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Old August 13th, 2009, 02:07 PM   #81
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The Banner is looking from the south along the bay foreshore. The tip of land at left centre is Point Ormond, Elwood. Drove along there today.......a movie was being filmed using Beaconsfield Pde. A Mercedes convertible was set up on a trailer travelling north from St.Kilda to Port Melbourne. We..( all the traffic ) had to follow at a slow pace behind two police cars. Took some pics but I still don't have imagshack working on my PC ?
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Old August 13th, 2009, 06:17 PM   #82
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Loved that road when I lived in Melbourne. Lovely cruisy drive from Elwood to Port Melbourne and back
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Old August 19th, 2009, 05:08 AM   #83
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http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/thi...j.html?page=-1

YOU know you're from Melbourne if …

- When diarising anything in September you first consult the footy fixture.

- You were shocked when you found out not all street directories are called Melway.

- When everyone knows where a bar, cafe or restaurant is you no longer want to go there.

- You know Sunshine, Rosebud and the Caribbean Gardens are not as good as they sound.

- You consider yourself a socialist yet you drive a European car and have a cleaner.

- You'd rather sit next to Guy Rundle on a plane than Guy Pearce.

- You've attended a children's party that had rice-paper rolls, cous cous salad, croquembouche and a pinata.

- You or someone you know has received a grant.

- It's not Noosa, it's Noysa. It's not snow it's the snoy. And it's Malvern now, not Chadstone, thanks to rezoning.

- You refer to rococo furniture as "very Franco Cozzo".

- You felt betrayed when you discovered Melbourne was not the only place in the world with trams.

- You think the slogan on our licence plates should be "Melbourne. The Coffee Is Shit Anywhere Else", "Melbourne. Go To Sydney. We Hate Tourists" or " Melbourne. What School Did You Go To?"

- You know the word ''Moomba'' means Up Your Bum, White Man.

- You're not happy Melbourne has been voted the World's Most Liveable City. You'd prefer it was voted "Most Enigmatic, Tortured And Slightly Dangerous City".

- You think the only person who looks good with a moustache is Ron Barassi.

- You've looked out the window of Puffing Billy and waved like an idiot at the cars at the railway crossing. And you've watched Puffing Billy pass as you sat in a car at the railway crossing, and waved like an idiot.

- You think beyondblue does great work but you hate the way it makes Jeff Kennett look good. Which is depressing.

- Any music by Paul Kelly makes you suddenly think of the Nylex sign and something about making gravy.

- When you meet someone from Kew, you always ask "Near Kew?"

- Jon Faine shits you but you can't switch him off.

- You've been to the Royal Melbourne Show and the scariest ride is the train home.

- You don't get the jokes about the Yarra. Or Melbourne weather.

- When you hear the word ''Bougainville'' you think of Northland.

- You don't judge people on their looks, wealth or status but on the bread they buy, the coffee they serve and the newspaper they read.

- You know a kid with two mummies.

- You pretend the Sydney-Melbourne rivalry doesn't exist. Which it doesn't. Because Sydney doesn't care. And that really shits you.

- You brag Melbourne is the creative capital of Australia, but your walls are full of signed football jumpers.

- When someone says thanks you say, "No Dromanas."

- When you hear the word ''Easter'' the first thing you think of is the Royal Children's Hospital Appeal and Zig and Zag. And then you quickly think of something else.

- If someone is referred to as a ''showbag'' you know it means they're cheap and full of shit.

- Your kid's favourite foods are sushi, spanakopita and felafel. Which are also the names of the three kids they sit next to at school.

- If a friend gets a new boyfriend or girlfriend, your first question is, ''Who do they barrack for?''

- You think if we all ignore Federation Square, Docklands and Robert Doyle they'll go away.

- You can list all the ingredients in pesto. And you're three years old.

- Cup Day. Gambling at 9am. Drunk by noon. Broke at 3.20pm. Asleep by 4pm. Hungover at 5pm. All while at work.

- You think Aberfeldie is a tartan, Coonan's Hill is a wine and South Wharf is in Sydney.

- Chopper Read, Ned Kelly, Squizzy Taylor, the Morans and the Williamses. Sure they're crims, but we all agree they've given the place colour.

- You lose respect for friends if they move over the other side of the river.

- When holding a dinner party, you know the point is to serve food no one has ever heard of, from a country people didn't know existed, bought from a little shop they'll never be able to find.

- You were against the casino but, you have to admit, it does keep the bogans out of the city.

- Pot, cantaloupe, potato cake and hook turn. Build a bridge and get over it.
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Old August 19th, 2009, 07:58 AM   #84
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shit as. Those are usually good but you can tell it was written by some pompus, full of themselves ****wit who probably moved here from another state...

(is there an emoticon that spits on a post and burns it??)
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Old August 19th, 2009, 09:07 AM   #85
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Totally agree. WTF is going on with some of thse - "we hate tourists", etc?? Total shite.
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Old August 19th, 2009, 11:07 AM   #86
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groan.

It's Catherine Deveny, the biggest shitstir to grace the pages of The Age (ever). Everything she does is tongue and cheek.

Start reading the Age more
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Old August 19th, 2009, 01:01 PM   #87
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Start reading the Age more
i would if i

1) was interested in finance
2) had somthing big enough to put it on
3) was a wanker who somehow thought reading a one certain newspaper said somthing about your social status and intellegence

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Old August 19th, 2009, 01:31 PM   #88
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So you wear moccies then?
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Old August 19th, 2009, 01:46 PM   #89
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So you wear moccies then?
nope... because im not over 40, Alastair.
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Old August 19th, 2009, 03:11 PM   #90
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lol.

Anyhow, Catherine Deveny's other stuff: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/catherine-deveny

purla x 2:

http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/a-p...i.html?page=-1

A proposed Australian Bill of She'll be Rights, mate

* Catherine Deveny
* April 22, 2009

1. THE RIGHT TO REDEFINITION

ANY sportsman who has displayed the behaviour of a thug, an alcoholic, a violent sociopath or a rapist has the right to be described as a "rough diamond", "loveable rogue" or "knockabout character" with a "heart of gold".

2. THE RIGHT TO FISH FOR COMPLIMENTS FROM FOREIGN VISITORS

CITIZENS have the right to ask foreigners: "How do you like Australia?" If the foreigner does not respond enthusiastically that "Australia is the greatest place in the world", the foreigner is immediately to be deported and forced to wear a Ken Done "I Love Australia" T-shirt for the rest of their lives.

3. PROHIBITION TO EXCLUDE YOURSELF FROM A SHOUT

WHEN draining a few cans at a local establishment, no person is to undermine the liberty of his compatriots by refusing to participate in the shout — excuses of being a poof, having to get up early or being violently allergic to alcohol notwithstanding.

4. THE RIGHT TO CRINGE, CULTURALLY SPEAKING

a) WHEN watching a feature film from "overseas", the appearance of any person with an Australian accent is to be heralded with the excited ejaculation: "That guy's Australian. Did you hear that?"

b) Citizens must take every opportunity to remind fellow citizens that "we invented the Hills Hoist, the VCR and the wine cask". "We" means all of us. It is prohibited to acknowledge the name of the individual responsible. When one wins, we all win. When one of us fails, they are unAustralian.

c) A citizen is honoured with the title "Our" when people from overseas acknowledge they exist; eg, "Our Hugh", "Our Nic", "Our Cate", "Our Kylie" and "Our Mary, Princess Of Denmark".

5. THE RIGHT TO BEAR JINGOS

THE flying of the Australian flag outside a person's home or the wearing of an Australian flag to a sporting event is an unassailable right of the Australian citizen. It confirms their jingoism and reinforces their belief that Australia is better than Anywhere Else and, by extension, they are better than Anyone Else for living Here.

6. THE RESPONSIBILITY TO AUSTRALIANISE

CITIZENS are required to act "more Australian than Steve Irwin" when conversing with recently arrived visitors from "overseas". Citizens are required to punctuate sentences with "bonza", "sheila", "crikey", "strewth" and "cobber", and to draw the visitors' attention to our extreme weather and dangerous animals. It is imperative for citizens to imply that foreigners are weak and would be unable to live here because they "couldn't hack it". It is compulsory for citizens to extract an admission of defeat or inadequacy from the foreigner.

7. LADIES, BRING A PLATE 8. RIGHT FOR THE SURVIVAL OF OUR LANGUAGE

USE of the terms "Pull my finger", "I've had a gutful", "What are you looking at?", "I shagged your sister", "Come here and say that", "You. Me. Car park. Now", "While you're down there", "Have a stab", and "Cracked the shits" is enshrined in this charter. So too the universal recognition that someone you call "a bastard" you are fond of but someone you call "a bit of a bastard" you are not.

9. RIGHT TO DENIAL

CITIZENS have the right to refuse to acknowledge the existence of Tall Poppy Syndrome by playing the Underdog Card. Identifying as an underdog comforts the citizen who is not successful enough to be a tall poppy, while conveying the impression they never wanted to be one anyway, because tall poppies are wankers and deserve to be cut down. Even though they don't exist.

10. RIGHT TO MAKE JOKES ABOUT NEW ZEALANDERS

ALL citizens have the right to refer to Kiwis as "sheep shaggers", categorically refusing to acknowledge that's what the rest of the world calls us.

11. RIGHT TO CRACK OPEN A CAN OF 'WHO GIVES A RATS?'

FEDERATION? Constitution? Words to the national anthem? Stuffed if I know.

12. UNIVERSAL AGREEMENT THAT OVER THE FENCE IS OUT 13. RIGHT TO CLAIM THE NORMAL HUMAN RESPONSE TO TRAGEDY AS 'UNIQUELY AUSTRALIAN'

WHEN a national tragedy occurs, citizens must vicariously experience the event via media saturation of Trauma Porn. Citizens must comment on acts of compassion and assistance as "uniquely Australian" and "an intrinsic part of the Australian character". Any suggestion this is a normal reaction and a universal response of the human spirit is prohibited.

14. RIGHT TO DEFEND OUR SLAGS, SCRAGS AND SCRUBBERS

CITIZENS are to be outraged when migrants call our women "sluts". All citizens are obliged to uphold our women's honour by strenuously asserting that we have the best sluts in the world, which is why they call this place the Lucky Country.
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Old August 19th, 2009, 04:33 PM   #91
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some stunning views from the Melburnian tower's penthouse http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/exec...0818-ep4p.html
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Old August 20th, 2009, 03:16 PM   #92
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You're a true Sydneysider when...

You love to hate Melbourne

Being hedonistic is trendy

You believe Sydney "is" Australia and life ends anywhere beyond the city

You marvel at the harbour and wonder why anyone would live anywhere else

You are convinced Sydney is a city of beaches even through it takes most people 2 hours to get there and when they do there is no parking.

A small 2 bedroom unit in a four storied ugly brick square unit block, is worth paying 600k for

Queuing is accepted as a daily event

Grid locked roads are just part of our great city

Pitt Street Mall is a shopping Mecca

Darling Harbour is lovely even though it's crisscrossed with noisy overpasses

The Blue Mountains are like alpine ranges

Living under a flight path is normal

and finally.. .one thinks the city is embracing and liberal minded even though gay men are being bashed everyday on Oxford Street


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Old August 21st, 2009, 10:17 AM   #93
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Didnt know where to post this but im visiting Melbourne with my girlfriend in December. We are staying in one the new docklands apartments and were wondering if anyone could tell us where to go and what to see whilst in Melbourne. Any info would be much appreciated. cheers.
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http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/sto...4-2862,00.html

Footscray's future as 'St Kilda of the west'

Matt Johnston

August 24, 2009 12:00am

IT may not have Luna Park or a beach, but blue-collar Footscray is being dubbed our "next St Kilda" as Melbourne's population continues to surge.

VicUrban chief executive Pru Sanderson said Footscray was as close to the CBD as tourist hotspot St Kilda and boasted the right mix of multicultural activity and prime development opportunities to become one of the most happening places in Melbourne.

Maribyrnong Mayor Michael Clarke backed the traditionally working-class suburb's prime place in Melbourne but said its heritage and poorer population had to be protected.

Ms Sanderson, who heads VicUrban, the State Government's sustainable urban development agency, told the Herald Sun that in a few decades Melbourne could house seven million people, which would effectively make Werribee the "heart of the west".

Footscray would then become the edge of the CBD.

"You could say (Footscray) is the St Kilda of the west, and it will have more and more business attracted to it," Ms Sanderson said.

"The challenge is to get more business activities while nurturing multicultural and mixed-use activities to make sure it doesn't lose that.

"It has got so many strengths: it has a fantastic market and a university, and it is ripe for this addition to its character. At five to seven million people (in Melbourne), the west is inevitably going to be an area of great expansion."

Ms Sanderson said planners were continually realigning the role of the west as the population continued to soar.

"The way St Kilda Rd connects the CBD with St Kilda with a higher density of use, so could Footscray be connected to the CBD," she said.

"If you look at Melbourne at 2060, I think we could well be looking at a city where there is quite a continuity of development between Geelong and Melbourne."

Cr Clarke said that the western suburbs would feature prominently as planners looked as far ahead as the time when Melbourne might be home to 10 million people.

Cr Clarke said a challenge for the council and developers would to fit a booming population with traditional western suburbs families, and protect artistic and cultural heritage.

"We will work overtime to maintain the artsy, edgy atmosphere," Cr Clarke said.

"So too with our level of cultural diversity (where) you can eat Indian or Vietnamese, dance with the Africans, or do tai chi with our Chinese friends."

He said there was already a buzz spreading about Footscray.

"House prices have gone up 22 per cent in one quarter. We are so under-priced here," Cr Clarke said.
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Tony - December is a good time - weather shoudl be nice.

If I was you I'd get into the nooks and crannys of the CBD like Degraves Street, Hardware Lane, and the arcades, eg. Royal, Block. here is a thread from another part of the forum on that side of things.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=653021

-St Kilda would be nice at that time of year (beach, sunday market, nice restaurants on Fitzroy Street, 'alternative' atmosphere.
- Yarra Valley for wineries (about 1 hours drive east of Melbourne in teh Dandenong Ranges)
- Fed Square for general interest and also the Ian Potter Centre (National Gallery of Victoria's australian art museum)
- have a picnic in one of the gardens around Melbourne, probably teh Botanic Gardens would be nicest but Treasury, Flagstaff, Carlton gardens are all nice.
- Queen Vic Market is pretty good just outside the northern edge of the CBD - but probably not selling anything you wouldn't have seen before (unlike goign to a market in Asia or eastern europe).
- you could do a show. Melbourne has a few on at hte moment and they'd probably continue to December I'd say. (search, Princess Theatre, Regent Theatre, Her Majesties Theatre, to see what is playing).
- there are Yarra River 'cruises' by they are pretty sh!t. You'd be better of seeing if you can get a ferry from the Southbank or Docklands to Williamstown maybe. (and then getting an ice cream in williamstown).
- go to a 'grittier' suburb for some real ethnic quisine - probably Sydney Road (on the tram) is a good option out near Coburg.
- a good walking tour in the CBD is the Melbourne 'Golden Mile' walkign tour... this says it costs money to get a guided tour but you can print the map off and follow it yourself.
http://www3.visitvictoria.com/displa...0318/vvt.vhtml


hmmm... other than that you could do an overnight trip to either of Bendigo or Ballarat which are regional cities of about 80,000 people built on the back of the gold rush, plenty of great heritage buildings in both. about 1 hour by train from Melbourne.

also the standard fare of MCG, Zoo, Aquarium, tours of CBD buildings liek Parliament House. There is also a 'Melbourne City Museum' in the old treasury building which has a bit of history of the city. migth be free
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Does anyone know what's happening with Ringwood Square? It was proposed a while ago (extension of Eastland) etc. But havn't really heard anything else on it.
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Does anyone know what's happening with Ringwood Square? It was proposed a while ago (extension of Eastland) etc. But havn't really heard anything else on it.
someone from eaastland centre management was telling me they planned to buy and build over the officeworks site.... that was at the start of this year... i dont really have any better info than that
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Surprised the local media haven't jumped on this one:

http://www.sceneadvisor.com/travel-n...ive-11524.html

Global Cities Index: Melbourne is Best City to Live
August 13th, 2009, By Michael King

Global Cities Index: Best city: Zurich loses out to Melbourne
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While it is still enjoying its current buzz-worthy status, Dubai is no place to live. Nor is Hong Kong. Milan perhaps passes muster. Mumbai? Forget about it.

Behind the News
After a year of research, across 95 cities and with over 3600 hotel, bar and restaurants reviews by our global team of writers, contributors and ambassadors – the results are in. Melbourne, nestled on the south-eastern coast of mainland Australia, is the world's most desirable city to live, stay, eat and play, ranking at the top of SA's Global Cities 2009 Index.

By assessing current conditions in 95 cities based on stability, health care, education, infrastructure, culture and environment, Melbourne ranks first in the world, just slightly ahead of Zürich and Geneva. Copenhagen comes in fourth and Paris rounds out the top five list of the world’s most liveable cities.

Joining Jakarta at the bottom of the list were Mumbai (#99), Macau (#98), Mexico City (#96) and Dallas (#93). Beijing and Manila also ranked poorly coming in at #94 and #87, respectively. We have simply found that these cities have aspects of daily life that present significant challenges to its inhabitants and visitors alike.

With the exception of high scores in Australia and some Asian centres, most of the better-ranking cities are based in the more developed regions of Western Europe and North America. Tokyo (#6), Singapore (#10), Hamburg (#16) and Toronto (#13) – all placed in the top 25.

Cities that scored highly are mostly mid-sized, in developed countries with a medium population density. They also benefit from cultural or recreational availability but with lower infrastructure problems typically caused by large populations. The world’s most interconnected cities help set global agendas and serve as the hubs of global integration. These are the well-oiled machines of growth for their countries and the gateways to the resources of their regions in the 21st century.

1) Melbourne

While Sydney enjoys a stunning harbour and that much ballyhooed opera house, and Adelaide with its vineyards and the outback on it’s doorstep, it's Melbourne that has emerged as the most important city in Australia. With its idiosyncratic blend of Victorian and contemporary architecture, impressive cultural life and situated as one the top university cities, Melbourne is also one of the world's pre-eminent global cities. The city is now the fastest growing city in Australia, with thousands flocking to live here on a never before seen scale. By paying attention to urban flow, Melbourne has opened itself up as extremely pedestrian and biking friendly, with its extensive network of laneways and arcades; an enormous amount of new outdoor cafés and restaurants have opened on Melbourne’s streets. While the tram network (the world’s largest) is due for a much needed upgrade, and the city has an increasingly expanding waistline (it's estimated that the city will need to accommodate another 1 million people before 2025), all eyes are currently on Melbourne.
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That's the fifth study this year....

Jokes aside, we do live in an amazing city...
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