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Cooking up a storm for Cooking for Copyright

Here’s my little contribution to Cooking for Copyright Day. They’re Ruby Borrowdale’s Rolled Oat Biscuits and the recipe made mountains of the things.  As you’ll see, Ms Borrowdale has given us a very…um….stripped-back recipe consisting merely of ingredients (was there … Continue reading ?


The big sharps bin outside North Yarra Community Health is often mistaken for a charity donation bin, and clothes and toys are sometimes seen scattered around it. Yesterday it features two frying pans, handles neatly symmetrical. I’m tempted to call it an installation.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

breakfast at Leche cafe on Johnston St

Leche is new Latin American cafe on the edge of the Johnston St Hispanic strip, with Casa Iberica a couple of doors down and Los Amates just across the road. They make good coffee and have a short menu including arepas and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘Savage or Civilized? Manners in Colonial Australia’ by Penny Russell

You may remember a number of years back when Prime Minister Paul Keating had the audacity to place his hand on Her Majesty’s back to gently steer her in a crowd. He was quickly dubbed “The Lizard of Oz” by … Continue reading ?

KikiRiki on Smith St is getting a complete makeover

Remember when Brother Burger took over from Retro cafe on Brunswick St three years ago? They began by putting a separate business, La Dulcita latin cafe, on the Brunswick St frontage with the much larger Brother Burger having the far less visible Westgarth St frontage.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

lunch at True North in Coburg

I’ve been eating reuben sandwiches around the inner north in recent months. I’m not addicted, and can stop at any time. The North Fitzroy Social one was good but probably the least great of those I’ve sampled so far. For some skippies...Show More Summary

lunch at Smith and Deli on Moor St

As an omnivore I suppose I have it easy in terms of food choices. If I make a vegetable curry it’s because that’s what I feel like eating, not because it’s vegetarian. If I make it with vegetable oil instead of ghee it’s probably vegan, but by concidence rather than design.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

The power of one X 2

Two young women have stood up for a principle recently. More power to them. Stand up woman #1 The first is Kahlani Pyrah who has taken legal action against Grill’d burgers who sacked her after she raised questions about payrates. … Continue reading ?

breakfast at Vincent the Dog in Carlton

Vincent the Dog is a cafe on Drummond St in Carlton that has been open for nearly two years. I’ve been vaguely aware of it but until recently hadn’t found an opportunity to visit. They don’t do online media. No website, Facebook or Twitter.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

fox on Webb St

On Webb St on the corner of Napier St, photographed last week. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’ by Richard Flanagan

2014, 480 p. There are spoilers in this review I haven’t been writing this blog long enough for it to capture my deep admiration for Richard Flanagan. Only his recent book Wanting has made it into this blog.  Over the … Continue reading ?

‘Someone Knows My Name’ by Lawrence Hill

2007,  486 p. After too many times being blindsided by spoilers, I have made it one of my little rules to never read the Introduction to a fiction book until I’ve finished it. Maybe I should also make it a … Continue reading ?


So, we’re about to get a good look at Venus.  I heard a very enthusiastic man talking on the radio this morning. [CSIRO Spokesman ]Mr Nagle likens the imminent close encounter with Pluto to Neil Armstrong’s historic Moon walk … Continue reading ?

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