Monthly Archives: July 2012

Join the Underground Movement

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The London Underground, or as it is known by the locals, “The Tube”, is the official subway system of London.  It is also the oldest subway system in the world; it first opened to the public in 1863 under the …

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If Ned Kelly was King

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The Old Melbourne Gaol in downtown Melbourne is where famed bandit Ned Kelly spent his last few days before he was hung for robberies in 1880.  For those who are unaware this outlaw icon, Ned Kelly was a famous, or …

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As Australian as Meat Pie

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I walked inside the aptly named Philip Island Bakery, to find some sweet treats.  What caught my eye were the rows of meat pies and sausage rolls.  The woman behind the counter said she was just about to close, but …

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An Island named Philip

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Situated on the northern coast of Philip Island, just about 85 miles from Melbourne, the town of Cowes looks like something out of 1960’s New England, only without the lighthouse or nasal accent.  It was about as retro-cliché as a …

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Sleepy Time in the Bush

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Admittedly, I am not ashamed to say even as a grown man, I adore these “not bears”.  There’s just something so universally appealing about an animal that looks like a real-life teddy bear.  They are just about the same size, …

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My Bouncy Friend!

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Situated on the grounds of the Warrook Cattle Farm is a small menagerie, featuring many excellent examples of Australian wildlife.  Grey kangaroos are shorter than their taller red kangaroo cousins, who live mostly in the desert.  Grey kangaroos live primarily …

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E-I-E-I-O Down Under

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If Old MacDonald had a farm in Australia, E-I-E-I-O, it would be at the Warrook Cattle Farm and Homestead in the town of Monomeith in the Victorian countryside, E-I-E-I-O!  With a “baa-baa” here, and a “moo-moo” there, here a “baa”, …

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Laughing in the Bush

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“Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree.  Merry, merry king of the bush is he!”, as the old song goes.  There is no other avian creature that brings such joy, if not a smile to the denizens of the bush …

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All Aboard Puffing Billy!

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All aboard Puffing Billy!  This is one of Australia oldest, surviving steam trains.  First opened in 1900, this narrow gauge railway travels nearly 15 miles through the Dandenong Ranges, near Melbourne.  Beginning from a depot near Belgrave station in the …

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Streetcar Capital of the World.

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Many cities around the world have a mode of transportation they are famous for.  London has its Underground, San Francisco has its cable cars, Chicago has the “L”, and Los Angeles has its labyrinth of freeway exits.  Melbourne, Australia has …

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