Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sunday Selections

Joining with River and others in Sunday Selections and this week there is a bit of a theme in that the photos were taken sequentially as I made the train trip from the city to Malvern Station and then walked to a Malvern hospital.

Homelessness has become a very noticeable on the streets of Melbourne. Under criticism for encouraging street living are are various services set up to the help them. They never have to go short of free food as plenty of places offer meals, along with vans set up at night to feed them, along with a van where they can shower etc and another where they can wash their clothes. It's a bit chicken and egg as which came first but the more support the city homeless receive, the more people hone in on the city as being the place to be. The camps along Flinders Street are very visible to the Australian Open tennis visitors and look very bad. What is to be done that is both kind and practical yet get them off the streets?


Just caught my eye. I had to down to ground level to take the photo, but as I stood up, I could easily imagine the day when I could not easily get up.


City of Yarra rubbish bin near Richmond Station, co-mingled rubbish and recycling. Charlie, what do you think of Slim's grammar?


Very appropriate that Pimm's is advertised during the tennis. I may have tried it many years ago, but I can't remember the taste. I expect it is sweet and I would not like it.


The battle to stop this development at Orrong Park near Toorak Station was fought long and hard by some very wealthy and influential local residents. It appears they lost but have won some restriction.


Walking from the Malvern Station is a very quiet little enclave where I came across a number of restaurants and this shop full of dolls and cuddly toys. I tried a few times to get a better photo, but reflections beat me.


There is nothing really remarkable this historic commercial building, so I am glad it was saved even if it meant a large apartment block built behind.


There are some very nice houses in Soudan Street.


Curious place. I think two buildings were joined in more recent times.



A pity some of this tessellated tile verandah has been broken. Most of it was intact and in good condition. I guess it will be fixed.


Was it a religious institution?


Pretty hydrangeas in front of what appears to be an un-renovated house, that is lived in and owned by an old person.


I think this church is now for the Asian born Presbyterians. Also good to see it still being used as a church. There is a modern linkage to the house next door.


You feel really old when you see buildings built, used and then demolished, as this part of The Hospital that ate Malvern is about to be. Five to six storeys will replace it. My grandmother died in this hospital and the staff were very uncaring in the 70s. Back then many nuns staffed the hospital but I know of only one there now who wears a nun's habit, almost looking as absurd as Moslem women's traditional dress. Catholic religion is still strongly displayed there and it is hospital I don't want to ever go to. If I had to choose a private hospital, I would choose the Jewish hospital Masada where I had first class treatment and care and a ham sandwich for lunch, except from one foreign born bitchy gay male night nurse. Dame M also died there at the above mentioned Cabrini, two days after being admitted. She was almost dead when we took her there to be admitted and when the admitting nurse checked her oxygen levels, and said, well, you have slipped through the system. She hadn't, it was her choice, but the desk person said, 'madam, $250 please as your admittance fee'. Dame M managed to get out a plastic card to pay. Generally in Australia our internet is never censored unless you try to access a site that is blocked because of illegal activity, say open drug dealing or pedophile sites. The first night in hospital our friend was able to access the gay chat site Silver Daddies using the hospital wifi. He is a Balding Daddy. By the next night, the site was blocked. Fortunately he has younger computer savvy friends who 'fixed' the wifi access problem to Silver Daddies and again he could then chat online to people who he knew. Censorship like that stinks. If you are not doing anything illegal, then you should not be censored. We experienced the same during our Danube River cruise a couple of years ago, and it is not right.


A massive gum tree almost hides this rather grand house in Wattletree Road.



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  1. Such a mixed post. Some beauty, and some despair.
    Our homeless people are not served well on the weekends. Or in the suburbs. Part of me thinks that if they continue to congregate in the city they are more likely to be helped, rather than the out of sight out of mind attitude when they shift to the suburbs.
    Love that tessalated veranda and the home with the hydrangeas. Sadly these days if I get down to ground level it is an effort getting up again. A big effort.

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    1. Indeed EC, they are more likely to be helped if they are visible in the city. The local and state government has plans to house them, but I expect many will return to a life on the streets.

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  2. Well you did cover a lot I enjoyed the read and I know what hospitals not to go to in Melbourne.
    Years ago when we were young we knew a homeless guy who lived behind us in a petrol station he lived in his car and the owner of the petrol station allowed him to stay there he had a shower and toilet to use and it was a advantage to both as he kept a eye on the garage when closed.
    Merle.........

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    1. thank you for that recollection of a kind logical person making a positive outcome from a situation that could have been bad. When my friend was an L-plate barrister 1970's at Fitzroy Legal Service she was shocked to discover people in that area living in cars with multiple children. Our MPs have no concept of desperate lives. this week an online report that in a cabinet meeting Scott Morrison actually wondered why those on benefits would need Rent Assistance "couldn't they just stay with friends?"

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    2. Perhaps Scott Morrison would get a better idea if he offered to take in a destitute family for a week or three.

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    3. Merle, our friend who was staying at the hospital had no other complaint. Even the food was quite good. It is an interesting tale of the homeless bloke at the service station.

      Annie, yes, our politicians have generally never been poor or from very poor backgrounds. Why can't they stay with friends? As the wise and frank Dame M used to say, fish and visitors go off after two days.

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    4. Good idea, River.

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  3. Pimm's No. 1 is a gin-based drink made from gin, undisclosed herbs, spices, fruit (probably citrus) and liqueur. It's served mainly with lemonade or ginger ale, so it probably would be too sweet for your taste; but it could be served with soda water...lots of ice for a long, cool, refreshing drink on a hot day.

    The last time I had a Pimms No. 1 Cup, and from memory, I only ever had it a couple of times, would've been back in the late 60s-early 70s...thereabouts.

    There are/were other Pimms than No. 1 Cup...each based on spirits such as whisky, (Scotch & rye), brandy, vodka and rum.

    An interesting Sunday stroll. I hope you have a good week ahead, Andrew:)

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    1. Lee, while I do like a g&t or gin and bitter lemon, a martini even, I expect you are right. Too sweet for me. I had forgotten about the No. 1 Cup. Thanks :)

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  4. PIMM's in my pantry now thank you Andrew. The classic Wimbledon drink. Thanks for that lovely photo trip round an area I knew well - MORLvern as my Nan used to say it.

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    1. A pleasure dearest. I say Malvern as your Nan says it. Is it really Moll Vern?

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  5. Crikey Andrew ..... you sure had a lot to say today, aye?? AND all very interesting, Mum would like to add. As for the grammar thing. You're asking ME????? I don't even know what grammar is. As long as no-one goes putting me in one of those bins Slim can say what he likes.
    Mum worries about all those homeless people and such a bad look for our cities. Why not do up some of the now derelict psychiatric hospitals where the homeless could at least have a safe place to sleep at night. Just don't lock them in. S'pose it's not that simple and the Government wouldn't want to spend the money but surely something can be done for these people. There was a homeless bloke living at the ferry terminal in Mosman (a very expensive harbour suburb in Sydney). He was a nice old bloke. He loved me and Mum and we would often sit and talk to him. He looked out for that ferry terminal like you wouldn't believe. Kept if free from litter and even helped people by telling them when the next ferry was due etc. The people of Mosman looked out for him and gave him blankets and clothing from time to time. They even fed him. He passed away just recently. I miss him and so do the people of Mosman. He was always up for a chat.
    Mum loved all the pictures today. One of the things she loves to do in Melbourne is wander the streets looking at the houses. So many beautiful old brick buildings in the suburbs. Shame about the tessellated tiles on the verandah. Another one bites the dust, aye?? Mum reckons it's beyond repair but who knows? She liked all your photos today. Oh and she said she's reached that stage where its hard to get up. She refuses to give in to it though.

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    1. Crikey ..... I had a lot to say today too, aye???

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    2. " the government wouldn't want to spend the money"
      You hit the nail right on the head there Charlie.

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    3. Charlie's Mum, the good burghers of Mosman took on one homeless person. In Melbourne we are talking about over fifty people or more regularly dossing down on the streets. Good story, though. Did we go through Mosman on the bus when we went to Balmoral Beach last year? I think we did, and walked along the old convoluted tram route to the beach. The tiling is repairable. Only this small area is broken. I am refusing to give into sitting down to put my socks on.

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    4. You did Andrew ..... you did!! How pretty is Balmoral, aye?? Mum gave up wearing socks years ago!!!!

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    5. http://highriser.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/sydney-day-6-monday.html Charlie, it was overcast when we were there so it did not look its best, but re-reading my post, I rememeber how peaceful it was there.

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    6. Nothing wrong with sitting to put your socks on, I've been doing it all my life.

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  6. The house might be rather a mess if that gumtree decides to cave in.
    Doesn't the street look untidy with all that 'muck' left there. I heard some of those homeless people come from country areas and have a home. Saw where the Police tried to move them on.
    You must be noticing a bit of bother about getting up from taking that photo :)
    All are nice, and it's good that you tell us about them.

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    1. Margaret, yes, it could cause untold damage to the house. It is a great tree though. The homeless will always be with us and I am happy to contribute my tax to help them, but I don't want to see them camp on my streets.

      Just an awareness of the future when getting up. That is, I can see how it can be hard to get up.

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  7. The street "beds" remind me of the people who slept in Rundle Mall from before midnight to be among the first to enter when our new Apple store opened. Really, such times are the only time I've seen so many "beds" in one place. In Adelaide sleepers tend to choose alleys and parklands where they are out of sight, there are a few who sleep on a footpath or in a doorway, but not for more than one night. The parklands sleepers usually roll up their bedding and stash it in the forks of trees during the day when they're roaming the city for handouts.
    I like the big old Federation house and the littler one occupied by an elderly person.
    I remember wanting a tessellated verandah, it doesn't seem important now. Any decent sized verandah would do.

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    1. River, this just exploded in Spring 2016 and I really don't know why. I think it does coincide with the start up of the shower bus and clothes washing bus. There is no reason why your homeless could not suddenly appear lined up against the buildings in Rundle Mall. The grumpy old man me says, nip it in the bud before it gets out of hand.

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    2. Most Rundle Mall sleepers get moved on pretty quick and there are plenty of side streets and surrounding parks.

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  8. Sure enjoy the trip with you Andrew.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Thanks Dora. A bit different to your town. I live in a very big city of nearly 5 million people.

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  9. Re sleeping outside - the alternatives must be horrible. 3 months boiling hot, 3 months cold and rainy, pedestrians everywhere and no protection :(

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    1. Hels, yet it would be much worse in other countries with colder weather.

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  10. Andrew I would like to live in Soudan strret great houses

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    1. Gosia, so would many people and the prices are extreme.

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  11. I like the unrenovated house, the look of it, very much. We have lots of homeless in Oregon, in every city and small town. Here where I live they have two or three shelters, in such a small town, yet many would rather live on the street, but only those who want to keep on being drunks or addicts. I care for a small colony of cats I got fixed awhile back at a wood lot on the outskirts where the homeless work, to support the shelter. They cut wood and sell it. Portland is overwhelmed in homeless. Rents have skyrocketed there, so not only are there the outright homeless sleeping in doorways and camped wherever there is space but another class of homeless are people who were able to get RV's and park where they can to sleep in. This happens here too, with county parks filling for the 14 day limit with homeless folks until I hear now they have banned RV's or trailers older than a certain year, to try to keep out the junked ones with homeless, because of complaints from well to do recreational campers with standards.

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    1. Strayer, and this will become worse I guess under Trumpet and his cronies. Is that really the US they want to see and be proud of?

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    2. No Andrew, it is not, not most of us.

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  12. There has been a huge increase in the number of homeless people in our cities especially London. I just don't know what the answer is. Living on the streets during these freezing temperatures shouldn't be happening.

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    1. Marie, it must be really bad for such people in your climate. I expect the Tory policies will see the number continue to grow.

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  13. I saw an interview with one man who said he felt safe with the same people around him and they took care of each other. There are too few refuges for battered women and their kids and remember what the banks did to people, giving loans they knew couldn't be paid back. And the big companies out of business, workers couldn't pay their rent, Kennett closing the homes for mentally challenged. It all adds up from a trickle and ends in a deluge. And even if I wanted to take in someone, Centreling would be on me like a vulture on carrion and I'd lose my pension.
    Of course they could take Barmy's advice and all move to the country and live off lizards and snakes (sorry Annie).

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    1. Jah Teh, as you say, the seeds were sown years ago, and not that I want to defend Kennett, closing homes was begun by the Labor Party in the 80s. Mind, many were substandard. You could take someone in who pays you board surely, just don't sleep with him or her.

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    2. Centrelink has new rules. If JahTeh takes in someone who pays they will be all over it like white on rice. My neighbour who collects bottles and cans has been told to stop as the miniscule amount she gets from that is now counted as income.

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    3. River, surely the amount from collecting bottles and cans would not affect a pension. You have to earn quite a bit for your pension to be cut. What would Jah Teh charge for board? Assuming the deal doesn't come with favours, perhaps $100 a week. I suppose that could affect a pension but she could be financially better off with the extra income but slightly reduced pension.

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  14. Late to the fray but Andrew, don't you get it yet, they want us to die and save money. $100??? How much for going out for meals (shared) would you have paid in the last few months, $100 is nothing these days, one can barely afford Gin let alone tonic so the pubs now have free water.

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  15. Ok, I am out of touch. January was a light month for meals out, but an average month, about $200, including pub drinks or byo at a restaurant. Add a couple of takeaways and an allowance for underestimation, for two of us, $500.

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