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…

Aussie Dim Sims…..oh how I have missed you!

I am in Australia at the moment. This  is my first time back home in 18 months. Apart from catching up with family and friends I had to deal with a food craving I have had for months back in the USA. Steamed Dim Sims covered in soy sauce from a local fish and chip…

What are you? I’m Batman!

When Tim Burton brought Batman to the big screen in 1989, it was the dark and gritty version that all of us who read Batman graphic novels love. It was the way Batman (created in 1939 by Bob Kane and Bill Finger) was meant to be and surprisingly comedy actor Michael Keaton was fantastic as Bruce Wayne and his alter ego Batman;…

AC/DC Lane – Melbourne Australia

In 2004 a small laneway in the CBD of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia got a major tourist boost when it was renamed AC/DC Lane in recognition of one of Australia’s greatest bands and also one time residents of my old hometown Melbourne. The street sign used to get stolen frequently! In February 2010 the laneway got…

I still call Australia home

A sunburnt country… Although I currently live in the USA, my homeland is Australia and it is a place I love. January 26th is when we celebrate Australia Day so I thought I would write about that great southern land. “I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding…