While I had to work, there was nothing to stop R attending Non Dreaded Nephew's house warming and birthday party in central Footscray. NDN and his partner put on a terrific afternoon for our side of the family and R enjoyed himself very much and it is so good that all of my family include him.
NDN had been given a gift of a voucher to use the temporary water slide in Lansdowne Street, East Melbourne and intended using it the next day. We had a couple of things to do in town and so thought we would wander down for a look. I thought we would catch an 11, 12 or 109 tram and walk to the top of Lansdowne Street, but alas there was something going on, with most trams using Latrobe Street instead of Collins Street. A 48 tram was arriving so we caught that and left at the bottom of Lansdowne Street.
We walked up the hill, not at all noticing the hundreds of bare topped men. To me it seemed a little tame but once up at the top it was clear there was a long queue and people were really enjoying the take off. Naturally the males of the species had to show off and launch themselves dramatically down the slides. The three laned slide was about half a kilometre long. I'd imagine by the afternoon on such a warm day, the queues would be half a kilometre long.
Ok, one for you straight blokes.
As well as there being tram works interrupting the Collins Street tram service, it seem there were train City Loop works as well. I really should read the tweets that arrive on my phone from public transport companies more closely. We were looking like lost tourists at Parliament Station and a kind station staff person asked if we needed help. It's a nice day to be above ground, she cheerfully encouraged us. C'mon love, it is a two minute trip. We aren't going to miss much sunshine. In essence, no loop trains to Melbourne Central, which explained why the display boards were not making any sense to us. Any notices anywhere? No that I saw. Ah well, walk and catch a tram back into the town. The bonus for you, or maybe not, is more photos.
This is the main entrance. While not especially tall, the hotel has a very large footprint.
Ood sculpture. What is it about?
Righto, it represents a petition put to State Parliament for women's sufferage.
I think there are five of these old tram shelters remaining. One is still in a state of disrepair but the remainder have been restored and gated. Good heavens. Homeless people might be tempted to sleep in them. Can't have them lolling about making things look untidy
Within this 50s art deco theatre façade is a Victorian theatre with all the ostentation you would expect in a 1920s theatre. Sadly, the demolishers began their nasty work without a permit and the interior has been quite damaged. How a proposal for a six storey hotel for the site in a low rise area was ever approved, I do not know. How you get a new building approval before a demolition permit is issued is also odd. There has been a strong Save the Palace campaign to save the building and things seem to be on hold at the moment. Fortunately it was last used as a live music venue, so the kiddies are onboard the campaign too, including my Non Dreaded Nephew who has become quite an activist.
The Imperial is a very old Victorian Hotel. While was it not built as a hotel, it began its life as a pub in 1863, around decade after its construction.
More public transport woes, no buses in Lonsdale Street because it had been taken over for the Greek Antipodean Festival. N.B. No Greek or European Union taxes were used in the making of this festival.
Lordy, it is a busy city now. Busy enough that weekend but this weekend is/was the White Night cultural festival where the city pretty well does not shut down at all on Saturday night and 800,000 are expected to visit over the night. Then Sunday is the Chinese New Year celebrations in Little Bourke Street, which will spill into other streets.