23 July 2015

A RAILWAY STATION WITH A TOWN ATTACHED

"A railway station with a town attached" Mark Twain 1895

The above quote is attributed to the famous American novelist Mark Twain, he was said to have made it soon after he visited Maryborough, in country Victoria, back in 1895. Sadly as good a quote as it is, it's apparently not very accurate. What he actually said was "'You can put the whole population of Maryborough into it with a sofa apiece and have room for more.' But you get the drift, this is a grand station that appears to be too grand for such a small town.

When you see the station you will completely understand why he said it and just how true it is. Maryborough is a lovely sleepy little town with a population of around 7,600, not exactly the population size that you would normally expect to have this size of a train station. It did reflect however the importance of Maryborough as a junction in the early Victorian rail system.

There is also a myth that there was a mix up and the wrong station ended up in the wrong Maryborough. With this grand station meant to have been for the larger Maryborough in Queensland. Whatever the reasons it's a pretty awesome structure and we got to visit it last weekend and snap some photos, unfortunately it was locked up so we couldn't get inside. Next time for sure and hopefully the restaurant/dining room which is currently being restored will have reopened by then, maybe some cucumber sandwiches and a G n T by the platform?! It would seem fitting.

Maryborough Station
Platform
Chimneys
Birds
Station Roof
Towers
Clock Tower 1

20 July 2015

GAS STATION # 30

A cool abandoned station I spotted in Maryborough, country Victoria, this weekend. Loving that circular canopy. It's for lease at the moment, hopefully someone will utilise it and not knock it down for a development. Judging from how sleepy Maryborough seemed though, development doesn't look to be high on the agenda.

Maryborough Petrol Station 1
Maryborough Petrol Station 3
Maryborough Petrol Station 4

17 July 2015

12 AMAZING OLD TOUR DE FRANCE PHOTOS YOU WONT BELIEVE I FOUND JUST BY GOOGLING

Is that how you do a click bait title? 

Man I get pissed off with those don't you? So first up apologies for this one, albeit tongue in cheek. I actually do love Le Tour and I love old photos, so rather than click some stupid baited link I figured I'd make my own. My selection is totes much more amazing, unbelievable, incredible, sensational than any other you'll see on the internet today in the next 60 seconds. Back when hard men rode the tour amiright? None of these precious and pampered riders of today, I mean sure they ride for 6 to 8 hours and burn off on average 8000 calories a day, but do they have to carry their own spare inner tubes? Nup, soft, every one of them...


15 July 2015

POWERING THROUGH GEELONG

I got to take a sneak peek at Geelong over the weekend. A quick in and to visit to help my bro Cax One finish his piece for a streetart exhibition/competition that's running this week at The Powerhouse. Geelong looks nice, I need to get back there and explore it some more soon.

Sirk
Krylon
Cax One
Jonydee
Jonydee
JD
Brekk Kardawine
Black Sky Blue

09 July 2015

WINTER WONDERLIGHTS

Each year in July the local outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill, holds a Christmas in July event called Winter Wonderlights. It's pretty cool fun, complete with snow (well coloured foam, but hey that's fun too). It's nights like these that you wish you were an actual kid again instead of being a kid in a grown ups body. 
Late afternoon in the gardens
Buying mulled wine and creme brulee pre show
here comes the snow

Great fun, can't wait to do it again next year

06 July 2015

THE 1956 MELBOURNE OLYMPICS - BALLARAT EDITION

Back in 1956, Melbourne hosted the summer Olympics with the rowing and canoeing events held in Ballarat on Lake Wendouree. It was a pretty big deal back then and there are still a few reminders of that time dotted around the lake. I snapped a few pics of those things when I was out exercising by the lake on the weekend.

First up a few photos from the events
Some of the crowd watching the action out on the lake.
The Australian 8 at the end of a race, possibly the final in which they won bronze to the USA (gold) and Canada (Silver)
Edith Cochrane, the only Australian competitor, in the 500 metres women's kayak event. Edith came 5th in the final
Sam Mackenzie of Australia (right) congratulates Vyacheslav Ivanov of the USSR after winning silver to Ivanov's gold in the single sculls
Australia's Dennis Green and Walter Brown prior to the start of the 10,000 metres kayak pairs. They went on to win bronze to Hungary (gold) and Germany (silver)

Olympic Rings
The Olympic rings

Rings and Flame
The Olympic rings and the cauldron for the flame

Course
The rowing course to the center and left with the canoeing course on the right

Countries

Mosaic
This fantastic commemorative mosaic is a little worse for wear but still pretty cool. It hangs on the outside wall of the Ballarat Rowing Club