Live from the BBC (and a few other pics from this week)

Live from the BBC!
Live from the BBC

I’m no big fan of motor vehicles, but that is a fine looking machine.
I'm no big fan of motor vehicles, but that is a fine looking machine.

Advert for Myki top-up at 7-11 talks up the fact that it’s instant, without the delay of online top-up.
#Myki promo in @mxmelbourne talking up instant topup (no delay like online)

And finally, from a friend’s kids’ party last weekend… this castle had a high quotient of princesses in towers. Razing it was a lot easier than in medieval times:
Conquest of castles was never this easy in medieval days (1/3)
Conquest of castles was never this easy in medieval days (2/3)
Conquest of castles was never this easy in medieval days (3/3)

According to old ads, chemist used to sell stuff called “film” from a company called “Kodak”.

One of the chemists in Bentleigh is renovating, and this old signage has been revealed — soon to be covered up with something new. Apparently they used to sell stuff called “film” from a company called “Kodak”.

Old advertising at chemist in Bentleigh

The windows have also shown up some old ads. Anybody care to estimate how old they might be?

Old advertising in chemist window

Old advertising in chemist window

Evidently “Beyond 2000” finished in 1999.

What is cross linked elastin cream, anyway?

The sign on the top of the shop might be a good submission for Our Fading Past.

Halloween approaches

Just after I moved to my current address, I noted that some of the local kids went Trick Or Treating for Halloween. It’s been the same in subsequent years, and I fully expect the same next week.

I’ve decided that while I’m not into cultural imperialism and the adaption of American traditions to Australia, this is something I’m happy enough to support on the basis that it’s a good way to meet some of the neighbours.

In fact I’m seriously considering getting some fake pumpkins from the $2 shop and putting them up in the doorway to flag that we’re joining in. And I’m wondering if my kids want to have a go… perhaps the Dalek costume Jeremy built for my sister’s 40th birthday (theme: Best of British) might get another outing.

What’s the situation in other neighbourhoods?

  • About 24 per cent of Australians plan to celebrate Halloween this year, according to McCrindle Research. Social analysts suggest the commercialisation of the event is behind its growing popularity.The Age today

Want to dress like Sherlock Holmes? The menswear shop in Bentleigh is selling Deer Stalkers

Spotted at Stanley’s Menswear in Centre Road: UK-made Deer Stalker – a snip at $129.95.

Deerstalker in Stanley's Menswear, Bentleigh

(Apart from sleuthing, I guess you could also use it for stalking deer.)

New 40kmh limit on Centre Road: our community is not your highway

The new 40 kmh limit now applies along Centre Road in Bentleigh, 7am to 7pm, every day.

40 limit, Centre Road, Bentleigh

This is good news, particularly as earlier this year it appeared the plan was for it not to apply on Sundays — one of the busiest shopping days.

It’s official recognition that the street is not just for the benefit of motorists.

And it’ll improve safety, and help make the neighbourhood more walkable, as well as assisting public transport interchange, for instance for those changing between trains and westbound 703 buses (for whom there is no convenient pedestrian crossing).

Intriguingly, they also seem to have changed the traffic lights at Jasper/Centre Roads to activate the green man automatically — and not just on Saturdays.

That’s a good move too, a positive for pedestrians (previously one could just miss the lights and have to wait longer) — all these changes appear to be a reflection of the VicRoads “SmartRoads” strategy kicking in… it flags this area as prioritising pedestrians and buses.

PS. Another pic:
Centre Road, new speed limit