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Old December 29th, 2007, 05:14 PM   #161
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If by chance you ever do get into any of the historical buildings of your lovely city, and have your camera with you...... please snap a few piccies!
Will keep my eyes and opportunites open - and my camera at the ready.

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Old December 29th, 2007, 07:00 PM   #162
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Thanks gappa! You are our eyes into Melbourne!
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Old January 9th, 2008, 06:40 AM   #163
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Sorry TB no interior shots this time, just a bit of a gambol around....

....Prahran & South Yarra

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These two suburbs are part of Melbourne's vibrant (inner) south east, and are two of the most 'hip' suburbs in our city. Centred on the wog cruising, latte sipping, over-priced fashion buying strip of Chapel Street and containing one of Melbourne's largest lbgt communities - there's definitely always something going on there. I visited yesterday and managed to take a few snaps, mainly around Greville St. Let's have a look shall we.

First stop is of course Prahran Station. One of Melbourne's little village stations.
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And of course just across the road is the obligatory pub that goes with every station in this fine city. People sure do have good imaginations.
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Continuing on we stroll down Greville St, checking out the funky fashions and oh so more trendy than mine haircuts.
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Is it just me or is everyone walking around with a phone glued to their ear?
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I'm not sure what this is, but it could have something to do with the crazy jesus man who was yelling on the corner.
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We've now reached Chapel St. Where facades are of secondary importance.
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But it's not long before we turn off the strip again. Who doesn't want to see cottages converted into shops?
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Or a giant carpark and the backs of old department stores and wool warehouses converted into apartments?
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I wonder what the 'SHAFT' stands for? Maybe there's a mine there?
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Oops! We've hit Commercial Road.
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Oh well, better go to the Prahran market then.
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But before a little detour to check out some Tudor revival,
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An infamous nightspot,
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And a wicked mullet!
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And then it's back out onto Chapel to admire the housing commision flats,
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More infamous nightspots,
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And an old jam factory.
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It's not far now to Toorak Rd and South Yarra.
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And then not far down Toorak to South Yarra Station and our train back home.
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Old January 9th, 2008, 06:53 AM   #164
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Here's a couple of interiors, shocking quality though.

This one's actually not from Melbourne but rather the regional Victorian city of Bairnsdale:

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And this one's of the Flinders St station main entrance.

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Hope you like them TB.
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Old January 10th, 2008, 01:03 AM   #165
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Some good stuff there gappa.
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Old January 12th, 2008, 05:36 AM   #166
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Nice pix, Gappa!! All of them. Was great fun having that tour of the smaller town... beautiful. Would love to check out that little pub at the station.
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Old January 12th, 2008, 09:12 AM   #167
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Gappa, you're ******* hilarious

Nd thanks for the photo of Granville records. It was on my must see list for when I first visited, John Safran made that place infamous.

And I couldn't believe how badly maintained many of the facades were along Chapel st, and in other parts. Amazing edwardian and Victorian buildings were rotting away. Very sad.

I have this picture of where Chapel and Commercial meet. Not quite as gay as I expected, but still queer enough for the clothes and coffee to be more expensive than in other areas



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Old January 12th, 2008, 03:55 PM   #168
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Thanks guys, flattery will get you everywhere!
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Very awesome pictures. Thanks for having such a cool tour for us
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Old January 13th, 2008, 07:51 PM   #170
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Hey Gappa! Move over to the new Urban Showcase forum with this great thread!! These are all you own photos!
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Old January 18th, 2008, 12:23 AM   #171
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Hey Gappa! Move over to the new Urban Showcase forum with this great thread!! These are all you own photos!
I've requested but Jan hasn't moved me yet, not sure why?
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Old January 18th, 2008, 02:04 AM   #172
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Carlton with a bit of Melbourne Uni on the side.

Yes I know it's sacrilegious of me to showcase Melbourne's inner northern suburb of Carlton before that of my beloved Collingwood - but I promise I'll vilify the hated Blues even more this season to make up for it.

Carlton lies directly to the north of Melbourne's CBD, and is one of our cities most densely and diversely populated suburbs. Now known mainly for it's Italian influences, it has a wide range of sights to see for the discerning visitor. Let's take a peek shall we.

Carlton itself doesn't contain a railway station (just a million tram routes), so let's get off at Parliament and walk the short distance there. On the way we pass some of Melbourne's grand buildings, such as the Windsor Hotel and Parliament House.

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We now enter the Carlton Gardens, which contain Melbourne's only UNESCO World Heritage listed building - the Royal Exhibition Building. Completed in 1880 for the Melbourne International Exhibition it is one of the few surviving grand exhibition halls of the 19th century. In addition it also hosted the opening of Australia's parliament in 1901. Behind it lies the modern Melbourne Museum.

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Crossing Rathdowne St we enter the suburban streets of Carlton. The majority of residences here are Victorian terraces.

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Then it's on to Lygon St - Melbourne's renowned (by who I know not) Italian strip. It has the highest concentration of Italian restaurants in Australia, most of them crappola! I suggest going to Grossi Florentinos in the city for a good Italian meal.
Actually Lygon St's Italian flavour is slowly eroding away, just as Lonsdale St's Greek flavour is. I guess this just happens as cultural enclaves get absorbed more by the wider population.

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This is Argyle Square, one of a rare breed in our city.

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This one's for you Taller Better.

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Quickly we cross over Swanston St to the Bali Memorial, commemorating those Australians that lost their lives in the Bali bombings.

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And then continue on to the University of Melbourne Law building to get some higher shots; the city looks much denser from the north for some reason.

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It's now just a short walk to the grounds of the University Australia's second oldest. The University of Melbourne was established in 1853 (18 years after the founding of Melbourne) and consistently ranks as one of the best in the world, and don't the alumni just love to tell you that!

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This is the new Wilson Hall, which replaced the ornate Victorian building that burnt down in the 1950's - one of Melbourne's saddest losses.

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We're now back on Swanston St, here you'll mostly find student apartments and also Melbourne's largest tram terminus.

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Lygon St again.

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La Mama Theatre. Here's Betty in her own words from wikipedia:

"I got the idea for La Mama when we went to New York in the sixties. We were poor. It was impossible to go to the theatre - even to see a film was expensive - but there were these places where you paid fifty cents for a cup of coffee and you saw a performance, and if you felt like it you put some money in a hat for the actors. I saw some awful stuff and some good stuff. It was very immediate and exciting and when I came back to Melbourne I wanted to keep going, but there didn't exist such a place. So I talked around a bit, to a few actors and writers and directors, sounding them out about doing their own stuff, Australian stuff, for nothing ... I decided on Carlton because in 1967 it was a lively, tatty area with an Italian atmosphere and plenty of students ... " (Betty Burstall)

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And somehow we've made it back to the Carlton Gardens, come here for games of croquet with friends. This is the museum from the north.

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This convent and the following terraces are actually in Fitzroy, but we'll just slip them in while nobody's looking. You can also see one of the old engine rooms for Melbourne's cable tram network.

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These are bits and pieces of facade of old demolished banks and such.

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And we shall end on an inspiring note: I don't know if it's art or not - but I know what I like - and I like this!

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Old January 18th, 2008, 02:32 PM   #173
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very nice Gappa

Carlton is our Italian village in Melb

beautiful inner city enclave
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Melbourne stirs something profound in me, and South Yarra especially tugs at me something fierce. A friend of a friend whom I knew in a passing fashion met an Australian woman on his travels, got hitched and moved to Melbourne, and he hasn't been seen in these (Canadian) parts since.

I feel a sense of melancholy every time I view stellar pics of Melbourne, in that if I were to relive my 20s I might purposely make a detour in my travels and go to Melbourne and make a life there instead of in Canada. I've never been there, but Melbourne is the place I inhabit in my other life.

This photo speaks to me. I might have been there:

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And this one. I can almost transport myself to that railing, and imagine a day like that that seems to last forever:

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Quite the extensive tour there Gappa!

It's strange how Melbourne's become this 'beacon city' for young Australians. Sydney's too expensive, Perth's even more expensive, Adelaide's boring and Brisbane's just weird. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, is packing up and heading to Melbourne. The city's art and social scene is booming, fueled by hordes of young, directionless students flooding the city in search of cheap property and real coffee. Only a few more weeks to go until I'll be setting in to life by the Yarra

I don't know why you like Collingwood though. Johnston was kind of cool, but I've never seen so many junkies concentrated into one area before (it made Amsterdam's red light district look tame). The buildings were beautiful though. Pictures would be appreciated
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Quite the extensive tour there Gappa!

It's strange how Melbourne's become this 'beacon city' for young Australians. Sydney's too expensive, Perth's even more expensive, Adelaide's boring and Brisbane's just weird. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, is packing up and heading to Melbourne. The city's art and social scene is booming, fueled by hordes of young, directionless students flooding the city in search of cheap property and real coffee. Only a few more weeks to go until I'll be setting in to life by the Yarra

I don't know why you like Collingwood though. Johnston was kind of cool, but I've never seen so many junkies concentrated into one area before (it made Amsterdam's red light district look tame). The buildings were beautiful though. Pictures would be appreciated
Melbourne has definitely turned its image around in the last ten years that's for sure.

As for Collingwood, well that's easily explained:



My footy team has a very fiery rivalry with that of Carlton. As for the suburb itself it is rather shabby, although this is beginning to change as the boho's flee the yuppyfication of Brunswick St Fitzroy (most are going to Northcote and Brunswick). My friends used to live right on Smith St and you certainly saw some colourful characters around - undercover cops like to wear colourful t-shirts and baggy shorts apparently.

Looking forward to seeing you around town, I have a feeling you'll fit right in.
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Melbourne stirs something profound in me, and South Yarra especially tugs at me something fierce. A friend of a friend whom I knew in a passing fashion met an Australian woman on his travels, got hitched and moved to Melbourne, and he hasn't been seen in these (Canadian) parts since.

I feel a sense of melancholy every time I view stellar pics of Melbourne, in that if I were to relive my 20s I might purposely make a detour in my travels and go to Melbourne and make a life there instead of in Canada. I've never been there, but Melbourne is the place I inhabit in my other life.

This photo speaks to me. I might have been there:

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And this one. I can almost transport myself to that railing, and imagine a day like that that seems to last forever:

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There's nothing stopping you coming for a visit now is there? We'd love to show you around our burg; I'll even shout you a mountain goat stout!
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These are for you Taller Better.

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Above photo from wikipedia.

The Forum Theatre lies within Melbourne's central business district on the corner of Flinders and Russell streets. Completed in 1929 in the Moorish Revival style it has had many uses over the intervening years such as cinema, theatre, and it's current configuration as a concert and comedy venue.

I was lucky enough to see a Sufjan Stevens concert there last wednesday. Here are some of the photos I managed to grab:

Firstly just a few of the stage. I love you Sufjan! I want to have like a million of your babies!

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And now some of the interior. Please note the Romanesque statues (hence the name).

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Sorry it's not more but the lighting was low, I was drunk and jumping around a lot, and my camera's not that good at low light shots.

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These were taken at Brighton.

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Brandy adores going for a swim - although she is scared of waves.

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Sorry it's not more but the lighting was low, I was drunk and jumping around a lot,

now that is my gappa that we know !


Forum i think needs bit of cosmetic touch - especially to the lobby and yes - new carpet....

btw - Brandy is hawt.... she was so wet just and appeared out from the beach - reminds me of Ursula!
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