The Others

All of the other bits and bobs I write about.

The City Ring Road that Melbourne never built

If you think Melbourne is a city already strangled by freeways, then this 1954 proposal for a City Ring Road will surely make you feel that we dodged a bullet. Included as part of the 1954 Melbourne Metropolitan Planning Scheme, the City Ring Road was for a controlled access road that would encircle the entire […]

And you thought St Kilda Junction looked bad?

St Kilda Junction is a horrible place to navigate on foot, with a tangle of concrete flyovers carrying speeding cars and trams over a network of dingy pedestrian subways. But believe it or not, it could have been even worse. That is something hard to believe while approaching by car. Or driving through the underpasses. […]

Which discount department store are you again?

Kids playing with toys, low prices highlighted in a red bubble, and a bouncy pop soundtrack to back it all up. Can you tell which discount department store these TV commercials are for? Can’t tell the difference? The first advert is for Kmart. The second is Target. Go it? Can’t tell the difference Turns out […]

SkyBus – remember 20 minutes to the airport?

There was once a time when SkyBus would whisk you from the Melbourne CBD to the airport in just 20 minutes – but thanks to traffic congestion and a lack of bus priority, that is now a distant memory. So what went wrong? Born out of the airline operated shuttle bus services that operated out […]

You have to ‘train’ them young

My son is only just over two years old, but he’s already an experienced trainspotter. Always ready for a few hours out lineside with Dad to see what trains are due next. I wonder how long until he’ll be asking for his own camera – so far he just scrolls through the photos on my […]