So, the two travellers have been split up for the past few weeks and have been enjoying contrasting periods in their ongoing 'Life Experience'. DSW is still working and partying hard on his camp Camp. Rumour has it that he is now actually doing some of the surf instructing these days and he has informed me that just last week he 'caught his first barrel', which although this may sound like something Donkey Kong might do, it is a big deal in the surfing fraternity. I, on the other hand have been in Melbourne for a couple of weeks meeting various celebrities and watching more disappointing sporting events.
Myself, Gemma and Steph flew from Sydney to Melbourne and Mr Dean Crosbie joined us a couple of days later due to some dental issues that had to be resolved. You may have thought that you would not hear about 'The Trout' again on this site but she was in melbourne before our arrival and 'Team MC' was almost at full strength (minus DSW of course). The 1st couple of days in Melbourne were full of massive excitement and starry-eyed anticipation for the girls as a Neighbours extravaganza was scheduled. The three ladies went on a tour of Ramsay Street and Erinsbrough High and Gemma and SC even lezzed off under the Rotunda, which they claim was a re-enactment of a famous scene in Neighbours history, but I like to believe was them finally giving in to their deep desires. (Censored pics can be seen on this site and uncut ones can be found on www.massivelezzas.com).
You may feel that the tour would be enough to satisfy any neighbours hunger but you would be wrong as on that very evening the girls and me went to a Neighbours quiz night where several stars? were in attendance. The stars that were there were the legend that is Toadie (Jarod to his friends), Steph Scully (Hot!) and some greasy haired punk called Dylan. The tension could be cut with a knife before they appeared. They made a short speech each and then they wandered found so that everyone could have a photo with them. Most embarrassing comment of the evening went to Miss Cook as when the character Steph Scully came around she blurted out 'My name's Steph too'. (Of course her real name is not Steph at all and is in fact Carla). Various games followed and we danced (if we are talking consistency....) and drank the night away. A couple of lads from Laos (Will and Mark) and their mate 'Pipes' also joined us at this night but only because they thought they would be allowed to touch Toadies beard.
Gems and Steph actually loved the night so much that they returned to the Neighbours night the following week on the premise that they would meet a different set of stars. If they go two more nights, I believe a restraining order from the Toad may be on the cards.
We stayed a few nights in the nice area of St. Kilda before moving to the city where Deano joined us again. This is where Zoe did actually leave us for good and headed back to Sydney before returning to Asia which means the number of Poo stories and gropings has dropped drastically since then. Myself and Deano explored the City a little bit and fuelled by 'Icy Pole' ice lollies we strolled around Melbourne. This was made a lot harder due to trams trying to kill us. They are definetely silent assassins and on several occasions we were almost taken out by them. Beware of the Trams!.
Mark Farmer (from such journal Entries as Laos and The Full Moon), his uni mate Dan 'Pipes' and I went to a day-night match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to watch an England Vs Australia day night match with the faint hope of an England victory. Despite Pietersen and Freddie smashing it about a bit, the Aussies reached our total easily. This was annoying but not half as annoying as the Aussie fans who either shouted 'Aussie, Aussie, Aussie. Oi, Oi, Oi', called people w***ers for not keeping a beach ball in the air or started five hundred and forty two mexican waves. If I never see another Aussie mexican wave, it will be too soon.
We saw a few more celebrities while visiting Will in the Melbourne Casino. Will was in a journalist and celebrity poker tournament on account of his job and we turned up to see him go all-in on a 2 and a 7 and spotted some celebs knocking about. Shannon Elizabeth (Nadia from American Pie), Mark Phillipousis and Andy Rodd*** were all having a game of poker. However, they were all overshadowed by Micheal Grecco (Bepe from Eastenders) who, although he was not classed famous enough to be on the celebrity table he did play some poker. I understand that he lost all of his chips and ended up betting the Queen Vic Pub and Martin Fowlers Fruit and Veg stall on a hand. (Pauline Fowler RIP).
Tony Mant arrived in Melbourne as part of his Oz Experience and me and him went to a day of the Australian Tennis Open. We arrived early enough to get into the second of the main courts and saw a solid 7 hours of tennis action. We watched a epic five setter between Nalbandian and Grosjean, Cljisters win in straight sets and a the start of the Davydenko match all for about 13 English Pounds. Tony has now moved onto Sydney and soon ends his trip and will be returning to Beaufort Gardens.
Will, Mark and Pipes had bought a Ford Falcon Station-Wagon and were kind enough to let me jump in with them as they drove along the Great Ocean Road to Adelaide. Gems and Steph did the same route but were on a tour and Deano has gone from the groups 'Club Rep' to a door to door salesman. We left him in Melbourne as he is tsaying there selling Gas and Electricity to the Australian public. A week in and he is selling like a beauty!
Me and the boys set off on our Road Trip expecting sun and fun on the beaches along the way. Fun we certainly got but the weather was not kind on our first day as it absolutely shunted it down and blew a gale. On the 1st day we sampled many different 'Scenic Lookouts' saw the famous rocks that are the 12 Apostles (although only 7 can be seen) and 'London Bridge'. It may seem immature, (because it is) but the undoubted highlight of the day was the sighting of a street called 'Gay Street' (Photos available). We stopped for the essential cheeky photo and carried on our way.
The next day we drove up into The Grampians mountain region and the weather was on our side and we enjoyed a 2 hour game of cricket before we went on a couple of pleasant walks, one to a lookout and one to Mckenzie Falls. That evening we stayed at a remote campsite which had around 200 hundred dorm beds and the total number of guests staying there was 4 - Just us! It seemed that they didn't get many visitors and we politely declined the invite to watch a film in the secluded shack and half expected an axe to come through the door in the middle of the night. - 'Here's Johnny!!'
We awoke with our heads intact and no axewounds to speak of and headed to Adelaide making only one stop. This stop was in a place called 'Keith' which amused us greatly. We arrived in Adelaide just in time to see a cricket match that England surely couldn't lose against New Zealand. They lost by 90, painful runs! It could be that I am a unlucky mascot for the English cricket team, but it is more likely that it is because we can't catch a cold and we can't bat for toffee.
The current team plans are as follows. Gemma and Steph are staying with Gemmas cousin and gemma is staying in Adelaide until Davide arrives in early February when they will go up to Ayers Rock etc. Steph is heading back to Melbourne on the 29th and will stay with a relative of hers for a while. I am going in the Ford Falcon with the Lads up to Ayers Rock and Alice Springs before flying back to Sydney to meet up with DSW and Steph.