A public housing wasteland on the fringes of Sydney has been in the papers this week due to a bit of shooting and stabbing that took place there a few days ago. The Telegraph has a long series of photos, of which I have grabbed six in order to add my own comments.
We have a similar looking slum down the road from us, except ours is on the water, with views that the neighbours have paid millions of dollars for. Having gone through all the photos that the Tele published, I can see that both slums have many things in common.
Photo 1 - gee, that's a Jag. An older model, but a nice car nonetheless. Not that cheap to buy or run. What's one doing in a place like this?
Photo 2 - a couple of typical wasters, of which we have a few around here. Note the slab of beer being carried by the guy on the left, and the smokes hanging from the lips of both of them. This is probably their Wednesday afternoon slab of beer.
Photo 3. Where to begin? The tool with the hoodie up, even though it is 38 degrees. Can't our gang-bangers at least develop their own look, without copying a scum look from the UK?
Then we have the tatts, the bad hairstyles and a sea of thongs. But the hoodie is the thing that always makes me laugh. Ooo, I am so scared of you, tough guy.
Photo 4 - note the big, expensive dog in the background. I thought tenants were not supposed to have dogs? These houses don't seem that big, so where would you keep a mutt like that? It also looks like the aggressive sort of mutt that is favoured by spanners like these. And another hoodie! Two rockapes in two photos!
Photo 5 - another big, expensive, aggressive dog. These things cost a lot to feed. Not what you'd expect a dole bludger in public housing to be able to afford. This bloke also looks pretty fit, but I bet he is on a disability pension. Then we have the nice 4WD in the background, presumably owned by one of these "disadvantaged" folk.
Photo 6. Just look at the hair on the women on the right. It says everything you ever want to know about these places.
My milk of human kindness has clearly curdled.