I remember back in about 1974 my flatmate's girlfriend going on holiday to Fiji and bringing him back a Akai Cassette deck!! For half price!!!!! Talk about bells and whistles! Similar to the piccie.
Man was that a moment in time. It was an era where every technician in DSIR spent hours emptying D J Reid of components and building Electronic Australia's Stereo Amplifiers, preamplifiers, speakers (C8MX were cheap and king) and even building compensated turntables from scratch.....pun intended.
The party guy with a reel to reel was also of a Princely stature. The ability to dance the night away without changing cassettes, 45s or LPs made the drinking and girl chasing a hell of a lot easier.
It was Merv Wellington. Careers adviser and he was my cricket coach at Pukekohe High and he did his country service at Ohakune Ruapehu College. Taught Geography and History.
Any country that invents an act of congress called
Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001
and forces their fist into the face of the citizens of the world needs an urgent change of planet.
I certainly wouldn’t want my children to grow up in a country that has to be so jingoistic in persuading them to become patriotic.
But…If only he hadn’t mentioned the ALL Blacks……
If the person receiving the call was aware that the call was from a PCS the order could me made, bread and milk etc. Then you would push the “B” button and get your coins back.
That reminded me of the other trick of screaming into the ear piece. This is again without pushing button A. It was quite a laugh watching people watching you yell at the "wrong end".
One distinct and very useful tool that emerged from the PO Relay World was the spring tension measuring/adjusting tool. (It helped to have PO techies as shooting mates) It was like a wee torque wrench. One could adjust the tension on its arm and use it to adjust the relay or switch tensioning. We found it immensely useful for setting the triggers on our target rifles.
Mind you, the attraction wasn’t that the calls were free – they only cost a penny or two back then – and besides, we all had home phones which worked locally for free. It was the fact that we’d aquired this secret knowledge which tricked the Post Office technology which really appealed to us. Boy, were we clever!
And when you were out on the piss and thought it would be a good idea to phone partner for a ride, you’d find the nearest phone and “try” and tap the home number!!!! Bugger..repeat…bugger.. repeat..bugger… repeat…..My home number was great but – 286889 was an easy number to phreak……except when you were pissed….
It got very sophisticated when the multi toned frequency system came into the phone system. Many hoons built boxes to gain access to the phone.
See this article that includes the Apple Boys who misspent their youth phreaking in.
Edit: Privacy was always an issue…or the lack of it…especially with the old party lines. Our family regularly moved to phones that had upwards of 6 to 8 people on one line. But we did win at Little River. We had phone number 1.
I was surprised to see the unsightly shadow cast on the pitch.
So Steve, would you have complained about the shadows if Aussie batted first? My dollar would say that you would be screaming at the TV telling "our" bowlers to use the speckled light on the pitch to their advantage. And didn't NZ win the toss????
Conspiracy: I heard from someone who was there who told their son who passed it on to a friend of mine that if Aussie won the toss a bevy of blokes would emerge onto the roof to unfold the curtains that were to be drawn out over the windows and roof in that part of the arena so that the effect would not have been so great..........
It was great cricket and I was just sad watching BM (like that? I call him "BM" now) getting hacked down so quickly. And my #2 daughter has one of those events of a lifetime now tucked away by being there!