Sunday, July 29, 2018

Sunday Selections

BAD is bound for Reykjavik from Ireland.

Joining in with River and Elephant's Child for Sunday Selections. That is, photos that don't really fit anywhere else and are just kind of random. Well, that is my version of SS.

Palm trees for Gosia, at Station Pier.


Pretty bottles. The champagne sparkling wine is probably awful.


I'll just park here, block a lane and a pedestrian crossing. No one will notice.


From Shorpy.com Early 1960s and it looks so modern.


Years ago I wrote a blog post when I replaced all my dry cleaner supplied wire coat hangers with white plastic coat hangers. The white plastic coat hangers have become yellowed with age and a few have broken. I have now replaced the old white plastic coat hangers with black plastic hangers. I don't think I learnt any lesson about plastic.


This Shorpy.com kitchen photo is from the 1950s. Almost more modern than the 1960s photo. I really like the radio.


We were with the 11 year old Little Jo for her birthday lunch at Sandbar, Middle Park. Sister decided she needed the lav after we left the cafe and crossed back over the road, while we drummed our feet. 'Tis a pretty nice palm tree, hey Gosia, and not a bad scene for the middle of winter. It was a cold but clear winter day.


Prime real estate at somewhere north of Melbourne, featuring a duplex public housing pair. The land is worth how much??? A lot. We desperately need more public housing.


Are we all excited about the new American Embassy in London? As we can see there are nicely hidden bollards along with a moat. What is the address of the drawbridge to get in and sort our visas and make our feelings about Trumpet quite clear to the ambassador?


Ah, gay vodka with the rainbow flag. The extra ingredient in gay vodka is ???


This idiot who thinks tram lines are a road had either travelled about 1/2 of a kilometre down a tram line or bounced over a raised guttering to get where it is.


I think I shall never see a thing as beautiful as a tree.


alt.spelling.com Never depend on your sat nav. It only took me a couple of years to notice the error on my twice daily work drive. But then I don't really look at the sat nav during my daily drive.



Look up into the sky. Is it a bird? Is it a plane. Is it ??? It was so exciting when I was a kid to see a plane flying overhead, let alone a helicopter. With glee we ran out under the path of the small plane dumping fertiliser on our paddocks, inhaling lots of fertiliser goodness to mix with DDT spray we also ran under, and the asbestos fibres as we played with as we broke up old pipe lagging and sheets of asbestos. Along with cars and homes filled with cigarette smoke, we siblings should all surely be dead by now.

Isn't this such a contrast to the misery of today's flying experience. I'd like to fly like this, but with a seat belt and a USB charging scoket.


32 comments:

  1. What a selection.
    Some driver stupidity, some delightful trees, and some memories.
    We took some amazing risks growing up (and didn't even recognise many of them as risks). And here we are...

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    1. EC, we survived but many didn't survive and are not here now to foolishly say, it didn't do us any harm.

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  2. Wow thank you i like you very much

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  3. I only use plastic or wooden hangers...no wire hangers here. And I'm sticking to using the above, terrible person that I am!! :)

    Many trees on this property here where I dwell...and many trees on this glorious mountain....'tis why I love living here.

    Have yourself a great week, Andrew. :)

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    1. Lee, remember how the wire hangers would corrode when they became really old? Trees are our lifeblood. I think we have enough cleared land in Australia. Thanks.

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  4. When I first married Jack, he was a pilot for Pan American World Airways. For the first three years I traveled everywhere with him, First Class. Champagne, Caviar, Five Coarse Meals, and After Dinner Cordials. All so grand and special. I was so spoiled! He worked and I dined!
    Of course, like all good things, this type of flying ended, and now it's all done rather cheaply. Even First Class.
    When I do fly now that he is retired, we usually go Economy (planes are full and so is First Class) and being shoved in a seat between two other people is not that fun! In fact, flying just isn't fun anymore.
    Still.....would so love to take a trip almost anywhere.

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    1. Maribeth, what a life! Why not plan a holiday for when winter arrives, somewhere warm. We make sure we select our seats so we are never jammed in with strangers.

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  5. Public housing that is free standing and surrounded by greenery? I cannot remember that far back. All I remember were awful blocks of flats.

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    1. The building looks more like Army housing which was often free standing and surrounded by garden.

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    2. Hels, a number of the high rise public housing blocks had extensive grounds. South Yarra was one, but some has been lost as more recently, more public housing has been built on the land.

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    3. River, I doubt I could distinguish the two. I expect while public housing is state funded and army housing federally funded, they were perhaps the same plans, the same builders and the same materials.

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  6. We don't have palm trees here were I live and I have to wonder do you have pine and or fir trees where your at.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, pine trees yes, but I think only ornamental fir trees in public spaces and large private housing blocks. We use pines in plantations to make paper, but they are not native to Australia and very little grows around them as they are very hungry beasts.

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  7. As an avid watcher of "Air crash investigations" this photo gives me the horrors and everybody smoked although the food looked pretty good. I don't think atttendants could wheel a trolley loaded with drinks down a crowded plane now.

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    1. Jah Teh, it is odd that no one is smoking in the photo. The air was fresher apparently, when people smoked as it changed more often. Yes, attendants do still wheel the drinks trolley down the aisle. I too like Air Crash Investigations and I have watched many on Youtube. It always comes down to human fallibility. Should I conclude it would be safer if computers fully took over flying?

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  8. I insist on wooden hangers; preferably old fashioned ones. They are so superior, and can still be found at boot sales etc for very little.

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    1. Cro, I would very much like a wardrobe full of wooden hangers, but time and energy, lalala.

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  9. The last photo cracks me up. I love how airlines used to, and still do, make flying seem so civilized and comfortable. Every man wears a jacket and tie, each row has at least two empty seats, and look at all that leg room!

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    1. Walt, probably a Pan Am flight and first class. There is enough space to hold a ball, or an orgy, depending on your taste.

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  10. Oh my goodness! how spacious is that plane? Or is it the waiting room with curved windows to get people feeling like they are already on their way? My flying experiences haven't been anywhere near as comfortable, even with my short size and not being overly heavy, I still found my seat a bit cramped.
    Plastic coat hangers these days are only fit for very lightweight items, such as ladies lingerie If you want to hang a coat or suit jacket you'd better tape a couple of hangers together. I bought good quality plastic hangers years ago when Go-Lo was here in Rundle Mall. Best hangers ever. Sold in packs of twelve in four colours, so of course I bought a pack in each colour and still have all of them, as strong as they were when new. You'd do better to buy wooden ones if you want something sturdy. Ikea has them reasonably cheap.

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    1. River, the plane does look abnormally wide, but modern planes have seating of three, four, three, or a variation on that. I expect the photo was taken with a non standard camera lens, or it could have just been a studio set up.

      Our plastic hangers seem to cope with heavier items, even these lighter flimsier ones I have bought.

      No, no. No wooden hangers from Ikea. Don't make me go to Ikea! R will make me do the full circuit, but at least he won't make me eat Swedish meatballs.

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    2. If R wants to do the full circuit, let him, you can wait by the exit doors. Just remind him to pick up some wooden hangers on the way around. Ha Ha.
      Or visit an upmarket department store and get hangers there, I'm sure they'd have them.

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  11. The rich and elegant wine bottles, and colorful bottles of vodka made me want to go out and grab them for their uniqueness right away. Something about the 50's and 60's has always fascinated me, and those wonderful pictures remind me of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. I agree, flying like that would be heaven! Hugs...RO

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    1. RO, at least with the Absolute vodka, you would know what you are getting. Yes, very much Spencer and Katherine. I bet she is wearing heels too. I never even considered buying the bottles for display purposes. I wish I had, assuming the price was not absurd.

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  12. That would be unbelievable to fly like that now, so spacious and comfortable. Isn't it the airlines duty these days to make a flight as miserable as possible for passengers? And expensive? I should not talk, have flown just a handful of times in my life, the last being years ago, to deliver a cat to Huntington Beach. I would not even know how to take a flight by now. I remember DDT. My father sprayed it on our windowsills and bragged how it killed flies for ten years. He brought mercury home from his office and we'd shine pennies with it and roll it around in our palms.

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    1. Strayer, having flown a few times over the past few years, let me assure you that airlines really do fulfil their obligation to make things miserable for passengers in conjunction with airports. While I don't think we ever touched it, I remember seeing mercury rolling around on the floor. Maybe it was broken thermometer.

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  13. No computers in control. I just watched one programme where the computer went all HAL and the pilots had to fight it for everything.

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  14. great post Highriser & great images, esp all those people on the plane who are dressed as if going to a wedding. From the days when it cost a lot to fly, no rabble.
    I agree with everything you said.
    Lil Jo will need a new nickname soon. My how those 11 years flew by. x x

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    1. Yes, it did cost a lot to fly in the olden days Ann. Should we revert to Little Jo's old name of Skippy? I am thinking Madame Jo.

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  15. It really is a wonder we survived our youth Andrew, I can't imagine modern day parents allowing their offspring to do half the things we did.. and yet, I bet some still do 😉 that last shot is amazing, it doesn't look like they've even got safety belts.. sacre bleu!

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