In the interests of keeping this thread ticking over - and simply because I'm in a talkative mood - let me share with fellow Melbourne DHs my latest cheap eat hit:
It's called Zam Zam Cafe Restaurant and it's at 364 Lonsdale St, just up the hill from Elizabeth St.
I remember when I moved to Melbourne 20 years ago, Indian tucker wasn't really a feature of the cheap eat scene. Basically most Indian eateries were a la carte and on the pricey side. Now they're all over the place, especially in the CBD. I think the inlfux of Asian students is good for my tummy and wallet.
Yum yum pig's bum!
I've been to Zam Zam three times in the past coupla weeks - and each and every time it's been packed, mostly with folkses from the sub-continent. I take it as a good sign when I'm in a very pale-faced minority in these sorts of joints.
Zam Zam is well above average for its ilk, such as Flora in Flinders St or Bismi's Gold An Fork, just around the corner in Elizabeth St.
Yesterday I had the vege thali - a big heap of "bryani" rice, a dollop of yougurt, sublime and simple dahl, a "dry" jumble of a bright orange onion and cauliflower concoction and a "wet" potato and eggplant thingie (the least successful) and a pappadam.
All for $7.50 fangs very muchly.
Now even though I ordered the vege option - as I am wont to do in such places - don't think for a minute this is health food.
It's overcooked, oily and salty. But sometimes there's nothing better, even if there are equally priced and far healtheir Viet options no more than a block away..
I was living in London at the time of Egypt shows and made tentative efforts to get there that came to zero. About a year later I also hads me tickets to shows at the Rainbow that were subsequently cancelled. Jerry was sick I think. That was as close as I ever got to seeing them a second time.
Knocking off cane toads? More likely distilling them in some fashion and then slurping up the resultant toad broth. Maybe with Jerry-flavoured icecream croutons floating on top.
kennyw wrote :
"AFAIK, none of the extended Dead ever made it to Australia and/or New Zealand. Least wise, not as performers. Surely, some of them have spent vacation time with their families/whatever "up" here."
Bear (Owsley Stanley) moved to Far North Queensland some years ago;going
by the Rolling Stone article he is now busy knocking off the cane toads.
Some time ago i read that one aussie promoter (Chugg ?) was going to bring the GD to OZ just after the 1978 Egypt gigs but than he got cold feet.It was not explained in the article why he pulled out.
but only in a general sense.
AFAIK, none of the extended Dead ever made it to Australia and/or New Zealand. Least wise, not as performers. Surely, some of them have spent vacation time with their families/whatever "up" here.
Yeah, but when you were in school, you still had the Dead ;)
In my daily jousting with various American pals on the 'net - mostly jazzbos around the same age as me - music/jazz/whatever goes hand in hand with our interests in sports, food and politics etc. When WE were in school, computers were science fiction stuff. :)
Haha. I'm totally ignorant about sports. I was always the kid who hung out in art-class (ie: sketching naked girls) or in the computer room during lunch breaks (eg: finding out about the Dead). I'm more of a joint man, as well ;)
A bunch of Melburnites, DH or otherwise, with no sports passions or allegiances. Time to lay off the bongs and head for the footy, fellas ... :)
SHN and FLAC are "lossless" as opposed to mp3 which is "lossy". You need to convert the files to WAV before burning to CD. There is a easily downloadable program called Traders Little Helper which will do this for you. You can typically fit upwards of 4 complete shows onto a DVD in this format expanding out into upwards of 12 CDs (just depends on how long those shows are!). The question is whether you are ready to move beyond the 36 available Dick's Picks and various vault sourced official releases into the realms of trading and bit torrent. There are more than 2300 Dead shows out there!
Sounds interesting, Ironman. Not familiar with those formats, however.