I’m always seeking answers, which means it’s quite rare that i think of a question i haven’t asked before. But it actually happened to me the other day – in Redfern of all places!
This time last year i was one of a 26 person marketing team. During 2010 all of the roles were relocated, reclassified (now reporting to other departments) or made redundant. My Campaign Manager role of 6 years was made redundant but I was very lucky to score a 6 month secondment (and a very exciting one at that) reporting to the Online Channel team in Melbourne. I’m still pretty sad that most of the people who have been my work “family” in the decade since 2001 have now moved on.
In early 2010 the old call centre was closed… all of my mates from my switchbitch and unaddressed mail days left for greener pastures. Then, this Friday just past we farewelled the Marketing Manager (who gave me my first ever marketing job as his Executive Assistant) the Creative Services Manager (who taught me so much as i reported to her and worked with her in various roles for the last 5 years) and the SME Segment Manager (whom i admired and respected greatly – particularly as she is the only person i have ever met who is MOAR of an organised and forward thinking perfectionist than i am).
In the olden days (ahem, let’s say 2 years ago) I had more meetings, think tank invites, stakeholder lunch and coffee dates, mailing houses to brief, print items to proof, events to attend, exhibition stands to check than i could poke a stick at. Now in my more digital based role i still have a lot of work to do but it is mostly desk, computer and phone based with some fun business trips for good measure.
You can hear tumbleweed whistle as it rolls down the halls in our once-upon-a-time bustling office building. And so nowdays i’ll occasionally wander around Redfern in my lunch break seeking a bit of sunshine and inspiration. It was on one of these days that i discovered a veritable Aladdin’s Cave i can only describe using a gaming term… ZOMG!!1!
Now, i’m no stranger to collections of collectables. My brother was StarWars insane. Say no more. My mum was always a bit of a collector (tea cups and saucers, books, shells, Wedgewood, school art by her untalented firstborn offspring)… and MrO’s collecting skillz put my mum’s to shame (antique bottles, crystal, furniture, records, door knobs). Being a spartan anti-hoarder, i have a policy. If it belongs to me and has not been touched for 6 months = it is goneski forthwith. If it does not belong to me and is not in its assigned “place” along with other similar items at the end of the designated warning period = St Vinnies has just scored a new treasure. This goes for clothes, shoes, toys, electrical goods, tools… anything and everything.
But in *this* Aladdin’s Cave i discovered things i had completely forgotten about (or never even knew existed in the first place)…
An upsidedown fuzzy shot… peering deep in to Aladdin’s Cave aka Ken Wallis’ Seasonal Concepts 122 Redfern Street Redfern Ph: 02 8399 2435
The original marketers must have worked for Bushell’s Tea… their advertising is everywhere in Redfern, even today.
But THIS was the piece de resistance in my opinion. At one stage in history this giraffe was a real living (extremely tall) creature. If you look closely you can see where/how they cut up the corpse to transport it before stuffing it and sewing it all back together.
It raised a brand new question that had never entered my mind hitherto… exactly how much does a full sized taxidermied giraffe cost??
For the record, the answer to this question is $35,000.
See, Redfern is not at all the scary suburb people imagine…