The Return of the Mosquito Races

It’s that time of year again You can’t help but hear the relentless buzzing of mozzies all day long. It’s inescapable, annoyingly constant, yet there is a semi-hypnotic rhythm to it. But that’s only if you’re inside or far enough away. Outdoors or close up the noise is all-penetrating. Glad they’re only here for four days.

Yesterday and today my colleagues and I endured this monotony as a background hum in our office while the mozzies did their thing, not 2 kilometres away. And it will be worse on the weekend, especially on Sunday when they’ll be going at full pelt, no holding back. The little buggers will be twice as loud. Maybe louder.

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Of course, I’m talking about the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix. A swarm of mosquitoes is what they sound like to me. But some people like them. The noise, the adrenalin, the speed, the crashes, the cars, the grid girls, the music, the celebrities, the action, the drama, excitement. It’s fantastic if you’ve got the interest and the money to go.

If you’re heading down to Albert Park this weekend have a great time and enjoy the race! If you get offered ear plugs, take them!


8 thoughts on “The Return of the Mosquito Races

    1. Richard Leonard Post author

      Yes. Usually if I’m working alone I can stick headphone on. But the last couple of days have involved meetings and much discussion (and cursing and swearing so the buzz was always in my ears.
      When Melbourne first got the GP back in the 90’s I worked in an office that actually overlooked the track. That was worse!

  1. ericjbaker

    The likelihood of me being in Albert Park this weekend is exeedingly low, given my residence just outside of New York City. However, in case I fall into a black hole on the way home (you really can’t see those suckers until it’s too late), I shall carry an ear-plug case around until the race is complete.

    Thanks you for the warning.


    1. Richard Leonard Post author

      Probably true but if you left now you might still make it. But I’m guessing flicking on the telly would be more comfortable except it will be on at some ungodly hour for you guys, I think. 🙂

      1. ericjbaker

        But I won’t be able to taste the dirt and smell the oil!

        I realize I spelled ‘exceedingly’ incorrectly before, by the way. That’s what happens when I try to leave comments and do my job at the same time.

        1. Richard Leonard Post author

          Hmm. yes. Dirt, oil, fuel, fumes… You can tell I’ve never actually been to a motor sport event in my life, can’t you? But I HAVE driven at high speed on a race track! 😉 Sort of.
          The perils of mulitasking. If you’re like me and try to do two things at the same time you’re likely to stuff them both up.

  2. jessmittens

    I haven’t heard them before, but I can just imagine how loud it would be. I also thought this was going to actually be about mosquitoes and I had a tirade about the one that bit me 5 times the other night all ready. haha.


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