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    MeMock and Cimboc do Melbourne.

    Last weekend saw myself depart New Zealand and Cimboc depart Kalgoorlie to meet up in Melbourne to watch the Aussies to battle with the cry baby Indians at the MCG.

    I arrived at Tullamarine about an hour before Cimboc did which gave me plenty of time to get through customs and meet him at the domestic terminal.

    They had a sign up saying they were filming border security their that day but I couldn't see anyone so missed out on my 5 minutes of fame.

    It's a small world isn't it as i sat on the plane next to a bloke who had lived in the NW of WA and knew many of the same people that I did.

    Anyway - so I met with Cimboc and we jumped the skybus to our hotel accommodation which was city edge apartments on Albert Street, east Melbourne.

    Quite run down, but plenty of room with a lounge room with sofa bed, separate bedroom and large kitchen. The kitchen came in handy for midnight bacon and egg sammys. Having the bathroom off the separate bedroom was going to be a pain until I told cimboc if he needed to take a slash in the night time he could just use the sink

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    we thought we would go for a walk and see what we could find for dinner. Cimboc was hanging for Thai food but because i eat that at home almost every day I was hanging for some Pub grub - thankfully I won out.

    There was a pub round the corner and hanging for a beer we went straight in. Looking forward to trying all these wonderful melbourne beers that we had never had before we were quite shocked to find that there was only 1 beer available. yep, just carlton draught on tap and no stubbies in the fridge!



    So after finishing our average carlton draught we ended up down Smith street and considering it was a Friday night there wasn't a lot happening as this photo will testify.



    We did end up at a nice pub where Cimboc ordered the steak...



    and I had the chicken parma.
    News is what someone, somewhere is trying to suppress - everything else is just advertising.

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    Thankfully they had a great tasting beer here.



    Whilst eating we noticed that we were sitting where history took place back 100 + years ago as the first meeting of the Collingwood football club took place in this pub, the grace darling hotel.


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    It was getting late by this time and considering Cimboc had just come off a 14 hour night shift before flying to melbourne we went back to the hotel for some shut eye.

    I was awoken on Saturday morning thinking I was back home on the ranges and looked outside to see this going past my window.



    By this time I was feeling very grotty as before i went to bed I realised that my new suitcase lock was stuck so that morning cimboc got his trusty fork and fixed that problem for ever!



    I bolted straight to the bathroom to brush my disgusting teeth. When I was packing back in New Zealand I went to grab the toothpaste from the bathroom to take with me. My wife said no don't take that, take this new stuff i just brought you instead. With out looking I through it in my bag. So I put this new stuff on my brush and started brushing. I almost vomited, I probably would have it I could have open my mouth!

    My darling wife had brought me this:


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    Before I left for Melbourne I ordered myself a new computer from a shop which luckily ended up being about 100m away from the hotel so we went down and picked that up and took it back to the hotel.

    The shop was part of a few shops and apartments that were in the renovated old brewery.



    This is what I bought.



    We then headed off into the city to play tourist. We caught one of the many trams into the CBD which took about 10 minutes max from the hotel.

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    Melbourne was a wash with people, many of them rather strange but it made for great people watching.

    here is a cory wannabe.



    This bloke was smashed and wanted his photo taken complete with stubby of beer in each hand (it was 11am)



    Here is a local terriost


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    Melbourne Tram.



    Federation Square



    Flinders Street Station.




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    We trotted off to the Victoria Art Gallery and got ourselves some culture.

    Was pretty good and saw some very famous works of art.







    Sorry about the quality of this pic. The river Yarra.



    This street performer was pretty good.




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    So after walking all around Melbourne we caught the tram back to the hotel to freshen up before heading off to Lygon street.

    We had been told that this place is the food centre of Melbourne so were really looking forward to it.

    We caught a tram there but think we may have headed the wrong way down Lygon street as we didn't see too much happening. We eventually jumped off outside a thai restaurant.

    The staff took one look at us and banished us to upstairs away from all the nice looking people down stairs. It was a BYO place so we brought a couple of beers from a bottlo across the street.

    The top floor quickly filled up and the staff were flat out. We ordered three dishes but only two arrived. We figured we would leave anyway and eat somewhere else later on. Of course they tried to charge us for all three of them!

    Tramed it again back to the city where we went for a walk along the river and ended up at crown casino. After a few hours there we had enough money to pay for our big day at the cricket the next day (well later that day as it was rather late by the time we got back to the hotel!)
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    After a bit of a sleep in in was back into the city centre and an early lunch at the famous Young and Jackson Pub and a quick peek at the lovely chloe.

    Then the big moment had arrived - off to the MCG.



    We were going to take one of these...



    but it was full so took another tram instead.
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    nice report and laptop !

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    Thanks Bobbytits - I'm glad someone is actually reading this



    So we got to the cricket and the sun was high and bright. A little to bright so we brought some sunscreen and cimboc bought a $30 hat only for us to walk inside the stadium to find our seats were full in the shade!

    It was a decent sized crowd, but in a stadium that big it means it was only half full.




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    The bar was literally only 10 metres away so we kept that busy right throught the arfo and evening which was good as the game was crap, I mean really crap and we got flogged. I didn't really care all that much as all I wanted was some fireworks from Gilchrist, he got out for a third ball duck I mean there wasn't even a single 6 for the entire game.

    We left at 10 and I stupidly followed cimboc who usually has an inbuilt gps in his head but I guess after 10 pints it was a little wonky. After walking for 30 minutes I asked some people where our hotel was. They laughed and pointed back were we came from and suggested we take a taxi, which we did and was very glad for.

    Hotel just before midnight, packed up a little before hitting the sack as we had a 6am bus ride back to the airport. Cimboc back to kalgoorlie and I went onto Adelaide for a few days.


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    Great report Memock

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    now that's dedicated fans for you...NZ to Melbourne & Back0fBeyond to Melbourne...probably the same distance...

    and they lost...

    good report though and thanks for the effort...

    Memers: what's the go with the pub only serving one beer or is that the new trend in Melbourne...

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    Oh...your link was not to the Chloe but rather to the pub. Here's the painting which the Pressbuttons considered too risque for the National Art gallery


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    Yep - was the same flying time - 4 hours each basically!

    Still can't believe they lost....and they lost bad

    Thanks for the thanks.

    Stuffed if I know what the go was with that pub. I am assuming it is just a once off. I mean apart from us there was just the publican and three other customers. The kitchen was shut, the fridge was empty - I am assuming it was closing down or something I'm not sure.

    The publican was even having a cold one behind the bar

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    Quote Originally Posted by klongmaster View Post
    Oh...your link was not to the Chloe but this one is....http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/18/Chlo%C3%A9.jpg
    Oh bugger - hang on, I'll check that out thanks klongy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock
    Thanks Bobbytits - I'm glad someone is actually reading this
    i am now, makes me homesick.

    Quote Originally Posted by klongmaster
    Memers: what's the go with the pub only serving one beer or is that the new trend in Melbourne...
    crap pub.

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    Lovely pics and sounds like a great trip guys. I was intending to be in Melbourne myself at this time, well that was my plan in december anyway, and my financial plans didn't exactly work out though, so here I am, still in Thailand amassing my next wad for a potential trip, either back to the UK or the other way, to Melbourne.

    Keep us posted guys!

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    Good trip report, and good pics. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    Lovely pics and sounds like a great trip guys. I was intending to be in Melbourne myself at this time, well that was my plan in december anyway, and my financial plans didn't exactly work out though, so here I am, still in Thailand amassing my next wad for a potential trip, either back to the UK or the other way, to Melbourne.

    Keep us posted guys!
    Funny you should pop up here as on my flight from Sydney to Auckland the bloke sitting in front of me looked just like you and he was wearing a muay thai shirt as well.

    Obviously it wasn't you though.

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    ^^If things had worked out as I planned a few months back it may well have been me, and we could have had a nice chat eh.

    Obviously it wasn't me though. And I wouldn't wear a muay Thai shirt anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    and we could have had a nice chat eh.

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    Yeah, guess I can't escape you from inside an aeroplane

    Nah seriously, It would have been good, I had to look at this bloke at least 3 times to make sure it wasn't you.

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    You captured some great shots! I liked the street performer in grey. Wonder how much those guys can make in a day?

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    Dunno how much they make but he did have a fair bit of money in his hat when I saw him.

    It was quite funny when a little girl dropped two dollars in his hat but it bounced out and she didnt notice it laying on the pavement.

    Some bloke with lets say less then average intelligence came through the crowd, looked at the $2 coin, looked at the performer, picked up the coin and walked off.

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