Sunday, December 23, 2018

Sunday Selections

A mix of public transport and some humour for this week's Sunday Selections. See what EC and River, who was out of the starting box very early this week with a bonus Saturday posted Sunday Selections as she took off down the field from the starting gate with her ball at high speed towards the net.

Oh dear, she is getting on now. She arrived at Kings Lynn Station, Norfolk to be at Sandringham for this year's Christmas sojourn. Mind the gap Betty.



These Royal types seem to like things that run on rails. This parasite on society The People's Prince, Harry with his missus, rode on a suspiciously uncrowded, ungraffitied and window unetched and clean tram to South Melbourne Beach, while chatting to suspiciously neat school children. PR Score, 10/10.

Herald Sun.


The Age.

Not all is good about public transport. This terrible tram crash on route 25E in Lisbon resulted in 28 people being injured. It is a wonder no one was killed, although perhaps the tram had to be further damaged to extract people. It would have been ironical if 28 people were injured in a tram crash on the famous Lisbon tourist tram route, 28. They do drive the trams very furiously there, at times less than a metre from someone's front door. 




9 is one of our commercial tv stations Channel Nine, with many other interests and Fairfax Press own The Age in Melbourne and The Sydney Morning Herald, both good broadsheet newspapers, that are now tabloid in size........and perhaps becoming more tabloid by nature. The acquisition by Channel 9 will probably speed up that process. Nine tried to report it as a merger, and were quickly howled down, but with decreasing diversity of our media, who will be around to howl things down? Probably not Fairfax Press if it is to do with Channel Nine and the Packer empire. Only our ABC.


What would a post from me be without including a bit of sleaze. The bottom picture is not a child's dummy (pacifier) but nine months later, that is what may be needed.



Even the sleazebag that I am, I did not immediately get this one. Sexist really isn't it, but it amused me.

27 comments:

  1. Even the carpet on that tram looks suspiciously free of stains...
    Early as it is, I smiled at both the last two images.

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    1. Not carpet EC but no blackened chewing gum stuck to the floor either.

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  2. Your blog is always a great read especially like the variety of topics discussed. The 'merger' image says it all however channel 9 wants to paint it.

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    1. Thanks Cheryl. Maybe I should be called Andrew Variety. I thought it was a pretty good and cutting cartoon.

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  3. I realise that not all is good about public transport, but I still hope private traffic will be banned from the Central Business District one day.

    Do we know if more people are injured and killed on public transport across Australia or more are injured and killed by private transport eg speeding cars and bulky trucks?

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    1. Hels, I am not sure about Spencer Street and King Street, but everywhere east of King Street should be closed to private cars or made too expensive to enter, as per London and Singapore. That does rather favour the rich though.

      I don't even have to look at the figures to know many more people were killed on roads than on public transport. I don't think a tram or bus has killed anyone this year, and nor has a train except for suicides.

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  4. I did notice the huge crowds hoping to see the 'parasite' and new 'parasitesse'. I wonder why?

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    1. Cro, while I am not sure if it is apt really, the 'cult of celebrity' comes to mind. I think perhaps less than 20% of young people would have much respect for them as being royal, but there is huge respect for them as celebrities.

      Young people here kind of understand who they are, but unlike me, they were not brought up to 'love, honour and respect' them as I was.

      I so wish I still had my tin Commonwealth Bank money box with photos of HRH, Charles, Edward and Andrew on the box. Why wasn't Anne there?

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    2. They are very minor 'royals'; not really top notch.

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  5. I got the last one straight away..lol
    Dreadful that train crash and why do they show the Royals meeting well groomed teenagers in a spick and span clean carriage I will never know.

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    1. Margaret, trams actually. It is all Public Relations action.

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  6. I got that last one right away too and I'm not half the sleazebag you are. Pity about the tram crash, but no one was hurt? That's a good thing.
    Royals are like politicians, whenever they use public transport to show the public how good it is, they get the neat clean uncrowded carriages with the neat clean polite passengers. And of course the public transport is notified ahead of time, so everything runs ON time.

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    1. River, yes, 28 people were hurt in the tram crash. You are quite right about public transport for VIPs. The tram had just been renovated to enth degree, and another was on standby in case that one failed.

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  7. We read here in the States that Duchess Meghan is not the sweet and innocent woman that the PR people would have us believe. So I expect we will see many more spic and span smiles from her and Harry in the coming months before the baby is born.
    I think people do not appreciate good public transport until they have none. Here in the back roads of New Hampshire, there is none at all.

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    1. Maribeth, and never mind the war between her and the Duchess of Cambridge, if you believe the tabloids.

      I just read today, 19 hours by train from NYC to Chicago by train. Absurd!

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  8. Spotless! I did laugh at the last two memes!(lol) Hugs...RO

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  9. Classic Humor There Brother

    Cheers

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  10. I wouldn't wait a moment to catch a glimpse of either. I could be paid though, as a willing old lady, if the price be right, to be helped across the street by Harry, as if it was a spontaneous unplanned event. I could play that part for a sum.

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    1. Strayer, it is the old question answered. It is not about whether you would or wouldn't, but how much you are paid.

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    2. What was the line? Madame, we have established what you are, all we are doing now is haggling over price.

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    3. Oh those are precious, and so true.

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  11. It's just over 10 years since I've been on a train! I have no plans to break that record any time soon! :)

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    1. Not practical for you, Lee, but very necessary for some of us. HRH going by train to Norfolk is a publicity stunt, and quite an effective one. HRH's bloke will get there by car.

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    2. There are no trains here on the hill, Andrew! :)

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    3. No, but just down below you on the coast is the best tram line in Australia.

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