Not far from the 24 hour dairy on George Street is Pussy Planet, a large two storey weatherboard house converted to a 7 bed flat. It’s had the name for many years, but this years residents made what may be it’s first sign.
Aleisha Ruske recalls how they learned their flat had a name, “There had been a garden gnome left there from the 2015 tenants with the name written on it. The group of girls I live with all went to Selwyn College last year, and our mascot is a gnome and all residents have one in our bedrooms so we got curious. There was also a boys name written on the inside and we found him on Facebook and discovered he’d been a Selwynite too — it’s a Selwyn tradition to “liberate” gnomes from other peoples gardens which is where this particular gnome must have come from. I’ve repainted it in Selwyn colours too and we plan on leaving it there for the next tenants.”
Named for the avenue on which it sits, The Flying Duchess nonetheless references the legendary ghost pirate ship, Flying Dutchman, which was thought to collect souls lost at sea. The piratical connection is clear through their depiction of the Jolly Roger. This is not the first pirate themed flat, Jolly Roger’in, The Jolly Roger, Tortuga and Treasure Island were also inspired by piratical themes.
The name board is painted sky blue with Potter inspired “lightning bolt” font, and is bedecked with a snitch and broomstick.
“It’s not much, but it’s home” is how Ron Weasley described his home to Harry when he first visited in The Chamber of Secrets.