Archive Page 2014
Adelaide Homeless Journal 2014
The metal lining of the iron tin above had deteriorated and collapsed. There was not a use-by date on the can.
Most of the fruit and vegetables and even the baked goods are top quality, but one must keep an eye on the manufactured items.
Uniting Communities (Pitt Street)
The Sunday meal at 5:30pm (maybe 5:00pm) has been moved from Pitt Street to the Pilgrim Church at 12 Flinders Street, Adelaide. This is according to “The ghost who walks”.
28 December 2014
The Breakfast Cafe has been discontinued at the Pirie Street headquarters of the Salvation Army. The Friday 2 January 2015 Market Day has also been cancelled, but will happen on the first Friday of February at 9am.
Last night famous singer John Swan was serving meals to people living outside then later played his acoustic guitar and sang to popular acclaim.
The food was in great surplus with quality cubes of meat. They had no hesitation or smirth when I asked them to bring me a plate without meat or gravy.
“Grinder” chased “The ghost who walks,” through the front entrance saying he had to be wearing shoes to enter. He was joking. “The ghost” had been to an outdoor function at Tea Tree Gully to collect cans.
A few weeks ago a policeman told the Army to close their front doors and get off the veranda as they were raiding and then staking out the Checkmates Strip Club next door. A man went there, angry, and threatened to smash some of the staff because he said they were exploiting his girlfriend.
Two weeks ago the police hung around the front of the Pirie Street building after an ex-Council employee opened a parking machine and stole the coins. He did it in broad daylight using a duplicate key he stole while working for the Adelaide City Council. What an amateur. Some of our people can open them without keys.
Captain Laurel tightened her lips after giving a religious talk in the chapel when “John the Baptist” added his five minutes worth to no one in particular. John attracts a mixture of ridicule and respect, both often coming from the same person.
The table tennis net is faulty. I phoned the Army asking them to replace it. Ha, who was I kidding?
28 December 2014
Christmas round up
Hutt Street Centre
Christmas Lunch at the Hutt Street Centre was delicious as usual though a little sparse. Clients included a few "rough sleepers" and squatters. Before the meal they served prawns and fourteen bakery boxes of sugar and savoury buns.
Manager Ian Cox made a brief appearance then disappeared. No politicians turned up. The presents included soap, toothpaste, two giant sized containers of aerosol antiperspirant, razors, thongs, socks, underwear.
One man with blue eyes arrived bleeding in multiple places on his head and face. Others carried blankets over their shoulders. Hutt Street has established itself as the pre-eminent homeless joint.
The toilets were filthy. They never clean them properly.
Jam packed as usual. Food was excellent, as usual. Too crowded for the space, maybe four hundred. People couldn’t move between the rows.
One server said she ran for Parliament against the education minister because of the cover-up of child abuse claims by David Waterford and others in the Family and Communities Department.
The “Celebrity Can Collector” sat quietly by himself then left without saying much to anyone. He’s given up can collecting having found that banging a bongo drum in Hindley Street is much more profitable and allows him to simply sit there.
Krusher Karl wasn’t there cooking. Some say he is in Western Australia or in jail, or both.
The master-of-ceremonies kept telling Angus, the music player, to turn the volume down. He didn’t so I yelled, “Shut the **** up, Angus.” This didn’t do anything. The M/C threw toothpaste and other items to the crowd. He was good at throwing, but it seemed a little degrading though most found it fun.
I didn’t go there because of the life ban on “The ghost who walks” for trying to expose corruption at WestCare, and I wouldn’t be welcome for writing about it on the Net. However, the man called “Father Christmas” went there and said they served prawns as usual and he had six servings. WestCare is usual good at Christmas.
Another man said the weekly lunches have deteriorated significantly since Jane left and wouldn’t it be good if they could persuade her to return.
Pitt Street (Uniting Communities)
We got there late because the Minister, Roger, told us it was 5pm, but the real time was 4:30pm. Disorganised as usual from the church side, but those who put on the evening were incredible.
It was well attended compared to last year. Eight professional hairdressers offered haircuts.
The food included expensive meats, fresh salads and incredible deserts. One of the hairdressers told me she bought the chickens with her own money and cooked them early that morning. I asked her where the money came from; she didn’t volunteer to tell me that. The service was excellent and they didn’t chase the guests outside with heavy sticks when they’d finished eating.
Sam was there, hardly able to fill up his shopping trolley, his health deteriorating since his last stroke. The German lady who used to complain about the communists now, since having three heart attacks, complains about her son and the police. Her son owes $15,000 in fines. Tony, the Spanish can collector, who had a stroke six years previously, seems happier and healthier than ever.
They had their Pirie Street Christmas evening on Saturday 20 December. John Swan, the famous musician sang. He has performed with Cold Chisel, with his brother, Jimmy Barnes. Swanee was popular at the Salvation Army and people danced to his singing.
I was unhappy; I wanted to play table tennis, but that was cancelled due to the singing. The majority ruled.
26 December 2014
"Lance Armstrong" selling his cars
“Lance Armstrong” is selling his cars to pay for the upkeep on his bicycle, having recently had another crash where he gashed his leg and twisted his neck. His doctor told him not to worry about his neck. He is.
Wayne in jail
Wayne is in jail for phoning up fire trucks and sending them to other people's houses, to annoy them.
His mother said he had been "acting stupid".
When the fire department began recognising his voice they stopped sending the trucks. Wayne switched to ambulances.
22 December 2014
At St Andrew's Church on the SeaAt our Christmas meal for the underprivileged there was an active churchgoer who turns up at the Christmas meal most years. This year she felt the need to tell one “client” about the "good" they was doing for him. She hasn't learnt that the "helped" are a vehicle allowing the "helpers" to find their higher selves.
At another table a big shot trainer in South Australian football sat next to Johnny.
Johnny is nearly seventy and has retired this year from a life working in sheltered workshops including Bedford Industries. As a child Johnny went to Glenelg beach with one of his parents, and along with a brother and sister was abandoned there. He was taken in by Minda where he lived most of his life and now he lives in a boarding house.
He gets into all sorts of trouble like repeatedly losing his wallet and phone. He fell into a ditch at night on Hindley Street while looking for a toilet after McDonalds junk food restaurant refused to let him use their’s.
Johnny is popular because of his enthusiasm for life and his generosity. He is protected by the younger men from Bedford Industries who also go to this weekly meal. They meet in front of the church up to an hour before the gates open. It’s a social and networking scene as much as going to a free restaurant.
Johnny recently had mouth surgery to remove cancer tumours. A year later he is returning to hospital for further surgery.
The big shot football trainer made a time when Johnny could meet all the members of the football team.
16 December 2014
Table Tennis Mafia
Table tennis has become popular at the WestCare joint in Millers' Lane, just off Wright Street. A larger group also plays at the Salvation Army place in Pirie Street on Saturday nights despite the ripped net, damaged bats and no balls. St Bedes Anglican church donated six balls to the Salvation Army last night, but the convenor, who does an excellent job, didn't seem know what to say at the magnanimous gesture.
Another popular past time at WestCare includes arson. There were three attempts to burn the accommodation building down over the past three weeks.
14 December 2014