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Save Yourself coming soon

After the closure of the poorly considered and located businesses Cardly, Wendun Nier and Best Together on Brunswick St, the Kindness House building has a new tenant preparing to open. I have no idea what Save Yourself is, but their exterior paint work is colourful.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Are government traffic congestion forecasts too high?

Read the latest article by The Urbanist, Are government traffic congestion forecasts too high?

Why is Federation Square such a success?

Read the latest article by The Urbanist, Why is Federation Square such a success?

Abbott on MH-17

I see in an opinion poll today, that Abbott has been ranked well above Barak Obama and David Cameron on showing leadership in the wake of the MH17 disaster.  I note, too, that in terms of who respondents would prefer … Continue reading ?

Victor Hugo: Les Miserables From Page to Stage

Well, the name says it all really. The stage version of Les Mis is back in town again and this display at the State Library explores the book Les Miserables and its adaptation for film or stage. It’s a paid … Continue reading ?

Are city centre apartment towers the “slums of the future”?

Latest article by The Urbanist: Are city centre apartment towers the “slums of the future”?

Bill Bryson ‘The Life and Times of The Thunderbolt Kid’

2006, 375 p. When feeling that I need to justify being in a CAE bookgroup when, heaven knows I surely have enough reading that I should be doing, I often say “Well, you read books that you wouldn’t normally choose”. … Continue readi...

the Bear cafe is hibernating

The women’s fashion and bamboo toothbrush shop that was Animal Lovers by Neo Tokyo gradually morphed into a vegan cafe over the past couple of years, first by reducing and selling off the fashion and by selling coffee, then by introducing meals and also selling organic fruit and vegetables.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

lunch at Pho 365 on Smith St

It’s been a while since my last Smith St lunch post. Lunches have been consumed of course, but my mind has been elsewhere. On a recent walk along the southern end of Smith St I was sad to discover that the Collingwood Curry Cafe has not survived.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Seriously, does storage in new apartments need to be regulated?

Read the latest article by The Urbanist, Seriously, does storage in new apartments need to be regulated?

Enterprize-ing at the Dockland Library

A brand-new library opened down at Docklands at the end of May.  Not before time, say I: the benighted place desperately needs some sort of civic and communal infrastructure to bring people together as distinct from commercial businesses and high-rise … Continue reading ?

Is there a case for keeping the East West Link business plan secret?

Read the latest article by The Urbanist, Is there a case for keeping the East West Link business plan secret? 

Time to seize the Australian Century

Follow the link to read the latest article at The Urbanist, Time to seize the Australian Century? http://blogs.crikey.com.au/theurbanist/2014/07/20/time-to-seize-the-australian-century/

‘The Case behind the Case Books’ at Rare Book Week

Tuesday 22nd July, 1-2 p.m.  Royal Historical Society, 239 A Beckett Street, cnr. A Beckett and William Street, Melbourne

can anyone save Cape Live?

The Cape Live / Lounge has been a sad and unloved venue for some time now. It got a rebrand and relaunch in January last year and by last September it was trying to extend its opening hours but that didn’t save it.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

lunch at Radhey Kitchen and Chai Bar

Where Mana gaming bar used to be is now a new vegetarian / vegan cafe called Radhey Kitchen and Chai Bar. As a merely underemployed person, I took an unemployed vegetarian friend there for lunch recently to talk about our circumstances and compare experiences.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Bikes on Brunswick has closed

This does not surprise me. In the aftermath of the financial collapse of the Brunswick St Cycles empire, the former Brunswick St Cycles shop on Brunswick St was rebadged to become Bikes on Brunswick, using the same showroom minus the adjacent workshop (which is now Côté).… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘N’ by John A. Scott

2014, 597 p I remember that when I finished reading War and Peace, I didn’t really want to read anything else for a while because of the sheer big-ness of Tolstoy. I felt somewhat the same way after finishing John … Continue reading...

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