Mike Sage


Mike Sage

From the UK. June & July 2013 with Dave and Sue Derrick following the British & Irish Lions tour to Australia.

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Bondi Junction July 11th 2013

Saturday, crunch day! Third test at the ANZ Stadium (Olympic Stadium). After breakfast S&D went to the market and I had a walk in Centennial Park. Lots of activity, picnics, soccer, dog walking, jogging and cycling, very busy. Nice sunny morning again. About 2pm we went down to the bars at Circular Pier and met up with Dave Gribble for a small sherbet. He was staying with friends in Brisbane and had come down for the big game. The whole place was awash with Lions fans wearing every conceivable combination of lions red, white, blue and green. Fantastic sight. We used our match day tickets to ride the Paramatta ferry to the ANZ. Picturesque ride under the SHB and half hour up the river. From the ferry terminal it was a half hour walk to the ... read more
What a result!
Tour of the pitch to thank the supporters

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Bondi Junction July 6th 2013

Wednesday saw us up early and down to the Central railway station to catch the train to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. This was a two hour train ride stopping at every and I mean EVERY stop on the way. About 30 in all :( we rode out of Sydney and into suburban communities, boy have they got a problem with graffiti in this country. Everything is tagged, quite depressing to see in such a fantastic country with marvellous leisure and sport facilities. Anyway we climbed into the mountains and the forests of most obviously eucalyptus trees. Still lots of houses and communities all the way to the top of the ridge line on which Katoomba perches. Spectacularly vast forest views to the horizon about 70 miles away. Cliff faces and rock outcrops nearly 1000ft high, ... read more
Prince Henry Cliff walk
The Three Sisters from Echo Point
Bad hair day on the Manley ferry

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Bondi Junction July 2nd 2013

Saturday morning was a laze around the apartment followed by, you guessed it, Spaghetti Bol! It was Match Day of course:) at 4.30pm we made our way to a Lions Supporters Village reception where we met up with our leprechaun friend, Graham from Northern Ireland. Andy Nichol, ex Lion, hosted the event where we had several speakers, Jeremy Guscott, Peter Winterbottom, Tyrone Howe and Roger Uttley. The highlight though was an acoustic session by The Manic Street Prechers, very good. Apparently there was enough free beer for 14 bottles each! More fish and chips and pies circulated to feed the masses. At about 7pm we walked across the road to the Etihad Stadium for the match. Another fantastic stadium shaped in an oval for the Aussie Rules Football, the retracting roof was closed. Again great view ... read more
The Etihad Stadium
Bondi Beach
Percy Pelican

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » City Centre June 29th 2013

Tuesday was an orientation day for us around central Melbourne. Following a full English we walked to the City Loop Tram, a free circular service around central Melbourne. Old style Tram cars, the rattling accompanying the full recorded commentary as we ran through the busy city streets. The Tram was quiet when we got on and we easily found seats but by the time we'd been round a full circle it was heaving, crammed tight like the tube in London. Once off the Tram at Federation Square we meandered through the streets and "Lanes"' narrow shopping arcades full of small shops and cafes etc. The afternoon saw us back at the apartment to freshen up for the evening game against the Melbourne Rebels. We walked down to the AAMI stadium early and ate fish and chips ... read more
Rebels in defence of their try line.
Nell Gwynn eat your heart out!
Cockatoos in Lorne.

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » City Centre June 26th 2013

Saturday, First Test Day! A laze around the apartment until the ritual Spaghetti Bol for late lunch. Having recce'd the route to the ground previously we walked about a mile down to the bars in Caxton St for 5 pm. They were heaving, inside and on the balconies, the streets were full too and welsh songs and calls of "Lions! Lions! Lions! constantly ringing out. Fabulous atmosphere, fans from both sides mixing. We were drinking in the Lord Alfred and the guy next to us, from Dallas, Texas had been there in the same spot since 12.30pm! Down to the ground and grabbed a photo with Ronnie Reagan and a couple with a Bristol Rugby flag. Must admit I was getting excited by now, difficult not to really I suppose. Not as giddy as Sue though ... read more
Bris boys on tour
Suncorp Stadium, 1st Test.
Taffs on tour

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » City Centre June 24th 2013

Wednesday morning we boarded the Miramar cruise vessel on the Brisbane River for a trip to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary some 10 miles upriver. we had an hours breezy cruise viewing the fantastic riverside homes on either bank. Some real quality houses, many with pools, verandas, sports courts and boat jetties. Seems there is plenty of money about in Brisbane. With us on the trip were a middle aged Korean couple and their teenage daughter. Father had a quirky dress sense: bush hat with the chin strap down, buttoned formal shirt, no tie, jeans and a sparkly flecked blazer jacket. His wife and daughter were less conspicuous, or so we thought. We will call them The Gangnam's. They were a bit in your personal space sort of people without actually being loud, always in your ... read more
You know what it is.
Morgan & Wacker HD
Leigh, Owen & Jonathan.

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane » Spring Hill June 20th 2013

Due to the crap Internet signal in the apartment which keeps dropping out this was missed off the end of last blog: Deciding not to join the local winos for Meths and White Lightning in the park we returned home for a siesta before crossing the road to the Alliance Hotel, a Gastro pub of some renown. We intended to eat and watch the Brumbies vs Lions game on the big screen. Being a bit slow on the uptake we allowed ourselves to be directed into the restaurant rather than the bar. Dave and Sue had Baramundi and I had Crab spaghetti. Both were nice but not large portions and a bit pricey. We got to the bar as the game started. XXXX was watery but the Tooheys better. However, they had the Socceroos vs Iran ... read more
Roma Parklands, Brisbane.

Oceania » Australia June 19th 2013

The flight to Brisbane was full but we were away on time. They have a really easy and speedy automated check in at the Sydney Domestic terminal. We flew up the east coast in glorious clear skies with the surf breaking on the beaches almost uninterrupted all the way to Brisbane. However we had to circle for 1/2 an hour due to "air traffic issues." Temperatures in the low 20's on arrival and locals almost looked chilly. The only point of interest being the approx 3 mile tunnel to enter the city. ... read more
On the Brisbane River
The Roma Parklands
Vietnam memorial, Roma Parklands, brisbane

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney June 16th 2013

And from Roger Cave today, proof we were really there! Thanks Crusher :)... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Bondi Junction June 16th 2013

Our studio apartment in Woolahara was approximately 1/2 mile from the Allianz Stadium and the Sydney Cricket Ground and a 1/4 mile from the shops at Bondi Junction. Well arranged Sue:) However we were slightly disappointed with it as it was functional at best; we expected better. We agreed it was like a newly painted student flat before the freshers get at it! Several issues were fixed by the landlords maintenance man over the next 24 hours. After a couple of hours kip we staggered into Bondi Junction like 3 zombies and did the usual British traveller activity, shopping! Rotisserie chicken, salad and French stick and wine for Sue. Note from Sue: all the wines she recognised and believe me she can recognise a lot, are more expensive than that famous wine cellar, Tesco, Eastville!! To ... read more
Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House
The Three Amigos
From Sky coverage, thanks Roger:)

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