Google Streetview car up close

Last night this Google Streetview car was cruising along William Street outside Flagstaff station. The driver waved back as I took the photo.

It’ll be interesting to see how long the photos it was (well, may have been) gathering take to get online. Last time it was over a year, but from what I hear they’re getting much faster these days — perhaps a matter of weeks.

Google Streetview car, William St, Melbourne

Olympic Doughnuts: new sign hopefully less trademark-infringing

As has been noted before, Olympic Doughnuts survived the rebuild of Footscray station.

Olympic Doughnuts

This was apparently so important that the Premier made special mention of it when the new facility opened:

The other area that I’ll make a brief comment on is I was out at Footscray this morning as part of the Regional Rail project. And one of the feedbacks we got from the Footscray community and the people who use Footscray Station was the enormous popularity of a local institution there: Olympic Doughnuts. And the feedback was, ‘Make changes to the station, but make sure you keep the Olympic Doughnuts and the man with the Olympic Doughnuts.’ So the Regional Rail team facilitated a new and more appropriate facility for Olympic Doughnuts to stay on the forecourt of the Footscray Station.

I finally got to partake in one of their jammy delights on Friday.

Somebody must have decided (possibly because government was involved in providing the new booth) that the old trademark-defying logo (the Olympic rings, upside-down) had to be adapted into something else. They came up with something quite neat.

Here’s the old logo:
Footscray doughnut van, 2007

Here’s the new:
Olympic Doughnuts

The new logo incorporates the Olympic rings, but in a less trademark-infringing way. The iconic dolphin, still used as the jam dispenser, is featured prominently. The date of establishment, 1979, is also worked into it.

Well done, whoever came up with this!

Shame the rest of the area is currently so windswept and desolate. Perhaps there is more development coming.

(Eagle-eyed customers may note that in the rear of the shop, behind a half-open door, the old sign is still sitting at the back.)

UFO playground – Clayton South

I was talking to my friend Andrew about this, and realised I never posted photos.

In Clayton South (The Grange, Osborne Avenue) there’s a playground with a UFO theme, to mark the day in 1966 where a large group of students at nearby schools spotted an unidentified flying object in the sky, seen landing and then taking off close to the park.

A recent Herald Sun article notes the view that the object was actually a secret military balloon designed to measure radiation, launched at Mildura but blown off course, part of nuclear testing at Maralinga.

In any case, for those with kids, the playground is recommended!

The Grange (UFO-themed playground), Clayton South

The Grange (UFO-themed playground), Clayton South

The Grange (UFO-themed playground), Clayton South

The Grange (UFO-themed playground), Clayton South

Photos from August 2004

Continuing my series of ten year old photos… This month there’s a few domestic pics thrown into the mix.

This is the view out onto St Kilda Road from the National Gallery of Victoria, one rainy afternoon. Quite arty, isn’t it. The photo I mean, not just the gallery.
View out of the National Gallery of Victoria, August 2004

The pedestrian bridge over the Yarra, back when there weren’t gazillions of padlocks on the wires. Looks like the Eureka Tower was still under construction. (Wikipedia reckons it was built between 2002 and 2006.)
Yarra pedestrian bridge, August 2004

The entrance to the Degraves Street subway aka the Campbell Arcade to Flinders Street station. Most of the shops in the subway have got a bit more hipster since then. The background has changed a bit — no giant tram Superstop back then.
Flinders Street, subway to station, August 2004

Flinders Street station clock tower opposite Elizabeth Street. Hasn’t changed much.
Flinders Street Station tower, August 2004

Richmond station: a Siemens train, then in very plain colours, arrives. I think they were still coming into service at this point, and Connex had only just taken over M>Train’s routes, so liveries and so on were probably in limbo.

Glenhuntly station’s resident pigeon feeder in action. He used to bring an enormous amount of bird food, which of course led to an enormous amount of bird poo on the platform. Some years later, one of the station hosts subsequently told me he’d passed away. A smiley-faced former M>Train is heading to Frankston.
Glenhuntly station, August 2004

Moving to domestic matters, the rental house we had in Carnegie from 2003-2005 had a big backyard. Here it is one winter’s morning, with frost on the grass. The trampoline’s been put on its side to reduce the moisture getting onto it. In the two years we lived there, I never touched the vegie patch. Being a big block, close to Carnegie’s shops and railway station, the site is ripe for redevelopment — a quick Google shows it sold for $805,000 in May 2013.
The back garden, August 2004

This was the garden shed/car port at Carnegie. When I moved out, the agent optimistically described it as a lock-up garage — it didn’t lock. It was pretty ramshackle. I never kept the car in it, myself — at the time I had the Magna, which would have been uncomfortably tight. Most of the crap in it wasn’t mine, though I did own the discarded red noticeboard and the TV antenna which I’d bought for the previous flat.
My shed, August 2004

Lunch for myself and the kids, ready to go. The small boxes must have been Play Lunch. Hmm, chocolate muesli bars, not a particularly healthy choice, and I guess I’m to blame for that.
Packed lunch, August 2004

Here’s an interesting find. Taken at work (well, at a client site) by then-colleague Linda, we were just about to have cake for my birthday. At the time I had a lot less grey hair, wore a tie (stopped in 2011), and obviously wore the phone (a Nokia 6100) and its (wired) hands-free kit, along with an ID card and key hanging from my belt. I think that’s another colleague’s desk/computer in the background, but mine would have been similar (less tidy, probably). Another colleague, Gary, is evidently keen to get into the cake, and on the far right is John, who passed-away in 2007.
Daniel at work, August 2004

Update Sunday 17/8/2014: Since Michelle wanted to see the cake, here it is:
Daniel's birthday cake, 2004