Toxic Custard newsletter, transport

Hospital precinct: still no accessible tram services

Melbourne's expanding fleet of low-floor trams are being allocated to tram routes that lack wheelchair-accessible stops, while accessible tram stops are being built on routes that have no low-floor trams. -- The Age: New accessible tram stops not on the level for those most in need in Melbourne Let me present a prime example. This is Melbourne's hospital precinct in Carlton/Parkville.

Health

The lump

I've got a small lump on my thigh. Not painful at all. Probably harmless, the GP said, but he wrote me a referral to get it removed. He asked if I private health insurance. Nope. I gave it up several years ago. It cost me thousands each year (and increasing) and rarely paid out anything at all. He gave me a little lecture, along the lines of "You insure your house, your car... why not your h

Melbourne

Water taps

I've seen these water taps in hospitals and airports. It's great that they're provided, but the problem with them is you basically have to stick your head into the wall to get a drink out of them. So if you're not very coordinated, you'll probably bump it, as the space isn't overly generous. Surely they could provide just a little bit of space outwards -- or upwards -- to make it easier