The Others

All of the other bits and bobs I write about.

Fighting development with the ‘paedophile card’

There are many reasons to oppose development in your backyard – some reasonable, others plainly ridiculous. An example of the latter is the ‘paedophile card’ – a new weapon in the NIMBY arsenal.

Rubbish ledge at North Melbourne station, thanks to the removal of rubbish bins

Car advertisers playing it safe

A common theme in advertisements for new cars is speed and the open road – and this recent Holden Commodore television commercial is no exception. However, it was the speedometer that caught my eye.

Holden Commodore television commercial

Small children – “you’re going to need a car”?

The other week in the Herald Sun I read an opinion piece titled “In Melbourne’s real world, cars still rule”, but it was a quote from Labor member for Brunswick, Jane Garrett, that really made me ask “are people really that blind”.

Down in the basement car park of Altona Gate Shopping Centre

The not so ‘Happy Hens’ egg world at Meredith

During the 1990s I made many backseat trips along the Midland Highway between Geelong and Ballarat, and one of the sights on the trip was the ‘Happy Hens’ egg farm at Meredith. Misleading named given that thousands of battery hens call it home, even more surprising was the egg themed tourist attraction that once occupied the site.

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Photo by Mattinbgn, via Wikimedia Commons

Six minutes at Ikea – a shopping speedrun

The other night I came to a dual realisation – my wife was in need of a comfortable chair for breastfeeding, and speciality nursery furniture is ridiculously expensive. The solution to both problems was a trip to Ikea – better known as a store that will leave you dazed, confused and wondering where your Saturday […]