Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Marty101 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:14 am

Mandarin oranges!! Oh man,those are the best. I found that they are great in salads too.
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:24 am

:D :D :D
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Sun Jul 02, 2017 2:25 am

Had a phone call from my Son last weekend asking if I was busy.

He was planning to take his 2 boys train spotting on Saturday to watch a steam special and perhaps chase it a bit. Would I like to come.

Sounded good to me. 3 generations of the family chasing steam trains together.

Doesn't get much better than that :D

The train people must have thought so as well. Add more cars and you need 2 engines. If 2 is not enough make it 3.

Even the weather played along. We had to call it quits after 3 hours because the little guys enthusiasm ran out. He is only just gone 2 years old but he did enjoy himself.

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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby brownsrplm » Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:08 am

Stephan,
Gorgeous pictures! Makes me envious that there isn't much like that around here. There is a locomotive up near pigeon forge and of course the legendary Chattanooga Choo Choo in Chattanooga, TN...
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:25 am

Latest project finished.
Always wanted one of these.
The hot bit is a new reproduction and is gas fired.
The mantle is a restored item circa 1920 from a cottage in Ballarat.

Now have a spot for my mantle clock.

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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Glyn Meredith » Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:16 am

Nice work, Steve.
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:10 am

Interesting new fact about Melbourne.

Large increase in the number of people living in the CBD.
That is nothing new as everyone can see all the apartment blocks and towers getting built.

Interesting thing is that 40% of those people are Chinese or have one or both Chinese parents.

Good thing I like Chinese food.
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby brownsrplm » Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:19 pm

Stephan,
I have also read that you have a large increase in people from India. Any idea what is driving all this? There must be something about Melbourne, Sydney or for that matter Perth that appeals to them...
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:38 pm

I think Australia in general is very accepting of other cultures.
I suppose we are all not that far removed from a migrant ancestor.
Do the right things and it is pretty easy for anyone to be accepted.
The Chinese have been here since the gold rush times and there are also huge Greek and Italian populations.
Now others are following.

There is a bit of drama at the moment with politicians as someone has un earthed a clause in the constitution that forbids you to be elected to parliament if you hold duel citizenship.
A number have been caught out who didn't even know ( according to them ) that they had it.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-19/a ... ip/8721994
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Mikie_T » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:15 pm

WOW.... Beautiful photos Stephan....
You photography skills are top notch!
(Love the time exposure)

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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:12 am

Another law comes into effect today regarding smoking.

It is now illegal to smoke within 4 meters of any place where any food is being served.

This includes all outdoor dining areas as well.

Only 12% of the population here now admit to smoking and it is still on the decline.
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Glyn Meredith » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:57 am

Stephan wrote:Another law comes into effect today regarding smoking.

It is now illegal to smoke within 4 meters of any place where any food is being served.

This includes all outdoor dining areas as well.

Only 12% of the population here now admit to smoking and it is still on the decline.


Good!

I suffer from asthma. Fortunately, I can manage it well but if I'm walking down a street and get even a slight whiff of tobacco smoke, it can set me off. Smokers often don't appreciate that it's not just about food hygiene or dislike of the smell, it can also have serious effects on those with breathing difficulties.
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:03 am

One of the local radio stations went out yesterday to check out how the new law was working.

There is a big shopping center near me at a place called Oakleigh.
There is a large central plaza full of tables and chairs wherin the predominantly Greek local population like to gather for a smoke and a coffee.
Lots of restaurants and cake shops there as well with lots of yummy things to try.
Result of the new law is if you buy something to eat you can no longer take it outside to eat it.

It's called the law of unintended consequences.

Must be more profit in coffee and smokes.
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:07 am

Anyone out there like eating mud crabs ?

This is how they catch them in Australia.

Note that through the whole process he never takes off his hat.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEGzVqDeRvA

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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Mikie_T » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:06 pm

Stephan wrote:

Must be more profit in coffee and smokes.


Yes.... WAY more profit.
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