Something Completely OT

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 16:55
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Hi all,

Please forgive the topic, but I think a little indulgence is in order.

Perth is often (sometimes fairly) referred to as "Dullsville", well let me tell you folks, not this weekend "Giant" mania has overtaken Perth big time.

400,000 people (est) on Friday, 480,00 (est) Saturday (incl me) and god knows how many people today witnessed the Perth Arts Festival showing of the Giants walking the streets of Perth, it was simply awesome, the attention to detail, the presentation, the story behind the marionettes was just great.

The Little Girl marionette was 5.5mtre, and the Diver 11mtr

I wont bore you all with the details or the story behind it, but full credit to the Arts Festival committee for putting on such a wonderful week end display, I am not an "artsy" person, but they did a top job.






Regards

Barry H
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Reply By: Bigfish - Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 17:51

Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 17:51
Saw them on tv. Not artsy myself, but I did think they were cool. The way the handlers had the marionettes moving was impressive. Lot of people must have been impressed..
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Follow Up By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 18:15

Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 18:15
Hi Bigfish,

All the handlers were yelling instructions to each other in French, that also adding to the visual effect of it all


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Barry H
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Follow Up By: Bigfish - Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 19:00

Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 19:00
Wonder if they'll come to Cairns....lol
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Follow Up By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 19:27

Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 19:27
Bigfish,

It only cost 5mil to get them here from France, surely you guys can rake up that much.


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Barry H
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Follow Up By: OBJ - Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 19:45

Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 19:45
We got AC/DC up there a few years ago Bigfish, when I worked up there. Puppets might be another matter.
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 19:42

Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 19:42
Our kids are over there at moment Barry and they have been telling "GIANT" stories of
certain 4wd activities so I forgive you Barry.

(At least I hope they are stories !)
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Follow Up By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 19:57

Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 19:57
Phew thanks Robin,

I knew there was a connection there somewhere, I was afraid this would be too far OT.



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Barry H
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 21:17

Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 21:17
I saw King Kong on stage in Melbourne which is sort of the same deal. They are certainly very clever.
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Reply By: Zippo - Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 21:32

Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 21:32
This post has been read by the moderation team and has been moderated due to a breach of The Foul Language Rule .

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Reply By: Ron N - Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 22:17

Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 22:17
Certainly an outstanding effort on the part of the WA Arts mob and the French "artistes".
We drove into East Perth and parked, and then rode our bikes in, both yesterday and today.
The crowds were unbelieveable - something like 400,000 people in the streets each day!

Pity we can't get crowds like that at our Anzac marches!

Had to smile at the blokes with the band on the back of the tandem drive, centre-cab, steel-delivery truck - they had a genset strapped on a frame hanging off the back of the tray, that was powering the bands electronics and the speakers - and this genset would have been around 50 or 60Kva at least!!

Those French "Lilliputians" worked like dogs, swinging on those ropes, and swapping the marionettes clothing and accoutrements.
I reckon they'd have to be the fittest people around, after the Cirque Du Soliel acrobats!!

All in all, a great weekends entertainment, and certainly something like we have never seen before.

Cheers, Ron.
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Reply By: Bazooka - Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 23:56

Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 at 23:56
You Sandgropers seem to get some very good acts Barry. We were in London during the Olympics and were lucky enough to experience the fabulous Studios de Cirque acrobatic act Places des Anges in Piccadilly Circus one evening. A ton and a half of feathers dropped - like snow, absolutely magical. Googled them when we got home and was very surprised to find that they'd done a similar thing at the International Arts Festival in Perth earlier in 2012.

Perth video

London video
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Follow Up By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Monday, Feb 16, 2015 at 00:10

Monday, Feb 16, 2015 at 00:10
Hi Bazooka,


Yep, sometimes we break the "Dullsville" tag, and when we do, we do it in style.



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Barry H
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Reply By: Zippo - Monday, Feb 16, 2015 at 11:56

Monday, Feb 16, 2015 at 11:56
All very entertaining for some no doubt. But in our attempts to rush someone in to RPH, the road closures and hugely congested roads added an unwanted 30 minutes to the journey from when we were a mere 300 metres away from the hospital. I only hope ambulances did better.

We were not amused.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Monday, Feb 16, 2015 at 12:02

Monday, Feb 16, 2015 at 12:02
if it was an emergency did you consider calling an ambulance? that would have been the sensible thing to do instead of complaining
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Follow Up By: Zippo - Monday, Feb 16, 2015 at 12:08

Monday, Feb 16, 2015 at 12:08
Not complaining, just commenting. And it would have taken probably 30 minutes to wait for the ambulance to reach us. You don't know our circumstances, so ...
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Monday, Feb 16, 2015 at 15:51

Monday, Feb 16, 2015 at 15:51
in an emergency situation your always better off calling the ambulance
it would be a very rare day an ambulance would take 30min to reach you and they always know the best route to the hospital or they may not even take to that hospital.

dont forget you take a person to the hospital once every however long? they do it several or more times a day.
the road closures had been well publiscised for days and yet you blame that for your inability to effectivly act as an ambulance?
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Follow Up By: Zippo - Monday, Feb 16, 2015 at 16:19

Monday, Feb 16, 2015 at 16:19
Like I said, you don't know our circumstances. I'll leave it there.
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