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Federation Square and giant Shane Warne look-a-like!

View looking back at the city on way to MCG

Day 2 Melbourne Test - Sophy & Paul

"Brokeback Mountain" - Regan and Greg (Sophy's colleagues)

Day 3 Melbourne Test - Regan, Paul & Gordon Johnstone (Gordy)

Day 3 Melbourne Test - Paul Kingston (Kingo), Sophy & Greg

View of play

Paul & Sophy enjoying the end of the Test

Paul, his new Ashes Hat & the MCG!!

Last night in Melbourne....bit of a mad one!!

After our fuzzy heads from the previous day (Xmas Day), we spent our first day apart for one and a half months! Sophy had a lie in, some retail shopping and a chick flick at the cinema film with Rhiane, while Paul headed off to the MCG to meet 7 of the lads from the Xmas day party to watch the traditional Boxing Day test match. This was the 100th Test match held at the MCG and the view from the seats was incredible. The MCG can hold up to 100,000 people, the stadium was absolutely awesome and that day there was an attendance of 89,155. The cricket was not a good day if you were an Englishman as we were all out for 159 but the main headlines were made by Shane Warne who took his 700 test wicket when he bowled Andrew Straus for 50, the cheer was incredible as Melbourne was his home city and is looked upon as a GOD by his faithful Aussies as noone has taken more test wickets than that in history. The Barmy Army and their leader Jimmy were extremely vocal and made great entertainment for the locals as well as the many fancy dress costumes (5 smurfs, Chewbaca, the Gringe, Little Britain "Ladies" etc....). Sophy came along to Day 2 and Day 3 (which turned out to be the final day) and saw a lot of good cricket which included 2 150's by Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symmonds who made his first test match 100 by hitting a six !!!!! Very impressive. Day 3, the weather was very hot and made for a really good day of cold beers and hot dogs, although England were all out for 161 and so lost the test match by an innings and 99 runs, the main entertainment was provided by the Barmy Army who were very cheery on that day and their songs had a lot of people in histerics even in sight of defeat. Over the 3 days, a total of 244,531 saw the cricket and many of them English. Great times....Paul finally saw an Ashes test match which he had wanted to since he was little and the stadium was more than he imagined, truly spectacuar and will be firmly held in his memories for years to come. He also bought a great ashes hat which he hasn't taken off for 2 days yet. We met the guys in Carlton (suburb of Noth Melbourne) for a night on the town although we were being picked up at 4.45am the following morning for our flight to Sydney, a really good night in which we got home at 3am, ate our McDonalds, had 90mins sleep and then rushed our way to the airport feeling rather squiffy...... oops!

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