Archive for 2021

Cantopop cover of an Australian classic

January 26 is Australia Day – a pretty shitty excuse for a national celebration given it marks the arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney and the dispossession of indigenous Australians from their land. However something much more fun is this Cantopop cover of an Australian classic. The track is titled 一於少理 (“Yi Yu Shao […]

Property developer sledging in Melbourne’s west

The other day a pair of advertisement for land sales on Melbourne’s western fringe caught my eye. The first was for an estate in Wyndham Vale, spruiking their residents only water park. While a competing property developer says “don’t pay a premium for facilities you may never use”. You’ll find the water park at ‘Jubilee‘ […]

All aboard the 5.27pm Craigieburn *trains*

Head down to Flinders Street Station of an evening, and there is something odd on the screens – two 5.27pm trains to Craigieburn. The first one leaves platform 5 and is the 5.27pm train from Flinders Street platform 5 to Craigieburn via the City Loop. The second is the 5.27pm train from Flinders Street platform […]

What passes for ‘Transit Orientated Development’ in Melbourne’s west

Transit Orientated Development is a process that maximises the amount of residential, business and leisure space within walking distance of public transport. But at railway stations in Melbourne’s growing western suburbs, the development is anything but. Caroline Springs We start out at Caroline Springs station, located between town and the tip. A massive car park […]

Filling the gap between the carriages

For many year the gap between the train and the platform has been of concern to safety regulators. But there is another gap that people can also fall down – that between the carriages. Mind the gap This can be seen on Melbourne’s fleet of Siemens trains. The carriages are linked by rubber intercarriage gangeways. […]