Friday, October 11, 2019

Some personal amusement and a question

When government organisations are closed down or privatised, there can be a huge loss of expertise. At times in my opinion, it is almost a criminal offence to lose these very experienced people. However, in the case of Sydney's trams with the system being closed down in 1961 and trams not reappearing until the 1990s, it is understandable.

It greatly amused me to read that while Sydney tram tracks were covered over or pulled up after the closure of the system, existing tracks occasionally pop up as a road surface wears thin.

Not all the infrastructure was removed. There are plenty of tram remnants in Sydney and I have covered them before. But I recently heard about some of which I was unaware and also amused me. So drawing this whole post together, tram tracks need drains and of course Sydney tram tracks had drains. There were also metal plates in the road to be lifted to clean out the muck that would flow into the drains.

According to someone interested in Sydney's old trams, and there are quite a few left and they have great knowledge, many of the metal plates in the roads were never removed after they became redundant and are still in situ. While those interested in tram history might know what they are, road workers and other contractors do not and treat them with respect and make sure they don't interfere with them or cover them over when remaking a road. They don't know what they are, but they are there and need to be protected, when in fact they don't.

Well, that was supposed to be brief and I wanted to ask you a question.

There are only perhaps three posts to go about our UK visit. I have posted differently this time after our holiday by stringing them out with lots of other posts interspersed.  In the past I posted the holiday reports almost sequentially when I had the week off after our holidays to recover, recuperate, sort photos and post. Now with the luxury of time, I can string them out. Future holidays in The Highrise are being discussed. Cambodia to Vietnam mostly by river boat? Big ship cruise in Alaska? Hawaii?

The question is, if you haven't worked it out, is do you prefer my holiday posts to be almost one after another or strung out over a longer period?

29 comments:

  1. I enjoy reading all your posts and thethe vari of your topics is really interesting. I just read your post on Extinction Rebellion which was fantastic.

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    1. Aww, thanks so much Cheryl. I really like that your read my blog and comment. We live worlds apart but I have some idea about your life.

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  2. Should say the variety of your topics is really interesting.

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    1. Thanks No Thoughts. Your opinion is valued.

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  4. like the osts strung out, almost random.

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    1. Cool, Travel. I like how you think.

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  5. String them out.. one after the other gets a bit too exhausting for me. :)

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    1. Snoskred, thanks. Your opinion is extremely valued.

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  6. I've enjoyed them bit by bit. I'm looking forward to more about Newcastle if there is anything.

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    1. Thanks Tasker. There is a little more to come.

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  7. I'm a total fan of random so keep surprising us.

    XO
    WWW

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  8. Well I like the continuation of your holiday posts Andrew, it's like Coronation Street, believe it or not I'm hooked, so a holiday episode a day suits me fine.. looks like I'm outnumbered though 😉

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  9. We have a tram museum here with the first trams which existed in Brussels. You can als hire an old tram to celebrate a birthday, or just for a roundtrip trough the city. We wanted to do that this year, but never managed, weather not good or no time. This year I don't go to Egypt I wait until everything is settled with Thomas Cook bankrupcy. There are not many flights from Brussels to Hurghada.

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    1. Gattina, I have heard of the tram museum in Brussels. It sounds good. I am not surprised about flights to Hurghada, a place I'd not heard of until from you.

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  10. Yes, do string them out.
    Now I have done the Alaska Big ship cruise. The Panama Canal too. So worth the time and money. I would go back to both places in a heartbeat!

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    1. Maribeth, we could have done the Alaskan cruise when we were in BC but we really wanted to see Niagara Falls and so went east and then on to NYC.

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  11. Fence sitting here. I am happy either way, with a slight lean towards the random.
    Alaska? That I would love to see.

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    1. EC, I just wish Alaska was closer.

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  12. El Chi, how about we do the Alaska cruise and Andrew stays home and pay for us. In return we each send in a daily post for him and he can couch potato until we return.

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    1. Jah Teh. You just stay right in your chair where you belong.

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  13. I'd prefer them strung out. Like Snoskred, too much all at once is a bit exhausting. I'd love to see Alaska or Hawaii though.

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    1. River, you should try travelling like that day after day.

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  14. I'm happy either way. One of my colleagues has recently returned from a Canada and Alaska cruise and loved it. Have a lovely weekend Andrew.

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  15. Whatever works for you!!
    Mekong River by cruise definitely!

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    1. Jackie, I am not sure how we would go with the heat and humidity.

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