From: Roderick Smith [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, 16 May 2018 10:04 AM
180504F Metro Twitter:
- Carrum Nudie.
- 1927 Frankston - Red Hill ticket.
- old Melbourne map.
180504F 'SMH' - escalator art.
180504F Melbourne 'Age' - level crossing (Rosanna?).
Yahoo is showing some photos, but erratically. I can't work out how to beat
For those formerly relying on web viewing: photos are variously at
<www.westonlangford.com>, <www.hcvc.com.au/forum/index>, https://tdu.to,
<www.paddleducks.co.uk>, Metro Twitter https://twitter.com/metrotrains ,
Age / SMH /
Brisbane Times / Canberra Times ' WA Today at the links, and
<www.flickr.com/photos/13175590@N00> (for 7 days, search on tag
4.5.18 Metro Twitter
Hurstbridge line: Services have resumed from first service this morning
after level-crossing and tunnel work.
6.58 from Eltham cancelled! Good start! And it's cancelled again! 2 from 2!
Won't put a blip on the "percentage services completed" radar.
At Carrum station this morning, grab a Nudie breakfast on the go!
8.45 Frankston line: Minor delays (an equipment fault near Moorabbin).
9.17 Craigieburn line: Minor delays (an ill passenger at North Melbourne).
Using public records to answer the question: Why is Melbourne's Flinders
Lane not called Little Flinders Street?
12.56 Because of a tram fault in Elizabeth St near Collins St, no Route
19/57/59 trams are operating between Flinders St and Stop 5 Melbourne
Central. Use City Loop trains to connect between stations.
- 13.45 Route 19/57/59 trams have resumed, with possible delays.
- 14.15 why are there always delays with route 19? Is this what you do with
the money you fine from your passengers? Good job, I'm so proud of you guys.
- 14.21 Omg so true. PTV need to know themselves. Before they collecting
fines from passengers, they need to change their poor services
seriously...aussie public transport service is [bad] compared with other
countries. AUSSIE PUBLIC TRANSPORT IS SUCH A DISASTER.
Melbourne Express, Friday, May 4, 2018.
The 7.49 down Epping has been cancelled (a faulty train).
Hurstbridge line is running again, with trains finally returning and the new
Rosanna station opening on Friday morning, after an extended shutdown of the
line forced commuters onto buses for an extra week.
The Hurstbridge line Photo: The Age.
There was not a blog yesterday; I was a bit crook, and there wasn't time for
a replacement blogger to be arranged to step in.
It's all happening at whatchamacallit stadium 4 May 2018.
Quick question, no Googling: where is the CitiPower Centre? Melburnians, if
you don't know, you should: it's in your backyard, and it is going host
international cricket next summer.
OK, what about Mars Stadium? McDonald Jones Stadium? GMHBA Stadium? Give up?
Two have AFL footy this weekend, and one is staging the A-League grand final
on Saturday night. Bonus point if you matched all three grounds to
TIO Stadium? Cazaly's? Optus? A different TIO? Blundstone? Spotless? UNSW?
All AFL grounds this season. Adelaide Arena? Another AFL ground, but not
within cooee of where you might think.
Formerly Marathon Stadium, EnergyAustralia Stadium, Ausgrid Stadium and
Confused? Here's another set: Shell Stadium, Baytec Stadium, Skilled
Stadium, Simonds Stadium, GMHBA Stadium? It's a trick question, of course.
They're all the same place, formerly (and in fact still) Kardinia Park.
Baytec's hold on the naming rights didn't last long enough even to get to
the baptism, but there you go. There they all go, sooner or later.
Sport has been selling the farm for a long time now. Everything's up for
grabs, nailed down or not. Banks, betting companies, brokers, line up here:
a mark, a kick, a guernsey, a theme song (remember "here we go Camry
Crows"?) even a footballer's christened name once, Garry Hocking's, which
Geelong sold for cat food.
Nothing is above commercial exploitation.
Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo has a patent-winning celebration, whereby he
drinks champagne from his boot. It's called a "shoey". Except that it's not
patent to Ricciardo any more, because Formula One this week trade-marked
this piece of "intellectual property" (!) for its own money-grubbing
Racing has long been known for its dissolute ways, but might have broken new
ground this week when two betting companies managed to attach their names
simultaneously to the Warrnambool Cup, and when Tom Waterhouse eased his way
back into the limelight, offering clients the chance to "learn directly from
the fourth-generation elite in betting" when what he meant was three
generations of elite and one of infamous fraudulence in what is still the
greatest scam in Australian racing history, try as Aquanita might.
Just this week, too, an ad for Sydney Swans hospitality suites ended up on
the front of Breitbart, which is what happens when you send your commercial
pitch off on the high seas of the internet, and don't mind much where it
But stadium naming rights remain the most, well, dislocating. It's because
they're always there, and then they're not. The commercial appellations
slosh around and around, periodically changing hands and swapping cities.
There seems to be an AAMI around every corner, and an ANZ in every town, and
once, because there was already a Telstra Stadium in Sydney, the Telstra in
Melbourne had to become a Dome, which it patently was not, and it was OK,
because the Sydney Telstra soon became an ANZ anyway.
Kardinia Park, 1965. Photo: The Age.
Nothing and nowhere was not for rent. Even the MCG valued its name rights
once, or do I mean priced them? When Perth sketched out a new stadium,
then-premier Colin Barnett loftily declared that he would not prostitute its
name. That promise did not outlive a change of government, and so instead of
Swan Stadium, we have another bloody Optus.
Does it matter? I think it does. It's blatant. John Elliott might have been
a bit of a blackguard, and his name on a stand at Carlton a source of angst,
but at least you knew that he was wholly invested. It's tacky, but worse
than that, obtuse. When a name is barely identifiable either as itself or
with a place and a history, it fails. Geelong have a terrific stadium with
a(nother) crap name.
It's embarrassing. Much as NSW wanted to pull down ANZ Stadium last month,
now ANZ surely does. Instead, it sits there, nameplate blaring: we've got
all your money, and your footy ground, too.
Above all, by divorcing sport's nomenclature from its heritage, and
enjoining us all in the repeated act of instant forgetting, Big Brother
style, it creates an impermanence that jars on the many of us who like to
think sport is not merely ephemera. If the name doesn't matter except for
saleability, what does?
I was momentarily buoyed this week to learn that the name of the cricket
ground in Cardiff was reverting from witless SSE SWALEC Stadium to Sophia
Gardens, with all its resonances. But this happy restoration is only until
another buyer is found.
The war on coal is making the world's biggest miners a lot richer 4 May
Vending machine fail sparks angry backlash from Blackburn station commuter.
Whitehorse Leader May 4, 2018.
video: Man kicks vending machine at train station.
A FRUSTRATED commuter has carried out a frenzied attack on a vending machine
after it failed to deliver his cashew nuts.
The Whitehorse Leader spotted the man venting his anger at Blackburn railway
station, after his unsuccessful attempt to buy a $3.50 bag of cashews, on
Passengers on the platform watched on as the man repeatedly kicked and
hurled himself against the machine in an attempt to dislodge his snack.
COMMENT BELOW: HOW HAVE YOU DEALT WITH A VENDING MACHINE THAT WOULDN'T
RELEASE YOUR TREAT?
But his sustained attack on the hapless machine was to no avail - the
stubborn bag of cashews remained firmly wedged behind the glass.
The cashews were still stuck when Leader checked this morning.
Heritage awards go for a loop 4 May 2018.
Maybe it was sleep deprivation from looking after a three-week old baby, but
artist and architect Chris Fox immediately imagined "something twisting" and
a "large floating stair" when asked in 2016 how he'd turn Wynyard's historic
old escalators into art.
On Friday, Mr Fox's giant sculpture, the Interloop, received the inaugural
award for the most outstanding project of the year from the National Trust
NSW's annual Heritage Awards.
Chris Fox with his giant sculpture The Interloop. Photo: Peter Rae
The awards have been running for 24 years. But this year's have a distinctly
modern spring in their step. They recognise the everyday, such as the
80-year-old steep wooden escalators used by commuters at Wynyard until Mr
Fox repurposeda third of the treads into a giant twisting accordion-shaped
They also pay homage to craftsmen and women such as blacksmith Guido
Gouverneur, whose balustrade at Dawes Point stops tourists from falling into
the harbour while having a quotidiean beauty. Mr Gouverneur received the
inaugural heritage skills award for his lifetime contribution which has kept
an ancient skill alive.
The awards marked a move away from the "purely white male Anglo version of
heritage" to a wider representation of cultural perspective, said Brian
Powyer, chairman of the National Trust of Australia.
"There is a recognition that while the grand is important, and forms an
important part of a heritage story, it is the everyday stuff that [the]
person in [the] street relates to," said Mr Powyer.
video: Wynyard's wooden escalators get new life
"Interloop" is the name of the new artwork above the York St exit of the
station that reuses the escalators which had been used since 1932.
Mr Fox's Interloop raised memories and questions, for instance, about how
technology had changed.
The Wynyard wooden escalators were opened in 1932 as part of Dr J. J. C
Bradfield's grand vision for Sydney's transport system, which included deep
tunnels at Wynyard Station.
For Mr Fox, the award is exciting because it sets a precedent, showing that
a "dramatic, flamboyant artwork can operate as heritage".
"It is the idea that heritage can be thought about in a more abstracted and
poetic way," he said.
After working on large-scale projects internationally, Mr Fox said it was a
great thing to do in his own home town. And it brought back memories of
trips into the city as a boy.
This year's winners include the adaptive reuse and conservation of the
historic buildings at the 170-year old Goonoo Goonoo Station, established by
the Australian Agricultural Company in 1841 for the production of merino
wool; and the conservation and refurbishment of the Australian Museum's
Westpac Long Gallery, Australia's first purpose-built museum exhibition
space, and the publication Shack Life, telling the story of three small
beachside communities in the Royal National Park south of Sydney and how
their residents fought to save their beloved shacks and keep shack heritage