Archive for November, 2005


Last weekend I got a chance to see the new Stanley Kubrick exhibition down at ACMI. It was pretty cool to see the props and background paraphernalia from Kubrick’s classic movies, such as the outfits from A Clockwork Orange, as well as the notes and scripts Kubrick wrote, showing how detailed and driven he was. Whilst on the way there, I also realised to my surprise that the National Design Centre had opened on the same block; interesting but kind of underwhelming in it’s size. I was expecting a lot more scope and space, but it’s a start.

Whilst about town today I noticed a new outlet opened opposite Flinders Station, a fries and burger outlet called….Lord of the Fries! A name that meant I had to try what they promised to be the “greatest fries”, or thereabouts…and they were indeed very good. Crispy, thin and nicely seasoned, with an interesting variety of toppings for the fries. I went for Belgian Mayo, which was great, especially given that it’s nigh on impossible to get decent mayonnaise anywhere in Melbourne at least….

Naked people…

…will be in Federation Square next Saturday, December 3rd, around 6am.

It will be the Birth Suit Shoot, and the pictures taken will be part of a 2006 calendar; all proceeds from the sale of the calendar go to Anti-Slavery International. This was already done last year, and the organisers intend to make this a regular event.

Only some 100 people turned up last year; the aim is to get up to 1,000 this year. You can still register to be part of it (or to buy the calendars) at

Australian Film

Of course, I feel a little stupid posting about the event after they’ve actually occurred, but nevertheless here’s the rundown on some of Australia’s film events.

Last night the Australian Film Institute held it’s L

The Aussie Pie Stop story …

Several months ago in April, I wrote about the Aussie pie stop and how it has a large variety of pies to suit every taste bud.

On my recent trip in the city to visit my favourite pie shop, I found the place closed, and being renovated to accommodate a different store. What happened to it? I tried the website and has been given a site not found message. Can a company that boasted awards for best tasting meat pies just disappear so suddenly?

Benefits of being in the city, to visit or to work

It must be nice working in the city of Melbourne, with respect to all the freebies available.

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been going into the city by train to arrive at the Melbourne Central station early in the morning. On each occasion, I have been given a couple of packets of the Bio laundry detergent just outside the station gates. The other freebie is the chupa chup given by Harvey Norman in QV during lunch time. Then one can finish with a small cup of tea in T2 in Melbourne Central.

Where else can I find 3 freebies in one day?

Lots of sporting events to watch …

This week must be the sporting week of Melbourne. There are two sporting events occuring in Victoria this week.

There is the world gymnastics competition in Rod Laver Arena as well as the Australian Open Golf Championship being held in Moonah Links in the Mornington Peninsula. Between the two, I can’t choose which to watch. I will most likely record both events on television and watch both. And then, one could also watch the Melbourne soccer team, (hopefully, they don’t lose again) play against New Zealand.

people at work

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the sonic manipulator
window cleaners


34 days to Christmas …

And the Christmas tree is lighted in Federation Square …

Polish Festival @ Federation Square

Out of curiosity, I ventured into the city to attend the Polish Festival, being held in Federation Square. The square was packed with people, I suppose, by a lot of Polish people. Do you think its rude to call Polish people Poles?

There was singing and dancing on stage. There were stalls selling christmas decorations, books and jewelleries as well as art work.

I learnt some interesting facts from the festival. Did you know that Michael Klim was born in Poland? Other notable polish descendents include Alicia Molik and Michael Kasprowicz.

Back again…

after a hiatus spent in the UK and Amsterdam. My ladyfriend had two UK-based colleagues over so it gave me the chance to check out a couple of places i hadn’t been to, namely the Moroccan Soup Bar in Richmond and the Japanese restaurant Yuu, off Oliver Lane in the CBD.

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