Back to the Fringe

Actually, I’m not all that sure what possessed me to go back to Adelaide a second time for the purpose of visiting the Fringe because, in the end, I didn’t actually do any real Fringe related activities. Okay, I did visit Gluttony and The Garden of Unearthly Delights, as well as wandering up and down Rundle Mall a couple of times, but I suddenly realised, as I was standing outside The Garden of Unearthly Delights on Thursday Night, that I didn’t actually have any huge desire to actually spend any money going to see a show – and isn’t that what the Fringe is all about? Seeing shows. … More Back to the Fringe

The Night is White

Isn’t it funny how, despite planning on having a quiet weekend at home, something comes along that ends up changing everything. In fact, a part of me is looking forward to a Saturday when I don’t have to step out of the house, though it does tend to come down to a point where I have to go out for a least a little while, even if it is down the street to the really dodgy pub that seems to only cater for gamblers and birthday parties (okay, it also has a bistro and a bottle shop, but the only place I can actually sit with some semblance of comfort is on the stool in the smokers cage outside of the pokies parlor). … More The Night is White

A Sunday of Music – Brunswick Festival

I said to a friend of mine, when we were sitting in the Spotted Mallard listing to a jazz band, that this was the day when all of the weird and wonderful people of Brunswick swarm out onto the streets. Well, I have to be honest that you will probably find this on most days in Brunswick (considering that Brunswick is one of those hip and happening parts of Melbourne), and also it is not necessarily that Brunswick has a monopoly on weird and wonderful people (even if one of those people does happen to have a plastic bow tie in their beard). … More A Sunday of Music – Brunswick Festival

12 pubs (but skipping the 12 pints) – Adelaide’s Golden Mile

I’m sure many of us have heard of the final instalment of Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy called ‘The World’s End’ in which a group of friends come together again to attempt to complete an epic pub crawl in their home town which involves visiting twelve pubs and drinking twelve pints and concluding their night at a pub called ‘The World’s End’.

So, you may ask, how does this film relate to this particular post? Well, after watching this rather amusing story of five men’s attempt to complete was is called ‘The Golden Mile’ I remembered that Adelaide has a pub called ‘the World’s End’ (or more precisely ‘The Worldsend’) so one day I decided to try and work out how I could replicate the Golden Mile in the sleepy little town of Adelaide. … More 12 pubs (but skipping the 12 pints) – Adelaide’s Golden Mile

My trip to the Adelaide Fringe

Well, maybe one Friday night is probably not the best way to see the Adelaide Fringe, especially since I realised only afterwards that I probably should have spent the day wandering around the city centre as opposed to Goodwood and Unley. Okay, the Fringe Festival isn’t just confined to the city centre, and having grown up in Adelaide I must admit that it is really hard to miss the event. However, as usual, I ended up packing so much into my itinerary that I only caught a glimpse of what I planned on coming here to experience – oh well, maybe another time. … More My trip to the Adelaide Fringe

Summer nights at the Queen Vic Markets

I could probably start by suggesting that during the day the Queen Victoria Markets are like any other farmers market but in a why it isn’t because it has a character all of its own. However, I can’t really say too much about it just yet because I have not given myself the opportunity to actually spend a decent amount of time here to really get a feel for the vibe, so I will leave it at that. … More Summer nights at the Queen Vic Markets

White Night – The artists of Melbourne hit the streets

Well, if there is one thing that I can say about White Night and that is it is better that New Years Eve. I’ve had a couple of New Years Eve’s in Melbourne and I must say that pretty much everything is shut so what you get is a bunch of people meandering around the streets of Melbourne looking for things to do while counting down until the inevitable 12:00 midnight when everybody screams out in unison ‘happy new year!’ and then begin signing, mostly off-key, Old Man Time. Yeah, sure they have fireworks, and every year they attempt to out do the previous years, but in the end you wake up with a hangover, or end up sleeping most of the day, and then trundle off back to work to do it all over again. … More White Night – The artists of Melbourne hit the streets

Christmas in Melbourne

Having grown up in Adelaide I have become used to the standard events that are rolled out across the city during the festive season. It usually begins with the Christmas Pageant, a parade that winds its way through the city streets boasting floats, clowns, dancers, and marching bands, with the final float carrying Father Christmas to the magic cave (located now, I believe, in David Jones). The pageant (which this year was on 15th November) is considered to be the start of the Christmas trading period (which differs in places such as the United States, where Thanksgiving Day is generally when the season begins). … More Christmas in Melbourne

Night Noodle Market – A Foodie’s Fantasia

While we were walking back from the Botanic Gardens we passed this set up called ‘The Age Night Noodle Markets. A part of me simply wanted to throw the plans that I had that night into the bin and go inside, however at that time my desire to have a beer on Pony Fish Island was greater than my desire to eat noodles, so I crossed my fingers and prayed that it would come around next year (that is 2014). … More Night Noodle Market – A Foodie’s Fantasia