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I love Bentleigh

Do you want to do this thing, they asked? For a weekly feature in the local paper.

“Sure!” I said… all I had to do was nominated places (mostly restaurants) in my neighbourhood that I like. Easy, and it might help push the cause.

I got my photo taken in one of the local parks. You can’t tell from the picture, but I was crouching uncomfortably to get the flowers into shot, and it was starting to rain. But the photographer was a cheery bloke who made it work.

Fairfax Weekly Review 3/6/2015

This seems to be part of the Fairfax local paper strategy of filling its pages entirely with lifestyle pieces rather than news. It ended up basically being a plug for all my favourite local businesses.

I think I may have given a bigger plug to the Frankston line’s 10 minute services than PTV or Metro have managed since they were introduced.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

6 replies on “I love Bentleigh”

What a hoot. Well done on a good feature article. You are a true ambassador for Bentleigh.
I presume your kids are mortified with embarrassment?
BTW, the Weekly Review (all suburbs) was never a “news” paper from its first edition, in contrast to the Leader newspapers.

There was some advertising for the weekend 10 minute services. Less so for the weekday services (although I may just have missed it).

Nothing against you, Daniel, but the other problem I have with this (apart from it not being news) is that it elevates inexpert opinions to a place of importance,

In this scientific age where we are told to go with the evidence, why is it that the media makes a big deal about the views of movies stars on politics, global warming, etc.? You have a (deserved) reputation for knowing what you are talking about when it comes to public transport, but why is your opinion on coffee, haircuts, take-away food, etc. of any relevance? Why do newspapers waste space on the opinions of non-experts?

“Why do newspapers waste space on the opinions of non-experts?”

A better question to ask, is why are so many people considered to be “experts” ? And by who ?

Why is any half-wit from Brazil a coffee “expert”. Or barber ? Or Hungry Jacks employee ?

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