|Looking through the bars of Telstra Tower towards Parliament House|
Do You Ever Get the Feeling You Are Being Watched?
I headed up to take a look at Telstra Tower, which was built on
Black Mountain, which overlooks the city of Canberra...probably in more ways than one, as well;-)
"Telstra Tower has become one of the most symbolic landmarks in Canberra and a major tourist attraction with a total of over six million visitors.
In 1989 the World Federation of Great Towers invited the tower to join such distinguished monuments as the
CN Tower in Toronto, Blackpool Tower in England and the
Empire State Building in New York City."
|The Tower which was built on Black Mountain|
|The bars around the outdoor viewing platform on Black Mountain|
in a cheap science fiction novel, Fat had come across a perfect
description of the Black Iron Prison, but set in the far future. So if
you superimposed the past (ancient Rome) over the present (California in
the twentieth century) and superimposed the far future world of |
The Android Cried Me a River over that, you got the Empire, as the supra- or trans-temporal constant. Everyone who had ever lived was literally surrounded by the iron walls of the prison; they were all inside it and none of them knew it.""
Philip Kindred Dick had suddenly become a kindred soul in my thoughts that day:-)
|The glass pyramid over the model of the tower seen as you walk in at the ground floor|
I must say I felt a tinge of sadness as I read the plaque and saw that the tower was opened by Malcolm Fraser when he was Prime-minister of Australia.
Not that I cared for his politics, but I grew to like Malcolm not long before he died and got to see him for the flawed human being he was...and we all are.
I still recall meeting him at the Byron Bay Writer's Festival not long before he passed away and that will always remain a fond memory of mine -
The Best Years of Our Lives?
|The lift taking visitors up and down the tower. No Jumping?! In the lift or off the tower?-)|
|The lift capacity in the tower is 23 persons?!|
Number 23 and Genetic Luck?
|My car looks so small from up here and I hope it starts again:-)|
|Looking towards the city centre of Canberra through the glass of the observation deck|
|Lake Burley Griffin through the glass of the observation deck|
|Lake Burley Griffin through windows...but not a computer:-)|
|The outdoor viewing platform on top of the indoor viewing platform|
When the zombie apocalypse occurs what places in Canberra will be the safest?
|666 on the radio dial?!|
|Forget the zombies, because up here you'll be battling the wind:-)|
The tower is definitely worth a look if you happen to be in Canberra at some point and should give you something to think about if you have seen the movie 'Snowden' and/or read Dick.
And it's great to visit even if you don't know Dick:-)
And here is a twist,
"A growing number of celebrities are joining the fight against construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline on tribal land -- including actress Shailene Woodley, who faces trial after her arrest during the protests."
Hollywood A-listers join protests against controversial Dakota Access pipeline
|Actress Shailene Woodley arrested during a protest against the Dakota Access pipeline|
" Woodley, who was arrested Oct. 10 and charged with criminal trespassing and engaging in a riot, could face two months in jail and $3,000 in fines if convicted of the two misdemeanors. She expected to stand trial in January.
Woodley claimed in her Facebook video that police told her she was arrested "because I'm well-known (and) because I have 40,000 people watching."
Other protesters were reportedly allowed to leave."
"Woodley is among several Hollywood stars protesting the $3.8 billion pipeline -- built by Energy Transfer Partners -- which would transfer up to 570,00 barrels of crude oil a day from the North Dakota Bakken region through South Dakota and Iowa into Illinois.
Actor Mark Ruffalo, an outspoken environmental activist, also joined anti-pipeline protestors on the ground in North Dakota.
Ruffalo posted a photo to his Instagram account Thursday showing a man hit with rubber bullets in the face during what he insisted was a peaceful protest."
|White bird in a SNOW storm?-)|
What's that saying about life and art again?-)
"Tris and Four fight to end the Bureau of Genetic Welfare's authoritarian reign over the United States."
God help us all:-)
|#6?! I'm not a number, I'm a free man ;-)|
|Not a number?! Whatever you say #1;-)|
|Six a piece?!|