What do Canberra’s public servants do during the caretaker period? According to public servant Aaron Kirby it’s a “liminal netherworld where no major decisions can be taken. Things relax a bit. And maybe you can let your freak flag fly a little.” So Kirby is using the extended caretaker period to both raise his freak flag and raise money for the Against Malaria Foundation, by wearing a different ugly tie every day.
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According to his Chuffed fundraising page, “Since I’m not going to be meeting anyone important during the caretaker period I’m going to let my normally exacting standards of dress slip somewhat and wear the ugliest ties I can. The ties that lurk in the back of the wardrobe. The ties that languish on the shelf even in the op-shop. The ties your grandpa wore when he was feeling frisky.”
One more of this one, capturing its impressive girth as well as its subtle / traumatising combination geometric print and pattern weave. Some people at work today said this one “wasn’t that bad”. I mean I’ve worked with some hard cases before but these people have Seen Things if they’re ok with this. #hometime #caretakerties #ohyeahiwasinthecanberratimestoday #welcomenewfollowers
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Caretaker Ties Day 3: what is even going on here? Look this crazy neckbeast made me do it, it’s confusing, it made me confused. Is it plaid? Or just striped? I have no idea so I am just going to let it rip with a full symphony of brown and a pose courtesy of early 1990s Michael Jackson. Because it’s caretaker. #caretakerties #whatever #plaidproblems #wideties