Melbourne Voted Friendliest City In the World

If you read Monday’s post, you will know that Elizabeth has been away for the week for her School Trip to Tallebudgera Beach Outdoor Education School. This is Tallebudgera Creek…

Tallebudgera_CreekDoesn’t look too bad, does it?

Today, at 2:30 PM, Mrs Bob and I drove up to the school to meet her as she arrived back from the trip.

We are very pleased to report that she stepped off the school bus with a smile from ear to ear and when we asked her how it had been, she said…


Which is exactly what we wanted to hear. I also told you in Monday’s post that Tallebudgera Beach was named “Australia’s Cleanest Beach” for 2010/11 in the Keep Australia Beautiful National competition.

Here’s the proof…

Elsewhere in Australia

But on Fridays we like to try and get away from Queensland for a bit and have a look to see what’s happening elsewhere around Australia. Melbourne, as you will know, topped the Most Liveable City list for the fourth year running recently. About a month ago, they claimed top spot again in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 Friendliest and Unfriendliest Cities in the World.

Of course, they weren’t the unfriendliest, that unhappy spot belonged to Johannesburg, South Africa.

So, let’s spend 90 seconds in Melbourne

Street performances

Every major city has its buskers and street performers and we are going to take a look at a couple of recent performances from the cities of Adelaide and Canberra.

Adelaide’s Rundle Mall seems to have got busking down to a fine art though, there is always someone performing on the precinct, and they often seem to be a cut above the average. When I was last there a guy called Owen Campbell, who had done pretty well for himself on Australia’s Got Talent, was knocking out some tunes.

From pretty much the same spot, check out what this guy can do with some thongs (flip-flops) and plastic pipes. At the time of writing, in less than a month he’s had over 3 million video views.

Here’s Pipe Guy…

Extraordinary stuff.

I’ve not yet been to Canberra, so I’m not sure how their buskers’ setup is, but they definitely have them. This guy goes under the name of Busking Life and, as he says, it’s a project where “I just go to the streets and I sing my heart out“.

He certainly does that. Here’s his version of an R Kelly song; only 30 views when I watched it today, but it’s not been up two weeks yet.

I believe I can fly


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