The Eye of the Fish

Maximus
January 18, 2011

Birdman !

Yes, Birdman is coming to Wellington – this Sunday. It’s had pretty low key promotion so far, so I thought I’d chip in as well – and do a little research on the way. If you google for pictures of Birdman however, you just get pictures of this beefy wrapper.

Apparently he hangs out with Little Wayne, where they like drawing tattos on each other, go shopping for crispy white underwear and some new belts for their saggy trousers, while posing in homoerotic fashion like some David Beckham photoshoot gone tragically wrong.

But no, he’s not the Birdman I’m after.

I was thinking more of the cartoon character, which pops up at unexpected times on C4, and has truly unfathomably bad storylines. Almost as bad as Family Guy, but then everything by Seth McFarlane is rather lame and acutely laboured – but, let’s not go there.

I think, on reflection, that what I am looking for is this weekend’s event: the Birdman 350. Yes, it is a chance to propel yourself off the Taranaki St wharf, fly up into the air for a very short time, and then dunk yourself in freezing cold water while dressed as something odd and vaguely flight-like. No, it is not the Red Bull Birdman contest, where people go all out, from a great height. Yes, it is being promoted to raise awareness of the 350 organisation, which aims to make us aware that we need to get carbon back under 350 parts per million. Yes, that’s a very green local MP, called Gareth.

There’s an urge to fly inside all of us, I suspect, whether the technology is really up to it or not. This intrepid character, as seen here in Modern Mechanix magazine, once soared from a great height, in the days before lycra and spandex tights, and certainly in the days before kevlar wings.

But I suspect that what you need most is some inspiration on what to make / to dress up as / to prepare yourself for an urban waterfront extravaganza of wetness.

I suspect that it is not sponsored by Red Bull, nor the Council, or else we would have heard more about it. But I’ve been to a Flugtag before, and they’re always a good laugh – and even more impressive if someone does actually manage to fly more than a few feet – which, given Wellington’s propensity for decent windy weather, could see you take off in a rather spectacular manner.

I’m publishing this early so that you will have time to register and build a space ship ready for launching. We’ll have to hope that they’ve got the launch platform up high enough for you to glide (yes, it is human power only, no engines of course), and that they get enough entrants to make it worth the while for the crowds who I am sure will turn up – events start about 10am for the little fish, and then the main event is at noon, where the big fish try to fly. Be there, or be, umm, like a village square.

Seamonkey Madness
19 - 01 - 11

Speaking of cartoons on C4(or should I say Channel 4, now that it is targeted towards slightly older fish) have you seen the new one, Archer? Knee-slappingly funny, but perhaps not everyones cup of earl gray.

minimus
19 - 01 - 11

I have to say that I was expecting from the title, the announcement of an additional writer for the fish.. The fish can only see what’s at eye level or upward, but the birdman….he sees all. He’s the master planner.
Of course we all know the story of the man with false wings who flew to high to the sun – he died of melanoma.

anyway, I don’t anticipate this birdman contributing much to our urban discussions anytime soon.

Alan
19 - 01 - 11

“the birdman….he sees all. He’s the master planner.”

that’d be Terry Serepisos then, wouldn’t it? He with his cliff-top eyrie on Mt Victoria…?

Alan
19 - 01 - 11

and of course, this weekend is the Wellington Cup weekend – with our Terry still in hte role of the ‘Master Sponsor’ (Century City Developments).

I wonder if the IRD are going to be there to claim their prizemoney?

minimus
19 - 01 - 11

@seamonkey- I caught archer the other night. I hadn’t heard anythign about it but as a huge fan of the american show arrested development, I loved hearing some familiar voices. I didn’t pay attention to the plot too much as I was in the middle of other things, I suppose I’ll have to catch it again.

minimus
19 - 01 - 11

and speaking of “men”
from one of my other favourite shows – It’s always sunny in philadelphia
Nightman
http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/b67724f4eb/night-man-from-velcrocity

Dayman
http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/ee546c6f07/dayman-from-velcrocity?rel=player&playlist=228852

60 MPa
21 - 01 - 11

While you’re talking birds, I hear that the infamous Chow Bros have taken out another historical building, namely the Settlement on Willis.
Typically classy brothel owners.

Maximus
21 - 01 - 11

Yes, depressing isn’t it. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – those boys are trouble.

andy
17 - 02 - 11

u are the man