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posted by [personal profile] blithespirit at 10:19pm on 07/07/2009 under ,
 I see the melbournemaniac community on LJ just kicked off a massive "introduce yourself" thread... and it made me realise I should get my butt in gear and post something over here.

So, did anyone else go to Community Cup at Elsternwick Park? If you spotted a really hyper goldren retriever pulling his owner along behind him, you saw me and my dog. :)
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posted by [personal profile] jamethiel at 10:35pm on 07/07/2009
Um, Okay! You can call me jame. I'm... northwards of the city, a fair way out. If you've been to a Galvatrons gig in Melbourne in the last year, chances are you've seen me!

I like music and I have cats. Two very spoiled burmese. Elsternwick's sort of the wrong side of town for me, but I used to live around there! Nice area.
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posted by [personal profile] blithespirit at 11:06pm on 07/07/2009
hai jame! :)
what is a galvatron? :o
i love burmese cats. i used to share house with a friend who owned a burmese named wench. and she was one. total pat slut, who also liked to jump on people whenever they bent over or were stepping out of the bath. ouch. :)
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posted by [personal profile] jamethiel at 11:36pm on 07/07/2009
The Galvatrons are the most ridic. band ever. They are adorable and full of fail and a hell of a lot of fun. Sort of--80's referential disco synth pop rock.

That is what burmese are like! Latte insists on snuggling INSIDE your shirt and both of them will jump up if you hold out your arms. They just expect you to catch them. I am not a fan of the "jumping on you when you bend over" thing and try to discourage it whenever possible, but the housemates think it's cute and cats only learn if they have consistent discipline :S

But my housemates let me bring my two boys into a house where there was already a cat and they adore the boys so no complaints, really.
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posted by [personal profile] tangent_woman at 11:08pm on 07/07/2009
I did not go to Community Cup at Elsternwick Park. I was in Melbourne on the weekend, though. See, I'm actually a ring-in from Ballarat, so not really a Melbournite. Unless you count Ballarat as an outer, outer suburb, which I am tempted to because it is about an hour and 20 minutes drive to Melbourne's CBD, which makes it "closer" to the heart of the city than, say, Mooroolbark. *nod-nod*
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posted by [personal profile] blithespirit at 11:10pm on 07/07/2009
I haven't been to Ballarat since I was a kid - what's it like? What's the drive to Melbourne like? Sometimes, especially when my rent goes up, I ponder whether it would be a nice lifestyle and economic choice to move to an "outer suburb" - I hear Bendigo is nice. :)
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posted by [personal profile] tangent_woman at 12:32am on 08/07/2009
I moved to Ballarat from Warrnambool four years ago when rents in Warrnambool spiked pretty dramatically. I read at the time that the rents there were the highest outside metropolitan Melbourne.

I selected Ballarat because it has the major infrastructure I needed; hospitals, university, schools, public transport* and because it was a not-too-onerous day trip to Melbourne. There is a freeway from Ballarat onto the Ring Road now, which makes getting to the Westgate a breeze. The new Deer Park bypass also siphons so much traffic off Ballarat Road that it feel like it has cut ten minutes off the trip in heavy traffic times of day.

Ballarat rental properties were excellent value (and just as conveniently located relative to The Alfred hospital which was important at the time) compared to a "Melbourne" rental house we could afford in, say, Noble Park.

I think one of the reasons that Ballarat has more affordable rent is because, unlike our coastal settlements, suburbs sprawl 360 degrees, so there are more properties to choose from - more supply than demand means lower prices, right? I mention this because the same may apply to Bendigo.

I expect that as people adjust to the improved access that the new bypass and freeway upgrades provide, there will be a surge of people moving to Bendigo and Ballarat. All of a sudden, it is far more logical to live in these satellite cities. Everything you might urgently need. Gorgeous architecture. Maybe more sense of community. And if you need to zip into the city for something, you have good roads or PT available. It is pretty common for people from Ballarat who commute to Melbourne CBD to work each day. It makes sense when you consider commute times from some suburbs.

Cons: I pine for events I would love to attend in Melbourne three weeknights each week. Each weekend sees me debating whether to go to the thing on Sunday or the thing on Saturday, as when I have to drive/PT to get there and back the hours and expense really add up. If I lived a half hour away from these events, I would get to more of them. I would also be handier for visiting friends. Perhaps I would have more (or more convenient) employment options?

Mmm. I'll stop now, but if you have other questions, please ask and I will ramble some more. :-)

*not ideal, but still far, far better than that offered in Warrnambool
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posted by [personal profile] blithespirit at 12:15am on 02/08/2009
Hello!
I'm thinking I should do a daytrip to Ballarat to check it out. :)
Question for you - what is it like in terms of arts/cultural life? Is there much (or any) presence of Local Arty Types, for want of a better way to express it? I'm wary of moving somewhere that has families with young kids, old folk, and noone in between. :)
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posted by [personal profile] tangent_woman at 11:03am on 02/08/2009
I am aware of a multitude of performing arts groups, and at least one Artist's Society of the "vases of flowers/pretty landscapes" variety. I believe there is much more, but I'm an escaped arty-person so I don't seek it out.

At the very worst, Ballarat is only a half hour drive to Daylesford which is notoriously rich in culturally creative/diverse/artsy stuff. If you drive, it is worth bearing in mind that the outlying townships hereabouts are great to explore.

Hmm. How to describe the cultural mix here? In the middle of town on an average weekday around four in the afternoon there are troops of school kids waiting for buses outside Myer and they are more polite than I would have expected. The Bogan demographic is well represented, but by far outnumbered by the people I think of as neat-shoppers (well groomed, well heeled, engrossed in conversation with their shopping-pals. I get the impression that they would only notice me if I had a "sale" sticker on me). There are quite a few beaded-tie-dye hippies of all ages and a notable goth presence at which not even the sweet elderly people raise an eyebrow, which I take as a sign of a healthy community. There is a University with two campuses in the middle of town, so the students and staff also get thrown into the mix.

I hope this ramble provides at least a little useful information.
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posted by [personal profile] blithespirit at 09:21am on 03/08/2009
There are quite a few beaded-tie-dye hippies of all ages and a notable goth presence at which not even the sweet elderly people raise an eyebrow, which I take as a sign of a healthy community.
Yes, I take that as a healthy sign too.

Oooh, didn't realise Ballarat is near Daylesford, but I really want to go there too. :)

I see a daytrip in my future. :)

Thanks!

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