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Old 08-08-2014, 11:24 AM   #1
Dave, Melbourne,Australia
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Default Melbourne around the world...

It has just been announced that Gordon Lightfoot and his band are again performing a concert in Melbourne, Florida. Darn, it's always that other Melbourne!

According to Wikipedia, Florida's Melbourne was founded in 1867, has a population of 77,000 and was named Melbourne in honour of its first postmaster, Cornthwaite John Hector, who was born in the English colony of Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) and spent much of his life in Melbourne, Australia.

Australia's Melbourne was founded in 1835, has a population of over 4 million and was named in honour of the British Prime Minister of the day, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne.

And while the Florida town is pronounced "Mel-born", the Aussie town is "Mel-bon" (similar ending to "Lis-bon").

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