Of course it was too good to last. Back in May, Australia looked like it had dodged a COVID-19 bullet. Now that bloody virus gotten loose loose in Northern Melbourne and trigger this new stage 3, 6 week lockdown. Almost all the COVID-19 cases in Australian are in Victoria at present. About the only silver lining in this awful mess, is that road traffic around Melbourne has reduced significantly, which is great for cyclists. Who knows may be Melbournians will adopt the bike as their preferred mode of transport.
MMT took a snap shot of a great Mark Knight cartoon, that is in all honesty is bit rough on Victorian Preimer Dan Andrews. However it does capture the mood of frustration about how Victoria’s quaratine system was clearly being run by muppets. It appears that the Rydges on Swanston in Carlton and the Stamford Plaza in Melbourne’s city centre have been the epicentre for this new surge….WTF…. As the number of new cases keeps bounding along in the high 400’s, it will be interesting to see how the security company running fares in the recently announced inquiry.
Now speaking of stuff ups, something very odd is going on the Garmin Connect website. MMT has been trying to upload today’s ride around the Capital City trail when he encountered this error. Its been down for nearly 8 hours, which is seriously weird, given that its probably sitting on a Google or AWS cloud. MMT will be really f%#ked off if his 56 km ride disappears in into thin air. He finally navigated, clockwise the Capital City Trail, on the third attempt.
MMT checked a few social media groups and tried the website again tonight and its apparent something has gone wrong. Even an a UK newspaper, The Independant, has reported the outage. Someone at Garmin must be having a very bad day. In word…bugger..may be the website has caught COVID-19 or been done over by Chinese hackers…conspiracy theories run wild.
MMT has been busy collating a series of happy snaps and social media memes as a record of COVID-19 and its impact on Melbourne. Most of these photos have been taken whilst MMT has been out and about on his bike. Speaking of which, MMT is quietly chuffed at doing over 1000 km in June.
So the photo below, isn’t included in the gallery as it was taken in Sydney. MMT thinks it perfectly captured the insanity of what was occurring in Australia’s grocery stores back in March 2020.
Chapeau!! to the Newtown branch of NSW Fire and Rescue service. Readers you can find MMT’s COVID Gallery <-here.
I just had to post this one. Post – that luntatic ice addict driving his car down Bourke St Mall and all the terrible, terrible acts of religious fanatics in London, Melbourne has received its own fleet of hideous concrete bollards. They are scattered all over the CBD. Whilst these things seem to be unfortunately necessary, they are unspeakably ugly. The picture below is sufficient proof of that.
MMT has been making a significant effort to some blogging this week, in amongst some pretty busy times at work and at home. Having a 1 year old daughter means both my wife’s and mine lives revolve around her moods and whims, whether we like it or not ;-). Notwithstanding, MMT has been able to get out and about at lunch time. Consequently, MMT’s eagle has noticed a few interesting sights around the CBD. In MMT’s imitable and plagiaristic style, these have been labelled the GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY.
So the GOOD. Much MMT’s amazement a new private bike hire scheme seems to have appeared out of nowhere on the streets of Melbourne CBD. That illustrious paragon of journalism, The Age, seemed to have noticed it too -> When it comes to shared cycling, yellow is the new blue by Ebony Bowden. OBike hail from Singapore and think they can give the Melbourne Bike Scheme a run for its money. This photo was taken in Docklands and these bikes seemed be a bit lonely tucked away in a back lane.
Now to the BAD. MMT has been trying out new barbers for his 15 minute 4 comb/2 comb clipper buzz cut. MMT has gravitated to Kings Domain Barber in the Paris End of Collins St. For some utterly inexplicable reason, MMT’s work place has blocked the barber shop’s web site, so you’ll have to look it up yourself. In a nutshell, the barbers there are good, quick and cheap and more importantly don’t try and sell me product that my rapidly balding head doesn’t need. MMT digresses. Back to the topic, MMT leaves the barber shop and spies this courier bike chained to a post. The owner came out later and looked like a total bad ass courier. There’s one message that MMT strongly agreed with, after a near miss with an SUV in the back streets of Brighton earlier that morning.
Now the UGLY. MMT was super impressed by the care taken by some civic minded individual who left these signs on the bike racks near ANZ Docklands. May a terrible pox afflict the bike thieves that are responsible for this terrible larceny.
And that’s it the GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY of urban cycling in CBD Melbourne.