Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Selections

River is very regular at posting her Sunday Selections, and Jackie and Elephant's Child often do too. Here is my contribution of mostly random photos this week.

The question does arise, why? Corner of Swasnton and Lonsdale Streets.


This is looking out from a Bumblebee tram in Bourke Street. It is very difficult to see properly and they are now looking very shabby on the outside. They were relatively new when I took these photos.


Job Warhouse has closed  in Bourke Street. It used to sell fabrics and bolts and bolts of fabrics were piled around the store. The brother owners' father set up the business. They could all be terribly rude to the customers and if they judged that you weren't really there to buy, then they would ask you impolitely to leave the store.


Also in Bourke Street, Pelligrinis has been serving coffee since 1954, perhaps earlier, and was the first to import an Italian coffee machine.


What is behind these walls? It is the Melbourne Club garden. A couple of old duffers who had no doubt been inside the club partaking of a brandy were leaving. This is the corner of Little Collins Street and Ridgway Place.


The plane trees have to be seen to be believed. They are monsters .



A cozy little outdoor eating area in Meyer Place.


Just off the top of my head, The Palace in Bourke Street was once a picture theatre and then became a live music venue. A developer wants to demolish it to build a highrise building, naturally. My Non Dreaded Nephew attended a couple of protests to save it, but at this stage its status is still unclear.


I was walking past the lovely T & G building and I spied this mural in the entrance.


Then this nice pair of sculptures in their own alcoves to the side.



The Westin Hotel driveway with quite good lighting.


If you are familiar with Melbourne, you might be puzzled about these signs, given that the two streets run parallel. At the new extended western end of of Collins Street, it now curves to the north and meets Bourke Street.


Most of my readers are fans of modern architecture, aren't we children!


The wheel, and last week we took a circuit on the wheel. More about that later.


19 comments:

  1. Andrew, this new modern building is beautiful, The architect was very creative but the city looks more interesting.

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    1. Gosia, the architect was very creative. It is good that you like it. I don't think I do.

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  2. Ooh, such a varied post. I am not surprised with 'customer service' attitudes like that the shop closed down. The fact that it lasted could well have been inspite of them, rather than because of them.
    LOVE the plane trees - and the patterning on that building. Fun - which should be encouraged.

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    1. EC, it became somewhat of an institution and people used to laugh at customer service. I think some used to go in just to get told off.

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  3. I like the new 96 trams. They seemed to have been designed with rapid entry/exit of passengers in mind based on the location of the doors.

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    1. Ad Rad, I've had a couple of trips on them and yes, they seem pretty good. There is not a single door at the driver's cabin where people always want to queue to get in and out when there are many other doors to use.

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  4. It's like taking a little walk around Melbourne.
    Merle

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    1. Which is kind of what I did Merle, well some tram use to save the feet.

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  5. ahhh Andrew you are a darling! When Pelligrini’s opened, we children used to be taken as a special treat, given that it was virtually the only European coffee place in Australia back then.

    My memory was that the Italian team wouldn't come to Australia for the 1956 Olympic Games unless an espresso machine was first installed in Melbourne. But apparently your date is correct. IF the Coffee Academy is correct, it noted "a plethora of fine Italian coffee houses began to emerge, most markedly in Melbourne. Pelligrini’s Espresso Bar and Legend Café often lay claim to being Melbourne’s first ‘real’ espresso bars opening their doors in 1954 and 1956 respectively".

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    1. Hels, can you believe I have never been in there, but I must. The claim of the first coffee machine is theirs and may not be correct. Great story about the Italians. I wonder if it is true. I'll have to look up Legend.

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  6. I like those sculptured birds very much! As for The Palace in Bourke Street, why can't they keep the facade, develop behind that and match the new, higher facade to the existing one. It would look great. Who is the potential developer? Fire off an email or three (hundred).

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    1. River, if I had a mantel piece, the birds would look very nice sitting on it. Yes, keeping the façade might be a solution, but of course young people such as my nephew don't want to lose the music venue. Theatre owner David Mariner was to build the new building. They has already been an extremely strong protest against the demolition of The Palace.

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    2. No no, the birds need a niche each to showcase them properly. On a mantelpiece there would be too much surrounding them and the eye would be distracted.

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    3. River, I think I will return and take photos of them in their alcoves. They were perfect settings.

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  7. Well Andrew, I can't believe you're not a member of the Melbourne Club. You need to rectify that situation pronto. I'll get Andrew Peacock or Malcolm Fraser to second you.

    Cheers,

    Bill

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    1. Bill, as the old comedian said, I would not want to be a member of a club that would have me as a member.

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  8. Very enjoyable walk Andrew, I always like to see what your eye is drawn to. The building in the second last shot made me think of a cruise ship.. do you see it? Have a fab 'self indulgent' day tomorrow :)

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    1. The day has been good, Grace. Yes, I see the cruise ship, but also many potential places for water to get in.

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