Audax Australia
This is the umbrella organisation running long distance cycling events in Australia Their website includes a calendar of events.

A place where cyclist can keep track of their mileage and any number of other statistics, as well as an attached forum.

A set of discussion forums covering almost every conceivable cycling related topic.

Cycling Adventurer
The Cycling Adventurer has tossed in the structured life of an urbanite to explore the world by bicycle. A well-written site detailing how he came to cycling, and what he learned along the way.

Crazy Guy on a Bike

Bicycle touring journals from all over the world, including a couple of my own.

Johns Cycles

This is my LBS on the Gold Coast. While they cater more to the racing market, their service, advice and workmanship is the best on the coast.

St Kilda Cycles

Importers of all manner of things hard to find in Australia, including the legendary Schmidt hub dynamo & E6 lights.


Wonderings and wanderings out and about in Portland, Oregon, US

The Journey
The journey begins in Perth, Western Australia.

Lance Notstrong
The "other" Lance!

Ms Mittens
The Wired Cat on-line

Iron Gambit

Aussie Writer and Cycletourist
A blog chronicling the writing and cycling of a seaside baby boomer.

Up in Alaska
Jill's subarctic journal about ice, bears and distant dreams of the midnight sun.

The Kin Chronicles
Taking mediocrity to a new level of ordinary.

Riding and running with a vengeance.

London Cycling Diary
Pedalling across the capital since August 2005.

CouchPilot-2-BikePilot (Zin's cycling blog)
Living an adventurous life with Type-2-Diabetes.

The adventures of Crazy Biker Chick
... Including cycling, adventuring, cooking, knitting and ranting.

Redneck Espanol
The two wheeled Spanish redneck.

Treadly and me
"Work is something I do between riding my bicycle".

Womanist philosophy and theology. Cycling, climbing, art, single-motherhood and fire-twirling.

Adrian Fitch's random rambling.
A bit about cycling, a bit about genealogy, a bit about radio but mostly a lot about nothing at all.

Geo's big adventure
The life and times of Geo.

It's about the bike
Musings on the cycling life.

Various cycling tidbits.

Industry Outsider
A blog about bikes and stuff.

Tweed Coast Treadly
An old man's bicycle riding diary.

A cyclist's life in Tenerife
(Canary Islands).

Bike to work to live to bike
It's never too late to get back on the bike

Stupid Hurts
Just the random scribblings of a guy with a bicycle

I'm not drunk enough for this
Really, I'm not.

What can I say? Just read it.

Mozam's cycling adventures
A random collection of the things I like to do most, and mostly that is to ride my bikes, bicycles that is... My musings from competitive riding, long distance endurance to puttering around the neighborhood..

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Monday, June 05, 2006

Someone's having a Barry

According to something I heard on Triple J this morning, there is now a national push to have Barry Manilow music piped into shopping centre car parks all over the country. Apparently there is a concern about the number of hoons hanging around in these places (much like everywhere else it seems), and it is felt that playing "daggy" music at them might make them congregate somewhere else (at least until the people at point B complain about it). Isn't the "pass the problem onto someone else" approach wonderful?

I hate to break it to the chaps who came up with the idea, but similar schemes have been tried before. Every-so-often Pacific Fair shopping centre on the Gold Coast takes this approach. It's usually at the Southern entrance near the cinemas that it can be heard. Generally it takes about a weekend for them to realise that they "daggy" music is driving as many of the shoppers away as hoons, and consequently costing the retailers in the area money. Within a couple of days things are back to the way they were before it all started. Of course, there are numerous other places that have tried the same approach, and all with the same level of "success". And regardless of the objections of other patrons, does anyone seriously expect the hoons to even hear Barry over the doof-doof crap they usually play on their car stereos?

Isn't it just so amusing when people continue to persist with ideas that have been shown time and again not to work?

I've said this before, but it seems to have fallen onto deaf ears, so I'll say it again. If people really want to get rid of hoons, the only way to go about it is through policing. Start by hiring enough police so that the average response time to a call might just fall below two days, and actually give them some powers to deal with the situation (car confiscations would be an obvious place to start). Then hire some court judges who might just apply traffic laws as they are written -- rather than letting people off because punishing them would somehow be "inappropriate".


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