the date and time cannot be varied. If you are unable to be present at the inspection, we will gain access with our keys.”
The building inspector was accompanied by Anglicare’s Lifestyle Inspector and tenancy officer, Lark Eynon.
Rents are also expected to rise in the near future due in part to two units in our group of 16 being left empty for three months. They were renovated during the first two weeks of vacancy, but have remained empty since then.
What Anglicare management misses, and we don’t miss, is our need for security, privacy and self-determination. The repair program will commence within two weeks, but will drag on for up to two years.
And with Anglicare’s entry into tenants’ units regardless of whether we are home or not, Community Member No. 1, Anglicare’s CEO, The Reverend Peter Sandeman, has reduced our secure tenancies into “No Place to Call Home”. 25 May 2016
If you repeat this...
“If you repeat this I’ll deny saying it,” a policeman told me in an Adelaide police station.
25 May 2016
Remembering Jenny Boult
I knew Jenny in 1975 when she wrote and published the “Whole Perth Catalogue” with Zoe Sofloulis. I got a donated copy from Volunteer Task Force where I was an assessor. The catalogue was an inspired guide to counter culture sources in Perth.
Jenny later came to Adelaide and then moved to Tasmania where she changed her name to Magenta Bliss, and where she died from cancer in late 2005.
Back in 1975, she was a fresh-faced and optimistic 24-year-old with a new child, but in the later part of her life was demoralised by the grinding oppression of living in a Tasmanian Housing Commission suburb.
Abbie Hoffman was born in 1936 and wrote “Steal this book,” a guide to living for free.
Both Jenny and Abbie were inspirational writers who offered hope for marginalised people denied housing and food in a land of plenty. 25 May 2016
Reverend Derek Connors
The Reverend runs his own on-line church, Christian Hope Chapel, with video readings from the Bible uploaded to his webpage via youtube.
He is a friend of the underclass at the Salvation Army, 277 Pirie Street, Adelaide on Saturday evenings.
(above) The Army kicked the campers off their verandah two weeks ago. The Pole Position strip joint next door thought the campers lowered the tone of the street and there weren't any accessible toilets nearby. Injuries from fighting included a man breaking Homeless Helen's left eye socket so badly that she required surgery. (Thanks to the roving community worker for use of this photograph.)
(above) A sample of the thoughtfully chosen items given to people living outside by Ruf Us on Saturday mornings outside the locked and empty Hutt Street Centre.
Correction on Vince the Elder’s death
It was written in the 20 May 2016 report on Vince Pollard’s death that his body was found by Natasha, his Aged Care nurse. This was incorrect. Vince had a nurse for a limited period. She changed the dressing on his head wound following surgery, but was not his Aged Care nurse nor did she discover his body. 24 May 2016
Kilburn Fred’s Van
“The meal was cold; the water for the coffee was cold. The paper bag contained a raw chicken. How can I eat that? I’m not going there again.”
Old man who lives in his car talking about Kilburn Fred’s Van Fred’s Van Kilburn Community Centre 59 Gladstone Avenue, Kilburn 7:00pm Thursday Three course meal followed by a big bag of takeaway food. 24 May 2016
Nothing to get excited about
“Someone pulled a knife on me at the Salvos last Wednesday,” a man said in the parklands last Saturday. 24 May 2016
Meals are improving
“The coffee is crap as usual, but the meals are improving.”
Sensible Mel at Do Unto Others on Saturday at the Salvation Army 24 May 2016
Woman with webbed body
Standing outside Catherine Women’s shelter during the night in conversation with two men, one of them said that as a taxi driver he saw many unusual things including a woman with the body similar to a fish who was kept in a special box. He said his professional taxi driver ethics require that he keep confidential nearly everything he saw and heard on the job.
He also marveled at how most men in the homeless scene know the address of Catherine House when it is supposed to be a secret. 24 May 2016
David Colovic, political candidate
Some members of the Liberal Party are referring to wealthy lawyer David Colovic as David Colostomy as he still hasn’t delivered the $300,000 to Liberal headquarters that he promised in his pre-selection speech at Norwood Town Hall earlier this year.
A Party member said the promise of the money was what got him over the line to defeat the other candidates. Early 24 May 2016
From the Contact Page
"Salvation army , putting an end to homelessness is there cry on the tv , they want people to donatemoney. but are they putting an end to it or are they just reiforcing and enabling it to continue by providing food and blankets etc allowing people to continue there drug and addictions. yet they make the average jo believe that they are actually making a difference . where does the money actually go , to buy more realestate for the church i wonder."
From "Home Less" 23 May 2016
From the Contact Page
Gosh More Gosh quotes a post below:
"Former WestCare cook Jayne Hewittson has been reported as heading to Denmark with the Poco Tutti singers. She has also been seen driving a late model car." [Stated on this page earlier today]
Gosh More Gosh comments:
“What does it matter what car she is driving? Unless you are trying to infer something illegal...”
Editor: There was not any intended implication. It was a report based on a reliable source. We can rejoice that someone in the homeless scene has succeeded in improving her life materially and artistically, and through her singing enriched the lives of others.
Late 23 May 2016 Re-edit early 24 May 2016
Off to Denmark
Former WestCare cook Jayne Hewittson has been reported as heading to Denmark with the Poco Tutti singers.
She has also been seen driving a late model car. 23 May 2016
The invisible dental students
The Christian man hoping to enter the academy at Fort Largs to become a police officer had been shoved hard by a small red-haired man a few streets away. “That’s him,” the aspiring officer told me in a raised pitch whisper when the man later walked past the famous Salvation Army verandah, oblivious to the world.
Yasmin was leaning alone against the building like a glossy magazine model doing a photo shoot. She’s unwaveringly popular with everyone yet projects an aura of aloneness.
State Shadow Minister for Housing, Rachel Sanderson, helped serve the meals at 6:00pm, but didn’t do anything strange, which was nice. She sends shivers up the spines of some soldiers by appearing at Army meetings with Piano Player Wayne.
The joint was overcrowded as usual. A depressed man couldn’t get a seat so he sat with the Crony Gang. I departed to the Magdalene for the serene atmosphere of the old St Peter’s Girls School brick building in Moore Street.
Cowboy, 77, has returned to the Salvation Army to set up chairs after a humble request from the Equity Queen’s daughter. A measure of the quality of an organisation is how they treat an individualist like Cowboy.
One woman had massively swelled and bandaged legs from cellulites and ulcers. She winced throughout the evening while rubbing her painful legs.
Explosive Melissa arrived with her mind thankfully occupied with a new friend.
After the meal, The Adelaide University Dental Students' Society choir sang during the church service. It was the beginning of a sleep-out night for them to increase their understanding of homeless people. Ironically, the most representative homeless people had been kicked off the verandah days before.
We waited for the dental students to make their presence known in the atrium and cafe area, but they remained cloistered in the Benson Room. When we were kicked out at 11:00pm, the students were gathered around a brazier-style campfire in the enclosed and locked courtyard back of Congress Hall, which that evening had been off-limits to both homeless and underclass people.
Their admirable sleep-out was to raise funds for the student dental clinic in the Common Ground building at Light Square. Their dental training requires them to become familiar with homeless and marginalised people. That is important when encountering patients who panic at seeing a hand carrying a sharp instrument moving towards their mouth. More than one person has recounted to me having grabbed the dentist’s arm then experience a loss of status from patient to ex-patient.
I did it myself when living in a tent in St Helen’s Park in Prospect. But the dentist forgave me because he had been sweet on my semi-girlfriend’s mother who had passed him over for a courier who had had a crash and became an invalid. The mother was perpetually angry after that.
Anyway, my experience many years later with the Common Ground dental clinic is that they refused to fix my teeth, and wouldn’t explain their reason. To be fair, I was wary of students fooling around in my mouth with needles and drills. The National Dental Foundation has since come to the rescue with their Dental Rescue days.
But in the balance, Piano Player Wayne said the dentists at the Common Ground surgery were good to him when he had mouth cancer, which required the removal of four teeth prior to surgery. 23 May 2016
James cancels throat cancer surgery
James from the Magdalene in Moore Street cancelled his surgery due for last Tuesday. He said the doctors said he’s so riddled with tumours that surgery will actually reduce his life expectancy to three months. If he continues the other treatment he might live another two years.
He is losing weight and speaks increasingly in a whisper, but when James speaks, everyone listens. Late 22 May 2016
Cordial too weak at Salvation Army
“The cordial is too weak; it gets even weaker later in the night when they add more water.” An outraged Card Player David last night 22 May 2016
“On South Terrace, two weeks before she died, I said to her, ‘Don’t stay here; they’ll kill you.’” B.H. 22 May 2016
(above) The Pilgrim Church in Flinders Street, Adelaide have a history of sympathy for people living outside.
(above) Blankets of homeless sleepers have reappeared after parishioners removed the "No Camping; No Sleeping" signs from their back windows at the Pilgrim Church in Flinders Street, Adelaide, South Australia.
The benevolence of West Lakes Dental clinic
Doctors Andrew South and Tim Allen from the West Lakes Dental clinic do free work on patients referred by the National Dental Foundation on Dental Rescue days.
Andrew and Tim pay for the consumables and others costs from their income from full price patients.
They are experienced and professional dentists at the top of their game. 22 May 2016
Mary’s Kitchen and Jungle Phillips
The Elder Statesman brought his laundry for Orange Sky Laundry to wash and clean while he had soup inside the old church. Jane from Mary’s Kitchen has joined Orange Sky Laundry.
Richard the Messianic Jew talked about his life and expressed no regrets about ending his derelict lifestyle in the parklands. He hated having the Adelaide City Council steal then destroy his blankets and clothing.
A few people are worried about Jungle Phillips. His front gates were locked and windows left open last week. He was back in hospital, but is recovering well and will be out in a day or two.
Adam Tretheway the Preacher was absent due to ill health so Paul McGrath, the real estate fellow, led the prayer. Beyond his alpha male dominance Paul is a thoughtful personality.
Last Tuesday was barbecue night so there were extra diners including Robert from the Casino, The Ghost Who Walks, The Face and Graham from Salisbury plus a few strangers. Sadly, Peter and his missus weren’t there. The white-haired derelict was kicked out during the meal.
The takeaway fruit and vegetables weren’t any good, but the bread was fine. The staff were demure and warmly effective 22 May 2016
Campers back at Pilgrim Church
The Church is ambivalent towards homeless people camping on their property. One decent parishioner with the appearance Thurston Howell in Gilligan’s Island said they stopped campers during the summer due to territorial disputes when a violent group displaced a lesser violent group. Thurston said sex was a problem with one particular woman who also pissed in the bushes in broad daylight in view of strangers, and without a glint of embarrassment.
Thurston said there were also problems with the hotel next door and liability issues for the church. The campers also attracted the undesirable element in the form of two elderly female office workers who spent their lunches fascinated with watching homeless men sleep in their swags.
But the “No sleeping; No camping” signs have come down and while each morning the blankets are thrown into a heap in the corner of the community garden, they aren’t thrown into the rubbish bins.
The Pilgrim Church has a history of Christian sympathy for marginalised and excluded people. And while most campers have an income, they are desperately poor in social equity and have been snared by drugs like lambs entangled in a barbed wire fence. They are lost sheep that the wider society fears are wolves in disguise. 21 May 2016
(above) Two pillows and a pigeon near Adelaide's West Terrace Cemetery in South Australia. Each morning the pillows are in a slightly different position.
Lance Armstrong’s plan
Lance turned 70 this week. He looks 80, but rides his bicycle like he’s 40. He’s got a plan for his walled gazebo currently filled with wet documents in his backyard.
Lance will take his two busted washing machines and faulty fridge to Adelaide Electrical Discount store as a trade-in for a new fridge with humidity control that will protect his organic vegetables from wilting.
His two incredibly expensive wet bikes in the gazebo will be transferred to the space left vacant by the busted washing machines. The documents will stay wet.
He’ll also remain without a washing machine despite the owner of the local laundromat calling the police on him last week. Lance wasn’t impressed with the rinse cycle on the machines and demanded of the owner that they discuss in an adult manner an action plan for improvement. The owner failed to respond appropriately so Lance called him a dickhead whereupon the owner called the police. 15 May 2016
(above) Beyond the superficial labels put upon people living outside, there are invariable stories of tragedy. This baby clothing and fresh nappies were discovered in the bushland east of Adelaide's West Terrace Cemetery.
More on the Death of Vince the Elder
Vince Pollard was Vince the Elder’s legal name. He was about 77 and lived on Canon Street, Port Adelaide, near the Spiritualist Church.
Natasha, 34, Vince the Elder’s Aged Care nurse found his body last Monday in the bathtub. (see correction below) Someone said the hot water tap was running, but this hasn’t been confirmed.
Vince was known as a man who lived frugally and patronised Fred’s Van at Kilburn and Semaphore as well as the St Bede’s Drop-in-Centre. He gave much of his pension money to his daughter and grandchildren.
He’ll be remembered for his quiet dignity and his ability to sound the right note in any situation. He was a modest respectful man who was respected. 20 May 2016
Correction on Vince the Elder’s death
It was written in the 20 May 2016 report on Vince Pollard’s death that his body was found by Natasha, his Aged Care nurse. This was incorrect. Vince had a nurse for a limited period. She changed the dressing on his head wound following surgery, but was not his Aged Care nurse nor did she discover his body. 24 May 2016
Nasty Fight at Fred’s Van
Two middle-aged men had a fight at Fred’s Van in Gawler Place last Tuesday evening. They shoved and elbowed each other until The Ghost Who Walks drove up in his ute. One fighter ran to the back of the ute and before The Ghost could say anything, grabbed an iron rod then returned to belt the other man with it. The other man then pulled a piece of wood from his coat and used it to hit the iron bar man.
The Brothers tried to break them apart. When the police arrived everyone pretended nothing had happened so the police drove away without any prisoners. The two men vow revenge against each other.
They’re both veterans in the homeless scene and both known for their peaceful stance.
Fred’s Van by St Vincent de Paul Society and Life Christian Centre Gawler Place between Wakefield and Flinders Streets, Adelaide Monday to Friday at 7:00 - 7:30pm Sunday 6:00 - 6:30pm Saturday No Fred’s Van 19 May 2016
Vince the Elder dead
Vince is dead. He was in his late seventies. He drove around Port Adelaide for decades in his old yellow Volvo station wagon covered with Slim Dusty paintings. Vince was always polite to those he encountered, even to rude people.
Vince had a terrible wound on his scalp last year, but also suffered from declining kidney function. He died in his sleep. Vince died a lucky death, but there was still an overall glum mood at St Bede’s Drop-in-Centre last Tuesday.
St Bede’s Drop-in-Centre 200 Military Road, Semaphore (near Semaphore Road) Free breakfast from 8:30 - 10:30am. Tuesday and Wednesdays 19 May 2016
National Dental Foundation free dentistry
The Reverend Adam Tretheway gave me a referral. He’s a trained social worker at Mary’s Kitchen at St Andrew’s Church-at-the-Sea in Glenelg as well as being a preacher.
Along with a Health Care Card, this got me onto a National Dental Foundation’s Dental Rescue day that offered nearly unlimited free dentistry ― though not reconstruction and implants ― at a private dental clinic at West Lakes.
Their advanced X-ray machine moves around a patient’s head in 40 seconds without needing wadding shoved behind the teeth.
I was in the chair for two hours, but have to go back for lots more treatment.
Video of old homeless man stopping fight in Royal Adelaide Hospital
After being told by Anglicare to remove his solar panels from the roof of his rental unit, “The Man formerly from Kilburn,” aged in his late sixties, moved into the Emergency Department waiting room at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Staff gave him a white blanket and allowed him to sleep sitting up in a chair. He's the man hidden under this white blanket in Video 1. In this video, he is shown to stop one man from beating another in the waiting room. When the ferocious attacking man turns on him, The Man formerly from Kilburn shoved him to the ground.
Doctors and nurses later thanked him for his intervention.
The Old Man later moved into the St Vincent de Paul homeless joint at Whitmore Square then to a better rooming house on South Terrace.
Margot, Bill Shorten, Stephen the Preacher and the Saint Mary Magdalene Centre in Moore Street, Adelaide
An armed police officer stood outside the Magdalene Church hall for twenty minutes. He asked if there was any trouble. There wasn’t any trouble; there rarely is trouble at the Magdalene in Moore Street. Apparently, someone had thrown a Bible into the air during a church service during the week. What did that have to do with us?
Rachel told the policeman she wanted to marry him, but he said he was already married.
Margot from her electric scooter took off her coat and raised her shirt and urged the policeman to “body search” her. He declined so Margot had to make do with federal opposition leader Bill Shorten 72 hours later in Grote Street. Steve Georganas made himself available at the same time, but Margot told him to get out of the way.
The pumpkin soup was excellent and didn’t rely on the poisonous flavour enhancer Monosodium glutamate (MSG). This was followed by sausage stew with creamed pasta, sweet carrots and green beans then ice-cream and apple crumble. Someone told me three times that the apple crumble gave him reflux. Saying it once was enough.
Stephen the Preacher said that getting to Heaven doesn’t require believing in Jesus because God is a merciful entity. He, Stephen, also gets a Vitamin B12 injection every two weeks to prevent exhaustion.
Numbers were low just as they’d been at Ruf Us and the Armageddon BBQ. 18 May 2016
No one can explain the phenomena of why numbers surge and ebb at homeless functions. When the numbers at the Armageddon BBQ were down last Saturday, we thought they’d gone to Ruf Us, but they were down there as well, despite it being a Ruf Us special day.
The tribal Aboriginals were a factor. For some reason they spent the whole day in the parklands and avoided all four homeless venues.
Explosive Melissa was there. She spat distastefully in front of me on Pulteney Street then glared at me for ten minutes in the queue. It’s always a guess who will be the recipient of her anger on any given day, but on Saturday she left before being served.
A few men crossed Hurtle Square from Crazy Cottage. One of them said that earlier in the week he couldn’t leave his room for hours when the Star force surrounded the building and closed off Carrington Street. He said the tenant who refused to be evicted must have been ex-military because if it had been any others, the police would have simply kicked the door down. Armageddon BBQ Hurtle Square, Adelaide except on every fourth Saturday at the Christadelphian Church Every Saturday at 8:30am 17 May 2016
(above) Free food from the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Queenstown. One-third was past the Best-By date by up to 10 months while the rest was fresh. They allow one parcel each three months on production of a Health Care Card.
(above) Shopping trolleys in the Adelaide CBD parklands invariably signify the presence of people living outside. Desperate people will exploit any available resource to ensure their survival. It is Coles Supermarket's best charitable act and one where the benefits to the homeless people can't be syphoned off by corrupt Social Inclusion-style bureaucrats.
“Bluey in jail?
Bluey, also known as Uncle Fester, Cactus Jack, Swift Eddy, Eddie Foster is reportedly in jail after thumping another dumpster diver at a rubbish bin claimed by both men.
Grinder is also missing from the homeless scene. The Man-on-the-Street said that whenever someone goes missing in the homeless scene, it usually means they’re in jail. 17 May 2016
Playing the mental card
“They complain, ‘Oh, you’re not homeless; you shouldn’t be here,’ but they don’t pay rent, they have enough money to buy food. We pay rent in Crazy Cottage and have trouble making ends meet.”
“I’m not on a pension. They get disability, more than NewStart; they blotted their minds out on drugs then played the mental card. I could have done that, but I’ve got more self-respect.” Crazy Cottage tenant 17 May 2016
Jobs Statewide Rort
“They don’t even know how to photocopy my licenses: black and white, out of focus on a copier worth thousands of dollars. Not even in colour. I did a better job on my 3 in 1 Epsom.
“And my resume: they said they’d email it to me. I said put it on my USB, but they insisted on email then didn’t send it.” A Jobs Statewide client 17 May 2016
Two volunteers from the Salvation Army tracked Piano Player Wayne to his home address. They said he was missed at City Salvos and asked why he hadn’t been there. He told them he’d been banned, but that City Salvos had not provided the reasons in writing for that decision. 17 May 2016
James having throat cancer surgery
James was back in the Magdalene church hall last Saturday evening after getting kicked out two weeks ago. But he was scared. He said he didn’t expect to come out of hospital after throat cancer surgery this Tuesday. He said at best he would have a hole in his throat to breathe. He wasn’t clear if this was temporary or permanent. He spoke in his customary strained whisper.
The Vitamin Derelict told him to watch a video showing how cancer was cured by doing vigorous exercise immediately after receiving chemo treatment. James said he’d been through all this and became upset when The Vitamin Derelict insisted he watched the video. James walked around the corner in disgust. I raised my voice at the Vitamin Derelict. 16 May 2016
Majestic Hotels and Ruf Us Their joint effort last Saturday was a disappointment due to lack of clients. Few knew of the change of location from the front of Hutt Street Centre to around the corner in South Terrace. Nor did many know how good it would be.
However, the Clued-up Drug Dealer was there and helped set up the tables. He isn’t the major operator I’d previously assumed, and like most users is quite amenable when he’s straight. He often helps AJ set up her offerings during which he becomes a benevolent presence.
The Ancient Old Woman allegedly complained that AJ should have brought a Porta-loo.
Craig was there. He refers to himself “Crazy Craig”. This isn’t the Craig who lives in his car, but Craig from St Bede’s in Semaphore. Crazy Craig ― and he isn’t really crazy ― lives outside to ensure he has decent spending money. He made his grey hair go brown by rubbing Aloe Vera into it. That’s what he said. He also made his eyes go from brown to greenish blue by rubbing leaves on his closed eyelids from a special gumtree found only on the grounds of Glenside Psychiatric Hospital. Craig is an intense man who speaks like a voice recorder playing back at high speed and low volume recollecting a precise series of events from his past. A listener needs a voice recorder to record his voice then play it back slower and at raised volume.
The Man-on-the-Street hugged a Majestic Hotels woman, which caused her brown skin to blush pink. She had a loving expression on her face while listening raptly to him saying how he’d found packets of frozen barramundi in a rubbish bin, which he’d delivered to friends before it thawed. Three Majestic people listened to what we said about what those living outside needed: small items like tarps, sunglasses, mosquito repellent. We forgot to say hope and kindness.
Items that Ruf Us and Majestic Hotels gave out were deodorant, inflatable pillows, homemade savoury pastries, fried food and beans on toast, a three kilogram chocolate Easter egg made with compound chocolate, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, bottled water, long-life milk, packets of tea, coffee, chocolate and plastic cutlery, clean new and used clothing, Head and Shoulders and other shampoos, toothpaste, excellent avocadoes, apples and bananas, playing cards, mosquito repellent and much more.
The event was marred by the presence in the nearby park of over a hundred sports players dressed in garish uniforms and yelling ferociously as they kicked a ball back and forth. This kept away the tribal black fellas while Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese’s storm troopers stealing campers bedding has also caused dislocations to both white and black people in the parklands near Hutt Street.
This is the manifestation of a constant war against the Adelaide CBD homeless crowd and it is people like Aileen “AJ” Jefferis who stand up to them. 16 May 2015
Busha and Tina finished? The vegetarian free food in Whitmore Square hasn’t happened for two weeks in a row after the inaugural offering the week before. It may be finished for the time being. 16 May 2016
(above) Emma Kate Hines, aged 20 in 1997. The Emma we knew on the streets of Adelaide in 2015 was tired and frightened yet retained her paradoxical aloofness.
(above) Emma Kate Hines 28 April 1977 to 2 January 2016.
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