The Allure of Seattle for an Aussie Kid

Growing up in Australia there was always one city that stuck in my mind that I would like to visit someday, that city was Seattle. Originally it wasn’t high on my priority list as there were so many amazing places to visit, but it was always in the back of my mind. I first visited…

AC/DC vs. Black Sabbath – A Tribute Night \m/(>.<)\m/

November 26th, 2011 TRIBUTE NIGHT I don’t normally go and see tribute bands, but as I have mentioned in an earlier blog I am a huge fan of both Black Sabbath and AC/DC, so the combination of a Problem Child (AC/DC) vs. Bastard of Reality (Black Sabbath) tribute show at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard (Seattle) got me interested. I had to check it…

City Icons: Seattle’s Space Needle

When I travel I always like to take a look at the landmarks that make a city instantly recognizable around the world. Some of the more famous ones that spring to mind include the Sydney Opera House (constructed 1959-1973) and Harbour Bridge (1928-1932), Berlins Brandenburg Gate (1788-1791), London’s Big Ben (the tower 1843-1858), the Eiffel Tower in Paris  (1887-1889 for…

The White Sands of New Mexico

Atomic science, white sands, missiles and space travel…..part one of my travels in New Mexico. October 31st, 2011 My grandfather and I used to watch Bugs Bunny cartoons together when I was a kid. Bugs would always say “I knew I should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque” and I can finally say I actually…

Roger Daltrey performs The Who’s Tommy

October 26th, 2011 Roger Daltrey performs The Who’s Tommy was a 2.5 hour concert held at the Key Arena here in Seattle. I was very happy with my seat, right in front of the stage, just behind the floor seats. The first half being the complete Tommy rock opera and the second half various The Who songs, plus a surprising medley…

Mount Saint Helens – Mother Nature’s devastating beauty

Mount Saint Helens is located in southwest Washington, just under a 3 hour drive from Seattle. On the morning of May 18th, 1980 the volcano erupted, changing the face of the mountain forever. Following a 5.1 richter scale earthquake (caused by a huge surge of magma) the peak of the mountain collapsed and an avalanche,…

Mad Max…time to hit the Fury Road!

Welcome to a tribute to my favourite Australian movie: Mad Max. A great movie that spawned 2 sequels and a soon to be 4th installment. Its heroes, villains and road battles using classic Aussie muscle cars have ensured Mad Max has a cult like following not only in my homeland, but also in the US, Europe and Japan. I first saw the original movie at the…

Y&T Rocks Metal Madness!!!! \m/(>.<)\m/

Metal Madness! In 1985 as a 14 year old, one of my most prized possessions was a double cassette tape titled “Metal Madness“. It was compiled by well know Australian music historian, journalist and sometime band manager/promoter Glenn A. Baker). The album was the perfect snapshot of nearly all that was good in hard rock/hair…

Autobots…..lets roll!

Transformers – Dark Of The Moon Today I went to the nearby IMAX theatre at the Seattle Pacific Science Centre. IMAX offers the new Transformers movie on a 6 story high screen in 3D and quite a headache if you don’t sit in the right location (for me that is back row dead centre). In my…

Recap of my travels in the past year (2010)

The past year has gone by so fast, one moment I am leaving my Australian home and  job in May 2010 to travel the world, then before you know it I am living in Seattle, Washington USA! Most of 2010 was such an adventure travelling through: USA (May 2010) Central and southern Florida– Launch of Space…