So I arrived in the land of hook turns, trams, darkly lit bars and café capital of Australia yesterday at lunchtime. A quick wander around the city until I checked in to my apartment, down in Chinatown, before heading down Brunswick Street to Fitzroy, and to the offices of internet start-up company, Red Bubble.

Then, with Grant in tow, we headed over to get a good spot at the bar, at the Union Hotel, Gore St, Fitzroy, for the first meeting of Port80 Melbourne, and the first meeting of Red Bubble’s rails developers group.

Even with only two weeks organising by email to random Victorians, I was impressed at the turnout – about 25-30 Melbourne web folk turned up, and the discussion was very positive about this becoming a monthly event. I was even more impressed by the plentiful beers, until I had to get up this morning, and brave a day of wandering aimlessly about Melbourne, which is having the first day of Melbourne Design Festival, so I have been busy!

Thanks to Grant & Michael for organising this, and roll on a great vibrant Melbourne chapter of Port80…

By the way, the Australia on Collins arcade in inner city Melbourne has free wifi – nothing like sitting in a food hall, blogging.

Image: Melbourne Tram, Parliament House in background.

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