A Travellerspoint blog

January 2007

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:

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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:

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And some not so hairy mates:
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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:
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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.
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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.
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They earned it since they put up with this:
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and this:
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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):
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and James Blake asking for my autograph:
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And a couple more photos of treasured things in my life. Anne (at Cumberland River):
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And Bimbos:
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And I left all of the above, for this.....
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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!

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