Australia 2023: Last Days

Here is the final entry to the Australia 2023 trilogy, in which shopping is performed, signs are seen and oysters are eaten.

It’s December 31, 2023. Goodbye 2023, you bastard! Hopefully your brethren will be better. Sachie flies out tomorrow and I go on the second.

That’s Victoria Market. It’s a big tourist draw for its excellent produce but we came to buy tourist tat for the folks back in Siam The Kingdom Thailand. Sachie came along because she heard you can buy a dozen oysters cheap and eat them right in front of the stall-keeper all the while maintaining eye-contact with him. Likes her oysters, she does.

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Australia 2024: Zoo & Art

The penultimate bulletin on our 2023/2024 trip to Australia. In this episode we venture to Melbourne Zoo and Point Leo.

Yes, the mighty giraffe. There’s a bunch of them in Melbourne Zoo and they appeared to be in really excellent condition. Very attractive mammals. This post follows a series, being, Australia 2024: Melbs, Australia 2024: Point Lonsdale and Points Beyond and Australia in B&W. All part of the Australia 2023 suite, because I went home for Christmas.

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Australia in B&W

I have already posted a series of articles about the 2023/2024 trip to Australia (Australia 2024: Melbs, Australia 2024: Point Lonsdale and Points Beyond and Australia 2024: Zoo & Art) and they probably give lots more context but frequent visitors will know that I am partial to film photography with classic Minolta manual SLRs. I shot a couple of rolls of Kenmare PAN1oo while I was there, so let’s have a look.

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Australia 2024: Point Lonsdale and Points Beyond

Yep, you are right. That’s me at the Marconi memorial at Point Lonsdale. No mistaking it. I’m at the very spot where, on the 12th of July, 1906, the first wireless overseas (to Tasmania) messages were sent by staff of the Marconi company. Point Lonsdale may be a posh neighbourhood but this is a public monument. You don’t even need to pay.

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Australia 2024: Melbs

Against all odds, we spent Christmas 2023 in Australia. Thanks to an embarrassment of air-miles and generous parents I knocked off work and got on a plane December 20th.

First photo, of course, is of my bags getting loaded. Always handy in case you lose one. We did, on arrival, but it turns out I just didn’t recognize it when it was upside-down on the carrousel. It wasn’t this one.

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