The Others

All of the other bits and bobs I write about.

Where the hell is Truganina?

Truganina has been in the news a lot lately thanks to a series of coronavirus outbreaks, but there is something else notable about the suburb – it’s arguably the largest and most confusing suburb in all of Melbourne. The confusion starts In June 2021 a BP service station on the Western Freeway was reported as […]

Radial streets and ‘The Circle’ in Newport

When you look at a map of Melbourne’s older suburbs, a grid network of streets dominates. However on edge of the western suburb of Newport is an interesting street layout – with ‘The Circle’ in the middle, and streets radiating out at 45 degree angles. Google Maps The story starts in the 1927, when the […]

Zombie advertisements during Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdown

Months of coronavirus lockdowns in Melbourne had quite the effect on the city and everyone who lived through them, but one I didn’t notice was a plague of zombie advertisements around the city. Coming to cinemas? In March 2020 I spotted a bus with advertisements for ‘Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway‘ – in cinemas March […]

Living in the 70’s – gas fountains at Princes Bridge

If you thought that the nightly fireball show at Crown Casino was gaudy, back in the 1970s was an even more insane proposal – a pair of gas ‘fountains’ burning 24 hours a day beside Princes Bridge. The brainchild of a City of Melbourne councillor, Mr R. Walker, the idea was first made public in […]

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 […]