MelbourneLockedOut

May 29, 2008

The rise of disorder and hostility, resulted from alcohol-related violence in downtown Melbourne justifies the new regulations to be imposed by the Victorian Premier John Brumby. The 2am curfew will begin in June, prohibiting pubs, bars and nightclubs to admit people after that time. That won’t affect people already in venues nor changing their operation hours, however the new law intends to avoid groups of drunken people on the streets.

The law to be implemented doesn’t appear to be as severe as the ones found in most of the United States of America. Nevertheless, that can be the first step to ruin the notorious club scene in Melbourne. Not only will people have to change their routine and the way they party, but also clubs will have to make changes to ensure they meet the new requirements. Freedom is one of the most important factors of the club scene, and freedom of expression, as well as the right to come and go whenever and wherever are part of the human rights. Melbourne has always been known for its 24-hour character, therefore many of its tourist appeals rely on this feature. In addition to that, transports as well as local business connected to the nightlife will be affected. 

In opposition to the law’s implement, Toorak resident Andrew Ranger is organising 2am lockout protests. The MelbourneLockedOut protest will be held at the Treasure Gardens on Friday, May 30, at 5pm. According to organisers, this will be a peaceful, alcohol and drug-free event, where ignorance won”t be tolerated. So if you believe in the melburnian club scene, put a white t-shirt on, and join the crowd this Friday. More information can be found at the MelbourneLockedOut website.

sex is in the air

May 28, 2008

Air – Sexy Boy

After a long wait, Sex and the City: The Movie, is being released. The feature film which is an adaptation of the HBO comedy series, is causing a buzz in the four corners of the world. The TV series has brought to our lives a new and sincere approach to sexuality, love, friendship, and reality which cannot only be applied to New York City, but to any other big city in the world. Its characters have inspired millions amongst different generations across the world, therefore often groups of friends easily identify themselves with their favourite character while they sip cosmopolitans at lounges and restaurants around town. I believe Sex and the City was the first TV show which dealt with the daily crisis of living in such a genuine and concrete way; furthermore it was the first show to break stereotypical rules imposed by the human being and our societies. It brought up taboos while bringing down layers and facades existent in our individual’s character. Therefore, it showed us new possibilities based on a controversial yet straight forward new-yorker life-style. 

The movie’s world premiere was held at Leicester Square, in London, on May 12th, 2008, being released in the UK on May 28th. Tomorrow is the big day in the United States and Canada, however we need to wait until the 5th of June to watch it on the big screen down under. In the meantime, while people anxiously wait for the day, cinemas are working hard to ensure its Australian debut follows the movie’s classiness and sophistication. The movie’s advertisements can be seen all over town, at the same time local businesses, such as clubs and bars, take advantage of all the excitement to improve their sales by organizing thematic parties based on the film. As the movie receives mixed reviews, I have once again chosen to disregard them. Moreover, it would be a plus if the movie brought something new into my life, nevertheless if this is just another follow-up two hour episode, I’ll be more than satisfied. I can’t even remember the last time I watched a Sex and the City episode which I hadn’t seen before.

watch the official trailer here:

Celulas – Less is more 
 

It was by accident that we found this cozy little breakfast place in our neighbourhood. Every time we walked by we would say “that place looks cute, we should go there sometime”, so we finally went. The place is one of those family-owned establishments, where you are received with a sincere smile and your food is cooked with love, and by love I mean real love. Fandango has become house of our weekly saturday morning ritual. It is that type of event which you spend all week waiting for; when you wake up that morning you can’t stay in bed any longer, because you know what’s waiting for you down the street, even though it’s saturday. 

The place has two tables on the sidewalk, only a few tables inside and a couple more in the backyard. To get to the backyard you walk through the kitchen, where the staff greets you as if it were your own kitchen, and you were just going to have your morning coffee outside. In a friendly and inevitable way, you are invited to see how your food is being cooked, at the same time witnessing the cleanliness as the place is always spotless. The crowd is predominantly local, regular neighbours and friends who go in for a inevitable ‘good time’, and the music played is always something alternative yet ambient pleasing your ears since you walk in.

On the menu, amongst several traditional breakfast savory dishes, is the mouthwatering ‘french toast’. The artisan bread is covered with maple syrup, accompanied with big chunks of maple butter. It’s layered with oven-baked apples, mixed with back bacon. Nevertheless, if you are a vegetarian they will substitute it for fresh strawberries and bananas. To finalize the stunning appearance, icing-sugar is sprinkled all over it. Although the dish seems slightly bigger than It should be, as you start eating you wish it would never end. It just melts in your mouth, and the best part is as you think all the fruits are all gone, you’ll find extra layers hidden between the bread. It’s doubtless the best french toast I’ve ever had, therefore this might have been my favourite breakfast experience so far. 

However, the consequences of trying it can have a negative side. After you try the best of something it’s hard not to become critical about it. Consequently, I have ruined two breakfasts at other places by ordering their french toast. Fandango is a delightful experience, and definitely one of the reasons I’ll come back to Melbourne whenever I can throughout my life.

Fandango. 97 Errol St. North Melbourne, VIC 3051. 
Tue – Sat | 7:30am – 3:00pm
+61 3 9329 0693 

 Midnight Juggernauts – Road to Recovery

Sunshine, californian blue sky. It’s just another beautiful day in southern california. I’m sitting on a train leaving San Diego on my way to Los Angeles. On my left side, the blue pacific ocean which I’m so familiar with; to the right, a city that for many years I called home; behind me, a past filled with memories, experiences, relationships, lessons. Looking at the surfers riding the waves as californian pelicans fly by, my brain instantaneously starts playing the movie of my life. I see scenes of love and hate, hope and self-destruction; I see motion, I feel emotional. Nostalgia fills my eyes with proud tears as it puts a clever smile on my lips. I easily identify the light path which I took, leaving the darkness behind. 

For a while I had forgotten how It feels to be with an old friend, to be loved by an old friend. I had forgotten the feeling of returning to a place where you feel like home. Warmth, receptivity, tenderness, devotion are only words compared to what I’m feeling. Things don’t seem to have changed much since I left, however I see all my friends making progress in their lives. Despite the fact I have been exposed to a whole new world and have been living a completely new lifestyle, I had the feeling that I fitted straight in. It felt like I had been away for a weekend or so, which only proves me that San Diego will always be a city with its arms wide open waiting for me. 

My californian chapter has probably been the most important of my life so far. A period marked by self-discovery, life learning experience, affection, and overall my road to recovery. In California, I found love for the first time. I loved like there was no tomorrow. I also loved drugs, alcohol and rock’n’roll like there was no tomorrow. It was a fun long party that appeared to be endless, nonetheless It ended at the age of 23. Furthermore, I have always believed that the after-party is much more fun than the party itself! It’s been a year since I decided to stay away from any sort of mind altering substances, over and above that It’s also been a year since my life has started making sense. Today I look back and smile for having gone through what I have. I smile for having loved and being loved, therefore I smile for having survived and learned my lessons

At this point of my life I am complete. I’ve found what I was looking for, I’ve found who I was looking for, thus I’ve found myself. Nowadays when I close my eyes, I clearly see the edge of my body, I see my role in this world, I have control of my actions, and consequently most of the reactions. And at last, but not least, once again I love and I feel loved. Although this time in a clear and true way like I have never felt before.