Archives for posts with tag: Australia

Reef Time
After some mild to vigorous apartment cleaning I came across a stack of long lost postcards. So buckle your seat belts and prepare for a blast from the past, about 6 to 7 months ago to be more precise. I added the category “Past Blast” to signify these cards.

This postcard comes from Karmen’s Australian days, when she toured the Great Barrier Reef. She reports that tomorrow (about sixth months ago) she’s going to go on a snorkeling adventure. Does this feel like a walk down memory lane Karmen?

The Facts:
Other Party: Karmen M
Card Number: 0192
Average Color: 87867F
Date Sent: March 11, 2014
Date Received: March 24, 2014
Sender Location: Cairns, Australia
Receiver Location: Platteville, WI
Distance Traveled: 8716 Miles
Average Speed: 670 Miles Per Day

Miller High Life
This tasty postcard comes from Karmen, it features High Life beer, Miller Brewing’s oldest brand which dates back to 1903. This beer is noted for its high level of carbonation which is where its slogan originates, “The Champagne of Beers”. The beer’s logo, the girl in the moon, is widely believed to be the company’s founder Frederick Miller’s granddaughter. Now if you don’t mind I think I might go grab a cold High Life. Cheers!

Edit: Here is Karmen’s post all about her tour of the Miller Brewery.

The Facts:
Other Party: Karmen M
Card Number: 0185
Average Color: 45373E
Date Sent: May 5, 2014
Date Received: May 7, 2014
Sender Location: Milwaukee, WI
Receiver Location: Platteville, WI
Distance Traveled: 132 Miles
Average Speed: 66 Miles Per Day

Batmania
Did you know that Melbourne was not always known as Melbourne? Rumor is that the city’s first name was Batmania. I know what you’re thinking, this is not because its citizens were obsessed with the famous Gotham superhero. The city was originally named after John Batman, an Australian born colonist and one of the city’s founding fathers.

Enough with the trivial facts already! This is Karmen’s last card from Melbourne. Yes, Kar Kar is on the move again. That means we can expect to see many new postcards. You can read more about her time in Victoria’s capital by clicking here.

Q: Where in the world is Karmen? A: Melbourne, Australia

Q: Where in the world is Karmen?
A: Melbourne, Australia

The Facts:
Other Party: Karmen M
Card Number: 0184
Average Color: 7E7F8A
Date Sent: February 24, 2014
Date Received: March 3, 2014
Sender Location: Melbourne, Australia
Receiver Location: Platteville, WI
Distance Traveled: 9,558 Miles
Average Speed: 1,365 Miles Per Day

The Man with the Golden Postcard
Girls, Gun and more girls are some iconic images of the James Bond movie series. Agent Mallow reports from her most recent assignment in which she visited the Designing 007 exhibit at the Melbourne Museum. You can view a full report of the mission by clicking here. In an act of bravery Agent Mallow went above the line of duty and mailed me a postcard. This action put the 007 movie franchise in a commanding lead in term of postcards received in reference to a movie series. That’s James Bond: 2 and Harry Potter: 1, for all you avid Going Postal readers out there.

In my first James Bond themed blog post, License To Mail, I gave five 007 facts. This wasn’t good enough! This time around I am going to dig deeper and share some interesting factoids even I didn’t know about… and that’s saying something because I am a huge James Bond fan.

Casino Royale – A story that proves the third time’s a charm.

The popular film Casino Royale was released in 2006 and was on Ian Fleming’s first 007 novel with the same title. However most people don’t know that Mr. Bond was first portrayed by Barry Nelson in 1954 when CBS paid Fleming $1,000 for the rights to air a one-hour television special of Casino Royale. This was part of CBS’ Climax Mystery Theater of the mid 1950s. As the special was restricted to one-hour many details were lost, however the show retained much of the novel’s violence.

Casino Royale was later released as a spy comedy film in 1967. The film’s slogan was, “Casino Royale is too much… for one James Bond!” referring to Bond’s antics to mislead his advisories in which six other agents pretended to be 007. The flick received negative reviews as the film was panned for a baffling and disorganized storyline. This is one of two films that was not made by Eon Productions and is generally not mentioned in the franchise’s history.

With that being said I will leave you with a lesser famous Bond quote from Ian Fleming’s Live and Let Die…

“Hm,’ said Bond. ‘Bogeyman stuff.”

Q: Where in the world is Karmen? A: Melbourne, Australia

Q: Where in the world is Karmen?
A: Melbourne, Australia

The Facts:
Other Party: Karmen M
Card Number: 0178
Average Color: D9B433
Date Sent: November 11, 2013
Date Received: November 18, 2013
Sender Location: Melbourne, Australia
Receiver Location: Platteville, WI
Distance Traveled: 9,558 Miles
Average Speed: 1,365 Miles Per Day

Phar Lap
This postcard was sent from the Melbourne Museum by the always lovely Ms. Mallow. The card features a racehorse called Phar Lap, an Australian icon. Phar Lap was born in New Zealand was trained and raced in Australia where he dominated the racing scene of the 1920s and 30s winning over 20 races. Phar Lap died in 1932 and today his hide can be seen at the Melbourne Museum, his skeleton is displayed at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and his heart is at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

Q: Where in the world is Karmen? A: Melbourne, Australia

Q: Where in the world is Karmen?
A: Melbourne, Australia

The Facts:
Other Party: Karmen M
Card Number: 0175
Average Color: 6E6839
Date Sent: October 9, 2013
Date Received: October 17, 2013
Sender Location: Melbourne, Australia
Receiver Location: Platteville, WI
Distance Traveled: 9,558 Miles
Average Speed: 1,195 Miles Per Day

Piece By Piece
G’Day from Melbourne, Australia! Karmen sent me this fun and festive postcard puzzle that celebrates Melbourne’s booming art scene. Ms. Mallow reports that sadly no animals ever ride the tram there, but there was a kangaroo loose in the airport… sounds like that might be an interesting story.

For your viewing pleasure I have gathered some of Karmen’s art focused blog updates. Happy reading!

Q: Where in the world is Karmen? A: Melbourne, Australia

Q: Where in the world is Karmen?
A: Melbourne, Australia

The Facts:
Other Party: Karmen M
Card Number: 0174
Average Color: 7B7987
Date Sent: November 1, 2013
Date Received: November 9, 2013
Sender Location: Melbourne, Australia
Receiver Location: Platteville, WI
Distance Traveled: 9,558 Miles
Average Speed: 1,195 Miles Per Day

Skydeck
Greetings from the Eureka Skydeck home to Australia’s tallest post box on the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower in Melbourne. The tower itself is named after the Eureka Stockade which was an organized rebellion of the gold miners against the United Kingdom in 1854. Many argue that the stockade represents the birth of democracy in Australia.

The tower is the second tallest building in the Australia and the tallest in Melbourne. It features the Eureka Skydeck 88, an observation deck that encompasses the entire 88th floor of the building. This skydeck offers views from the highest vantage point from a building in the southern hemisphere. On an interesting side note, the building is the 77th tallest in the world. But, alas I digress… The deck also features ‘The Edge’ which is a glass cube that extends 10 feet beyond the building. When a guest enters the cube the glass is opaque but as the installation moves out over the edge the glass become clear. Sounds rather terrifying but pretty awesome.

Q: Where in the world is Karmen? A: Melbourne, Australia

Q: Where in the world is Karmen?
A: Melbourne, Australia

The Facts:
Other Party: Karmen M
Card Number: 0168
Average Color: 4C4439
Date Sent: August 27, 2013
Date Received: August 31, 2013
Sender Location: Melbourne, Australia
Receiver Location: Platteville, WI
Distance Traveled: 9,558 Miles
Average Speed: 2,390 Miles Per Day

Bridge Climb
Karmen recently visited and climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia with our friend Dan. The bridge is 440 feet tall and the tour took the duo nearly three hours to complete. You can read more about the trip in Karmen’s post, Sky High in Sydney: The Bridge Climb.

SEAN PRESENTS: THREE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE FACTS

  1. The bridge’s nickname is “The Coat Hanger”.
  2. In 2009 and 2010 turf was laid across the eight traffic lanes for over 6,000 people to have a picnic.
  3. The bridge opened on January 19, 1932.
Q: Where in the world is Karmen? A:Sydney, Australia

Q: Where in the world is Karmen?
A:Sydney, Australia

The Facts:
Other Party: Karmen M
Card Number: 0166
Average Color: 8692A1
Date Sent: August 26, 2013
Date Received: August 30, 2013
Sender Location: Sydney, Australia
Receiver Location: Platteville, WI
Distance Traveled: 9,122 Miles
Average Speed: 2,281 Miles Per Day

Attack of the Birds
Karmen sends this frightening postcard from the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, which is home to over 2,600 animals! She reports that in “this realistic picture depicts birds of enormous size as they are about to attack a new group of unsuspecting tourists,” I’m almost sure she is joking. Who knows!

Q: Where in the world is Karmen? A: Sydney, Australia

Q: Where in the world is Karmen?
A: Sydney, Australia

The Facts:
Other Party: Karmen M
Card Number: 0165
Average Color: 69788D
Date Sent: August 26, 2013
Date Received: August 30, 2013
Sender Location: Sydney, Australia
Receiver Location: Platteville, WI
Distance Traveled: 9,122 Miles
Average Speed: 2,281 Miles Per Day

There comes a time when one becomes overwhelmed, where one feels like they might drown on the amount of postal love they are receiving. That is the case with these last 16 postcards that Karmen sent from her first span in Australia. I thought I should just get them all posted that way I will be all caught up and I will no longer feel guilty! To honor these cards I have assembled five interesting facts about Australia that you might not know about along with my deep thoughts.

SEAN PRESENTS: FIVE INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT AUSTRALIA THAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ALONG WITH HIS DEEP THOUGHTS

1. In 1954, Bob Hawke was inducted into the Guinness Book of Records for drinking 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. Hawke, went on to become the Prime Minister of Australia. Party on!
2. Australia was the second country in the world to give women the right to vote in 1902. Way to go Australia!
3. Approximately 1.35 trillion bottles of wine are produced by Australia. I’m booking my flight right now.
4. Australia is the only place in the world where you can find the lung fish which dates back to the Triassic period. I wonder how that tastes?
5. When the British first saw a platypus they thought Australians were playing a joke on them by sewing a duck bill on a rat. This isn’t Frankenstein!

The Facts:
Other Party: Karmen M
Card Number: 0141-157
Average Color: Unavailable
Date Sent: Unavailable
Date Received: Unavailable
Sender Location: Unavailable
Receiver Location: Platteville, WI
Distance Traveled: Unavailable
Average Speed: Unavailable