The Others

All of the other bits and bobs I write about.

‘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… And that thing was the filming location at the 21 second mark, where there is a tail […]

Rebalancing Melbourne Bike Share bicycles

Managing the Melbourne Bike Share system should be easy – users pick up a bicycle from their local station, go for a ride, and then check it back in at their destination. However in the real world it is more complex – there needs to be a mix of spare bikes and empty docking bays available at each location. So how is this achieved?

Businessman rents a Melbourne Bike Share bike

Local traders not understanding car parking

When you run your own business, making things easier for your potential customers is always a good move. However one trader in the northern Melbourne of Niddrie has missed one of the simple ways to do this – not stealing car parks from your customers.

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.. However they have managed to outdo themselves, with the “Manhattan Place” housing estate in the outer western suburb of Tarneit.

Advertisement for the 'Manhattan Place' housing estate in Tarneit, Victoria

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