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Time Ticking Away

Up Close to Time

For today’s post I decided to go through some older photos, well, not that old, but ones from the field trip I did in the city that ended at Melbourne Central.  At the time I took these images I didn’t get around to these, and had quite forgotten about them.

This giant fob watch is one of the attractions at Melbourne Central and has been there ever since.  I read somewhere it was put in around 1981, but that can’t be right.  When I first moved to Melbourne there was nothing there, and I moved here in 1986.  Doesn’t really matter, it appeared some time after that.

It is really large and when it was first installed there was also a giant chain that sort of made it look like it was being held up by the floor above.  They have removed the chain.

On the hour, every hour, the bottom of the clock comes down and music plays.  The music is the tune to “Waltzing Matilda“, which if you know anything about Australia, is one of our most famous songs.  I suppose the American equivalent might be something like “Yanky Doodle Dandy”.  The song is about a swagman, someone who lives on the road, and steals a sheep to eat.  There wouldn’t be many Australian’s who don’t know the song.

I don’t remember how long the music goes for, but if you go to watch, you will find a lot of people hanging around waiting for it to start.  My children loved it when they little, but now, they couldn’t be bothered.  I have to admit that watching it now is a tad boring, perhaps because I’m not watching and listening to it with the amazement of my small children.

Here is a close up of what comes out the bottom.  The birds all swing around, and I think the little fellas playing the flutes do as well.  I can see why little kids love it.

It is one of those things that is unusual the first time you see it, but after awhile, well, after you have seen it so many times, well, it isn’t so amazing anymore.  If you are in Melbourne and if you have never seen it, then you should go and take a look.


How is everyone going with the changes to WordPress?

I am adapting, still not happy with everything, but perhaps will just have to adapt more.  There are definitely things I don’t like.  I wish I could say, on every blog I visit that I don’t want to get follow up emails, without having to always remember to uncheck the box.  I woke the other morning with 20 or 30 emails from blogs because I had forgotten to uncheck the box on a couple of blogs.

I don’t know about the new reader.  Like it or not, I think it is here to stay.  I am not a fan of scrolling, but I assume it is something else we will have to adjust/adapt to.

I spoke to them today about making more use of their news section, to let people know what was happening, but I get the feeling it is all too much for them, and they don’t really care that much what we think.  Wait, let me see if I can find what they said to me.

We are looking into the best way to announce new features. As it is, we can’t make a new post right away, as some of the features do have some growing to do based on feedback after launch. For example. the comments following change that you mentioned was almost completely redone based on feedback from the moment it launched to the time we posted about it.

I don’t see how letting people know what is happening from the outset, will change the outcome they are after.  It seems they want people to be confused, angry and upset.  I don’t understand that.

I think the staff at WordPress have forgotten that blogging is all about communication, and they are not doing any of that.  Shame really.

  1. Interesting landmark shot, a giant analog perpetual calendar watch. Thanks for sharing Nonoy Manga

    May 18, 2012
    • It is quite amazing. I am hoping you can tell how big it is by the people walking behind it. Thanks.

      May 19, 2012
  2. Leanne – a few updates ago (from WP) they announced that you can change your personal setting by default to not check the boxes!!! I did it & have not had a problem since!!! – I followed the link they gave, so don’t know how to get there – but it is your global settings!!!! 😀 **

    May 18, 2012
    • Updates from WP, why didn’t I get that, I will have to go follow that up. Thanks I will see if I can work it out. 😦

      May 19, 2012
      • I’ll go have look in my bin… see if I can forward it to you!! 🙂 **

        May 19, 2012
  3. Amazing photos. The clock arer simply beautiful.

    May 18, 2012
    • Thank you, it is a pretty amazing clock. It almost doesn’t seem real when you first see it. Thanks for stopping by.

      May 19, 2012
  4. At least you got a response…a comment I left in the forum is still”awaiting moderation” two days later…
    The way to turn it off for all of your comments is on the Reader page of your Global Dashboard, on the left-hand side, all the way at the bottom. In small type, it says Manage Email Settings (or something like that). Click it, and make the adjustment to the setting.
    I found it yesterday. Makes a world of difference.
    I love the giant pocket watch…and, believe it or not, I even know the words to ‘Waltzing Matilda’! Not bad for a Yank, eh? 😉

    May 18, 2012
    • WP, don’t seem to get the whole concept of communication. I hope you get a response soon.
      I have tried doing that now, so fingers crossed, will see what happens. Thanks for that Marie.
      Wow, I’m impressed, that you know the words. It is a very famous song here, they even talked about making it our national anthem once, but quite a few jacked up saying we couldn’t have a song about a tramp stealing a sheep and then killing himself as a national anthem. I think I agree. 🙂

      May 19, 2012
  5. Liz #

    I don’t think I’ve ever noticed this watch. But I think my kids would love it so I’ll have to seek it out. Where abouts in Melbourne Central is it? Nice photos.

    May 18, 2012
    • Wow, you’ve never seen it, well let me guide you to. It is in Melbourne Central, and is in the same section as the shot tower. When you come up the escalators from the train station, you keep going up until you are at the section where you can see everything above. If you look up and see the shot tower, then turn around, the clock sort of faces it. The bit down the bottom comes down when the music starts. Let me know if you go and if you find it. 🙂

      May 19, 2012
  6. Tricia's Blogs #

    I LOVE clocks and pictures of clocks! The giant pocket watch is a very interesting clock to have on a building. Great pics.

    May 19, 2012
    • It certainly helps to give the building some interest. I think everyone loves a pocket watch, so it has proved to be quite popular. Thanks.

      May 19, 2012
  7. Oh my goodness! I’m so glad you went back and posted these! They are amazing! I’ve seen those types of clocks places and they are just beautiful 🙂 Thank you for sharing them and good luck with the new changes to WordPress 😦

    May 20, 2012
    • We probably all have hundreds of photos we could post that we have forgotten about. 🙂 You are welcome about the changes. Let’s hope we all adjust.

      May 20, 2012
  8. Love the watch/clock! And I really love the angle of the first picture, with the escalators and roof. :0

    May 21, 2012
    • Thanks Zelmare, it is quite a contrast between the modern architecture and the antiqueness of the clock. I also thought it was a good way to show how big it was. 🙂

      May 21, 2012

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