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Melbourne Central Station's Singing Clock

Started by chicar, June 01, 2020, 08:59:43 PM

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The word pagan came from paganus , who mean peasant . Its was a way to significate than christianism was the religion of the elite and paganism the one of the savage worker class.

''Trickster shows us how we trick OURSELVES. Her rampant curiosity backfires, but, then, something NEW is discovered (though usually not what She expected)! This is where creativity comes from—experiment, do something different, maybe even something forbidden, and voila! A breakthrough occurs! Ha! Ha! We are released! The world is created anew! Do something backwards, break your own traditions, the barrier breaks; destroy the world as you know it, let the new in.''
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Unfortunately, this doesn't have a big history. The shot tower 50m away from it is more historical (or even better across the road are the Victorian State Library and parts of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University). Melbourne Central shopping centre was built around the tower in the 1980s and the clock was just a modern tourist-based construct.

But if you want a clock, try the Royal Arcade down the road. Its clock is guarded by Gog and Magog.

Gog and Magog - Royal Arcade by Alpha, on Flickr [CC BY_SA 2.0]

"Since 1892, these two medieval warriors have watched over the southern side of the arcade, striking the chimes with their mechanical arms. Each is about seven feet tall, and carved from pine by a man named Mortimer Godfrey. He modeled the two on similar figures that watch over Guildhall in London, where the same characters have been the guardians of the city since the 15th century.

The mechanical statues stand on either side of Gaunt's Clock, a feature that was added to the Arcade about 20 years after it was built. Thomas Gaunt, a well-known Melbourne jeweler, watch and clock maker, had a shop in the Royal Arcade, and adding a prominent time piece with a couple of mythical giants could only be good for business."

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