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Community newspspers; Australia, Central; Alice Springs (N.T.); Newspapers

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Erwin Chlanda

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Alice Springs


v. 10 issue 44

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Erwin Chlanda



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teddy bear electronically. Don't tell me, they already did.We all know about the communication divide between oldstyle Postman Pat technology, which stays exactly the same, and new digital ones that develop at break-neck speed. But this becomes even more important to anyone living in remote Australia, even if the Alice is a small city with good services and facilities. Or is it a big town? Or a small town? I'm never sure, but we'll return to this subject. Not only that, but if you live in remote places, gifts are often best organised by mail order from down south, which adds another week or two to the process. For the people that I buy gifts for, the whole operation has to be run like a military campaign and commences around Easter. This year, I am a tiny bit late. In this spirit of early Christmas cheer, I was shocked to find that a major mail order supplier of gifts had recently folded. The publishers of Innovations magazine ceased production earlier this year. Innovations was a European catalogue of gadgets you had never heard of but wanted as soon as you saw them. Delivery of your chosen gadget was less than a week. After it arrived you put it in a cupboard for 10 years, never used it and then sold it in a lawn sale. Here are some examples; the sun-tracking beach chair, the motorised tie rack, the electric blackhead remover, the steering-wheel mounted mini-desk (for salespeople writing invoices in stationery vehicles), the backpack that turns into a chair. And no, I am not making this up. The demise of Innovations is bad news for gift-buyers but good news for gadget-sceptics, those of us who worry about the descent of society into gadget hell. For example, I thought someone was joking when the news came through that certain cars are now equipped with DVD screens that glide down from the ceiling. I know that driving can be tedious and the roads in Central Australia are straight and empty, but surely a video experience can wait while we enjoy the journey. Silly me, nothing must get in the way of the onward march of gadgetry or, in this case, the conversion of the car into a wheeled replica of the home. Put one gadget together with another and the benefits are supposedly untold. The car plus the mobile phone. The car plus the geographical positioning system. The car plus the DVD player. Can't wait for the car plus the footbath. Anyway, I think I'll fix up a DVD for my pushbike. It would be mounted above the seat and kind of glide down in a hi-tech fashion. I could glance up at it from time-to-time to make sure I hadn't missed an extended guitar solo by Carlos Santana or the ending of Terminator 2. None of this would be dangerous, of course. The season of goodwill and gadgets commenced in early November this year. There are plenty of cool toys for older boys like me. But though I complain about gadgets, deep down I wonder whether anyone from far away will send one across the desert just for me. Which just goes to show that this is the season of hypocrisy too. steve@afishoutofwater.com Who are the "prosperous"? COLUMN by ANN CLOKE. David and I received our first Christmas card about two weeks ago from friends in Africa. I'd only just finished putting cards in envelopes, together with the generic totally embellished Life and Times of Ann and David in the Centre, and I hadn't even thought about posting them! I could have saved (some) time and sent friends the Alice Springs News. That would give a broad outline but, the need to know, the other stuff, the real happenings of us, and friends, in the Alice is something that only Christmas card recipients are privy to. Friend and neighbour, Alison, dropped in for a coffee and she told me how proud she was of herself she'd finished writing her Christmas cards and letters in record time, well prepared for the festive season. We used to wish each other a very merry Christmas, a fun filled family festive season and a safe and prosperous new year. See if you can find a card with "prosperous" on it. "Prosperous", according to the Oxford Dictionary, means financially successful affluent, moneyed, wealthy, successful, flourishing, not that we particularly talk about having a prosperous garden, although people tend to say things like, "Hope everything in your garden comes up roses" which is obviously an analogy for life. "Hope you have a wonderfully prosperous year." Colloquially "prosperous" means well heeled, well off, well-to-do. I like "prosperous" it sort of rolls around the mouth.

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