Post mortem note #1
Here’s a question for keen students of Fairfax Media. Why are they spending $110 million building a grand new headquarters on the corner of Collins and Spencer Street to house 1,300 staff, when they don’t, er, have (cough) 1,300 staff any more? The new building is 150 metres long and about 30 metres wide, so perhaps VEXNEWS readers could suggest some uses for the very excessive floorspace nearing completion. Our first thought is that one of the floors would make a cracker of an indoor cricket stadium. But Telstra Dome is too close by. Maybe Brian McCarthy will simply rent it out. Apparently it has fantastic bicycle storage facilities, an indoor herb garden and black-water recycling facilities (if you don’t know what this, don’t ask: you really, really, really don’t want to know….)
Post mortem note #2
This one caught us by surprise, but we’re assured it’s true: If The Age is a newspaper that has built its name and reputation on being the home of classified advertising for more than 150 years, why will this coming Wednesday the 10th of December be the last day on which The Aged will ever publish a mid-week classifieds section? That’s right. You heard it here first. On Wednesday 17 December, there will no longer be a classified section published in that day’s newspaper. Lots of people have been talking about those rivers of gold drying up, but the once mighty torrent is now a series of muddy, stagnant puddles, holding little more than the oozing slime of a handful of grasping real estate agents and some mouth-breathing recruitment types. Was that a tumbleweed rolling past?
Post Mortem note #3
The Age’s Christmas Party must have been a jolly affair. Held last Thursday night at Zinc in downtown Federation Square, attendees had to thread their way through the assembled crowds visiting Melbourne for the finals of the Homeless World Cup, also being hosted at Federation Square. Apparently the security guards at Zinc had trouble working out who was who.