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timrichards

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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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jaystephens, to Trains
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Oh for fuck's sake. I've really really tried to plan a July Europe holiday that minimises carbon footprint, uses #train etc.
Night train doesn't allow you to book very far in advance so there was no choice but to book the accommodation etc ahead. Calendar alarm tells me today's the day I can book the night train
:(

#rail

timrichards,
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@jaystephens Damn. Can you get close?

timrichards, to Dog
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Your weekend good news dog story:

Milo the Melbourne Airport escapee reunites with owners in UK after weeks on the run - ABC News #Dog #Dogs https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-20/milo-melbourne-airport-lost-dog-reunited-with-owners-in-uk/103748838

troberts, to random
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BRIAN BLESSED!!!

#Hamlet #KennethBranagh

timrichards,
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@troberts [booming spectral voice] REMEMBER ME

timrichards, to random
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Interesting read...

Bhutan is known for being a happy country, but mental health is a hidden problem - ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-19/bhutan-mental-health-a-hidden-issue-counsellor-says/103681868

timrichards, to melbourne
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Good to see, really enjoyed their show.

Sarah Keyworth takes top gong at Melbourne comedy festival awards

(maybe paywalled) #Comedy #Festival #MICF #Melbourne https://www.theage.com.au/culture/comedy/sarah-keyworth-takes-top-gong-at-melbourne-comedy-festival-awards-20240416-p5fk6z.html

timrichards,
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FYI here's @NarrelleMHarris's review of Most Outstanding Show winner Sarah Keyworth at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival - it's the third on the page: https://www.patreon.com/posts/reviews-comedy-2-101798245

#Comedy #Festival #MICF #Melbourne

siftinsand, to melbourne

Just saw "M is for Melbourne" excellent show!
If you haven't seen it Julian said he'll be doing an encore season at the Butterfly Club late May
Tickets on sale soon. Do yourself a favour...
#Melbourne #ComedyFestival

timrichards,
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@siftinsand Saw that one with @NarrelleMHarris, was fun

timrichards, to random
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I use Uber, but I'd be happy to pay more if its drivers were better paid. Also I don’t see it as a substitute for public transport, more a backstop.

Uber is winning the rideshare war, but our addiction to the app may backfire

#Uber https://www.smh.com.au/national/uber-is-winning-the-rideshare-war-but-our-addiction-to-the-app-may-backfire-20240418-p5fkqv.html

timrichards,
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@jessta I found taxis horribly unreliable before Uber came along

GrimmReality, to random
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At the bar, Tony said he and Kyla have been on an "eating clean" kick and he pointed to his pint glass and said "Vodka and soda. Clean." And I respect that.

timrichards,
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@GrimmReality They are both very clear liquids

siftinsand, to melbourne

Living peak
I'm on a train full of Collingwood supporters and I'm on my way to a show

timrichards,
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@siftinsand @MrAndrewD And I'm at Young & Jackson's :)

danielbowen, to melbourne
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Tram of the Year!
(We need more low floor trams though)

timrichards,
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@danielbowen The B-class is my favourite. Comfy seats, decent leg room.

timrichards, to art
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New at my Patreon... I attended an exhibition in which the works were all made from Lego bricks - some depicting animals, some whimsical, and some disturbing:

Dateline Melbourne: Bricked up at the Showgrounds https://www.patreon.com/posts/dateline-bricked-102684356

#Art #Melbourne #Victoria #Lego #Exhibition #Artwork

davidtoddmccarty, to random
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Anytime you see a romantic image of van life it’s either a sunny morning and a cup of Joe, or it’s golden hour and a cocktail. It’s never someone eating a gas station sandwich and shitting in a bucket.

timrichards,
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@davidtoddmccarty Ha, true that. Reminds me how pics of 'digital nomads' always show them with a laptop at a beach. Such an impractical place to take a laptop.

timrichards, to random
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Or, you know, you could decide not to be injected with a neurotoxin for cosmetic reasons. Just a thought.
https://press.coop/@NPR/112297079408705856

timrichards, to melbourne
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timrichards,
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@lesighlepurr Trams are the best 🚃 🚃 🚃

timrichards, to flying
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Does anyone have a Qantas lounge pass they don't want/need? I'm going to be hanging around Brisbane Airport in a couple of weeks and it'd be handy.

#Qantas #Flying #Travel #Australia

waldoj, to random
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I made a new Mastodon bot, called "I Hope This Email Finds You.” Twice a day it proposes a novel way to conclude that sentence. (It uses phrases from Google Books that include the phrase “finds you.”) I've been having fun reading these, so I turned it into a bot because you, too, might have fun reading them. https://botsin.space/@thisemailfindsyou/112295528875440987

timrichards,
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@waldoj @kate @thisemailfindsyou Fun idea, though I don't think I've ever read an email that seriously starts that way. Must be an American thing.

timrichards,
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@ergative @waldoj @kate @thisemailfindsyou Ah, not an Aussie thing then.

bastardsheep, to random
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I'm amazed mainstream companies at all are still advertising on X. https://mstdn.social/@Mediagazer/112295119324754188

timrichards,
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@bastardsheep @Mediagazer I'm amazed anyone is still there at all.

timrichards, to melbourne
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I do wonder about the wisdom of demolishing them; they keep inner-city Melbourne from becoming completely gentrified. And I'm suspicious of what will replace them, whether it'll really be affordable housing or just another property developer dodge.

Melbourne public housing: Heritage bid set to save Park Towers from oblivion

(maybe paywalled) #Melbourne #VicPol #SpringSt https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/heritage-wonder-or-high-rise-hell-forces-unite-to-save-melbourne-s-public-housing-towers-from-oblivion-20240418-p5fkqd.html

liquidparanoia, to australia
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Even though I’m pretty savvy to scams, the Linkt tolls text message scams still give me pause, even though I know they’re wrong. Can’t imagine how others who’re less cautious deal with it. #Australia

timrichards,
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@liquidparanoia I get a lot of them too, but then I don't have a car. :)

simonvarwell, to random Esperanto
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Guess where I’ve been the last couple of days for work.

timrichards,
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@simonvarwell Give us a lead

timrichards, to melbourne
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I'm on a Craigieburn train at 2.40pm on a Thursday and it's nearly full. Where are all these people going and why aren't they at work? (A question I could be asked too, but I know that answer.)

timrichards,
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@humanhorseshoes True that. Wish the ppl who set the train/tram timetables would notice.

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