driving, Toxic Custard newsletter, transport, walking

Why is this road rule never enforced?

Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know I see a lot of motorists blocking intersections, including pedestrian crossings. Here's road regulation 128: Entering blocked intersections A driver must not enter an intersection if the driver cannot drive through the intersection because the intersection, or a road beyond the intersection, is blocked. Penalty: 3 penalty units. At the


Ripponlea heritage: Brinsmead’s Pharmacy

I'm not sure if it's new, but I noticed the other day that the old Brinsmead's Pharmacy in Ripponlea now has a plaque marking its significance. When I was a kid, this was still a chemist. Its survival as a chemist for so long, over sixty years, probably helped the original features stay intact. Nowadays it's a florist, but still gorgeous inside. Apart from the period features

Toxic Custard newsletter, transport

Despite all-night trains, SoCross Station opens late on Sundays

The Night Network trial, in particular running the trains all night on weekends, isn't perfect, but has solved a lot of problems. No "last train" that revellers have to rush for No long wait until dawn if you miss the last train (this was said to be an issue contributing to CBD night time violence) Shift workers can get to and from work on Friday and Saturday nights Relieving the load on t

Photos from ten years ago, Toxic Custard newsletter

Old photos from November 2006

Another in my series of photos from ten years ago. I found quite a few this month, and also found one from October 2006 which had been missed, and since added to that post. The Bentleigh Festival. Obviously this spot looks quite different now with the level crossing gone. PT spotters will also notice the old-style bus stop sign. The Bentleigh Festival that year was timed to coincide with r

Consumerism, Home life, Toxic Custard newsletter

How do I pay the electrician?

A couple of years ago I got a ceiling fan fitted in the kitchen. The electrician was pleasant, competent, and did a good job. He said he'd send me an invoice. He never did. A couple of months later I emailed him and asked him to send it. He acknowledged the email and said he'd send it. He never did. A couple of weeks ago I got a ceiling fan fitting in one of the bedrooms. The electrici


Surprise surprise, expanding the Dingley Bypass caused more traffic

Remember the Dingley Bypass? The western end was built as the "South Road Extension" as two lanes (one each way) just last decade. It mostly wasn't dual carriageway, but it was otherwise suspiciously freeway-like. Having appeared in the 1969 freeway plan, it wasn't difficult to see that it would be expanded. (Dingley Arterial 2015 - Google StreetView) Sure enough in 2010, it was announc


After years of inaction, great to see progress on Southland station

Last week on Facebook the Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan published this great photo (along with a couple of others) from Southland Station under construction: Over the weekend of 5-6 November when the Frankston line was closed, they put the pedestrian subway into place. On Facebook the doubters continue to... well, doubt the usefulness of the station, to which I will say (at the


Metro bingo

My comment piece in The Age this morning: Metro Trains, it's time you got your act together This is a result of last Thursday night's complete train network shutdown -- thankfully not during peak hour -- when a control room alarm caused an evacuation. Oh crap. @metrotrains control room evacuation. (Showgrounds "good service" has no scheduled services at the moment). #MetroBingo


Traffic lights, bus stops, car parks – finishing touches on the new stations

Some 2-3 months after they all re-opened, Ormond, McKinnon and Bentleigh stations are still being worked on. There's been a flurry of activity this week ahead of the "Family Fun Day" tomorrow - featuring music, food stalls and a double-ended steam train with old "red rattler" Tait carriages to run between Caulfield and Moorabbin (stopping at the three new stations). At McKinnon they've installe

Politics and activism, Toxic Custard newsletter

Some random thoughts on the Trump ascendancy

Well, this is fascinating to watch. I knew it could happen, but didn't honestly think it would. Breaking news! We have nothing to say! pic.twitter.com/DrQARJN7eI— Daniel Bowen (@danielbowen) November 9, 2016 Nothing will change overnight. The inauguration isn't until January, but even then... we'll see how fast he moves after that. I hope his tone will be more moderate now he's no