The Others

All of the other bits and bobs I write about.

‘Aussie Pride’ – stay classy!

What better way to celebrate Australia Day than to celebrate the things that our great country can build – like your Holden Commodore ute. Unfortunately this bloke misread the memo – he put a big “Aussie Pride” sticker on the back window, but then switched the Holden badge for a Chevy one. As for a […]

How do you refuel a ship?

Have you ever wondered how ships get refuelled while in port? Unlike cars, ships don’t get taken to a petrol station, but the tanker comes to them.

Shell Australia’s bunker vessel 'MV Zemira'

How does public housing impact a suburb?

It has been a while since I last wrote public housing – a history of the Ascot Vale estate was the most recent one. This time I ask the question – does the presence of public housing impact the rest of a suburb?

Housing Commission flats in Ascot Vale

Melway still beats Google Maps?

The other day the publishers of Melbourne’s Melway street directory boasted that their maps were more up to date than Google Maps, which reminded me of an experience I had the other month when trying to find my way in Footscray.

Footscray's Fordham Reserve on a Melway map

‘I recognise that’ in a TV advertisement

I was watching television the other night when one of the insipid ‘I bought a Jeep’ advertisements came on. If anything, the commercials make me think of Jeep owners as wankers, but I did notice one interesting thing…

Hearne Parade, Geelong, Victoria - via Google Streetview