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more kebabs for Smith St

When Efes Kebabs closed I didn’t expect another kebab shop to open in its place, but Istanbul will open soon. Similarly nearby, Goshen Korean closed and Mr Bulgogi Korean has opened in its place. And the kebab shop on Johnston St near LuWow has changed again.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘The Paying Guests’ by Sarah Waters

Whenever I open up a book by a favourite author, my anticipation is edged with anxiety that perhaps -alas- this might be the book that does the literary equivalent of jumping the shark.  I’ve loved every one of Sarah Water’s … Continue reading ?

toys

I find it so amusing when I see taggers criticising their moron brethren as if they are better than them. They accept no responsibility for the criminal damage they cause but then complain if their illiterate rubbish is interfered with. They really are too stupid to deserve human rights.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

go home commercial real estate agent, you’re drunk

Who was the clown that approved this? In the former Bala’s space where Latin Passion and Dibacio’s, both amateurish failures, closed within a year, another styleless restaurant has opened. I predict East Meets West will similarly close within a year.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Banyule Homestead sold

Banyule Homestead went up for auction on Saturday 16th May 2015 and sold for $5.2 million.  Unfortunately only registered bidders could gain access to the interior of the homestead on the day, leaving lesser mortals to mill on the lawns … Continue reading ?

lunch at Rice Paper Scissors

This may be the last in my current short series of CBD lunch posts, as my job in the city is about to end. I’ve enjoyed finding some new, or just new to me, places to eat in the east end of the city and am impressed by how many interesting new places exist.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘A Camera on Gallipoli & Recollections’ Hatch Gallery until 30 May 2015

Hatch Gallery, 14 Ivanhoe Pde Ivanhoe Tues-Sat 10.00 a.m -5.00 p, until 30 May 2015. Free entry An inordinate number of your taxpayer dollars have been directed towards the commemoration of Gallipoli and there have been many enticements to community … Continue reading ?

local support

This was spotted outside Adam Bandt’s new electorate office on Brunswick St after the election of new national Greens leader Richard di Natale. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Writer and Readers: Books that Shaped and Subverted the British Empire Conference 8-9 May 2015

I’ve just spent a fascinating two days at a conference held at Melbourne University that explored the impact of books and writing on and in the British Empire. Held to support the launch of Ten Books that Shaped the British … Continue reading ?

lunch at Chef Lanka

The food court in the Paramount building has seen better days. Some of the shops are empty. The vibe is subdued. But a new shop has opened recently. Chef Lanka is a new city location for an established suburban restaurant, and it’s cooking fantastic Sri Lankan food at very modest prices.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Red Rice on Brunswick St has closed

I didn’t intend this weeks’ posts to be a stream of closure stories. When the real estate sign first appeared on the roof of Red Rice, it seemed the restaurant was continuing as normal and it was just the building being sold.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

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