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[photos] Australia: Touring Melbourne, graffiti alley part 2

We also visited Hosier Lane famed for its graffiti. (And thanks to Our Gracious Host for the prompt about the location name, per my confusion on yesterday’s post.)

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A memorial wall. Or window. Or something.

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Our Gracious Hosts

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[personal] Busy busy busy

Busy day today. Must complete tax paperwork to meet my extended filing deadline. Lunch with kenscholes at the Barley Mill on SE Hawthorne at 11:30 am, with an open table for anyone who wants to drop by. A bit of the_child time this afternoon, then more paperwork, then a dinner this evening with a friend.

And somewhere in here, an hour or so of writing time.

Also, Australia photos will return Monday.

Also also, I am heading to Omaha Monday, the start of a two-week road trip to Omaha, San Francisco, and the Surrey International Writers Conference in BC. So blogging may be somewhat irregular.

[photos] Australia: Touring Melbourne, Railway Stations

After visiting the National Gallery of Victoria, we took a tram to one of Melbourne’s railway stations, as a waypoint for further walking. Near the end of the day, we visited another. Interesting stuff.

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A classic facade.

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Seen from a distance.

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The old shot tower, inside a modern railway station.

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Another view of same.

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Vertical garden next to the old shot tower.

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A great big watch…

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

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[photos] Australia: Touring Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria

The day after the Great Ocean Road tour, we met up with a passel of folks under the guidance of australianjoe for a day long tour of Melbourne. As two in our party with mobility-impaired, Our Host had worked out a route that included plentiful tram hops and many rest stops.

Our first destination was the National Gallery of Victoria. We weren’t there for the art, but for the architecture.

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Our Host out front.

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The fountains.

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The Water Wall, within the main archway.

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The Water Wall as seen from inside.

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Statues in front of the Water Wall.

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Stained glass ceiling.

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Detail of same.

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calendula_witch admires the ceiling.

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elisem is amused, or possibly bemused, by the venue.

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

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[photos] Australia: The Great Ocean Road

Having finally left the B-24 behind, we drove on down through Geelong and on to Anglesea, where we picked up the Great Ocean Road. And had a massive lunch. After that, we toured down to Lorne before turning inland once again through some gorgeous hills.

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Tasman Sea, just past Anglesea, Victoria. Note lighthouse in the distance.

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Looking back from the same area.

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A warning to swimmers and surfers.

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jackwilliambell ascends from the unlifeguarded beach. I stayed up by the car, due to not wanting to burn myself out on the steps.

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yuki_onna just looks like she’s dancing. She’s actually following jackwilliambell up the steps.

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Echidna crossing sign.

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Either a kangaroo crossing or a Qantas landing zone.

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More Tasman Sea.

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The Great Ocean Road its own self.

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Beach house on the bluffs north of the highway.

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Rather more insane beach house.

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We finally find a beach I can walk on to, only to discover a menace from the skies.

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Creek at beach access, just below the Great Ocean Road.

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My fellow travelers fellow traveling.

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Hills behind the beach.

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Those two wacky houses again, shot via telephoto from the beach.

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Lighthouse, ditto.

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Surf’s up!

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The next curve in the road.

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The coastal forest up close. It just looks different from the Pacific Northwest.

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Rocky beds at Lorne.

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[photos] Australia: B-24 Restoration

Shortly after leaving Werribee Open Range Zoo, we drove past a sign advertising a B-24 restoration in progress. yuki_onna was indifferent to a 70-year-old warbird (being sane and all) but jackwilliambell and I were compelled to visit the project.

A team of folks working under a nonprofit umbrella have been working for some years on restoring an RAAF B-24 to flying condition. The airframe had been in someone’s backyard as a shed for many years. Wings were sourced from a wreck site in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Portions of the tailplane came from an aviation salvage yard in the United States, while other portions were fabricated as part of the project.

We received a tour from a pleasant and garrolous old gentleman who’d served as a gunner on an Australian B-24 during WWII. The hangar included maps and displays of the history of the aircraft type in the RAAF, but mostly it included the B-24 itself.

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The welcoming sign.

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The old bird her own self.

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Starboard wing with engine mount.

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Nose assembly.

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Peering up at the interior from the port side.

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A turbocharger for one of the engines.

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Another turbocharger installed in place.

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Electrical box (I think) with Pratt & Whitney logo.

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Oxygen cylinders.

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Cockpit assembly, nearly fully restored.

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Turbo boost selector.

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jackwilliambell and our guide inspect one of the enormous radial engines.

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The same rogues discussing the airframe.

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Our guide, his own self.

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Model tri-motor created for promotional purposes.

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[cancer] Bad liver, good life

I love this cartoon Plunderpuss did of me arguing with my liver.

Jay arguing with his liver (c) 2010 Plunderpuss

That’s what I’ll look like when I’m an old man yelling at kids to get off my lawn.

Long, strange dreams last night amid some actual sleep. I was touring Australia, Land of the Slow, with James Gurney and a documentary film maker. We all had room temperature IQs in my dream.

Still not nearly on balance here. Post-op recovery has been intensely complicated by a very slow, very rough GI restart. So slow and rough that we almost went into the Emergency Room yesterday afternoon.

That distress is overwhelming other issues such as actual post-op pain, and significantly retarding my progress.

There was some advancement last night, thanks to Heroic Measures, but I still feel pretty damned awful. We shall see what the day brings. Once I can think straight and bck off a bit the pain pills, I’ll catch up to both surgery blogging and New Zealand/Australia blogging.

[photos] Some new LJ userpics

Pulled from my Australia photos. These are free for use with attribution.


Superb fairy wren, at Werribee Open Range Zoo


Kangaroo crossing sign, Great Ocean Road


“Commit No Nuisance” sign from Melbourne laneway


Rose graffito from Melbourne alley


Vintage clothing store sign


Stained glass ceiling, Victoria National Gallery

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