THE BEAST'S MONTHLY MAILBAG Words The People of the Eastern Suburbs Illustrations Dalton Wills BAD SERVICE LEAVES BAD TASTE Hi Beast - I’m hoping you can help me? I'm a Bondi local and had a friend over the other Tuesday night and we decided to go to the Beach Road Hotel for dinner for the advertised (out on the front board) Taco Tuesday (3 for $10). When ordering we were told by the lady that it wasn't on the menu, and that we could only order off the menu! We alerted her to the sign out the front, but she was just downright rude. We didn't want to make a fuss as I hadn't seen my friend for over 30 years and didn't want to damage the evening, but my point is that I'm over false advertising and the attitude given by staff at the Beach Road Hotel. They should be hiring staff who are local and who don't give you attitude just because you are over 30. I don't know if you can help with the taco thing, but I am sort of pissed. Liisa Bondi ROBIN HOOD A MUSO’S DREAM It’s great to hear that the Robin Hood Hotel is promoting local musicians. Many years ago while drinking in the ‘Hood Bar’ we patrons were entertained by four lads crooning the theme of the Marlboro Man - "filter, flavour, flip-top box", etc. We knew their entertainment value, but it took a little longer for the world to recognise the Delltones! Jack Herald Coogee 12 The Beast | September 2016
LIGHT RAIL PLAN A MESS ▼ The light rail seemed like a great idea at the start – let’s reinstate one line where once a world class system existed (a network that was pulled up for all the wrong reasons half a century ago) and in doing so replace those congesting old buses. As it turns out, the stark reality is that the grand boulevard that is Anzac Parade has been chopped up to appease the developer lobbyists at Moore Park and the horse racing track, and questions arise about the light rail’s capability to deliver a more efficient transport system. Why couldn’t the tram route be achieved without cutting down half the majestic avenues of trees? The reality is that state and local governments, in these supposedly enlightened times, can still be pig-
headed and arrogant enough to run roughshod over their constituents in the name of ‘progress’ at any expense. Their autocratic cry is ‘the end justifies the means’. Pretty Boy Baird and his mob(sters) are just the latest bunch in a long line of dictatorial opportunists running the state of NSW. Hopefully people are increasingly waking up to the kind of society that politicians, developers, banks, insurance companies, miners, etc. have built to service themselves over the rest, and saying enough is enough. The mantra of neverending growth above all else is the madness that must end. Bruce Clovelly BEAST WHINGERS Dear Editors - I read with interest the Letters to the Editor in your July edition. What a pack of whingers! As a former resident of Clovelly and Coogee, I loved the laid back, live and let live lifestyle that thrived along the Eastern Beaches. The worst complaint was the current Bondi cigar yield and the odd misbehaving westie. Today, going from the content in this month’s edition, Beasties have turned into a pack of NIMBY, fun-wrecking whingers. All I read was: poo poo the St Cath’s development (it has only been there 160 years Pearl), cry cry the Bondi Pav upgrade, wah wah the possible Waverley dead centre
The September 2016 edition of The Beast featuring Richie Vaculik...