boynton was rather dismayed recently when revisiting the Mt Dandenong Observatory. It may have been hazy, but all binoculars had been removed. There was no one on the gate. No one sat at the wind blown tables on the terraced pebbled plaza. A lone drumstick sign lured sight-seers into the strange empty milk-bar operating in fall-out mode under the once famous Sky High restaurant. Orange netting indicated major renovation work was apparently underway - but not today anyway.
Anyone growing up east of the CBD from the '70's on would probably have certain folkloric memories of this site, if not of the tennis-club dinner dances inside the restaurant, then perhaps of the youthful dance variations that transpired nocturnally within the car park. Apparently. Who knows - maybe the actual restaurant did have a touch of the Gobbler about it, but the architecture always looked rather bold and exotic and even sophisticated to this green young outer-suburbanite. It was a shock to see the great stoneworked edifice sitting idle and cold on top of the mountain.
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Those binoculars were a rip off! Didn't work half the time and all you could see was a horrible haze.
Posted by Nora at July 17, 2003 06:43 PM
Never tested the binoculars, but they always looked the part. But I seem to have struck a few "hazy" days up there, and always imagine that the other 362 odd days of the year are perfectly clear.
Posted by boynton at July 17, 2003 06:57 PM
They took them away because no one carrys around pennies anymore.
Posted by Tony.T at July 18, 2003 07:08 PM
can't speak for Penny, but I've only ever lacked cents in wanting to use binoculars.
Posted by boynton at July 19, 2003 12:50 PM