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Old March 26th, 2008, 04:24 PM   #281
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I'm posting this to bump my large photo post over to the next page; so please ignore.



That includes you Ali.
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Old March 26th, 2008, 04:42 PM   #282
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This photo reminds me a lot of Queen Street West here in Toronto:


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Old March 30th, 2008, 03:49 AM   #283
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A little laneway liaison again and again!

A little laneway liaison again and again!

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Continuing on with the showcasing of Melbourne’s nooks and crannies I now present a collection of little streets contained within the boundaries of Bourke and Flinders streets, and Elizabeth and Swanston streets.
There are a large and varied number of arcades and alleys winding through these two blocks including some of our cities most ‘famous’ laneways and arcades. Please follow me through the looking glass (computer screen) as I guide you through a small part of our own wonderland.

First up we have the Causeway, running between Bourke and Little Collins streets.

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This here is Union lane, also running between Bourke St and Little Collins St. Melbourne's probably one of the few cities were you 'want' to go down a dark alley in the middle of the night.

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This here is Block Place.

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And this Howey Place, this and Block Place run between Little Collins and Collins streets. The glass atrium/roof here is the sole remaining part of Cole's Book Arcade, which used to run from Bourke all the way to Collins street.

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Running off Howey Pl is the even smaller Presgrave Place, hosting the amazing little Pushka cafe.

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Over Collins Street we come to Manchester Lane. If you're in the mood one night why not try the bar of the same name for some live Jazz?

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This brings us out into Flinders Lane.

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And just across it is Scott Alley.

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But before continuing on that way let's go back to Collins Street and instead follow the route of Centre Way and Centre Place - everyone's favourite Melbourne experience.

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Alibaba is a regular here - where he's affectionately known as 'Duckman', say hi Ali.

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Who's this?

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Over Flinders Lane from Centre Place is the slightly larger but no less vibrant Degraves Street.

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The Majorca building is such a beautiful bookend to this street.

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Cupcakes and lingerie, what a great combination!

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And finally we come to the Degraves Street Underpass or Subway, also known as the Campbell Arcade. This was built in time for the 1956 Olympic Games to allow for easier exit from Flinders St station. They were setting up for a fashion shoot/show when I was there; for more on the Melbourne Fashion Festival check out Alibaba's Melbourne Moments thread.

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That'll do for now. There's a lot more to show you in these two blocks, including the amazing Victorian/Edwardian shopping arcades of the Block Arcade and the Royal Arcade, but they'll have to wait for latter. Hope you had a good time.

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Old March 30th, 2008, 05:54 AM   #284
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Gappa you outta be congratulated!

Really catch the mood of Central Melbourne. The Flinders district really is an intense part of the World -- so dense and so much happening 24/7. My fave bar is Hells Kitchen. Great for people watching in the laneways below.

Interesting fact about the Subway concourse under Flinders/Degraves Street -- its been used in the past by film/photo crews to mimick the New York subway.

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Old March 30th, 2008, 06:02 AM   #285
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This photo reminds me a lot of Queen Street West here in Toronto:

interesting observation. When looking at pics of Toronto sometimes I'm amazed at the similarities of the streetscapes -- even the geography.

A Canadian once told me they thought Melbourne had more in common with Toronto than Sydney, in terms of the streetscapes, culture, people, pace, multiculturalism..etc..

Sydney and Melbourne are so different --- but then I guess Vancouver and Toronto are in contrast to each other also.
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Fannytastic mate .... 6 more weeks and we will be in Melbourne !! I must admit that I don't mind graffiti (in the appropriate place) BUT tagging makes my blood boil .... I can't tolerate it
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Fannytastic mate .... 6 more weeks and we will be in Melbourne !! I must admit that I don't mind graffiti (in the appropriate place) BUT tagging makes my blood boil .... I can't tolerate it
Melbourne can be quite choatic and counter cultural in that regard. It's a city of contrast. It's quite stern and well planned, grand and conservatively planned to be "like Europe" ignorant of the wild land it is built upon --- and then modern Melbourne and its youthful culture takes on this identity. So in summary -- we have a strong street and underground alternative culture here. There is alot of graffeti and stencil art here -- some of the best in the World in my opinion -- one of the only places I've seen with more extensive Government support of it is in Berlin.
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Old March 30th, 2008, 08:36 AM   #288
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interesting observation. When looking at pics of Toronto sometimes I'm amazed at the similarities of the streetscapes -- even the geography.

A Canadian once told me they thought Melbourne had more in common with Toronto than Sydney, in terms of the streetscapes, culture, people, pace, multiculturalism..etc..

Sydney and Melbourne are so different --- but then I guess Vancouver and Toronto are in contrast to each other also.
I am more and more astonished seeing the similarities between Melbourne and Toronto.. I suppose it is not surprising, both been British Colonial cities developing at the same period. And as you say, Vancouver and Toronto are in many ways unalike.
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Old March 30th, 2008, 12:29 PM   #289
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Gappa I have to say - those collections are awesome mate!

I love these 2

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they are soo Melbourne

OVerall - very good quality selections and very poignant in capturing the mood of Melbourne streetscapes... well done !


BTW - i did look soo fat in those photos....!

and you missed great party today!
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Old March 31st, 2008, 02:52 AM   #290
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Well done Gappa, as impressive as Alibaba's thread!
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Old March 31st, 2008, 09:48 AM   #291
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This photo reminds me a lot of Queen Street West here in Toronto:


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Hey Nice pics gappa!

This one reminds me of Queen Street in Auckland lol
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Old March 31st, 2008, 10:08 AM   #292
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Thank you sirs! Does Melbourne's Queen St remind you of your city's?
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Picture by : Sydney

I reckon it looks similar....Apart from the electric cables of ofcourse !
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I think every major city in the British Empire has a Queen Street.

Brisbane also has a major Queen Street.

In fact Melbourne's grid pattern has a cute little play on words -- the streets go in this order from west to east: King Street > William Street > Queen Street > Elizabeth Street. (King, William, Queen, Elizabeth) To add to this Victoria Street (becomes Victoria Parade further east) meets Queen Street at the Queen Victoria Market. Elizabeth Street becomes Royal Parade further north.

We're such a regal city.
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Been too busy (lazy) lately. Here's a taste of what's to come, hopefully within the next week:

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gappa in drag?


that is MOOMBA PARADE!!!! i cant wait!!
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Would be fun sometime to see a thread devoted to Queen, or King Streets from all corners of the Commonwealth!! We have one intersection here in Toronto called King and Parliament! Easy to remember.....
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Old April 17th, 2008, 04:26 PM   #299
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less working - start posting photos...
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Old April 27th, 2008, 03:04 AM   #300
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MOOMBA!

Moomba is an annual festival that occurs in Melbourne every March. I believe it started out as a sort of Water festival to replace the old Henley-on-the-Yara boat race, and grew into a huge carnival type affair. These days it is much smaller than in it was in it's prime - and in many respects has no real idea of what it is. But it still attracts large crowds to see the water skiing, birdman contest, parade, and to enjoy the many rides on offer down by the Yarra.

These following photos are of the Moomba parade. I'm not really sure what the hell it's about, seemed like some sort of community showcase/carnival/mardi-gras cross. Anyway enjoy:

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I think this guy is the replacement for Zig and Zag, the famous Moomba clowns - one of which turned out to be a pedophile. Can never remember which one it is though.

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Pirates? Why were there pirates?

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Dan Adams was this years 'King of Moomba". The story goes that when they were casting around for a name for the new festival, the founders decided on the local aboriginal word of Moomba, supposedly meaning 'coming together' or some such. However legend has it the the local Kooris played a bit of a joke on the organizers (and all us white fellas) in that Moomba actually means large bum!

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Good to see violent murderers getting a float.

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2008 marks the 150th anniversary of the first ever game of what was to become Australian Rules Football. I guess that's why these guys are here.

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It's also 100 years since the founding of Scouts Australia.

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Flower lady?

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Crazy cult or chilled out peaceniks?

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DIVERSITY IN UNITY OF INDONESIA

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Yay it's the giant migrant women! Over here giant migrant women!

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More to come latter.....
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