Thursday, December 06, 2007

The benefits of blogging

This is a quick thank you to the Anon who left me some useful tips about things to do in Melbourne. My boyfriend has lost his passport so I'm currently sitting in Singapore airport about to head off to the unknown. Hope the b/f will make it by Sunday. Cross your fingers!

17 Comments:

Blogger Eurodog said...

See if you can spot an Australian sheepdog. Very popular breed here in Belgium.
Hope you do not have to go round Australia solo.

6:31 pm  
Blogger marymaryquitecontrary said...

What a shame. My fingers are crossed;toes too. Take care.

3:55 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, this 'the anon' who left you the Melb suggestions! My name is Liz but that's of no importance really! Bad luck about the b/f and his inefficiency - duh, typical man! Nothing to stop you enjoying Melbourne by yourself - I did!!! Also Sydney, Adelaide, Fremantle and a good few places in between. Have a brilliant time and I'd be interested to know if the 'upturned ice cream cone' ie the tower on the roof of the arts centre on the south side of the Yarra is still there. Bit like the Met Pot Cath in Liverpool for being 'ahead' of its time. If you have enough time, a trip out to the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary is well worth it too. It might be your one chance of seeing a duck-billed platypus as they're hard to spot in the wild. Have a good one and enjoy riding the trams too!

11:15 am  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

Crikey, hope he finds it soon. Nice to hear from you, you are not missing anything here.

7:16 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Greetings from sunny Melbourne! Stephen finally made it here on Sunday morning. Many thanks, Liz, for your helpful suggestions. We went to see the penguins landing. They were so sweet! We also saw the platypi (?) at Healesville sanctuary (and the kangaroos, kualas, cookaburras, dingos etc). I haven't yet seen an Australian sheepdog, ED, but shall look out for one. Thank you for your good wishes, Mary. Hi Ellee, I'm glad I'm not missing anything: the only news I get over here seems to be about Melbourne, bush fires, Rudd at the climate conference in Bali and cricket results. I dreamed a nuclear war had broken out last night - see what a news junky I'd unwittingly become! Anyway, it's a joy to feel the warm sun and the sand between my toes.

6:22 am  
Blogger kinglear said...

ww-have the Aussies mentioned sub-prime or do they have their own problems with it??

9:44 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad to be of service! I think I may be a frustrated tour guide really! So much world to see and so little money with which to do it! Glad to know you made it to Philip Island - the sight of all those little Fairy Pengins is quite magical. One just calmly trotted over my foot, whilst its friend happily went round it! At Healesville, an elderly and very large 'roo hooped across in the hope of food landing very heavily on my sparkly white shoe, leaving a paw print which never did clean off! Remind me to tell you about my encounter with a funnel-web spider in Sydney sometime - probably the most embarrassing few minutes of my entire life ...
Safe journey home. Liz-Anon

4:47 pm  
Blogger lady thinker said...

Gosh - Singapore and Melbourne sound more exciting than Croydon and Surrey. Enjoy.

11:04 pm  
Anonymous Clapham Connections said...

Good luck Whisperer! Your Clapham Connections are thinking of you! xoxo

10:14 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Hi Liz - yes please tell me your spider story. Apparently they are "ugly looking brutes and jolly poisonous" but they don't reside in Melbourne. They are so many flies here though, that perhaps they'd be useful. Hi Lady T - hope your Christmas preparations are coming along well. Welcome to blogging CC - I expect great things from you x

1:47 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Hi KL - I've only met one fund manager over here. He's quite worried about markets and the Singapore hedge fund crew were definitely twitchy. The flood of liquidity being pumped in should be positive for Asia in the short-term though.

1:50 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

G'day WW! I remember those flies - or at least their antecedents. My encounter with the spider was a good few years back now, but is as yesterday in my memory! I'd gone on a trip from Sydney to a sheep station, on a double-decker coach largely full of Americans and Japanese. On the way back, we stopped for tea at a glorious cliff-top spot called Point Pleasant, where the coast views are spectacular. By the time we got there, I was bursting for the loo and the helpful driver offered to drop me at the campsite near the tea shop so I could beat the loo queue. The cubicles were perfectly clean, with an earth floor and the metal legs going down into the ground. Having finished doing the vital, I was about to pull up knickers and rather bright pink trousers, when I glanced down and saw a web at ground level between metal leg and earth. The funnel-web tends to use its web like a sort of trampoline to leap out and bite its prey. I saw this particular web begin to move and all in a split second, brain and body engaged and moved in synch - rare for me. I was off the toilet and through the door in half that second, still with trousers and knickers less than half way up. I breathed a sigh of relief and pulled everything up properly. As I turned round to walk up to the tea shop, I saw that the helpful driver had brought the bus down to ME and I was the object of view of some 70 other tourists, in all my 'glory'!!! I made the trip back to my top-deck seat, right near the back of course, through an absolutely silent bus, with eyes following me ... Only the driver spoke, with a deadpan, 'Feel better now, love?' So now you know! Liz

11:48 am  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I hope he did!

9:26 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Hi Liz - that is soooo funny! What a nightmare for you but also a relief!

12:29 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could see the funny side after the embarrassment subsided! When I told my hosts back in Sydney, they couldn't speak or breathe for laughing. I also used a roadhouse loo on the way up to Echuca, felt a sharp pain in my left rear and thought I'd been bitten on it by a redback spider which have a tendency to reside under toilet rims. I had to swallow pride and ask the Aussie boy friend to take a look. He and the roadhouse man fell about when they realised I'd been 'bitten' by a cracked toilet seat they'd forgotten to warn me about! Ho ho ho I said! It's also nigh on impossible to stick a plaster on your own backside ...

Happy Christmas.
Liz

8:53 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Oh well, boyfriends have their uses!

12:52 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly apart from the plaster, he didn't and proved to be a rat! And an Aussie one at that ...

1:17 pm  

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