Monday, February 28, 2011

Manningham General Practice's Dr Amitabh Ilango

Dr Ilango said there was “no doubt” cases of malnutrition would increase if prices continued to rise.... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

No timeline yet on Manningham politicians' promises

Bulleen MP Nick Kotsiras said he was hopeful that more straightforward projects like the $1 million installation of traffic lights at Fitzsimons Lane and Porter St in Templestowe and Golden Way and Bulleen Rd in Bulleen would be completed within the next financial year. ... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Friday, February 18, 2011

Mrs Porteous, 39, became leader of one of Sunbury's two Scout groups in January.

“My father was a leader of a troupe in Lower Templestowe for more than 20 years,” she said. She may not be the last in the family either as son Spencer, 11 and daughter Kyra, 9, are already involved in Scouts and Cubs.... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Lower Templestowe motor hobbyist revs up council

Lower Templestowe’s Alex Hoe, who is representing himself, spent a month researching the law after the state planning tribunal last year backed the council and ruled his collection of 10 cars breached the Manningham Planning Scheme... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Lower Templestowe's Kelvin bets on success

Lower Templestowe's Kelvin Beattie perfected his poker face with the help of friends and strangers.... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Monday, February 7, 2011

Sermons screened to Manningham faithful

The Reverend Rob Castelow, of St Mark’s Anglican Church in Lower Templestowe, who has overseen the construction of his church’s website, said churches had to modernise if they wanted to survive.... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Lower Templestowe family man's work is recognised

SINCE fleeing Germany’s Nazi regime in 1939, Lower Templestowe’s Ben Alexander has achieved a lot for the Jewish community in Melbourne.... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Vic motorcyclist at double speed limit

Police intercepted the 22-year-old rider after he reached speeds of 120km/h in a 60km zone on Thompsons Road, Lower Templestowe, about 1pm (AEDT) on Friday.... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Safeway Templestowe

Produce Assistant - Templestowe... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Templestowe Rd not on VicRoads' priority list

A $22 million upgrade of Templestowe Rd remains top of Manningham Council’s road safety wish list, despite VicRoads showing a red light to traffic signal plans.... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Crohn's and Colitis Australia - Templestowe Support Group

Crohn’s and Colitis Australia™(CCA) have group and phone support available for people living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Our group in Templestowe currently meets monthly on the first Wednesday of every month, at 7.30pm.... Read More

- Kelvin Eldridge

Oovie machine dead a Safeway Templestowe Lower

I mentioned the other day the local Oovie machine for renting DVDs and dropped into the Safeway at Templestowe Lower on Saturday to pick up a DVD only to find that machine with a black screen. One of the disadvantages of kiosk delivery of services is they fail and technology often fails then there is no service. Over the years I’ve not had a video store not be available to rent a DVD. The distance to the next closest Oovie machine was probably 10-15km of extra travel. When you take into account the inconvenience and the travel cost this needs to be taken into account.

If you collect a movie whilst shopping and the Oovie machine is down you’ve only missed out on a movie. But if you make a special trip to an Oovie machine to find it not working, then that’s a considerable waste of time and quite inconvenient.

The other issue I had on the following day was I picked the movie “The Girl Who Player With Fire” and it wasn’t apparent to me the movie was not in English and had subtitles. I’ll be more careful next time reading of the description the genre. Again I’ve not had this experience previously from a video store so I feel sharing this mistake on my part may help others avoid the same mistake.

This time I also decided to take advantage of the rent one get one free voucher if you rent another movie within three days from the same kiosk. This worked well.

One more comment is I’m wondering about the range offered via the Oovie machine. I have a feeling there isn’t as much choice as would be available at a store but only time will tell if that is an issue.

I also decided to check if the web based service provided any indication as to whether or not the Oovie machine was available for reservations. The machine was dead on Saturday and it is now Monday. I expect it will take a while for them to fix the machine. The online service reports the machine is not available for online reservations which is a good clue the machine is not working. I’ll check via the web first next time and save some time. This is a good feature however it does indicate a dead machine may be out of action for a while which isn’t good service.

Overall the lower cost of the DVDs and with a little pre-planning in terms of shopping so no or perhaps only one extra trip is required still makes the Oovie option a good option.
Kelvin Eldridge

UPDATE: Checked on Wednesday the 9th of February and the machine was still not working.