Sparky Travels

October 10, 2010

Spring has sprung

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As the weather turned and blossom began to appear in Melbourne, we ventured along Brighton Beach, and St Kilda Beach on sunny days. We also went out for drinks in Prahran, including a few days with Helen’s brother Padraig, visiting from New Zealand. The housmates, including english lad Fred and Peruvian Marco (3rd Mark/Marco in the house), kept ourselves busy with Tuesday bowling and a house cake baking competition. My chocolate orange cake was hard to beat.

Our September trip was to Sydney, partly to visit Helen’s sister and partly to reacquaint ourselves with the sun.It was weird to return to the city after months away. Its certainly better to be there with some money in my pocket rather than scrimping and saving every penny. I guess that’s the same anywhere though. A particular highlight, other than Helen’s niece’s repertoire of Irish curses, was Balmoral beach near Mossman. Quieter than the other more famous Sydney suburban beaches, it has a little island just offshore that is accessible by a stone bridge and a peaceful vibe. We met the recently engaged Chris and Amanda for lunch there too which was a nice bonus.

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On the 2nd of October, the weekend after our Sydney trip, we had a house outing to Parklife music festival. Held over 1 day in parkland in the centre of Melbourne, it boasted a few quality headline acts and a raft of unknown (to us at least) Aussie favourites. It just happened to be the first really warm and sunny day of spring which was perfect. With breakfast beers consumed while waiting for the Brazilians to get ready and a couple of bottles for the journey, Helen, Marco, Tuts, Andre and I hopped on the tram with the other hordes of party-goers.

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The first act we saw were The Swiss, who’d been recommended by a workmate. They were a funky electronic band who fitted perfectly with the sunny occasion. We cruised the four stages picking acts we’d heard rumours and murmurs about (Busy P,Effie) or old favourites such as Soulwax & The Dandy Warhols. As the Dandy Warhols finished their usual high quality gig, complete with mesmerising hoolahoopers, I started to suffer a splitting headache which meant I missed final acts 2ManyDjs and Groove Armada. Even so, it was great fun and well staged.

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The next weekend was a quieter affair. A new pair of sunglasses from Victoria Markets and the slightly disappointing Tim Burton exhibition on Saturday were followed by St Kilda Beach on the Sunday and the first lazy afternoon BBQ of the season. Lovely.

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