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transport

It wasn’t just a 37 day project

What they got done at Bentleigh, Mckinnon and Ormond during the 37 day shutdown of the Frankston line to remove the level crossings was very impressive, and I’m told the project team are (rightly) proud of the results. 37 days of round-the-clock works, 3 of the worst level crossings gone. Watch them disappear in 3  ... [More]

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transport

Getting around without trams and/or trains

Updates below If you’re keeping up with the news, you’d know that the Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) is in dispute with both the tram and train operators. At this stage, there is a threat of industrial action, which could be anything from refusing to wear uniforms to refusing to check tickets to disrupting  ... [More]

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Toxic Custard newsletter transport

You shall not pass

I know it’s been around for a while, but I was quite struck the other day by these traffic lights on the corner of La Trobe and Swanston Streets, facing southbound traffic coming down Swanston. The left and right arrows are for motor vehicles (which can go left or right, but not straight ahead). The  ... [More]

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Retrospectives

Telstra brochure from 1997 explains new-fangled “text messages”

Clearing out some old books, I found this from 1997. It’s a Telstra brochure explaining a new product they’re introducing: the “SMS Text Message Service.” Front cover: Middle pages: Back page: Everything was new once upon a time, right? From the brochure (and this matches my recollection), initially messages could not be sent between operators.  ... [More]

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Net Retrospectives

It was twenty years ago today

Twenty years ago today, I posted my first online writing

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Twitter

Twitter highlights part 2

Here’s the second instalment of my best Twitter posts. Interestingly I was reading a blog post by reknowned Geek Robert Scoble where he highlighted a number of issues with Twitter, including the exact reason I’m doing this: I canโ€™t get to my old Tweets. Seriously. They are, Iโ€™m sure, on a server somewhere in San  ... [More]

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transport

Subway

Subway — noun — Australian/British English — underground walkway, tunnel for pedestrians. Subway — noun — North American English — An underground railway. There’s some quite witty lyrics in there that went totally over my head when I was a kid, reflecting perhaps the love-hate relationship many users have with busy railways.

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Culture Melbourne

Daniel’s art deco exhibition

I went to see the Art Deco exhibition at NGV International last Friday night. I would have gladly paid, but happily went when invited as part of a corporate thing, which was great, as there were no crowds. I’ve long liked art deco, and there’s some terrific pieces, highlighting that the style influenced not only  ... [More]

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Canberra 2005 Culture Food'n'drink

Canberra day 1

(This post backdated to the date it happened, not the date I wrote it.) Marita, Justine and I got a lunchtime flight out of Melbourne, and got to Canberra, Australia’s capital city, a little less than an hour later. Straight off the plane, through baggage claim and into a cab bound for Kingston, and the  ... [More]

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Canberra 2005

Off to Canberra

I’m off to Canberra until Sunday. Be good, and don’t burgle my house. PS. 12:05pm. Courtesy of Justine, hello from the Melbourne Qantas Club. Woo hoo, free Internet! PPS. Sunday 12:40pm. Well I just flew back from Canberra, and my arms are tired. Will post about it soon. In the mean time, Tony and Rae  ... [More]

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