Way back when, Wednesdays

yatala-bombing

Get out of gaol free!

A plan to detonate gelignite bombs inside Yatala Labour Prison, was front page news in the Leader Messenger on 7 December 1983.  The article highlighted chronic staff shortages at Yatala.  Prison officers were overworked and forced to do excessive overtime in order to maintain minimal staffing levels.  Inmates had become more violent, endangering the lives of prison officers.  There was hearsay that prisoners planned to set several fires before Christmas.

Follow up articles on page 9 largely focused on how an increase in staff numbers could solve these issues. More dramatically, the Messenger related how an inside source had revealed that chemicals had also gone missing, which prisoners could use to manufacture homemade bombs. There were allegations of a coverup, as the Prison administration and State government were aware of the potential danger.

crisis-at-yatala

Note that the Yatala Labour Prison is still standing. So the prisoners’ evil plans to bomb the building must have been thwarted. Hopefully the Crisis at Yatala articles led to the State Government employing additional staff to ease the pressure on existing prison officers and to try and curb further violent episodes.

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Bon Voyage Videos

I remember the first time I saw a movie on Video Cassette.

I was about three (or possibly four) years old. The film was Star Wars. Born the year after the film came out, the only way I had to see it was on video, and even then only when we were at a friends or my grandparents house, as we didn’t possess a video player.

Several years later, we finally purchased an Akai Video Cassette recorder and signed up with several local Video Libraries. The first film we hired was Ghostbusters.

Over the next decade and half, I hired, purchased or taped from the TV literally hundreds of movies. My very first job while studying at Uni was actually working at a local Movieland video library.

It was while working at Movieland that I first heard about this new technology coming that might one day replace Videos, much as Audio Cassettes and Vinyl had been superseded by CDs.

The new technology was called the Digital Versatile Discs or DVDs.

Initially DVDs could only be used to play movies, but now it is possible to record directly to a disc as well.

By 2005 movie studios began to phase out Video as a medium, with the last new film to be released on cassette being A History Of Violence.

 Over the last twelve months, the Tea Tree Gully Library has slowly been phasing out video cassettes in favour of DVDs.

As of the beginning of 2010, DVDs will be the only format offered by the Tea Tree Gully Library.

As a ‘last hurrah’ it was decided to conduct a ‘video domino’ tour of the library finishing at the DVD shelves.

To view the footage, click below.

 Goodbye Videos, you may be gone, but the good times will not be forgotten!