Melbourne–city of nuns, trams and bonkers Aussies

24 Dec

Well, here I am in Melbourne. I’m staying in The Nunnery which used to be a – well, nunnery. A bit bereft of nuns, though, unless you count the bearded Australian in a hat on reception, and the Spanish cleaner in a short skirt. Probably neither of them are actually nuns. We have Brother Francis, although he’s not likely to count on the basis of a) being a brother and therefore almost certainly not a nun, and b) being a cat. There are nunnish pictures on the walls, and the kitchen clock has Jesus at the last supper.. But the nuns are charging huge amounts of wonga for internet access, so I’ve toddled off to the library where it’s free, and I’ve spent the whole day planning the next couple of weeks’ fun (and it’s going to be fun…)

But this is a completely bonkers city anyway… and I love it. Not sure if it’s the fact that the weather is almost completely perfect at the moment – just the right temperature, just the right humidity, just the right breeze… perhaps it’s the free trams that run round the city centre. Perhaps it’s the fact that every time I cross the road at a crossing I feel as if I;m in a scene from ‘The Matris’. Perhaps it’s the crazy Melbourne hook turn that involves turning right by first turning left… it might be the brave attempt at having Christmas (a televised outdoor broadcast of carols from Sydney, anyone?)… or the fact that you can shop til midnight the day before Christmas Eve…it might be the bonzer architecture, which can’t decide whether to be Victorian, Georgian, or competing with La Defense in Paris (my favourite skyscrapers). Or where they’ve built completely pointless roofs (on the museum) which serve no practical purpose other than lookin good. You’ve got to love a city which, instead of tearing down a landmark lead shot factory (complete with chimney), builds a complete new shopping mall and entertainment centre AROUND it. Only in Australia, eh? And it’s full of really friendly people too. Just as well, cause I’m staying here longer than I thought!

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Well, here I am in Melbourne. I’m staying in The Nunnery which used to be a – well, nunnery. A bit bereft of nuns, though, unless you count the bearded Australian in a hat on reception, and the Spanish cleaner in a short skirt. Probably neither of them are actually nuns. We have Brother Francis, although he’s not likely to count on the basis of a) being a brother and therefore almost certainly not a nun, and b) being a cat. There are nunnish pictures on the walls, and the kitchen clock has Jesus at the last supper.. But the nuns are charging huge amounts of wonga for internet access, so I’ve toddled off to the library where it’s free, and I’ve spent the whole day planning the next couple of weeks’ fun (and it’s going to be fun…)

But this is a completely bonkers city anyway… and I love it. Not sure if it’s the fact that the weather is almost completely perfect at the moment – just the right temperature, just the right humidity, just the right breeze… perhaps it’s the free trams that run round the city centre. Perhaps it’s the fact that every time I cross the road at a crossing I feel as if I;m in a scene from ‘The Matris’. Perhaps it’s the crazy Melbourne hook turn that involves turning right by first turning left… it might be the brave attempt at having Christmas (a televised outdoor broadcast of carols from Sydney, anyone?)… or the fact that you can shop til midnight the day before Christmas Eve…it might be the bonzer architecture, which can’t decide whether to be Victorian, Georgian, or competing with La Defense in Paris (my favourite skyscrapers). Or where they’ve built completely pointless roofs (on the museum) which serve no practical purpose other than lookin good. You’ve got to love a city which, instead of tearing down a landmark lead shot factory (complete with chimney), builds a complete new shopping mall and entertainment centre AROUND it. Only in Australia, eh? And it’s full of really friendly people too. Just as well, cause I’m staying here longer than I thought!

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Lead Shot Tower – rom the days when they made lead shot by dropping it down a tall tower until it went spherical and cooled down before it hit the ground.

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