Melbourne Local Customs

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    Melbourne: Architectural Vernacular Pt 3

    by Intrepidduck Updated Feb 2, 2006

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    Melbourne doesn't just have a legacy of old 19th century buildings. There are a number of modern high rises of note for their architectural value. In 1955 curtain wall building - ICI House, at 21 levels began the movement of modern high rise development when the c1888 150 foot hight limit was amended.

    The 42 level, former BHP Headquarters at 505 Bourke Street (c1970) was a downscaled replica of another Chicago ikon - the John Hancock Building. It was also one
    of the few multi-level buildings constructed with a supporting steel skeleton rather than the typical Australian building method of the concrete core.

    Across the road can be found the 25 level AMP Building, another heritage listed multilevel building from the 1960s. As late as the late 1980s there were by appointment tours to it's roof top, a hang over from when it was the tallest building in Melbourne.

    The erection of the 88 level Eureka Apartments on Southbank is a bit of a breakthrough where the tallest inhabitable building in Melbourne has been outside the CUB zone with exception to the ICI House. Melbournians have become so parse about tall buildings now after decades of dissapointments - this one has become no exception to this.

    505 Bourke St. and AMP reflection
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    Melbourne: Arts and Culture Pt 3

    by Intrepidduck Updated Feb 2, 2006

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    Artists have always contributed to controversy - sometimes their doings have not even been intentional. In the late 1970s the Melbourne City Council installed a new piece of steel sculpture titled Vault (aka Yellow Peril) on the completed City Square. To many people in conservative and influencial circles this work of art was an out rage. It remained for a couple of years on site and then after so much huha was removed, placed in storage and at a later date relocated to the banks of the Yarra. Then in the late 1990s with the construction of the Crown Casino - also a monument of controversy - the so called Yellow Peril was in peril once more! Recently "Vault" has been hushed away to it's third site, away from the eyes of many. It rests I would say peacefully at last next to ACCA in Grant Street Sth Melbourne.

    The Yellow Peril
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    Melbourne: Arts and Culture Pt 2

    by Intrepidduck Updated Feb 2, 2006

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    The NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) is another Melbourne ikon and institution supported and loved by Melbournians as much as AFL football or the Melbourne Cup. It was designed by the late Roy Grounds and completed in 1968, while recently under went major renovations. The NGV houses the largest collection of international art in Melbourne. The building in it's self is a monumental work of art - the entrance Water Wall the key show piece, as well as Leonard French's stained glass ceiling in the Great Hall.

    The NGV Water Wall
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    Melbourne: Arts and Culture Pt 1

    by Intrepidduck Updated Feb 2, 2006

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    Melbourne has several hundred private and public art galleries and spaces located mostly through out the inner city area. The largest collection of international art is at the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) which contains the Ian Potter Centre, located also in a number of spaces such as at Federation Square. Some of Melbourne's other major public art spaces include ACCA (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art), Heide Museum of Modern Art, and 200 Gertrude Street.

    Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
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    Melbourne: Architectural Vernacular Pt 2

    by Intrepidduck Updated Feb 2, 2006

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    The City of Melbourne Building is at times seeming like a ship in the night, none the less a majestic jesture of the late 19th Century in all it's wealth and slendour as was then Marvellous Melbourne. This building has intrigued many people in Melbourne. I don't know for sure who was the architech behind this masterpiece of flamboyance, but would not be surprised if it was the architect by the name of Beswicke. I have no doudt that he must have been one of this city's most ambitious architects of the late 19th Century. However there is little information about his architectural firm or himself for that matter.

    The City of Melbourne Building stands at the SE corner of Elizabeth and Little Collins Streets.

    The City of Melbourne Building
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    Business Fashion or Reservoir Dogs Audition?

    by ATXtraveler Written Jan 14, 2006

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    One of the major changes in attitude that I faced moving from Austin, TX to Melbourne is the difference in business fashion. People have mentioned to me that Melbourne itself is so much more formal than any city in Australia, and you can definitely tell just by the time and effort people put into their business attire. My first week here, I actually thought it was like a big movie set, where they were filming a sequel to the 1992 dark movie by Quentin Tarrentino 'Reservoir Dogs'.

    Recently I took a quick snapshot of a few of my co-workers walking down the street....sure enough, it looks just like the cover of the movie!

    Don't believe me... click on the link!!

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    God believing custom tip

    by l_joo Written Jan 12, 2006

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    If you are interested in God believing activities, I suggest you a good church (St Patrick if not mistaken) which myself spent some 2 hours sitting inside (on long bench) listening to the singing and talking by God-believers for the first time in my life, quite enjoying actually, but later it was not that enjoying when some tour operators brought groups of tourists to inside the church with cameras shooting like a zoo with non-stop flashes, they were probably tourists who never in their life heard about church. I snapped more than 50 photos but don't want to bore you, just one as VT-tip.

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    Tour Guide.

    by AndreaPrice Written Nov 7, 2005

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    It is a local custom to contact me when you are in melbourne and say hi. I am always up for meeting new people from all walks of life and I will be the best Travel agent in town. It is also a custom to pay me generously!! Just joking but love to hear from any visitors.

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    Melbourne Bitter Beer

    by ATXtraveler Written Jul 10, 2005

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    As many of you have seen on my other pages, I like to give a little credit to the hometown brews available.

    In Melbourne, you will enjoy many different drinks, but one I tried today was Melbourne Bitter. This drink seems mysteriously close to Victoria Bitter, and that is because they are from the same brewery.

    Melbourne Bitter

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    Best Snag in town!

    by ATXtraveler Written Jun 19, 2005

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    The Australian Lingo is definitely something you will have to pick up on as you enjoy your time in Melbourne. One thing you need to make sure is to not turn down a man's snag, as it is his way of saying you are welcome here!

    While at the MCG, you can enjoy snags from our own local vendor Jarrod! One of my co-workers bring his whole family to the footy, and therefore also needs to bring his own lunch, so he is not eaten out of house and home! A Thermos is the perfect heater for Australian Hot Dogs, or Snags as they are called here!

    So get out there and enjoy a Snag!

    Jarrod the Snag Dealer

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    Try to get a bad cup of Coffee!

    by ATXtraveler Written Jun 19, 2005

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    I really dare anyone to find a bad cup of coffee anywhere in Melbourne!

    Even in the middle of the Queen Victoria Market, the street vendor style coffee baristas will serve up a wonderful cup of joe!

    My personal preference is for the Flat White (Expresso with steamed milk), but there are plenty of different ways to make it!

    Great Cup of Joe!

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    ...speaking Italian!!!!

    by aussie75 Written Jun 17, 2005

    In Melbourne there is a huge number of Italians!!! People that emigrated after the IIWW and new Italians like myself looking for a better life.
    In many areas people still speak Italian so a suggestion would be to come to the CIS (Centre of Italian Studies) where I work and learn this beautiful language!!! :)

    Be aware of Maria and Micky... :)

    Mickya nd Maria
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    Melbourne is a city of...

    by emerald125 Updated Jun 7, 2005

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    Melbourne is a city of festivals. While this can be a bonus to your visit it can also cause havoc securing accommodation. I arranged a trip in March not realising that it was Grand Prix week. The grand Prix added to the vibrancy of the city but it was impossible to get accommodation in the city and I ended up having to stay 20 kms out of town and I booked over 3 weeks ahead!
    The main events are:
    January Australian Tennis Open,
    March Grand Prix and Moomba,
    March-April Melb Food festival,
    April International comedy festival,
    Novemember Melbourne Cup (horse race)

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    Melbourne due to it's huge...

    by ombre Updated Mar 15, 2005

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    Melbourne due to it's huge variety of ethinic groups offers a large range of different interest.Melbourne is proud of its sporting culture and also it's humor the melbourne comedy festival atrracts guest from all over the world such as Scotish legend billy conolly, also Melbourene has a love of the arts and the out doors I believe for the most part we area friendly lot who know how to have agood time.IF ANY ONE NEEDS ANY INFO I'M MORE THAN HAPPY TO TRY AND FIND OUT IF I DON'T ALREADY KNOW>below is a pic i took from the aussie rules web page of 2 aussie rules teams the red and black is essendon and the yellow and brown is hawthorn big sorry to magpies for not putting a pic of the team here and I barrack for .

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  • International Comedy Festival

    by grkboiler Written Dec 2, 2004

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    If you are in Melbourne from the end of March through April, check out the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. It is the 3rd largest comedy festival in the world and events for the festival happen at pubs, clubs, and theatres throughout the city. The best comics in Australia and in the world perform in what is the biggest cultural event in all of Australia. It isn't just stand-ups, but street performers, theatre, TV, radio, and music.

    Check the website and join the mailing list for upcoming events and ticket prices.

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