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Old February 8th, 2008, 09:36 AM   #221
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Never had a motzaball c_t, what are they like?

Bye Jove I think I've got it! These three are from a while ago (June 07) and show some trams on Bourke St, and one of Melbourne's ubiqutious laneways with one of it's premiere restaurants (Flower Drum). Also notice the Ding Dong lounge, which has a sister in New York (which I've also customed).

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Old February 8th, 2008, 10:44 AM   #222
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Now you have it spot on

Perfect 800sumthing x 500sumthing and approx 200kb's

2nd one above is a bit dark but great pics.
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Old February 8th, 2008, 11:07 AM   #223
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Old February 8th, 2008, 02:16 PM   #224
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Alright I'm thinking that this is about the right size/resolution/quality:

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yes/no?

Hmmm that lens needs a bit of a swab.
YESSSSSSSSSSSS !!!


now resize the St Kilda photos... if you have time
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Old February 9th, 2008, 12:48 AM   #225
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You wish Ali! Once I've resized them I'd have to load them all up to Flickr again and describe them again, no thanks. All new photos will be like above though.
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Old February 9th, 2008, 02:03 AM   #226
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I was up on the Rialto observation deck a couple of weeks ago and managed to 'steal' a few shots. I think I had more fun observing the observors than the actual veiw!

These show the eastern and northern CBD and beyond.

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And this is southbank.

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Gotta love Eureka's giant golden bees.

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This is an inanimate carbon rod. In rod we trust!

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People like to look down on things.

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Here's some of Melbourne's sporting stadia, begining with the Telstra or 'Phone' dome, where Australia went on to crush Qatar 3-0 last Wednesday in the soccer/football.

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The mighty MCG with a capacity of approx 100 000. This is one of the greatest stadiums in the world having been the main stadium for the 1956 Olympics, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, the venue of the very first cricket test match, the venue for the annual boxing day test and AFL grand final, and also holding a Madonna concert!

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And this is Melbourne Park, where the Australian open tennis grand slam was taking place when I took this photo (womens final).

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These guys weren't in the open.

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Victoria's government house.

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And a couple of docklands showcasing the under construction Southern Star observation wheel.

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Old February 12th, 2008, 01:35 AM   #227
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Big Fun In Little China!

Big Fun In Little China!

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Last Sunday the 10th of February Melbourne celebrated Chinese New Year (which was four days previous), the beginning of the year of the rat. The entire Chinatown and a block of Russell Street were closed off for the celebrations, which included many dragons and performers, thousands of deafening firecrackers, and a lot of good cheer.

I wandered around for about an hour soaking in the sights, smells and sounds; unfortunately I only recorded the sights so as you gaze on the following photos try to imagine the smell of gunpowder and pork dumplings wafting past your nostrils, the bangs and blasts of firecrackers and the beat of drums and cymbals crashing near your ears, and - most importantly the general feeling of fun and excitement.


I started off on Exhibition St, the eastern edge of Chinatown and then made my way down to Swanston St, it's western edge. Founded in 1854 at the time of the gold rushes, Melbourne's Chinatown is the second oldest in the western world after that of San Francisco (and also the longest continuously running Chinatown outside of Asia, after San Fran's was flattened in 1906), and is the oldest continuous Chinese settlement in Australia.
These days it is mainly a restaurant strip, and a lot of the Chinese stores have moved to the many suburban Chinatowns that have sprung up all around Melbourne. However with the large influx of Chinese students into central Melbourne - Chinatown is beginning to recover some more of it's cosmopolitan charm - with many Asian groceries, karaoke bars, bubble tea outlets and various other Asian themed stores opening up in the last decade or so.

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Those firecrackers are very very loud, my ears were ringing afterwards. Oh the sacrifices one makes for ones art!

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This is Chinatown Square, with the Chinese Australia Museum just behind it.

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I wasn't the only one out taking pictures for a SSC photo thread.

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I was amazed at the amount of people about, considering that there were 380 000 at the St Kilda festival and 50 000 at the Cricket on the same day.

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I finally reached Russell St and halfway. Setup here was a podium where Melbourne's Chinese born mayor, John So was making his official speech. I think his English is a lot better than it was a couple of years ago.

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Yuck! Politicians!

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I'll post the second half of my little tour soon. But until then .
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Old February 12th, 2008, 01:36 AM   #228
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Big Fun In Little China: Part 2!

Big Fun In Little China: Part 2!

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As previously noted Russell St was blocked off for a block inbetween Lonsdale and Bourke Streets. Here there were set up many booths selling all sorts of goodies; from fried tofu and pork dumplings to student apartments.

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This is the big dragon, which came out to play after I left.

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That carpark fills up with people to watch the parade. It's a good vantage point.

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And now we continue on down the last stretch of Chinatown to Swanston Street.

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Every laneway off Chinatown is like it's own mini chinatown. This is what Melbourne does best.

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This man was stringing up a lettuce in front of his restaurant; latter one of the dragons will come and gobble it up before being blasted by firecrackers. Does anyone know the symbolism behind this ritual?

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I then went to Federation Square for lunch with some friends. One of the buildings had an interesting 'all of us' display, which showcases pictures of people of every ethnicity/nationality that call Australia home.

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And where a busker entertained the crowd with his juggling.

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Hope you enjoyed the tour. See you next time!
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Old February 12th, 2008, 01:40 AM   #229
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Amazing pix!! I almost got vertigo looking down from that tower, and I could almost hear those firecrackers going off!!!
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Old February 12th, 2008, 09:42 AM   #230
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Thanks TB! The Rialto Observation Deck is a good 243 metres high, so you can feel a little queasy up there. It's no where near as high as the CN tower though.
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Great photo essay gappa. Thanks for sharing...
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Old February 12th, 2008, 10:18 AM   #232
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Felt as if I was there thanks Gappa ... I can't wait to see all of this with my own eyes, 3 months and counting ......
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Old February 12th, 2008, 02:25 PM   #233
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Gappa

What a fantastic coverage there... very impressive!!

i went there too after lunch for a while - the dragon was still running amok!


then went to DJ as Graeme bought almost whole of Ernest Hellier chocolate!

give me a day - i will post St Kilda photos


It was amazing day for Melbourne - with St Kilda festival - around 500 000 people were out there enjoying the city has to offer!!!
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Old February 14th, 2008, 01:36 PM   #234
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Thanks guys! Can't wait for you two to arrive, I hope our city doesn't dissapoint.

Good to hear you saw the celebrations Ali. How was the walk in the park?
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Old February 18th, 2008, 05:55 AM   #235
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Until I go on my next photo tour I thought I'd post some heavily edited photos of mine - just to keep things interesting.

Naru House (now Aon):

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Eureka tower:

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BHP Billiton world HQ:

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A new bar/restaurant in docklands:

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Keep those photos coming!! When I come to Melbourne I am going to meet you and Alibaba for lunch!!!
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Old February 21st, 2008, 05:00 AM   #238
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Hey, am I invited as well?
We should organize a meet when you all arrive.
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Old February 21st, 2008, 11:28 AM   #239
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Keep those photos coming!! When I come to Melbourne I am going to meet you and Alibaba for lunch!!!
Am I not invited too????
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Keep those photos coming!! When I come to Melbourne I am going to meet you and Alibaba for lunch!!!
i was excited for the prospect of having Menage e trois... but now -... hmm ...
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