(above) The disability parking spaces in the new Playford Council development at Elizabeth have shrunk.
One disability space at 237cms wide is narrower than the normal one next to it at 246cms. The disability spaces in the employees’ carpark are 265cms.
A Playford Council employee named Wayne said the legal requirement for disability spaces has been reduced to 240cms providing there is a public walkway area on one side of the space. Most disability spaces are at least 3 metres wide. Where the hell is Kelly Vincent, M.P.?
(above) Mark Arstall, 39, from Ngongotaha, New Zealand? He is allied with Robyn from the Hutt Street Centre, Ice Man Dan, the Clued-up Drug Dealer and numerous charity employees. His enemies are the disabled and elderly non-drug using men in the Adelaide homeless scene.
Baptist Westcare’s hero
“...So yeah the video is going to be all over the web in the coming days along with flyers with your full name and address...... I look forward to pissing on your grave in the near future...you’re dead...” Mark Arstall, 39
One of many emails Mark Arstall, 39 sends to elderly people after he threatens or assaults them. His tools are cutlery, hot soup, his boots and his fists. Arstall is considered a hero by some Baptist Westcare employees, despised by others. 31 January 2018
A long-term client of WestCare said he believed that the staff are afraid of the drug dealers. 31 January 2018
Free lunch at the Food Barn in Elizabeth
Old George thought I’d done a stint in gaol. He hadn’t seen me for months and then we meet at the Food Barn and he sees my haircut. He says it’s a Boob haircut given to people leaving gaol. He looks at my feet to see if I’m wearing Boob shoes like they used to sell at Trims.
I tell him the haircut was the result of me telling a free welfare dresser that I’d seen her drunk at a funeral. He does not quite believe me.
Old George says the bank has taken away his bank book. He says they gave him a piece of cardboard with a number on it that he must present at the counter. Old George asks how can he find out how much Centrelink is putting into his account. Ask for a statement at the counter, but make sure they don’t charge you, I say. “I’m illiterate,” he says, with a twinkle in his eye.
Old George catches six or seven buses and trains a day. He cannot read timetables so he catches any bus heading in his general direction. He sleeps on the buses and trains.
He cannot operate the TV he found on the street. It took him three months to use his new NBN phone. Yet George is as sharp as a tack. Nothing gets by him.
His neighbour said he is a rorter for going to soup kitchens. Old George is over 80 and worked all his life, but after his wife died, a Baptist worker invited him to WestCare for Christmas lunch. Old George never looked back. He should receive a medal for self-determination in a society where old people sit in retirement joints watching television and go on “outings” on the charity bus.
Fridays is mishmash day at the Food Barn where they get rid of everything not used during the week. The meal last Friday began with sausage mishmash with the previous day’s salad. When the sausages ran out it was quiche then a vegetable salad with meat gravy, then something black, then fish fingers. One man who got fish fingers said it is best never to have “relationships”. He said it is best being alone, always. A characteristic of the staff is to bang spoons against the inside of the cups when stirring. This seems almost anti-Catholic, but probably is not.
The Liamsans guard stood opposite the reception desk. Liamsans Security Solutions hire ex-police and ex-military, people with fighting experience. They cost Anglicare a small fortune, but before they arrived the drug dealers had effectively taken over the building like at WestCare and the Hutt Street Centre.
Anglicare Mission 91-93 Elizabeth Way, Elizabeth (near the shopping centre and police station) 11:00am to 12:30pm Monday to Friday Free lunch. Good social environment. Horrible toilets. No dessert. No takeaways. No seconds. Very bad salt and pepper shakers. Liamsans Security Solutions guard keeps out the Ice dealers. Invalid Scooter plug-in. Food Bank agency in building. Excellent free financial advisor named Steve “Know-all” Knowlands. Free Orange Sky Laundry on Thursdays from 11:00am to 1:00pm. 31 January 2018
St Luke’s Mission at Whitmore Square
The Tuesday and Wednesday lunches have lurched back into operation. They cost $3.00 compared to $2.50 at WestCare, $2.00 at the Hutt Street Centre and free at the Adelaide Day Centre for men if you join their club.
The Ghost likes St Luke’s and said a Greek cook prepared a recent Wednesday lunch while Tuesday is done by a French chef and Chinese cook. The Tuesday meal was lentils, chicken, broccoli, carrot pie, chocolate ice-cream.
The 7:00pm Sunday meals have not recommenced. 31 January 2018
Alex Antic’s public meeting over Hutt Street Centre violence
Adelaide City Councillor and lawyer Alex Antic called a public meeting to discuss the situation around the Hutt Street Centre.
The former chair of the now disbanded Hutt Street Precinct Association, an older man named Gary, said he had called the police 30 times over a two-week period earlier this month. He said that one hotel called the police three times a day over incidents such as druggies and alcoholics grabbing food and drinks from outdoor diners.
He said that 50% of the buildings on Hutt Street between Halifax Street and South Terrace were empty, partly due to the activities of “repeat offenders” and those with drug, alcohol and mental health issues. He said that one business has to wash down their steps each morning and that the harassment was “almost 24 hours” a day. Gary said that prostitutes operated on the side streets and that there was frequent fighting. He said that the actual homeless people were little problem.
What he did not mention and probably does not know is that the non-drug using clients at the Hutt Street Centre are equally afraid. And that the majority of homeless people avoid the Hutt Street Centre because management favours the junkies and dealers.
The disconnect of this situation is that Hutt Street Centre C.E.O. Ian Cox continues his assertions that violence is in decline. What is more accurate is that clients no longer report threats and violence. Why would they? Ian Cox does nothing and that reporting assaults makes the situation worse for the victims who often have nowhere else to go.
Ian has become so enamoured with the colourful characters at the Hutt Street Centre that he has inadvertently created an incubator that encourages the Ice junkie lifestyle and discourages actual homeless people.
If he does not fix the situation, those affluent new residents in the apartment block across the street, and the Chinese and German property investors buying into the Adelaide CBD, will destroy the Hutt Street Centre.
Ian Cox must lift his game to protect a resource for the homeless. 30 January 2018
Norwood Foodland rubbish bins
Piano Player Wayne said that Norwood Foodland throws $600 worth of exotic cheeses in their rubbish bins each week.
This seems realistic as a friend some years previously got $7000 worth of foreign cheeses from the Woolworths rubbish bin across The Parade. A fridge failed and the cheese was put into rubbish bags and thrown in their bins, still cold. 30 January 2018
Free hairdressing at the Hutt Street Centre
Customers were waiting at 7:30am when the T.A.F.E. students’ mobile hairdressing van pulled up outside the Hutt Street Centre last week.
They rolled an annex from the big van and got straight into their work. The Ghost Who Walks said that three students washed hair inside the van while others cut hair under the annex. The students also set up an umbrella and cut the hair of Aboriginal children.
The police were milling about, believed to be asking questions about the fight amongst multiple Hutt Street Centre clients in the St Andrew’s Church carpark around the corner. Sir Ian Cox later implied on Radio 5AA that the “stabbing” was a minor incident and the victim was back and getting a haircut on that Monday morning. The victim was reportedly less complacent?
A feature of those in the homeless culture is that public humiliation becomes so frequent that it no longer hurts to be seen getting a charity haircut while sitting on the bitumen on a city street. However, for anyone new to the homeless scene, getting a haircut outside a druggie joint is humiliating to the point of injurious.
The T.A.F.E. students continued work until at least 11:30am. They will return in two months. 30 January 2018
Steven admits to killing those two children
WestCare client Steven Graham Peet, 31, had previously admitted killing his mixed-race Aboriginal girlfriend, Adeline Wilson-Rigney. Her body was found at a house in Hillier, an agriculture area between Gawler and Elizabeth, in May 2016.
But Steven had resisted admitting to knowingly killing Adeline’s children, six-year-old Amber Rose Rigney and five-year-old Korey Lee Mitchell until today when he pleaded guilty.
Steven and Adeline were both Ice Heads whose relationship had become increasingly toxic. They staged wild abusive shouting matches in front of diners at the Baptist WestCare joint in Wright Street, Adelaide.
Before getting addicted to Ice, Adeline had been a chubby smiling woman until near her death when the synthetic drug had transformed her into a gaunt angry psychotic woman. Her and Steven’s anger had filled other WestCare diners with fear. She and Steven ate the free meal at WestCare that was usually meat pies along with the normal dessert.
What could have been surprising to outsiders was that few inside the Adelaide homeless scene were particularly surprised as tragic deaths caused by crystal methamphetamine and related drugs are quite common.
Most crystal methamphetamine and precursor chemicals are brought in from southern China whose leaders must feel strong satisfaction at how they are destroying the Australian race. Late 29 January 2018
Thief steals washing up buckets
A thief stole the buckets used to wash the coffee cups at Cos We Care’s regular Sunday morning free food and coffee morning on the corner of South Terrace and Hutt Street, Adelaide.
This was done in broad daylight when dozens of people were milling about the tables of free food. Late 29 January 2018
At the Soup Kitchen
The family suffers obesity and genetic problems that attract ridicule. They don’t touch drugs. Seven of them were in intense consultation at the soup kitchen. A 20-year-old had gotten a job and moved away, but had fallen into bad company. He was in trouble.
They spoke in muted voices that makes them appear comical, at first. Maybe it’s a form of good manners and non-aggression. The uncle told the 20-year-old he was throwing away his family and if he wanted to move back, he could have the small room, but not the large room he previously used.
The young man also had car problems. His registration was 11 days overdue.
Later, he walked over to us and said, “I have such a nice family. My uncle is going to Cashies [Cash Converters] to borrow $175 to pay for my rego.” The young man was also moving back into his uncle’s house.
These are the people one sees at soup kitchens. Late 29 January 2018
Hutt Street Centre violence
C.E.O. Ian Cox’s refrain that violence in and around the Hutt Street Centre has been going down does not ring true. What might be relevant is that threats and assaults have become so common that employees have stopped seeing them.
When a woman wrote to Cox last year about being threatened and spat upon by two Hutt Street Centre clients, both violent druggies, she received no reply. When she told Hutt Street Centre employees, they showed little interest.
It was the “stabbing” involving multiple Hutt Street Centre clients on the grounds of St Andrew’s Hospital that gained media attention last week. Ian Cox predictably dismissed this as a “domestic”, but he kept secret a more serious incident that happened elsewhere.
This was when another Hutt Street Centre client stabbed a man named Trent in the abdomen with a broken, long-necked beer bottle. The offender pushed the sharp glass into Trent’s body until it reached his back. Trent is also a Hutt Street Centre client. This happened eleven days after Trent was viciously beaten. Trent has been in hospital three times for treatment, but the wound has not healed and he remains in serious pain.
The modus operandi of the addicts and dealers is to use the Hutt Street Centre as a venue to locate victims then follow them from the building. When a client reports an assault, the response by employees is that the Hutt Street Centre does not get involved in incidents off its property.
So when Ian Cox tells Leon Byner of radio station 5AA that, “We haven’t seen the incidents...our facts are the facts,” one wonders if he has convinced himself or that he is simply spinning a tale for the media.
Thus the drug addicts and dealers have gained invisible control of the Hutt Street Centre while management falsely presents a harmonious picture in order to maintain donations and grants while avoiding expensive insurance claims Late 28 January 2018
The old girl at the Jasmine Restaurant in Adelaide
Anant Singh is the 86-year-old Malaysian Indian behind the free Jasmine Restaurant takeaway meal served every Thursday at about 5:30pm in Hindmarsh Square, opposite the RAA. They serve up to 70 people each week.
The food is restaurant quality. The Jasmine has won multiple awards for being the best restaurant in Adelaide. Some of her customers have been Blythe Spirit, The Ghost Who Walks, Dominic and Jill, The Vitamin Derelict, the porno poet, various gambling addicts from the Adelaide Casino, The Viking Can Collector, The Celebrity Can Collector, The Regretful Can Collector, various taxi drivers, Lance Armstrong, Ajay Stuart, Mark Ngongotaha Arstall, 39, Tony the Spanish Can Collector, Portuguese Joe, PJ, John Andrew Green, The Ancient Old Lady and hundreds of others over the years.
Anant stays in the background so we rarely see her. Her German and Australian staff bring the boxes across Grenfell Street to the park.
I waved to her at the Christmas 2015 meal, but she remained immobile and stared blankly back at me. She might have thought I was waving goodbye to Philthy Phil who was standing near her.
Anant and her husband, Jasbeer, bought the place in 1980. She worked full-time until last year. She was awarded the Order of Australia for her benevolence plus she will reap good karma when she faces rebirth.
Jasmine Restaurant free food. Every Thursday. Hindmarsh Square opposite the RAA The routine: Arrive at 5:00pm for bread, water, a boiled egg and fruit, and to grab a crucial ticket. The ticket stubs are taken to the Jasmine Restaurant so they can determine how much food to bring over. At 5:20pm, they sometimes hand out hot pies and pasties. The food arrives just after 6:00pm and it is crucial to have a ticket. Food only for homeless and underclass people. Late 28 January 2018
Ice woman choreography
She is about forty-two, Ice thin, always angry and vindictive. She yelled at Simon at Cos We Care so that he stopped coming.
Last week, she called a man a murderer. He was talking to the Mormon next to the latter’s car. They laughed and that made her angrier. She stomped down the street yelling abuse.
“That’s how we see her at every charity,” a Housing Trusty resident said. 28 January 2018
An elderly woman at a suburban Adelaide soup kitchen said that two or her neighbours put two skinned cats in her rubbish bin. She said the elderly couple in their 80’s hated cats and that they poisoned her cat with tuna and rat poison. She said they are sick in the head. 28 January 2018
(above) Drakes Supermarkets have deemed Cos We Care a worth charity to support and an effective advertising model.
(above) When the customer scans the barcode when paying for groceries, a component of the sale is put into Cos We Care's account to pay for supplying free food to the homeless and underclass. They are available from Cos We Care's free food venues and at their Bunnings fundraising barbecues in Munno Para.
Suicide by foreign government
A young man at an Adelaide soup kitchen late last month described himself as an international “druggie” and said, “I’m depressed, have been all my life, the only thing left for me is the rope or the line-up[firing squad].”
Yet the man has youth and good physical health going for him, something most of the other soup kitchen men do not have. He might have a great future. Late January 2018
Pink chicken delight
A man at the Anglicare Food Barn in Elizabeth ripped open the rib cage of a section of chicken on his plate and discovered it was pink. He threw it in the rubbish bin, saying, “I don’t want another bout of food poisoning.” Late 27 January 2018
The cook smiled
A veteran cook at the Anglicare Food Barn smiled when an elderly woman cupped and raised her ample breasts while looking him in the eye. Late 27 January 2018
Singing for your supper
Meals on Wheels can no longer pay out-of-pocket expenses to its volunteers. In response, management is reported to have ordered volunteers to do fundraising barbecues to pay their own expenses connected with working for free. Late 26 January 2018
Old George in the ghetto
Old George fell onto the hard floor near the industrial fan. It was a good fall. He did not move. Joe the Cook and other kitchen staff ran over to him. Joe was very worried.
Old George got up and said he had fallen from shock upon seeing an old friend in the dining room. Joe was not convinced and helped George towards a chair.
Anglicare has enabled the expression of decency in the predatory atmosphere of Elizabeth Centre. The unpaid workers are top class.
The computer expert man accidently kicked over the box of Tic-Tac containers. Instead of putting the fallen containers back in the box, he put them in his bag “for health and safety reasons”.
A white woman sat at a corner table with four healthy white kids. An Aboriginal woman with at least four healthy black kids sat at the next table. The joint is becoming a nursery, a healthy nursery.
The meal was an attractive meat loaf with huge amounts of leafy salad with optional “Thousand Island” dressing and bread and margarine. Joe the Cook brought a jar of dried chillies. He said they force the cold from your body. Someone said the chillies were hot. Joe said, “What do you expect with chillies?”
Dessert was fruit and what was left of the Tic-Tacs. A man with most of his teeth missing and a pathological fear of dentists had trouble chewing the leafy salad. He said that since two-thirds of the diners had few teeth, the staff should have cut the salad finer. I had heard the same refrain 41 years ago at an Ananda Marga soup kitchen in Perth. We with decent teeth often fail to understand those without.
Old George has been moving about the Adelaide CBD. He said the Aboriginals had moved from West Terrace to the Torrens Parade ground.
Old George said the Salvo free breakfast at Marion had shut down and might not re-open. He was right. There will not be any more breakfasts, but there will be a free lunch at 12:00noon every Friday starting on 23 February. (This should be confirmed on 8377 0001).
He said last Wednesday at the Salvos in Pirie Street was perfect and that the place had been “nearly empty”. He said Unley Salvos at Christmas was good, but the Food Barn pre-Christmas special meal was not so good though he prefers the Food Barn for lunches.
The computer man took out his phone and showed us street views of Adelaide’s fault line. He said he’s watched it grow over the past ten years.
Red-faced Mick was practicing his art of persuasion with the excellent financial advisor, Steve “Know-all” Knowlands.
The expensive Liamsans Security Solutions guard watched over everything, a friend to no one, a protector to all, we hope. He watches the spies for the Ice dealers who constantly probe the Food Barn for organisation weaknesses and potential customers. Anglicare Mission 91-93 Elizabeth Way, Elizabeth (near the shopping centre and police station) 11:00am to 12:30pm Monday to Friday Free lunch. Good social environment. Horrible toilets. No dessert. No takeaways. No seconds. Very bad salt and pepper shakers. Liamsans Security Solutions guard keeps out the Ice dealers. Invalid Scooter plug-in. Food Bank agency in building. Excellent free financial advisor named Steve “Know-all” Knowlands. Free Orange Sky Laundry on Thursdays from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Australia Day 26 January 2018
Salvation Army leans over
The police have been directing desperate people to the Salvation Army for food on the weekends. The Army has been redirecting some of them to Cos We Care, a volunteer outfit run by a man and woman in their late sixties. Late 26 January 2018
(above) Homeless joints such as the youth rehabilitation Ladder organisation in Port Adelaide have a symbiotic relationship with the crime network, the court system and the police. Cash Converters is next door, then across the lane is the Salvation Army. Mules operate in front of this building, taking stolen property from housebreakers and selling it to Cash Converters. The ice and heroin dealers have two locations within three hundred metres. The homeless joints in the Adelaide CBD giving tacit approval for the Ice junkies to attack non-drug using critics fits into this scenario perfectly.
Fred’s Van Elizabeth
It was one of those hot days, somewhere near 40°C. Not many guests, maybe 35. All inside. They served pasta with meat, hot dogs, cheese and tomato sandwiches (no meat), fruitcake with custard and yoghourt and chocolates on the table. Also coffee, tea and bottled water. The free food racks contained cauliflowers, potatoes, onions and fruit. It was nice at our table. Fred’s Van Café 8 Langford Drive, Elizabeth (near the Elizabeth Railway Station carpark) Wednesdays 6:00pm. Free. No registration or I.D. required. Late 26 January 20128
Disabled woman triggers security system
A member of the Adelaide Homeless Journal collective lent his phone to a disabled woman at a soup kitchen. She wanted to phone a hospital to enquire about a friend.
In her confusion, she phoned multiple numbers asking for Damian at the hospital. This included a Homeless Journal member who called the police. He said that Ice dealers might have abducted the phone owner. The police sent patrols to multiple addresses until they located the red-faced Journal member at a soup kitchen. 25 January 2018
Goat Herder changes careers
An 18-year-old black African man proudly guides his charge down Military Road in Semaphore. He slaps a long swatch against the concrete footpath. He pokes it into the dirt. He waves it about as if he is herding goats back in Africa. He looks about, pride evident in his face.
His charge is an elderly white man on an electric scooter. The grey-haired man says nothing. He follows the non-verbal directions of his African master. 25 January 2018
Using welfare for self-empowerment
“More financial assistance, if you willing to go the distance.........
“Having recently been given the (gracious) opportunity to work again (at least until the end of the financial year) I took it upon myself to request some financial assistance from some well known organisations/charities, so that I won't have to start my new employment, completely behind the eight ball (financially) So, who did I see and what were the results.... (Actually they were not too bad) (Got two requests approved and one knocked back......)
The Adelaide Benevolent Society This is a well known and long standing Adelaide charity. They will (if approved) provide (one off) financial assistance for the following;
1) Car servicing (up to $450.00) and repairs/requirements such as replacing car tyres etc.
2) Will pay utility bills (cost and amount at their discretion)
3) Will provide payment for educational, travel and or work related costs (amount and duration at their discretion)
Contact details: Adelaide Benevolent society, 17 Morialta Street Adelaide SA 5000, phone: 08-823115321. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“The A.B.S. approved a request to get my car serviced (before I return to employment) next month and also paid my current water bill.
“Applications need to be made through a financial counsellor/unemployment case manager/social worker or case worker. Priority service given to unemployed, homeless, physically or mentally disabled/challenged, single (mothers) parents or those facing personal, emotional, psychological or financial challenges. (The more disturbed, challenged or in crisis, the quicker your application will be acknowledged and acted upon)
The Wyatt Trust Fund. Another long standing charitable organisation in SA. They provide financial grants to assist persons in the community facing challenges (emotional, financial or or physical) Amounts and duration at their discretion. “Applications need to be made through the Wyatt fund portal by a (case) worker, financial counsellor, social worker or case manager. Applications for assistance from the Wyatt Fund can be made every three years. There is no requirements in regards age, race or geographical location, other than needing to reside in SA.
“The Wyatt fund accepted my application for assistance with my current electricity bill (Which I gratefully acknowledge) but knocked back my request for the purchase of a new modem/router (to do with my online course) (Which I accepted. Some you win and some you lose)
Contact details: The Wyatt Trust, 100 Pirie Street Adelaide SA 500 Phone: 08-82240074 email: email@example.com
“Priority assistance given to those persons experiencing significant, chronic or ongoing disadvantage etc. which may include mental, emotional, psychological, financial or psychical impediments.
“And finally, good old Centrelink (the place we love to hate and hate to love....)
Centrelink gets a bad rap most of the time, (especially now they are going gangbusters with their ROBO DEBT program) However, if you know the system, (as shite as it is) you can (in some ways) use some aspects of it to your advantage (I mean legally and not in a fraudulent way......what were you thinking I was asking you to do??)
“Centrelink's Pensioner Educational Supplement (stupid name because everyone from the unemployed to Widows, single mothers, to the disabled can apply) is a supplement that anyone on Newstart, Disability allowance, Windows, Youth, aged pension, single parenting payment or on a temporary protection visa (for more than 15 weeks) (and the rest for 12 months minimum) can apply for
“It pays a yearly educational entry payment (depending on how long your study is) of $201.00 and then (for as long as you remain studying, a fortnightly payment of between $34 and $67.00 a fortnight. (To claim the higher amount you have to have a least a 30% to 50% percent study load) Online or distance education study is accepted and applications can be made directly to Centrelink by the individual concerned. If approved, funds are paid straight into the applicants nominated bank account each fortnight.
Contact details: “Although you can upload your application via Centrelink's online (MY GOV) system, I would STRONGLY recommend that you send your application (application forms for Pensioner education supplement are available online, just google and it will come up on the web) via registered mail (costs around $6.00 at Australia Post for a registered mail envelope).
“My own experiences are that NOBODY in Centrelink, checks to see if anyone has uploaded a document UNLESS you ring and physically tell them you have uploaded something (If you like to sit on the phone for 90 plus minutes, listening to Vivaldi's Four Seasons, played over and over again before someone answers (if at all) then be my guest....Otherwise complete the application, stick it in a registered mail envelope, REQUESTING THAT THE RECEIVER ACKNOWLEDGES THEY HAVE RECEIVED THE DAMN THING, and send it to....
Department for Human Services Student Services Reply Paid 7804 Canberra ACT 2610.
“Oh yeah and just quickly, make sure that whatever course you have chosen is WORK READY/APPROVED. That simply means that the Government (aka that Sleazy banker prick Turnball and his cohorts) pay for the course and their is NO cost to you.......(VERY IMPORTANT) You don't want to be stuck with a debt, IF you can avoid it......
“$67.00 dollars extra a fortnight might not sound like a lot, but (as with practically all welfare payments which are woefully inadequate) a little bit of help is better than nix and if you qualify then go ahead and get this payment..... You have nothing to lose, (except maybe a bit of time and a few dollars spent on a registered mail envelope)
“Good luck and keep up the good fight!”
THE NIGHT TALKER! 25 January 2018
(above) Peter Glazebrook, deceased.
Correction on Peter Glazebrook
It was previously written that the deceased Peter Glazebrook was part of the Hutt Street Centre Ice crowd. His best friend and ex-wife, Jo Sc*** states that Peter was not part of the Ice crowd.
Unlike most of the Ice crowd, Peter retained natural emotions, spoke normally and had not the grey pallor of the typical Hutt Street Centre addict. He also attracted loyal friends such as Jo, but could make bad judgments such as going to the Onkaparinga National Park with bad company. 24 January 2018
In praise of fat welfare employees
Has anyone noticed how those thin welfare employees can be a bigger problem that the overweight ones? Those aged between 40 and 50 and unnaturally thin have aggressive and jittery manners?
They react exaggeratingly to simple comments and questions from clients. They run up to you, put their faces close and while avoiding eye contact aggressively demand answers as to why you asked them a question.
Are they on slimming pills, the kind sold to truck drivers to keep them awake? The pills that make truck drivers stop on the Nullabor highway to allow herds of elephants to cross. Some welfare employees eat Clenbuteral, a drug prescribed by veterinarians to treat horses with breathing problems. Other slimming fanatics eat pregnancy hormones when they’re not pregnant.
Another method used by welfare workers to lose weight are variations of crystal methamphetamine. The kind that make a person hyperactive and take away appetite. Where better to buy them than from their addicted clients though you’d think the latter were advertisements for avoidance.
So when you’re at your next charity appointment, and the social worker or receptionist goes off her head, look carefully for signs of drug abuse.
If you see sores, gauntness and loss of muscle tone, then adopt an avoidance strategy. Lower your eyes, speak soothingly and use simple words. Hold your hands on either side of your head to indicate that you feel her pain. Or cover your eyes in submission and bang your head on the counter. 24 January 2018
Elizabeth Food Barn
A scared woman and her son were waiting for a welfare interview. Those waiting for handout interviews are always scared and depressed.
Inside the dining room, the 44-year-old man was telling the Italian Cook he could do 2400 chin-ups and that he’d taken up boxing. The Cook, who looks like a wrestler in Round 6, told the chin-up man that 44 was too old. The chin-up man said he had six years left.
Some kids at the front table asked their Mum what was for dessert. “They don’t always have dessert here,” she said. Like never.
There had been a rumour that the Food Barn was giving away cans of beans, a toiletry pack and a ten-dollar voucher for Food Bank. This proved untrue. The Food Bank room is a dead zone, a no-go area.
The Activist Vegetarian told the work-for-the-dole kitchen man he required a vegetarian meal then got a can of beans, mashed potatoes, bread and margarine, English-style broccoli (boiled in water, hospital style), Tic-Tacs and pears. Meat eaters got sausages. An old man with few teeth said they were too hard.
Caz the kitchen worker has reportedly “recovered her health” and if she is strong enough will return to the Food Barn. However, there are not any current vacancies, even for a quality person working without pay.
A healthy woman with dead eyes towed along two children who in another generation might have been taken from her and given to the paedophiles. Not these days. Now, they’re given to the doctors and put on Ritalin.
A man talked of hybrid computer chips and said AMD had taken the lead from Intel. He also said the NBN was little more than the customers giving the government permission to spy on them.
The cheerful woman opposite me had a large bandage on her left arm. Both arms were covered in scars. Her thighs were slightly thicker than the Liamsans Security guard’s upper arms.
Clown Prince Wayne made an entrance, but appeared shocked to see another man that could have been his doppelganger.
The coffee cups are ugly and stained inside because the glaze has worn off. Anglicare should buy a hundred new cups. Could not Community Member No. 1 fiddle another two-hundred dollars from the Department of the Premier, and then filter it through One Community then across to the Food Barn? Noble fiddling. Anglicare Mission
91-93 Elizabeth Way, Elizabeth (near the shopping centre and police station) 11:00am to 12:30pm Monday to Friday Free lunch. Good social environment. Horrible toilets. No dessert. No takeaways. No seconds. Very bad salt and pepper shakers. Liamsans Security Solutions guard keeps out the Ice dealers. Invalid Scooter plug-in. Food Bank agency in building. Excellent free financial advisor named Steve “Know-all” Knowlands. Free Orange Sky Laundry on Thursdays from 11:00am to 1:00pm. 24 January 2018
Liamsans Security Solutions guard transferred from Anglicare Food Barn
A self-professed “druggie” at the Food Barn said that when the notorious 42-year-old Ice lady tried to stab another diner, the old guard sat on her, to stop her from moving.
She screamed and screamed, according to the man, but the guard kept sitting on her until she calmed down. “He got the sack for doing his job,” the “druggie” said, fully supporting the old guard.
Whether this interpretation is correct remains to be seen. The old guard was no pushover and was popular at the Food Barn.
What is interesting is that even the drug users welcome the guards. They can relax in the Food Barn rather than sitting nervously with their backs to the wall. 23 January 2018
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Comment HELP !
The Lebanese Community Advisory Centre (formerly South Australian Lebanese Womens Association Inc.)
are HOMELESS (OFFICELESS)
LCAC (SALWA) laid out the spread of food at HOMELESS FESTIVAL Whitmore Square for many years.
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“What happened to the former Anglicare Food barn security guard (the taciturn one with ***** little eyes and a shifty manner?) It seems he has been replaced by a very overweight one, who is quite slobby in mannerisms and dress, but nicer to talk too, than the previous guard?
“I doubt this current guard would be any use in a SHTF situation. I can't help feeling sorry for them though. The job must be as boring as ***k, standing around like muppetts for eight hours at a time. I'd rather shove pencils in my eardrums.....”
from THE NIGHT TALKER.
Editor: They are trained to be unfriendly. The Ice dealers constantly probe them for weaknesses. The underworld wants to regain Elizabeth Anglicare as its drug fiefdom. These guards stop them from gaining more than a toehold on the building unlike the situation at the Hutt Street Centre, WestCare, City Salvos and the Brian Burdekin Clinic. 22 January 2018
Father Christmas’s daughter
Father Christmas has long gone from the homeless scene, but his reputation for getting lots of free stuff remains.
The apparently rich Vietnamese woman who pulls around a large trolley and grabs everything she can has now been dubbed, “Father Christmas’s daughter”.
A soup kitchen observer said, “She hangs on the table, took twenty books, gotta get everything, at Krishna she takes everything left, she's not a youngster.”
22 January 2018
Free haircuts at Hutt Street Centre
An unconfirmed rumour has it that the T.A.F.E. “prison van” will visit the Hutt Street Centre this Monday 22 January at 7:00am and give free haircuts.
Posted 21 January 2018
Is it worth donating blankets to the Hutt Street Centre?
A correspondent asked this pertinent question after reading sections of Adelaide Homeless Journal. The answer is not easily given as the Hutt Street Centre has a huge variety of clients. They include:
1) Addicts both victims and wolves.
2) Junkies and dealers doing business.
3) Underclass people not on drugs, but who face permanent unemployment, welfare and housing crisis for the rest of their lives.
4) Gambling addicts such as predator John Andrew Green.
5) Average citizens whose have suffered financial, emotional and mental collapse and find themselves either homeless or on the verge of being so.
6) Childhood victims of betrayal and sexual abuse such as Don the Regretful Can Collector.
7) Disabled people with brain damage acquired through physical trauma or the birthing process. Also savants, autistics and mentally retarded people. And dysfunctional psychiatric patients with a huge suicide rate.
8) Illiterate people who make up 10% of the Hutt Street Centre’s clientele.
9) Hopeless alcoholics.
10) Outcasts and eccentrics who have been spurned elsewhere. Misplaced foreigners.
11) New Zealand citizens who cannot collect unemployment benefits, but live permanently in Australia.
12) Criminals fresh from the prison.
13)Hoarders and resellers of donated items, both individuals and institutions.
14) Tribal Aboriginals.
15) People who have arrived at the Hutt Street Centre as broken wrecks then thrived and left for their new life.
16) Homeless and non-homeless people who get donated blankets, use them for three days then leave them on the ground to rot or be thrown into rubbish bins. Others treasure the donated items and use them until they’re threadbare and falling apart.
21 January 2018
Fred’s Van in Gawler Place
The volunteers couldn’t locate the key to the storeroom in the building in Mitcham where they prepare the food. This was three weeks ago. There was panic. Then someone found the key. They opened the door, but there was too little time to prepare enough food.
Luck had it that on that particular evening they were overrun with a huge hungry mob. Bad luck. Some got nothing. That’s homeless welfare.
Two days later, Fred’s Van made up for the deficiency with a surplus of food from their own kitchen and supplemented from the Sai Baba group.
Bad luck again. Hardly anyone turned up. They couldn’t give it away. The Ghost said that the Vitamin Derelict did his best to oblige them and was “stacking it away as if he’d never eaten.”
The Vietnamese/Chinese woman who brings a trolley to soup kitchens piled in her fair share.
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 Free sausages, onions, sauce on bread. Free fruit, sandwiches and other stuff. Also vegetarian curry on Thursdays and Sundays Concubine Restaurant food on Tuesdays Occasional visits by celebrities like Port Power, Grinder, Ice Man Dan, Lance Armstrong, The Show Pony, Peter Glazebrook (deceased), The Ghost Who Walks, Ajay Stuart, Wild Lorraine, Ice Man Dan’s tarty, but worthwhile girlfriend, The Ngongotaha Coward; Regretful Can Collector (deceased), The Viking, that suitcase of dreams fellow, armed police, etc. 20 January 2018
(above) Heart and Soul's free food venue on most Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm is the Freemasons' Hall at 77 Philip Highway, Elizabeth South. Venue times change frequently so it might be best to confirm on 0411 962 337 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Don the Regretful Can Collector
A life-long friend said Don’s sister died from a drug overdose. She was married to a drug-fu** named Fritz. 20 January 2018
Hutt Street Centre’s Druggie Fatwa instruction
Hutt Street Centre employees and volunteers are teaching computer skills to help their Ice dealers and junkies use social media to issue druggie-style Fatwas against non-drug users.
Management superficially believe they are helping these clients apply for jobs and reconnect with family. Deep down, the salaried welfare bureaucrats know the truth. Their clients are connected with powerful Ice dealers who could destroy their comfortable lives.
Their blind eye protects them from acknowledging their role as enablers to the Ice dealers who prey on new clients.
But what can these welfare bureaucrats do? They do not want to have a druggie Fatwa issued against themselves. Some are so compromised that when a recent Fatwa was issued, a small minority of these social worker bureaucrats went as far as decrying a man targeted this way by the Hutt Street Centre Ice dealers. 19 January 2018
(above) Inside the front door of the Ruf Us warehouse on South Terrace, Wingfield. The charitable group has been largely inactive over the past year despite a professed aim of furnishing 1000 houses in 2017. At one point, its primary employee couldn't even make contact with its board of directors.
(above) The Ruf Us charitable group appears to be emptying its clogged warehouse. Rumour has it that they are trying to re-invent themselves as a "Food Bank" organisation. Another rumour is that Ruf Us is not bankrupt.
Man looks at two photographs
A man looked at two photographs. One was of an obese woman, maybe 170kilograms, too fat to put on a car seatbelt.
“Who is that?” he asked an older woman with him.
“That’s my daughter,” she said.
“And that?” he asked, pointing to another photograph, of a beautiful woman.
“That’s when she was on drugs.” 19 January 2018
A woman who refers to herself as Mrs Polites said that Don, the deceased Regretful Can Collector, used to talk dirty to her at soup kitchens. But she said he did it when they were out of earshot of others. She said he had some consideration. 19 January 2018
The Great Negotiator
Ken Henderson is planning a crash diet. That is the rumour. Baptist WestCare’s Great Negotiator has eaten too many of Heather’s and Strange Stuart’s lunches. His doctor warned him: Too fat, Ken.
His mind has toyed with the idea of giving up work and joining Card Player David on the games circuit. That is what people are saying.
Whatever the truth, Mr Henderson can forget playing “Ken” in the next “Ken and Barbie doll movie.” 18 January 2018
Kill Box lady on knee replacement list
The Kill Box Lady will be 89 in April. She is on the waiting list for two knee replacements. It is unlikely that she will get them due to declining health.
She requested that Anglicare and the Department of Veterans Affairs install a ramp in front of her Anglicare retirement unit. After more than twenty visits from male tradesmen and female bureaucrats, the result was the installation of a dangerous Kill Box that was subsequently removed.
She is now back to steep steps at the front and back of her unit. This is despite the amount of money spent by the bureaucrats examining the steps and installing and removing the Kill Box being enough to build front and back ramps with safety rails. 18 January 2018
Disabled basketball cancelled
A disabled woman is not happy. Basketball at the Adelaide Showgrounds was cancelled last week due to hot weather. It is cancelled tonight as well.
“But they didn’t cancel the other games,” she said, referring to the games played by normal people.
She likes basketball as she collects the soft drink cans to cash in to buy cigarettes. 18 January 2018
Exclusive Brethren reduce Port Adelaide barbecues
The Brethren’s next free Rapid Relief barbecue at the UnitingSA’s Family Centre on Dale Street, Port Adelaide will be at 11:30am on 27 February 2018.
The Brethren are reducing their barbecues at UnitingSA to once every two months. They will be on the last Tuesday of February, April, June, August, and October. December’s date is still to be advised.
It is not known if The Night Stalker shouting filthy invective at them during the barbecues has influenced this decision. It would have been a shock for the somewhat cloistered church volunteers to discover such a reaction to their free hamburgers and bottled water. 18 January 2018
Night Talker discovers new rubbish bin
What joy! I discovered a new bin to raid......
“I was walking past some business premises today after leaving my car at the mechanics for its annual service. Other than to get my car serviced (in Salisbury) I don't do much in this part of town. However as I had some time to kill whilst walking back to the mechanics to collect my car, I noticed this bin at the back of a very large pet supplies chain. It's around the back and set away from the rear of the building, so that is good for us bin divers...... So it is now on my list when I go bin diving again this weekend. It is not that far off my normal route to be impracticable, so come the weekend, I am going to have a peek and see if there is anything work taking...... If it has, it is an added bonus as I have two dogs and 12 cats to provide for and they eat every meal like it’s their last on this planet!!!......
“I shall keep you informed......”
THE NIGHT TALKER.
18 January 2018
About the African women
“I don’t care if they get their food from black or brindle, as long as they stop trying to get money from us.”
A bag lady commenting on the white “homeless bums” waiting for the African women in McDonalds to finish their meal so they could grab what was left over. Certain drug addicts target street people for money, as these people are vulnerable and nowhere else to go and have to appease the addicts. And if the street people call the police on the addicts, the response will not be useful. 17 January 2018
Free LED lights from The Night Talker
“More info, good bad, or otherwise aimed at saving whatever little dosh you have got from being completely gobbled up by food and bills......
“There is a scheme out there in charity land called the HESS (Home Energy Support Scheme) run (in South Australia) by Uniting Care Wesley. It aims to provide assistance for people who may be struggling to stay ahead of rising energy costs (I imagine that would close to 85% of the South Australia population at this point in time) Regardless, it aims to provide support and assistance, practical and financial to those persons seeking to reduce or minimise their energy costs. It does this by providing support and arranging for low cost alternatives to lighting and water (such as changing standard lights to LED lights and organising water saving shower heads and taps etc to be replaced at a very low cost)
“I haven't personally used this service but have known about it for a while. To get onto this scheme you need to ring 1800 007 001 and request for a HESS worker to come to your house to do an energy audit.
“Personally, I would rather NOT have a complete stranger come to my house and tell me I need to take cold showers and sit in the dark.....but I shouldn't knock what I haven't personally tried. So I leave it to you happy folks out there, to use this information as you see fit.
“Secondly, you may or may not have heard or know about Australia Post's concession card. (It isn't advertised very much (or lately at all) but it’s still available. It is free of charge to anyone with a current low income or pensioner concession card. It provides concessions on a range of Australia post services such as mail redirection and concession rate stamps etc. I have had mine now for almost three years. As with everyone out there on a low or fixed income, I try to make do with less and less (but have to pay more and more (you get the picture) So if you are entitled to this concession card then apply for it. All you have to do is go into your nearest Australia Post outlet, flash your concession card and fill out the form and Australia Post will send you a new card in the mail, within a couple of weeks. I don't use my card a lot, but when I do need to use it, it does save me money.
“Good luck with all the new knowledge....Remember better in YOUR pocket than someone elses!”
THE NIGHT TALKER. 17 January 2018
Chat and Chew Christmas Day
The Cousin did not expect much, but nevertheless turned up at 11:00am at the back of UnitingSA in Port Adelaide. Much of the usual suspects were there, but many were not.
Damian was there. Not Damian in the QEH, but fast thinking Damian. His mind moves so quickly that when he makes a decision to do something, his mind has already raced to another location before he can act.
A happy Aboriginal family sat on the grass. They brought a drone that was caught in a gust of wind that took it over the building, but they managed to get it back. They ignored all those silly safety issues and the laughter they caused with the drone made the day much better.
Soft chocolates placed on the outdoor tables got even softer in the sunlight. There were also soft drinks, but coffee was available only when the regular suspects took matters into their own hands and got it out. The lunch was nice, but the dessert was deemed not good enough. The cake or pudding was not rich enough and should have contained more dried fruit and rum. Many of the kitchen staff were new people and kept to themselves in the kitchen, working hard to meet the demand.
The presents for the adults were somewhat inappropriate. Mostly Eau de toilette and perfumes. Damian got one package, but waited for more so I gave him mine. What does a retired derelict do with Eau de toilette? We should have got drones.
The presents for the kids were better and they liked them and that made the gathering even happier. The adults seemed happy that day. Serving the food outside improved the atmosphere. It should be done with the fortnightly Chat and Chew free meals. Whose crazy idea was it to cram everyone into an overcrowded room each fortnight while the outdoor area remains empty.
The lunch was a simple welfare gathering without fanfare, but achieved its goal of creating happiness on Christmas Day 2017. I thought they would make us feel so pathetic: people with nowhere else to go at Christmas.
It also provided a venue for the benefactors to see that their efforts went to a good cause, us. The Cousin said he’s going there next year as well. 17 January 2018
Queenstown Seventh-day Adventist food
A church member said that Queenstown A.D.R.A. stopped giving away free food, except for a little Food Bank fruit and old bread, because the black Africans “had left for another Adventist church in Prospect” and that “the rich Koreans” had also gone. And it was those two groups, apparently, that helped pay for the free food to the white folk and Chinese clients.
Seventh-day Adventist Church (A.D.R.A.) Corner of Webb and Spring Streets, Queenstown (near Port Adelaide) Health Care Card required. Thursdays 10:00am to 12:00noon One small bag each of fruit and vegetables free. Old bread free. Other elderly processed and refrigerated food previously free now costs money. 16 January 2018
The NZ human rights smokescreen
The New Zealand government is still pressuring the Australian government to stop deporting its citizens back across the Tasman Sea.
The NZ Prime Minister uses the human rights argument, but the real issue is that neither country wants the NZ Ice dealers such as those currently operating inside Adelaide’s homeless scene with the blessing of church authorities. 16 January 2018
(above) Orange Sky free laundry at Fred’s Van, 8 Langford Drive, Elizabeth. The free Wednesday meal is at 6:30pm while the free washing and drying service operates from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. No I.D. or registration required for either service so you won't end up on some government database. However, the Fred's Van food is very unhealthy and regular consumption will cause obesity and diabetes.
Housing Trust cranes
The Housing Trust is sending cranes to houses they have transferred to private welfare housing associations such as Anglicare in Adelaide’s ghetto suburb of Elizabeth. They are removing the separate transportable rooms put in backyards to reduce crowding in the houses.
Crane operators are taking extra precautions to ensure ultra obese tenants have left the rooms to ensure ease of operation. 16 January 2018
Sean’s Kitchen at the Adelaide Casino
An often-homeless woman heard the catch cry: “Watch the world go by at Sean’s Kitchen.”
She went there to watch the world go by, but all she saw from within the restaurant was a depressing stream of decrepit old people on walking frames trudging toward the Casino entrance. 16 January 2018
Sky City Adelaide Casino
Kevin Curtis sold newspapers outside the Adelaide Casino. He mastered the art of sleeping while standing up.
These days he spends his time inside the Casino, mastering the art of sitting in a chair and not going to sleep.
Age and his curved spine have been giving him increasing trouble and he now needs help getting out of chairs. 16 January 2018
Peter Glazebrook’s best friend
An observer at the Adelaide Angel’s Pilgrim Christmas day free meal said that Peter’s ex-wife and best friend said she was now homeless.
She reputedly said, “I’ve got six people to feed,” as she filled a bag provided by the Angels. 16 January 2018
Was the Therapy Cat the fall guy?
A rumour in the homeless scene is that the Salvation Army kicked Piano Player Wayne out of Adelaide Congress Hall not because of the Therapy Cat, but because he sent lewd SMS messages to a Salvation Army soldier. 16 January 2018 Piano Player Wayne replies: “I’m smarter than that. Because I move in political circles, if I did that, I would be in deep trouble. I say things to people’s faces.” 17 January 2018
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"Alice Clark" SHELTER SA.
The SA Govt must END their Social Exclusion Policy aimed at disadvantaging Good Poor People in SA, and profiting the "real estate" landlord criminals, prison population, drug (alcohol) amphetamine pushers etc. 16 January 2018
(above) Another empty Housing Trust house in the Adelaide suburb of Woodville Gardens in South Australia. Quite beautiful inside compared to underneath a parking station ramp. Government ministers are so used to lying that such scenes don't arouse the tiniest flicker in their minds. And what about the government funded advocates for the homeless? What do they say? Nothing. They want to be liked by those in power. They don't want to be the subject of vicious rumours. They don't want their careers terminated.
ShelterSA: a betrayal
Over the past three financial years, the number of boarded-up Housing Trust homes in South Australia has increased from 642 to 1572.
Dr Alice Clark from the government funded ShelterSA organisation says this level is quite good.
If she slept in her car then awoke to the view of empty houses with their doors and windows covered with plywood, her view might be different.
Dr Clark does say the vacancy rate of Housing Trust and “community” housing is too high, but does not elaborate. Such words would be politically incorrect and see the end of her employment.
A vacancy means the empty house does not have plywood over its windows and is available for tenancy.
Why the Housing Trust spends two weeks renovating a dwelling after a tenant leaves then keeps it empty for another six months is mystifying. Other properties are kept empty and labeled “refugee ready”, “domestic violence victim ready” or kept empty for criminals leaving gaol. But how many must be kept empty for this purpose? Ten, twenty, two hundred?
The highly educated Dr Alice Clark must have inside information on what is happening, but keeps it from the public, particularly the homeless. Part of all tertiary education involves being taught to know when to “keep your mouth shut” and whose interests to serve.
Thirty-five years ago, ShelterSA printed leaflets I had written for distribution to potential customers of Home Locators and Centalet. These two Adelaide businesses posted advertisements for absurdly cheap rental housing, but required customers to pay $40 to see their lists. After paying the money, the customers discovered the properties did not exist. With others, we got those crooks closed down.
Can the reader imagine Dr Alice Clark and ShelterSA taking any public stance on behalf of the homeless or underclass today? Adelaide Homeless Journal photographer 14 January 2018
St Bede’s Drop-in-Centre lengthy closure
St Bede’s has closed down until 20 February 2018, at least. The wooden floors of the hall are being re-laid.
The new employee said that “we” couldn’t find an alternative venue in Semaphore. She said, “Sorry.”
This is a moral and administrative failure of Anglicare and is typical of government-funded charities that take every opportunity to have client-free months. 14 January 2018
Tarzan at the Sky City Adelaide Casino
Jesse “Tarzan” Gunter stood with Jackpot Joe and two women dressed in feathers at the Adelaide Casino. Jesse was dressed in red and white with a red hat and spoke to Jackpot Joe as if they were both employees. Jesse certainly appeared an employee.
However, he is suspected of liberating the liquid soap containers from the Rest Rooms near the Barossa Cafe. This may be nothing more than a rumour.
Jesse has the ability to speak normally with nearly everyone, but spends much time in consultation with health care professionals. He has the potential to emerge as a man of great insight or he could end up like Peter Glazebrook.
14 January 2018
Heart and Soul changes Port venue
Heart and Soul’s western suburbs venue on Monday evenings will be the Ottoway Community Hall at the Cnr Jenkins & Grand Junction Road in Ottoway until 26 February when it will revert to the Queenstown Community Hall at 67 Spring Street, Queenstown.
Heart and Soul have these problems because they're constantly searching for the cheapest venues.
However, the complex nature of the welfare system highlights the fact that genuinely desperate people have a nightmare accessing services, while more experienced people - who were once desperate - operate in the system with relative ease.
https://tinyurl.com/huttstreetcentrerobyn The Hutt Street Centre and Kent Town Rotary are portraying Robyn as homeless for the purpose of collecting money. However, Robyn is not homeless. She has lived for years in a comfortable home in an exclusive suburb across the South Parklands and within walking distance of the Hutt Street Centre. Rotary may not know this, but the Hutt Street Centre does as Robyn has been going there for decades. This is a problem with homeless welfare where clients get drawn into an agency's propaganda unit. Robyn has had a tumultuous life and has adapted her tactics to meet those challenges and her endurance is a credit to the survival skills of humanity.
Belated 2017 Christmas reviews from Adelaide’s homeless and underclass scene
Kilburn Fred’s Van at Christmas
The guest list was the epitome of exclusivity. Pre-registered regular guests only were allowed in. Photo I.D. was required. A guest who took her grandchildren and extended family said the meal was “like a restaurant with ham and turkey”.
The children were given $50 presents while adults got bags of food including a ham and a kilogram of bacon.
Kilburn Community Centre 59 Gladstone Avenue, Kilburn. 7:00pm Thursday. Occasional fighting. Three course meal followed by a big bag of takeaway food. Free.
Adelaide Angels rid themselves of Martin Haese
The Angels’ party for homeless and underclass people was held in the Pilgrim Church hall on Christmas day.
The previous year, it was held in the Adelaide Town Hall and used as a political tool for Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese. Rumour had it that the organiser, Stephan the Hairdresser ― who is not a hairdresser, but has hairdresser friends ― was stuck with a $1400 bill for hiring the Town Hall.
Last Christmas in the Pilgrim hall was crowded, but instead of Martin Haese stealing the thunder, the energy was put into providing plentiful and excellent food for the guests.
One guest said, “Everyone got lots of takeaways: meat and fruit.” Another said, “In the evening I attended the Pilgrim tea at the Pilgrim church hall, (not the Town Hall [last year] which was no good). They had PAVLOVA, which is my favourite cake. Crowded, lots of food, free haircuts available. No frightening incidents that I could observe.”
Peter Glazebrook’s ex-wife and best friend was there. Her weight has plummeted from worry since Peter’s disappearance and death, maybe murder.
Krusher Karl’s girlfriend was there. She’s always good for intelligent conversation. The Ancient Old Lady was there and was yelling about something. The Ngongotaha Coward was absent as was the worthy Vitamin Derelict.
The free hairdressing was held in a room behind the dining room.
It is a credit to the Angels and the Pilgrim Church that they recovered from the Haese debacle and regrouped to return to the best venue. Their Easter and Christmas meals are always a highlight on the underclass event calendar.
St Bede’s Drop-in-Centre at Semaphore pre-Christmas Party
Not as good as usual. The gift bags contained very little because client and volunteer donations were down and half of that had gone to Cows to Cambodia to buy a goat for someone there.
Two-hundred dollars went to some old jaded musician playing an organ and singing ridiculous Christmas songs. He was useless compared to previous acts such as Hat Trick or that 1960’s band run by Sue’s husband, or Ken Bechaz on the harmonica, or the Anglican choir singers. None of them were there.
The meal was quite nice and paid for by Rotary and Steve David’s sister, Trish. However, the Anglicare employee should not have laboured the fact that we were charity recipients helped by these people. We cringed during her spiel. She could have been more subtle. We know that Trish and Rotary are major supporters of the Drop-in-Centre and appreciate them.
Trish did some free haircuts before the meal. The workers inside the kitchen worked furiously to deliver the meal quickly and efficiently.
The news that the billiard table had been sold and the knowledge by some that the joint would close for seven weeks in the New Year was a real downer. We could feel it without knowing it specifically.
However, I am always sad at the St Bede’s end of year gathering so this review will be biased in the critical.
St Luke’s at Whitmore Square 2017 Christmas Day meal
According to one guest, “Everything was burnt except cold ham and vegies. Burnt dry roast beef, dry as fu**.
“Plenty of pizza, macaroni and that crap, dismal salads, bag of goodies, shampoo, soap, few bits of pieces.
“Presents? Silly Billy must have twenty kids.”
Hutt Street Centre Christmas Day 2017
“Not much to eat, jocks, tee-shirt, hat, no soap or shampoo this year. A bit of meat.”
And that was Christmas according to nine people. These reviews are truncated and bitter due to fear of the Ice Dealers and junkies who have ruled that no one in the homeless scene is to speak to anyone from Adelaide Homeless Journal. Some homeless welfare authorities are backing the dealers. Early 13 January 2018
(above) Free food from Faith Works distributed from the Influencers Church on Main North Road, Salisbury Plain. They don't require registration or I.D. so you won't end up on some government database. It is important to get on their SMS list as their times constantly change. P.S. The celery was no good.
How to get a free Telstra phone connection by the Night Talker
“How to get connected up to the FREE TELSTRA INCONTACT (incoming calls only) phone service.
“I recently contacted Telstra about getting connected to this service. After some initial *****ucks, I managed to get approved. Here is what you need to do and how is eligible.
“Firstly you (or someone in your family) needs to be in receipt of a low income health care card or pension card. Then you need to phone 132200 and ask to be put through the INCONTACT Team. Be very clear when you phone that you want the INCONTACT incoming calls ONLY service. (Trust me they will do almost anything to set you up to a paying service) Be firm and demand to be put through.
“Once you get through, they will then tell you that it costs $249.00 to connect. WRONG! Actually they can (and do) wave the fee (they did for me) Tell them that you cannot afford this fee POINT BLANK and if they don't connect you up FREE of CHARGE, then you will lodge a complaint with the TIO (telecommunications ombudsman's office).
“Then they will tell you its only for 12 months and you will have to start paying them (WRONG) This can also be waivered. (They did for me) If you are chronically unwell or in serious financially difficulty/hardship, they can enact a provision that said they can review your situation every 12 months, but CANNOT automatically start charging you, IF your situation has NOT changed. (This is what I elected)
“Please be mindful, this service is a call in and emergency calls out ONLY service. You can receive all incoming calls free of charge, and make emergency and certain 1300 and 1800 calls for free. You cannot make random outgoing calls.
“If this service suits you, then I urge you to connect up. At the moment this service is free to all eligible customers. I don`t know how much longer they will keep this service open to NEW customers??? As with everything good in this state, it has a limited life.”
THE NIGHT TALKER. Late 12 January 2018
Dental Culture Shock
“I went into shock upon entering the Rose Park Dental clinic near Norwood. Where was the plexiglass barrier that prevented me from jumping the counter and attacking the reception staff? They have it at the government’s South Australian Dental Service clinic at Port Adelaide.
“And why did the staff at Rose Park speak to me as if I were a normal human being? At Port Adelaide, the employees’ voices are laced in tones of contempt.
“At Rose Park Dental, the dental assistant called my name and asked me to follow her. I could have attacked her from behind. At Port Adelaide, they open a locked door with a loud welfare click, then push their bodies behind the door and make me walk in front of them. They do that to everyone. At Rose Park Dental there are not any doors separating the treatment rooms from reception.
Dr Joshua Tirrell at Rose Park Dental asked me questions and listened to my complete answers. At Port Adelaide, the government dentists listen to three or four words then interrupt me or turn away.
The scans at Rose Park Dental showed both my teeth and gums. At Port Adelaide, the technician X-rayed my teeth, but missed my gums. When I commented, the dentist said he would fix my teeth first then take more X-rays, and only then look at the roots.
At Rose Park Dental, there were no interruptions while the treatment was in progress. At Port Adelaide, other employees not connected with the treatment appeared in the doorway, half bent over in laughter. They ran down the hall and brought others back to have their giggles. Was I an eccentric there for their entertainment?
The Port Adelaide government dentists were paid normal salaries to treat me, while Dr Joshua Tirrell at Rose Park Dental fixed my teeth without payment. When I was leaving and standing at the reception desk, I had difficulty not crying at his benevolent gesture.
Anonymous Name and address of supplied 11 January 2018
(above) Most people do not see it. A flicker in their peripheral vision then it is gone. No real hard core homeless people in suburbia. But there are. And they keep their places messy as a disincentive to intruders, thieves and government bureaucrats.
(above) Port Adelaide housebreakers dislike being visible on databases so they hire others to take their stolen property into Cash Converters. This crowd of willing helpers sit on the flower box under the tree and work for cigarettes and coffee. The mysterious Ladder youth rehabilitation and development building is next door.
(above) The three cigarette woman outside Romeo's Foodland provides "favours" to anyone who gives her three cigarettes. She undercuts the upmarket woman at the AngliPrison who charges five smokes. The men in the photograph are not customers of either women.
Three smoke lady
A group of men and women at a soup kitchen were discussing the woman in the AngliPrison at Port Adelaide who performs sexual favours for as little as five cigarettes.
A man at the table said that another woman operating outside Romeo’s Foodland in Port Adelaide near the back of Cash Converters charges just three cigarettes. Why she does this was explained by another man who said she does not want her husband to know that she smokes.
For more information, according to one informant, one should ask the short bald man who works in Cash Converters. He buys stolen property from the druggie housebreakers and is familiar with that crowd. 10 January 2017
The honourable dog
Looking through the web, a news item popped up that reported ***** ********* from the Hutt Street Centre saying it was hard living outside because homeless people were treated with disrespect.
***** had been living outside in 2012 when he got drunk and returned to his camp in Adelaide’s CBD South Parklands and killed Darren Garland with a cricket bat. After serving three and a half years in prison, he returned to the Hutt Street Centre.
***** is actually easy to get along with except during bouts of anger when he is not easy to get along with.
He confessed to killing Darren when he could have gotten away with it if he’d kept quiet.
There is no indication that ***** killed anyone else and he is less dangerous than many of those Peter Glazebrook associated with before his disappearance and death.
What remains to be seen is whether Peter Glazebrook’s friends will protect anyone associated with his death or expose them and risk being labeled a Dog. 11 January 2018
The art and science of rescuing food from Australian supermarket rubbish bins
“For those of you wanting to know when I bin dive, it’s usually at night and on the weekend, but that being said and done it really depends on the opening and closing times of the shops/supermarkets I visit.
“I try wherever possible to wait until all the staff are gone (or at least most have). Usually, there is a cleaner/s inside at the time but they have never bothered me up until now. There are a number of videos on UTUBE about bin diving, if anyone is interested.
“Seriously, it is not as bad as it sounds. (You do however need to use some common sense.) There most certainly are items that are in a bin, for very obvious reasons. The vast majority of meat/dairy products I collect goes towards feeding my pets pet meat) (I have 12 rescued cats and two dogs) On top of that I always leave some meat and milk out, for the stray cats that always seem to be around these bins.
“I believe that I am making my own contribution towards trying to solve the huge waste problem that is endemic in most parts of the developed world. Finally, I don’t just go through (food waste) bins. I also do hard refuse runs (or hits as I like to call it) and some of the stuff I have procured (from bins and left on the side of the road) have been really awesome.
“For example, I found a wind up gramophone, (winder spring broken but I am looking for somewhere to repair it) several vintage chrome hubcaps (Dodge, Desoto, Chevy and Ford) a trunk full of vintage clothes (possibly thirties and forties era), a suitcase full of retro cookbooks (1930s through to early 60s) a complete set of retro aluminium kitchen canister's (1950s maybe?) a complete Sunbeam mixmaster (1956 model) in box with all attachments. An old pram (circ 1940s) an old brass kitchen clock (plug into light socket, havent used yet cause not sure how safe it is?) a very old kero/paraffin heather (don’t use, just display) an old (very heavy) Captains chair (type of desk chair) (used in offices and government buildings in the 20s and 30s (thrown out on sidewalk after an 1888 town institute was gutted of all original furniture/fittings, and the list goes on and on and on……
“Maybe its just junk to you, but me I love it and believe very strongly in recycling and reusing. Finally to those who just sits back and watch their investment portfolio grow, (that's great Daddy warbucks) but isn't going to be much comfort to you, in a SHTF situation. As a planet we are already at maximum capacity and using resources (water, fuel, land etc) at far greater levels, than can be sustained.
“All we need is a country like North Korea (using this as an example) to explode a nuclear device high above Australia which would in turn create a series of EMP (electro magnetic pulses) which emit high frequency pulses which destroy all electronic equipment (it essentially fries the equipment so it will never work again) and whallah, we are back to the 19th century! (permanently or at least for a very long time) Then let's talk about how your investment account is helping you?
“Those who will survive will be those who can make good with what they can recycle and grow. Money will be useless (unless you want to start a fire with it and or use it as insulation against the cold…….?? I suggest you read William Fortschens book, One second after. It's frightening reading and what is the scariest thing, is that it's far from science fiction……..
“Have a great and safe new year.”
Claire the bin diving Queen of the Outer North! 10 January 2018
Anglicare sells for peanuts the slate billiard table donated by Regency Park Rotary
Anglicare authorised the sale of the slate billiard table donated to the St Bede’s Drop-in-Centre in Semaphore.
It was sold via facebook. It was sold to the first person showing interest and picked up that evening. It is believed to have been sold for an extremely low price.
No one from the Drop-in-Centre was given an opportunity to make an offer. The new employee intimated that both the committee that runs the Drop-in-Centre and those she describes as “participants” made the decision to get rid of the table. However, no one has admitted to agreeing to the sale. It is the loss of an asset.
The new employee said that St Bede’s had given Anglicare four days to get it out of the building because the hall floor is being re-laid with a new wooden floor. But after three weeks, repairs have not begun.
The table had been stuck in the dining room for two years and little used. There was not enough room to use it. Management avoided putting wheels on the legs and using it in the hall. Offers of help were rejected.
The donor was Regency Park Rotary. The new employee said they agreed for it to be sold. The Rotary man who delivered it was at the St Bede’s Christmas Party. He was visibly glum. How would anyone feel seeing their expensive donation kept unused for two years then sold for a pittance to a total stranger?
Donors should be treated with more respect. 9 January 2018
Can collector's life filled with regret
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Comment What was the Regretful Can Collector regretful about? Why was he given that moniker?
Donny was put in the South Australian government’s Wyndana/Glandore children’s home in the late 1960's at about the age of seven. Soon after arriving, an employee stripped him naked then placed him against an open window facing the traffic while crouching behind and fondling the boy. Donny said it was common to wake in the morning and see homosexual men with grey hair in the beds of the boys.
He was released as a teenager and faced the world unprepared. He quickly fell afoul with the law and ended up in prison. After being released, he spent years trying without success to get a gardening job with the Adelaide City Council. He eventually gave up and concluded that he was not suitable for anything except the invalid pension and collecting stuff from rubbish bins.
He visited the Unemployed Workers Union in late 1980 when it was in Gawler Place, across from where Fred’s Van currently serves free food each evening. Don was already riding a bicycle pulling a trailer loaded with cans, which in those days were worth five-cents each.
He was a healthy 20-year-old with a black beard and short hair. He never laughed and when he spoke he turned away and focused in the distance, his words a mournful rebuke as if viewing his future as a bleak vista of rubbish bins.
In later years, he spoke openly of his sexuality. He liked women, but could not have ordinary sex. It had to be furtive and dirty. He learned the drug preferences of dozens of women in the homeless scene then got prescriptions for them from the Brian Burdekin clinic. He traded these for his brand of sex. One of these women was the tragic Emma Hines who found it excruciating to be in his presence. He later began talking dirty to men. We turned away to show our disinterest, but overlooked this aberration because otherwise Don was a reasonable human.
Donny always regretted not getting a real job working in the Adelaide CBD parklands. He regretted having spent a life collecting cans and scrap metals and plastics. He regretted not buying a Highways Department house in Pickering Street in Bowden in 1981 for $27,000.
Don was bitter about the Adelaide Day Centre. He said he’d been going there for years and did his share as a contributing client. He had literacy problems, but when he asked them for help getting his driver’s license the answer was, “No.” So he stuck to his bicycle.
Like the Celebrity Can Collector, Donny was bitter that the inquiries and royal commissions into child molesters operating from government and church institutions had produced no personal apologies or major compensation. Don got about $4000.
The paedophiles had perverted him and he knew it. He could never have a real job, a real home, a normal relationship with a woman, a real life. His life would be limited to sneaking around rubbish bins and feeling the scorn of others.
Yet in his own way, he was proud of his can and scrap collecting skills. I remember walking out of the Seafarers’ Centre in Port Adelaide to find him unscrewing an aluminium shutter from the front window. “I’ll get these,” he said. Or when he discovered railway track too heavy to load onto his bicycle. He wanted us to help with our vehicles, but even The Ghost Who Walks would not be into that. And then he put asbestos warning signs on a building he was stripping of copper electrical wiring so that security guards and other scrap metal collectors would not interfere.
In the Adelaide CBD, Donny knew which bins to search and the ten-minute time period between the owners putting them out and other collectors arriving.
And when he considered the demise of Emma Hines, Donny was sad but philosophical. In a children’s home teaming with child molesters, one could not spare pity for oneself or others as that led to self-destruction. But Donny would allow himself regret. Regret for his bleak and bitter life that ended at the age of 57. 8 January 2018
Life on the gear
A man in the Adelaide city drug scene said he’d had four face reconstructions, six car smashes and being put into two induced comas. He said he’d lost 25kgs on a recent Ice binge. He has now been off the gear and gone clean for three weeks. 7 January 2018
Free services for animals and humans
Firstfrom The Night Talker
"PAWS AND PEOPLE-LIVING ROUGH OR DOING IT TOUGH"
Mt. Barker SA 5251 Phone: 0408188040 (all hours) email firstname.lastname@example.org Reportedly there only at night and they charge money.
Has been set up to assist persons in crisis who are unable to look after their cat or dog. Will apparently board pets for up to three months. Specifically aimed at those persons who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or have to leave their residence due violence, poverty or illness. Contact is via the above mentioned contact details.
Good for free furniture. Very hard to find. Sharka from Fred’s Van and the Salvos works there.
Provides shipment containers of household goods (subject to need/individual requirements) to persons locally and overseas. No specific criteria other than genuine need. Contact is via the above mentioned contact details.
EMT Street to hospital/home/Ambulance Service.
Rundle Mall Adelaide SA 5000 Phone: 1300-737-510 (7pm-11pm) 7 days a week (including public holidays) Email: email@example.com
Very good, but such limited hours. Clients should plan their emergencies from 7pm to 11pm.
Set up to provide a FREE after hours Ambulance service for street people etc. Will collect persons who are injured or unwell and transport them to hospital (or medical centre) (as needed or requested) Volunteers are trained paramedics who also have training in welfare/social work. Nobody in genuine need will be turned away.
TRAVELLERS AID- Slackards went on holiday for whole of January 2018. Waste of rent. Must be a rort. Customers rarely seen in office even when it is open. Just an old lady fiddling around with a computer.
Railway underpass, Adelaide Railway Station Phone 08-82319854 9 to 5pm (Monday to Friday) Will provide a one way ticket (bus or train) or petrol if driving, if you live in regional South Australia or interstate. Will also provide a meal voucher (subway) before departure. IF in the event emergency assistance is required by Travellers aid outside of normal hours, go to the Railway Police Station (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) and request that you have an Emergency appointment with the ON DUTY SOCIAL WORKER (the police are legally obligated to provide this, if you are underage, unwell/mentally unstable or in genuine crisis) Latest information is that railway police station closed down two years ago. Railway security guards arrogant and useless.
URBAN ANIMAL MANAGEMENT INC. 2 Log Road Salisbury North SA 5108 Ph: 0401761839 (all hours)
Provides a low cost (and or if a native animal or abandoned animal/s) FREE pick up and or rescue service. Aimed at reducing incidents of neglect, harm and or abandonment amongst domestic pets and retrieval of native animals that may be injured or trapped. Contact is via the above mentioned contact details. No specific criteria to use this service. No genuine cases ever turned away. Latest information is that they charge $50 to take a person and an animal to a vet, wait with them there, then return both home.
AND ANIMAL BRIGADE OF SA CLUB. PO BOX 170 GREENACRES SA 5086 PHONE: 08-82614868 Latest information is that this is the wrong phone number. Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
For a fee (fees are on a sliding scale, according to what someone can pay and their personal situation etc) this agency will provide an animal ambulance service. It also provides pick up of deceased animals from vet clinics etc and transport to crematorium. Contact is via the above mentioned contact phone number.
Hope this information proves useful.....remember knowledge is power.....
The Night Talker. 7 January 2018 Second edit: 9 January 2018
Techniques of the Ice dealers
An addict finishing his latest self-destructive bender was scathing of the Ice industry. He said there is an “...old wog down at the Bay sells to teenage girls on credit then takes payment in sex.”
He also said that when Ice dealers wanted something from an addict, they offered extra credit knowing the addict would not be able to repay it. When this happen, the dealer would say, “I’ll take the car.” 6 January 2018
Where the South Australian government directs police priorities
A man who inherited money does not particularly disagree with the Public Trustee taking control of his assets. He said he’d have spent the lot if they had not.
What he finds strange is that when he makes an appointment to see the Public Trustee to negotiate release of money, they insist that a police officer accompanies him.
“The police meet you there in the city?” I asked the man. “No,” he said, adding that the officer accompanies him from Port Adelaide to Victoria Square in the city. The officer then stands nearby while the client talks to the Public Trustee employee.
Yet, he says, when he discovered his stolen bicycle in Cash Converters, the South Australian police were not interested. 6 January 2018
Gospel City Church at Munno Para free food
A woman said she would never have had children if she had known she had a genetic disposition to a painful bone disease that is now affecting her two boys in their 30’s.
Harry the Dogger’s wife goes to the cancer clinic each weekday and sees another Life Church client there.
Gerry says his wife takes two hours to get up in the morning due to arthritis.
Bill has lost part of his brain during a stroke. The scans show black areas. He gets confused and rarely gets off his invalid scooter. He gets the aged pension in two or three years, but cannot get disability payments. ― not sick enough. The elderly woman and her disabled brother have not been to Life Church since a shouting incident between a volunteer and her brother.
The amount of Second Bite food hasbeen decreasing for the past six months. There are no longer surprise extras such as cheese and meat. The atmosphere remains friendly and it is as much a social visit with coffee and cake as for food. Leftover old bread can be taken home for animals.
Munno Para Life Church has changed its name to Gospel City Church because there are too many other Life Churches in the world.
Gospel City Church 1 Karri Street, Munno Para (between Elizabeth and Gawler) Free food, coffee and knick-knacks Thursdays 11:00am - 12:00pm Saturdays 10:00am - 11:00am Free bread, fruit, vegetables, coffee and a small amount of used clothing. Health Care Card or a good story required 5 January 2018
Anglicare Food Barn Elizabeth
At a recent lunch of carrots, potatoes and corned beef, two underclass men talked about quantum physics and string theory while a retired biologist read a novel.
Anglicare Mission 91-93 Elizabeth Way, Elizabeth (near the shopping centre and police station) 11:00am to 12:30pm Monday to Friday Free lunch. No dessert. No takeaways. No seconds. Strange saltshakers. Much improved. Good social environment. Security guard in car park and dining room. Invalid Scooter plug-in. Free Orange Sky Laundry on Thursdays from 11:00am to 1:00pm. 5 January 2018
Cos We Care Elizabeth
The four-way spy cameras mounted on a high pole searched us out as we milled about the free food tables. The first rush when the van pulls up is of clients helping to unload and set up the tables. The second rush is for coffee. Food is number three.
At one point the clients were nearly outnumbered by the volunteers who included Lindsay Jones, Bryony, Rob the Goldmine, Julie-Ann, Ann, Kit-Kat, the smiling man, the woman on an invalid scooter and later, Sonia the Reiki-style healer.
A volunteer told of his old neighbourhood in Manchester, England, now controlled by two rival gangs of “blacks”. He said some local pubs had closed down because they could not afford protection money. He said the police were afraid to enter the area. That brought on a conversation about Food Bank’s tactics.
Everyone steered clear of an Ice woman wearing a tight jump suit. A man brought an iced banana cake baked by his mother. The pizza was from Baptist Pathfinders in Modbury.
There was a brief angry encounter between a volunteer and a man with a dog who had taken too many bottles of flavoured milk. The man said he was getting it for a shy friend, which was true, but the rules are one per person and everyone has to pick up their own bottle. This is because hoarders often pretend to be collecting for others. COS We Care, Saturdays 7:30am - 9:00am Carpark 1, Fremont Park, Yorktown Road, Elizabeth Also, on Sundays 7:30am - 9:00am Corner of South Terrace and Hutt Street, Adelaide Free fruit, vegetables, bread, canned foods, coffee, cake and soup. Registration and I.D. not required. Camera surveillance. 5 January 2018
Faith Works having trouble getting rid of their free food
“Faith Works has a heap of fruit, veg, bread and other items that we need to get rid of b4 the weekend, so we are giving it away this Friday, [5 January 2018] from 3pm to 4pm at our Salisbury Shop. 24 Barndioota Road, Salisbury Plain. come and get some for yourself and tell your friends to come”.
From an SMS from Faith Works advertising their special free session from 3:00pm to 4:00pm tomorrow.
Red Shed Food Bank store 24 Barndioota Road, Salisbury Plain Mon-Fri 9-5 and Sat 9-12 Free fruit, vegetables and bread. Other stuff costs money. Posted late 4 January 2018
White men scrounge black women’s leftover meal in Adelaide restaurant
Walking up King William Street in Adelaide one Tuesday morning at 6:00am, there were three separate beggars sitting cross-legged on the footpath. Another man was carrying blankets up Pirie Street.
Those waiting outside the Hutt Street Centre appeared so poor, not just their clothing, but their strained faces, their eyes, their furtive movements.
Later, while sitting for two hours in the Hindley Street McDonalds, a man observed six people who came in to scrounge leftover food from the tables. Three of them were white men who grabbed the half-eaten food left by two “African girls”. McDonalds staff looked the other way. 4 January 2017
Numbers low at Peterswool Road Seventh-day Adventist last free food day for 2017
It was the last free food day of the year. We had a raffle for six hampers. Good stuff, not old rubbish. The preacher pulled the tickets. BJ won two of them. He also picked up another for an absent friend. The ex-horse trainer won another two. A stranger won the last hamper. The man who bought ten tickets won nothing. He shouted.
The free food was better than usual. There was more of it. The Adventists also served a questionable fruit drink plus nuts, MSG nibbles and cut fruit. Everyone got lots. The Adventists stared at us as if we were criminals and they were prison guards.
A new woman was there. She was small. She wore a thick black zipper-less coat that she hugged around her body despite the day being rather warm. It was covered with animal hair. Her hair was matted. One arm had been slashed repeatedly with a sharp object. She spoke with the sharp voice of a teenager or even an unguarded child, but had an exhausted demeanour of a thrashed 40-year-old.
An even more wrecked woman, the 45-year-old drug addict, sat on her walking frame like a 70-year-old.
Au Jung talked about compassion and love. He said it was different from horse-trading. Au Jung said that we hear so much about the bad things that churches do, but little of their good. He also said that the probiotic Yakult drinks were one-fifth the price in Korea.
The turnout was disappointingly low, which is typical at many soup kitchens prior to Christmas. The Ghost Who Walks said it was the same at Fred’s Van in the city where on some nights they could not give away all the food, though the Vietnamese woman with her trolley did her best to oblige.
There were two dozen Adventists from interstate. Thin white folk.
Another guest said his ex-wife had been a Seventh-day Adventist and an insurance fraudster.
Yet another guest said he had drunk four cans of Pepsi Max every day for the past forty years. He said he once went four months without drinking water. A dentist was surprised this he had any teeth left.
The large woman who I’d previously thought was about to kick me between the legs spoke in the high-pitched voice of a thin woman. She said her mother had conspired with the Public Trustee to control her welfare money. She said that was why she had to beg for food at charities. This is a common sentiment of those subject to the Public Trustee .
I left feeling like a criminal having finally discovered how to work the welfare system. However, the knowledge is no longer needed and nothing will make up for my years of deprivation in a land of plenty. Such is life. The Seventh-day Adventist Elizabeth free food service is closed over Christmas, but will re-open on Monday 15 January 2018.
Seventh-day Adventist church free food Mondays and Thursdays from 11:30am to 12noon. Free used clothing on Mondays. Health Care Card required for Second Bite 20 Peterswool Road, Elizabeth Park. 4 January 2018
(above) The removal of the Kill Box last month was the culmination of a request to Anglicare C.E.O. Peter Sandeman to install a sloping ramp for an 88-year-old woman tenant in frail health. During a period of 18 months and with over 20 visiting bureaucrats and tradesman, a Kill Box was installed, which proved such a health threat to the elderly woman it was removed. The cost of all the fooling around by Anglicare and the Department of Veterans' Affairs could have purchased two sloping ramps. But the result is nothing, just damaged steps from the drilling and screwing.
The Viking Can Collector
The Viking refuses to apply for welfare. Nor does he like sweet food that does not contain chocolate. It must be chocolate without air bubbles because the air takes up extra room in his backpack. This is a legacy of his decade sleeping under a bridge.
He recently emptied 100 large cans of out-of-date Red Bull energy drink. He gets ten-cents for each can at the recycling joint in Thebarton.
“What a waste,” I said, but a friend helping him reminded me of my health problems caused by a Red Bull addiction when I was operating from an outback cattle station.
The Viking is smarter than me. He has a strong sense of morality.
Anonymous 3 January 2018
Welfare people getting more than social worker helping them
A retired social worker remembers helping a family who received more from welfare than she earned as her salary.
In most other instances, this is not the case. It is the welfare bureaucrats who siphon off most of the government grant money before it reaches the clients. 3 January 2018
Hutt Street Centre
A woman said she offered to volunteer in the Hutt Street Centre kitchen, cooking meals for “homeless” people. She said she was told it would cost her $300 to become a volunteer. 3 January 2018
(above) Courtroom procedural instruction is available for $800 for people wanting to defend themselves. But how effective would that be against some tricky barrister? Legal Aid lawyers are generally useless and in a courtroom, money talks. A $400 an hour lawyer gets results; Legal Aid lawyers are lucky if they can remember their clients' names.
Cos We Care Elizabeth
A market gardener had a glasshouse of ripe tomatoes due for disposal on the weekend. He offered them to Cos We Care so we had unlimited truss tomatoes on a Saturday morning at Elizabeth. They were overripe, but along with Life Church chillies and garlic made an excellent pasta sauce.
There were decent capsicums and peaches and the offering was better than usual. One of the gas bottles ran out despite being recently fitted with a gauge. No one had thought to check the gauge.
AJ sat in his black Stavos car with tinted windows that appeared like a media surveillance vehicle, the area already covered by government cameras near the playground.
Rob, the leading volunteer, had a head wound he got while working on a car. One of the Cos We Care vans needs new wheel bearings, but unlike the huge car budget of the Hutt Street Centre, John Cooper and Rob will do it themselves.
COS We Care, Saturdays 7:30am - 9:00am Carpark 1, Fremont Park, Yorktown Road, Elizabeth Also, on Sundays 7:30am - 9:00am Corner of South Terrace and Hutt Street, Adelaide Free fruit, vegetables, bread, canned foods, coffee, cake and soup. Registration and I.D. not required. 3 January 2018
Peter Glazebrook’s death in Adelaide
The Cousin thought it strange that a junior social worker from the Hutt Street Centre would announce to the media that Peter Glazebrook had disappeared.
The Cousin thought that a senior employee should have made the announcement, perhaps even Sir Ian Cox himself. However, looking at Sir Ian’s record of accomplishment, it becomes clear that he prefers to make the ‘we’re being inundated with homeless people, please donate’ style of announcements.
It has been confirmed that the remains found in the Onkaparinga National Park, 35 kilometres south of the Hutt Street Centre, are those of Peter Glazebrook.
The police have interviewed the usual suspects at the Hutt Street Centre. Some are attempting to preserve themselves by talking while others are not talking. Whether the ‘old hands’ in the Hutt Street Centre Ice Collective will disclose any useful information remains to be seen. They could burst open the mystery of numerous Adelaide murders if they so desired. Peter Glazebrook was our friend and we owe him justice.
For the police, Peter may or may not be another dead junkie. Murders, beatings and strange deaths in the Adelaide homeless drug scene are routine, including individuals disposed of via hotshots when they’ve become a problem.
The range and scope of ongoing intimidation by Ice dealer enforcers at the WestCare and Hutt Street Centre homeless joints is staggering.
However, the pool of suspects for unsolved beatings and murders is not that large and just a small number of thugs and manipulators control the Adelaide homeless Ice scene.
For those who knew Peter, it is not a case of another dead junkie. Unlike some other drug users, Peter suffered his cravings and withdrawals with decorum. He didn’t take his pain out on others. Nor was he a thug or exploiter. He was kicked out of the Sky City Adelaide Casino for a long period, but who could hold that against him.
Many of us in the homeless scene failed to appreciate his former wife’s histrionics whenever Peter went missing for a week for two. We always thought Peter would be all right. She knew better.
Peter was vulnerable due to his brain injury, sustained, according to his ex-wife, when he drove home and met her in the lounge room, still in his car.
Peter Glazebrook had a trusting nature even amongst the desperadoes with whom he associated.
2 January 2018
(above) Poor people needing dental work can borrow up to $1000 at no interest to repair their teeth. However, anyone going to even a cheap dentist knows that this amounts to very little teeth restoration. A contributor to Adelaide Homeless Journal remembers saving money while homeless to rent a flat, but chose instead to remain outside and get good dental treatment.
Hutt Street Centre’s display in Rundle Mall
The pre-Christmas display was a spruik for donations. Rundle Mall management and traders hate the drug dealers and beggars who hang around the mall and pretend to be homeless, more so than those who really have nowhere to live.
They possibly believe that helping the Hutt Street Centre raise money will enable those hanging around the Mall to find decent places to live. It will to some extent, but it will also allow Hutt Street Centre to provide more free stuff so the addicts have more money for drugs to buy and sell in Rundle Mall. This then strengthens the criminal networks that run the housebreaking gangs that supply Cash Converters, and sell Ice and heroin.
Hutt Street Centre’s dilemma is helping the right people. However, management has ceded partial control of their building to the Ice dealers who favour Ice and heroin addicts over non-drug using homeless people. Most homeless people are afraid to go there including long-term clients who feel betrayed by current Hutt Street Centre management.
Needless to say, not everyone thinks like this. Some people love the place and consider it a heavenly refuge in hell. 2 January 2018
Our new third world country
The wrinkled face drug addict woman of indeterminate aged leaned over her burgundy walking frame and rolled cigarettes. She put them in a round tobacco tin. She was braless and wore a loose old-style dress. She occasionally looked up and surveyed the room then sat back and hugged herself before returning to her task.
The man next to me talked at machinegun speed, intermittently stopping to reload his brain. He said how he’d worn homemade clothing as a child and went to the Elizabeth Church of Christ.
Another man talked of separating from his wife due to her drinking. They shared access to the kids.
Still another man said he had drank four cans of Pepsi Max a day for the past thirty years. He said he often went months without drinking any water. He said his dentist had marvelled that he had any teeth left.
The receptionist sold raffle tickets. One man bought ten. I bought just two having gone on a losing streak since becoming old.
A woman tried to use the toilet, but it was locked due to free food customers stealing the toilet paper.
The free food was frozen mince, long-life milk, bad peaches, spuds, good spring onions, good normal onions, zuchinni, cooking tomatoes, marmalade (Proudly supporting Todd Hazelwood Racing), old doughnuts that had been frozen, old bread, dented cans of tomatoes and half a dozen other items.
The Seventh-day Adventist Elizabeth free food service is closed over Christmas, but will re-open on Monday 15 January 2018.
Seventh-day Adventist Church 20 Peterswool Road, Elizabeth Park 11:30am to 12noon Mondays and Thursdays. Best of get there at 11:30am sharp. Bread, fruit and vegetables. Health Care Card required, usually. All free. Late 1 January 2018
(above) Free long life (dead milk) from Faith Works, where they distribute free food on most Sundays at about 5:00pm at the Influencers Church on Main North Road in Salisbury Plains. No I.D. or registration required.
Queue for food at Adelaide rubbish bins
from the Night Talker
“Having to wait in line....car queue of people waiting to dumpster dive before me!..........
“More signs that all is NOT well in the state of South Australia.....
“Yesterday arvo, I went on my weekly dumpster dive around the outer northern suburbs of Adelaide......but due to the extreme heat of late, I chose to D.D. as soon as the supermarket staff had gone home for the day.... (this is solely due to the fact that food products are much more perishable in this kind of heat and can't be left in bins for several hours before I get to them, or they will be off by the time I reclaim them).
“So I set off in my crappy base grade Japanese car for the 80 minute trip across town. (Keeping in mind the supermarkets in question shut at five pm and staff are gone by 6.30pm) So giving myself plenty of time ( I arrived around 5.45pm) I was pretty surprised to see a number of people dumpster diving before me..(this is highly unusual because I know my route and have the opening and closing times of each bin I dive at, to make sure I get the best chance of getting the just dumped produce. Well others have the same idea it seems and as such I had to wait........)
“Who turned up........? A man in a ute with a hard cover on the back and three greyhounds inside....(He also went to the bin behind the shop where the butchers are) feeding his dogs I imagine? Three teenage boys who walked in on foot, an older guy in a small battered two door car, pensioner perhaps?) who seemed embarrassed to be there and only grabbed a handful of fruit and vegetable and then quickly drove off and finally a lady in a battered earlier model van who didn't understand that in order to get the best produce, you have to actually climb inside the bin.........She grabbed a few items from the top and then she too disappeared.
“Finally, (I waited for about 45 minutes for everyone else to leave) and set about searching for what was left (and luckily there was plenty) I managed to get three quarters of a bag of ham/luncheon meat offcuts (pet food) some (still cold) raw chicken breasts (pet food) half a watermelon (good quality) a bagful of excellent quality bakery goods, a 750 block of butter (a bit squashed but otherwise still wrapped and in date) three tubs of organic, greek style yogurt (sealed and in date) and a couple of in date and still edible dips (hommous, tzatziki and roasted capsicum)
“I then went to two other sites nearby and got a large quantity of excellent quality fruit and vegetables and some thrown away food containers with lids, which I intend to wash/sterilise and reuse.
“It wasn`t a huge haul but enough to go home and feed my pets and myself (I ran out of pet food on Saturday) I intend on going back this afternoon as I know there will be far more produce available, as supermarkets throw away huge quantities of produce when they are closing for a few days or more....
“I shall keep you updated......
“BIN DIVING! NOT JUST A SILLY WORD BUT A WAY OF SURVIVING AND THRIVING!”
Report from THE NIGHT TALKER.... 1 January 2018
Wayne questions the propaganda value of Christmas meals
Piano Player Wayne says they are “spin programs’, no better than ALP propaganda, spin for places such as the Salvation Army Unley corps where the “angelic” majors soak up huge amounts of resources for their own salaries.
Wayne says the “Salvos don’t do welfare any more. It’s all government money.”
Wayne does not like Christmas, either.
1 January 2018
A.D.R.A. free food at the Seventh-day Adventist free food at Elizabeth
A woman leant against the wall. I offered to let her in front of me. I was leaning against the wall, too. We were both invalids. I grabbed a chair and sat down. She was okay. She talked to another woman about face transplants. I said a woman in France zonked herself out on drugs while camping during which her dog ate her face. She got a face transplant, but did not like it. I did not tell the women that she killed herself, but I did say they should have transplanted the dog’s face on her. This idea put a dampener on the conversation.
The preacher announced that the toilets were now locked because someone kept stealing the paper. He also said they’re closing down for two weeks because Second Byte is closing down for that period. “What will they do with the surplus food during that period,” one man asked.
They gave away ham, coffee, mouldy strawberries, decent spinach, Zucchini, potatoes, oranges and a dozen other items. I got a huge container of garlic marinated green olives and fetta cream cheese. It leaked in my bag and into a library book.
Maybe library staff won’t notice that fifty pages are soaked in garlic oil or perhaps they will exercise mercy.
The Seventh-day Adventist Elizabeth free food service is closed over Christmas, but will re-open on Monday 15 January 2018.
Seventh-day Adventist Church 20 Peterswool Road, Elizabeth Park 11:30am to 12noon Mondays and Thursdays. Best of get there at 11:30am sharp. Bread, fruit and vegetables. Health Care Card required, usually. All free. 31 December 2017 Second Edit: 1 January 2018
(above) South Australia police believe they have found missing Adelaide man Peter Glazebrook. A specialist search team discovered a body in the Onkaparinga National Park on the Friday afternoon of 22 December 2017. Peter's best friend said he loathed going to national parks or nature reserves; he preferred the bustling centres of cities. He did not take a backpack, water or mobile phone with him to the park.
(above) South Australian police fear that Peter Glazebrook's body lies in the Onkaparinga National Park south of Adelaide. Peter is a popular figure in the Adelaide homeless scene and seemed immune from that gang of predators that prey on others. (Photo sourced from SA Police Crime Stoppers).