Melbourne Daily Photo

Hello, I created this blog because Melbourne is my city and I want people to see what a beautiful place it is. So come with me on a journey of discovery as we traverse the dining precincts, the culture, the laneways and hidden gems that make Melbourne marvellous.

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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Theme Day - Landmark

Above: Flinders Street Station

Easily the most recognisable of Melbourne's landmarks is Flinders Street Station on the corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets. This grand old Edwardian baroque building of red brick and golden cream stucco was built between 1905 and 1910 after winning an architectural competition held in 1902.

When going into "Town" this was where people met up - "Meet me under the clocks" was the catchphrase of friends, lovers and sweethearts. It was everyone's favourite meeting place.

Flinders Street Station is Australia’s oldest train station and the busiest suburban railway station in the southern hemisphere. Over 1500 trains and 110,000 commuters pass through each day. It is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register, and the 708-metre main platform is the fourth longest railway platform in the world

Today's quote: As a child I found railway stations exciting, mysterious and even beautiful, as indeed they often were ~ Paul Johnson.

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Monday, 27 October 2014

Lightning Lashes Melbourne

From an early morning storm which began at 1.40 am this morning, Melbourne's skies were lit an eerie glowing pink. As the thunder rolled, the lightning cracked, you could be forgiven for thinking you were facing your personnel Armageddon. Wild storms lashed Melbourne leaving devastation in its wake. Many homes are still without power, the trains weren't running, the Monash was like a snail's pace, the Tulla was at a standstill, and the highways were almost as still as a corpse, and the Kew cemetery was on fire caused by gum trees being struck by lightning. I wonder how many bosses today have received a call saying, "Can't get to work today, got struck by lightning."? Below are some pics of our skies today.

Above: Melbourne 27 October 2014. 6.59am. Photo: Marc Taylor

Above: Lightning seen from Templestowe Lower (East of Melbourne) photo: David Swann

Above: Storms over Melbourne CBD. photo: Ian Ranson

Above: Lightning in Coburg (north of Melbourne). photo: Jason Edwards

Above: Lightning Bolt on the Bay. photo: Donna Bauer

Above: Dudley Street underpass at 8.52am. photo: Stephen Skilbeck

Above: Commuters experience delays after wild weather lashes Melbourne. photo: Nicole Garmston

Above: Gum trees on fire at Kew cemetery. At least nobody there will die in the fire. photo: Michael Filgate

Today's quote: The reason lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place is that the same place isn't there the second time ~ Willie Tyler

Friday, 19 September 2014

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Avast ye, matey! - it's that time o' year again - t' day when people around t' world suddenly break out into unintelligible words an phrases. September 19 be "Talk like a pirate day" and this young fellow be all dressed up for t' part. ’Tis time to flap yer jaws like a buccaneer.

Above: Captain Blood

A few words and phrases to help you with yer pirate speak:
Shiver me timbers and binnacle me barnacles,
Hornswaggle .... Thar she blows! .....

"Fifteen men on the dead man's chest--
...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest--
...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!"

The archetypal pirate grunt is Arrrr - remember to rrrroll your 'r's

How did it start?
International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD, September 19) was created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy) of Albany, Oregon.

Above: Cap'n Slappy and Ol' Chumbucket

It is said the day came about as the result of an injury playing sport. During a game of racquetball between the two (Summers and Baur), one of them reacted to the pain from an injury with an outburst of "Aaarrr!", and the idea was born. They sent a letter to columnist Dave Barry in 2002 who rather liked the idea and promoted it. It is now celebrated internationally.

Above: The Jolly Roger

Today's quote: Pirate Law: Dousing oneself in beer is a perfectly acceptable replacement for a shower.

And finally, How do you know if you are a pirate? You just "Arrrrrrrr"...

Monday, 1 September 2014

Theme Day ~ Rust and Ruin

The Lonely Chimney

Above: The ruins of a home

This is all that remained of a home burnt in a devastating bushfire - everything was gone except for the chimney which was still standing, a rusty pipe and some twisted metal.

Today's quote: People need to be cautious because anything built by man can be destroyed by Mother Nature ~ Russel L. Honoré

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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Melbourne ~ World's most liveble city ...again!

For the fourth time in a row, my city (Melbourne) has been named the world's most liveable city. Melbourne outperformed 139 cities to top the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Survey and achieved a perfect score in healthcare, education, sport and infrastructure. That's something to be proud of.

The scores are calculated by assigning every city a rating across categories including stability, healthcare, education, infrastructure and culture and environment.

Our Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said he was proud that Melbourne had received the top honour. “To be named the world’s most liveable city for four consecutive years is a great honour and a testament to the enviable lifestyle that Melbourne’s offers,”

I have selected a few photos of Melbourne showing different aspects of the city.

Above: The Yarra River

Above: Flinders Street Station

Above: One of Melbourne's trams

Above: Public art - "Cow Up a Tree"

Above: Playground at Birrarung Marr

Above: Dennis Lillee (one of our greatest fast bowlers) at the MCG

Above: Melbourne cottages

Above: The Blowhole

Above: Seafarers Bridge

Today's quote: To misquote Dr Johnson, if you're tired of Melbourne, you're tired of life.

Second quote: Cities are the greatest creations of humanity ~ Daniel Libeskind.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Theme Day ~ Zest

Seafood & raw fish with Tobiko (Salmon roe)

Some people have a zest for living, some have a zest for life, and some have a zest for all things fishy...This is Sashimi - thinly sliced, raw food, it is one of the most famous dishes in the Japanese cuisine. The dish above is from Chiba, a local Japanese restaurant.

Sashimi Ingredients
Sashimi is comprised of Maguro (Tuna), Sake (Salmon), Tai (Sea Bream), Saba (Mackerel), Katsuo (Bonito or Skipjack Tuna), Kanpachi (Greater Yellowtail/Amberjack), Buri/Hamachi (Yellowtail or Amberjack), plus Shellfish and Mollusks: Ika (Squid), Tako (Octopus), Amaebi (Shrimp), Hotate (Scallop), Hokkigai (Surf Clam), and Roe and Millet: Ikura (Salmon Roe) and Uni (Sea Urchin).

Did you know.....
That the word sashimi means "pierced body" and dates from the Muromachi period (around 1337 to 1573)? It is thought it was possibly coined when the word "切る = kiru (cut), the culinary step, was considered too inauspicious to be used by anyone other than Samurai!

A Bit of Trivia
There's a restaurant in Tokyo called Zest which prides itself on serving American rugged U.S. Southwest style foods.

Today's quote: What hunger is in relation to food, zest is in relation to life ~ Bertrand Russell.

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Thursday, 1 May 2014

Theme Days ~ Squares

The Green, Green Grass of Squares

Above: Urban Garden Amphitheatre.

This is the Urban Garden Amphitheatre;
Lie on the grass, pull up a seat,
Sit for a while, take the weight off your feet.

Surrounded by zinc-clad walls, this homey little snug is down the steps of Federation Square on the corner of Swanston Street and Flinders Street.

Today's quote: I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars ~ Walt Whitman.

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Melbourne Daily Photo

Hello, I created this blog because Melbourne is my city and I want people to see what a beautiful place it is. So come with me on a journey of discovery as we traverse the dining precincts, the culture, the laneways and hidden gems that make Melbourne marvellous.