Everybody needs good NEIGHBOURS!

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Tuesday, April 12, 2011



This morning's activity was the pinnacle moment of my trip to Australia and pretty much THE reason I chose to come to this country - the Neighbours tour! Embracing the tourist in me to the maximum, I took the tour bus to look around the various outdoor Neighbours sets that are allowed; namely the garage, Grease Monkeys, Erinsborough High, the bus shelter and, of course, Ramsay Street itself. Ramsay Street is actually a a real place where real people live (its proper name is Pin Oak Court), they just film the outside bits there then do the rest in studios. Its actually a lot smaller than it looks on tv, but for an avid Neighbours fan such as myself its insanely cool to see nonetheless. I was again really lucky with the weather - it was pouring as the bus left the city, but by the time we got to the suburbs the sun was shining through. I like to think this is because its always sunny on Ramsay Street!

I took many, many photos of all the houses, and of me holding (and pretending to make off with) the infamous street sign. On the bus the tour guide showed us lots of DVDs, showing clips from some of the best episodes (both new and old) and interviews with the cast and crew. She also gave us the lowdown of all the latest storylines, which was a massive eye-opener for me, as I haven't watched it in about 5 months (weirdly enough I watched it more when I was in England - here I just don't have the time, or a tv!) Revelations such as "Ringo dies" drew massive gasps from me, much to the amusement of everyone else on the bus, who considered this old news. We also got given tidbits of information about what's going to happen on the show in the near future, which I won't reveal for any of you who care, as the Oz show is about a month ahead of the England one.

The best moment came right at the end of the tour, when we pulled up outside the old Palais Theatre in St Kilda to meet our mystery member of the cast. We had been speculating, and I was convinced that it was going to be Karl Kennedy-the guy spends his life doing these sorts of promotional things, and I'm pretty sure he's done gigs at pretty much all the universities of Britain. But, to my excitement, it wasn't Karl, but the actor who played Ringo who stepped out the car. Honestly, I had to suppress a scream, and the girl who sat behind me was just as excited! We got to have our photo taken with him and ask him lots of questions; I asked him about his music career, which he is pursuing now that he's not on the show, and I like to think we connected...

We were dropped back at the office, and I had a goofy smile on my face for the rest of the day - and a massive desire to watch Neighbours again! I spent the rest of the day chilling out in Melbourne, sitting in cafes to shelter from the rain and trying on clothes that far exceed my budget!

Now I'm sitting in a cafe waiting to catch the Greyhound bus to Sydney. Let's just hope I can sleep on the bus, or its going to be a long night ahead of me - 12 hours and 10 minutes long, to be precise!
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