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Waiting To Serve While The Business Is Closed

This is a heart-achingly sad feature article by Garry Maddox on Fairfax about the Olympia Milk Bar (Parramatta Road, Sydney) and its owner.
The Milk Bar was forced closed by the local council due to severe structural problems in the building, along with other signs of disrepair.
And yet, within the milk-bar that never opens a solitary figure carries out a daily routine, just as if it were still open.
Its impossible not to think of the similarity to this sad situation to numbers of churches.

The beginning of the article.

The old Olympia milk bar – a landmark on Parramatta Road at Stanmore – has kept sadly declining since it closed late last year.
The sign out front is full of gaps: “SNACK_, SMOKES, S_E_ _S,” it reads. The window is partly boarded up. The awning is black with dirt.
But anyone passing who has a moment to pay attention might see a figure moving in the shadows at the back of the shop. If they ever dropped in for a milkshake, tea or a quick meal after a movie when the Olympia was open, they will recognise him.
Eight months after its last customer, elderly owner Nicholas Fotiou still spends his days – apron on as though ready for work – at the Greek milk bar that has been his life.
“Seven days a week,” he says with a thick Greek-Australian accent.

Read the rest here.


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The Origin Of Shopping Malls (via Origin Of Everything)

Ten minutes of video about why all shopping centres look the same, along with a bit of lead-up information.
Turns out suburbs and teenagers have something to do with it. And some guy named ‘Gruen.’
US in origin, but since similar developments occurred in Australia roughly around the same time the information seems to ring true.
And rows of shops pointing out with car parks in front of them are ‘extroverted,’ which must be why I prefer parking and going inside to a more ‘introverted’ experience.


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The Vocal Talents Of Tara Strong (via Great Big Story)

You may not recognise Tara Strong, but you may be familiar with voice which features on a variety of animated shows.
In this video she introduces us to some of those characters and speaks about how to convey story and character through vocal inflection alone.


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Does The ‘Close Door Button’ In An Elevator Do Anything? (via Mental Floss)

Articles about why ‘Close Door’ buttons on elevators don’t work, and the reasons why pop up from time to time.
The practicalities behind their non-function make sense, but their presence in elevators even when not connected is still a bit odd.

Read about it at Mental Floss, or search around the internet for plenty of comparable pieces.


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The Church Ladder No One Can Move

Pastors who watch this video about the immovable ladder of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre may find the scenario to be somewhat familiar.


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How To Tie Shoelaces With One Hand (via Megan Absten)

Megan Absten is an athlete who lost her left arm at age 14.
Here she provides a video tutorial on how to tie shoelaces one-handed.
(A couple of different ways, actually.)


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Australian (Extreme) Dinghy Racing

Dinghy is such a wonderful word.
This three-minute video from Great Big Story about Dinghy Racing in (South) Australia had me at “In 1981, two dinghy pilots in Australia made a wager to determine which one of them could ride their boat to the pub the fastest. Thus, extreme dinghy racing was born.”
Of course it had to be about getting to the pub fastest.
It’s Australia.