Public Park Cleared with Loud Music

Authorities in Sydney, Australia have managed to clear a suburban park that was plagued by public partying. Their secret weapon? Blaring Barry Manilow music across the park.

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Did Casey Kasem come up with this? For the past month or so, officials in Rockdale, Australia, a suburb of Sydney, have been trying to deter late night revelers from gathering in a local park by playing Barry Manilow and Doris Day music at full blast. Que sera, sera, as Doris Day once sang. The idea seems to be the kind of people who party in the park won't be comfortable if they have to hear Mandy or How Much is that Doggie in the Window? Officials say that the music offensive is working. Barry's our secret weapon, says Rockdale's Deputy Mayor, Bill Saravinovski.

But the people who live nearby aren't fond of this new policing strategy. The crashing strains of Copacabana are keeping them up at night. The city plans to keep the hits coming for another six months. The deputy mayor is sympathetic and says even he can't stand to listen to Mandy. Barry Manilow might wonder how many people could stand to listen to a Bill Saravinovski song. Coming up, so bad, it's good. Well, maybe not. Star Trek fans home brew their own episodes.

(Soundbite of song Que Sera, Sera)

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