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21 Jan 2006, Comments Off on Off my Trolley

Off my Trolley

Author: Helen

I’m wild about my new toy, purchased at the South Melbourne Market yesterday, where the joy of buying cherry tomatoes and mangoes at ridiculously tiny prices is weighed against standing in a queue with linen dress-clad women saying, “I’ve just come brrck from Prrrrtsea“.

Yes, my new Two Basket Trolley. I’m admiring it now: its clean lines, its minimalist design values, its sturdy wheels, its roomy baskets!

This will give you some idea (especially of how classy I’ll feel pushing it), but it’s really not the thing. My trolley is just so much gorgeouser than this. My google search for a picture – I still don’t have the all-important digital camera – took me to this fascinating site with the history and typology of Shopping Carts Through the Ages. Wikipedia also has an entry on the supermarket type of cart, with a sad picture of an undersea cart.

You see: Since Big Bad Supermarket ™ opened around the corner from the Balcony, I realised if I bought a trolley I could actually do shopping without the car. I could always take one from the supermarket and throw it in the creek like most people do, but I prefer something that’s easy to walk with. And that, dear reader, would greatly reduce my ecological footprint and perhaps my middle aged waistline.

We already have one of the single-basket, plastic coated wire trolleys; it’s flimsy and bits of it fall off, leaving gaps through which small purchases can escape. It’s also hateful to push. Then there is the classic shopping jeep – a longstanding Aussie icon, I know. But with the deep rectangular shape, there is the danger of squishing ones earlier purchases with the weight of the stuff on top of it. Besides, with the vinyl trollies, it appears compulsory to have a tiny, depressed pomeranian or Silky terrier cross with runny eyes to sit on top with its bum on your shopping to nauseate passersby, and I’m not prepared to go that far. Obviously, if you have a Real Dog, the other benefit of trolley ownership is that it gets extra walkies.

Plus, it’ll be good practice for when I’m a nutty old lady with fifteen layers of clothes.

I can’t wait to test my baby out today, although it might be quite hot, so we might be looking at an evening outing. Big Bad Supermarket ™ never seems to sleep.

18 Jul 2005, Comments (0)

Any Relation?

Author: Helen

You know how sometimes someone (or something) notorious will just slip into town under the radar, staying incognito in some luxury hotel… or in this case, a slightly different kind of berth?

I noticed this entry completely by accident on the shipping news in the AGE yesterday. The details were also on the Port of Mebourne website – but here’s a transcript below, because it’s updated hourly.

Berth Arrival Date Departure Date To Ship Ph. Number Agent Name Agent Ph. Number

Maersk Tampa Swanson Dock 4 East 18/07/2005 06:35:00 19/07/2005 14:30:42 Brisbane 0425757956 Inchcape Shipping Services P/L Melbourne 8645 6900

Any relation to “the” Tampa? It’d be ironic, wouldn’t it, given the fact that page 1 of the AGE showed the release of the 7-years-detained Peter Quasim. (Can’t find yesterday’s link.)

Although Peter has been incarcerated for too long to have been one of the people on the Tampa.

Here’s a picture of the Maersk Tampa from Fairfax Photos.


But the original Tampa belonged to a shipping line called Wallenius Wilhelmsen, not Maersk, as far as I know. Unless they sold it, or something.

A Google search led me to this fascinating though badly designed website which issues pirate reports (aargh, aargh!) and details of maritime disasters–which shows that the Maersk Tampa is probably the one that lives in infamy in our history. This item describes the 2001 Australian incident, disappointingly supporting the Australian government line and following its portrayal of the desperate asylum seekers as “hijackers”. A link, “Trouble for M/V Tampa in her Earlier Life“, under the same paragraph, takes us to a story with photos of the Tampa running aground at the Port of Oakland (photos will follow once I’ve shrunk ’em). Obviously, bad ju-ju follows that ship.

Update: Pictures of the sad story over the fold.

I wonder if she’s sailed again? Must check the shipping news. Who says bloggers can’t be investigative?