Visit to old stomping ground Surry Hills "Politics in the Pub"
[Oct. 16th, 2009|11:31 pm]
As noted on Twitter this evening I attended a session called "Politics in the Pub" near my olde olde place of employment Readers Digest. Although the building is covered in Reader's Digest insignia as the commemorative plaque below reveals the building was auctioned in 2004 due to it being too large due to technological change and a dramatic decrease in the number of staff. It is now an educational institute - the Meridian International Hotel School.
While the plaque talks about the refurbishment in 1994/1995 it fails to mention that this was a complete cock up which reduced a wonderful interior design to a complicated maze which was difficult to traverse. The employees were moved to uncomfortable premises in Martin Place while this stage of destruction was in progress.
This is from the discussion on the economics (of the Internet) although at this stage the speaker hadn't touched on the Internet. He is demonstrating using a human being as an X Y axis where banks, credit unions and the "commons" lay on the map with banks existing in the space below the gentleman's left arm, credit unions existing in the space above his head and the "commons" existing to the area to the right of the gentleman with his arms outstretched. I understand the recording will be broadcast on Channel 31 on Sunday.
This has nothing to do with my trip to Surry Hills. These are pictures taken in Blacktown earlier in the week. The X in the picture only denotes an establishment that processes X-Ray imaging. (nothing X R...ated here !) Any suggestion that the building further down the road may have erotic films on display should be dismissed. This is Blacktown NOT Penrith New South Wales.
This trip was productive in a number of ways. Firstly I enjoyed 3 schooners of Guinness in a relaxed atmosphere, enjoyed the talk enormously and gained some useful information from the flyer which listed past forums. The one dated 25th. September 2009 may result in a discussion on "other speakers" for Parliament House late November.