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This Week in Port Phillip 1841: April 23 -30 1841

SUPREME COURT Now that all the excitement of the Supreme Court opening was over, the court settled down into its daily routine.  Well, not quite.  Even though the inconvenience of not having a Supreme Court for civil cases was cited … Continue reading ?

‘The Mystery of a Hansom Cab’ by Fergus Hume

1886. Re-released by Text in 2012;  e-book I decided to read this in preparation for reading another book: Lucy Sussex’s Blockbuster which is next on the reading pile.  I’d seen the recent television adaption but, as is often the case … Continue reading ?

are you talking to me?

Bless. The subhumans have learnt to write more words than just their own name. This is on the Young St side of an old warehouse on Leicester St about to undergo redevelopment into apartments. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Movie: Rams

The setting is often a powerful force in a movie and this is certainly the case in ‘Rams’, set in a small rural town in Iceland.  The local economy and community identity revolve around sheep. When scrapie is diagnosed among … Continue reading ?

lunch at Bon Ap on Brunswick St

I’ve had several very enjoyable lunches at Bon Ap, a new French cafe / restaurant on Brunswick St where Red Rice used to be. I was planning to wait until I’ve had dinner there to review it but after another excellent lunch I thought I should do it immediately.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘Victoria at War 1914-1918’ by Michael McKernan

2014, 221 p. I always think it’s interesting when a writer returns after many years to something that they had created much, much earlier in their career, and takes up the topic again with the benefit of years of experience, … Continue reading ?

breakfast at Chorba cafe in Coburg

Chorba cafe in the Coburg mall, next door to Half Moon, has been open for a few years. It’s a small Turkish cafe that does amazing breakfasts like this: tomatoes, spinach, pastirma, cheese and eggs on toast. Simple but very delicious and highly recommended.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

new community garden on Condell St

A new community garden has been set up on the Condell St nature strip between Atherton Gardens and the town hall. It contains a mixture of public shared planter boxes and others reserved for particular people. If you’d like to participate you can contact the organisers at  condellgrowers@gmail.com. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

memorial

A small memorial to Fitzroy resident Mohamud Mohmud Muketar has appeared on the edge of Condell St park near where he was murdered on Wednesday night. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

I can’t tell what’s good anymore

Is this art? I can’t tell anymore. A scattering of discarded cheezels on the oval behind Atherton Gardens on Napier St. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

This Week in Port Phillip 1841: April 15-22 1841

OFF TO THE RACES While the serious work of opening the Supreme Court was under way, there was another more lighthearted occasion unfolding during the post-Easter week in Port Phillip: the District Races!  The three-day racing carnival, held under the … Continue reading ?

‘The Natural Way of Things’ by Charlotte Wood

2015, 313 p. As it happened, I was exactly half-way through Charlotte Wood’s book The Natural Way of Things when I learned that it had won the Stella Prize.  I was already engrossed in it: staying up way past my … Continue reading ?

Movie: The Lady in the Van

A very British movie which I doubt could be made anywhere else, combining as it does that English reserve with a similarly English tolerance of eccentricity. The technique of double narrators captured well Bennett’s ambivalence and archness. I was disappointed … Continue reading ?

‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’ by Zora Neale Hurston

(1937), 1987 reprint, 286p. One of my resolutions this year is to read more of the books I already have on my shelf (I even committed to the TBR challenge!). So far, I have failed miserably because this is, I … Continue reading ?

A beautiful autumn day

I love summer. Once the weather turns, I grab hold of every warm autumnal day and try to make the most of it, fearing that it might be the last warm day we have  (although with our unusual weather at … Continue reading ?

semiotic scatter cushions

The now closed Mao’s Chinese restaurant in Fitzroy featured images of the chairman, who was a communist tyrant. I don’t recall there being any fuss about this. The name of another Brunswick St restaurant, Rice Queen, is considered homophobic and racist, but the outrage was minuscule and soon forgotten.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

brunch at Craft and Co on Smith St Collingwood

I’ve been meaning to try Craft and Co, the enormous new cafe / restaurant / wine shop / artisanal producer / provedore on the corner of Smith and Keele streets in Collingwood, for some time but frankly have not felt inspired.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

lunch at Oh Deer in Royal Lane

Oh Deer is a new informal Korean fusion place at the end of Royal Lane in the CBD. The bento boxes are just $11 and great value. The service was amateurish and disorganised, with the wait person required to memorise the order then enter...Show More Summary

It’s been a big week…

Well, the 175th anniversary of the opening of the Supreme Court has been and gone. There’s an exhibition at the RHSV until 7 June; there was an excellent one-day conference at VU in the city; and then last night was … Continue readi...

preaching from the patriarchal pedestal

Humans are a social species, and we communicate with each other in a variety of verbal and non-verbal ways, including by conforming to and transgressing against normative ideas about clothing. All clothing is costume, and all costume is theatre. Show More Summary

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