Travel writer living and working on Wurundjeri land in Melbourne, Australia. Rail travel expert, current books on sale include Heading South and Ultimate Train Journeys: World. See my published writing at iwriter.com.au.
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That was fun. Ordered a pizza at Leo's in St Kilda and asked the Italian waitress to add anchovies to it.
She looked baffled, so I pointed it out elsewhere in the menu and she jotted it down. Later I looked it up on Google Translate and showed the result to her.
"Ah, acciughe!" She cried.
I have learned a new Italian word today. :)
Slackers of Facebook, we need to talk. It's 'a belated happy birthday,' not 'happy belated birthday,' unless their special day arrived late by some temporal anomaly.
I like this shot I took on the Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne on Tuesday morning. Shiny.
Jeez, I don’t think I'm polite enough.
Crikey I boarded a tram on a hot day and the aircon is working. Oughta buy a Lotto ticket next.
I must have made the mistake of glancing at a cat-related reel on Instagram - my feed is now 80% cat videos. [sigh]
Hail the Montague Street Bridge
Placed on this earth to remind us of our humility
By crushing trucks from time to time
Interesting idea mentioned at the end of this article - a government-run supermarket to bring competition to the existing duopoly. Intriguing.
Coles and Woolworths set to face a Senate inquiry. NZ has been down this road before - ABC News https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-12-08/coles-woolworths-nz-grocery-duopoly-market-study/103184662
Big new exhibition at NGV:
NGV Triennial: Banana taped to wall, Yoko Ono’s work and robot dogs painting in blockbuster exhibition #Melbourne https://www.theage.com.au/culture/art-and-design/ngv-s-blockbuster-has-arrived-and-yes-the-banana-taped-to-a-wall-is-here-20231130-p5enz8.html
The Republicans in Congress are so irresponsible. Putin must be delighted.
Russia-Ukraine war: US on verge of cutting off aid for Kyiv
Such an arrogant government; looks like Jacinta has inherited Dan's flaws.
Jacinta Allan dismisses ombudsman report: Labor MPs actually believe wrongdoing is ‘just how things are done’
Alien infection starting in Antarctic Base, reminiscent of The Thing, except of course, it predates that by a good few years.
From yesterday while trying to post an infographic to LinkedIn - their iPhone app made it impossible to enter the Alt Text, by hiding the field underneath the keyboard. Couldn't even paste anything into the field. I tried adjusting the phone display (text size) settings; no luck.
Looking at this new hashtags tab in Ivory really shows how little they are used at all for anything. There are supposedly several million people on here, and yet trending hashtags will have been used maybe tens of times in the last week.
I do find it a little bit funny that the original frightening horns on the X'Trapolis trains are being replaced with nice not frightening horns. But the original not frightening horns on the Comeng and Siemens trains are being replaced with new frightening horns.
Prof David Levinson, a transport analyst at the University of Sydney’s civil engineering school, said adding stations in the 7km gap between Olympic Park and Parramatta made sense, but that adding too many stations risked diminishing the speed savings of the route.
Levinson noted that Metro West was initially heralded as a way to get from the city to Parramatta in 20 minutes, which is just five minutes shorter than the express service on the existing heavy rail network.
Amused to see a news story about Armaguard illustrated using a photo of mine of them parked illegally in Bourke Street Mall.
I've been brewing on this thought for a while, but I think it comes down to, AI has no place in the arts. Machine-generated art has the appearance of what it is emulating, but no substance. Like cake made entirely of fondant. Or cardboard.
I don't think I can be friends with anyone who dislikes novelty flavor potato chips
especially if you only like boring American potato chip flavors
A new branch of Brunetti! Always good news.
Brunetti Classico cafe Moonee Ponds opens #Melbourne https://www.theage.com.au/goodfood/melbourne-eating-out/cult-italian-cafe-brunetti-opens-in-moonee-ponds-plus-carlton-s-new-tiny-takeaway-with-a-difference-20231128-p5enej.html
New knowledge no longer required.
(Spotted on the way to my walk).
New at my Patreon... I board the Winelander, a heritage sleeper train exploring wineries in the Goldfields region of Victoria - along with its historic towns:
Wine, gold & history - by train https://www.patreon.com/posts/wine-gold-by-94170699
Interesting read, drawing international connections.
Why does the spirit of Remain survive? Because it is about so much more than Brexit - Rafael Behr https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/dec/06/remain-spirit-brexit-referendum-party-politics
I still don’t get this scheme - who on earth would decide not to visit Venice because of a €5 fee?
"Venice authorities unveiled a pilot program to charge day-trippers 5 euros ($8.22) apiece to enter the fragile lagoon city on peak weekends next year in an effort to reduce crowds, encourage longer visits and improve the quality of life for residents."
Venice gondola capsizes, sending snap-happy tourists into the canal - ABC News https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-12-07/venice-gondola-capsizes-tourists-taking-selfies/103199418
New Melbourne icon:
Melbourne has a new hero. He is the Voice of Flinders Street Station
Comparing public transport patronage in Australia's biggest capital cities
The Southern California-to-Las Vegas route makes total sense and involves no wishful thinking in order to be a resounding success.
#trains #Brightline #BrightlineWest #Moveable
Grrrr... so the whole point of streaming TV was that if so enthused you could binge watch (or batch watch) a favoured TV series...
But, oh no, that was much too easy, now the streaming channels are doing the weekly episode drop - essentially reinventing the wheel of terrestrial/scheduled TV.
I just so want to binge #SlowHorses, but now we have to wait to Wednesday each week to get the next episode.
I bet AppleTV think they';re being so clever....
My biggest pet peeve is restaurants/gigs/events or venues of any kind which have a social media page instead of a website. I don't have fucking instagram, so I literally can't see your menu/lineup? Even if I had instagram, it's an entirely inaccessible format so would be fucking useless? These platforms are for promotion, not for hosting vital information.
Almost everyone who says "Mastodon didn't work for me" on Bluesky seems to have posted only "me me me" stuff for months (if that) on Mastodon, followed about 10-20 people, never replied to anyone and then gave up because "nobody there, it didn't fly".
It seems there is a big misunderstanding how this free and healthy social media works. We are not here for the easy wins, likes, shares and dopamine spikes. We are here because we accept the fact we are not part of the commercial hype machine. We choose natural engagement over spoiling algorithms, we choose conversation and meaning in our social media. At least that is how I see it.
Massive story coming from this one later - thank you for Senator Wyden for blowing this up. Apple, follow through with public disclosure so this doesn't get lost.
Part of the US (and other) governments spy worldwide using push notifications. That popup telling you your friend messaged on that super secure encrypted messaging app? Yeahhhhh.
My new role at business functions seems to be prompting the organisers to produce non-alcoholic drinks that aren't sweet (eg citrus-heavy mocktails, zero-alcohol beers). Good to be achieving something useful in life. :)
This is creepy, throwing people into jail indefinitely on the basis they might commit a crime someday. That's imprisoning people for thought-crimes.
Government refuses to say how many released detainees preventative detention laws apply to https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-12-06/government-refuses-to-say-preventative-number/103194524
Now free for all to read... In November I boarded the Grainlander, a heritage train heading to the Mallee region for silo art, movies projected on silos, and art made from spanners:
Moving trains and moving pictures in the Mallee https://www.patreon.com/posts/92313586
No great loss IMO, all I get via letters is stuff that could have been emailed.
Modern mail: Australia Post to end daily letter deliveries in a bid to avoid losses https://www.theguardian.com/business/2023/dec/06/australia-post-daily-letter-deliveries-ending-company-losses
What an entertaining and (weeps) accurate article about the current Australian government...
"Their radical reconfiguration of the ALP did away with the light and the pesky hill altogether, and replaced them with a low-sensory plain of nothingness. Atop that dimly lit plain, a 'small target' can look like a mountain, and the enactment of your opponent’s deeply unpopular tax reforms can look like integrity. "
Zen and the very mindful art of Newspoll maintenance https://www.crikey.com.au/2023/12/05/anthony-albanese-zen-mindful/
Just five tables. Peak Melbourne! Sounds intriguing though.
‘Weird’ Carlton seafood restaurant Muli almost doesn’t want you to vist. Here’s why you should make the effort