Melbourne

South Bank

Since I’ve been writing this blog, whenever a new Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Survey comes out, I have always written about it here. In June 2009 I wrote And the Best City Ever to Live In is…. In February 2010 Australia: Far Too Dangerous and Way Too Livable Then in March 2011 Melbourne Moves Into [...]

Santa

Here in Australia the closest you will get to John Lewis or Debenhams is a store called Myer. We also have a store called David Jones, but today I’m talking about Myer because they went to the trouble of putting on a Christmas parade here in Brisbane. Apparently, they’ve been doing this kind of parade [...]

Melblourne

It was only in March of this year that I was reporting the latest Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability rankings. At the time, there were very few changes, although Melbourne had slipped into second position from being third the previous two years. Image courtesy of vermininc You can see how all Australian cities fared in that survey [...]

melbourne

The latest results for the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Poll 2011 are out, how exciting is that? Well, not at all really. Why? Because, by and large, there’s very little change from last year’s Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Poll. So, maybe I don’t need to write a post today at all, all I need do [...]

soaked

As they say, “When it rains, it pours”. I have no intention of turning this blog into The Weather Channel, (as I said last winter) but over this last week or so the talk here has been all about the weather. I’ve already mentioned the towns that have been flooded in south-west Queensland, but following [...]

emu

I feel such a fool. All the effort I have put into my category Australia’s Bad Things, with 46 post so far and probably more than 30,000 words and now I discover how I could have covered it all so much quicker. A couple of comedians managed to condense it into just over a minute! [...]

When we left Melbourne it was 35°c. We drove for six hours and when we got out at the end of our journey, it was 17°c. In old English, that’s a drop from about 95°f down to 62°f. We were heading for Warrnambool, which is pretty much at the end of the Great Ocean Road. [...]

Melbourne

After staying up until 3 o’clock in the morning watching Premiere league football (I will NOT call it soccer! the Aussies picked the wrong horse with that) I was a little bleary eyed behind the wheel the following morning. After about an hour driving, my eyelids said “No”. So I swapped seats with the wife. [...]