The Others

All of the other bits and bobs I write about.

When nurses lived at Melbourne hospitals

The Coronavirus crisis has seen Victoria offer free hotel rooms to health workers so that they can self-isolate, and avoid spreading the virus. But what if I told you that Melbourne hospitals once had their own onsite residential faculties for nursing staff? SLV photo H2009.35/12 Self-isolation of health workers The desire of Australian health workers […]

The Coles Supermarket with no customers

Next door to East Richmond station is car park full of Coles delivery trucks. The nearest Coles supermarket is a few blocks away at the former Dimmeys store – so why are the trucks there? I found four in this row. A few more here. And over there. Outnumbering the cars! But on the other […]

Playing the ‘what song is that?’ game

DJ mixes created by your favourite artist are one way to find new music – but how do you find out the names of the songs you’re listening to? In the ‘good old days’ before the internet you were flat out of luck, unless you had an encyclopaedic knowledge of music. But today the job […]

How long does it take to move a bike hoop?

Over the past few years the City of Melbourne has currently installing more bike hoops around the CBD, permitting more cyclists to securely park their bikes. But what happens when one of the hoops is placed in a stupid place? Back on 29 January 2018 I spotted this example near the corner of William and […]

Visiting the deja vu milk bar on Facebook

If you’re the kind of person who enjoys tracking down the source of stolen photographs, then Facebook groups are the source of endless joy. I found this photo on Facebook the other week, but “retro Aussie lollies” weren’t what caught my eye – the milk bar did. It looked like a milk bar in the […]