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farewell Polyester Books

Polyester Books was a great counter-cultural small business from the pre-internet era, when it was much harder to publish and share information than it is now. The arrival of the internet is the main cause of its demise but this does not explain its longevity in the internet era.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Mauritz cafe on Johnston St has closed

After being open about two years, this struggling cafe is gone. It is an odd location that has never worked. Brunetti’s could not make it work and neither could two successors. I suppose it is partly about the struggle that all of Johnston St west of Brunswick St is facing.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

dinner at Tulum in Balaclava

In conversations with a Turkish friend we have wondered, when so many cuisines have been given a modern makeover in smart restaurants in recent years (such as Sicilian, Armenian and Lebanese), why no one had opened a modern Turkish restaurant.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

brunch at Mina No Ie in Collingwood

I’ve been to Mina No Ie on Peel St in Collingwood more times than I can remember, but it’s been a while. It became the destination for an impromptu brunch recently, and is as good as I remember it. My companion had the tonkatsu sandwich,...Show More Summary

dinner at Pintoh on Burke St

After an evening of heavy rain and existential torment seeing the new Juliette Binoche film The Wait at the Kino, my friend and I needed sustenance and warmth. We found it at Pintoh, which is a new Lao / Thai restaurant on Bourke St between Exhibition and Russell streets (near Da Rin Korean restaurant).… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

lunch at Ibla Cucina on Johnston St

Sicilians take their arancini seriously. In an episode of Inspector Montalbano, he lies to his girlfriend about having to work over the Christmas period to get out of going on a romantic holiday to Paris with her, because this would mean missing out on eating arancini at a Christmas eve dinner with friends.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

dinner at Mr Ottorino on Johnston St

Mr Ottorino, where The Commoner used to be on Johnston St, is a new Sicilian restaurant with a long menu and an amazing wine list. There are many smallish plates to share and this makes ordering difficult. You start with an amuse bouche...Show More Summary

detritus of the twentieth century

Some remnants of late twentieth century digital infrastructure dumped on Greeves St on the corner of a laneway behind the Black Cat. Everything in the box is now in your phone. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

fuck art

It’s a relief when an aberrant member of the subhuman tagger underclass opts for a moment of honesty and doesn’t claim to be an artist or have anything to do with art. Anyone with a brain can see they are indifferent or actively hostile to art, as they often ruin it with their barely literate scrawls.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

good riddance to toxic fumes

For an asthmatic, walking past Frances Pilley on Brunswick St is like being a postie stepping towards a barking dog while trying to deliver the mail. It’s an attack waiting to happen. I sometimes literally cross the road to avoid the toxic stench of its perfumed products, which I can smell from a block away.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

St David Dairy expands

St David Dairy has expanded into the next-door former premises of providore Simon Johnson on the corner of St David and Kent streets. We can expect a shopfront offering more than the current range of milk served from a window. One day...Show More Summary

punching bag

This image captures my exact thoughts about the fitness industrial complex. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

go to Babka

The locals are revolting. Someone has spray painted ‘go to Babka’ on the Young St side wall of Lune croissanterie. While I have nothing against Lune, and admire the methodical and professional way they go about business, which is one of the reasons for their success, I also find the queues annoying and absurd.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

dinner at the new Rose hotel

A decade ago I was a regular at the Rose hotel, but times and tastes change. They used to do a good kangaroo steak. Recent concerns about the sale of the venue, the opening of a fancy upstairs bar, then another change of operators, made...Show More Summary

satisfying my char kuey teow cravings

Yummi Yummi Chinese is a charmingly dishevelled little cheap and cheerful place on Sydney Rd in Brunswick. For $12.50 they do good char kuey teow and you get bonus chicken and sweet corn soup. Just what you need on a cold day.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Urban Crafter opening soon on Brunswick St

In the place of the very brief tenant the Book Grocer, a new business called Urban Crafter is about to open. It sounds like a Thread Den style place but with a broader craft remit. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

architorture

I’d forgotten about these humorous Architorture images tweeted about six weeks ago until I saw them by accident while strolling the streets yesterday. They’re on a laneway wall off Moor St opposite Grub. ‘Architorture’ paste-ups on the...Show More Summary

criminal intent

I spotted this while out on a walk this afternoon – a Volkswagon Golf R tagged with the word Apex. The Apex gang is a bunch of criminal thugs based in the suburb of Dandenong who do a lot of car theft.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Attaboyroy coming soon to Brunswick St

No, Yoko Ono has not arrived in Fitzroy and painted the former Palinka premises all white. The new operators, a cafe or pizza place to be called Attaboyroy have done that. The name sounds blokey and odd to me, but I assume I’m missing some crucial sportball reference.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

letter from a clown

I half expected a response to my article yesterday about artists accusing Auguste Clown Gallery on Johnston St of theft. Below is the email I received yesterday from them, in which they confirm they are closing, and my response verbatim.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

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