|The extinct thylacine, better known as the Tasmanian Tiger|
|Tasmania's coat of arms...extinct Tassie Tigers|
|The Cascade Brewery and Mt.Wellington/Kunanyi in the background|
On my last road-trip to Tasmania, it was always my intention to visit the two big breweries that dominate the beer market of the island state.
|Boag's Brewery formally Esk Brewery, established 1881|
|The 'Dead man's Hand', a pair of aces and 8s?|
|Passing the 'World's End Brew Pub' on the bus to Cascade on Sunday|
|Mt.Wellington/Kunanyi and the Cascade Brewery straight ahead|
It was never my intention to walk around Hobart, but being such a crisp sunny day and having to wait for 20 minutes for the bus, I got the idea of walking between bus stops on my bus map and just kept walking from the brewery to the city centre and then back to Wrest Point Casino and along the way I saw some amazing things...and yes, I had been drinking, but at least I had my iPod camera with me to snap the weird walk I went on.
|A crow on a pole outside the Cascade Brewery Sunday|
|Another crow across the road on a pole was there to greet me as well|
If you have been following my road-trip posts on this blog you will know that I just can't seem to avoid the crows following me around, like they were guiding and watching me on my journeys across Oz.
|My "ticket" for the brewery tour...which I still have|
The label was a token to prove you had paid for the tour and the bottle caps were tokens I could exchange for four beers at the end of the tour.
I thought it was rather appropriate that our tour guide was an American, instead of an Australian, as the brewery like just about all major "Australian" breweries is owned by a multi-national brewing company.
"SABMiller plc (LSE: SAB, JSE: SAB) is a multinational brewing and beverage company headquartered in London, England.
It is the world's second-largest brewer measured by revenues (after the Belgian-Brazilian-American Anheuser-Busch InBev) and is also a major bottler of Coca-Cola.
Its brands include Fosters, Miller, and Pilsner Urquell.
It has operations in 80 countries world-wide and in 2009 sold around 21 billion litres of beverages.
SABMiller's origins date back to the foundation of
South African Breweries in 1895 to serve a growing market of
miners and prospectors in and around Johannesburg.
Two years later, it became the first industrial company to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
From the early 1990s onward, the company increasingly expanded internationally, making several acquisitions in both emerging and developed markets.
In 1999, it formed a new UK-based holding company, SAB plc, and moved its primary listing to London.
In May 2002, SAB plc acquired Miller Brewing, forming SABMiller plc. SABMiller has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.
It has a market capitalisation of approximately £42 billion as of 24 October 2015, the sixth-largest of any company with a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange."
"Foster's Lager is an internationally distributed Australian brand of lager.
It is owned by the British headquartered brewing group SABMiller, and is brewed under licence in a number of countries, including the UK, where the European rights to the brand are owned by Heineken International.
Foster's annual sales amount to around 500 megalitres worldwide, largely buoyed by UK sales, where it is the second highest selling beer after Carling.
While known internationally as the quintessential Australian beer brand, Foster's does not enjoy widespread popularity in Australia compared to other CUB beers such as Victoria Bitter or Carlton Draught."
|SAB own Fosters as well, which would explain these scenes, I guess?-)|
|Screen shots from the movie, 'The World's End'.|
|An interesting sculpture in the gardens attached to the restaurant/bar|
|Interesting globe in the centre of this sculpture as well, I think ;-)|
Genocide Memorials investigated by halfasheep
The gardens are a very nice spot for having lunch, or a few drinks in and contemplating life.
|I love the PKDick like pink VALIS beam from the sun in this photo I took|
|More pink light hitting water in a church down the road|
A Wonderland of Coincidence in the Book Cellar
I also mention in that post about running into a dead ringer (almost literally) for my old cat, as I came up from that rabbit filled park.
|I ran into this dead ringer of my old cat when leaving the park|
|Rabbits and rabbit-holes running along the rivulet park-lands down the road|
|The rivulet park walk with the brewery in the background|
|The rivulet of...|
|...rabbits and rabbit-holes|
|The rivulet that runs through the park with the rabbits|
|A book I would buy later in Armidale, New South Wales on my way home to Brisbane|
On a visit to an art gallery on my way home to Brisbane from Tasmania I came across a book written by John Marsden and illustrated by Shaun Tan.
|The Armidale art gallery where I found 'The Rabbits' book|
It was while reading Jeff Kripal's book, 'Author's of the Impossible' (which I was reading at the time on the road) that I came across a passage on page 124 that H.G.Wells got the idea to write
'The War of the Worlds' while walking with his brother and discussing the fate of the Tasmanians who had recently been decimated by the British colonialists, whose technology far surpassed that of the defenseless islanders.
Wells proposed to his brother a scenario in which the tables were turned and the British colonizers became the colonized.
And so Wells's colonizers became Martians.
The Inter-dimensional War of the Worlds?
And Australians would know most probably that the author of 'The Rabbits', John (Mars)den also wrote a series of books about modern day Australia being attacked by a superior army, one being made into a major Australian movie called,
'Tomorrow When the War Began'.
I would actually get John Marsden to sign a book I bought of his at the Byron Bay Writer's Festival this year, telling him that the only book that I had read of his was 'The Rabbits'.
We also discussed how 'The Rabbits' had been made into an opera recently, which John expressed his amazement in his book ever being turned into a work of art like that.
I told him that I hadn't seen the opera, but had heard
Kate Miller-Heidke sing a song from it at a concert of hers this year -
Pigs on the Wing?
|The opera of 'The Rabbits'|
|Kate Miller-Heidke on stage at Byron Bay Feb 11th, 2016.|
|That's like teaching me brain surgery, I think :-)|
|John Marsden (right) at the 2016 Byron Bay Writer's Festival|
|I go for NSW in this football war I might add. Go the Blues!|
And in the Australian state of Queensland it's a $5000 dollar fine if you are caught with a rabbit as a pet.
Good luck finding anyone with a Tasmanian Tiger as a pet though.
The Ambiguity of Art