Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sunday Selections

Nothing written for today. Oh dear. River never misses Sunday Selections. I and others do at times. Here are some random photos taken the morning I went out early when it was very hot.

This is a MYKI machine. It dispenses  MYKI cards for when you use public transport. These are semi permanent cards, like a credit card and you can also use the machine to add credit to your card. We manage ours online. The machine is built at a disabled friendly height which is great if you are a little person or in a wheelchair. Given 99% of our population aren't, I consider this is wrong as a normal sized person standing has to bend right over to read the screen. It is absurdly low. Here it sits, in the bright sunshine, making the screen unreadable anyway.


The tram bar has become a permanent feature within the confines of ours Arts Precinct, as it is now called. I wonder how long the timber and canvas roof will last while exposed to the elements.


This is a wonderful device to indicate tram arrival times. It has to show three different screens for the nine routes that run along Swanston Street, the busiest tram street in the world (put that with the only city in the world that balloons can fly over, and the world's most liveable city). It also alerts passengers to any significant delays and the wheelchair symbol indicates a low floor tram without steps. Once the temperature reaches 25 degrees, it will also show a snowflake symbol to indicate which trams have airconditioning.  Over to you, Sydney Buses.


The gulls enjoying a paddle in the cool flowing water at the City Square. The lass realised she was going to be caught on cam.


Mediaeval archway? No. Looking towards Flinders Street from Flinders Lane. 


TV travel shows wax lyrically about the Adelphi Hotel in Flinders Lane, especially the swimming pool where you can look out of the bottom of the glass bottomed pool onto the lane. I imagined it extended right over the lane but then wondered why I had never noticed it. I make a point of looking for it. Well, it juts out for about a metre.


I expect only Melburnians have heard of our world famous laneway culture. All it means is someone renting some unused space down a dingy lane and turning it into a bar that can fit eight people and charge poisonousness prices . There appears to be a bar down this lane. Ok, I am not telling the full story. Many of the lanes have restaurants and are very busy places.

Luckily I wasn't standing further down the lane when the water shot out of the wall. It was authorities testing fire equipment. I know about such things. Not so lucky was that above my right shoulder a few seconds later, the big red fire alarm bell under test went  off. I should have recalled that this would happen. I may have taken the name of Our Saviour in vain, and possible added and adjective or two. I am quite sure I did not say, "Jesus fuckin' Christ", or maybe I did as the bell rang in my ear.


I would not be the only one who has the Manchester Unity building at the top of my favourite building list. It looked glorious in the early morning sunlight.


"There is the good and there is the bad. What you choose is really up to you. But what you choose defines your reality."


Ok Diane and Bill, I need to put my glasses on so I can see the camera screen grid lines and make the buildings straight.


The Leaning Tower of Mercedes, Kingsway.


Some filming was happened down in the court in front of this building, across Kingsway from The Highrise. Filming seems to involve a lot of people standing around doing nothing, but what would I know. In spite of the warning signs, and the taped over electrical leads, still I tripped when I went to the nearby 711 for half a  pint of milk. I was looking at people standing around doing nothing and not paying attention to what was in front of me.

16 comments:

  1. It is time I went back to Melbourne. Thank you. And a few other places too.

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    1. You should EC. The weather is nicest in Autumn but trees etc don't look great. Spring looks better, but can be windy.

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  2. I can't tell what was in front of you in that last photo, but am guessing that is the point. btw, I don't think Jesus will mind one bit how you use his name. I can't believe all your trams don't have AC with the heat you all have.

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    1. Rubye, it was looking down from our place onto a plaza with a film crew. Apart from the heatwave of successive days of 40 deg plus, it hasn't been too hot of late. February and we haven't used the air con for days. Many trams are over thirty years old and there was not much air con around back then. It is too expensive to retro fit them, although that was done for the drivers at least.

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  3. The Manchester Unity building is pretty nice to look at, someone must have paid a real architect, not a monkey with a pencil.
    I used to swear a bit, Jesus bloody Christ when I bumped into something, stubbed my toe or dropped something, I stopped immediately the day my two year old dropped his toy truck and said those exact words, just like he'd learned them, from me.

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    1. River, yes, whatever you say in front of children.........even if they appear to busy with something.

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  4. MYKY machine is a great device we have got the same in our streets but unfortunately they aren't friendly for diabled people. In our trams we have a special devices - you can buy tickets using you Visa card or credit card and it's very comfortable especially if you don't have a permanent ticket or simply you forget to buy your daily ticket.

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    1. Gosia, that sounds much more friendly to users than our MYKI system. I am truly amazed.

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  5. An interesting post and trivia of Melbourne. Have you ever thought on doing a post on the different laneways? By the way you can still straighten photos afterwards by using a post processing program.

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  6. Diane, I rather wish I had set up a blog called Trivia of Melbourne. Food for though about laneways. Yes, I know photo programmes can do wonderful things, but if I did that, I would never have time to post anything. I am a quantity blogger, not a quality blogger. At times I think I should make my blog polished and more professional, which would reduce posts to maybe thrice a week but better posts with the cream of the crop photos and well polished words, but what I do now works for me.

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  7. My parents used to love going to the Adelphi!

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    1. Really Fen! I would guess the pool wasn't there then.

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    2. It was, I remember them telling me about it. Years later I sought it out because I didn't believe their stories!

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    3. Wow Fen. It is so old then. Maybe Grace is right to be fearful.

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  8. The swimming pool at the Adelphi.....are they CRAZY! Can you imagine a person with a fear of heights like moi.. Oh lordy I would freeeeeak out.. such a rubbish idea:) I guess your MYKI is like our Smartrider, I've used mine more in the last two months than in the last two years, its just such a quick and easy way to get into the city, can't imagine why I've been paying parking fees all this time :)

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    1. Grace, from what I have heard, your Smartrider system works better than ours.

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