Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunday Selections

Joining in with River for Sunday Selections. Not so many days in February, so I expect Elephant's Child will be back next Sunday with a backlog of photos. Fingers crossed.

A good use for a church, in my opinion. It is part of the performance space for Chapel off Chapel in Malvern Road, Prahran. The former Uniting Church was was bought in 1980 by the Prahran City Council, now part of City of Stonnington. We have seen performances at the venue several times and always enjoyed them.


Two photos from Facebook. Does this one bring back some memories to watchers of Number 96? I think Joe Hasham, lowest line, made me gay, or at least nudged me along a bit. The teenaged Andrew so loved him. Funny, not my type at all now, if I even have one, but I have my memories.


Bit late with this one, yes?


While you are aware of the irregularity of the facade of this building, it is not until you are at a distance that it become clear as to what it is meant to show. First photo from The Conversation and the second by SBS. It was part of the design of the building, then cancelled, then reinstated. The very first photo shows how the balcony edges look rather strange from a few metres away. Quite clever, isn't it.

The building is known as Swanston Square and the image is that of William Barak, the last Aboriginal elder and a spokesperson for the local Wurundjeri-willam clan.



Fancy a stay in a luxuriously fitted out retro Airstream bus? Notel can oblige. Photo by Pop-up City. You can see more photos at their website.


Sometimes un-restored buildings can look more interesting.



Above the the roof of the same building can be seen the Mazda cat, an old advertisement for Mazda light bulbs. The ad has some council protection.


Some apartment detail at Prahran Central apartments.


Remember what the failed vertical gardens looked like back here? The small one inside my Prahran chiropractic clinic is a delight.


All over the better posh suburbs of Melbourne substantial houses in good condition on substantial blocks of land are being demolished to build expensive apartments. Our Federal, State and Local Councils espouse higher density populations, except it happening in already high density areas. City of Stonnington, how many demolitions and new apartment buildings have you approved of in the last five years? Ok, yes, some blame must be laid at the evil VCAT, a great friend of developers making mega profits. This one is for the chop, probably to be replaced by a very expensive block of apartments about five storeys high.


R reckons we eat less if we serve ourselves from the table, rather than being served a meal. It seems he is correct. Ham steaks are becoming hard to come by, but thankfully R did find some of the ultra processed, full of water and preservative, ham steaks. They are so nice with pineapple.


I emailed R with a recipe from Snoskred. The Thursday muffin tin meatballs were nice, but they did taste like a vegetarian frittata he makes for vego visitors, in spite of there being meat in them. Err, these two meals look so similar. We do have a varied diet, but carrots, peas and broccoli feature often, as does chips or mashed spuds.



27 comments:

  1. I rarely eat out . These offerings look delicious.

    As the self appointed Chef of the household and having lost 32 kilos within the past 16 months I am convinced I am doing something right. Hpwever, I am walking more due to the fact my O S and bedroom are 65 ft distant from the TV.

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    1. Vest, a long way from the tele is a good thing. Can we send you a prepared meal? R is terrific at presentation of food.

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  2. Btrzy meal greetings

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    1. Gosia, what is btrzy?

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  3. I never watched "No. 96", mainly because I was busy doing other things during those years. In all I probably watched only three episodes at the most, but it was popular back in the day.

    Similar applies to the eating of ham steaks...I've very rarely had them, probably only about two times in my life. We each have our own individual likes and dislikes....'tis only natural. :)

    Are those buses mobile, or does one stay in them on the roof top? This is probably the most insane of questions...but I've asked it anyway!

    Have yourself a good week, Andrew. :)



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    1. Lee, I hate to brag, but I was a youngun when you weren't watching Number 96. Your question is valid, but yes, the buses will stay there forever. They were lifted in by crane.

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    2. I consider I was still a "young gun", too, when "No. 96" was on TV, Andrew....It was on from when I was 27 years to 32 years old, and I consider that to be still pretty young, in the whole scheme of things and Life.

      At that stage in my life, I was very busy work-wise. I had a pretty full-on job, and had a pretty hectic social life, too! :)

      However, of course, you were younger than I was then, and you are younger than I am now, so I guess you are allowed to brag. :)

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    3. Lee, yes you were really old when Number 96 was on. I had to peak around the door corner in my jim jams to watch it, and at times need a glass of water. Ok, ok. It ran for quite some time. I do remember sitting with Mother and watching it. I love how time as you age is so hazy.

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  4. I too have enjoyed the performance space for Chapel off Chapel in Malvern Road. I don't suppose the church elders were well pleased at the time, but the architecture lends itself perfectly to its new role.

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    1. Hels, I don't know. Many churches closed at that time. At least we have a nice and historic building left that has been repurposed and incorporated into the other performance space.

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  5. Yay you made our meatballs. :) We eat ours with Beerenberg tomato sauce and a tomato relish made locally which might change the flavour somewhat. :)

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    1. Snoskred, they were very tasty, but yes, perhaps the addition of a relish may have made them better.

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  6. I quite like ham steaks which I have on the menu about once every five years, I eat pineapple far more often.
    I don't remember anything about No 96 except "why wasn't I told?" by that woman whose name I don't remember.
    The Facade 'Foto' is well done. I love that fancy oval window. Wish I could save that little blue house.

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    1. River, well they are certainly off the menu now for you. Pineapple is nice with double cream......oh, that is off the menu for you too now. That would be Dorrie Evans, real name Pat McDonald, who you kind of remember. Teh house is not so little, but a terrific modernisation of an old house. It will be demolished. Yeah, the window is pretty cool, complete with an exhaust fan outlet.

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    2. Pineapple is nice on its own, I really like the flavour. I often buy a whole one, or what they call a topless pineapple with the greenery chopped off and eat slices just as they are.

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  7. Yes Sonya's suburb of Glen Iris is being systematically knocked down and rebuilt. The house next door was cut in half and driven away on 2 trucks. But the new building stalled because a spring was found where the foundations need to go. I find I eat more when we help ourselves from the table, two helpings instead of one. No will power.

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    1. Diane, re GI, I know, I know. Very interesting about the spring. I tend to eat what is on my plate and so it serve yourself works better for me.

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  8. That image on Swanston Square is well done.
    Love that oval window at Prahran Central apartments.
    Enjoy your Sunday Andrew.

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    1. Thanks Sami. We once looked at the apartments at Prahran Central, and they are a mess of a dogs breakfast.

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  9. The Airstreams are sensational. I'd happily LIVE in one!

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    1. Cro, so you might like a change from century old brick to 1950's aluminium and stainless steel? The experience would be interesting.

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  10. OMG .... have not eaten Ham Steaks since my hubby and I were first married and living in Brisbane.Many years ago! I liked the people in the Milk Bar (?) - the one that had the bomb on No.96 :)

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    1. Lady J, that would be would be a long time ago. :-) Norma and Les Whittaker perhaps. My memories are fading.

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  11. Wow! Some of these pictures are pretty amazing and unique. That oval window is totally awesome too! Hugs...

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    1. Ro, yes. I thought the window was pretty good. Worth a snap at least.

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  12. Interesting to compare the age group of those Number 96 soap opera stars with the age group of the crop of stars of our contemporary soap operas. Younger, prettier and more plastic nowadays.

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    1. Victor, that is not something I have thought about but you are quite right. Why is it so?

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