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Silent Witness


As regulars at our favourite Melbourne hotel the concierge has become most obliging.
For a brief stay this week I asked for an apartment with windows overlooking Southern Cross Station, which got us the top floor corner suite.
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As the winter dusk fell over the city we watched waves of commuters hurrying home, surging into and out of the station below.
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On a chair by the window Janette sat enchanted for over an hour, watching a sight which in all her life she had not seen before.
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All were shot with the XZ-1 and its super fast F1.8 lens, hand braced against the window frame.
With a lens like that who needs a tripod ... or indeed, with a camera like that at a quarter the price, who needs a OMD!
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Unfortunately the windows outside were somewhat dusty so I was rather surprised that the pictures turned out as clear as they are.
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Re: Silent Witness

I don't believe we ever visited this station. I too could sit for hours just watching this!
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Re: Silent Witness

Me too with a glass of Fine Red Wine to sip on (only to keep my throat free of that DUST you know

What a great holiday and fab suite and views
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".. or indeed, with a camera like that at a quarter the price, who needs a OMD! "

I love my OMD!
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Re: Silent Witness

It is fascinating to sit and watch the communters scurrying around and makes us realise just how much time is spent going to and from work.

Long cool drinks, peace and tranquility and a view of the manic world rushing by really puts the modern world in perspective.
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Re: Silent Witness

Interesting set and good quality from the XZ-1. A terrific viewpoint for a timelapse sequence Mark. Take a look at the Triggertrap app for the tablet (free) and the Triggertrap itself around £21.00 it's got lots of options and works with the XZ-1.

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Re: Silent Witness

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I don't believe we ever visited this station. I too could sit for hours just watching this!
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Me too with a glass of Fine Red Wine to sip on (only to keep my throat free of that DUST you know
What a great holiday and fab suite and views
Aside from it being a nice place to stay, the hotel is so convenient to Southern Cross Station where country trains terminate. So we just walk across Spencer Street right into the lobby!
For sheer class it beats the pumpkin out of the top end of town!
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".. or indeed, with a camera like that at a quarter the price, who needs a OMD! "
I love my OMD!
I was being unkind again, wasn't I Lyn ... but just to let you know how I'm always thinking of you, here's proof!

I wonder when they'll refurbish it?

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It is fascinating to sit and watch the communters scurrying around and makes us realise just how much time is spent going to and from work. Long cool drinks, peace and tranquility and a view of the manic world rushing by really puts the modern world in perspective.
Now with ever commuter wearing a smartphone it is apparent that they make good use of the time with their social media ... I confess I do so myself on the 3 hour train trip on my way down to Melbourne.
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Interesting set and good quality from the XZ-1. A terrific viewpoint for a timelapse sequence Mark. Take a look at the Triggertrap app for the tablet (free) and the Triggertrap itself around 21.00 it's got lots of options and works with the XZ-1. Tom
Thanks Tom, I'll check out the device to assess whether I would have enough use for it ... When I look at the horrifying entaglement of cables, connectors and adapters in my gadget drawer I realise that I'm already suffering from acute technological overload!
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Re: Silent Witness

Great shots!

My son is very familiar with Southern Cross Station. He flew to Melbourne and had to catch a train to Wangaratta (I think). He had about 12 hours between his flight landing and the train leaving. He didn't get any sleep on the plane but he daren't fall asleep in case he missed the train. And then just to complicate matters, there were repairs being done to the line so he had to get a bus part of the way. He probably would have killed for a room in that hotel!
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Re: Silent Witness

Wow, Roger! What coincidence. I live in Wangaratta as you may have seen me mention in many of a thread. If you don't mind me asking, why would your son have been travelling to Wang'? I can understand why he would not wanted to miss his train!

Yes indeed, repairs to the North East line to the NSW border have been ongoing for years due to a mammoth bungle when wooden ties were replaced with concrete ones. Apparently the contractor substitued cheaper under layer material that got washed away when sections of the track became flooded.
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He was visiting his cousin who lived near Bright (now moved to Sydney). He spent two months there and had a great time helping out on his cousin's farm. He even played with an Aussie Rules team; also went skiing in the Alps and went on a backpacker tour from Sydney to Melbourne. And he was only 17 at the time.
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"I wonder when they'll refurbish it?"

Hopefully - Never !
Ahh- The dear old Windsor - where old-fashioned values of style and tradition live on. The doorman calls me MRS FARNHAM and not by my christian name as is the norm now.
Mind you - it is very comfortable around the corner at the Grand Hyatt too!
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Re: Silent Witness

Well, as I may have mentioned to you a long time ago, when on vacation from London my brother and his wife always stayed at The Windsor where the staff would address their two young daughters as, "The Little Princesses" ... I'm sure that would have gone over well with mother!

However, being the lefty I am my preference is for the less austere, not to mention the convenience of being so close to the station.

And oh btw, I'm heading back to Melbourne tomorrow until Wednesday, this time alone at least until I arrive!
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