(above) Shopping trolleys of sorted food back of Drake's Foodland at the Glen Osmond Road Market this week.
(above) Recent Aboriginal campsite in the Adelaide Parklands where the tiny warmth of the campfire and scent of smoke are a racial memory of home, and of times before matches and lighters were used, and when keeping a fire burning was imperative to the health of the clan.
Coming Soon: Salvo Critic; Fred's Van shonky logistics; Jasmine Restaurant stuffs up; Beyond Bank donates use of venue and food for those living outside; Reggy's temptation; Council to Homeless Persons; Michelle and Daniel Smith; Disability Expo goes money; Man kicked out of "The Terrace" for dealing drugs; Vince Focarelli's soup kitchen; Church of Christ free meal in Prospect; Old woman sad that Captain Matt Reeve is shooting through to Melbourne; Brahma Lodge Adventists' free weekly meal; St Bede's; Mary's Kitchen on barbecue night; The dark side of the homeless scene; The ghost of Emma Hines.
Kelly-with-the-bad-leg was secretly holed up at The Terrace apartment house with ******* in ****’s unit while he was in Sydney visiting relatives.
Did **** know what they were up to? Late 30 September 2016
Police catch Adeline’s brother
Police captured Robert Gordon Rigney yesterday at a house in Forestville, not far from Puddle Jumpers.
He had been on the run for over two months after trying to hand himself in after day leave from Yatala Labour Prison to attend the funeral of his sister, nephew and niece who were murdered in late May.
Steve Peet, a client of WestCare, has been charged with their murder. 30 September 2016
The truth according to Wayne
Piano Player Wayne arouses extreme hostility when he tells his critics: “I love the truth. it burns people to death. And how I don’t like lies. Everyone lies to a certain extent so that telling the truth is a novel concept that most people aren’t familiar with.” Piano Player Wayne Adelaide, 2016 30 September 2016
(above) A simple camp mattress and pillow within an indigenous-designed humpy. Nothing to steal or loot, but will the Salvation Army guest speaker and Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese send his storm troopers to destroy this shelter used by a person who has no other sleeping options.
Seventh Day Adventist free meal
After having lunch at the Salisbury Uniting Church, I appreciated the black tablecloths with a central white lace cloth, soft serviettes, clean glasses, expensive shiny cutlery and the carafe of water on each table.
The free Thursdays meals are funded by the church’s welfare agency called Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), which gives $10,000 a year for the service.
A church elder with a full head of white hair, and who dresses in black clothing goes with his wife to a greengrocer to buy the food fresh.
The Thursday before last, they served boiled whole potatoes with vegetarian stew, lightly dressed Coleslaw, a multi-leafed salad, whole Kalamata olives, optional salad dressings and coconut yoghourt. It was preceded by an tomato and bean soup with plenty of chilli with bread then followed by sliced bananas with ice-cream, slivers of blanched almonds and strawberry puree.
The religious message was about sailing and how there are many levels of experience just as with Christianity.
“Loretta” was there from Fred’s Van in Elizabeth. She came in St Luke’s Trish’s car. Loretta lives on carrots, Iced Coffee, strawberry milk, turkey and cake, but extended her dietary intake last Thursday to the salad. Gavan and Theresa moved up from Fred’s Van in Kilburn. The President of the Vegetarian Society was there with her husband. The serving staff included Chinese-looking Christians and that somehow made the evening even better.
This church proves that religion is not moribund in Australia.
Brahma Lodge Seventh Day Adventist 144 Frost Road, Brahma Lodge (near Main North Road) Thursdays 6:30pm to 7:30pm during school terms Vegetarian meal with eggs. Free. 30 September 2016
Blue Alert: St John's Youth Service
St John's at 269 Sturt Street, Adelaide will be open from 5:00pm tonight, Thursday 29 September, to 7:00am Friday morning, apparently with bedding and food.
Posted 5:10pm Thursday 29 September 2016
West Care and Hutt Street Centre extra services
"Last night some persons slept inside (at Hutt st and West Care) and (at. HUTT) were provided with pizza, coke, sandwichs, cakes quiche, (by candle light )." The Vitamin Derelict 29 September 2016 Note: WestCare is open all night again tonight while Hutt Street Centre stays open until 5:00pm.
Those clowns going silly because the electrical power is down. That is nothing compared to the hardships faced by people who can’t get welfare, can’t get a job, or who might be suffering a terminal illness and yet still live outside. 29 September 2016
(above) Two wild nights coming up, inside. WestCare is near Whitmore Square, just off 212 Wright Street.
(above) Hutt Street Centre, 258 Hutt Street, Adelaide staying open until 5:00pm today and tomorrow with food being served at 3:30pm.
Stevo’s Sefton Park soup kitchen
Stevo was not there, but his image was plastered on the Sefton Park Uniting Church newsletter: an Italian-looking man with a flashy haircut and wearing fancy clothing. But a white fella was there and wore a dirty-looking white coat that he kept on because the church had not turned on the heating.
The food including biscuits, crackers, excellent cheese and carrot sandwiches, and dips. I avoided the healthy dips because some people poke half-eaten crackers back into the dip. And one brand of cracker was laden with the neurotoxin, MSG.
Behind the serving counter were two slow-cookers containing rice and a meat-laden sauce. There was a cupboard of canned food and Tim Tams, but access was restricted.
Two elderly thin woman ran a quiz with some controversy when an old man questioned whether lightning comes before thunder. The answer was that we see lightning first, but the old boy explained that thunder produces lightning, but that light moves faster than sound so we see the lightning first.
Horse Trader Steve was there; he has moved from living in his car on South Terrace to sleeping somewhere near Kilburn. The other clients appeared permanently poor as much in social aspirations and status as monetarily. Horse Trader Steve is different because he’s self-motivated and inspiring, but some of the other guests carried an aura of permanent gloom. When a man played the piano behind the dividers, the notes pierced this grey gloom like orbs of hope falling into a sea of carnal enslavement.
If I’d known about this place when I lived outside for ten years, I’m not sure if I’d have come here. Now I would, but. Enfield Uniting Church corner of Park Street and Main North Road, Sefton Park. (next to Target) 10:00am to 12 noon. Tuesdays. Only during school terms. Snacks, sandwiches, hot meal, coffee, clean toilets. Limited takeaway food. 29 September 2016
The meat market
An elderly man tried an internet dating service. He met the woman at an expensive restaurant in town. She arrived, brilliantly dressed and wearing expensive jewelry. He recognised her: she managed a pearl business in town. She recognised him: he was the toilet cleaner at a nearby shopping centre. She had to leave, suddenly. He sat alone at the table then left, back to his retired mining truck that belched fumes and on which he would soon be living. 29 September 2016
Vince Focarelli’s soup kitchen
To the background sound of a man reciting the Koran, Airaf, the electrical engineer Muslim from Pakistan, but really an Australian, served simple vegetable soup made with natural ingredients with a sweet potato base cooked by the white Muslim chef. It was seasoned with salt and served steaming hot with nice buns and bottled water.
It resembled the food I had during a year in a monastery.
His description of the future of humanity is similar to that described in the Bible: we’re all going burn to a crisp and the true believers will go to heaven.
Vince’s mob don’t compete with Fred’s Van that gets nearly a hundred people on Tuesdays, but remain as a quiet hour once a week for those who appreciate this style of soup kitchen. Vince Focarelli’s Soup Kitchen Back of La Fig Restaurant, 94 Carrington Street, Adelaide Soup kitchen entrance via roller door in the laneway that runs off Moore Street between the Magdalene Church Hall and Saracen’s Head Hotel. 7:30pm every Tuesday. Knock on the door if it is down. Restaurant quality soup, excellent rolls, muffins, bedding and toiletries. Vince’s friends walk the city streets giving stuff to homeless people. 29 September 2016
Hutt Street “Boss” wants urine testing
According to a source on the street, the “boss” of the Hutt Street Centre wants random involuntary testing of clients’ urine for illegal drugs. The consistent “failures will be put into a facility for treatment,” whether they like it or not.
The source says the “boss” is sick of the drug addicts hanging around the joint and that they are threatening the Hutt Street Centre’s existence. Late 28 September 2016 Note: It isn't clear who is being referred to as the "boss".
WestCare hides coffee cups
A source inside WestCare says that management has taken control of their coffee mugs due to thefts after four were allegedly discovered in Mrs Judith Telstra's handbag.
Rumour about WestCare is that Mrs Telstra donates them to nursing homes.
Meanwhile, Mrs Telstra has been allowed back into the Hutt Street Centre after being banned for two weeks. 28 September 2016 Note: The cups are back. Late 28 September 2016
The Today/Tonight television program has apparently gone soft on claims by crystal meth dealers against the photographer for Adelaide Homeless Journal.
There was at least one Today/Tonight hack prowling the homeless scene until discovering the story was dead and false.
Max Head Room, who is definitely not a dealer, has been telling anyone who will listen that he contacted the ABC and Today/Tonight with allegations against the photographer.
But even Today/Tonight, who will stretch the truth to breaking point, must have understood the motives of the crystal meth dealers who were trying to discredit someone who naively tread on their intellectual turf. 28 September 2016
Mary’s Kitchen at Glenelg
At least 43 guests arrived and it was a madhouse because so much happened in less than an hour including the Holdfast Rotary club providing lamb chops, sausages, beef patties, chicken patties, fresh tossed salad, potato salad and coleslaw along with the usual soup, buns, fruit juice, coffee and tea followed by the free food room.
The Anxious Vegetarian brought a friend, but the crowd was infiltrated by pretending vegetarians avoiding the ham and pea soup so the vegetable variety ran out.
The Messianic Jew was happy. Even when he is not happy, he is a positive influence.
The evening resembled a stage show of people rushing back and forth grabbing this and that. The mood was excellent because the volunteers run the show and take pride with the high level of service both at physical and emotional levels
Outside, the Orange Sky Laundry volunteers operating the machines while their customers dined inside the 1850’s church. The faulty generator from last week has been fixed and the staff were also happy to be there, which seemed logical because we are amongst the most interesting people in Adelaide. Mary’s Kitchen Tuesdays 6:00pm. Free like everything else listed on this webpage. St Andrew’s Church-at-the-Sea, Jetty Road, Glenelg 28 September 2016
A rare woman on the streets of Adelaide
“I was born on this earth to live by the laws of the street rather than by society’s laws. I’d rather be out there living on the street having fun.” Late 27 September 2016
(above) Big Aboriginal camp in the Adelaide CBD parklands gone. The clever black fellas move camp each time Martin Haese's storm troopers order them to move. When the photographer was at this scene, an Aboriginal hiding in the bushes screamed at him. He thought it was a curse and became dizzy and had to sit down, but the cause was food poisoning that went through the CBD homeless scene last week, maybe. The desert black folk increase the cultural richness of the homeless scene.
(above) Orange Sky Laundry truck and the two operators generously giving their time outside St Luke's every Thursday from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Free washing and drying to homeless-style people. Also, often, toiletries and women's products.
Salisbury Fred’s Van
Warren’s Staffordshire bull terrier prefers sausages and beef hamburger meat and wouldn’t touch the hot dog wiener dropped next to its position near the fence.
Of the 35 clients, seven or eight were under 10 years of age and appeared well adapted to soup kitchens. Most of the kids had arrived in two 4WD vehicles covered in mud and weren’t ferals.
Another client had one leg missing and was in a wheelchair and my eyes finally opened and I realised everyone was poor. While there are millionaires at soup kitchens, most clients are dirt poor.
The food included pasta with sauce, of which one large pot fell from the van and splattered onto the bitumen. There were also the cheap and nasty hot dogs (according to the dog) in buns with sauce followed by custard with canned fruit. Tea and coffee.
Take-aways included tuna and salad sandwiches and chicken sandwiches, but they weren’t labelled. Also, lettuces rubbery on the outside, but crisp inside plus tolerable apples, oranges and tomatoes in small amounts. The bread was two days past the Best-By date.
The staff are regularly happy to be there including two feuding sisters serving coffee and doughnuts.
The van left at 6:50pm leaving six of us loitering in the darkness. Old Peter told me that the government should have extra buses a night for people who miss the last train. His hands are nearly healed after going “ass-up” at the Gawler Show.
The man who looks like Sharka’s brother carried away a puppy in a blanket.
A thin man and thin woman talked to the wheelchair fellow. “Don’t let them treat you like shit,” the thin man told the wheelchair man. They were talking about finding a nursing home. Fred’s Van St John the Evangelist Anglican Church Hall Church Street, Salisbury (opposite MacDonalds) 6:00pm Sundays Late 27 September 2016
St Bede’s at Semaphore
Trish, the free hairdresser missed the previous week so she arrived last Tuesday with bags of used clothing that will be distributed free to the St Bede’s clients. Staff also brought out two bags of previously donated women’s clothing.
A man explained that used clothing with collectible labels and marked sizes can be sold on eBay providing it isn’t threadbare or has holes. The trick is knowing what labels were currently desirable.
The man who came with Trish played the piano for thirty minutes and knew how to play around the out of tune keys.
Romelo was unhappy, but contained himself despite the increased stress SRF residents are having with the price increases of tobacco. Health officials and politicians with plenty of optional vices have taken away one of the few pleasures available for people with discretionary spending money of less than $80 a week.
Another man talked about suicide. He worked all his life, but now his relatives have taken legal control of his assets and he is virtually penniless.
Another man went straight for the colouring-in books, which reduce anxiety. Mr Moonboots set up his personal laptops that J-Net’s brother played with abandon. The quiet volunteers that find a niche to provide a service broaden out the value of soup kitchens.
The Most Active Volunteer with the bad back stopped his addictive painkillers because they produced ghastly itchy rashes, but now he’s vomiting due to withdrawal symptoms. A woman brought in her healthy three-month-old baby. Another man talked about fish absorbing contraceptives put into the oceans via sewerage systems.
Breakfast included bacon and eggs, hash browns, toasted cheese, tomato and ham sandwiches, yoghourt and cereals.
Good quality apples, mandarins, pears and Peckish crackers from Cos We Care were available as free takeaways from the front counter. St Bede’s Drop-in-Centre 200 Military Road, Semaphore Tuesday and Wednesday mornings 8:30 - 10:30am Quality breakfasts, scheduled free hairdressing, table tennis, small amounts of takeways, occasional free used clothing, good social scene that is friendly to people living outside. Late 27 September 2016
Piano Player Wayne
“Within the homeless and disadvantaged sector, some people have the art of misrepresentation down to such a fine art.” Piano Player Wayne on homeless welfare organisations Norwood, 2016 Late 27 September 2016
“I don’t like what’s going around town. I’m watching ****** suffer and he doesn’t know it. From a participant in the homeless drug scene near Hutt Street Centre 26 September 2016
Romero Soup Van
An elderly diner trembled with fear when five men ferociously threatened each other in Hurtle Square last week. Sitting next to the elderly diner, a young man talked about having killed two people in the laneway: clearly delusional, but the boiling over anger of the others was real.
Sadly, the soup van ceases operation in early October, but will recommence in early May 2017. Romero Soup Van (Adelaide Day Centre) Hurtle Square 6:30pm and Whitmore Square at 7:00pm every day except Saturday. Free good soup, blankets, poxy bread, occasionally muffins and biscuits. 26 September 2016
Homeless welfare politics
The Salvation Army invited Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese to speak for the assembled crowd celebrating the amalgamation of their two Australian territories into one legal entity.
Yet Martin’s storm troopers destroy CBD homeless camps of people who have nowhere else to go. 26 September 2016
Seventh Day Adventist free meal
There was just one homeless-style person at the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) free meal at the Brahma Lodge church and he came to a sticky end, so to speak.
Each of the eight tables in the low ceiling dining room was covered in dark purple table cloths with an added white cotton cover in the middle with a pot of plastic flowers and clean metal cutlery, glasses and a metal carafe of clean water.
One eccentric aged woman collected twigs of eucalypt leaves from outside that she added to each pot of plastic flowers. She said she’s moving into a nursing home. “You’re crazy,” a friend told her. “85% of your income,” I said. “Exactly,” the critic agreed.
The guests were over 60 years of age except two men in their thirties, one in his forties and a 51-year-old woman with clear eyes.
The food included natural soup free of MSG, chickpea satays, quiche, an excellent pasta salad, boiled string beans, cauliflower, broccoli, crisp white bread and a custard and fruit concoction for dessert. It was a relief not having to examine the food for meat, and I simply avoided the quiche with its chicken eggs.
The semi-open stainless steel hot servery counter had a Perspex cover protecting the food from coughing and sneezing guests.
Uniformed A.D.R.A. staff brought plain, but healthy soup to the tables, but guests were requested one table at a time collect the main meal cafeteria style, similar to Fred’s Van at Kilburn.
A woman next to me said she hadn’t eaten since the previous evening and thus had two plates of the main course.
The homeless-style person had been sitting by himself at an otherwise empty table when an Adventist volunteer requested, then ordered him to join our table where he was clearly uncomfortable. He resembled a grandson version of John de Sousa who avoids speaking and makes evasive gestures when greeted. After drinking his soup and getting some bread, he disappeared, sadly.
Coffee was discouraged though was available on request.
A pastor interrupted the meal to read from his phone a sermon, similar to the Liberty Life Church soup kitchen in Camden Park. He said we could continue eating, but not talk while he talked about God not always answering prayers. “God doesn’t do Mercedes,” a woman next to me said. I heard little more of the pastor due to bad acoustics of the room.
Brahma Lodge Seventh Day Adventist 144 Frost Road, Brahma Lodge (near Main North Road) Thursdays 6:30pm to 7:30pm during school terms Vegetarian meal with eggs. Free. 26 September 2016
“We’re going to get him over his homophobia,” a decade-long homeless man and leader of a street group said of a 16-year-old small Somalian-looking boy trying not to cry after the leader’s crystal meth addict acolyte kicked him in the testicles while waiting in the Fed’s Van queue in Gawler Place.
Perhaps the boy had self respect and escaped the Ice scene. Posted late 25 September 2016
The worthy Leo van der Kraan
The funeral officiated by Farrell & O'Neill Funerals was notable in not revealing much about Leonidas F. van der Kraan who died about 12 August last month, just before his 73rd birthday on 1 September.
He was born in The Hague, Holland and was rumoured to be descended from an illustrious family. He had the manner of sadness and regret yet remained polite even when angry.
When I asked him where he lived, he rose and while walking away shouted that people shouldn’t ask so many questions. Three weeks later, he’d forgiven me.
Old Lorraine with the clear mind said he was a perfect gentleman, an encourager whose mother had returned to Holland when Leo was a child, leaving him to be brought up by his father. Yet Leo as an adult visited his mother every year. Lorraine said that Leo had to trust a person utterly before he’d say much about his life.
Leo was a man of faith and preferred the music of church services in preference to the talking. He was a benevolent presence at the back of the church at Congress Hall and at choir practice at WestCare.
A woman from the Salvation Army said that, “Leo taught me so much, the kind gentle man. I’m grateful to god for the privilege of knowing him.” 25 September 2016
(above) Preacher Ken Bechaz from St Bede's Drop-in-Centre plays blues harmonica in a free session at St Bede's church hall on Sunday 2 October. Guests can also walk on the floor boards tread by Romelo, Mr Moonboots, the Most Active Volunteer, Davd Pope, Homeless Lil, the Notorious Bruno and others from the drop-in-centre breakfasts.
Funny business at White Picket Fence
A diner at the five-dollar meal at Picket Fence complained to friends about the small amount of meat on the plates. He added that during the meal a “person of gender” came from the kitchen and discreetly gave a bag of meat to another diner.
It may have been dog bones, whatever, but perceptions often become accepted truths regardless of their veracity. 25 September 2016
A tenant at Hackney Lodge near the wine centre and tunnel entrance is threatening revenge against the man he allegedly attacked. The alleged victim has applied to Victims of Crime for compensation due to ongoing headaches suffered from the altercation.
Hackney Lodge makes Crazy Cottage look like a lodging house for pacifists. 25 September 2016
Set Top Box for TV
An elderly person living in a vehicle in the city is after a Set Top Box for an old television: price free, hopefully.
Many units in the Kingslea Apartments on Sandison Terrace at Glenelg North are empty. Fruit Loop and Walter have left amongst others and the Housing Trust is deliberately keeping them empty. An exception is a new tenant under House Arrest, but rather than placing him amongst the empty units, the Housing Trust has put him next to a non-criminal, none drug-using old man.
These are the units where Steve and Kylie’s bodies were found with their throats slashed last January. 24 September 2016
Therapy Cat not comfortable on The Parade in Norwood
The Therapy Cat isn’t comfortable walking up The Parade in Norwood due to the presence of Ice addicts.
The Therapy Cat was also disturbed in a clothing store with Piano Player Wayne when two drug addicts entered with stuff to sell. The shop assistant quickly showed them the door. 24 September 2016
Holding on to Reality
“If we did everything the government wanted us to do, we’d be finished. It doesn’t have any reality.”
From a veteran Adelaide street woman 23 September 2016
Salisbury Uniting Church free lunch and vegetables
Lunch was pasta bake with meat followed by Christmas pudding topped with cream plus cordial and coffee. The lone vegetarian got a toasted sandwich filled with margarine that seemed an insult, but was probably meant as a pleasant gesture.
The 35 guests included disabled people and a pure white woman with long red hair there with her mother, but appearing to wish she were elsewhere.
There were smirks when an Arab woman’s phone rang and the ringtone was a recitation of the Koran.
The man with the Staffordshire bull terrier from Fred’s Van told me of his life fishing in the Spencer Gulf, and how it has become “fished out”. He said sharks are coming closer to shore because the deep-water fish are also in decline.
The dining room culture was institutional and thus without salt, pepper or sauce on the tables or serving counter to adjust the flavour of the food. .
Nor were there serviettes, but the toilets were clean and management kindly let us in for coffee from 11:00am.
Free vegetables were distributed from another section of the building and these included onions, lettuce, cauliflower, celery, tomatoes, cabbage plus cereal, Turkish bread without chemicals and a few other items. Salisbury Uniting Church 59-61 Park Terrace, Salisbury (near school) ph 8258 2675 Free lunch and vegetables. Wednesdays 11:45am to 1:00pm Marta is back in the kitchen after a long holiday in Czechoslovakia. The Salisbury Uniting Church congregation has been asked to pray for Mr Robert Pitman’s infected toe. 23 September 2016
Telstra’s anger at Orange Sky Laundry
“Despicable, they’re despicable,” Mrs Judith Telstra raged about the Orange Sky Laundry truck outside the Hutt Street Centre.
The seventy-year-old Mrs Telstra arrives early to have her washing done ahead of genuine homeless people despite living in a comfortable unit that she owns near Burnside.
It isn’t known what spurred her anger, but the consequence is that she might be banned from using the laundry truck. 23 September 2016
Heart and Soul
An Oz Harvest driver said that Heart and Soul got a grant to fund a warehouse, the location of which is not disclosed. The driver also said the Heart and Soul “woman put their heart and soul into it”.
They have also opened southern Adelaide distribution points for free food as well as continuing at Elizabeth South and Pennington. See the Free Food Guide on this website for more details or contact them at email@example.com 23 September 2016
(above) This garden in a group of Anglicare aged tenants units has been planted and maintained at her own expense by an 86-year-old tenant. She buys the flowers, fertilisers and puts in the hard work.
(above) The sparse areas between plants are due to the untrained Anglicare gardeners poisoning each new batch of seedlings planted by the elderly tenant. She asked them on numerous occasions not to poison the flowering plants, but they said they're following Anglicare orders. When she phoned Anglicare maintenance, she was told the communal gardens are none of her concern. When she wrote, they ignored the letter.
(above) This is a section of gardens in the same group of units where the tenants have obeyed Anglicare's orders to leave the gardens to Anglicare's professional gardeners. This grass was cut the previous day. The rose bushes are pruned by lopping the tops off while one was given the ride-on lawnmower treatment.
Dealer paranoia: Ice versus Molly (MDMA)
“I’ll use Ice, but not MDMA. MDMA f***ing around people. He had beautiful blue eyes, [now] no eye colour. [MDMA is a] way of killing a person. No eating, [but a] thirst for coffee and water. Unquenchable thirst. They drown in water. Dealers getting rid of people with MDMA.” From the Street 22 September 2016
Mrs Judith Telstra has been kicked out of the Hutt Street Centre for two weeks for reasons unknown. 22 September 2106
The Face of Grief
“The Face” was in grief this week because The Romero Soup Van in Hurtle Square ceases operation in early October until May next year.
Do the volunteers and the Adelaide Day Centre realise how well their service is appreciated? 22 September 2016
Where is Gorgeous George?
He was injecting some bad drugs last summer then he got beaten up and hasn’t been seen for months.
One woman speculated that he might have been amongst the recent deaths of drug addicts from a bad batch of heroin. 22 September 2016
Therapy Cat gives Salvo General Andre Cox tick of approval
The Australia One amalgamation celebration in Adelaide was preceded by a band march from the Adelaide Town Hall to Congress Hall in Pirie Street.
Salvo dissident, Piano Player Wayne said there was not any Adelaide representation in the march.
Back at Congress Hall, in the presence of 450 people, officials quickly shut down John the Baptist when he began his usual inspirational message. Instead, they should have shut down the Labor Party politician who spoke against the Liberal Party, which seemed irrelevant at a Salvation Army territory amalgamation event. The Liberal MP, Rachel Sanderson, after invading of the Adelaide Angels event last Easter, was this time much more respectful. Federal Member of Parliament David Fawcett represented the Prime Minister. David is from the Clovercrest Baptist Church.
Piano Player Wayne said the Melbourne staff band were professionals and did not need the amplification given, which made them too loud for the small church.
Not to be outdone, the Therapy Cat tried to scratch the General’s Aide-de-camp though it gave a tick of approval to General Cox and Mrs Cox.
Do Unto Others volunteers invited Wayne for the evening meal without realising that he had been kicked out of the DUO program for life.
Piano Player Wayne could not help mentioning that he and the Therapy Cat got more media coverage in the print media than the Salvation Army territory amalgamation event. 22 September 2016
Vacuum Cleaner Man
A guest at Mary’s Kitchen marveled at the Celebrity Can Collector making money playing the same simple tune on his bongo drum outside the Casino. He was astounded that The Collector began his new career by slapping a piece of Styrofoam.
The guest told us how he’d seen a man using a vacuum cleaner hose as an improvised didgeridoo with the only result being to blow warm air onto people passing by. Late 21 September 2016
Her type of man
A street woman described her ideal type of man: “Mine wears a beanie; has long hair; wears a hoody; knows how to look after himself...been in jail.” 21 September 2016
Drug dealers as cultural ambassadors
Watching the drug scene, one can’t but marvel at the interconnections between Aboriginal, Chinese and White Australians.
The racial differences are dissolved within the mutual interest of buying and selling illegal drugs. Personal status depends on your role and level of personal integrity within the drug scene.
These business dealings have proved far more successful than billions of dollars spent on multi-cultural social engineering of the Australian population. 21 September 2016
Don Dunstan Foundation
In their September newsletter, the Foundation reports that the 2016 Homelessness conference drew a sellout audience.
Of course, welfare bureaucrats couldn’t wait to escape the office and attend the employer-paid conference while still collecting their full salaries.
However, the money came from funds that should have gone to those that slept outside that night and every night. 21 September 2016
Leo van der Kraan. R.I.P.
“Leo lived on the streets until moving into Unity House. He was waiting for a specialist appointment at hospital for his heart.”
“It was very hard making a connection with him. You had to get him on a good day. He wasn’t always polite. People called him Mr Grumpy. People said he doesn’t talk at all, but I said, ‘He does, but not to you.’”
“I told him, ‘You’re a scary man, but you’re gentle, not like the c***ts outside.’”
“Leo called Hutt Street Centre, ‘Slut Street’ because girls have a different boyfriend every week; boys have a different girlfriend every week.”
A woman from the Hutt Street Centre 20 September 2016
(above) This beautiful little campsite was amidst the fear and paranoia of the West Parklands last month, but it has been "cleared".
(above) Building one’s shelter is one of the most therapeutic activities a homeless person can do. Yet when homeless people build shelters like this, the government wastes little time in destroying their efforts.
Meanwhile, as a precursor to being able to rent welfare housing, government agencies send homeless people to multiple “Building Self-Esteem” courses that do nothing for anyone except provide salaries for the employees running them.
Martin Haese and the storm troopers
Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese waxed lyrical on radio station 5AA with Jeremy Cordeaux yesterday about his respect for the 40,000 year Kaurna Aboriginal culture and how “we” have been here just two hundred years.
Perhaps his commanding respect could be extended to his storm troopers who dismantle the tents and humpies of Aboriginal people in the Adelaide CBD Parklands.
Certainly, Jeremy was so overcome with Martin’s effusive respect to the Kaurna people that he referred to the Mayor as “Michael”. 20 September 2016
Mad house at Mary’s Kitchen
The woman at the vegetarian’s table wanted a glass of water in a special glass reserved for her in the kitchen, but the new volunteer ignored her request. It seemed unreasonable. She didn’t know that the vegetarian woman makes silly requests to formalise a sense of control over her environment.
One volunteer said it was a mad house in the kitchen. It was certainly hectic in the dining room. I was in the toilets retching due to a curse put on me by an Aboriginal woman, or maybe food poisoning from another soup kitchen.
A former taxi owner said another owner had tried to sell his plates two years ago for $380,000 and refused an offer of $320,000, but now he’d be lucky to get $200,000 due to Uber X taking over. Even the drivers are quitting and moving to Uber X where they can effectively own their own taxis without having to buy plates.
The Anxious Vegetarian and myself got homemade lightly seasoned cauliflower soup that hadn’t any dangerous flavour enhancers. It was served by the woman who cooked it and was steaming hot and wonderful. The special glass woman ran around wildly and missed out, but the three of us later received a packaged korma meal with sliced lettuce and tomato while the meat eaters got an excellent beef Schnitzel.
The free food room had good bread, some vegetables including decent lettuces and little packet of cheese and crackers.
Outside, the driers on the Orange Sky Laundry van wouldn’t work due to the generator not getting enough fuel. Walter ended up with a bag of wet laundry that he asked me to take to his house, but he couldn’t remember his street name or number so I was going to follow him on his bicycle. This was until he began talking to a new woman and became deaf to everything else around him so I left with three others including Lance Armstrong.
Mary’s Kitchen gets better every week. Mary’s Kitchen Tuesdays at 6:00pm Free soup, buns, fruit salad and take-away food St Andrew’s Church-on-the-Sea Jetty Road, Glenelg 20 September 2016
Crappiest drug around
“Be careful. MDMA dealers. MDMA [Molly] upper strength Ecstasy crystallised. People think it’s Ice; it’s not. Looks like Ice, melts down the same. More dangerous than Ice. Lose appetite; lose reality of yourself, lose sense of time, no longer remember yourself or others around you.”
“After MDMA, the body can’t do what people do. The body loses its libido. Women can’t get pregnant. Men have no urge. It’s the crappiest drug around.” From a WestCare client 19 September 2016
Why the Hutt Street Centre allows dealers to control the front door
A source within the Hutt Street Centre says the employees and volunteers do little to stop the crystal meth dealers from controlling the front of the building because they do not want to get involved in a court case.
The source said any case brought against an individual might require testifying and providing a name and address and regardless of a conviction or not, the defendant has nowhere else to go and will be back and may threaten the witness for years to come. 19 September 2016 Note: An astute observer and regular client and non-drug user doubts the drug dealers have this degree of power over the employees. The observer said this report was "bull****". Posted Late 21 September 2016
St Bede’s thief strikes again
The St Bede’s thief has struck again, this time inside the church itself. The thief stole a robotic vacuum cleaner and the priest’s robes that were made by elderly women parishioners.
Previously, the thief has stolen a defunct sound system and two brand new laptops from the Drop-in-Centre in the hall next door. One person said we should go to Cash Converters to retrieve them.
Jill from Anglicare said, “We’re not going to let this get us down.” And they have not.
The Most Active Volunteer is still recuperating from a bad back and has been much quieter due to powerful painkillers. Not everyone knows it, but he is responsible for getting rid of the Ice Dealers from the smoking area. He knows their weaknesses.
Trish Davids missed last Tuesday, but is continuing her free hairdressing. The St Bede’s used clothing supply is exhausted and donations are sought. The tables and chairs will not be set up outside for the next few weeks because someone stubs out cigarettes on the plastic furniture. There are paper towels and new toilet roll holders in the ablution rooms. Peckish rice crackers are in abundant supply from Cos We Care.
Last Tuesday, they served bacon and eggs, ham and cheese toasted sandwiches, buttered toast, cereals with milk and slices of fresh fruit. Also, cake when Sally is on duty. And in response to requests from guests, new items include Greek-style yoghourt without sugar and artificial sweeteners. When one man complained of the low quality Yorkshire tea, Jill replaced it with Twinings.
The priest said St Bede’s provides the best instant coffee because we are special guests and deserving of quality coffee and food. Like other good soup kitchens, St Bede’s tailors each meal for each client such as Peter who wants soymilk.
Maria the Ghost was there, a testimonial to the savagery of psychiatric medication. The Insomniac guest was exhausted after spending the night modifying computers.
Peter needed help sitting down due to an ailment. Jeremy is the new volunteer on Tuesdays and Stewart is the new volunteer on Wednesdays. They have both proved able and willing. 19 September 2016
The “Boss” of the Hutt Street Centre recently said he wants to get to the bottom of Emma Hines’s death.
Grinder and others expressed the same sentiment earlier this year.
Certain WestCare folk and Brian Burdekin patients bridle at the name of Emma Hines.
Rumour has it that the police investigation has not finished. 18 September 2016
(above) Some survivalists are simply smart at finding niches in the Adelaide CBD where they can sleep.
Clayton’s free vegetables
The Clayton’s Uniting Church half way up The Parade at Norwood offers free vegetables once a month plus barista coffee and soup.
Last week there were only limited amounts of potatoes, oranges, mandarins, carrots and onions, but they were of high quality.
Clayton’s allow out of area people and do not require I.D. though they ask for a phone number and name. They also require a ticket, but I turned up unexpectedly and they gave me a ticket for the next month plus some of the above-mentioned foods.
Dates for 2016 are 11 October, 8 November and 13 December. The church building was built in 1854.
Clayton Uniting Church corner of Portrush Road and The Parade, Norwood Second Tuesday of each month from 1:30pm to 3:00pm. Free fruit, vegetables and coffee 18 September 2016
Kelly’s claim that she has been going to WestCare for three years has been challenged by other street people. They say two and a half years at best and that she’s from Sydney.
Length of time on the street is a status symbol in the homeless scene, entitling people to increased respect. That’s why Frenchy attracts respect because most of his peer group have died or gone normal.
And claiming to have been on the scene longer than you have is like claiming to be a Vietnam veteran when all you did was buy replica medals from Cash Converters.
However, no one will dispute that Kelly is one rough and tumble woman. 18 September 2016
Lorraine called a certain person a snob for smoking cigarettes. She said, “You shouldn’t be having cigarettes.”
The smoker said Lorraine has been harming herself for years and “when she’s on the turps, get her away from me.”
Lorraine remains an iconic women in the Adelaide street scene. 18 September 2016
From the Contact Page
the Human Enterprise of suffering people
i.e. making a buck or bucket of gold from those who are down and out, and can be duped into seeing the Human Enterprise as beneficial
Appreciate list of welfare orgs but most are connected to Roman Judassism (the anti-Christ religion) : what about PAGANS ?
hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare
BTW : the upcoming Friday 23 Sept 2016 disabled ageing lifestyle expo asks for a "GOLD COIN DONATION".
Anyone have any GOLD COINS... Communism etc ????????????????????????????? 18 September 2016
John Swan in hospital?
In an uncorroborated report from the street, John “Swanee” Swan is in hospital having a biopsy to remove a section of his pancreas and is bored out of his skull.
John is worshipped by many street people for his karaoke management, free singing lessons and hamburger assembling. 17 September 2016
John and Terri
John and his singer girlfriend, Terri, are sleeping in their car. That is a move up. 17 September 2016
The Ice Man
Anton the Ice Man shivered at 8:00am inside the Woolworths shopping centre at Glenelg. He was dressed in a tank top and shorts only and was barefoot. An acquaintance greeted him with concern.
“Are you having a go at me?” Anton growled. 17 September 2016 Editor 2: It is disputed whether Anton is still one Ice: it may be Fantasy or Molly.
Molly dealer holding court
“I am constantly amazed driving to work by a certain Adelaide establishment catering for people living on the street to see a renowned drug dealer standing in the front door as if determining who enters and who doesn’t.”
“Is it not obvious to everyone? How is it allowed?” 17 September 2016
Therapy Cat steals the show
Piano Player Wayne has repeated that he won’t return to the Do Unto Others evenings at Congress Hall because it is too dangerous.
He adds that his Therapy Cat is getting more publicity than the celebration in Adelaide tomorrow of the amalgamation of the two Salvation Army territories into one Australian territory, and the visit by General Cox.
The Sunday Mail newspaper ran nearly a full page on the Therapy Cat and Wayne in last Sunday’s edition. 16 September 2016
From the Contact Page: “Wayne, entire Salvos banned him. Never allowed back in. Not allowed in permanently. Lies after lies after lies: the shit that comes out of his mouth.” 17 September 2016
Adelaide Sky City Casino
A chronic gambler has discovered a way of earning money to support her habit. Along with her wages, she earns money legally by buying phones in bulk for two dollars each then selling them cheap to other gamblers whose $1000 phones have ended up with Cash Converters. 16 September 2016
Historic Salvation Army Meeting
Salvation Army General Andre Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox from Great Britain are in Adelaide for the Australia One Celebration Launch tomorrow, the 17th of September, for the formal unification of the Australian Southern Territory (includes Melbourne and Adelaide) and the Australian Eastern Territory (includes Sydney).
The unification celebration is being held in Adelaide because this is where the Salvation Army began in Australia in 1880, fifteen years after William and Catherine Booth founded the organisation in England in 1865 under the name of the Christian Revival Society, then later as the East London Christian Mission.
The Army band will form at the Adelaide Town Hall on King William Street at 1:00pm then march down Pirie Street to Congress Hall at 277 Pirie Street where the celebration will begin at 2:00pm.
It is not clear who is invited, but since the General is the Salvation Army version of the Pope, local crystal meth dealers crashing down after testing their latest batch of cooked product probably will not be encouraged to attend.
Salvationist Piano Player Wayne phoned to reserve seats for himself, Shadow Housing Minister Rachel Sanderson and the Therapy Cat, but was told seats were not being reserved. He believes entry will be on a first come, first served basis.
With 700 seats available in Congress Hall, it isn’t clear if the place will be overfilled or not because local Salvationists have been encouraged to view the proceedings on live video at the Norwood and Ingle Farm Corps.
The regular Saturday evening Do Unto Others event will take place in the Benson Room beginning at 5:00pm, but the free takeaway food room and the church service will not be happening.
The One Australia celebration will continue into the evening in the church and atrium with the Melbourne staff band and Sydney songsters performing at 7:00pm.
One issue might be the eight toilets and one urinal for the possibly 850 people at Congress Hall at one time though there are separate facilities within the office and welfare section of the building.
What shows the class of the Salvation Army is that the Do Unto Others homeless-style evening will continue alongside the One Australia celebration with their Mr Big. 16 September 2016
NECAP loses funding
The North East Community Assistance Project Inc. (NECAP) has lost its “welfare” funding and no longer supplies food. However they still provide bedding and furniture.
North East Community Assistance Project Inc. (NECAP) 489 North East Rd Hillcrest, 5086 ph 8266 2780 Mon - Fri 9am - 4pm Appointment necessary Eligibility: Low income earners living in the (former) Enfield A and Tea Tree Gully council areas and areas bounded by the River Torrens. Evidence of financial need require. (Income and assets statement from Centrelink). 16 September 2016
(above) This is what the Adelaide City Council calls "Defensive Architecture" where they rip out bushes and cut off lower branches to discourage homeless people from camping in the Adelaide CBD Parklands by reducing their privacy.
(above) This flattened tent in Adelaide's South Parklands isn't necessarily abandoned, but has been taken down to discourage interlopers and damage from the wind.
Adeline’s brother evades huge police search
Adeline’s brother, Robert Rigney got a release from Yatala Labour Prison to attend the funeral of his sister, nephew and niece murdered at Hillier, north of Adelaide, in late May 2016. They were mixed-race Aboriginal people. Adeline’s life was destroyed by Ice. Her white fella boyfriend, Steven Peet, has been charged with the triple murder.
Robert had been charged with causing serious harm over an unrelated incident.
He returned to Yatala after the funeral, but the guards were slow with the formalities and left him in an unlocked area so he disappeared. Ninety minutes later, he turned himself in at the Holden Hill police station just down the road. The police called the guards from Yatala to come down, but there was a delay so Robert shot through a second time.
The strange aspect is that police have reportedly searched 100 properties, which seems excessive for a man who tried to turn himself in twice. The comprehensive search has been seen by some as collective punishment for being associated with the Rigney-Wilson family.
More likely, the South Australian police are desperate to repair their bungle especially if Robert goes on the rampage. 15 September 2016
Adelaide Sky City Casino
D. theoretically was allowed back into the Casino following a three-month suspension after she was allegedly caught removing $50 from the machine of another person.
She has a responsible job and pays taxes, but her life is governed by her addiction to the pokies.
When she returned, the receptionist called security and she was escorted off the premises. It appears the case is going to the gambling commission and the police may be involved.
But it seemed cruel to send a letter saying the suspension was finished without telling her that she still couldn’t enter the Adelaide Casino. 15 September 2016
Salvation Army transfers
Captain Matthew Reeve of Congress Hall has been transferred to the Catherine Booth College in Melbourne, which is the Army’s officer training school.
Captain Reeve, according to Piano Player Wayne leaves a legacy at Congress Hall of kicking out a man with his cat and installing spy cameras.
But Captain Reeve has a huge work load that few in the underclass understand and includes fighting the insidious lethargy and confusion within the organisation amidst the challenges of a crumbling society.
Major Cindy Shellenberger of the Playford Corps in Elizabeth East is retiring. She served in Siberia and other areas of the world before ending up in Elizabeth East, which must have been her most challenging posting considering the endemic despair and illness in this area. She will retire to a Salvation Army unit in Gawler, but many hope she will still be involved in her welfare work.
Both officers are well regarded. 15 September 2016
Why homeless people avoid homeless joints
“Like walking into a drug den, inside and out. Two workers talking to each other, not f****** doing anything. Blocking the front door. Wouldn’t move out of the way.
Toilets filthy with dirty wet towels everywhere. Frightened of catching something, that toilet was enough. Took a chance having a piss. Complete f****** brothel.
Flyers everywhere: ‘Have you got a problem with drugs?’
“Twice as bad as last year. What a sorry sight.”
A visitor to the Hutt Street Centre, Adelaide 15 September 2016
Adelaide Casino silly recharge boxes
The Adelaide Sky City Casino has installed recharge boxes for phones and devices. It costs five-dollars for one hour to lock the phone inside the box while it is recharged. The Casino requires that payment be made using one of their cards.
Why would anyone bother? There are free recharge points in libraries and through the invalid scooter network.
Casino gamblers realise this and every recharge box has been empty on every visit by myself and others. 15 September 2016
Kilburn Fred’s Van
The 35-year-old woman asked for a minute of silence in remembrance of Italian Nick who died during the week at the age of 93. Afterward, she said Grace. Most guests bowed their heads.
The kitchen staff included white Italian Catholics plus a thin relaxed Vietnamese-looking man who enjoyed his job.
An Oz Harvest van had delivered a load of food about 6:30pm.
Just 35 guests attended because of the 90 minute downpour prior to the meal being served. Guests entered early for coffee unlike many soup kitchens where they’re kept outside until the meals is about to begin. The hall was clean and there wasn’t a hint of violence all evening.
A table of sheltered workshop people let me sit with them. A Spaniard with his two sons soon joined us. One boy was sleepy so someone asked the man why he hadn’t left him at home. The Spaniard responded: “I go to jail for 20 years, or even fined, then kids not my kids, they’re government kids. Am I a free man?”
The same man questioned why the Spaniard told his sleepy son to return a dish to the dirty dish trolley. The Spaniard replied in broken English that he wanted to teach him the work ethic.
The meal consisted of soup, mashed potatoes mixed with meat and beans, bakers’ cream and jam buns, ice-cream and canned fruit. There was also cordial, Milo, tea and coffee. But there wasn’t a milligram of Vitamin C in the meal.
The bags given out afterward included two-litre containers of Iced Coffee a loaf of bread and half a dozen other items, but I didn’t look inside and gave mine to another guest.
A tough Aboriginal man sat in the Aboriginal corner and watched the room through dark sunglasses.
Two DUO Salvation Army clients sneakily put their meals into plastic containers then went back for more. Oddly enough, that seemed normal.
Many guests had cognitive or physical disabilities and everyone appeared poor. Those who gave money and their time that evening can be assured their donations went to the right people. Fred’s Van Kilburn Community Centre 59 Gladstone Avenue, Kilburn 7:00pm Thursday. Free. Three course meal followed by a big bag of takeaway food. 14 September 2016
Anglicare Lifestyle Inspectors
Two Anglicare tradesmen had orders to clean the ceiling fan covers that didn’t need cleaning. The Lifestyle Inspector told them the stove was too far from the wall, but they couldn’t push it any closer without compressing the gas pipe.
I suggested their time would be better spent building invalid ramps. One tradesman said a woman had fallen at another group of Anglicare units.
Meanwhile, at the unit where Anglicare ripped out the sturdy invalid ramp and safety handrail and left two steep steps, the 87-year-old tenant is receiving injections behind her left eye to restore her sight in that eye. 14 September 2016
St Bede’s Drop-in-Centre
The St Bede’s church hall locks were changed, but someone still managed to steal the old radio and speakers used during the Tuesday and Wednesday breakfasts.
The thief jumped from the stage into the roofless storage room and took the 20-year-old radio that had no commercial value. It was an inside job, but not connected to those who use the Drop-in-Centre. The thief was more likely from one of the many groups that rent the hall.
The stolen computers have been replaced by Mr Moonboots bringing his own laptops to St Bede’s. The old boy didn’t miss a beat in responding to the loss.
The Most Active Volunteer has become a semi-permanent guest due to a bad back and painkiller medication. He doesn’t yell as much.
Chairs and tables are no longer put outside because someone keeps stubbing cigarettes onto the plastic.
St Bede’s preacher Ken Bechaz will play blues harmonica at the St Bede’s Sessions of the Semaphore Music Festival on Sunday 2 October. Other musicians will be Chris Finnen, The JMG Band, Hatrick Band, Nicole Whitfield and Dmitri Lineton.
St Bede’s Drop-in-Centre 200 Military Road, Semaphore Tuesday and Wednesday mornings 8:30 - 10:30am Quality breakfasts, scheduled free hairdressing, table tennis, small amounts of takeways, occasional free used clothing and a good social scene that is friendly to people living outside. 14 September 2016
W - 18
A new drug named W -18 has entered Australia in small amounts and isreported as 10,000 times more powerful than morphine, and 100 times more powerful than the prescription painkiller Fentanyl.
These are preferred by drug addicts who want to push themselves to the brink of death, a state called the Near Death Experience where a person is freed from the human condition and find themselves facing a light at the end of a darkened hallway, or they just die.
Fentanyl and morphine don’t arouse the fear of erratic behaviour and brain damage caused by crystal methamphetamine in the form of Ice, but they’ll kill you, just the same.
But the real beast is Krokodil, a mixture of codeine, petrol, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, iodine and phosphorous, which is injected into a vein. The user’s flesh rots from the bone to the surface like gangrene. 13 September 2016
(above) Sleeping gear in the rain last month in the West Parklands near the Cemetery. Gone now. Nothing lasts long in the homeless scene.
Vince Focarelli’s Soup Kitchen
Vince’s soup was not hot, not even warm, but it was meat-free and without MSG and the excessive lemony taste had been reduced. It could have done with some salt and pepper. With it came bottled water and granny smith apples, but none of that excellent homemade bread.
Just six men clients were there while nearly 100 were at Fred’s Van. However, of the six, three were ex-prisoners of which one lives outside, another in his small car and the third currently in the St Vincent de Paul joint at Whitmore Square. The St Vinnie’s man could have eaten there, but he said the place makes him feel like he is in prison.
Two of the three ex-prisoners are health food fanatics while one of them has a mother who works as a naturopath. Lance Armstrong was there and he is also ultra-health conscious.
Vince came out and lowered the raised roller door because cold air had entered the restaurant. He has already had one paying customer review his restaurant on the internet, saying it wasn’t warm enough.
Vince’s group have learnt quickly and realise that some guests take things they do not need. The food server laid out the giveaway stuff near the end of the meal and offered certain items to certain people. I took a beanie to add to my collection of eight, and then put it back out of guilt. But with half of the six guests living outside, whoever donated the stuff could be assured they’d hit the right targets.
The La Fig people are also speaking more gently to us and don’t preach Islam. I find the practice of a faith far more convincing than intellectual argument. And the La Fig crowd are an excellent beacon of Islam that Adelaide’s richer Muslims might emulate.
But the soup should have been heated properly.
La Fig soup kitchen Back entrance of La Fig restaurant (via the laneway between Saracen’s Head hotel and Magdalene Church hall. The laneway runs off Moore Street, Adelaide) Every Tuesday at 7:30pm 13 September 2016
Murdered woman at WestCare
The chubby-faced smiling Adeline Yvette Rigney-Wilson had changed into a gaunt, angry, skinny woman thanks to a daily dose of crystal methamphetamine in the form of Ice. The 29-year-old could not sit still eating her free lunch in the WestCare dining room one day in mid-May 2016. She fidgeted and made fast erratic movements then jumped up from her chair then crashed back down.
She raged at Steven Graham Peet, 30, her new white fella boyfriend who had three images of shaven-headed men with fangs and blackened eyes tattooed on the back of his pink neck.
But he could not take any more of her thrashing accusations, grabbed his pie and sausage roll, and escaped outside. She chased him through the doorway, her rage bubbling over, then went into the conveniences where she raged further then burst from that room with the unnatural fury of someone coming down from a hit of Ice. He was no better than she was and they spat anger at each other as they went into the anxiety and paranoia mode of Ice withdrawal.
She had brought her to kids, Korey, 5, and Amber, 6, to WestCare on a couple of previous visits. She was described by her family as a “strong black woman”, but was about to be charged with the assault of Korey with a broom plus other allegations of assault.
However, the charges were never laid because two weeks after their lunch at WestCare, all three were dead and Steven was charged with murdering them at their rented property in Hillier, on the edge of Adelaide’s northern suburbs.
Westcare, Millers Court (off 212 Wright Street near Whitmore Square), Adelaide Monday to Friday. 9:00 am. Tea and toast Takeaway bread, fruit and vegetables about 9:30am 12:00 noon. Soup & pie/pastie and tea served first are free. Or you can buy a better meal for $2.50 Dessert served for both meals at same time. Eat sitting down inside the hall or church or outside 12:00pm Free Meal on Sunday. Day Centre is open from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Sundays Last Sunday of each month is the free barbecue 12 September 2016 Edit: Late 12 September 2016. Thanks, Mushroom, for the wake-up call. She was a victim of the curse of Ice and those who supplied it to her.
Politically correct language
According to the latest politically correct language as dictated by feminist academics at Australian universities, it is wrong to call a person a “Terrorist”. The politically correct term is “Terrorist Person”.
Also, women must not be referred to as women: that is sexist and evil. The correct term is “Person of Gender”. 12 September 2016
(above) A branch fell off the fig tree opposite Crazy Cottage at Hurtle Square last weekend.
(above) The thick end of the branch was heavy enough to break bones and landed close to where someone had been recently sleeping.
Max Head Room’s rumours
Max and his associates have spread rumours that one of the photographers for Adelaide Homeless Journal waits until women attend homeless events then sneaks around to their houses and takes photographs. But Max hasn’t produced any evidence because there isn’t any evidence.
The trouble began when this website included reports of certain homeless and non-homeless people wanting to expose the Ice Dealers who prey on young women entering the homeless scene via the Hutt Street Centre.
This threatens the business model of the dealer/users who depend on sales to finance their own use of Ice. It also exposes the morality of such lives.
Yet at the same time, there are incredible Ice users who retain equanimity of character throughout the Ice cycle, which indicates strength of character that few others have. 11 September 2016
Smart City College in the Elizabeth Shopping Centre offers a Diploma in Digital and Interactive Games. The course lasts 18 months and costs $22,000. Credit is often obtainable via a government guarantee so the college gets the money even if the student realises the course is useless and leaves.
It might be a useful course for rich foreigners wanting to obtain permanent residence, but for those unfortunate young people in Elizabeth who are involuntarily locked into a life of unemployment, Smart City College is another predator waiting to strike. 11 September 2016
Hutt Street Centre: Girl Talk
A skinny white woman was escorted down Hutt Street by staff to get rid of her. She had been hiding behind shrubs then claimed she was waiting for a taxi, but that never arrived.
She was there on another day with another woman, throwing water bottles at a third person. They’re nice women usually, but last week were both off their faces.
Tarzan was also yelling and jumping about. He isn’t dangerous, but gets into arguments for no apparent reason. He’d had a shouting argument with the New Old Girl who cooks food for Ruf Us on Saturdays mornings. She gave as good as she got and appears of the mould of Brenda the Cook from inside the Hutt Street Centre. 11 September 2016
No ice users were present last Tuesday. The fisherman had a rash that he says he got from moving into a new Housing Trust unit. Now, he’s desperate to get out.
The Anxious Vegetarian showed himself to be well informed on a variety of subjects. We’ve both had a hotmail account since 1997.
The Quiet Man no longer sleeps outside. He used to deliver food and blankets to people sleeping outside in the Glenelg area. He also told council where to pick up used needles.
The vegetarian soup was excellent though not heated enough. Why don’t they check it? The Anxious Vegetarian didn’t seem worried. I’ve adopted his anxiousness like catching a disease.
There was also chopped fruit in glasses, excellent buns with margarine and sausages on bread. The vegetarians got veggie burgers, of which the meat eaters were envious.
Lynn worked behind the scenes cooking the meal then went home early. She is a backroom worker who is rarely seen by the guests. Lynn the ex-dental nurse and Mumbles weren’t there, but a Mumbles-like person was present. Maybe that was Mumbles. He was mumbling.
The man referred to as the ex-Mayor of Glenelg was there with his wife. Walter is moving into a new unit and getting away from the Kingslea Apartments, which will be demolished next year. He’s moved most of his belongings, but needs a truck for the heavy stuff: his DVD’s and tapes.
Missing were the Street Fighting Woman, Sarah and her husband, Bedford Industries Crowd including Ben plus S and P, Heather, Old Mary and the White-Haired Derelict. Mary’s Kitchen Tuesdays 6:00pm St Andrew’s Church-at-the-Sea Jetty Road, Glenelg 11 September 2016
Vince Focarelli’s Soup Kitchen
We arrived late and just three people remained at La Fig soup kitchen, but all three live in their vehicles long term.
The soup was similar to the previous week and contained green vegetables in a thick vegetarian broth tasting of parmesan cheese. But it wasn’t hot enough because the pot had been sitting without heat on a table for twenty minutes ― because we were late. The soup server works in a cement factory during the day.
There were also good apples, overripe bananas, plastic ponchos, beanies, tampons, toiletry kits and other items helpful to people living outside. Most of the items are purchased by the La Fig group and not from government funding.
The boxer arrived near the end while Vince made a brief appearance as he was running the restaurant. The atmosphere was much more gentler than previously and I didn’t have any nightmares that night. La Fig soup kitchen Back entrance of La Fig restaurant (via the laneway between Saracen’s Head hotel and Magdalene Church hall. The laneway runs off Moore Street, Adelaide) Every Tuesday at 7:30pm 10 September 2016
Who controls the Salvation Army doors?
With the threat of Max Head Room’s allies hunting down the elderly members of the Crony Gang, the control of the front and back doors of the Salvation Army building in Pirie Street becomes an issue.
Outside both doors, certain enforcers have infiltrated the ranks of the drug users who largely mind their own business.
And the Salvation Army Spy Cameras offer little safety. 10 September 2016
Hutt Street Centre
Two skinny white women were screaming and yelling during the week. Tarzan was also jumping around. Hutt Street employees walked one woman down the street just to get rid of her. 10 September 2016
Salvation Army on Saturday
“Every second person wanted a fight. It was like a psychiatric ward at Glenside,” a client described the Do Unto Others event last Saturday and added that Quiz Master Bob told The Man Formerly Known as the Drug Addict that if he didn’t stop swearing, he’d have to leave.
But Card Player David saw another world. He said it was a quiet evening despite the karaoke.
There weren’t any takeaways due to a shortage of donations according to one client. “Not even bread and practically no pizza.”
The free food room will be closed for the next two weeks and the DUO event will be held in the Benson Room as there are other functions being held in Congress Hall.
Piano Player Wayne predicts that the Saturday DUO event at 277 Pirie Street will be cancelled next year due to the Ice addicts taking over. Yet non-addicts line up at 4:00pm, an hour before opening time and Congress Hall is packed until 7:30pm when the majority leave for home. 10 September 2016
(above) Forty bags of brand new clothing, handyman items and packaged and fresh food next to a campfire and billy in the West Parklands.
(above) A week later, the site has sadly been raided and pillaged.
(above) But nearly everything has been left including the sample shown here that includes money.
Ambulance at Hutt Street Centre
An ambulance and half a dozen police officers were at the Hutt Street Centre on Tuesday. This hardly raised an eyebrow with anyone. 9 September 2016
Camaraderie of the Ice Scene
I awoke during the night, bile rising to my throat, the illusion of safety fallen away as I realised both the disciplined ruthlessness of the Ice scene, and the unpredictability of dealer/users and how effectively they’d isolated me with rumours and threats and my own fear.
It reminded me of the heroin dealers from Port Lincoln who took over the computer room at Port Adelaide Centrelink in 2000. They used the phones to arrange deals while watching for the police from an upper window. Clients wanting to use the phones for legitimate Centrelink and job hunting business had to request permission from the dealers, and were often refused and told to leave.
The Ice scene is a many-headed hydra and the further one moves up the ladder of control, the more ruthless is that environment.
No wonder the homeless welfare employees avoid interfering with the Ice trade near their premises. Editor 2 9 September 2016
Max Head Room
Max at the Royal Show and other places was heard to say that he’d gone to the mainstream media, the Hutt Street Centre and WestCare complaining about this website.
Others allied to him have made threats to hunt down certain people supplying information to this website.
Max himself isn’t a dangerous and vindictive man. He’s run his campaign on the premise that this website belittles those in the homeless scene. This is true, but we constantly laugh at each other in the homeless scene because we are not the vulnerable people with multiple and complex issues pushed by the welfare workers, but simply human beings living our lives on the edge of society. We show nobility and generosity, but also absurdity and wrong behaviour.
Nevertheless, Max has unleashed certain other men and women with vested interests who aren’t happy to be observed and reported to readers of Adelaide Homeless Journal. 9 September 2016
“Nearly empty inside. Everyone was standing on Wright Street. Dealers freely moving about inside, and also on the street, and around the corner at the clinic.
“Eight police on Monday. Five on Tuesday to arrest someone in the units. Three women leading, two men behind them, wearing the skirts.” 9 September 2016
The Woman-who-kissed-Bill-Shorten was there briefly. She was uncharacteristically business-like and didn’t linger. A number of strangers were there including a man living in the South Parklands. He had a confident proprietary aura and was friendly to a certain person, but ignored everyone else.
The vegetarian soup was excellent, but the second bowls were cooler than body temperature. The Anxious Vegetarian accepted this without issue, which made the Undemanding Vegetarian anxious.
The vegetarian soup maker arrived with her mother and walked through to the kitchen then disappeared. They don’t realise how much they’re appreciated.
There was a certain tension in the air for reasons both known and unknown, but violence did not break out.
S. was given a fold-up bed that she intended taking to the Salvation Army for the nurse’s room.
It was a nice evening, particularly the way the volunteers provided a professional service akin to a paying restaurant, and a kind service characteristic of a charitable group: a rare combination. Mary’s Kitchen Tuesdays 6:00pm St Andrew’s Church-at-the-Sea Jetty Road, Glenelg 9 September 2016
It was stated that the chairs in the image below were the new chairs at the Hutt Street Centre. The truth is that they are the new chairs at WestCare.
The previous caption was: New table and chairs in the Hutt Street Centre dining room. Visitors are impressed by the nice tiles. The food and dignity have also improved since the 1980's. Even Brenda the Cook's critics admit she can rustle up a decent feed. But the price has jumped from 20 cents to two dollars and diners' personal details are forwarded to Big Data. No more anonymity for the down and out. And the joint is empty on the weekends, but for two hours.
(above) New chairs in the WestCare homeless-style dining room off 212 Wright Street, Adelaide.
Pop-Up free clothing store at the Hutt Street Centre, 258 Hutt Street, Adelaide on Sunday 11 September from 9:00am to 11:00am. 8 September 2016
Vince Focarelli’s Soup Kitchen
“Stay here,” the friendly Vince told the electrical engineer in the back room of La Fig Cucina restaurant.
The new soup server showed none of the machismo of Vince and his tougher pals, but stood over us, staring obliquely like a prison guard or Job Network employee awaiting a rebellion.
The soup was too lemony, but otherwise had full body and a Parmigiano flavour. The bread was fresh baked flat bread somewhere between pita and Turkish bread. There were bananas and apples and various amounts of new socks, tampons, quality beanies, ponchos, used clothing, face cloths, soap and shampoo.
However, just five people turned up. Four of us had been homeless; I by far the longest, and one man was currently living outside. He was the most deserving guest at La Fig that evening. He had been in jail and carried the requisite emotional injuries. He avoided looking anyone in the eyes and spoke in quiet four word sentences.
He carried a heavy rucksack and hid his other stuff in the doorway of a vacant unit. He was red-faced and cold. He got a flannel and a small coat that he immediately put under his raincoat. He wore shoes, but had been walking around in socks until another homeless man, also an ex-prisoner, said to him, “Awe, mate. You can do better than this; you don’t have to treat yourself this way.”
While we were drinking the soup, one of the La Fig men fresh from a boxing match told us he searches for homeless people on the street and gives them sleeping bags and other stuff. Lisa from Pirie Street Riot told him she had been a student boxing judge. She described various punches while Vince talked about his martial art days.
We all left together and talked outside as Card Player David came walking down Moore Street. He wore a T-shirt and thin pants in the cold evening, but his hands were warm as toast. He said his warmth was the Lord passing through him.
The homeless man pulled out his stash hidden in a doorway then stood on our periphery until we scattered to our destinations. La Fig soup kitchen Back entrance of La Fig restaurant (via the laneway between Saracen’s Head hotel and Magdalene Church hall. The laneway runs off Moore Street, Adelaide) Every Tuesday at 7:30pm 7 September 2016
Lance Armstrong defeats the Magnificent Twelve
Lance blocked from his inner mind the problem within the mounds of valuable documents piled across his floors and which inhibited his movement from room to room.
One by one, the Magnificent Twelve had infiltrated his citadels of knowledge then brazenly peered at him from atop the mounds, as if he was the intruder.
They had entered through a crack, or perhaps the air vents, then ran across Lance’s counters and through his cupboards leaving the germ-phobic cycling champion unable to sleep for fear of contamination.
Lance is not inherently a killer, but nevertheless bought traps and one-by-one the Magnificent Twelve succumbed to temptation and were no more.
With that victory under his belt, Lance developed his savage plan to erase the Magnificent Twelve’s legacy of droppings and urine trails from his dwelling’s history.
He bought a bottle of 70% ethanol cleanser to destroy the germs left by the intruders, but feared it might damage his brain and leave his mind churning with silly ideas.
To prevent this, he also bought a sixty-dollar mask with two bulging filters to absorb the ethanol fumes. He’ll also wear safety glasses and rubber gloves, but says he isn’t so silly as to put the garden hose in his mouth and breathe the air from outside, as I’d suggested.
So Lance has solved that problem, but shows no inclination in tackling the huge mounds of valuable documents that make movement within his dwelling nearly impossible. That can wait another day. 7 September 2016
(above) A very strange Adelaide Parklands camp of shopping bags of groceries, some covered by the blanket. The owner might be the man expecting the end of civilisation and the reappearance of a Saviour.
Salvation Army free food day
One client said the queue was nearly around the corner off Pirie Street 55 minutes before the doors opened. Most were Muslim women.
The produce included tiny green mandarins that one client thought were limes. “How can I eat these?” the client asked. The volunteer half-apologised saying that the Army had to accept all donations. The client said they should have been left on the tree.
But another client got many bags and when Bob the Quiz Master asked her to move them from the hallway and take them home, she said, “I don’t have a home to go to,” which was absurdly false.
On the whole, everyone received huge amounts of free food, some good, some too old. First Friday of every month 9:00am to 11:00am 277 Pirie Street, Adelaide No I.D. or registration required Free barista coffee and buns 6 September 2016
Jason Luther Curtis was nervous
Jason stood up and backed against the window as the detectives approached him. “What have you been up to, Jason?” one detective casually asked the trembling man.
The other residents of the BusinessSA carpark were still in the homeless scene. They faced grim weeks leaning against sports buildings, watching the horizon. At soup kitchens, they hid in the background. Jason, himself, watched madly the eyes of every person, searching for clues.
But enough witnesses finally broke and it was just a matter of time before the investigators formed the mosaic of the prosecutors’ case. They charged Jason with the murder of Rose-Marie Sheahy.
When confronted with the evidence, Jason knew he was finished and pleaded guilty in the hope of a lesser sentence. 5 September 2016
Blankets peeled from body
The rumour in the homeless scene is that the blankets had to be peeled from Leo Kraan’s body as he had been in his unit for some time. Such is the indignity of the human body.
However, it was the spirit inside Leo that people liked, not his flimsy physical form. 5 September 2016
Rapid Relief Team (Plymouth Brethren)
The Plymouth Brethren were there with their laser thermometer ensuring the temperature of their hot food didn’t drop lower than 65 degrees.
The middle-aged Carer from New Zealand entertained us by prancing about like a prima-donna on the stage. He issued orders to his disabled charges then looked across to the Brethren food servers for approval, but was taken aback when they reacted to his pomposity with embarrassed smiles. When a guest mocked him, he tightened his shoulders then leaned over and said in no uncertain terms that he had a position and the guest had not, “So there”.
Soft drinks were replaced by bottled water while the hamburgers included pepper seasoning and were served in buns with canned beetroot, fresh lettuce, mill pepper, tomatoes and a variety of sauces. Everything was clean.
It was a pleasant social scene though one diner caustically remarked that the Uniting Care female bureaucrats were doing well being paid to eat hamburgers. However, they might have been on lunch breaks and their involvement added a positive aspect to the gathering. I found the white male Carers to be strangely uncommunicative.
What remains a problem is the Port Adelaide Uniting Care Wesley mission hiding the plastic chairs in the locked dining room, leaving disabled guests standing up or sitting on the ground. It undermines the welcome addition of the Rapid Relief Team’s monthly lunch. However, the mission did allow them access to the kitchen for cleaning up.
And the guests no longer shout rude sexual inferences to the young Plymouth Brethren women.
Rapid Relief Team (Plymouth Brethren) Hosted by Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide 58 Dale Street, Port Adelaide (entry from back gate off K-Mart parking area) Last Tuesday of each month from 11:00am to 1:30pm. Free. Dates for 2016 are 27 September, 25 October, 29 November, then the second Tuesday on the 13th of December 5 September 2016
The mixture of old trees, historic buildings and a multiple purpose town centre gives Salisbury a relaxed feeling, particularly when compared to the dystopian town planning nightmare of Elizabeth.
Old Peter was happy despite having broken two fingers the previous day at the Gawler Show where he’d gone ass-up. His legs are of different sizes due to surgery so he walks on a tilt. His broken fingers were wrapped together in a dirty rag while another finger on his other hand was covered in bandaids and dried blood. He hadn’t bothered going to a quack.
A tribal black fella family sat away from the queue waiting for Fred’s Van. A white fella was gasping for air from bronchitis and asthma. He’d gone to the hospital, but hadn’t stayed because he had three sons at home to look after.
A number of driving experts were there because when the Fred’s Van driver rubbed a tyre against the curb, many men offered expert opinions on the skill of the driver and the effect on the tyre.
About forty people were there and the atmosphere was friendly.
Fred’s Van St John the Evangelist Anglican Church Hall Church Street, Salisbury (opposite MacDonalds) 6:00pm Sundays 4 September 2016
The extended handshake
It’s touching to see the concern for each other shown by the dealers and certain staff at the Hutt Street Centre. They shake hands upon meeting and exchange brief words of agreement.
But one wonders about the lingering handshake. What utilitarian purpose does that serve? 4 September 2016
Crazy Craig saves the day From a correspondent
“Crazy Craig and I were driving along a two lane road when a grass verge appeared on the right and another two lane road began on the other side.
“The road appeared to have expanded to two lanes each way so I moved to the right lane.
“’We-are-going-to-have-a-crash,’ Crazy Craig said in his staccato voice as he braced for impact. I then realised the road remained one lane each way and we two seconds from impacing oncoming traffic.
“I drove further to the right while the oncoming traffic straddled the white line that resulted in three lines of traffic on a two lane road. The event so addled my brain that I ignored the stop sign across the railway line as Crazy Craig opened the car door to jump out while we were still moving." 4 September 2016
Max and the Ice Dealers hunting down old man
Max Head Room isn’t a dealer, but his campaign against Adelaide Homeless Journal has brought him the support of certain crystal meth dealers in the homeless scene who do not want scrutiny of their activities.
These individuals have vowed to “hunt down” an aged man who can barely walk, but is a contributor to this website. What they will do to him is unclear.
Max Head Room is possibly unaware of the drug-scene forces he has unleashed against this old man, but has done nothing to dissuade them.
Meanwhile, Max and the dealers are attempting to isolate the non-drug using elderly Crony Gang, who are not involved with Adelaide Homeless Journal. 3 September 2016
Rosanne Haggerty’s predictive tool for young people
The TAY-VI-SPDAT ― The Next Step Tool for Homeless Youth up to age 24 ― is the algorithm developed by OrgCode and Ms Haggerty’s Community Solutions.
Adelaide Case Managers accessing multiple confidential databases on their homeless clients disclose this information to the American-owned algorithm tool, which determines what action is taken against the young person.
The primary factor in determining intervention into the client’s life is the projected cost of government services delivered to that person in the future.
The intervention will include various reward and punishment scenarios applied to the client’s life, some of which neutralise or limit his or her existence.
The TAY-VI-SPDAT algorithm can be used for good, but for optimal effect, it requires a total psycho-social-physical profile of that human being.
The TAY-VI-SPDAT algorithm is also effective as a eugenics tool that can predict those the government deems as non-contributive and worthy of liquidation. 3 September 2016
Afghans laugh at white homeless men
Our friend, and the friend of those living outside, the Messianic Jew was filled with rage when he saw two Afghan women and one man, who don't yet understand our homeless culture, pointing and laughing at those white men sleeping on the footpath on Grote Street. He felt like “knocking their heads together.”
He knows the pain of living on the streets. For years, he lived in the parklands and had his clothing and bedding repeatedly stolen and destroyed by the Adelaide City Council. 2 September 2016
(above) Three Afghans pointed and laughed at the white men who were living on the Grote Street footpath opposite China Town.
(above) Our friend, the Messianic Jew felt anger when the Afghans laughed at the homeless men. He spent two years living in the Adelaide CBD parklands.
Fred’s Van Salisbury
The Lions Club of Golden Grove was there well before 6:00pm, barbecuing sausages, hamburger patties and onions. The smoke from the burning fat created a mood of expectation.
Bill’s mob arrived from Pooraka, wary newcomers hanging back while Bill moved forward to check for problems. He smiled when he saw me and we talked about other soup vans. Trish arrived in her fuel guzzling Pajero that squeaks strangely as she drives down the road.
Fred’s Van arrived at 6:00pm and served pasta with a cream sauce and small bits of meat, canned fruit salad with custard, coffee and biscuits, cans of generic Cola, potatoes, apples, bread and plenty of ham and lettuce sandwiches layered with that hydrogenated cooking oil known as margarine.
I pretended to be a meat eater and gave the sausages and patties to a gentle bulldog wearing a football coat.
The white-haired 2016 Australia Census woman was there wearing her large identification badge with only her first name neatly written in grey ink that couldn’t be read. She spoke enthusiastically to certain individuals who ignored her.
The Fred’s Van staff included Indians and other nationalities and a vegetarian. Most of the clients I’d never seen at other soup kitchens. One man looked like Bohemian Sharka’s brother, but he was Dutch. There wasn’t a hint of anger or violence with anyone.
By 6:40 the 35 clients had disappeared, the Fred’s Van had left, but ten Golden Grove Lions stood around talking. I walked alongside the church then sat amongst the tombstones.
Fred’s Van St John the Evangelist Anglican Church Hall Church Street, Salisbury (opposite MacDonalds) 6:00pm Sundays 2 September 2016
Leo van der Kraan
Seventy-three-year-old Leo was described as a jolly man and poet with a belief in God at his funeral at Centennial Park this morning.
He was ultra-secretive in his last year and disliked questions about his life and where he lived. He is missed. 1 September 2016
(above) Leo van der Kraan born 1 September 1943 and died 12 August 2016. A sad yet happy man who created a sense of calm in the hectic world of the Adelaide homeless culture.
(above) The wild west world for human beings camping in the West Parklands, and who have the same dreams and fears of those living in suburbia.
Romero Soup Van
Ned talked about how he went on a gluten-free diet for two months to improve his health, but it made no difference.
Another man described in detail his diahorrea problems, which seemed unnecessary.
Lance Armstrong suggested to management they should publish the recipes for their soups then use the profits to buy bread-making machines to replace that crappy bread they serve. Romero Soup Van (Adelaide Day Centre) Sunday to Friday at 6:30pm in Hurtle Square opposite Crazy Cottage 1 September 2016
Despite more tables set up and a section of Bedford Industries group absent, there still weren’t enough chairs for everyone to comfortably find a seat.
One guest was in a terrific mood until seeing Piano Player Wayne arrive wearing shorts and a Hawaiian shirt and with the Therapy Cat on a leash. Her face went pink and swollen, her breathing became troubled, and she appeared verging on an apoplectic seizure from rage.
The corn and chicken soup was judged as excellent as was the vegetarian soup, some of which was commandeered by a non-vegetarian. Both were real soups and not some powder from a packet.
The free food room was a disaster with a tiny amount of bread, overripe avocadoes, apples and potatoes.
Nevertheless, Lance Armstrong in his initial visit to Mary’s Kitchen was very impressed. Tuesdays 6:00pm St Andrew’s Church-at-the-Sea Jetty Road, Glenelg 1 September 2016
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