Archive for March, 2007

Why I mountain bike

There are a few reasons why I ride my mountain bike to university, work and what-not everyday:

1) I give a middle finger to the state government’s treatment of International Students. They pay full fare for transport. I refuse to pay $97 a month for a Zone 1 monthly ticket. How am I different from local students?
2) My mountain bike is an expensive toy, and leaving it at home serves me no purpose. Might as well use it.
3) I am tired of fare evading. Sitting next to a ticket validator, trying to stay awake to catch a Metlink inspector boarding the tram or travelling with this fear in my head is simply not worth it. I am better off paying $97 a month. But I refuse to treated like a second class citizen. Read 1).
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The Weekend and Footy

The long 6 month wait is over and footy is finally here. Currently, Neil is in 6 footy tipping competitions.

Friday

Critical Mass Bike Ride
5:30PM, State Library
You think traffic is bad now? Footy traffic + swimming traffic + flower show traffic + Critical Mass = Don’t even think about driving near the city.
link

Melbourne Demons vs. St. Kilda Saints
7:40PM, MCG

Friday night drinking has become exciting again.

Saturday

Sydney Swans vs. West Coast Eagles
7:10, Channel TEN

Not only is this a rematch of last year’s Grand Final but how will West Coast fare with the Ben Cousins controversy. Punters have their money on Sydney to win.


Friday-Sunday

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show
Carlton Gardens, Carlton
The exact opposite of watching footy.
link

FINA World Championships
Rod Laver Arena

The finals of swimming are this weekend.
link

Coked up Eagle Picture from The Age
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Melbourne Metrobloggers Meetup: In Photos

’twas at Joe’s Garage. Was fun. Was all Sunday afternoon. The others had various reports: best cafes, meetup (photo!), grub eating, live blogging.

the metrobloggers

The MetroBloggers

I’ll share a bit, via photos. The Melbourne Metblogs Meetup at Joe’s Garage set. I have a video that needs to be YouTube-d soon…

Public service

John helps a lady find sarees on Brunswick St!

New Aviation Security Measures for Carry-on’s – i.e. no liquids

This currently only applies to international flights (or flights through the international terminal, via an international aircraft). They are in effect from 31 March 2007.

  • Each container of liquids, aerosols or gels in carry-on cannot exceed 100ml.
  • All containers must be sealed, in a transparent one-litre plastic bag (sandwich ziplock style or larger, from the picture).
  • You are only allowed one plastic bag.
  • Prescription medicines, baby products, and required non-prescription medication is permitted, but proof of need may be required.

They mention that once you hit a screening point, you’ll have to surrender even duty free. Of course, you can purchase it after the screening point (be weary if visiting the US, Canada, Europe), and if you’re bringing it in from overseas they have some guidelines on how it needs to be sealed. Beware if you’re a transit passenger.

They can also now randomly frisk you, if required. This is in addition to screening you for explosives.

Pack your liquids into check-in luggage if you must. Read the FAQ for more information.

Combino Plus Tram in, Karachi Tram out

Yarra trams has added a new Siemens Combino Plus tram which according to the company improves accessibility, comfort and safety. On the comfort side, it adds more space, better ventilation, better ride stabilisation, and larger screens for stop information. Catch it on Route 16 from Melbourne University to St.Kilda.
Fill out the survey on the Siemens site and receive a free key ring.

The W11 Karachi to Melbourne tram was commissioned during the Commonwealth games last year. It’s colourful decoration is based on the W11 buses that are found in Karachi, Pakistan. If you walked around on Friday nights, you would have spotted this very bright tram. It was given a special run on the City Circle route between November and ending last week. The W11’s future is uncertain for now but I would guess that it will turn up again in the future.

W11 Tram-An Art of Journeys
Siemens Combino Plus Tram Site [via MelbourneManiac]
Picture via Melbourne Today

A video of the W11 tram from a couple of weeks ago.

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Where’s my little lamb?

Image taken by toolmantim on flickrlambs.jpg

Noticed today that Lamb’s on Commerical Road, South Yarra is all boarded up. A group of lads filled a skip with bricks two skips from the drycleaners.

No more delicious late night souvas to soak up all that drink or give you that extra boost before you pass out on some flat, preferably soft surface.

Mind you, in my old age – I’ve found that consuming a full souva at 3am a little too much.

So my late night fav has been the deconstructed chicken souv, a mid sized foil container crammed with melt in your mouth, freshly shaved chicken pieces dripping with jus and a generous squeeze of fresh lemon; a round of toasted pide, conveniently cut into quarters and a tub of garlic sauce. Mmmmmmmm

I know, I know, protein and carbs – not the most balanced meal – but in the early hours the salad just doesn’t do it for me…..

Seems to be a bit of action on Chapel ole Windsor way.

Building opposite Husk (?) cafe – I’m an Orange gal – is up for lease. Think it’s zoned for retail…….Mulatto has a strong following.

Looks like Prahan/Windsor is up for a makeover.

Fingers crossed the amazing shoe man, that all good Melbournian gals who love their shoes swear by, doesn’t get booted out!

Dark Flinders Street Station

As today is a gloomy looking day, I thought this eery looking picture would be appropriate.

Picture taken by igormazic

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FINA altercation

FINA altercation

You know what I was thinking of the entire time I was reading this article from The Age?

Everyone is so bloody concerned with the welfare of the daugther/female athelete; what if the roles were reversed and the athelete is a son/male and the coach is the mother? Would Channel Nine and the rest of the Australian media have given a toss?

Robert Hunter Sea Shepherd

St Patricks Day 008While walking to the Docklands a couple of weeks ago, I noticed a ship that stood out among the expensive yachts usually docked at Victoria Harbour. The Robert Hunter which is part of Sea Shepherd’s fleet is docked in order to give tours and bring attention to Sea Shepherd’s mission.

If you remember a couple months ago, the Robert Hunter was physically trying to prevent Japanese whaling ships from performing “scientific research” (killing 508 whales) . This involved launching smoke canisters, chemicals, and nets to entangle propellers as well as the usual ramming of the boat. As you can tell by the picture, the gashes in the ship are quite big and according to a worker it needs to be put into a dry dock and repaired.

Agree or disagree with the tactics, historically, it seems like an interesting ship to check out.

Robert Hunter
Berth 15, Victoria Harbor, Melbourne Docklands
Berth 15 is located on Latrobe St, by the Channel 7 Building,
across from the Telstra Dome.
Visiting hours: Wednesday – Sunday from 9:00am to 6:00p

Sea Shepherd

Herald Sun: Japanese home with 500 whales

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food glorious food

image by reinar on flickr

food.jpg neomien has been kicking round the city, dealing with life offline. Not much of an excuse, but you know how it goes.

One of the most wonderful things about melbourne is the food glorious food.

Literally.

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is coming to a close, replete with well satisfied swollen bellies and tastebuds tantalised.

An aunt of mine was in town recently and I took her on a mini tour of my favorite spots, eating and drinking that is. Yes, I’m a bit of a f**die – I suspect most of us are…..it’s a melbourne thing.

We’re spoilt for choice, so spoilt.

And the beauty of it is that it doesn’t matter what your budget is, you’re bound to find something delish to suit……and no, fastfood does NOT count…….unless you count a quick fresh soft shelled crab hand roll from Kenzan @ GPO or a reviving lamb souv dripping with garlic sauce in the early hours from Stalactites.

In my next couple of posts I’m going to reveal a few of my favs for all occasions……I’d love for you to share your favs with me too……cause there’s nothing I love more than finding a new haunt.

ps. The above pic is taken from the kitchen table of ole skool establishment Pelligrini’s Espresso Bar, home of killer coffee – the good stuff and pasta just like nonna makes.

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