Archive for December, 2006

NYE Fireworks (Kiddie Version)

I am guessing not too many of you would have gone to watch the kiddie version of NYE fireworks, so I volunteered myself to record it :P Please don’t mind the quality!

Enjoy!

Melbourne NYE Firework (Kiddie version) on Vimeo

And I had a great day using all the free public transport! Melbourne ROCKS!!!

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Australian Hotels Google Maps Mashup

globenettravel.jpgThis time last year, I was travelling through Tasmania. Many of the hotels we stayed in were far away from attractions and some were quite close to everything. When I booked the hotels, I basically based my choices on price and general location. GlobeNet Travel has tackled this problem by offering a great Google Maps mashups which plots the hotels on the map along with the cheapest price.

GlobeNet Travel


Previous Google Maps Mashups:
Some more Gmap Mashups
Google Maps Mashups
Google Maps adds Address Search to AUS/NZ

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Yearly Wrapup – December

yearlywrapup.jpgFinal wrapup for the year – thanks to Neil and Adrock2xander for taking the time to scour the archives.

Have a brilliant New Years Eve – y’all! Roll on 2007!

Over the next twelve days, we will revisit some of the posts from the past year.


Colin reported on the Great Bikini March – which was to finish at the Islamic Information and Support Centre. Understandably a few people got a little het up about it……..”

Adrock2xander, strapping young man that he is – shared his joy for Connex train inspectors on a dark and gloomy night.

Our Johnnie won the World #1 Mayor moniker! I think Johnnie rocks….obviously, and I also think he deserves the utmost respect. Despite what some may say……yes, he does have an accent….and yes, those of asian background may cringe a little – Adrock? Which really asks the question if you’re proud of your heritage, why bag others success? Melbourne is literally as multi-ethnic as we can get…..and it’s wonderful.

December hasn’t been kind to Victoria, bush fires in the regional east burned bright and us city slickers lived under a pall of smoke minor compared to the devastation our regional cousins have suffered. Then come Christmas day snow fell on the alpine region…..where firefighters had been fighting long and hard for 3 weeks. Mother nature is REALLY pissed off.

Zara reminded us that Stage 3 Water restrictions kick as of tomorrow, it hasn’t rained enough this year…..again, Mother nature is REALLY pissed off.

Previous Yearly Wrapup posts:
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November

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Another one bites the dust…

The man is dead.

Take a cue, Melbourne. Now all we have to worry about is bad graffitti, bogans, Lleyton Hewitt’s inability to win a Grand Slam and the haze.

Perhaps the world can finally get on with their lives and businesses now?

Trains, Trams, Buses to run all night for FREE

tramtrainbus.gifIn the past, we have criticized Metlink and Connex but we have to be fair and commend them on their New Year’s eve intuitive.

On New Year’s Eve metropolitan trains, trams and buses will be free between 3.00pm on Sunday, 31 December 2006 until first services resume on Monday, 1 January 2007.

In addition, buses, trains, and trams will be operating ALL NIGHT LONG (for free). This is an excellent plan which hopefully will cut down on drink driving and inspire all to party long into the night safely.

New Year’s Eve free all-night services


Picture via Metlink Melbourne

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Yearly Wrapup – November

yearlywrapup.jpgOver the next twelve days, we
will revisit some of the posts from the past year.


Ben took up the challenge to join MOvember, a fundraising event for Men’s issues…..it was a very interesting month for hirsute men – with punters “wondering is it for Movember or………”

Metroblogging Melbourne turned 2 in November – HUGE thank you to all our readers and supporters that keep coming back and of course the authors that take the time to share their Melbourne.

Zara reported on our Deputy Lord Mayor’s moves to set up a gay marriage register. About time I say, and hopefully a step closer to full rights for our Victorian Gay and Lesbian community.

Ronny had a moment with an interesting elevator…..

Neil brought us the new “Lose yourself in Melbourne” – Giant advertisement which proved a hit with our readers…..testing their Melbourne knowledge.

Melbourne’s Myer windows are a traditional must see for the Chrissy season……however this year a mechanical failure spiced things up the “Australiana window” – maybe Mr Koala had a little too much eggnog……GOLD!

Previous Yearly Wrapup posts:
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October

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Hey Paris, fancy a nookie cookie from Melbourne?

Paris in Sydney Photo by Adam McLean

So sultry sex siren (in my opinion at least :O ) Paris Hilton is paid to make several public appearances in Sydney over this weekend.

I have a woe and a gripe.

Gripe: What does Sydney possess that Melbourne simply doesn’t? Apart from the obvious, *cough* Sydney Opera House *cough* and the *cough* Harbour Bridge front*cough*, i fail to understand the appeal of Sydney.

Woe: To know she’s so near, yet so far. I long to touch her smooth velvety skin, stroke her luscious hair and breathe in her perfumed skin. *trembles with excitement*

Movies filmed in Melbourne

mrniceguy.jpgWikipedia has compiled a list of movies filmed in Melbourne. There are of course a good deal of Australian films but there were a couple that surprised me.

Charlotte’s Web, which was released recently, was filmed in Heidelberg, Melbourne city centre, and Williamstown. Even more interesting is the Jackie Chan movie, Mr. Nice Guy, which was filmed in Melbourne Central. I don’t see myself ever watching Charlotte’s Web but I might check out Mr. Nice Guy.

Wikipedia: List of movies filmed in Melbourne


Picture via Wikipedia

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Yearly Wrapup – October

yearlywrapup.jpgOver the next twelve days, we
will revisit some of the posts from the past year.


How unaustralian! Viewers of the game show Temptation and non-viewers alike were horrified when contestant Lainie showed her true colours during the fast money segment of the show. Realizing that her chances of winning were shot – she was at $25 and the other two were at $65 – she decided to continue “buzzing in” after Charles reached $80…..preventing Harry from making ground. Lainie also admitted that she liked Charles better than Harry and that she didn’t actually know the answers…….wonder who got a lump o coal for Chrissie?

Neil reported on the outrageous claims of the banning of our beloved concentrated yeast extract spread – Vegemite…..truly a national gastronomic icon. Equated in the media with Enemy #1 Osama – as a dig at the yanks (sorry guys), this story also blew the lid on cronyism in the media….life’s hard in a petrie dish like Geelong. Something tells me it was a slow news week.

Lil Audrey, Melbourne’s beloved Skipping Girl Vinegar neon sign has been saved with a makeover and heritage listing – noice! She also hit a major milestone as Metroblogging’s 50,000th post. Metroblogging has over 700 bloggers contributing to 51 cities…..congrats to all for their great work!

Newbie Ben, he of the Movember fame, broke his MB cherry with a call for Melbourne’s best Trivia nights with a side of Parma and a pot of course……

The daily commute can be pretty dour, Janice shared a special experience with a singing tram driver…..according to our readers it’s not such a rare experience, the trams are peppered with comedic warbling tram drivers – entertainment enroute – priceless!

Our Melbourne MB lads had a moment discussing their members…..all courtesy of adrock2xander…..who else?

Previous Yearly Wrapup posts:

January
February March April May June July August September

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Get ya’ sneak on…

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For all you sneaker freakers out there (me included) you will be happy to know that there is an ultra cool exhibiton at the NGV. Everything from Converse, Adidas, Nike, plus special editions from the likes of Peter Saville, Marc Newson and Philippe Starck are on show. Not only is this an exhibiton of sneakers, but the cultures it has touched upon, so I’m guessing that hip hop and rock n’ roll will play a part in the display.
I haven’t seen it yet, but am busting to go along to it. It started on the 16th of Decemeber, and goes right through to the 8th of July. Best of all – admission is free!
Check it out at – 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.
NGV: Sneakers

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