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Photos from last week

The hi fi box was a big hit with my niece (and nephew) Having obtained a government-provided "boarding pass" (they were handed out with some MXs -- I missed out but managed to get one via Kev, who saved it for me), I went searching for the airport rail link. Strangely enough it wasn't listed on the network status board. A while back I bought some shirts from that Charles Tyrwhitt mob who

Geek, Home life, music, Toxic Custard newsletter

Hi fi part 2: the kitchen radio

After buying the new livingroom hi-fi, my thinking was I want a device for the kitchen that does DAB+ for digital radio (eg music such as Double-J without relying on the vagaries of the internet connection) and can also do AirPlay (eg for music from iTunes on the Mac). Devices that do both DAB+ and AirPlay in one kitchen-sized unit seem to be extremely scarce. The only one I've found was sold b

transport

Level crossings: Which are funded to be removed, which are promised?

27/9/2017: Updated list Jump straight to the list I've been trying to sort out the status of all the level crossings from the various lists. Some are fully funded, others are funded for planning, and some are merely promises/pledges from the politicians. I ended up going back to the ALCAM 2008 list, and working through which have already been grade separated, and which are now proposed.

Photos from ten years ago, Toxic Custard newsletter

Old photos from September 2004

Another in my series of posts of ten year old photos: some snaps from September 2004... I don't seem to have many of interest this month, but oh well. Collins Street and Elizabeth Street, a snap not used in this blog post. Trams were turning around here for a special event up ahead for Olympians returning from the 2004 Games in Athens. In some ways it hasn't changed much, but there's a big tram

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Some pics from the past week

Lego MCG at Myer toy department, Emporium If you try to steal this tram seat, it could get messy. Flowerpots. Many flowerpots. At Gazi, the modern Greek restaurant in the old Herald Sun building. Lots of these ads around the place at the moment. What is it? Some kind of big survey thing run by advertising company J C Decaux. If you're wondering, the Morse code says "Are you in".

transport

Govt flyer sent to #Bentleigh voters missing any mention of their biggest project: #EWLink

Letters that arrive in anonymous envelopes and then turn out to be party political propaganda are not my favourite thing. This one from the State Liberals showed up the other day. The Liberals' signature project, perhaps the most expensive infrastructure project ever undertaken in the state, is the East West road tunnel -- around $18 billion in construction costs, but likely to cost much mor

Politics and activism, transport

Labor pledges to grade-separate Bentleigh level crossing

As I walked to the station this morning there seemed to be an unusually long tailback of cars approaching the level crossing. I found a gaggle of reporters at the station, and shortly afterwards state opposition leader Dan(iel) Andrews showed up, with public transport spokesperson Jill Hennessy and local Bentleigh candidate Nick Staikos, to announce Labor will grade separate the Centre Road cro

Toxic Custard newsletter, TV

Why does the government want to kill Community TV?

It takes a special kind of cunning to first nobble the National Broadband Network, that if fully implemented might have been able to reliably deliver realtime high-definition video into homes... ...and then cancel community television licences, and demand those stations go online instead. This seems like a bad idea in many ways, not the least of which is that many of the disenfranchised

Toxic Custard newsletter, transport

Four minutes? Impossible!

I can't help noticing that when traffic is relatively light, this sign on Kings Way always it's 4 minutes to Williamstown Road. This seems as optimistically unlikely as those old Citylink travel time promises. Google Maps reckons it's 7.7 kilometres, and estimates a travel time without traffic of 6 minutes. The speed limit along the freeway and over the Westgate bridge is 80 km/h, which

Toxic Custard newsletter, transport

Airport rail begins here… well, eventually, maybe

There's some big news on the East West Link today, with Labor saying that if the Supreme Court agrees with the Cities of Moreland and Yarra that the planning approval was invalid, they will rip up the contracts if elected. Read all about it here in The Age. But meanwhile... Lots of ads for the Airport rail link have gone up around Southern Cross Station in the last few days. Yest