Actually, it cooled down overnight, and we're all walking and talking again, but how hot was it yesterday in Melbourne?
A whopping 42 degrees celsius (that's 108, for you imperialists). The hottest December day for 50 years, although broken records are no longer impressing anybody. We've broken more records in the last 3 months, weather-wise, than we've had hot dinners. If I recall correctly, we had the coldest November day in living memory only a few weeks ago. It was hailing. Snowing, in the outer suburbs. We don't do snow here, as a rule.
What's sending us all batty is the fluctuation. Melbourne is legendary for erratic weather at the best of times, but lately it's been seriously showing off. And it's sending people completely nuts. Add to that the most awful bushfires to the north-east, which has left the city looking remarkably like Bombay on a bad day, throw in the usual Christmas madness, and you've got one whacked out city.
So what did we do on the hottest December day in 50 years? Well, we thought it might be hilariously funny to cross town and do a gig. Outdoors. That we were the only ones actually at, given that anyone who had the choice was sitting at home with the air-conditioner blasting, or hanging out by the water.
There was a breeze, but it was coming straight off the outdoor dunny directly behind us, hence the grim expressions. Ahh, the glamour of public life.
Although Felicia's gorgeous red shoes cheered me up. Mmmmm....red.....shoes.
And I'll take any opportunity to hang out with the Big Bear of Blues, Chris Wilson (aka Godfather of Mym), and I should post this photo, as it's quite a good one, and he spent the best part of his time heckling Tim for taking unflattering photos. One nice thing about having no audience is that you really are free to talk amongst yourselves. And bitch about how hot it is. And say rude things. And then bitch some more about how hot it is.
His Icon of Oz Rock mantle was slipping a little in the heat. But it was most awfully hot. Hot enough to make even the Most Patient of Bears humphy.
Photos courtesy of Tim Chuma.