Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday Selections at Bourke Street

Check out what River, Elephant's Child and Jackie have posted this day for Sunday Selections.

The corner of Swanston Streeet and Bourke Street is known as the centre of town. The other key intersection in the city is Swanston and Flinders Street, where our main suburban railway station is located. Swanston Street is the main thoroughfare in the city of Melbourne and it is the spine of the city and once it crosses the Yarra River over Princes Bridge, it becomes the grand boulevard of St Kilda Road.

I could not shoo tourists away from these sculptures, so I took coffee outdoors opposite the Town Hall and came back. The front man used to often have a ciggie stuck in his mouth. I haven't seen that for a good while. It's called Three Business Men Who Brought Their Own Lunch: Batman, Swanston and Hoddle. They were all famous people in Melbourne's history.


Pigs can fly? Apparently so. These are Weathervanes, by an American born sculptor, Daniel Jenkins. Whoever looks up at this corner? People should. There is always stuffs to be seen on high.





The brightly coloured car to right is a tram operation vehicle. The driver gesticulated to the passing police car about the offending private motorist in a place he really should not be, that is driving on raised tram platform stop. Yes, it was a he. The police stopped and looked at the offending driver, but did nothing. The motorist then mounted the footpath to get past the tram passenger area and guilelessly proceeded down Swanston Street.


This same day Daniel tweeted about a busker's van parked on the platform of a tram stop. Our city seems lawless. I complained to the City of Melbourne about private cars parking between Little Bourke Street and Lonsdale Street and suddenly there was law enforcement, but now the illegal car parkers are back. Yes, driver of  ZTL949, you are quite a stupid person. The cyclist does not look happy at being forced from his space.


Melbourne's busiest tram thoroughfare was disrupted for an hour a week or so ago by an errant driver, who dropped her wheels over the edge of a tram stop. It just amazes me how motorists think they might possibly be allowed to drive along a street when they have to mount a kerb to get past a tram stop barrier. Photo was published on Twitter, but I am not sure by who. The car is well and truly stuck and it looks like being a tow truck job. Hundreds, if not more than a thousand people were inconvenienced. There are various signs to warn drivers to not enter.


While we are not nearly as good as New Zealand in decorating our street service boxes, this pair was done some time ago.



Yes, I was just snapping away to fill in time while waiting for a shiny new E Class tram to St Kilda. The tram is very long and the one in front was running late so this smart new one was nearly empty. I watched the driver operating the controls for a while through the glass panel behind him and then wandered down the length of the tram to see what was to be seen, and looked at the controls at the other end. Good tram.

17 comments:

  1. A good Sunday saga Andrew. Great photo of the stranded car. Not so great for tram users though.

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    1. Fun60, while trams are so much nicer to use than buses, that is their one disadvantage. They just can't go around. Although in this case I think they were diverted down another street.

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  2. Love, love, love the weather vanes. And yes looking up often pays dividends. Though I would prefer that some drivers looked (at all) and thought. About what they were doing, and not about whatever it is that is in their heads.

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    1. EC, at times people must think I am from the countryside, staring up at big city buildings, but there is much to see. Yes folks, pay attention to the all important task of driving.

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  3. I love those sculptures and the decorated street boxes, the weather vanes are pretty good too.
    It appears some of your peoples don't know how or where to drive.

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    1. River, I think the problem is that they just don't see the signs and by the time they realise they shouldn't be there, it is too late.

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  4. It's been many years since I was in Melbourne your trams are so modern looking I was expecting the same as you had 40 years ago.
    I like your painted street boxes they are a bright and cheery spot.
    Merle.........

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    1. Merle, the old W trams are few and far between now, mainly on isolated routes. I think it is great idea to paint the utility boxes.

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  5. These are amazing photos. I love any pictures of our city, and I love the sculptures there. I'm ashamed to say I never knew the weathervanes were there...
    Bourke street drivers and Parker's have got more brazen and it makes it all very confusing for everyone as it used to be (I thought) very clear when you were and were not allowed down there. Now it's a bit of a mess.

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    1. Jackie, so few Melburnians look up, and there is always much to see up within our city. Essentially, treat Swanston Street as out of bounds and don't use Bourke Street as a through road.

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  6. Goodness... the sculptures are called Three Business Men Who Brought Their Own Lunch! And what great characters to select - Batman, Swanston and Hoddle. But it goes to show what I have missed during the summer holidays when the universities and TAFEs are closed.

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    1. Hels, I thought of explaining who each person was, but sometimes you can write too much and distract from what really want to show. The sculptures have been there for years.

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  7. Love the sculptures, we have a similar sort of thing on St Georges Terrace, business men through the ages, fab sculptures.. It fascinates me some of the things you see drivers do, usually four wheel drivers, crazy! Super duper smart tram you were whisked away in :)

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    1. Grace, didn't you show them once? Yes, quite often the four wheel drives.

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    2. You're right I did!

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  8. I can't wait to get back to Melbourne and explore it – more thoroughly...

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  9. Mlanden, there is much to see. Let me see, you were in Bali. Where are you now?

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