Saturday, 10 January 2003
Pix Of The Day: Overloaded WORT Mono Clearance
CREDIT: © Rob Gray/RobGray.com
WHERE: Australia - Kosciuszko NP, nr. Canberra, & Glasshouse Mts., nr. Brisbane.
WHAT: fine art monochrome photographs at reduced sale rates.
MAPS: Kosciuszko National Park, NSW, and Glasshouse Mountains, QLD.
Thumbnail clicks pop-up presentation images on source pages.
Anybody who lives in a giant WORT (Weird Off-Road Truck) named 'Wothahellizat', calls Australia the Tasman Peninsula, and takes great landscape pictures, is a prime candidate to be featured here! Such a person is Rob Gray.
She who must be obeyed in Rob's life has decreed that his back catalog of monochrome photographs must be sold off to make room in the marital home. An 8x10 is offered for $25AUD (under $20US or just over £10). The preview gallery had twenty nine titles available when we visited, though this will change as stock sells out, and new titles are added. Available sizes are detailed alongside the images.
Click on the thumbnails to go to a catalog view of an image, or one of these numbers to go to a presentation page with an even larger image. We chose (left to right):  Albina Storm;  Early Cloud, Misty Lake;  Last Stand; and  High Country. All were taken in the area of Kosciuszko NP in New South Wales, except the stand of trees, center right, which was taken in the Glasshouse Mountains in Queensland
There are plenty of things to see on the site: Rob has suggestions for those contemplating the nomadic life; there is a free computer desktop wallpaper section; Rob's road diary makes interesting reading; there is a fuller mono images section; and also a color images section. The entire web site has been archived by the National Library of Australia as a 'publication of national significance'.
Goodnight To The Night Mail: End Of The TPOs
CREDIT: © Allan Yeo/AllanYeo.co.uk
WHERE: England. WHAT: end of the TPO (Travelling Post Office) service.
Thumbnail clicks link to image gallery on the source site.
Ian Scott-Parker writes: Like many small boys I had a model railway. Hornby Dublo (in part named after the 00 scale of the track, produced by a division of Meccano, a company that made a strip metal construction toy system) was the standard in those days. My father was a man who preferred potential purchaser angst to feckless buyer remorse: after careful examination of the available products he decided I would have a Rovex system, from a small and almost unknown manufacturer at that time.
Hornby electric models ran on a three rail system at the time, whereas Rovex had a more realistic two rail system, and the use of plastics allowed more finely detailed models. A successful toy manufacturer named Tri-ang eventually bought out the small specialist Rovex company, and eventually took over Hornby Dublo. It must have given my father some satisfaction to have picked a winner at such an early stage.
I had an oval track, a fine engine with some rolling stock, a 'through' station, a signal cabin and signals, plus the obligatory tunnel. Even back then in the post WWII austerity era, within my soul burned the wicked flame of consumer society desire. I like to think that I was ahead of my time, as in so many things. The object of my yearning was a TPO (Travelling Post Office) set. Eventually my academic prowess earned me my just rewards. I was ahead of my time there, too, as that was the last time I saw fit to exert myself in the pursuit of any kind of attainment or excellence.
Allan Yeo's web site at AllanYeo.co.uk is dedicated to the TPOs. Tonight, as I write, the TPOs will run for the last time. They are being replaced by static high speed sorting machines and road transport. A BBC web site article has the details. Allan has a picture gallery about TPOs, from that we have selected just a small sample in the featured thumbnails. The trains, both real and model, had a system    for transferring mailbags as the train passed through stations without stopping. Does any child these days know what a traductor arm does? I feel an unfocussed and altogether inexplicable and ineffable sense of loss.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)