Sunday, July 01, 2018

Tip and a link

The renovation of the external area of Flinders Street Station is near completion. New lighting has been installed to illuminate the building. Rather that total flood lighting, some brilliant tailored lighting has been installed and I think it was switched on last week. I noticed it one night last week and let me tell you, the station looks stunning, right from Elizabeth Street back to Swanston Street. With our short winter days, you can probably see the station lit by 5pm.

Here is a Getty Images photo of the station before it was repainted and the new lighting installed. I can't wait for a good photographer to take a photo of the new lighting.



I don't know where I came across this blog but no matter. Strange Abandoned Places is wonderful.

An abandoned Sydney tram depot featured a while ago. Today's post was the vice ridden walled city of Kowloon, HK.

Here is a little sample from the English graveyard for old no longer needed red phone boxes.

25 comments:

  1. Flinders Street Station is such an iconic Melbourne building, I've always loved it Andrew, can't wait to see the final restoration. You could take that picture for us. All those old red phone booths.. wouldn't it be funny if a decrepit old Superman popped out of each of them 😀

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    1. Grace, for me to take a lit photo would mean going out in the dark and cold winter. Maybe when it is warmer. I didn't think of superman.

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  2. I like the phonebooths photo. Those would sell easily..

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    1. Mark, in other photos there are many of them. I don't know why they weren't sold. It seems like an obvious to do for me.

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  3. You'd never guess where we saw one of those old phone boxes - on the Caribbean island of Aruba!
    I remember the red telephone boxes with their hard to open doors, strange smells, phone books in a little compartment, coin slots along with buttons A & B !
    Looking forward to seeing the unveiled Flinders Street Station sometime soon. I'm sure the tv news will be full of it.

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    1. Cathy, you are right. I would not have guessed that. The old phone boxes were also wonderfully soundproofed, so it was easy to hear the other person and not hear the traffic noise. Before button A and button B was a slide where you rolled the coin into a slot.

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  4. I trapped once in Eugene, Oregon, at what I called a VW graveyard, all kinds of them, from buses to bugs, plants growing up through holes in rusted chasis, vines working through holes in smashed windshields. And cats, making these old classics their home. I fell in love with Martin, the guy who repaired VW's in an old shop up front. But his wife, a cop, came to clearly let me know he was hers. Chop shop next door, which was interesting too, but they liked me, even offered to find me a car, any car. I didn't want a stolen car. Anyhow, I like the old phone booth graveyard photo!

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    1. Strayer, a great anecdote. Love, niceness, Volksies, cops, car theft.

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  5. There's house in my neighborhood, built about 100 years ago, with a wide porch and on the porch is a repainted, beautifully restored booth like the ones pictured here. In Portland, Oregon.

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    1. Whimsy, how cool. Yes, it would not be cheap to transport.

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  6. I can only imagine how much it would have cost to ship it here...

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  7. I love red phone boxes

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    1. Gosia, sadly all gone here as far as I know.

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  8. That phone box graveyard made me think of superman. Perhaps that is why we don't have any superheroes in our lives at the moment. Villians but no heroes...

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    1. EC, Superman would be very revealed if he changed in one of current versions of phone boxes. We see just how is really super about him.

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  9. I saw that photo of the phone boxes on something not that long ago - a graveyard of phone boxes and how some people use them in England..was interesting.

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    1. Margaret, yes I have seen some used as little free libraries and phone charging stations, which is a little ironic.

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  10. What a terrific site is Strange Abandoned Places. Thanks for the tip.

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    1. Isn't it ever, Victor. No continent overlooked. The were some incorrect details about the tram sheds in Glebe is it? But there did not seem be a way to contact the author of the page.

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  11. I don't see why the old phone boxes can't be sold. Doesn't everyone want one in their back yard?

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    1. River, I agree. Mystery to me.

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  12. Superman would be very confused there.

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    1. Lee, I think Superman would choose the phone box with the most clouded glass.

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  13. The remodel of Flinders Street Station is beautiful. So many places they knock down the old and build these monstrosities. I love the old buildings. Sad about the phone boxes. I never see phone booths or public phones here (New Hampshire, USA) any more. Quite sad!

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    1. Maribeth, we still have a few public phones, but they are very modern. I never see anyone use them though.

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