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  • Penang to Kuala Lumpur KTM ETS high speed train review

    Malaysia is one of many countries rapidly expanding its rail network. One of its recent flagship projects is a new high-speed train service running along the west coast. This is called the…

  • Photo of an old red metal sign with 'Sprinkler Stop Valve Inside' in writing.

    How to stop a fire alarm

    For the past few months my home has been plagued by a persistent nearby fire alarm. The first time this happened was around 12 months ago. It went off for a few…

  • Screenshot of the Philip Mallis YouTube channel showing 20,038 subscribers on a counter

    20,000 subscribers

    Some time yesterday morning the number of subscribers on my YouTube channel ticked over from 19,999 to 20,000. I hit 10,000 just over eight months ago in July 2023 and I really…

  • Photo of an abandoned railway overgrown with grass in Piraeus, Greece

    The abandoned railways of Piraeus

    Last year I went travelling to several places on the other side of the world. One of these was spending a couple of weeks exploring Greece. The entire country is a treasure…

  • Photo of an Xtrapolis train leaving Upper Ferntree Gully Station in Melbourne, Australia

    Wrong and missing PTV information for Easter 2024

    This is part of the continuing series about the improvements that are badly needed to the passenger information provided to public transport passengers in Victoria. Here we’re going to look at the…

  • Bus stop misdirection and how I nearly missed my flight

    I have previously written about the importance of accurate public transport information. Unfortunately this is all too common and can cause serious problems for passengers trying to navigate the network. I present…

  • Photo of the entrance to the Otford rail tunnel, abandoned and covered in graffiti and vegetation

    Walk through the abandoned Otford Rail Tunnel

    While in Sydney recently I decided to make a day trip to the South Coast. My ignorance of this area was almost complete – I had never visited or otherwise sought out…

  • My journey to Jekyll and back

    Some of you may have noticed that I launched a new website the other day and migrated from WordPress to Jekyll. Well, now I’m back. Why not WordPress? For background I have…

  • How to export Flickr photos with metadata attached

    I have been a user of Flickr for about eight years. While I have no plans to move away, there are many reasons why someone would want to export their photos and…

  • What is a 2 hour myki fare?

    myki has been in place as Melbourne’s public transport ticketing system for over a decade. It has benefits and drawbacks that could take up space for many posts. But in this one…