The Others

All of the other bits and bobs I write about.

Melbourne’s misleadingly named housing estate

Melbourne’s property developers have a habit of stealing names from New York when branding their new apartment complexes – “Tribeca” and “Upper West Side” are two recent examples. However they have managed to outdo themselves, with the “Manhattan Place” housing estate in the outer western suburb of Tarneit. This is Manhattan. Big city, tall buildings, […]

Loading the Spirit of Tasmania

The Spirit of Tasmania is a roll-on/roll-off ferry that carries road vehicles as well as passengers between the island state of Tasmania and the rest of Australia. Two vessels operate the service across Bass Strait – MV Spirit of Tasmania I and MV Spirit of Tasmania II. So how are cars loaded onto it?

Spirit of Tasmania II moored at Station Pier

The return of taxi advertising in Melbourne

When I was younger seeing Melbourne taxis with advertising panels attached to the rear boot was normal, but then they died away. Apparently somebody out there missed them, as this “Back by popular demand” advertisement seems to suggest. So what happened to them?

'Back by popular demand' they say? Back of taxi advertising from 'Rova Taxi Media'

A legitimate case of package downsizing

The other day I cracked open a new box of headache tablets and noticed something odd – two empty slots in the foil blister pack inside. It didn’t seem right, so I had a look at the old packet sitting in the bathroom.

Ten tablets in a package made for 12

Another 15 minutes of fame

It looks like my blog post yesterday about confronting a racist guy on the tram got a bit of attention, with almost 8,000 views of my blog during the day.

Traffic to my blog on March 20, 2014