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Old photos from December 2008

My regular post of ten year old photos... The smiley in the sky (first posted here) Tram of the beast (First posted here) The next station is Connex Back when the trams were battleship grey, and they used obscure route numbers like 47. In December 2008 a brand new bike parking cage was under construction at Bentleigh. It would be demolished just 7 years later as part of the rebuilding of

Photos from ten years ago, Toxic Custard newsletter

Old photos from November 2008

Continuing my series of ten year old photos... The coal industry trying to pretend they're good guys. I don't know if they even pretend these days... note yesterday Adani announced it would press ahead with its new coal mine, in the middle of a state bushfire crisis -- nice touch. Warrnambool holiday! This was fun. Should go back sometime. Unprotected level crossing somewhere near War

Photos from ten years ago, Toxic Custard newsletter

Old photos from October 2008

My monthly post of ten year old photos... My day job had me working in Collins Street, and occasionally we'd get to go to the upper levels and check out the view. That's Manchester Lane at the bottom left, and near the top left you can just see the Shrine. Newspaper House dates from a 1933 revamp of an 1884 building, and at the time was owned by Herald and Weekly Times. The renovation also adde

Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from September 2008

How can it be October already? It's still September in some timezones, so here's my regular post of photos from ten years ago, covering September 2008.   At Richmond station, I was probably trying to take a photo to help publicise the PTUA's discount yearly tickets - but couldn't get the ticket itself quite into focus on the old camera. Also at Richmond, one of those days when t

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Old photos from Europe 20 years ago

Normally each month I post photos from ten years earlier. I noticed that it's twenty years since my 1998 trip to Europe. This was the first trip I blogged in excruciating unnecessary detail - and I'm glad I did, as I've been rereading the posts, reliving the trip. I've taken the opportunity to re-scan some of the better photos and update the blog posts, and here they are in a post of their o

Photos from ten years ago, Toxic Custard newsletter

Old photos from August 2008

Here's my monthly post of photos from ten years ago. For a while I was waging war on ghost tram route numbers via this blog post and then this Age article. Numbers like 7 and 9 were pointless because nobody outside a few gunzels knew them. This was tram route 7 to Malvern Depot. In 2011, all the obscure route numbers got renumbered to something people can actually understand. Route 7 f

Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from July 2008

Another in my series of old photos from ten years ago... Let's start with Melbourne Central. A few years earlier, the centre and station concourse had been re-developed to better integrate the shops with the station. And by integrate, I mean funnel the passengers through the shopping centre instead of directly out to Swanston Street. What could possibly make it worse? Closing the entrance fr

Photos from ten years ago, Toxic Custard newsletter

Old photos from June 2008

Here's another in my series of old photos from ten years ago... this time, June 2008. You might remember that Frank Woodley did TV ads for Metlink, to encourage bus usage. Here's the cartoon version, on a bus stop. Speaking of advertising, I quite liked this ad for the Get Smart movie (originally posted here). Come to think of it, I've still never seen the movie. Hitachi train, sporti

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Old photos from May 2008

Another in my series of old photos from ten years ago, this time from May 2008... Petrol prices shot up this month. This would be about $2.06 in today's dollars. More amazing is that just four years earlier, the RACV had predicted prices wouldn't go above about $1.08. ACMI has put on a lot of great exhibitions, but this one might have been my favourite: basically the history of video games

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Old photos from April 2008

It's the last day of April, so here's my monthly post of photos from ten years ago. Early April 2008 seems to have been busy. I had this opinion piece published on the ABC web site, in relation to the then-just published Eddington "East West Link Needs Assessment": An unhealthy dose of bitumen for Melbourne (I'll fess up: some of the writing style doesn't look like mine, so I'm betting my