After the crowds have cleared the traces remain. The numbers on the road mark the starting line for the annual Great Goat Race in the main street of Lightning Ridge, NSW. The photograph was taken the day after, on Easter Sunday 2006.
The marked starting boxes are the only orderly thing about the event. With kids as jockeys and goats having minds of their own, the races are chaotic, smelly and funny.
In a week when we are reminded that influenza is from pigs and birds,Â perhaps itâ€™s time to reflect on the message spread by some aggrieved crusader in 2007-2008. This person broadcast their warning widely around Sydneyâ€™s northern beach suburbs and also in the city itself. Pavement graffiti is fairly rare in the CBD –Â it soon gets scrubbed off by cleaning machines. This example was on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Martin Place, and judging from the reddish remnants on the greasy writing the medium was lipstick.
Mine is not the first blog to mention the Cancer is from dogâ€™s campaigner (see here for example). The apparently errant apostrophe drives some people mad. In this case it is not a matter of incorrect grammar but rather an indicator of the writerâ€™s social delicacy. However the graffitist was feeling less constrained when they wrote the full message in texta on a hoarding in George Street: Cancer is from dogâ€™s poo (then again, maybe it was an indelicate apostrophe vigilante who filled in the missing word).