Trams at the Town Hall

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Hobart Town Hall held an open day today, to celebrate 150 years since it’s opening.

This is the Great Hall.img_2320

The Mayor’s Office. An intriguing mix of history and modern technology.img_2307

There are a number of impressive chandeliers within the building.

Outside, there were old trams from one hundred years ago. The double decker Tram No. 17 dates back to the First World War, but commission was delayed because the ship carrying the motors was sunk on route from Britain. The tram was in service until 1947 and has now been renovated with original parts sourced from other vehicles.img_2283img_2291

The single decker Tram No. 39 was also in service during the same period. Then spent forty years in someone’s back yard before being restored.img_2301

Here is another old tram, but this one awaiting restoration.img_2330

It was a fun day out, with food stalls, live music, other historic vehicles.img_2329img_8665

A note

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A new five pound note has recently been issued in England and Wales. It is Britain’s first polymer bank note, replacing the historical paper notes.

Australia issued the world’s first polymer bank note in January 1988, a commemorative $10 bill. All note denominations were converted to the cleaner, more durable, more secure plastic notes by 1996.

Here are some macro shots of the latest $5 bill.

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Here is the note, front and back.

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Occasionally

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Most days it’s fine that family are spread across the globe
I’m happy that I’m here
Living this life
In this place
But occasionally
I wish I was somewhere else
Or that I could split myself in two

Most days it’s fine that I chat to family online
Via Facetime or Skype
Phone calls
Text messages
But occasionally
I wish I could have a real hug
And be there in person

Most days it’s fine that we value our independence
To know that we have
Both roots
And wings
But occasionally
I wish I could stand next to you
As we look up at the sky

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Meet the Penguins

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There was a parade of penguins at last weekend’s “Antarctic Festival”.

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5,500 plywood penguins had been decorated by children in more than 100 schools in Tasmania, plus a few from the mainland. Here are a some of the colourful creatures.

Tasmania is home for several real penguin colonies. There is a town called “Penguin” on the north coast.

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More creative penguins were on display, decorated by local artists and on sale to raise funds for local Antarctic museums.

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