The Others

All of the other bits and bobs I write about.

All aboard the chicken truck

The other day I photographed a mysterious looking unmarked semi trailer, and wondered what the hell it was. It was no ordinary truck, with air conditioning units on the roof, and an equipment cabinet beneath the floor – was it an outside broadcast truck? Photo by Enbytv, via Wikimedia Commons But turns out it wasn’t […]

And it’s over – two weeks of buses on the Sunbury line

This week trains finally returned to Melbourne’s west, after two weeks of rail replacement buses between Sunshine and the city, thanks to West Gate ‘Tunnel’ project works. The closure affected the Williamstown, Werribee and Sunbury lines were closed from June 23 to July 9, so that the Dynon Road bridge over the railway at North […]

Farewell to Melbourne’s CBD street kiosks

For many years street kiosks have been scattered around the Melbourne CBD, selling newspapers, cigarettes, soft drinks, and snacks. Flowers. And even fruit. Tracking down the kiosks These kiosks are permanent structures designed, built, owned and maintained by the City of Melbourne, and fall into four categories. Flower kiosks: • Swanston Street, outside the Melbourne […]

‘Mad as Hell’ on location at Newport

The other night I was watching an episode of Shaun Micallef’s ‘Mad as Hell’ on ABC TV, and came across a familiar looking scene. I swear I’ve seen that tin shed before. And the next scene clinched it. It’s the main gate to the Newport Railway Workshops. Google Street View Located off Champion Road in […]

My accidental 24 hour stopover in Qatar

A decade ago I headed overseas and spent a month exploring Europe by train, but the one part of the trip I didn’t count on was an unplanned 24 hour stopover in Doha, capital city of Qatar. How I got there I left out of a snow covered Moscow bound for Australia with Qatar Airways. […]