I really must try to be more topical. Lunar New Year was a couple of weeks ago. As it usually is, the Sunday public celebration was centred on Victoria Street, Richmond, closed to traffic and trams. Trams were terminating nearby at Hoddle Street, so we could have caught a tram, but instead I decided we would catch the train.
We want North Richmond Station. Now, it is the Epping/Hurstbridge line
and one of the two trains runs express from Jolimont to Clifton Hill, so
I better check carefully. Well, it seems that is generally a thing of
the past with both trains stopping all stations on weekends. Good for
us, as it means a train every ten minutes and better still, the train is
not going via the City Loop, so we will be there in a few minutes.
Tailed creatures greeted us as we approached the festivities.
Lots of colour and movement.
Somewhat of a congestion point. I wonder what will happen here. It looks like it may be dangerous as there are a number of fire extinguishers.
I have only seen these around this summer. I understand they are of South Korean origin. It is single potato, skewered, spiralled, battered, deep fried and then dusted with gold dust. Gold dust? It is the only way I can explain a single potato costing $5, although afterwards we saw a place selling them for $4. They are very nice. Photo from My Purple Spoon and apparently they are called potato twisters.
Ah, are they dragon bits I can see? Notice the cutest ever kid.
Meanwhile the dodgem cars had loaded and the start signal given. They all promptly travelled to one end in a crush and became jammed solid. Nothing to do with them almost all being Asian drivers, it was the sole white guy wot started it
Ah, here are the dragons, chasing away evil spirits as they dance and prance.
Evil spirits begone.
Oh, now I have just remembered the fire extinguishers. I know what is coming. Firecrackers, lot of them and very loud ones. We are outa here. Many years ago we were in Little Bourke Street in town for Chinese New Year celebrations and the fireworks started. Somehow they set the second storey of a building on fire. Can you imagine a fire truck trying to get through the crowds to put the fire out?
Damn, where have our rickshaw pullers gone? Such lazy boys, probably skiving off in the crowd. We'll have to get the train home. As we were walking to the station, the firecrackers began. They were very, very loud and probably had kids crying.
It was such a quick trip out to North Richmond, but we sat for nearly ten minutes between Jolimont and Flinders Street, I guess waiting for a train to move from a platform since the Loop was not operating.
PS I have checked the Epping/Hurstbridge timetable and it seem off peak express trains between Jolimont and Clifton Hill are a thing of the past. Good for some, bad for others, but an off peak ten minute service for the inner suburbs is surely a good thing.
Speaking of trains, a bat shorted out some wires and has managed to send our eastern suburb train lines into meltdown for two days. Unbelievable.