Thursday, March 17, 2011

Temporary diversion for bus Route 905 for the Templestowe Festival: Sunday 3 April

There will be temporary diversions for bus Route 905 for the Templestowe Festival from first bus to 6pm on Sunday 3 April.... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Suburb hits million mark as Manningham's house prices soar

According to the REIV figures’ trends, Templestowe could hit the $1 million median next year and Doncaster, Donvale and Wonga Park could follow soon after. ... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

National Basketball League legend Darryl McDonald - or D-Mack

McDonald is grateful he was given the opportunity to play basketball in Australia and considers the program a way of giving back to the community.... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Janet Parsons: Five Senses of Love

Writer and poet Janet Parsons gets most of her creative ideas at three in the morning.... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Skarlet Blue's Joe Torrz, Ryan Di Cecco, Anthony Salce and Adrian Perri.

The Templestowe band played with Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed and members of heavy metal group Iron Maiden during the trip.... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Police puzzled by scooter abandoned in Templestowe

POLICE have been left baffled after finding an abandoned mobility scooter in Templestowe.... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Friday, March 11, 2011

Alert: Apple iOS 4.3 update may cause billshock for some iPhone users

For those with an iPhone using 3G data plans to access the internet, make sure you keep an eye on your data usage this month, or your hip pocket may pay the price.... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Apple iPad refund available to recent buyers due to price reduction with iPad 2 release announcement

In blog post in December ( I suggested if you were in the market for a new iPad, even as a Christmas present, with the soon to be released iPad 2 you may wish to wait. There isn’t anything you can do now about those purchases, but if you’ve purchased very recently, you may be able to get a refund of the price difference, as the original iPads have now been drastically reduced in price.

The following is a copy of the relevant section from the Apple site for their terms and conditions.

“9.2 Should Apple reduce its price on any product you have purchased (except promotional / special / discount / refurbished products) within 14 calendar days of receiving your goods, you may contact the Apple Online Store team on 133-622 to request a refund or credit of the difference between the price you were charged and the current selling price. To receive the refund or credit you must contact Apple within 14 calendar days of receiving your goods.” ... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Friday, March 4, 2011

Melbourne Didgeridoo and Cultural Festival at Mia Mia Templestowe

Didgeridoo-player Bruce Rogers warms up ahead of the Melbourne Didgeridoo and Cultural Festival.... Read More

For those visiting the festival the entrance to where Mia Mia is located can be a bit tricky to find. Heading North from Templestowe towards Eltham on Fitzsimons Lance go past the Shell service station on the left and then past the road on the left. If I recall correctly it may be about 200 metres on the left you’ll find entrance  to the park. Go in the entrance and take the first turn on the left. Go along the road for a while which has a number of speed bumps and head up the hill where you’ll find the Mia Mia gallery. The first time I went I thought that distance from the park entrance was much great than I expected. Probably more than half a kilometre.

Have a great day.

- Kelvin Eldridge

Careers Village Manager, Templestowe

Village Manager, Templestowe... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Today the 293 bus from Templestowe to Greensborough was on time but,,

I needed to catch a bus from Williamsons Road Templestowe to Para Road Greensborough to pick up a car. I rolled up to the bus stop and saw a bus in the distance at the traffic lights at Foote Street. I didn't know which bus it was, but it wasn't a Smartbus 901 or 902, so I thought it most likely was the 293. I wasn't totally sure because I don't know if there are any other buses that go via Williamsons Road. I could take any of the three buses. The Smartbus 902 would have the longest walk to get to my final destination.

To my surprise as I stood on the kerb at the bus stop the bus didn't even slow down. As it approached me I could see it was the 293 (for some reason it was quite difficult to read the number). The driver made a poor attempt to brake as he passed me.

Now I'm told I probably should have waved to him sooner, but since I couldn't tell if it was the right bus until it was too late as it was moving very quickly (the speed limit is 80 kph in that section of the road). I would think the bus should have slowed down to a reasonable speed as it approached the bus stop.

At least this time the bus was dead on time at 4:34pm. Luckily the next bus, the 902 due at 4:43pm came at 4:39pm (I don't know if it was early or late). I was able to get to the closest bus stop to my destination at 5:05pm to arrived where the car was located at 5:10pm. Interestingly I noticed the Smartbus 901 bus which came later, pass by at the Para Road roundabout which suggests you can take the later 901 bus and arrive earlier than the 902. I still need to check that in the timetables.

I wonder how many people have watched buses sail past them as they stood at the bus stop. I think the bus should at least be slowing down as it approaches a bus stop so it is able to stop if it should have to. I don't really think it should be necessary to wave down a bus for it to pick you up. I stand away from the kerb if it isn't a bus I want to make it obvious to the driver and only approach the kerb if the bus is the one I want. In roads like Williamsons Road where the buses travel very quickly it can be difficult to read the number and destination until it gets close enough.

Next time I'll have my waving hand ready.

Kelvin Eldridge

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Charges over Opes Prime collapse

Lirim (Laurie) Emini, 47, of Templestowe in Victoria, has pleaded not guilty to 26 counts arising from an Australian Securities and Investments Commission investigation of the collapse.... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge