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Australia Daze

The Blog rises from the Ashes

sunny 35 °C

Yes, the blog still exists! Even if no-one really cares about one lonely man grinding it out in London, with the dream of having his work phone ring without it being a wrong number. I call this stage of the journey Liam's Lonely Planet.

OK. Enough of me feeling sorry for myself. It was just quite difficult coming home to family, friends, sun, beaches, cricket, yum cha, belgian beer cafe, bimbos, whitey etc. and return to work, travelling to work, dressing for work, waking up for work etc.

OK. That was me feeling sorry for myself again. The trip to Australia was great. Thanks to all for making it such a good time for me. The following photos are some that I have from the all too short three weeks:

I don't actually think this photo is from New Years Eve but it has the same perfect ingredients that we had that night; rooftop views, Aussie beers (actually I might have bought Coronas), poker and hairy mates. Here's a close up:


And some not so hairy mates:
This one is thought to be the best Nathan Bracken/Fabio look-alike, and not the other way around.

Who needs Europe?! Beers in the Belgian Beer Garden. I close my eyes and I'm there:


Didn't manage to make it back to what was a dismal Boxing Day test, but I did manage to get myself down to see three of the Bushrangers Twenty20 matches. Good times. I think I'm a convert.


Hot pot was quality as always. The next mornings toilet punishment (x3) was painful as always. And the highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the look on the face of the owners when we gave them a tip of $60.

They earned it since they put up with this:

and this:
The new game sweeping the globe, Shoot-ems. And this photo shows the game at its nastiest.

I managed to make it to the Australian Open too. Even after everyone pulled out for various reasons, the prospect of seeing The Fish in action was too good an oportunity to miss and he didn't disappoint. He sent the forth seed crashing out of the open in four sets, well and truely after I had gone home. But here's the workhorse, Wayno (Arthurs):

and James Blake asking for my autograph:

And a couple more photos of treasured things in my life. Anne (at Cumberland River):

And Bimbos:

And I left all of the above, for this.....

Future Exciting adventures to look forward to on Liam's Lonely Planet:

Football extravaganza I have tickets a Premier League match this Saturday. At last. Newcastle vs Fulham. Plus, Hannah, Bim and I are going of to Loftus to watch the socceroos take on the Danes on Tuesday night next week.

Language difficulties with hilarious consequences Liam's planet will no longer be lonely when Kempo and Will hit China. Have you fellas left yet? Hopefullly these blokes will keep us up to date with Chinese happenings. There is sure to be a sensational story about Kempo and a Sichuan Hot Pot

The songsmith I already have tickets for me and Anne to go and see Donovan in concert in April. I have been pumping myself up with old clips of his on YouTube. Do yourself a favour.

Love to all. I'm out!

Posted by MOB 01:33 Archived in Australia Tagged lodging Comments (10)


I don't have anything to call this

rain 7 °C

G'day, and welcome to another blog.

This one is form Norway, where I have being trying (and failing) to keep dry. Yes, Bergen really does rain 270 days a year.

But, I have been travelling far and wide since I last checked in, so here a few photos of my adventures through Estonia and Scandinavia...


Estonia was pretty sweet, and there was snow here from the first day I got into Tartu. Below is Tallinn's old town square, covered in snow.

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I know the "pood" joke has been done, but it's still funny to me.

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When I got to Finland, the snow had stopped, and all the Finns were going nuts on the boat about duty free booze. Anyway, here is a statue I saw in Helsinki, strange...

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Everyone in Finland is still super vibed about the Eurovision win. Some people even had Lordi on their credit cards.



Most people know Swedish people have an amazing understanding of English, however, there are still some funny signs around.

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I would have sent this home as a Christmas present, but the store was closed.


Here you can see St George going to town on a Dragon (probably called Puff).


After catching up with Bjorn, I managed to go to a house party in Stockholm. All the way nice...

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Oslo was an intersting place, my hostel was in the same area as drug dealers, prostitutes and junkies. I even saw a guy with the needle still in his arm. But, there was some cool stuff there, like the viking ship museum.


And the Norwegian Gaurd.

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I then went on to Bergen. Here, I went up the cable car fow the views, only to get really wet on the climb down.


While in Bergen, I stayed with a friend that I made in Dubrovnik, Ingvild, and was treated to some nice Norwegian hospitality at another house party.

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Finally, (for Thommo) a pumped up dog (Ingvilds).

So that's one of my final blogs (maybe one more), as I'll be back in Oz just after new years, hopefully for a BBQ and a few beers. I hope everyone has a great Christmas, and I'll see you all soon!




Posted by MOB 06:36 Archived in Norway Tagged backpacking Comments (2)

America - F*ck Yeah!

Morto signing off on the Four Likely Lads site for now

overcast 18 °C

Well this Partner has hit home turf again. But finally one entry to illustrate the glory that is the US of A...

While I was there I saw a lot of: McDonalds, Wal-Mart, The Gap, Baseball, NFL, Rock and roll, The Internet, Slavery, Starbucks, Disney world, Porno, Valium, Reeboks, Fake Tits, Sushi, Taco Bell, Rodeos, Liberty, White Slips, The Alamo, Band-aids, Las Vegas, Christmas, Immigrants, Popeye, Democrats and Republicans... FUCK YEAH!

Not so much in the way of sportsmanship or books.

In all seriousness had a great month and here are some pictures to demonstrate this.

This guy must have had a HUGE Halloween eve on the town, wasn't looking so good that day

Me dressed as Elvis combined with Paul McCartney circa Sgt Peppers, Dooza right at home as a American Marine. We were looking good on Halloween but couldn't match the pulling power of the guy that turned up in a 9 foot monster outfit

Getting inappropriately excited at a Celtics NBA game

This one purely for me really. To an untrained eye, a regular Baskin and Robbins... to an obsessive Good Will Hunting fan, the (renovated) site of Matt Damon's golden line "Well I got her number. How do you like them apples?"

This one for the American Psycho fans out there. New York. West 81st St, The American Gardens Building.

Nice. Very nice.

Le Bron James - F*&k yeah!

Couldn't stop humming the Seinfeld theme outside this random diner for some reason

Had dinner with a mob croney planning his next hit over a pizza in Little Italy, Manhattan.

Finally, I plan to spend the next few days watching Test cricket in the same sort of relaxed position as these San Franciscan seals...

Well that's it. It's been a great ride. I'm going to be cobbling together a real life over the next couple of weeks here in Brisbane and looking forward big time to catching up with everyone in Melb during December.

Until then


Posted by MOB 03:18 Archived in USA Tagged backpacking Comments (3)

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