Warrnambool 2008

Back to the burbs

After checking out of the hotel and temporarily leaving the bags in their care, we headed to the shops to buy a newspaper and one last postcard. Then there was time for a little more flying foxing in the playground (and some filming for a video production the kids had devised) before picking up the bags and walking back down to the station. Ugh. Gastro alert. Sending an SMS to somebody I d

Warrnambool 2008

A day at the park

(Backdated to the day it happened.) Does it drive country people batty to have such restricted access to weather forecasts? Maybe it's just capital city people like me who are used to being able to get an up-to-date weather forecast on-demand (without having to get online): on the TV news bulletins morning, noon and night, by PocketNews SMS. But these tell you nothing about regional areas. I

Warrnambool 2008

Martyrs, apostles, emus and pizza

(Backdated to the day it happened.) The Friday before leaving for Warrnambool, I'd tried to find a hire car company based in central Warrnambool -- that is, reasonable walking distance from the hotel. The hire car aggregator sites like DriveNow couldn't help me, so I looked at the big companies' web sites, in conjunction with the tourist guides and Yellow Pages. Avis, it was claimed, had a b

Warrnambool 2008

Double-booked on the 1pm

(Backdated to the day it happened.) After mixing it with the race-goers on the train and at Southern Cross station, the 1pm train to Warrnambool left right on time, with only one catch: an old bloke who reckoned he should have one of our seats. We compared tickets -- my handwritten one from Bentleigh station vs his more authoritative-looking one courtesy of V/Line's computers. Neither of us wer

Warrnambool 2008

Going to the ‘Bool

It's our annual short break time again. Going to Warrnambool today with the kids for a few days. Lake Pertobe adventure playground definitely on the list of things to do, as is the Flagstaff Hill maritime museum. Going down by train. The fare's amazingly cheap, and V/Line's online booking looked good, but I had to ring them to get the reservation number, and picking up the ticket from my local