Saturday, March 17, 2007

Brunel St

I wrote a piece on the online magazine, Quazen, the other day, called Dunedin’s Other Steep Streets. You can see a link to it in the Triond Articles’ box over to the left – the widget box, as it’s officially known.
In it I mentioned the fact that Dunedin has quite a lot of steep streets, including part of the one we live on. My daughter has phoned me to say, but what about ‘Libby’s Street?’ (Libby being another daughter of mine.) This street, which is really called Brunel St, runs parallel at one point to our street, and falls down the same piece of hill at a nasty steep rate.
I seem to remember it got called ‘Libby’s Street’ because she used to delight in us going down there at great speed, when she was younger. She might not be so keen these days, particularly if she had her kids in the car, as she got uptight at me heading at 30kph corners at a rather faster rate when we were in Christchurch once.
Being reminded about ‘her’ street brought to mind another incident with her. Back in the old days, when there such computers as the Amiga 500 (marvellous machines they were, too), Libby and I went to the Amiga Club one night, and wound up playing some game which involved people dropping suddenly off something (the details are little hidden in the mists of time, as you see). Each time a person dropped, my daughter would, without fail, burst into an hilarious laughter. The other patrons of the Club were not impressed. She hasn’t a nasty streak in her, but something about the sudden drop appealed to her – which is maybe why Brunel St was one she liked too.

I can't show you a photo of Brunel St, but there are some photos of Baldwin St, Dunedin's famed 'World's Steepest Street' on Just scroll down the page a bit, and you'll see it. Brunel St almost gives it a run for its money.

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