As I have probably mentioned before here, Singapore airport is one of the easiest in the world to hang out in. Brilliant connectivity (free internet browsing and cheap wifi) is the big plus - another benefit is that it never seems crowded. And the toilets are spotless. So as I sit here waiting for another plane, here's a nice picture of Melbourne at night, taken while I was dining on the banks of the Yarra earlier this evening (or is that now yesterday evening? I'm not sure).
Melbourne was gearing up for the Commonwealth Games, and tonight was the dress rehearsal for the opening ceremony at the MCG. It was being taken quite seriously: apparently, media who leaked the content were being threatened with a A$250 K fine. Ouch. I don't think I'm revealing anything by saying that the lit-up boats in my shot were part of the event. Further along the river, leading up to the MCG itself, were a series of big fishes, each one different and representing a commonwealth country. I couldn't tell which fish represented GB: it looked something like a carp, but it could have been a sort of compressed trout.
We drank a Giant Steps Pinot Noir 2004 with dinner: a supple, fruity Yarra Valley Pinot from Phil Sexton, who I visited earlier in the week. He's also the man behind the excellent Little Creatures Pale Ale, which we drank as a warm up. The previous night at the Stokehouse in St Kilda I was delighted to find two 'new Barossa' wines on the list - the juicy, succulent, almost profound Joshua 2004 from Kym Teusner (unoaked Grenache), and the stunning Spinifex Indigene 2003 (a Syrah/Mourvedre blend). Both were very good value at around the $50 mark, on a seriously good wine list.