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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

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Old photos from March 2008

Another in my series of ten year old photos; here's March 2008. ACMI's Game On exhibition had some great old games to play. Here's son#1 Isaac playing Pong. ...but it was the 80s-era arcade machines that I really enjoyed the most, re-living my teenage years. (I'm still tempted to buy an old machine.) The old post office in Emirates House, off Collins Street. Queue out the door again.

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Old photos from February 2008

Ten years ago I was surviving (somehow) with no hot water, after the water heater packed-up. The solar system I had installed to replace it is, thankfully, still going nicely. Anyway, it's the last day of Feb - just time for some old photos from ten years ago - another in my series of rehashed content looking through the archives. Firstly though, a sound recording - an automated announcement

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Old photos from January 2008

Another in my series of ten year old photos. In late-2007/early-2008 there was a stoush around the banning of bicycles in zone 1 during peak hours. In February 2008 the ban was reversed. Notice that this sign is ambiguous: are the bikes banned on any train that serves zone 1 during peak, or just banned on the part of the trip within zone 1? (It was the latter.) Banksy had visited Melbourne

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Old photos from December 2007

Here's another in my series of ten year old photos, this time from December 2007. Rain at Flinders Street Station. This shot captured a particular problem with the drainage which saw water gushing down past the door of this Hitachi train. Hopefully that issue is long since fixed, or at least being resolved in the current renovation. Ever wondered what's inside one of those Information tote

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Old photos from November 2007

Bentleigh area peeps: the steam train is back tomorrow (Saturday 25th November)! Steam trains this Saturday: Caulfield, Ormond, Mckinnon, Bentleigh, Moorabbin. 🚂 pic.twitter.com/fHTqBE4RrE— Daniel Bowen (@danielbowen) November 22, 2017 Meanwhile, here's another of my sets of ten year old photos, this time from November 2007. The month started with a quick trip to Adelaide. From

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Old photos from October 2007

ZOMG, for the first time since I started this series, I forgot to post photos for October 2007 in October. And nobody noticed. Not surprising; I suspect I'm the most amused by these. Here they are. First, here's the classic pic of Flinders Street Station. Basically the same nowadays, but covered in scaffolding for the renovation -- back then there was also no tram platform stop adjacen

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Old photos from September 2007

Here's yet another of my blog posts of photos from ten years ago: September 2007. Around this time there was a somewhat sarcastic Metlink fare evasion campaign, which pointed out that fare evaders' trips were subsidised by everybody else, and that fare evaders should therefore offer to buy dinner or mow the lawn of a fare-paying passenger. Someone obviously didn't like this. Well before Ub