Indigenous Australian Street Art by Adnate

Melbourne street artist Adnate is well-known for his stunning, colourful and lifelike images, especially of Indigenous Australians. Recently I have come across three pieces of his photorealistic work in very different locations and settings. The first was the impressive (and massive!) Sheep Hills Silo Art leg of the Wimmera-Mallee Silo Art Trail, the second was  a rich image of…

Melbourne City Laneway – One View, Different Aspects

Melbourne Australia is famous for its many city laneways with cafes, bars and restaurants. They are a great place to hang out and enjoy a nice day or evening in the city. Many of them are also lined with great street art. Some of them though are nothing more than simply a laneway. This doesn’t take…

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters

Robert Plant is a legend in the music world. The former frontman of the famed British rock band Led Zeppelin (1968-1980) has amassed a long careers worth of songs and I was lucky enough to see him play this week on the Sensational Space Shifters tour in Melbourne, Australia (his first show here in 17 years). His voice is strong and when…

Sabaton – Swedish Empire Tour of Australia 2013

Sabaton deliver power metal Swedish style with a key focus on military history, especially World War One and World War Two (whilst singing from the point of view of both sides). On January 13th, 2013  I saw them perform on their first ever headlining show in Australia at the Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria for their Swedish Empire Tour. Sabaton formed in Sweden…

Grand Old Melbourne

Melbourne, the capital of Victoria is the second largest city in Australia. The city was founded in 1835 and upon the 1901 federation of the six colonies that became the Commonwealth of Australia, Melbourne also served as the nations capital and seat of government from 1901 to 1927 (using the State Parliament building as the national parliament). By 1927 the initial…

The State Library of Victoria: The Dome & Ned Kelly

In my last post I showed you the beautiful Victorian era State Library of South Australia and now I want to show you the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne (the state capital of Victoria). A much larger and grander building, the library is a classic example of Victorian era and post federation architecture. Construction of this…

Rose Tattoo – Young As You Wanna Be

Growing up in Australia in the 1970’s and 1980’s there were two main Aussie hard rock bands you would hear on the radio and see on music TV shows – AC/DC and Rose Tattoo. Many of their songs were the signature rock tunes of that time and are still as popular as ever. Although Rose Tattoo has stopped…

Paul Di’Anno vs. Blaze Bayley Australian Tour 2012

Two former vocalists of Iron Maiden – Paul “The Beast” Di’Anno and Blaze Bayley on stage together for one night of old school Iron Maiden classics. I could not miss this gig at the Hi Fi Bar in Melbourne! Paul Di’Anno sang on the Iron Maiden debut and second album “Iron Maiden” (1980) & “Killers” (1981) and was…

Kiwi Rock with Dave Dobbyn

Dave Dobbyn is an icon of the New Zealand music scene. His bands over the years included Th’ Dudes (1975-1980) and DD Smash (1980-1986) before he set out on his solo career in 1986. He has had many hits in New Zealand as well as success in Australia (he lived here for a while in the 80’s on the success of his…

Remembrance Day 2012

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old, Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. ~ Laurence Binyon Lest we forget 11am on November 11th marks Remembrance Day when the armistice was signed by Germany…

The Shrine of Remembrance – Melbourne, Australia

In Melbourne, Victoria one of the cities most famous landmarks is the Shrine of Remembrance. Completed in 1934, the Shrine was built to commemorate Australian troops lost in World War One – “The Great War (1914-1918). The Shrine’s design with its pyramidal roof and influences from ancient Greece is intended to offer a sense of solidity as a permanent memorial…

Coop’s Shot Tower – Melbourne, Australia

In the heart of Melbourne, Australia is an interesting sight – the Coop’s Shot Tower which is enclosed under a large conical glass structure in the Melbourne Central shopping centre. The 50 metre (164 feet) brick tower was completed in 1890 and was  used to produce lead shot balls until 1960. Molten lead would be dropped from…