The first milestone along the way. I’ve heard various translations of several of the moves, but I’ve only ever heard this one with exactly this name. It appears 4 times in the form, 3 times in the first 13 and at the very end. However, one of these is a kind of reverse mortar, where the lower hand is the fist and the open hand, the “mortar”, faces downwards.
Emerson and I have decided the appropriate stop for this is Meckering, a small town about 130km east of Perth that is famous for being severely “pounded” by an earthquake at 10:59am on Monday 14 October 1968. Some nice photos here from an article commemorating the 50th anniversary last year.
The wikipedia article says it was a public holiday. I can only assume it was the Queen’s Birthday public holiday that we now have on the first Monday in October, but I may correct this after further research. Interestingly, the article states:
A later earthquake at Cadoux in 1979 was on a par with the Meckering event in some people’s memories, although less damage occurred in Perth.
I think I remember the Saturday 2 June 1979 one happening – I would have been 16 at the time, an impressionable age – while I was standing in my bedroom, the only earthquake I can remember that was anything like what was depicted in the movie Earthquake. That 1974 movie left quite an impression on me, especially crawling into the Sensurround mega woofers at the front of the movie theatre. So many great disaster movies around that time. Who could forget Jaws, for instance? I still haven’t seen probably the most popular at the time though, The Towering Inferno. What do we have these days: Sharknado? Anything really changed?
Another burning question I have about 14 October 1968 is, “The Beatles” (white album) was recorded between 30 May to 14 October 1968, but “Julia” was the last song recorded for the album on 13 October 1968, so what was recorded after this only song in the Beatles canon that is solely Lennon? Incidentally, 10:59am WA time would have been 2:59am England time. I have noted that daylight saving was not observed in WA in 1968 (WA’s employment of daylight saving has been the most checquered of any state in Australia).