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before I die

A new addition to the front of Ladro on Gertrude St is blackboard paint and a ‘before I die’ meme to complete. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

another food truck becomes a restaurant on Smith St

Following on from the business behind Gumbo food truck establishing itself as Po Boy Quarter on Smith St, the Beat Box truck operator is setting up in the former Vibe / Seraphim cafe on Smith St, which has been empty for nearly two years.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Terrific article about Clare Wright’s ‘Forgotten Rebels’

There’s an excellent article by Zora Simic on The Conversation website that locates Clare Wright’s much acclaimed book Forgotten Rebels of Eureka (see my review here) within other feminist Australian histories over the past forty years.  She refers specifically to … Continue reading ?

attention hipsters, bogan suburbia says hello

Just for once I’d like the City of Yarra to demonstrate that it understands the consequences of its actions and thus that it makes considered decisions when spending ratepayers’ money. The latest example of their extreme incompetence...Show More Summary

the next NYE at Edinburgh Gardens

The City of Yarra has decided that the next new years eve celebration in Edinburgh Gardens in North Fitzroy will be alcohol free. This is in response to the repeated trashing of the gardens in recent years on new years eve and Australia...Show More Summary

Eyeless at the Gallery

I went to the National Gallery of Victoria a couple of weeks ago for their Italian Masterpieces exhibition and  I SAW THE PAINTINGS. “Why the capital letters, bold type and red letters?” you might ask. Because there was a large … Continue reading ?

the Astor cinema in St Kilda will close in 2015

I woke yesterday to notice a couple of tweets suggesting that the Astor Cinema would close next year. I’m not surprised. The cinema business has evidently been unviable for many years, even given the reportedly modest rent the cinema currently pays.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Fitzroy businesses for sale

I don’t think I’ve seen so many Fitzroy hospitality and retail businesses for sale, or vacant properties for lease, at the same time. These are all in addition to ones I’ve already written about, such as the former Oven pizza, the former convenience store next door, the bike shop and the former Django Django cafe.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History’ by Linda Colley

303 p. & notes, 2007 Now THIS is the sort of history I want to write!  I’ve had this book on my shelves for years, ever since I began writing my thesis.  It takes just the approach that I want … Continue reading ?

Inter Thai has closed

Another closure on Smith St. The previously well regarded Vilom Thai closed and was replaced by or rebranded as Inter Thai in late 2012 but it has lasted less than two years. The arrival of Buubbub Burmese / Thai a few doors away a few months before this changeover may have doomed it and Buubbub remains.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

the new mural on Leicester St

Over the last few days I’ve watched the creation of a giant new mural on the Leicester St side wall of Nobody jeans on the corner of Brunswick St. This morning someone emailed me with photos of what appeared to be graffiti cleaners spraying the just completed mural with a white substance.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Philly cheesesteaks for dinner at Sparrow’s in Catfish on Gertrude St

I’ve only eaten one Philly cheesesteak before, and it was a terrible introduction. It was at a random Manhattan diner and it was unappetising and generally rubbish. I left feeling disappointed and slightly queasy and didn’t expect to eat one ever again.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Warrior of the Mind- Inga Clendinnen

When I read this interview by journalist Jana Wendt with Inga Clendinnen – my most revered historian- I didn’t know whether to smile or weep. To be honest, I did both.

who uses a car sharing service in Fitzroy?

I’ve been thinking about signing up for a share car service, but I don’t know which one to join. Flexicar, Goget and Green Share Car all have cars located in Fitzroy. There’s also Car Next Door, where the business model is people provide...Show More Summary

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