Last Man Standing – an almost successful bank sting

I wrote this some time ago, and held it as a draft whilst I checked some information (no, not the location of the lap-dancing club) and had not got around to posting it – it has been sitting in my drafts folder for a while. I thought I should put it out now anyway as it is a bizarre story

FROM their headquarters at ”Teflon” Tony Vincent’s lap-dancing parlour in Market Street, members of some of the country’s most notorious crime families planned one of the most audacious bank heists.

Read more: Guilty: last man standing in $150m sting from the Sydney Morning Herald.

The first thing I should note is that I never realised that I had a lap-dancing club as a neighbour – in fact, even now, I cannot think of where it might be. Market Street tends to contain shops, office buildings, the State theatre (can’t recall any lap-dancing there at the James Blunt concert recently) and the Shelbourne Hotel. No clubs that I know of.

Still, the story itself is fascinating. Crime syndicate sets up a sting operation in conjunction with a Telstra technician to steal $150 million from JP Morgan Chase Bank by wire transfer to accounts in Greece, Switzerland and Hong Kong and is only caught out when a bank in Greece queries a $71 million transfer because “Ltd” is added to a personal account.

Now I know I need to search and read more about this – I am sure there is a screenplay in there somewhere. One of the characters in the real story is a “Mr Pink”. Interestingly, Mr Pink is also a criminal in the Quentin Tarantino film Reservoir Dogs. Our Mr Pink is not related to Quentin’s Mr Pink.

As I uncover more, I will most certainly write it up here.

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Hopalong catastrophe: Sydney surrenders to northern invaders

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Cane Toads in Sydney … nooooo!

The Sydney Morning Herald ran an article today talking about the spread of cane toads. In particular it noted that

Steve Cope, the director of Knock-Out Pest Control, said his company had 12 call outs for toads in the Shire [Sutherland Shire Council area] since November. Last year, there wer none.

12 call-outs!

What will happen to the state of origin now? Cane Toads and Cockroaches together in Sydney.

Must be time to move to Melbourne – wonder if Cane Toads are covered under a salarycap?

The Ugliest Thing in Sydney

P3272884 In what should be one of the prettier areas of Sydney, that horrible, ugly and really quite useless contraption keeps ruining the view. The monorail is the ugliest thing in Sydney. As it passes through the city streets (Pitt Street and Market Street in particular) it ruins the preserved lines of the old buildings, making them almost invisible. When it is wet it splashes more water on pedestrians than do the city buses and as it passes across Pyrmont Bridge it just totally dominates what is a gorgeous old opening bridge.

If the state government of NSW or the Council of the City of Sydney wanted to do something permanent and lasting for Sydney they could rip this eyesore out!

The Building is Topped Out

20112009118 The building being built outside my office window has reached its final height it seems as today I noticed the tree on the top of the building. This is usually an evergreen tree and it is normally placed atop the building when the last roof beam is placed. No one is really sure where the practice came from but it does seem to trace back to early Scandinavia.

Of course, it is doubly nice as we are approaching Christmas and it is a pine tree.

Odd Sydney Traffic Signs

23072009079 Well, not so much odd but rather in this case, just plain wrong. Here is the corner of Market and York Streets in the City. Market Street is one-way traffic from Elizabeth Street to York Street, only becoming two way from York Street down to Sussex Street.

So, what is unusual I hear you say. What you can see here is the one-way part of the street and all traffic would be coming towards the camera. Of course, the traffic sign suggest something different. It says that all traffic must turn right except for buses and construction vehicles, suggesting that they can therefore travel the wrong way down the one-way section of Market Street. traffic_sign_01

Oops.