MX paper @ Southern Cross

 
  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere
mX is a fair read for about 5 minutes while I hide from anyone boarding at loop stations who might prefer if I offerred them my seat  Wink

In fairness it does contain everything from international news stories (in very brief format) to TV listings and by way of computer tips, fashion and whinge your butt off (sorry, "Vent Your Spleen").  

As such it is aimed at a very broad, but mainly commuter, readership and has to attempt to appeal to them all.  This it usually succeeds in doing to a reasonable degree.  

In terms of distribution around Southern Cross station would it be feasible to place more distributors at each point of entry?  If you can't actually set foot inside the premises you can still blanket-bomb from the borders!  That won't solve the problem of transfer passengers beign unable to obtain a copy but chances are if they are getting onto a suburban train they would be able to pick up a second-hand copy easily enough anyway.

Worth what I pay for it?  Yes.  And just a little bit more.

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  Nexas The Ghost of George Stephenson

Even though the Spleen column makes me mad, I like to read it to know what real passengers think.
"mjja"


Real passengers... and the occasional gunzel or two WinkWinkWink
  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere
Even though the Spleen column makes me mad, I like to read it to know what real passengers think.
"mjja"


Real passengers... and the occasional gunzel or two WinkWinkWink
"Nexas"
Yes indeed, our very own Craig was noted in print a few days ago!
  Craig Chief Commissioner

Location: Edithvale, VIC
Even though the Spleen column makes me mad, I like to read it to know what real passengers think.
"mjja"


Real passengers... and the occasional gunzel or two WinkWinkWink
"Nexas"
Yes indeed, our very own Craig was noted in print a few days ago!
"Gwiwer"


That wasn't me - as most people know, I don't own a mobile.  Razz

Either another Craig has submitted that SMS, or someone has used a fake name.  Razz

Kind Regards


Craig Smile
  Nexas The Ghost of George Stephenson



That wasn't me - as most people know, I don't own a mobile.  Razz

Either another Craig has submitted that SMS, or someone has used a fake name.  Razz

Kind Regards


Craig Smile
"Craig"


It wasn't me either, as I submitted a letter to the same person (replying to "Gavin" on the issue of closed toilets on stations) as "Coley, Mordialloc" and it didn't get printed.

Gwiwer, or anyone else... see a letter on Tuesday by Steve from Prahran, thanking Connex for the Hitachi trains?  WinkRazz

Other gunzels to be printed in mX include Hayden from Coburg, and John from Melbourne. Wink
  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere
The comment I referred to was from a "Craig, Edithvale".  As it referred to trains on the Frankston line I put 2 and 2 together.

I didn't see MX on Tuesday as it was my RDO.  I was busy with the smaller trains!

Hayden from Coburg, and John from Melbourne
Also known as .............................. people we know in here  Laughing
  Nexas The Ghost of George Stephenson

The comment I referred to was from a "Craig, Edithvale".  As it referred to trains on the Frankston line I put 2 and 2 together.
"Gwiwer"


The person who wrote that (They can come forward if they wish) was writing in response to Gavin, from Edithvale, who was whinging about so many stations on the Frankston line having toilets that are closed, presumably "staff only". Gavin has become somewhat of a serial connex whinger of late.


I didn't see MX on Tuesday as it was my RDO.  I was busy with the smaller trains!
"Gwiwer"


"Steve" sent in a letter, mX edited it, the original letter was "Nothing better than a silver train on a 39 degree day, with all windows open and a lovely cool breeze as the train speeds along. Thanks Connex"

I wrote that while on a Hitachi (on that 39 degree day we had not too long ago) on my way home. I realised just how much fresher and cooler the air was inside the train rather than a Comeng, Siemens, or X'Trapolis train.
  clownswilleatme Deputy Commissioner

I've been printed up a few times. My most recent was a reply to that awful woman who complained about the couple kissing on a train and wondered why authorised officers werent arresting them immediately for causing such a disruption...

I mean, really...  Rolling Eyes
  psr85 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sandringham Line, Melbourne
PDA (Public Display's of Affection) are 'fine' worthy in my opinion, that is of course the ones who take it too far and almost start undressing each other on the train.

Now back on topic;

I'll just add that Melbourne Express also had to be printed at the same time The Age was being printed making it a lot harder to do, as well as the fact that people come from everywhere as others have mentioned. A solution could be to have reciprocals on the train itself, but I doubt Connex would allow that.
  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere
Hmmmmmmm ........... who exactly were they disrupting?

Nothing wrong with respectful (and sometimes discreet) personal contact.  If they had been doing what I've seen occasionally at night between the cars of a Comeng set that might be another matter.  Two apparently full-on sessions have been witnessed over the years with one attracting plenty of attention due to the amount of noise and naked flesh on show
  psr85 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sandringham Line, Melbourne
Gunzels?  Laughing

I agree nothing wrong with respectful and discreet behaviour. It's the full on noise making, drool splashing that I object to. Whether that is old fashioned or not, it's just something I've always seen as a bit unnecessary. We don't all want to see you playing tonsil hockey or feeling each other's groin.
  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere
"Mum, where was I conceived?"

"Well darl, it was somewhere between North Melbourne and Coburg but it's hard to be precise..................."

Meanwhile back the the news-stands .............  Wink
  Dreadnought Assistant Commissioner

Location: Oooh, look! [Pointing upwards] An eagle!!
...even with reading every little of piece of smeg in it, it still doesn't last all the way to Geelong...)
"wongm"


I used to pick up a copy of MX at Melbourne Central and still read everything of import before the spark passed the North Melbourne Junction Box....
Cheers,
Dreadnought
  Dreadnought Assistant Commissioner

Location: Oooh, look! [Pointing upwards] An eagle!!
"Mum, where was I conceived?"

"Well darl, it was somewhere between North Melbourne and Coburg but it's hard to be precise..................."

"Gwiwer"


Surely the sharp curve at Royal Park would help sort that problem out -
Perhaps if there were still points for the Inner Circle junction, the clatter would have helped narrow it down to either between Jewell and Coburg or between North Melbourne and Royal Park....
Cheers,
Dreadnought
  clownswilleatme Deputy Commissioner

i read it in the truck driving from one end of collins street to the other to pick up more at scs
  MelbourneCity Chief Commissioner

Herald & Weekly Times originally had to get permission from Connex & M>Train to distribute MX at the stations, and were able to secure exclusive rights to do so.

You may recall that the short-lived Melbourne Express paper (The Age's version of MX) was distributed outside various stations in the morning peak rather than within the actual station premises, because they didn't have permission to do so.

I assume the Southern Cross Station Authority has simply given The Age the exclusive rights for handing out free newspapers, therefore barring MX from being distributed there.

Kind Regards


Craig Smile
"Craig"


Melbourne Express paper (The Age's version of MX) why did thay go i rember it on the mx paper and Melbourne Express paper saying good bye to it but dos anyone know why the mx would get just as many people getting a copy or it as the Melbourne Express paper would or got when people where goin to work school etc???
"Hitachi_178M"


Melbourne Express and MX both started on the same day.
The Herald Sun use to publish two editions a day - the AM edition (printed at 3am) and the PM edition, which hit the streets early afternoon.
The HUN axed the PM edition prior to bringing out MX.
The Age decided to launch it's paper in the already crowded AM market - 4 daily papers available in the morning peak hour.
The paper wasnt getting enough advertising revenue. Newspapers make money from the ads - not the sale price. Once the newsagents and distributors take their pay, there isnt much left for the publisher.
  clownswilleatme Deputy Commissioner

I put some people at the pedestrian crossing at Lt Collins where the other end of the superstop is today. Moderate success but the response from the public was very positive so we're gonna see how it goes for the week and maybe make it a permanent arrangement.

As we can't go inside the concourse at all we're very much at the mercy of the weather. It was quite windy today which makes it very hard to give out papers! (The wind picks em up and they fly off hundreds at a time!)
  John of Melbourne The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Melbourne suburbs
Other gunzels to be printed in mX include Hayden from Coburg, and John from Melbourne. Wink
"Nexas"
Shocked
  Autopenguin Assistant Commissioner


As we can't go inside the concourse at all
"clownswilleatme"


Is it just me, or does this whole situation stink of commercial sabotage? I mean, it's not like you can't buy the Herald Sun from kiosks at Southern Cross, is it? And anyway, what on earth does The Age have to gain apart from a smug feeling? They don't sell an afternoon paper, and their audience is very different. All they're doing is annoying commuters who just want to grab their free paper to read on the way home - commuters who'll curse The Age for doing this rather than buying it.

Oh, and I'm an Age reader, by the way - which is why I'm particularly offended at this Murdoch/Packer-like anti-competitive behaviour in collusion with a company that's managing one of our biggest stations as though it was a private shopping mall.
  clownswilleatme Deputy Commissioner

Is it just me, or does this whole situation stink of commercial sabotage? I mean, it's not like you can't buy the Herald Sun from kiosks at Southern Cross, is it? And anyway, what on earth does The Age have to gain apart from a smug feeling? They don't sell an afternoon paper, and their audience is very different. All they're doing is annoying commuters who just want to grab their free paper to read on the way home - commuters who'll curse The Age for doing this rather than buying it.
"Autopenguin"


Pretty much. The first of the new shops at SCS has opened up (The newsagent-like RELAY) but I haven't had a look to see if they sell the Hun.

It does seem like all Fairfax wanted to do was get on News Corp's nerves.

There are a great many Age readers who read the mX, and all that is happening is that they're getting annoyed that it's harder to get a copy of mX at SCS.

Anyway I can't really comment on the corporate side of things, I'm just a pleb and I have to put up with it Wink
  clownswilleatme Deputy Commissioner

PS, I think you lot should be fined HEAVILY whenever the wind blows your papers straight out of their kerbside receptacles and up and down Collins Street.
"The Vinelander"


Just saw this.

The actual street bins with the yellow tops are designed in such a way that papers can't blow out of them in everything but a force-5 hurricane... It's the general public grabbing a paper and leaving a bunch sitting half out of the bin or just being careless putting their used paper in the rubbish that results in the wind picking them up.

I know this because I fill some of the bins and I make sure they're filled neatly so that the wind can't take them.
  psr85 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sandringham Line, Melbourne
The blame can be put on mX themselves for the littering, but the general commuters must also be wary of their responsibilities.

Perhaps mX recycling stations should be set up at the major stations, with bins capable of holding the huge deluge of used mXs.

Cheltenham is a good example of this. Get off an express train, and the bins are overflowing and papers all over the ground. More bins, or bigger bins should be in place. Not to mention the fact that they aren't recycled.

The merits of recycling can be debated, but bigger bins (waste or recycling) are pretty much needed.

But I guess terrorism has got the MPs scared about what bins look like and their size!
  clownswilleatme Deputy Commissioner

I completely agree on the recycling aspect.

All excess papers are recycled but I'd like to see recycling bins at select stations.
  EvanC Chief Plonker

Location: Bayswater, Victoria
I completely agree on the recycling aspect.

All excess papers are recycled but I'd like to see recycling bins at select stations.
"clownswilleatme"
Although it hinders the natural passing-on of the papers, I always take my copy home and recycle it. I figure there're usually enough left on seats/in the city anyway, so it's better off being recycled than dumped in a general waste bin...
  Craig Chief Commissioner

Location: Edithvale, VIC
I completely agree on the recycling aspect.

All excess papers are recycled but I'd like to see recycling bins at select stations.
"clownswilleatme"


They did trial recycling bins at a few selected stations (Dandenong, Watergardens, Glen Waverley, Flinders St, Melbourne Central IIRC) a few years back for a while, which were in partnership with Connex/M>Train & MX.

Not sure why they removed them - probarly to save money?

Kind Regards


Craig Smile

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