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War

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Popped into the War Memorial for an hour the other day while waiting for the sun to get into the right position.  Had a wander through the WWI exhibition which I hadn't seen since it reopened.  Didn't realise they had a piece of the Red Baron's plane there!

Found the plaque for my grandfather's battalion
War Memorial

What's the collective noun for rabbits.  That.  Were all over the lawn.
War Memorial

HMAS Brisbane
War Memorial

Piece of the fabric from the Red Baron's plane
War Memorial

The Sydney Trip

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On Friday night I left work a bit early and drove up to Sydney.  I drove past a fire at the airfield at Marulan, which turned out to be not from natural causes, but because of a plane crash!  (the dude walked away - must have been a good landing!).  We went and fed the Macaulay's cat, visited Aunty Di and Graham, then had an early night.

On Saturday we spent the morning looking at photos (we played Dad's funeral slide show which was a bit emotional) and food preparation.  We did a big roast pork and my epic potato bake as well as some other veggies and lots of nibblies.  We also whipped some cream and decorated a pavlova.  Graham and Pam and Ken and Jeanine came over and we had a lovely afternoon.

Mum and the table

Nibblies

Epic pork roast

Epic potato bake

Christmas cake

Pavlova

Family photo

In the evening we went and fed Macaulay's cat again, and watched The Princess Diaries (which Chris and I had been talking about only just the other day).

On Sunday I caught a train into the city to go see a couple of Lego exhibitions (which I'll save for separate posts).

At Central I was all set to walk around to Harris Street when I noticed the end of the Devonshire Street tunnel didn't *end* anymore - it kept on going - with a sign to the Powerhouse Museum.  So I walked down through it.  They've converted that whole little area between Central and the museum from the old goods lines into a park called The Goods Line.  Totally spun me out because that area of the city has always been a dead zone and it was a real pain trying to get around because you couldn't just walk across town because of all the railway lines in the way.

The Goods Line

The Goods Line

The Goods Line

The Goods Line

The Goods Line

The Powerhouse Museum (bottom entrance).

Powerhouse Museum

After seeing Art of the Brick, I headed back to Central to catch the train to Circular Quay (it was super hot and I didn't want to get hot and sweaty walking all the way, and as it turned out, Sunday is currently $2.50 all day on the trains so it didn't cost anything).

The Goods Line

The Goods Line

The Goods Line

Then there was the second Lego exhibition of the day - the Sydney Harbour Icons at the Museum of Sydney.

Museum of Sydney

Then up to Martin Place to train it back to mum's.  I walked straight onto a train which was pretty cool.

Picked up all my stuff, then a flying visit to Luc and Lizzi's to do a donut photo of Ryan, then drove home.

I was expecting when I got home to have a quiet night of getting myself organised, but instead I came home to a pool full of people, in varying states of intoxication.  Which was rather unexpected (and made me feel somewhat left out! heh).  So didn't get anything done at home that night.  Oh well.  

Another long driving day today.

Slept ok last night, pillow was definitely better.

Breakfast was pretty much the same as yesterday.

Then off we went.

Had morning tea at Injune.

Got to Roma and went through the Big Rig museum. Ok if you're into mining and stuff but I wasn't hugely interested.

Lunch (pies!) at Roma outside the museum.

As we were driving through Yuleba, someone shouted "camels!" Then there was actually a real life camel train walking down the road. This couple from Gympie were just walking around the country with their caravan of camels. Super cool.

Toily stop at Chinchilla.

Then finally into Toowoomba early evening.

Just had time to dump our stuff and go hack a few portals for dinner.

Dinner was nice enough, but I was feeling a bit blah and pretty anxious to be with friends, so didn't enjoy dinner as much as I could have.

Also, super tired now.

Wow, full on day today. 9:30pm and only just got back to our room..

So started with breakfast. It was pretty good, but a bit of a shamozzle. Another big tour group is staying here too, and they'd descended on the place just before us, which meant quite a few things had run out by the time we got there. They did eventually replenish things but it was a bit annoying.

Our first stop was the Longreach School of Distance Education (aka, school of the air). Radios are really not used anymore these days - everything is done over the internet or phone (or in print). Apparently 95% of station kids have access to the internet. It was school holidays so couldn't see any remote classes going on. They have a pretty good setup there and our tours help fund it.

Next up was the Stockman's Hall of Fame. You could easily spend all day there reading all the information that's there. We had an hour, because we're on a tour and all. There was also the horse/dog/sheep demo out the back which was a lot of fun. And I finally got to pat a brahman bull (after seeing them in the outback for the past week and a half). His name was Jigsaw and the dude rode in on him. So cool :)

Then a quick lunch in the park, and I submitted a few portals.

Then onto the whole (well, main) reason I came on this trip - the Qantas Founders Museum. We all did the plane tour, but sadly just the basic one, not the full "wing walk" and avionics tour the little brother did a few years ago. Oh well, I might just have to come back one day :) Then we had a nice chunk of time in the museum. Again you could easily spend a lot more time there if you read through all the info boards. I read some of them, but took photos of most of them to read later, since we were running out of time.

Raced back to the motel to do our hair, go to the loo etc, then out again. Our evening was a series of events put on by some locals (Kinnon & Co) to try and make ends meet. On account of farming being somewhat of a disaster at the moment, with the drought going on.

So there was a cruise in a paddle boat up and down the Thompson River for a while, with nibbles on board. And a possum and her baby in the toilet sink. Because that's where possums like to hang out apparently. Took entirely too many photos of the sunset. Because it was super pretty.

Then up for some hearty beef stew for dinner and entertainment provided by "Scottie" who recited some funny poems and told some jokes. It was all quite a lot of fun.

Then onto the river bank to watch a "sound and light" show (a dramatisation of Harry Readford and his infamous theft of some cattle).

And finally back up for some damper and billy tea (I didn't have any tea).

It was a fun night, and was good to support some of the locals who are doing it pretty tough here at the moment. They're probably making a lot more money out of us tourists than they would be on the land!

Slept fairly well until hurty at 4am.

Breakfast was a lot better this morning (scrambled eggs, not the vinegary nastiness of yesterday's poached eggs (that were very firm in the middle), and I also asked for hash browns and got them! Win! Except mum pinched one heh).

Headed out of Mount Isa after breakfast.

Didn't get to stop at the monument to the Kalkadoon aboriginals who were massacred on "Battle Mountain", or see a Burke and Wills monument, because, you know, we're on a tour and don't have time to do that sort of thing.

But did stop at a lookout over Cloncurry to see the town.

In Cloncurry we went to the John Flynn Place museum in town, which was quite an intersting museum for John Flynn and the RFDS. Could easily have spent a lot more time there.

Kept on driving, and stopped at the Walkabout Creek Hotel, as used in Crocodile Dundee (although it's been moved from its original location to the main highway). It would have been nice to support the pub by having a beer there, but we didn't have time, because, you know, we're on a tour.

So kept going a bit further up the road to the Blue Heeler Hotel for lunch. They did some very nice locally-made quiches and sandwiches.

Then kept on driving.

The countryside was *very* dry and in some places looked to be overgrazed, and saw some dead cattle too :(

During the long drive we had a game of Bobs and Dollys which was a bit of fun. We were up the back so didn't get much of a look-in. But I did get a couple that noone else did.

Arrived in Winton mid-late afternoon and went to the Waltzing Matilda Centre. This was another interesting museum that was partly to do with the Waltzing Matilda song, a little bit on Qantas and the Flying Doctors, some on Winton itself, but a whole heap of stuff on old-style life in the country. Heaps and heaps of artifacts that gave me an urge to collect *everything* because it will be looked at in a hundred years time with nostalgia. Because how would we have old crap to look at today unless someone had hoarded it away for decades? hrmm :) Again, could have easily spent a *lot* longer there.

Then we went out to the Musical Fence on the outskirts of town which was all a bit of silliness.

And then finally back to the motel to dump our stuff and go have dinner. I had prawns, lamb, and a snickers brownie. It was all very good except the brownie which was a little dry.

Slept a lot better last night. Although I woke up at 4:52am and had some trouble getting back to sleep. I dreamt that straight after this trip I got off a plane in Sydney, then met Fran and we we had to rush to the next plane to go to America! Made it just in time. Had seats down the back of the plane. I thought they were aisle and middle seats, but the plane tapered right in at the back so I was near a window. I said I hadn't done any research for a trip to America so it was all going to have to be planned when we got there. Weird :)

Breakfast was pretty average this morning.

We spent the morning at the Hard Times mine, a tourist mine they've built in the middle of town. It's a bit disappointing that you can't see a "real" mine in Mount Isa, but for this one they've brought in a lot of actual equipment (older stuff of course) and some of the machinery still works and makes a lot of noise when they run it! Also, it means all the bits and pieces are quite close together so you don't have to walk too far to see everything. So it was a pretty cool tour.

Afterwards we had a bit of a wander through the museum there, and the Riversleigh museum made me all nostaligic for uni after watching a video of Mike Archer's work there. I realised tonight that I probably only recently threw out all my first year biology notes, including lecture timetables where I could have told you the first time I heard him talk.

Had some lunch (Subway platters, although no proper pizza subs) in the botanical park out the back.

After lunch we got taken up to the lookout again.

Then drove through the site of the main mine, and out to the powerstation that one of the guys on the tour had a part in building? Or working on in some capacity? Something like that.

And finally up to Moondarra Dam (which is *very* low at the moment).

Came back and after a quick wander (nothing is open on a Sunday here except a couple of things like Coffee Club and the bottle-o) we came back to the hotel. We were going to go for another wander but the museum we wanted to see was by appointment only and I was feeling pretty worn out, so I just stayed here and did computer stuff.

Went downstairs for dinner again. I had some "shrimp" for entree, which were quite tasty, veal for mains, which was beautiful and tender, and chocolate mousse for dinner, which was lovely as well.

Then back up to use up the remainder of the wifi time limit.

Oh, we heard both the 8am and 8pm blasts today too.

A while back DC put me onto a BBC podcast - "A History of the World in 100 Objects" which is all about world history told through 100 objects found in the British Museum.  It's a cool podcast, but even cooler when I realise they're talking about objects I've seen!  Next time I'm there I'm going to try and find more of the objects.

So it's kind of appropriate that tonight I mention that it was exactly eighteen months ago today that we were at the British Museum :)
Woke up in the middle of the night from hurty, and was delirious enough to stress over the time - 2:43 but in what time zone?  Probably the first 2:43.

Aimed to leave the hotel at 9am this time (since it was "really" 10am), giving us an extra hour in Melbourne :)

Decided that we were going to go do the super duper expensive hotel restaurant.  Turns out it was an all you can eat buffet for $35 each.  I only managed to get two plates worth of food in (I never get good value out of all you can eats!)

Breakfast
Went back to our room and packed up, then checked out and left our bags with the concierge, and Nat and I did a quick photoshoot of the hotel.

Stamford hotel
Went for a wander up Exhibition St.  Saw sushi burgers and a sign saying nothing happened.

Nothing happened
Then wandered up through Exhibition gardens (Carlton Gardens) to the Exhibition Building.

Exhibition Building
Bird of paradise
Exhibition Building
Garden of Unity
I was most surprised when we got around to the north side of the building because there was a whole museum that wasn't there fifteen years ago!  Made taking photos from the north a little difficult heh.

Decided that we'd actually go into the museum and have a look.

Melbourne Museum
Pygmy blue whale skeleton
Whale
Dinosaur skeletons
Pterodactyl
Flutterbies?
Flutterbys
Big taxidermy room "Wild" .. at least a lot better organised than the one in Japan
Taxidermy
And we have a thylacine too!
Thylacine
Wolf
I had a long wander through the body exhibit, and then a quick run through the mind exhibit (would love to have spent longer there) before meeting up with the others to decide on a plan.  While everyone decided what we were doing next, I raced up to take some photos of Phar Lap (would liked to have looked through the whole Victoria exhibit there as well)....

Phar Lap
So went back to the others and we walked up to Lygon Street.  Although we didn't have time to sit down and eat, Nat got some take away pasta from one place.  Next time we'll organise ourselves better to actually eat here properly.

And then it was back to the hotel to pick up our bags, and hop in a taxi to head off to the airport. 

Our plane back - Virgin Blue 737-8Q8 (VH-VOU)
Virgin Blue 737
We didn't get much of a view during the flight because it was dark, but we did get a nice sunset from the plane on the tarmac
Sunset
So arrived back in Canberra and Andrew drove us home.

Totally great weekend away, lots of fun, and even a decent amount of exercise :)  
We want to come again next year and organise ourselves better to see some of the comedy festival and have a proper meal on Lygon Street :)

Stu and Dave and I toddled along to the Darwin exhibition at the museum today.  It wasn't too bad, but a lot of reading under not great lighting and lots of peoples to negotiate.  Spent around two and a half hours there.  Admittedly I actually learnt rather a lot, not having known too much about the story behind Darwin's life.

Of course I had to go look up the connection between him and the city, and sure enough, wikipedia notes that the city of Darwin was in fact name after Charles Darwin.  So there you go!

Tonight (after several vodkas and radiator fluid) watched an old video of Knight Rider (the recent pilot/movie).  Man it was lame!! I mean I used to love the old tv series, but the old series was exceedingly lame after repeat viewings in recent years.  But this telemovie was even lamer, if such a thing were possible.  And the voice of KITT (Knight Industries THREE Thousand) was just *wrong* !!  For some reason I found the cameo by the Hoff majorly cool!  (that's how lame the rest of the thing was!)  Maybe that's why the rest of the series was never broadcast here......
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