Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Selections

River has been lounging around in bed for most of the week. I wonder if she, Elephant Child and Jackie will produce a Sunday Selections.

A black Jag, clamped. This normally happens when fines are unpaid. The Sheriff drives around with electronic number plate monitoring equipment and bang, they are easily picked up. If you owe for lots of fines, Prahran car park is not the place to park as the Sheriff is often there and they usually pick up their lunch at Pran Central too.The Sheriff is not part of the police, but operates under the Department of Justice.


A fine building on the corner of Chapel and Chatham Streets, Prahran. Whatever business opens there, never seems to last the distance though. Rents in Chapel Street are very high and there are many empty shops.


Further along Chatham Street, a large building or two was demolished and something larger is going up. You probably won't be able to see these chimneys from this angle once it is built. Note there is one chimney missing. Spoilt.


St Kilda Junction is where about five roads meet, so as you can imagine, it is a very busy intersection. Right on the triangle formed by the Junction of city bound St Kilda Road and Barkly Street is this ugly little building. I guess it is an electric substation. They used to design them so nicely in the early to mid twentieth century.


A fine house on the corner of Williams Road and Clarke Street, Prahran.


The car back ledge is decorated with fake flowers. Beats small fluffy toys.


A new type of shopping trolley, with a bracket for your water bottle.


A whimsical little piece of street art, soon to disappear behind a tall building.


Bernard's Magic Shop, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. I thought this was a bit of history, but apparently not. The shop is there, on the first floor.


Was it last Saturday when we had a decent fog? I woke and looked out the window from my bed and I thought, oh, another overcast day. It wasn't until I stood up that I realised it was grey all the way to the ground. Media began to bang on about a pea souper, which it certainly is not. A pea souper is when you can't see a metre in front of you. Sadly, a fine day did not really eventuate, with the fog hanging around for most of the day, albeit thinner.



18 comments:

  1. Andrew, wide variety of photos of different fields. But the first one presents the unpleasant situation for driver at my place is the same. The new shopping trolley is very interesting I have not sen this in Europe.

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    1. Gosia, in spite of clamping here, people still accrue fines and don't pay them.

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  2. I haven't seen clamping here. I assume it happens but haven't seen it.
    Loved the chimney photo - and the missing one stands out in the same way as a missing tooth.
    That house in Prahran looks fascinating. Is it still a single dwelling do you know?
    All day fog? Unusual. Mostly here when it finally clears we have a bright day (what is left of it anyway).

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    1. EC, while only passing by in a bus, I think it is a single dwelling, obviously not owned by a poor person.

      It is the same here with fog, often heralding a lovely day, but it didn't happen.

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  3. Those 'handles' haven't reached Safeway here in the east yet - they look difficult to drive, very bulky and do you remember what that long thing on the right was for?

    A few years ago Big W in Eastland had something similar - almost the same shape minus the cup holder which had a store map on the front (where the W/W logo is) - they weren't around for long tho'.
    Cathy

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    1. I am not sure Cathy. We haven't used one yet. I note you too, like we do, struggle with name change from Safeway. A map sounds like a good idea, until things start getting moved around.

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  4. I am of an age that remembers the pea soupers. We used to put a large handkerchief over the mouth and nose to prevent breathing in too much of the smog. The handkerchief would be black in no time! Clamping is a common occurrence in London for similar reasons.

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    1. Fun60, fog mixed with all the coal smoke. We had it here too, though not as bad.

      The first time I heard of wheel clamping was when Arthur Daley's Jag was clamped. Now that was a while ago.

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  5. That is a fine old house.
    Merle..........

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    1. Well maintained too Merle.

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  6. Hee hee, lounging around in bed! you make me sound so decadent. A far cry from the feverish sweating and coughing that was actually going on. :)
    A shopping trolley with a cup holder! Now I've seen everything. For heaven's sake! If people can't even get through a supermarket shopping session without needing a drink, something's wrong. In Adelaide, most suburban supermarkets are surrounded by cafes where you can breakfast before you shop, or have a coffee and cake after you shop, I simply don't see the need to walk around sipping while you choose your bacon.
    Shame about that building where businesses don't last. Perhaps it has bad vibes. Probably every city has one similar.

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    1. The coffee cup holder does seem silly River. I am with you. Stop and relax and at a cafe.

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  7. That house that you photographed on the corner of Williams Road and Clarke Street Prahran is gorgeous. I hope it is heritage protected.

    I once owned a stunning Victorian house just off Chapel St, with Victorian homes on both sides. But they pulled down the two neighbours and built hideous blocks of flats.

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    1. Hels, that is a pity. A special house needs the right setting, which probably is not modern flats either side.

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  8. That's why I always pay my fines on time, it would be horrendous to get clamped.. although a while back I got two speeding fines within an hour of each other on the same road..coming and going amounting to $450 and five demerits, so bad.. but have since turned over a new leaf and determined they will not get one more cent of my money :) p.s. I didn't tell P :)

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    1. Grace, that is the best idea. I see them as voluntary taxes. We won't mention it to P.

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  9. That's rather vicious to clamp cars because the fines weren't paid ! But probably an efficient idea too !

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    1. Gattina, some people owe tens of thousands of dollars in fine, and just won't pay them.

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