It’s going to be a week of closure posts this week. As I predicted one year ago, Brunswick St doesn’t need two froyo providers. Although it opened first, Berrissimo looks like it is selling up and closing down (thanks to @bitsroy for the news).… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.
Yesterday I received an email from a reader telling me she had spoken to the owner of The Oven Friday night and he had abruptly decided to shut down immediately, as an increase in rent was making his business unprofitable. The premises are already being dismantled.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.
Gypsy Hideout has been the best cafe in the Westgarth strip at the southern end of High St in Northcote for about two years, but seemingly is no longer. The larger cafe Barry, which has been open for several months now, is regularly packed and serving excellent coffee and food.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.
272 p. 2013 What turns someone from an interested observer into an activist? I think that we all have our hot-button triggers, where something enrages us so much that all of a sudden we make the political personal. For me, … Continue reading ?
Ming’s is a generic cheap made to order stir-fry place on Smith St that is busy with local workers and tradies. Their char kway teow is decent and good value at $8.80. It’s not the best around near me (Sambal Malaysia on Victoria StShow More Summary
Follow the link to read the latest article by The Urbanist: Getting warmer – the State of the Climate in five charts. http://blogs.crikey.com.au/theurbanist/2014/03/06/getting-warmer-the-state-of-the-climate-in-five-charts/
I’m happy to see certain businesses close, such as those that exploit people like pay-day lenders that charge extortionate interest rates for loans taken out by people who are effectively innumerate and financially illiterate. Like the gambling industry, pay-day lenders exploit those with the least to lose.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.
It began about 3.30pm today with a helicopter circling around the Atherton Gardens public housing estate. It hung around for an unusual amount to time. Then the noise on the street increased, and it became obvious that something unusual was happening.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.
2013, 320 p. I was standing in a Nairobi bookshop with my son. “Show me a best-selling Kenyan book” I said, and he handed me this one, all wrapped up in clear cellophane as Kenyan books tend to be. It’s … Continue reading ?
Follow the link to read the latest article by The Urbanist: Can we make our roads as safe as Sweden’s? http://blogs.crikey.com.au/theurbanist/2014/03/05/can-we-make-our-roads-as-safe-as-swedens/
Follow the link to read the new post by The Urbanist: Protecting historic buildings costs nothing, right? http://blogs.crikey.com.au/theurbanist/2014/03/04/protecting-historic-buildings-cost-nothing-right/
There's nothing wrong with tailors. They still make you look cool, they still give you cancer, they still come with pictures of Bryan. But white Melburnians will never smoke them because they're too easy. You whip one out of the pack, light it, then it's gone. Show More Summary
Follow the link to read the latest article by The Urbanist: Will Figurative Architecture be the next big thing? http://blogs.crikey.com.au/theurbanist/2014/03/03/will-figurative-architecture-be-the-next-big-thing/
Follow the link to read the latest article by The Urbanist, Did the helmet law reduce commuting by bicycle? http://blogs.crikey.com.au/theurbanist/2013/12/18/did-the-helmet-law-reduce-commuting-by-bicycle/
As a historian of British colonial societies, particularly focussing on the colonizers rather than the colonized, you often come across people who are parodies of themselves. At time I feel that way about my own subject, Judge Willis. It is … Continue reading ?
A garage door in need of attention on Rose St. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.
Small Holdings is a cafe in Malmsbury that has recently been taken over and reinvigorated by new owners. They now serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and I had lunch there on a recent weekday, sitting on the deck in the sunshine beside their quaint weatherboard building, which is a former church.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.
I haven’t done a history post for a long time and one feels overdue. Rhumbarallas was a cafe on Brunswick St that had been in business since the 1980s and which struggled along until closing in 2008. The building now houses the seemingly far more successful Greek restaurant Alpha Ouzeri.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.
I’ve been meandering around Goldfields towns with friends who are resident in the area, being taken out for lunch and dinner, and getting to know the area better. My latest meal was at The Bridge hotel in the west of Castlemaine away from the main drag.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.