The Sathya Sai organisation has been supplying the vegetarian curry and rice at Fred’s Van in Gawler Place every Thursday at 7pm for the past 15 years, and on Sundays at 6:00pm for a lesser period.
The Sathya Sai mob meet at the South West Community Centre near Whitmore Square where Homeless Lil, Demos Roussos and Card Player David hang out.
They want to have a huge meeting with lots of homeless joint organisers to develop menus that best suit people living outside. That will be interesting. Aboriginals want meat, meat and more meat, except the vegetarian Aboriginal woman at the Magdalene meal in Moore Street. She hates eating flesh.
Sai Baba was that fat guru with frizzy hair in India who wore orange robes and inspired thousands, even millions of people to live more humanely.
We in the homeless scene need more fresh and high protein food and less stale sugary buns. Late 30 June 2016
Soggy rice at The Magdalene
Refugees from the Salvation Army Paella meal raced to the Magdalene Church hall in Moore Street only to find they’d missed the soup. Things got worse for The Cousin when he discovered the main meal was even worse than Paella.
He described it as “slop thrown over a big lump of rice, clomp, all stuck together.”
“Oh, Christ, what’s this shit?” he asked. “Just eat it and shut-up,” the Ghost told him.
Lance Armstrong said it was the best meal he’d had for a long time.
Nor was the Vitamin Derelict having trouble. He was on his third plate and smiling slyly despite discovering that Fulham Funerals wanted nearly $3000 for storing his dead brother in their fridge. Late 30 June 2016
Turkish Van cat still missing
The Turkish Van white cat that disappeared with a derelict named “Robbie” is still missing. It lived in the florist shop at Whitmore Square. The florists treat homeless and underclass people with respect and kindness.
It isn’t known if “Robbie” is the sorcerer Robert Hannah, who has been living on the footpath outside Hungry Jack’s in Pulteney Street.
Robert could use the cat to attract an evil entity from another dimension. Robert once lived a few metres from where the cat went missing, but fled after a number of fires damaged the building.
There is no proof that the sorcerer was involved. 30 June 2016
(above) A cleaner continuously cleaned the en suite units for the Vinnies 2016 Adelaide CEO sleepout. Each en suite included a toilet, shower and hand basin. The fundraisers didn't use the Exeloo public toilets that had been smeared with faeces, which were then spread over the walls by the anti-derelict "wash function".
(above) A sad camp with the remnants of a tiny campfire in the Adelaide South Terrace Parklands. Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese's storm troopers don't allow "defensive architecture", which means tents or cardboard boxes.
The Cousin has treatment to raise his IQ
The Cousin was recently a test subject for magnetic therapy experiments design to launch his mind into Theta Waves and make him super intelligent.
The powerful invisible magnetic waves feel like taps on the head, and often leave subjects with headaches.
The Cousin doesn’t appear to have become more intelligence, but he is using the word “shit” more often while eating food at homeless soup kitchens. 30 June 2016
Six tents gone
Those six four-person green tents have disappeared from the South Parklands off Hutt Road. A Coles trolley loaded with blankets is underneath a tree. Remnants of tiny campfires are evident.
It isn’t known if Lord Mayor Martin Haese’s storm troopers took the tents. Councillor Anne Moran has no empathy whatsoever with homeless people. Adelaide City Council actively hunts down homeless campers, but some staff exercise benevolence.
Martin Haese was recently on a trade mission to China. It isn’t known if he was spruiking for Chinese money to build high-rise flats for Chinese visitors, some of whom may want the homeless people “removed”. 30 June 2016
The World of Wayne
Piano Player Wayne said that the food in the Royal Adelaide Hospital has been better than that at the Salvation Army. He said, “I haven’t been able to fault a single meal in the two weeks I’ve been here. If you can’t taste the love, care and attention in the food, it’s not worth serving.” 30 June 2016
Did West Lakes Library staff knock off the bicycle lights?
A woman in the homeless scene went to a seminar at the West Lakes Library promoting safe bicycle riding. She said it was sponsored by BikesSA and the Motor Accident Commission. She said it was advertised that each participant would get a free bike light.
But she was disappointed when participants received lousy reflective strips only while the lights were handed over to the West Lakes Library staff. 30 June 2016
The streets of Adelaide
The Man-on-the-Street and The Ghost Who Walks have joined forces to collect coffee flavoured milk from rubbish bins. The cold weather has resulted in an increased supply of better quality milk.
The Man-on-the-Street knows to the hour what will be thrown out and where.
Last week, he and The Ghost served Iced Coffee in glasses at a soup kitchen.
Both men are examples of human beings who react with kindness in a sea of despair. Late 29 June 2016
Monkey was taken away by ambulance officers. They strapped him down because he didn’t want to go. “We’re trying to help you,” one told the struggling Monkey.
Monkey has epilepsy and injects drugs. Other tenants at the Kingslea Apartments in Glenelg North said the drugs have made him schizophrenic.
Meanwhile, Walter M. wants to leave the Apartments. “They’re idiots,” he says, holding his arm out while mimicking injecting a drug. He’s been there for 15 years, but doesn’t know how to activate the resistant Housing Trust. Late 29 June 2016
Aggressive Beggar back in Glenelg
He prowls Jetty Road on crutches while masquerading his fake-bandaged leg. He adopts an intimate caring tone with strangers, wishing them the best in life then says he lost his wallet and needs a few dollars to catch a bus home. His story never changes
When he’s finished his begging day, he holds his crutches in one hand and runs down the road as if needing to hurt the feelings of those who gave him money.
Seventy-one-year-old Johnny Johnson saw him near Woolworth’s in Glenelg last Tuesday. The beggar demanded $6000. Johnny is easily intimidated. Johnny works for four dollars an hour at Bedford Industries.
Last year, this aggressive beggar’s face was covered with bruises and abrasions, but rather than deter him he used the injuries to gain sympathy. 29 June 2016
Lance Armstrong confronts four police officers
"Hurry up.” one of four police officers told Lance Armstrong as he pushed his bicycle and trailer through the Adelaide Railway Station ticket-validating machine.
Once through they stopped a few metres beyond the validating machine. Lance demanded what was their hurry when they were not going anywhere.
The police didn’t react well so Lance turned on his iPhone video camera. They demanded identification then snatched his driver’s license from his hand. “You could behave more respectfully,” He said.
He said they provoked him further so he told one, “You’re talking shit.” One officer said they were fining him for using obscene language.
Lance was fined recently for not validating his ticket. He pushed his bicycle and trailer through the entry point, leaned it against a wall six metres distance then came back to validate his ticket.
Lance is an intellectual who likes to argue with people, but this makes railway workers furious and vengeful, and they call the police. 29 June 2016
Do Unto Others not too bad
The social evening was restricted to the Benson Room and the courtyard because a top Salvation Army band was playing in the church. The free food room wasn’t opened because access was via the atrium and guards were keeping that empty. Packets of Peckish rice crackers were placed on the dining room tables.
The Benson Room has better vibes and acoustics than the atrium, but The Cousin wasn’t happy with the Paella meal. He’s hated Paella ever since the Honourable Russel Wortley MLC burnt a wok of it last year.
The usually filthy toilets were reserved for those guests of the brass band in the church so four uni-sex Porta-loos were placed in the narrow courtyard. The Cousin said they were unlit inside and coated in a wet substance. He said to flush them one needed to use a hand pump.
The man with the black dog kicked out two weeks ago, and who had his head banged against the bitumen by the police stood near the courtyard gate from where he intermittently yelled obscenities. The dog appeared worried.
The Cousin asked if pizza would be served at the usual 9:00pm, but “couldn’t get any sense from management” so he left.
Lance Armstrong arrived at the locked front door while two guards wearing red lanyards stared at him through the glass. They would neither let him in nor gesture to the back door.
But Lance followed the side lane along the building and entered through the courtyard gate. He’d missed the evening meal, but was in time for the pizza.
Instead of the usual mushy mess half-heated in the cafe oven, this pizza was baked properly in the gas oven in the back kitchen. Lance Armstrong said the pastry was golden brown underneath and cooked throughout. This result begs the question why Army staff use the cafe oven each week to ruin a quality product donated by the baker on Goodwood Road when it can be properly cooked in the back kitchen oven.
Do Unto Others Social Evening Salvation Army, 277 Pirie Street, Adelaide Every Saturday 5:00pm to 11:00pm Free coffee at 5:00pm; Free meal at 6:00pm; Free barista coffee at 8:00pm; Free pizza at 9:30pm Late 28 June 2016
The return of the Opportunity Games
Rumour has it that the Opportunity Games will be presented later this year. The four-hour games include a free meal, shirt and a pair of shoes for each participant. The games were held last year in a public park in Exeter.
The Opportunity Games contestants consist mainly of sedated semi-voluntary residents from Supported Residential Facilities. They’re brought in by bus. They hit foam balls back and forth using brightly coloured plastic bats.
Others involved in the games include politicians, television crews, bureaucrats, and an ambulance crew.
The Opportunity Games present a picture in the public mind of disabled psychiatric patients living the good life. The exact opposite is closer to the truth.
Nearly every Supported Residential Facility psychiatric patient suffers diabetes due to medications administered without informed consent, and often under involuntary treatment orders. Most patients have lost teeth due to calcification caused by the medication.
Social workers urge the patients to eat healthier foods and use toothbrushes, as if that would make any difference.
Supported Residential hostels provide a shared room and institutional meals, which after medication and Public Trustee deductions leave each resident with about $60 a week spending money from their Disability or Aged Pensions.
St Bede’s Church in Semaphore hosted the event last year, but has declined to organise this year’s event.
The St Bede’s Church Drop-in-Centre provides a fresh high protein two-hour breakfast twice a week served in a sociable and respectful atmosphere. This costs perhaps $500 a week including wages of the Anglicare social worker and the St Bede’s priest.
The four-hour Opportunity Games include training sessions and cost between $5000 and $10,000. Late 28 June 2016
(above) A security guard patrols the inner fence to prevent homeless people from entering the St Vincent de Paul CEO sleep-out homeless fundraising event in Whitmore Square on 17 June 2016.
(above) Three tribal people sitting on blankets at 9:00pm in front of the Salvation Army building in Whitmore Square, across from the Vinnies CEO sleep-out event. The usual crowd of white and black homeless people were noticeably absent for the event, but returned the next day.
From the Contact Page
"Appeal to Whitmore Square Catnapper"
Some delightful people in Whitmore Square allowed a homeless person whom they knew as Robbie, upon his request, to temporarily occupy a couple of rooms that they had available, until he was able to stand on his own two feet.
Robbie disappeared without warning on 25th June and also on the same day, so did the benefactors' beloved amply-proportioned white male Turkish Van pussycat.
These kind-hearted people are in great distress and I appeal to the Whitmore Square catnapper to please return the cat. Doubtless you have rationalised your actions to yourself but the reality is that you have committed an unconscionable and indefensible act ie. you have abducted some beautiful people's cherished family member for your own selfish purposes.
A cat is not an object or commodity - it is a living sentient being with needs and sensitivities. This animal will also be grieving, not just its owners. Please show some character and restore what is not yours to its true loving home! From Blithe Spirit 27 June 2016
Homeless count finally published
The Department of Communities and Social Inclusion has finally released last summer’s homeless count. They determined that 89 people were “sleeping rough” in the inner city area of Adelaide on 2 February 2016. This is slightly higher than for the same period last year
Six of these had other places to stay, but for various reasons could not go home on the night before the survey.
Just 127 people completed the survey forms. Twenty-two people refused or weren’t able to answer enough questions for their homeless status to be accurately categorised.
The survey showed that nine white women were sleeping outside.
The survey results showed that no one under 18 was sleeping outside and just one person over 75. This seems inaccurate, as I personally knew two men over 75 living outside last February.
The survey said that, “A considerable number of people who were sleeping rough declined to answer questions on their circumstances.” This means the survey number of 89 is an underestimate.
Many people in the homeless scene distrust anyone from a “helping agency” and discreetly leave the proximity of anyone holding a clipboard. The survey people claimed the census was anonymous, but asked those living outside to provide their initials plus date of birth, which is enough to identify them on most government databases.
It isn’t clear to what extent that psychiatric agency, Street-to-Home, checked the Parklands and laneways and doorways of Adelaide on the morning of the homeless census.
Veterans in the homeless industry consider the homeless census a gross underestimation of those living outside in the Adelaide CBD. They ask whether the money spent on the homeless count would have been better spent on those living outside. 27 June 2016
From the Contact Page
I am very pleased to see that threatening and malicious posts by ************** (Piano Playing Wayne) re Mrs. Telstra: - and yet others motivated by ******* **** ****** re David Seacombe have been removed. The credibility of this website continues to be compromised by the posting of Wayne ********'s illegal dialogue. How much longer will you accept the posts from this person.
The actuality of his post re Mrs. Telstra at the RAH is that he has been reported to RAH authorities for stalking and intimidating females in the reception are while still in his hospital gown and still connected to some type of portable medical device. The alias used for Wayne is far too dismissive of his real nature. He is a dangerous man and should be re named PAYNE BUTTHOLE. from Dignity Officer 27 June 2016 Editor's Note: Legal names of two people have been removed from this post. Piano Player Wayne has been in the RAH for two weeks after surgeons removed two toes. He was in the RAH cafeteria as an in-patient having a coffee. The "portable medical device" you mention was an antibiotic drip. He'll be there for a few more days, at least. I'm sure that Mrs Telstra was visiting the RAH for a perfectly valid reason, too. Thanks for your interesting post. I bet you have some excellent insights into how the homeless welfare sector operates.
The benefits of being a drug addict
A notice inside the Hutt Street Centre advised clients they could reduce their court fines by attending drug rehabilitation courses. One person thought it was $100 a day; another said $200.
This program would suit people living outside because they could also get a safe place to catch up on sleep as well as reduce fines.
27 June 2016
The Ghost Who Walks arrived at 5:00pm last Monday. He said there were onions and potatoes, but that the Oz Harvest van had been delayed. He stayed around until 6:00pm then banged off for the 6:30pm Romero soup van in Hurtle Square. The van might have arrived before 7:00pm.
Puddle Jumpers leave food intermittently on their front porch.
They're a children's charity, but also give stuff to underclass and homeless people in general.
Puddle Jumpers Children’s charity 21 Maple Avenue, Forestville (behind Le Cornu on Anzac Highway) Free food and other stuff from 5:00pm - 7:00pm every Monday except public holidays. Food also left at the front of their building Ph 0400 999 349 27 June 2016
Complaining of The Ghost and Father Christmas
“They were complaining what they had last week; it wasn’t any good, but you see them there every week rain or shine. I felt like saying, ‘Beggars can’t be choosers.’”
A new guest at St Bede’s Drop-in-Centre talking about The Ghost Who Walks and Father Christmas at the Magdalene Church Hall on Saturdays and at Fred’s Van during the week. 27 June 2016
“Too aggressive; those cameras everywhere don’t do anything; they make people show off.”
Former guest at Salvation Army DUO Saturday evenings at 277 Pirie Street, Adelaide 27 June 2016
Fulham Funerals holds John Nash hostage
Fulham Funerals is holding the Vitamin Derelict’s brother hostage until he agrees the estate will pay for fridge rental.
The Derelict has attempted for months to get a cremation permit. The government forensic morgue in Divett Place, just back of Fred’s Van in Gawler Place, wouldn’t release the body for cremation.
Then on the sly, they let Fulham Funerals grab the body despite the Vitamin Derelict not authorising its removal. Fulham Funerals now won’t return the body until the estate agrees to pay $2872, and rising.
Late 26 June 2016
85-year old Anglicare tenant anxious
Our 85-year-old gardening tenant was up early this morning to remove weeds from between her sprouting daffodils. She was anxious that Anglicare’s so-called gardeners would mistake the daffodils for weeds and kill them with poison.
She contacted Anglicare about the problem. She said, “I wrote to Anglicare about it, but didn’t get a reply. That’s the annoying part.”
Late 26 June 2016
Getting rid of the low rollers
Albert, Brenton and Danielle were kicked out of the Sky City Adelaide Casino for removing or using credits left on machines by other gamblers.
Two of the three have sold nearly everything they own to play the Casino pokies.
The Casino is expelling the $300 a week losers and replacing them with high rollers. 26 June 2016
Milking the underclass
“Like those homeless places; they keep you on the books to milk you.”
A woman at St Bede’s Drop-in-Centre referring to those fake government education courses for unemployed people. 26 June 2016
Bag Lady burns baby table in MacDonalds
An elderly couple noted that a Bag Lady had spent 45 minutes in the disabled toilet room at the McDonald’s junk food joint on the corner of Hindley Street and West Terrace. The Bag Lady was talking to herself.
The couple couldn’t say for certain, but thought they recognised the voice. Elderly homeless people hang around that branch of McDonalds. McDonald’s staff weren’t interested in opening the door.
Eventually smoke filled the little room and the fire brigade arrived. The Lady had lit a small fire on the plastic baby table. The plastic had melted and rising soot had stained the wall above it. 26 June 2016
Legal Aid resources transferred from homeless men to housed domestic violence women
At the CEO sleep-out event in Whitmore Square on 17 June, a man from the Legal Services Commission talked on Radio 5AA about domestic violence being responsible for much homelessness, and added that this included “an awful lot of women and children”.
How misrepresentative was that? Anyone visiting a homeless joint or walking through the South or West Parklands will see that most people living outside are men.
This Legal Aid fellow then referred to a manager of another service as a “guy” then switched to apology mode while explaining that he had used the word “guy” because the manager was actually a man. This Legal Aid fellow then referred to the man as a “person”. It was pathetic.
The reason he was linking domestic violence to homelessness is that the government has ordered Legal Aid to use its lawyers to help domestic violence victims, who are usually women. This means fewer lawyers for homeless men. Therefore, this deceptive man was actually announcing a reduction in Legal Aid for homeless people in preference to giving it to housed “domestic violence” victims. 26 June 2016
Small stabbing at the Kingslea Apartments
Police last week bundled a woman into their paddy van from the Kingslea Apartments on Sandison Terrace in Glenelg North. She allegedly used a plastic barbecue knife to stab a visitor at another flat.
Police took away another man after a separate stabbing incident at another unit.
Another Kingslea Apartments tenant refers to the throat slashing deaths of Kylie and Steve last January as murders. He doubts the official murder/suicide story.
The Housing Trust has painted over the blood on the walls of Kylie and Steve’s flat. A woman has moved in. She keeps the place warm with a little fan-forced electric heater. 26 June 2016
Mrs Telstra sneaks into the Royal Adelaide Hospital
Doctors gave Piano Player Wayne a reprieve this morning and allowed him to have a coffee at the ground floor cafeteria. He’s been inside for ten days after having two more toes chopped off his foot. Doctors are trying to stop the infection from climbing further up Wayne’s feet. He finds the antibiotic drips excruciatingly painful and lies in bed crying.
However, Mrs Judith Telstra gave him a boost when she walked into the cafeteria. She did an about turn upon seeing Wayne. He knew her mission so he left the cafe and watched her from the newsagent.
True to form, Mrs Telstra snuck into the disability toilets and was there for some time. “Stealing the dunny paper,” Wayne said, adding that she was a multi-millionaire and didn’t have to do that. He vowed to give hospital authorities a photograph of Mrs Telstra. 26 June 2016
A Helpful Hand
“Every Tuesday night at 6:20pm - 8ish A Helpful Hand will be set up [at Fred’s Van] on Gawler Place. We will have Clothes, Toiletries, bread, snacks and whatever else we get donated. If you need something specific we write down requests for the next week (next day for special circumstances).
“A Helpful Hand will also be around the city this Saturday starting at Whitmore square at 11am.”
A Helpful Hand Every Tuesday at Fred’s Van in Gawler Place, Adelaide (between Wakefield and Flinders Streets) 6:20pm to around 8:00pm Posted 25 June 2016
(above) The St Vincent de Paul fenced compound for the Adelaide 2016 CEO Sleepout to raise money for homeless services. Yet it wouldn't take money for the Hutt Street homeless centre to change its policy of kicking homeless people out at 1:00pm on rainy days while the salaried employees stay inside.
St Vincent de Paul (Vinnies) CEO Sleep-Out Adelaide 2016
The St Vincent de Paul CEO sleep-out fundraising event was held in Whitmore Square, in the centre of Adelaide’s homeless district on Thursday night, 17 June 2016.
A circular compound was formed from ATF two-metre high fencing that was paced by two security guards. A guard controlled the locked main gate.
Over one hundred corporate leaders had come to Whitmore Square to sleep outside, or in the marquees as part of a lucrative fundraiser for the St Vincent de Paul society.
Some company executives parked their cars in the St Luke’s church mission carpark where homeless people are banned from sleeping in the courtyard.
Four en suite rooms were brought in so the CEO sleep-out people would not have to use the filthy and humiliating Exeloo toilets at the intersection of Morphett Street. Each en suite contained a shower, toilet and hand basin. A cleaner scrubbed and wiped them constantly throughout the evening.
Older CEO women made cackling noises through constricted throats when the Fred’s Van entered through the security gate. The Van staff were younger than those who had served us in Gawler Place 90 minutes previously.
A trailer-sized generator quietly provided lighting to the compound.
Radio station 5AA had an outdoor broadcast desk in one marquee. They said nothing about what people living outside actually experienced. Not the fear, sleep deprivation, theft of bedding and tents by Council staff, or of getting the flu and still having to sleep outside. Nor did they mention the refusal of certain services by homeless joints unless a person agrees to Social Inclusion supervision and control of their lives.
Nor did anyone mention why those living outside, and who hang around Whitmore Square at night, had disappeared. No one showed the slightest interest when I peered through the mesh fence for one hour.
At 10:00pm, the crowd went into the hall-sized BankSA extended marquee for a quiz night broadcast on 5AA.
A few men set up swags underneath trees at 9:00pm, but most of the sleeping gear remained suspiciously in a marquee.
It seemed vaguely obscene that these people would set up camp in our park then mimic our suffering. And those outside the fence certainly weren’t welcome inside the compound.
According to ABC news, St Vincent de Paul CEO David Wark said the sleep-out earned $560,000 dollars. The ABC also reported Mr Wark as saying the money would be used to invest in technology to better service the homeless, as well as being put towards programs aimed at women in crisis.
Was this a joke statement? Those living outside need better laundry and shower facilities, and tarps during the winter, and somewhere to sleep in peace. They need the Hutt Street Homeless Centre to stay open after 1:00pm rather than the salaried staff closing the doors so they can experience client-free afternoons.
However, to be fair, St Vincent de Paul Society operates a number of useful Fred’s Vans, which is the premier outdoor free food service for those living outside in Adelaide. If the money raised went to Fred’s Vans exclusively, then all would be well.
25 June 2016
(above) A guard was posted at the closed gate of the Vinnies 2016 CEO fundraising sleepout compound in Adelaide to prevent homeless people from entering.
Hairdresser in coffee mood
Clients waiting for the Salvation Army volunteer hairdresser were surprised on Wednesday evening when she arrived on time, but told them she was serving coffee instead of doing hairdressing. 24 June 2016
Anglicare lifestyle inspector in Kapunda
Anglicare lifestyle inspector Lark E. was in Kapunda yesterday to examine the units and lifestyles of tenants there.
It was a nice drive up there, a chance to get out of the office, but was it an efficient use of a salaried employee? 24 June 2016
At least 45 clients turned up last Saturday morning. The orange juice ran out; I think the bread also ran out, but there was a surplus of good quality fried sausages, eggs, fritz, hamburger and onions. This high protein breakfast was in contrast to many homeless joints that serve excessive amounts of sugary buns. There was meat left over.
The Ancient Old Lady was there on her walking frame. Her boyfriend raced back to MacDonald’s junk food joint in Hindley Street where he’d left his phone charging. The Lady and he don’t have electricity.
A white man not used to living outside had watery eyes and blue-pink skin. Another white man was also living outside. He said that the police use buses and trains to travel to crime scenes due to a lack of police cars. “That’s strange,” I said.” “No, it isn’t,” he replied.
Ten Aboriginals sat in the sun. They live outside. The police arrived and asked them if they were drinking. One man said they were drinking water. The police were looking for someone. The Armageddon church people showed little acknowledgment to the police, which was a sign of loyalty to us. Armageddon Barbecue Hurtle Square, Adelaide Every Saturday at 8:30am except the fourth Saturday of each month when it is served in front of the Christadelphian Church on Halifax Street, Adelaide (just west of Hurtle Square)
Tomorrow is at the Church 24 June 2016
(above) Three people waiting for a bus outside the Flinders Street police station were wide-eyed last winter hearing bone-on-bone as Emma Hines sat against this tree and for thirty minutes punched herself in the face. We asked her to come with us to Fred's Van, but she was locked into her death spiral world.
From the Contact Page
Name sensor ship
Comment you are sensoring the comments that are being sent through the contact page i know of 2 people and me who have previously sent contacts but you have not published them why is that ? are you trying to hide the truth? 24 June 2016 Editor: Yes, some comments are not published. Which ones do you refer to? I am happy to explain why specific comments are not published.
(above) Despite repeated Building and Lifestyle Inspections, Anglicare Elizabeth hasn't fixed this leaking gutter for years. They've even raised the rent to pay for the Lifestyle Inspectors who arrive in pairs for fear of being attacked by the geriatric residents.
Anglicare’s ugly behaviour towards our 85-year-old tenant
When the now 85-year-old tenant moved into the Anglicare-administered units two years ago, our gardens were nearly non-existent.
She planted hundreds of pot plants she had brought from her previous house, and spent hundreds of dollars buying other varieties plus lime and fertiliser for the lawn. She spends early mornings removing weeds from the lawn.
A recurring problem is the Anglicare grass cutters who spray poison indiscriminately and kill the plants. They killed seven of eight Hollyhocks she recently planted.
The grass cutters have ignored her requests to use less spray. They are not gardeners; our elderly tenant is a skilled gardener.
She said that when she phoned the Anglicare-administered maintenance department, a woman told her in a “snappish” tone that it was not her place to have any input into the communal gardens.
But Anglicare employees cut grass and poisons plants: they don’t do any actual gardening. This is done by our 85-year-old gardening tenant.
She is brave and determined to maintain colour in our gardens while the rest of us have accepted that welfare housing is meant to be ugly and demoralising. When the grass cutter poisoning team arrive, we run into our units and peek at them through the curtains. 23 June 2016
Do Unto Others (DUO)
The verandah was kept empty last Saturday evening at the Salvation Army in Pirie Street. Inside the atrium, the tables were placed too close together and there were too many people for the room. More tables were set up outside the door for the smokers and those living outside, but the free food room and the Benson Room were kept empty.
Due to the overcrowding, and fear of losing one’s seat, some guests felt trapped at their tables, making social interaction difficult.
The meal consisted of a small amount of excellent chicken steak, 95 peas, 8 slices of horrible boiled carrots, 4 tiny roast potatoes, seven 3cm lengths of string beans, one slice of crusty white bread and meat gravy. Salt and pepper arrived half way through the meal. Dessert was a tiny amount of ice-cream with a slice of excellent “Brownie” that tasted of chocolate fudge. Tea and coffee service was better than usual.
The building was reasonably warm throughout the evening, which is a fine improvement on last year. The closure of the verandah appears to have discouraged people who live outside from attending.
The Goth Lady’s daughter, Susannah, is 31 weeks pregnant. Susannah used to wear skimpy bare skin clothing on the verandah in the winter while the rest of us were dressed for Tasmania and moaned of the cold.
Bob the Quiz Master restrained himself quite well apart from yelling through the powerful public address system said that no one would be served if they were standing up. He later advised in a football roaring voice that the church service started at 7:00pm.
John Swan conducted the karaoke session until near 11:00pm. The ping-pong table was moved into the free food room, but the net was missing a crucial component so it kept falling down.
The YWAM crowd arrived after 10:00pm to begin their overnight shift to watch over the sleepers in the Benson Room.
The atrium was emptied and the lights turned off at 11:00pm while a few people played cards in another room until 12:30am. 23 June 2016
(above) Jungle Phillips has stared death in the face many times and uses colour to fight despair. This is the front of his house at 558 Marion Road, Plympton Park.
(above) The people in this Adelaide Parklands camp use alcohol, sunlight, wind and the earth to ease their despair.
The somewhat immodestly named Amazing Love Soup Kitchen serves soup every second Tuesday at St John’s Anglican Church in Murray Bridge. The next free soup kitchen night will be Tuesday 5 July.
Amazing Love Soup Kitchen corner of Mannum Road and Clara Street, Murry Bridge Every second Tuesday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm Posted Late 22 June 2016
Ice addict spills coffee
The Adelaide man took a cup of coffee into the toilets. His movements were fast and erratic and he spectacularly flung his coffee over himself and the floor. His lighter went flying into the urinal.
He takes pride in his appearance and was upset he’d messed up his clothing. He complained to an invisible person in his mind, “You’re always talking about me; you’re always asking me the same questions.”
I felt sorry for him. He’s not a thug. He used to work at a job requiring high skills. He’s mentally frightening when he’s on crystal meth, but always maintains a degree of good manners.
Now, he’s penniless and living on the streets. Late 22 June 2016
Shana at Ruf Us
AJ gave a blue sleeping bag to a man living outside. She also gave Shana a blanket. An astute observer noted that Shana had obtained blankets from somewhere else the night before. Shana, 32, lives in her own private world yet craves the proximity of other people. She also lives outside. She comes across as a frightening woman, but once you get to know her, she’s fine.
She told me she’d been out of Australia once, when she went swimming 20 metres off the shore.
Being on the secretive and probably corruptly administered welfare housing lists may require years of waiting. However, certain ingenious souls have discovered that sleeping on the Hutt Street Centre verandah is a fast track to cheap housing.
John, the New Zealand man living in his van on South Terrace, saw his latest Centrelink doctor last week. This doctor is based near Adelaide Airport and examines pilots to determine if they’re about to commit suicide. Centrelink is appealing John’s victory in the Social Security Appeals Tribunal to collect the Disability Support Payment. John is nearly 63 and suffers a fast deteriorating version of Parkinsonism Disease.
Another man at Ruf Us who was homeless until recently said he found his new life in a house boring. Nothing happens there compared to the excitement of the homeless scene. He’s looking for a TV.
Ruf Us volunteer Alex from the insurance company was there with Elliot, Brian the ex-miner and AJ. Shaun and Nicole weren’t there. Ruf us free breakfast On the steps of the empty and locked Hutt Street Centre 258 Hutt Street, Adelaide (near South Terrace) 9:00am every Saturday 22 June 2016
Adelaide Homeless centres advertising on Google?
How do homeless joints get their details listed on Google as advertisements? No homeless joint would waste money on placing ads, would they? 22 June 2016
The human side of the Clued-up Drug Dealer
The Clued-up Drug Dealer was in a bad mood. He blocked the blued-eyed man from Romano’s with the walking stick who wasn’t looking for a fight and stepped aside.
The Clued-up Drug Dealer approached the yellow jacket man sitting on the steps, the one with a ginger beard and blue eyes. He yelled at him, but the yellow jacket man threw back his own rejoinders. This infuriated The Clued-Up Dealer; he hit the other man with a bag.
The tall Ruf Us volunteer with the thin arms shouted then stood between them. He touched The Clued-Up Drug Dealer lightly. Crystal Meth addicts hate being touched, or stared at. The Clued-Up Drug Dealer became louder and appeared about to smack the thin man until a police identification card was pushed in front of his face.
The Clued-Up Dealer switched from threatening to complaint mode and accused the yellow jacket man of “stirring me up all morning”. The yellow jacket man seemed indifferent. The Walking Man, who is an ally of the Clued-up Drug Dealer, leant over the yellow jacket man and said, “We settle these things in the park; that’s how we do it.” He spoke as much to the policeman as to the yellow jacket man.
But the policeman was there as a soup kitchen volunteer, not as an undercover operative and, anyway, it was quickly over as everyone found others places to go to.
And without the presence of the street people, the dirty front of the empty Hutt Street Centre emanated a sadness in the midst of Saturday morning dog walkers and cafe patrons retaking the street. 21 June 2016
A woman colleague of Homeless Lil around Whitmore Square said that Homeless Lil had the habit of smashing bottles on the ground then claiming she’d been attacked.
She did this to a man called Johnny. When the police took him away, she removed what she wanted from the shopping trolley containing his worldly possessions.
But the last time it didn’t work. She threw a bottle into the air and it smashed onto the ground. She called the police and blamed Johnny.
When the police arrived, they discovered Lil covered in the liquid and determined that she had thrown the bottle in the air herself.
That’s what the other woman told me. She is a reliable source. 21 June 2016
(above) Each Saturday morning, perhaps 2000 people from comfortable homes will drive hundreds of cars into the South Parklands then scream and yell while kicking around footballs. Some will be injured and require medical treatment. But it’s the dozen or so semi-literate campers in these tents, people with nothing, who fill the local residents and Adelaide City Council with fear and loathing. Why, because they scream and yell, and require medical treatment.
(above) This Adelaide City Council employee yesterday hoofs it from the South Parklands near South Terrace after taking photographs of these tents. Within days, Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese’s storm troopers will hound and torment these semi-literate campers, and eventually steal and destroy their tents and bedding.
Food Bank free Pop-Up
Food Bank has another free food morning for “those in need”. Gaynor from Food Bank said it isn’t “postcode specific”, meaning that anyone can go there.
The date is Friday 24 June from 10:00am to 12:00noon “or until all stock is distributed” so it’s best to be there at the starter bell.
The address is 46 Cowan Street, Angle Park, which is the old Parks Community Centre.
The Food Bank phone number is 8351 1136. 20 June 2016
Salvation Army Linsell Lodge at Whitmore Square
A source within the Adelaide City Council says that the Salvation Army doesn’t pay rates for its Linsell Lodge apartment building in Whitmore Square that has sat vacant for years while people live outside.
Some in the Council agree with state Shadow Minister for Housing Rachel Sanderson that certain regulations regarding rooming houses should be relaxed so that places like Linsell Lodge can be occupied. But the Labor Party Councillors and the Labor state government disagree lest the underclass end up living in sub-human residencies.
One former homeless person said not many people living outside would worry too much about the threat of asbestos. It would be the lesser of two evils. 20 June 2016
Moslems at the Magdalene
Moslem women provided the food the Saturday before last. There was an excellent soup flavoured with Indian spices followed by a lesser tomato soup and bolognaise with meat and cheese. The vegetarian version was pasta with soup poured over it, and without cheese.
James the Transvestite was there. Jesse asked him if he was alright. He said he was. Ideologically, some Moslems want to throw people like James off tall buildings. But not this crowd.
A white woman in the kitchen wore an orange garment over her head. Maybe that explained the subtle Indian spices in the soup.
Erica the Engineer was there, but she didn’t talk to Lance Armstrong and myself. Instead, she listened to a file on Lee’s phone, of him singing. Lee is an accomplished singer and guitar player and plays at hotels. He also wants to go into space.
If he does go into space via the $100,000 SpaceX flights, then returns to the soup kitchens to talk of his trip, most clients will think he took a fifty-dollar pill and dreamed he had been in space. 20 June 2016
Vince Focarelli’s free Halal soup
Vince is out of jail and has given up his motorcycle gang lifestyle after a rival gang murdered his son.
Vince has opened up a Halal restaurant at 94 Carrington Street, Adelaide, near where Card Player David lives.
He offers free soup to underclass and homeless-style people every Tuesday from 7:00pm to 7:30pm. 20 June 2016
The Magnificent Seven visit St Luke’s
The Magnificent Seven arrived for Piano Player Wayne’s Ragout at the Forever Hopeful Choir evening at St Luke’s church in Whitmore Square.
Wayne told The Magnificent Seven they couldn’t stay unless they became regular members of the choir. They left. Judith Telstra persisted and asked what would happen if she went into the kitchen and took what she wanted. “The police would require dental records to identify you,” Wayne told Mrs Telstra.
Shadow Minister for Housing Rachel Sanderson arrived with the Liberal candidate David Colovic. He’s running against Kate Ellis who is married to a 5AA shock jock named David Penberthy.
Someone took a photo of David and Piano Player Wayne holding his cat. Wayne says it was an accidental picture, but is pleased that it shows him holding the Therapy Cat at St Luke’s Church when he was kicked out of the Salvation Army for doing the same thing. Early 20 June 2016
Hutt Street Centre
Shana is back at the Hutt Street Centre. Staff banned her for one week. She lives in the parks. 19 June 2016
From the Contact Page
Grinder has cancer in case u didn't know. 19 June 2016
From the Contact Page
Name The Advisor
“Did you know Amanda Blair has her own opshop and raises funds for the Hutt st centre?
“Pretty sure you might have some time back.
“She always said she wanted to run an opshop.
“What a good stick she is.
“TTFN.” 19 June 2016
The Waiting Game
The Regretful Can Collector sat on a bench on Angus Street at 4:00pm last Tuesday. He was still there at 5:30pm. He hadn’t moved. He was waiting for a certain set of rubbish bins to put out from a certain establishment.
He said, “I can get ten to twelve dollars from them and want to be first in.” He went on to describe rubbish bins along two of the side streets, and was able to estimate what he could collect form each one of them. His knowledge of his trade never ceases to amaze me.
He said he preferred “affluent suburbs” because the worse anyone would do was ask, “What are you doing in my bin?” while in the “rougher suburbs” someone would “throw a half-filled stubby at me.” 19 June 2016
Not their kind of people
A person in the homeless scene said that big homeless charities dislike fallen middle-class clients who have retained the “power of observation and critical thinking”. The person added, “They don’t like those sort of people.” 19 June 2016
(above) Piano Player Wayne appears somewhat nervous being photographed with Liberal candidate David Colovic at the Forever Hopeful Voices choir practice. Wayne thought Beth Loveday or police detective Shaun Osborn would have had a better chance defeating Kate Ellis in the July 2 election. Shaun is regularly seen serving food to the homeless crowd outside the Hutt Street Centre on Saturday mornings. David gate-crashed the Angels of Adelaide Easter event for the homeless and did nothing except delay the serving of the meal.
(above) The empty Totally and Permanently Incapacitated veterans hostel on the corner of Hutt Street and South Terrace. When the mammoth apartment building is built over it, the new residents will pressure Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese to get rid of the homeless people in the parklands across South Terrace. Will the imperative of Martin's political career overcome his innate decency to want to protect those who have lost everything? And how hard will Ian Hitch-Cox from The Hutt Street Centre advocate on behalf of those living in their cars, or under the trees?
The underhanded Frank Pangallo
According to a person at a homeless soup kitchen, Channel Seven couldn’t broadcast a story produced by Frank Pangallo because he’d illegally snuck into a family’s house through an unlocked door.
The people for whom he was producing the story were glad to see the back of him.
I know from experience that he builds up fake stories on no evidence. Yet now, strangely, I feel sorry for him. 18 June 2016
WestCare’s No. 1 client
An observer at WestCare expressed a lack of respect for David Secomb for being taken in by Mrs Judith Telstra. The observer said Mrs Telstra is treated as WestCare’s “star client” when in actuality she is an “obnoxious, greedy, dangerous woman.” 18 June 2016
Fred’s Van at Gawler Place last Tuesday
The queue of sixty-five stretched from the serving tables near the footpath back to the walkway that leads to the State Administration Centre. Another thirty people mingled closer to the Homeland Security-type building. A few others lingered in an adjoining laneway.
A normal-appearing woman was there with a normal man and their 6-year-old son. She said they got housing via the Hutt Street Centre and came to Fred’s van just once a month when money was short. She was reluctant to let Tarzan talk to her 6-year-old son. She said, “I don’t want him corrupted.”
I got there late, but they were still serving chicken wings in sauce plus the usual Tuesday white rice and meat stew. There were also bags, each containing a small Tetra pack of long-life flavoured milk, a tolerable sandwich, a stale sugary bun and a fresh banana. There was also a tray of miscellaneous pastries plus the usual cordial, tea and coffee. The amount was inadequate for such a large crowd, but the mood was happy and without a single violent incident. Even the dozen Ice users had returned to Earth, neither high nor low.
Two women from “A Helping Hand”, and Kaylon who lives outside, were distributing beanies and scarves from a large suitcase. They were happy and distributed their stuff judiciously, as if they’d been doing it for years. They instinctively understood that giving away kindness was as important as giving away their physical items.
The Right Honourable Grinder was there; he appeared deathly ill, but not back in jail as some had believed.
There were well over a hundred people there at 7:20pm yet forty minutes later there were just Lance Armstrong, Sonic and his girlfriend and myself.
Fred's Van Gawler Place (between Flinders and Wakefield Streets), Adelaide Monday to Friday at 7:00pm and on Sundays at 6:00pm. Closed Saturday. Free. 18 June 2016
Chat and Chew Port Adelaide
There weren’t enough chairs in the Chino room so servers Phil and Ross stood up instead of joining the guests for the meal. Even the table abandoned for two years after Aileen and Barry died was full. The man who used to criticise Vince Pollard for getting old has appeared unhappy since Vince died.
The bureaucrats caused the space problem by replacing a table with cabinets. The ‘No Smoking’ on the property rule killed both the sociability and dining availability of the outside tables.
A new work experience fellow on his last year of a psychology degree was there.
The meal was roast pork and roast carrots and potatoes. Dessert was a homemade concoction that resembled trifle. Everyone liked it, but after dessert was finished, the chairs were piled onto one of the tables as a hint for people to piss off as if we were simply animals to be fed.
This institutionalising regime deflects the fine efforts of Rachel the cook, another woman, Phil, Ross and Vince the Younger.
And the name is silly. Chat and Chew is a name more suitable for pre-school recess periods. Some of the guests may be of low cognitive ability, but it’s still an insulting term.
However, despite this gripe it was an enjoyable occasion. And it's becoming more popular with Rachel and her team doing the cooking.
Chat and Chew Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide 58 Dale Street, Port Adelaide. (entry from back gate off K-Mart parking area) 4:30 - 6:30 pm (Every second Wednesday) Free Main course, dessert, tea and coffee. No takeaways Late 17 June 2016
Last summer’s homeless count statistics
The Minister for Housing, Zoe Bettison, still hasn’t released last summer’s Adelaide CBD homeless count statistics, according to a Department of Communities and Social Inclusion employee.
This seems a corruption of public administration where taxpayer-funded welfare bureaucrats collect statistics that are not published until it suits the political and career interests of Zoe Bettison. 17 June 2016
Doctor chops off two toes from Piano Player Wayne’s foot
A doctor at the Royal Adelaide Hospital this morning chopped off two toes from Piano Player Wayne’s right foot. Surgeons had previously chopped the big toe off his left foot.
Wayne said that during a performance of the Requiem of Fauré at St Peter’s Cathedral two weeks ago, he had a terrible foreboding about his health.
Wayne said that after entering hospital last Monday, the Therapy Cat escaped from his house in Kent Town and walked to the hospital. The Charge Nurse would not let it stay so someone took it back home.
Piano Player Wayne said he might be in hospital for another week because the surgeon has cut further into his foot in an attempt to stem the spreading infection. Wayne has diabetes. 17 June 2016
Ruf Us and the Nuns
The walk from Hurtle Square confused my mind and I sat dazed and withdrawn while Brian the ex-Miner, Nicole, Shaun and AJ served hot food.
An hour later, everyone had gone except the man who sleeps on the Hutt Street Centre verandah and an Asian-Aboriginal woman wearing a rainbow blanket around her waist and holding a booming large old-style radio against her right ear. She was one of those exotic and desperate yet strangely self-reliant women who exploit their own resources rather than play the fawning lamb routine so effective with social workers.
The two of them sang along with the sad music coming from her radio and then they too had other places to go.
And in the silence within the Saturday morning traffic, it was if the muffled voices of nuns long since gone vibrated against the locked doors of the empty building. 17 June 2016
Puddle Jumpers free food in Forestville
Puddle Jumpers are a children’s charity, but they also offer free food to those “in need” on Mondays at their Forestville building.
Distribution begins at 5:00pm and theoretically runs until 7:00pm, but it is effectively “First in Best Dressed - once the food is gone it’s gone.” Up to 100 people arrive.
They also encourage donations and volunteering.
Puddle Jumpers 21 Maple Avenue, Forestville (behind Le Cornu on Anzac Highway) firstname.lastname@example.org ph 0400 999 349 Every Monday at 5:00pm - 7:00pm except public holidays. 17 June 2016
Sue Johncock finishes up at St Bede’s
Sue finished up at St Bede’s last Wednesday. She’ll be looking after her 90-year-old mother. Doctors want to chop off Sue’s mother’s legs at the hip due to ulcers and infections that might lead to gangrene.
Sue is a qualified nurse so will ensure her mother gets decent service from doctors and the hospital. It will be a full-time job.
It was sad to see her go because she gave full attention to all diners at the Drop-in-Centre regardless of their individual cognitive abilities.
In other news, a guest stubbed his cigarette out in the middle of the outdoor plastic table after announcing he was an “Authority on nothing”.
Homeless Lil did not come back this week, but “The Most Active Volunteer” has returned to his duties.
Last Wednesday’s breakfast included cereals and milk (soy milk for Peter); yoghourt; hamburgers; toasted cheese, tomato and ham sandwiches, fresh grapes and slices of watermelon, bananas and oranges. Scones, jam and cream; three types of biscuits plus lamington slices; tea, coffee and Milo; and rice crackers to take away.
What the St Bede’s volunteers do is cater for the individual food requirements of each guest. This is exceptional service in the homeless scene.
St Bede’s Drop-in-Centre 200 Military Road, Semaphore Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8:30am - 10:30am 17 June 2016
Mrs Judith Telstra
Judith Telstra at the Salvation Army market day had staff bring a chair out for her to sit on. While she was getting a coffee, a woman with a six-month baby sat on the chair. When Judith returned, she pushed the woman and baby off the chair.
17 June 2016
We’ve all heard a politician cry “A thousand houses in a thousand days”. But what we haven’t heard is how many Housing Trust houses and units will be knocked down and the land sold over the next thousand days.
For example, the 5.2 hectare area of Housing Trust occupied semi-detached dwellings in Wooville Gardens will be knocked down then replaced with a mix of private and Housing Trust houses.
Will this result in an increase or decrease of dwellings for Housing Trust tenants? How much of this land will actually be lost to private ownership? More than one-half?
Information such as this was previously published in a government report called “Housing in Focus”, but the Rann and Weatherill South Australian governments ceased publishing these annual reports.
“Housing in Focus” also told how many new tenancies were offered each year and who was getting them? Today, it’s all a secret, and we can only rely on anecdotal evidence by people observing their new neighbours moving in, or of houses and flats left empty for months, even years.
What we can’t rely on are the lies and misrepresentations by South Australian state government politicians.
This is how our democracy has become a non-democracy. These thieves have stolen it from us. 17 June 2016
(above) Wet bedding and clothing below Homo Hill. It might have been stashed by the owner then examined by an intruder who left it open to the rain. The lack of safe storage of bedding during the day results in a huge waste of donated bedding.
Last Tuesday, a man in Rundle Mall sat in a doorway with a cardboard sign in front of him. The begging sign included the word, “Homeless”. He appeared suspiciously like Dave from Holden Hill. There was a donation container in front of him. I’ve never seen him in the Adelaide homeless scene.
Another man sat in a doorway in King William Street. He had a nearly identical “Homeless” cardboard sign as the Rundle Mall man. This man lifted 20-cent coins from his donation hat then dropped them back while chanting, “I’m hungry; I’m hungry.” I have never seen him in Adelaide’s homeless scene.
Both men’s signs appeared identical to those left at Menary’s abandoned campsite near the West Terrace cemetery. They all appeared manufactured by the same person. 16 June 2016
Last week at Fred’s Van
“The Face” got a shock one cold night last week when a mob of bedraggled souls surrounded The Ghost’s ute. The Ghost said they could take as many drinks as they wanted for ten cents a can, which is the redeemable amount for the empty cans at the recyclers, or they could transfer the Fanta and other drinks into their own containers without charge providing they threw the cans back on the ute.
The Face said some had trouble finding two five-cent pieces to buy one drink. He said he’d never seen in his life such a wretched group of human beings. 16 June 2016
An elderly woman watched Grinder for some years after hearing frightening stories about him. One day, he brought an injured bird into the Hutt Street Centre and took care of it.
She said: “That’s his upbringing.” 16 June 2016
Wheelchair can collector
A black skinned man outside the Port Adelaide library crushed a ten-cent deposit Coke can with his hand against a bar of his wheelchair yesterday. He had trouble twisting his body to put the can in a bag hanging from the back. There was a bright pink ulcer on his left leg; his right leg was missing from the knee. 16 June 2016
Andrew was back after having spent two weeks in Las Vegas and San Diego.
Terry the Christian was back after getting both his knees reconstructed.
Warren has recovered after falling in his bathtub at the Kingslea Apartments where Steve and Kylie were killed in January. Another tenant, Walter, is trying desperately to escape the apartments due to “so many people out of their minds”.
Robert was wearing his brother’s jacket with pride. His brother died of lung cancer last fortnight.
Adam the Preacher has been away due to the death of a relative. His health is delicate, anyway, but he’s a lucky man to work at a job where he’s allowed to be nice, and get paid for it.
Mair made the vegetarian soup that tasted so good I accused them of putting meat in it.
Another volunteer’s Dad made the minestrone soup that did contain meat.
Numbers of diners have been low for the past four or five weeks.
The homeless man who sometimes stays in his car and misses the meal is renting a room next week. He’s had a difficult couple of years, but is feeling much more optimistic.
The takeaway food room had huge amounts of bread baked the day before. It included olive and parmesan bread. The amounts of vegetables were reasonable.
There were two new women diners plus one new woman volunteer plus a prospective volunteer.
Sarah brought some laundry for the Orange Sky Laundry. I still can’t see the point of the laundry truck that parks in front of the church on Jetty Road, Glenelg. It would humiliate all, but the most hardened homeless person though I would have used it if it had existed during my ten years of living outside.