The Others

All of the other bits and bobs I write about.

Remembering ‘Food Plus’ convenience stores

There was once a time in Australia restrictive trading laws saw supermarkets open limited hours, and petrol stations only sold car parts. This changed in the 1970s with the introduction of the first convenience stores, one of which was called ‘Food Plus’.

Flipping trucks with bollards in Melbourne

Bollards are support to protect pedestrians from stray road vehicles. But on Racecourse Road in the Melbourne suburb of Flemington, a set of bollards has done the exact opposite – destroyed a series of emergency vehicles on their way to save lives. From ABC News on 18 June 2014: Fire truck rolls on its way […]

‘Backpacker au pairs’ and lessons from Hong Kong

A few days ago ABC News published a piece titled “Calls for ‘backpacker au pair’ visa and industry regulation as parents seek affordable child care”, detailing how a group called the “Indonesia Institute” was suggesting that migrant workers should be allowed to enter Australia to work as low-cost childcare providers.

Cold and flu remedy, or sporting event?

You have to wonder what the marketing gurus employed by Tennis Australia are smoking, if their latest TV commercial is anything to go by.

Tullamarine Freeway then and now at Flemington

Way back in 1970 the Tullamarine Freeway was officially opened. Running 18 kilometres between Melbourne Airport and the edge of the inner suburbs at Flemington Bridge, this is what it looked like a few months before opening.

Tullamarine Freeway between the Brunswick Road and Flemington Road interchange - 1969 view (SLV Accession: H2004.101/287)
SLV Accession: H2004.101/287