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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday Selections # 237

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.
  Andrew often joins in too.

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I'm showing you some of the buildings that are around our newly refurbished Victoria Square, here in Adelaide, and a few other things.

looking west across the square are these two older buildings, flanked on either side by much larger, more modern, glass and steel structures.

looking a little north-west are some of the modern towers, I don't know what they are used for, or even what company owns them.

this is the old GPO building on the corner of King William Street and Franklin Street. 
I remember walking past this when I was about four and hearing the clock chiming the hour. After we moved away, I always wanted to come back to "the clock town"

looking north from the square along King William Street. On the right is the Town Hall, which also has a clock tower.

looking east we see another example of Adelaide's fine old architecture. 

on the south-east corner are more modern buildings that seem to be mostly glass. Some of these glass towers look quite nice, (some don't) but they do create an awful glare on sunny days, makes me glad I don't drive a car. Imagine getting blinded every five minutes by the sun reflecting off all those windows. 
The white streaks along the bottom of the picture is the water splashing up from the new fountain.

on the south-west corner the lovely old building you can see through the trees is the courthouse.

the south section of Victoria Square is a temporary home for several things over time, currently channel seven's Restaurant Revolution building is there. The original fountain which used to be in the centre of the square, is now situated at the southern end, behind this temporary building.

the north end of the square is the place for 'pop-up' food vans, a great spot for people to get lunch or a snack.This one is Tacocat.

a "Taste of Hungary" a mobile bakery-cafe, which smelled rather delicious as I walked past.

this colourful van is called the Sneaky Pickle,

and was extremely busy the whole time I was in the square.  I didn't look too closely at the menu, so I don't know what they were selling.

this is the new seating and shade structure on the western side of the square, I like it very much, there is another one on the eastern side. 

above the seating is the "shade". I'm not sure what it is made of, it appears to be metal, yet looks like shadecloth. 
There are looped strings of lights that come on when dusk falls and look really pretty.

I have more photos, we'll see some of those next week.

now....(singing)...happy birthday to me, I'm a hundred and three....(okay not quite), but happy birthday to me.


  1. Happy Birthday River! I enjoyed the look around the square; it would be fun to explore.

  2. Yes, a very happy birthday to you. The public space in Adelaide's square seems very inviting.

  3. A very Happy Birthday to you. With cake.
    I mostly prefer the old buildings, but I did love the look of those new seats and the shade area.
    I liked the pop-up food vans too.

  4. I hope you have a wonderful birthday, River....a very Happy Birthday to you. I hope Angel cooks you a lovely lunch! Enjoy your day to the utmost. :)

    I've never been to Adelaide other than to fly in and out of the airport on my way from Cairns to Perth back in late January, 1987. However back in the late Sixties through to 1979 I worked for the Kolotex Group of Companies (it included hosiery, women's and men's wear and Glomesh Handbags and accessories)...and Max Hall Agencies was our South Australian agency. Max Hall used to often send my boss who was originally from Glenelg and a good mate of Max's fresh crays packed securely in ice or dry ice. Max passed away earlier this year...he was a gentleman.

    I hope your birthday is spent the way you want it to enjoyed and that the rest of your week treats you kindly, too. Cuddles to Angel and a birthday hug to you. :)

    1. With my friend Mr. Google's help I came across this article below re the passing of Max Hall earlier this year.

  5. O Maid River!
    Two husbands gone west
    Replaced by a cat
    And a cooking fest.

    And one year older
    Yet too fleet of foot
    To give poor Robert a peek
    At her recipe book!

    (Never ask a woman's age if she looks over thirty)

  6. Happy birthday, River--I'd have baked you a cake if I could've figured out how to use the oven!!

  7. Happy Birthday River!

    I really like the beautiful old clock towers. Clock towers have always held a fascination for me...
    The metal mesh shades are very sculptural. Would like to see them lit up at night.

    And, pop up restaurants are popping up everywhere here too.
    Friday nights are super pop-ular.

    Have a wonderful day! :)

  8. While Adelaide has some fine buildings, I find its nicest feature is the feeling of spaciousness when you are out and about by foot. I hope those shades work effectively.

  9. Happy Birthday River! :)

    Well, this morning we were awoken by the sound of a helicopter nearby. Several times a year we have the power company checking the lines and marking where trees need to be cut back, but the other half went out to look and it was not that, it was Polair which we rarely see in the Shoalhaven. So we turned on the scanner and an announcement from the leader of the police here "Shoalhavens most wanted is in custody".

    Not sure whether he was serious or not, because one thing I have learned from our police scanner, our local police have quite the sense of humour. :) But if he was, that is a nice way to start the day for them! ;)

    It reminded me of Adelaide because when I lived there I would quite often hear Polair on the police scanner. Being rural now we see the police helicopter maybe 3-4 times a year rather than 3-4 times a week.

    I agree with Andrew, there is a feeling of spaciousness in Adelaide that is not often seen in a big city. In particular I always felt that on North Terrace and I spent a lot of time there growing up, at the museum and the art gallery. Sydney has a feeling of everything being way too big, to me. And I am yet to find their museum or art gallery.

  10. Jacquelineand; thank you. The square is nice now that it is finished. sort of. Until the council decides something else needs to be done. It was a work-in-progress for many, many years.

    Joanne; thank you. It is nice now there is more seating, an extra fountain and a much nicer toilet block.

    Elephant's Child; thank you. There was cake, my goodness there was cake! I visited my daughter on Friday and in her fridge was a gigantic cake box with gigantic cake inside. For me! Well, I cut it in half and just brought one half home and left the rest for those two kids. It was very yummy.
    Those new seats and shade are very nice to look at and well used when there are visiting acts making use of the square.

    Lee; you've never been to Adelaide? Tut Tut. You really should visit, if only to be able to say "Adelaide? I've been there" We're a small city, but with open spaces that make it spacious.
    Kolotex is long gone now, haven't heard that name in yonks.

    R.H. thank you for the nice poem.

    fishducky; thank you and no need to figure out the oven. There are bakeries daughter bought me a cake. a very delicious cake.

    Vicki; thank you. I like the old style clock towers too. Modern buildings may have clocks, but they're just not the same. I'd like to get a night photo of the lights in the square, but I'm wary of being out after dark in the winter. Perhaps an evening photo when the weather warms up a bit. My bus goes past the square.

    Andrew; Adelaide is very easy to get around on foot. The roads are nice and wide, most streets are clearly marked. It's hard to get lost here.

    Snoskred; thank you. We don't hear helicopters much, usually it's a rescue chopper going out to one of the national parks or gullies in the hills area, sometimes the chopper is bringing people to the hospital; rarely a police copter. Most often it's a channel Seven or Ten news helicopter.
    I like our spaciousness, but things might change if high rise apartment blocks are allowed. Lots of developers are wanting up to eight stories built along the main corridors into the city, which will spoil the look quite a bit. Most people who agree we need more housing would settle for five story buildings, but there is a NIMBY crowd who don't want the older inner city suburbs changed at all. I can see why, there are beautiful old homes with lovely big yards; on the other hand with population growth, people need to live somewhere. Not everyone wants to live 30-40km from the city centre and spend a lot of time driving to and from or sitting in trains or buses.

  11. Happy Birthday...
    Wonderful buildings. Haven't been into that area of Adelaide...we seems to go outside the city..

  12. Can't believe I forgot to post a link to my Sunday Selection:

  13. Hi again, River,

    The company. the Kolotex Group of Companies which consisted of Kolotex hosiery, Rogtex women's and men's wear and Glo International Handbags was acquired by Pacific Brands in 2003. It was shortly after the takeover that the Leichhardt, Sydney factory and warehouse closed down.

    I worked for the original company for 14 years, from 1965 through to 1979 as secretary to the Qld Manager; I was also Office Manager and State Sales Co-Ordinator. I've written many posts about my years with Kolotex.

    Only this morning I spoke with Shirley, the widow of John who was my boss through those years.

    Pacific Brands who acquired Kolotex consist of - Bonds, Berlei, Holeproof, Voodoo, Razzamatazz (both hosiery lines_Sheridan manchester, Tontine, Dunlopillo. Jockey and Dunlop flooring, Hush Puppies, Crosby...and others.

    Huge compared to the original group of companies under the then Kolotex banner. The company was originally started off by two Jewish fellows, Paul Kornmehl and Johnie Loewers (or Loeuers...I'm unsure of the correct spelling now). Hence the Ko and Lo in the name. It was taken over by the Liberman family. Brothers Jack and Chaim Liberman settled in Australia after World War II. By the time Jack died in 1997, he had built a vast empire of property and businesses including hosiery maker Kolotex, Nissan forklifts and the 40-store retail fashion chain Chain Reaction. They started with practically nothing when the two brothers arrived in this country in 1948; the family is now worth a couple of billions...and that's not an exaggeration.

    Both the original partners and then the Libermans, to me, were highly inspirational.

    Again, I've gotten carried away with the detail...but your post promoted good memories of an important period in my life. :)

  14. whiteangel; thank you. the suburbs and beaches are nice areas too.

    jacquelineand; a link isn't necessary, i know where to find you :)

    Lee; have you ever been a research assistant? you sure do know how to find stuff online. Pacific Brands owns quite a lot of the world now....

    1. Most of it I already knew without my friend Mr. Google's help, River. :)

      By the way...I hope you've enjoyed your birthday. I hope your day has been great. :)

  15. I think it's good to have a mix of old and new buildings jostling for your appreciation. I like the pop up food idea. Those wooden seats remind me of an old ship somehow. And I love the metal sun screens. Very creative!

  16. What a delightful collection of old and new but I still prefer the old. Many of the great old buildings in Perth were demolished although our old GPO still stands, or it did when I saw it about 20 years ago. Perhaps should try to get into the city again one day.
    Love the food vans; so colourful and such a variety of foods.
    You are sneaky aren't you. Your birthday!! Hope you have a very happy one. Did you treat yourself? I hope so. xx

  17. Hi River,

    Adelaide looks nice. I might get there one day.

    And Happy Birthday to you.




  18. Craig; I love our mix of old and new, although some of the not so new is quite ugly. The newer new has been more thoughtfully built, so looks nicer. A lot of people complained when the idea of pop up food vans was mentioned, but i think they add a lot of colour to our city, they certainly do good business with so many getting lunches etc and what better way to ease lunchtime congestion in cafes? I love the metal shade screens, the whole structure fits together and sits in the square very nicely, doesn't look at all out of place.

    Mimsie; several years ago, I would have said I prefer the old, but that was when the new was usually just large square ugly block buildings, where no thought at all was given to appearance or street appeal. now, I do still love the look of the really old buildings, but much of the more recent constructions do look really, really nice.
    There are more food vans in other places around the city, they all seem to be very popular.

    Plasman; Adelaide is a lovely small city and the people are very friendly. Bring your camera and Mrs PM.