Monday, January 31, 2011

Oovie leaving Woolworths at Doncaster Shoppingtown

I just decided to try renting a movie from the Oovie machine at Woolworths in Doncaster Shoppingtown. Movies are only $2.99 a night. The experience was pretty good. I knew before I went the movie was available and it was a matter of a minute or two and I had a movie for the night. For future DVDs I can check what’s available and reserve the DVD on the internet which means I’ll know my choice will be available. That beats the local Video Ezy in Templestowe Village where the price is dearer, there is often no parking out front and now the parking inspectors are booking people in areas where it was previously OK to park.

Also what was very good was the ability to return the DVD to another Oovie machine. I was able to return the DVD to Safeway at The Pines in Doncaster East without a problem as I went past. I could have also returned the DVD in Templestowe Lower or Eltham, so no matter which direction I was going, there was a machine available where I could drop off the DVD. Now I can rent a movie whilst at the shops rather than making a special trip to the video store and another special trip to the video store to return the DVD.

The only disappointing part of the experience was the machine I chose is no longer going to be available, which means the rent one and get another free offer can’t be used. But that’s OK, as I doubt I was going to use it this week.

You know the really weird thing is the only reason I considered Oovie was the local video store used have to have good parking with two short term car parks out front. The car parks have now been converted to disabled parking bay. With all the restaurants at Templestowe Village, parking can be difficult to get. Had it not been for the parking situation created by the council I’d probably have never considered Oovie. But now Oovie will probably be the place I look first for my next movie.

Kelvin Eldridge

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Play it again in Manningham

After the Doncaster Templestowe Playgroup Association disbanded last year, Manningham Uniting Churches took over the organisation’s playgroups, and started a music program for pre-school children, says church councillor Jan Serpell.... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

One accident too many at Heidelberg intersection

Sen-Constable Rae said a 54-year-old Templestowe woman would be issued an infringement notice for failing to give way.... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Monday, January 24, 2011

Two in the bush

I went for a little “caching run” on Saturday morning in Westerfolds Park, which is on the banks of the Yarra in Templestowe. ... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Rebecca Keogh: Finding the time to help

When I first meet Rebecca Keogh, she has her hands full – balancing her youngest child, Ashleigh, and toddler Michaela on each hip... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Peers bundled out, but more Melburnians in action at the Australian Open

Templestowe’s Jarmila Groth bowed out at the hands of Belgian No.21 seed Yanina Wickmeyer, 3-6 6-2 4-6... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Templestowe parents foster sense of caring

ANDREA Dordevic became a foster parent to bring some sunshine into the lives of children going through a dark time.... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Taming Melbourne's summer timetables

279 though contains an anomaly in that the Templestowe variation of its route actually gains frequency, from 60 to 40 min, interleaving with the 40 min frequency from Doncaster.... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

The Mustafa family, Pettys Orchard

In 1853 Thomas Petty came to Australia from England, and he started his orchard in Doncaster and in Templestowe soon after. ... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Monday, January 10, 2011

Sunday, January 9, 2011

MyAnswers: Free wireless access at Doncaster Shoppingtown (Westfield)

The following MyAnswers solution 2055 is now available:

Free wireless at Doncaster Shoppingtown in the food court and provided by McDonald's almost never works. I decided to survey the shopping centre and provide the locations for free wireless access.

Click here to obtain the solution.

Click here for related solutions.

Kelvin Eldridge

Snake in Fitzsimons Lane, Templestowe

On last Tuesday night I was walking along Fitzsimons Lane from Reynolds Road to the bridge and I noticed a snake dead in the gutter. Most likely it had been run over by a car.

I thought I'd let others know as I felt it may be prudent for others to be on the watch for snakes in the area.

Kelvin Eldridge