An innovative design and a wonderful organization to spend your coffee money on. STREAT = “Street Youth” + “Street Food” + “Street Culture”. It is a coffee shop/cafe/cart found throughout Melbourne Australia that takes portions of its sales to help tackle youth homelessness and disadvantage. They not only campaign for the cause, but put sales to the financial needs, and employment for the young people affected by such hardships. They tackle the issues with social support by means of industry training and employment opportunities in their street cafes, offering delicious and cost-effective meals centered around street culture. They believe in lifelong learning, tackling problems with imagination and passion, having healthy meals and drinks, birthing new ideas, connecting individuals and communities together, while striving for sustainability in all of their activities. And …. they serve a mean cup o’ joe or chai. Rating : 4 stars out of 5. Review by Tom Baurley.
In the heart of Melbourne is the underground railway station known as “Melbourne Central”. It is one of Melbourne’s five stations (three of which are underground) on the City Loop that encircles the central business district. Located under La Trobe Street, between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets, on the CBD’s northern edge and is named after the shopping centre it is located underneath. While seemingly the most popular station, it is not the city’s main station, as that role is filled by the “Flinders Street Station”. However Melbourne City Central Station is the second busiest railway station in Melbourne with over 47,000 passengers a day. The station was built using cover and cut construction in 1973 with completion accomplised in 1978. Because of its art, central location, and design, it was opened as a Museum in January 1981. By 1995 the Museum was relocated behind the Royal Exhibition building in the Carlton Gardens. The station was then renamed in 1997 after the Melbourne Central Shopping Centre.
In the heart of Truro is the Truro Rail Station that is Truro’s bloodstream to the rest of Cornwall. It is situated at the junction of the Cornish Main Line and the Maritime Line to Falmouth and is operated by First Great Western. The Station first opened with the Cornwall Railway in 1859 starting at first only as a train shed roofed over the space between two platforms and a 130′ long stone building. The good shed was rebuilt to handle larger traffic by 1897 with new buildings, a new engine shed, tunnel improvements, and a level crossing removed to the east end, as well as the installation of a third footbridge. By 1905 it was used as the terminus of the branch to Perranporth and Newquay which actually junctioned at the nearby Chacewater station. The Great Western Railway was nationalized into British Railways in 1948 and then privatized in the 1990’s. The station now has a long-stay car park behind the eastbound platform. It is now the busiest train station in all of Cornwall.
The London Subway – one of the
most effective ways to get around London
The London Underground
World famous and trendy, the tubes is what the Brits call their subway system. The Underground consists of 12 lines of the ‘tube’ extending as far as Buckinghamshire, Essex, and Heathrow with over a half-dozen major tube stations at larger main-line train stations. The underground runs from roughly 5:30-midnight, though later in some areas. It’s divided into 6 concentric zones – with basic fare for Zone 1 at 2 quid for adults, and 60p for kids; to cross all 6 zones, its about 3.80/1.50. Getting travelcards are the best budget. The tube is the world’s oldest (1863) and most extensive (253 miles) and busiest (785 million journeys a year) underground transport system in the world. It is also the most unreliable yet most effective mode of transport around London. It’s symbol and map has become a icon of London itself and was created by Henry Beck in 1931 who received 5 guineas (5.25 quids) for his design.