Pronounced "Mel-bun" by
Yarra River walk
We had only a day to spend
in Melbourne and we wanted to make the most of it.
Melbourne is to Sydney what San Francisco is to Los
Angeles. It is more US east coast city-like, smaller and
less laid back than Sydney. It was a very appealing
place with quaint trams rolling down the center of the
streets (first small picture below), the Yarra River
running through it and people out and about in city
parks. The second small picture below is the central
train station, an interesting architecture style. The
Melbourne International Comedy Festival was in its
second week when we visited.
13th - Good Friday
We arrived in Melbourne around 1 pm and took a taxi to the
Grand Hyatt downtown. We got a recommendation from the
Concierge on a late lunch spot -
The River Cafe, just across the Yarra river. The food
(seafood), wine list and atmosphere were excellent. The river
walk after the meal was fun as well with live groups
entertaining along the way. From the restaurant we walked to
the Rialto Tower and took the elevator to its observation
deck, which (as the AMP Centrepoint in
Sydney and the SkyTower in
Auckland) claimed to be the
tallest spot in the southern hemisphere.
The River Cafe
some good views from the top (third and fourth pictures above)
and then walked back to our hotel where the Concierge had
researched our request for a show that was part of the Comedy
Festival for the evening. It was a challenge to find a late
night comedy show that kids were allowed to attend. The first
picture below is the view from our hotel room. The second is
from our river walk back. The third is a view of the Rialto
Tower from the street below.
We got tickets for Adam Spencer at the Capital Theater for
that night doing a comedy show entirely about math. It was
called Adam 101 and was very unique. He characterized a Math
degree or Math profession as a social disease. I captured a
couple of his routines which were based on weird or unexpected
math and statistics ideas. He did a demo of the old Statistics
101 standby of how many people in a random group are needed to
have a 50% probability that two will have the same birthday
(23). He also did a routine where an apparently fair coin toss
sequence can allow you to win 7/8ths of the time. Here's how
it works: Have your victim pick any three sequences of coin
toss results, i.e. HTH, TTH, HHH. Bet that your sequences will
occur before the victim's in any random set of ten tosses.
Pick your three sequences by first taking the first two
results from each of the victim's sequences i.e. HT, TT and HH
and then add a result before these that does not form a
symmetrical (i.e. THT, HTH, TTT or HHH) pattern. Your first
choice would be H added to HT to keep it from being
symmetrical. Your second choice would be H added to TT and
your third choice would be THH. When you or the victim does
ten random coin tosses, your choices of HHT, HTT and THH will
occur before the victim's HTH, TTH, HHH 7/8ths of the time.
After the show we returned to the hotel at about midnight
and took a taxi the next morning after breakfast to the
airport and our trip to Auckland.
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