Thursday, August 6, 2009

Tony Smith - Chapter 4

You thought I'd forgotten? That the story dwindled away?
No no no no no no.

I realise that pasting old news articles in as blog entries is particularly lazy, but I've been particularly busy of late and will blog about that separately. In the mean time, we travel about a month further down Tony Smith's path ... read on ...

Published 31 March 1999
The Advertiser

ESCAPEE and alleged armed robber Anthony John Smith lived it up for 10 days in Adelaide's newest
five-star hotel while police scoured the countryside for him.
Detectives tracking the 19-year-old fugitive have discovered Smith spent 10 days at the Radisson
Playford Hotel from March 7 to 17.
Smith ran up a bill of more than $2000, which he paid in cash.
It is understood that Smith disguised himself by dyeing his hair blond and possibly wearing glasses.
During his stay at the boutique hotel, Smith moved frequently in and out of the North Terrace premises
and stayed in a room with entertainment facilities and even fax modem access.
The cheapest rooms available at the Radisson Playford are advertised at $220 a night.
Detective Chief Inspector Peter Campbell, the officer-in-charge of the Adelaide Investigations Section,
yesterday described Smith's actions as "brazen".
"As far as we are concerned, there is no question, he definitely stayed there," he said.
"It is unusual but who knows what he was thinking. I think you could say it was brazen."


  1. Haha! Sounds a bit like the postcard bandit kind of style.

  2. Brazen? 'Comfortable' is more like it. Why not have four star to hide out in as opposed to being holed up in a squalid Salisbury crack den?

  3. Shippy - Incredible, eh? Unfortunately, it's one of those things that encourages a spot of "These bruises? He was resisting arrest" when the cops finally catch up with you.

    Kath - It gets better ...

  4. Ahh, 1999 - when a dial-up fax/modem earns your boutique hotel that ellusive fifth star!!!

  5. Leaving me hangin' for chapter 5!


An explanation of The Joy Division Litmus Test

Although it may now be lost in the mysts of thyme, the poll below is still relevant to this blog. In the winter of 2008, Mele and I went to live in Queensland. In order to survive, I bluffed my way into a job at a Coffee Club.
It was quite a reasonable place to work: the hours were regular, the staff were quite nice, it wasn't particularly taxing on my brain.
There were a few downsides: In the six weeks or so that I worked there, there was about a 90% staff turnover (contributed to by my leaving). This wasn't seen as a result of the low pay, the laughability of staff prices or the practice of not distributing tips to staff, rather it was blamed on the lack of work ethic among Bribie Island's youth.
However, one of the stranger aspects of the cultural isolation that touched our lives during our time "up there" was the fact that nobody at my work had heard of the band Joy Division.
The full explanation is available here.
But please, interact a little further and vote in my ongoing poll. The results are slowly mounting up, proving one thing: people read this blog are more well-informed about Joy Division than anyone who works at the Coffee Club on Bribie Island.

Have you heard of the band Joy Division?

Chinese food, not Chinese Internet!

Champions of Guess The Header

  • What is Guess The Header about? Let’s ask regular “Writing” reader, Shippy: "Anyway, after Franzy's stunning September, and having a crack at 'Guess The Header' for the first time - without truly knowing what I was doing mind you - I think I finally understand what 'GTH' is all about. At first I thought you needed to actually know what it was. Don't get me wrong — if you know what it is, it may help you. I now realise that it's more Franzy's way of invoking thought around an image or, more often than not, part of an image. If you dissect slightly the GTH explanatory sentence at the bottom of his blog you come up with this: “The photo is always taken by me and always connects in some way to the topic of the blog entry it heads up.” When the header is put up, the blog below it will in some obscure way have something to do with it. “Interesting comments are judged and scored arbitrarily and the process is open to corruption and bribery with all correspondence being entered into after the fact and on into eternity, ad infinitum amen.” Franzy judges it, but it's not always the GTH that describes the place perfectly that gets it. “The frequent commenters, the wits, the wags and the outright smartarses who, each entry, engage to both guess the origin and relevance of the strip of photo at the top (or “head”) of each new blog and also who leave what I deem the most interesting comment.” It generally helps if you're a complete smartarse and can twist things to mean whatever you feel they should mean - exactly the way Franzy would like things to be twisted." - Shippy Blogger and GTH point scorer.
  • Nai - 1
  • Lion Kinsman - 2
  • Will - 2
  • Brocky - 2
  • Andy Pants - 2
  • The 327th Male - 3
  • Mad Cat Lady - 3
  • Miles McClagen - 4
  • Myninjacockle - 4
  • Asheligh - 5
  • Neil - 5
  • Third Cat - 5
  • Adam Y - 6
  • Squib - 6
  • Mele - 6
  • Moifey - 7
  • Jono - 8
  • The Other, other Sam - 14
  • Kath Lockett - 15
  • Shippy - 19
  • River - 32