Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sunday Selections

A quick Sunday Selection today. Check our River's here and Elephant Child's here.

It must have been a weekday when we went to Acland Street, St Kilda a couple of weeks ago for lunch. This is an old photo of one of five trams our tram company leased from the French city of Mullhouse. I seem to remember the GFC knocked out the grand tram expansion plans in Mullhouse and they found themselves owning trams surplus to their requirement. Our government had phased out some old trams, rather too  many, and found itself short of trams in a time of expanding patronage, so five of these were leased from Mullhouse. They were eventually bought outright. The bright decoration over the original colour pleased many people, but not all. After a time they started to look very shabby.


They were redone in the standard scheme, with this nice little touch referencing the original appearance, rather like the phoenix symbol on Brisbane trams rebuilt after a depot fire in the early 1960s.


We had a nice lunch at a place we like, 95 Espresso Bar, and then took a wander along the street. There must be a Chinese restaurant down this arcade.

 

There are a couple of novelty gift shops and we usually have quick look at a fiddle with things. As you can see it was so hot in the shop, clocks had melted.


We were looking after Jack again and he missed us while we were out for lunch not a bit.


30 comments:

  1. Andrew, what a LOVELY tram I love it. Your friend'sdogis cute.. What is his name?

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    1. Gosia, really! It is Jack.

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  2. Those melting clocks owe a bit to Dali don't they?
    Jack does indeed look blissed out.
    Love the detail you picked up on the restored/repainted tram. Thank you.

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    1. The melting clocks also remind me of Salvador Dali. His Persistence of Memory (1931) was bizarre but memorable. Heavens above, Dali was himself bizarre but memorable

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    2. I don't think I have seen a better shorthand description of Dali than bizarre but memorable. Thank you.

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    3. EC, indeed, very Daliesque. I am really pleased that they did that with the tram.

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    4. Hels, I would go so far as to say Dali was a weirdo, yet I rather like his art. We saw a melting clock Dali painting at our gallery a few years ago.

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  3. Great Sunday Selection Andrew, very informative.

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    1. Thank you Carol. Check tomorrow's post for an ingratiating link to your blog.

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  4. Jack looks more displeased that you have returned and disturbed his slumber on that gorgeous rug.

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    1. Fun60, apparently it is a very expensive sheepskin. Yes, at times we did feel as if we disturbed Jack.

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  5. Great trams and melting clocks too, all too much but very nice.
    Merle............

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    1. Merle, not a personal garden, but part of our big garden, which we enjoy.

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  6. I noticed the bumble bees had been repainted but missed the nice little detail of the painted bee at the end of the tram. I thought we leased them from the manufacturers. Are they now permanent?

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    1. Ad Rad, I understand the previous government did buy them after leasing them for some time. What I am sure of, they won't be leaving.

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  7. Lucky Jack with a sheepskin to lie on. I'd like one myself but it would be covered in cat hair in no time. Buying two wouldn't solve the problem either. I like the melting clocks and those Chinese lights.

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    1. River, had you checked out the price of a sheepskin like that? I was amazed to learn Jack's cost a few hundred dollars.

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    2. That's the main reason I don't have one. There are cheaper ones of lesser quality at Ikea, I may get one of those.

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  8. I used to go to 95 Espresso a lot, I do miss working in that part of town.

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    1. Fen, first experiences count and ours was terrific there with a cute and friendly waiter. We have been back many times, sometimes having to elbow a Fen or two out of the way to get an outdoor seat.

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  9. Jack has a comfy mat. I liked the old traditional trams of Melbourne, they were a symbol of Melbourne.

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    1. Diane, they are still running on the free City Circle route but most have gone now. Heating was added to them, but people like air con too now, and not high steps to climb.

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  10. The dog looks very comfortable and I would say rather spoilt.

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    1. Spoilt WA? Whatever make you think that. Like a child, we can spoil him and give him back.

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  11. Being a tram fan, I thoroughly approve. I even quite like the vivid paint job. Jack's no fool - he knows how to have a good time.

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    1. Craig, apparently we do not paint trams anymore, but vinyl wrap them. The wraps last a couple of years. Jack is pretty used to staying with us now and is very relaxed with us. He is a butch little lad.

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  12. Jack definitely has the right idea. There isn't a lot of public transportation available in middle America... other than in Chicago, perhaps... and it's very much looked down on. Case in point: When I mentioned that I would like to take a cross-country trip via bus at some point, when I was in my mid-twenties, my mother panicked. She thought I'd lost my driving licence, since no one would want to take a bus if they were able to drive.

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    1. Jac, I am quite aware of how public transport is viewed in the US and it is somewhat like that here too, but it is changing as ours roads become more and more congested and yours are too. Portland is a good example. Long distance bus trips are for losers. You need trains to travel long distances. In spite of Obama's promises, not much has come from that, with extraordinarily some states giving money back to the Feds as they refused to spend it on improving public transport.

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  13. Awww Jack.. what a sweet little poser he is :) I was so excited yesterday to find a book filled with fabulous old photos of Perth, including pics of the trams when they were running, such a shame they were all done away with.

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    1. Grace, he is like a baby who gets many digital photos taken of them.

      It was a while ago when I looked, but I noted a tram kind of ran along the alignment of the Mitchell Freeway and terminated not that far from you abode. Well, maybe too far to walk.

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