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transport

Has Metro turned the corner on punctuality?

Expect some gloating from Metro today. The Track Record monthly report for May was released yesterday, and shows a marked improvement in train punctuality. We already knew the May average had improved to a not very spectacular 82.2%, but the detailed figures might show better the first effects of the early May timetable change. From […]

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Politics and activism

Ambulance membership fees drop by half this Friday

I missed the media coverage of this: Coalition cuts ambulance membership fees in half: “From July 1, ambulance membership costs will drop from $150 to $75 a year for families and $75 to $37.50 a year for singles – that is just 20 cents a day for families and 10 cents a day for singles,” […]

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Clothes TV

Doctor Who boxer shorts? Seriously?

Now I’ve seen everything. (Spotted in Target Bourke Street. There were also some 4th Doctor designs.)

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transport

The bus to nowhere

Apparently the buses at this bus stop have a destination of “None”. The addition to the sign in this case is accurate. It’s a spot where buses layover in William Street between runs. Apparently they’ve put bus stop signs up there to stop motorists parking there if they don’t notice the Bus Zone signs. But […]

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Geek

Server hiccup

If you can see this, then (hopefully) things are getting back to normal. A server move was in the offing, but part of it happened sooner than I thought, effectively taking the site offline, and I didn’t have time earlier to fix it. Long story. Please leave a comment if you see any more weirdness. […]

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transport

Westgate bridge: induced traffic coming soon

There you go; the RACV said again yesterday (as they have done in the past) that the $1.4 billion M1/Westgate Bridge upgrade (including the new lanes opened yesterday) will be swamped within a decade. Brian Negus, of the RACV, welcomed the opening of the fifth lane. It was the final link in the freeway corridor […]

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Consumerism

Unit pricing: I suspect this is the most expensive product in the supermarket

I suspect this is the most expensive product in the supermarket, per gram. $1212 per 10 grams makes it $121,200 per kilogram. Whereas the imitation stuff is one twelve-hundredth the price.

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Consumerism transport

Preaching to the converted?

There’s a billboard facing the light rail (tram) line to St Kilda, near the City Road station. As far as I can see, from its positioning, it is visible only to tram passengers. What’s it advertising this month? It’s Metro’s “This is me” campaign. These adverts have come under some criticism. …encouraging yet more passengers […]

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Brisbane 2011 Friends and loved ones

The memorial bench

At the University of Queensland this week, they installed a park bench, a memorial to my father, who studied there and was editor of the student magazine Sempor Floreat sixty years ago this year. I’m told it’s beside the lake (obviously) next to College Road, close to the intersection with Staff House Road. Judging from […]

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Geek

How to reject a call on an iPhone

iPhones are so easy to use. A colleague’s iPhone rings on his desk when he’s elsewhere in a meeting, and the screen lights up to say you slide to answer. Great! But how does one reject the call? I ask around to my office full of iPhone users. Nobody knows. Hilarious. I’m not just wording […]