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Imagine there’s no countries

I don’t normally get my history from the New Scientist, but there was an interesting article in the 6 September 2014 issue called “Imagine there’s no countries…” written by Debora MacKenzie.  Her article incorporated some historical approaches (Benedict Anderson etc) … Continue reading ?

lunch at Xeom Vietnamese street food on Smith St

The inner north hasn’t been a popular location for inexpensive new-wave Asian street food restaurants, like Miss Chu in the CBD and Hanoi Hannah in Prahran, until now (Masak Masak being the only notable opening). The opening this week...Show More Summary

blindfold

A recent paste-up by Klara on Little George St just south of Gertrude St. The text reads ‘keep calm and carry on with your blindfold on…’ … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

My mum 08/09/25- 17/12/10

Four years ago today. Mum was an airhostess with TAA before she married.

heels

This is where such stupid shoes belong. I hope their former owner is now stomping around in a pair of Dr Martens. As seen in the bins outside the Worker’s Club on Gertrude St last Friday night. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

permanent rainbow

The City of Yarra recently approved funding to repaint the initial temporary LGBTQ pride rainbow on the footpath on the corner of Gertrude St and Smith St in a more permanent manner, and last Friday the work was being done. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

ANZLHS Conference Day 3, December 13 2014

ANZLHS Conference Day 3 Saturday 12 December 2013 And so to the final day. Only two sessions today, then off to the airport and home. The first session, titled rather intriguingly POST-COLONIAL COLONIAL ADOPTIONS, covered the rather disparate areas of … Continue reading ?

new op shop on Brunswick St

Some observers may comment that the arrival of a charity run op shop in a street is symbolic of its economic decline. They may be right. The north end of Brunswick St in Fitzroy is looking bleak. But this adds a bit of colour.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

send Tony back

Anti-Abbott graffiti on the side of the 3Cr radio station building on Smith St. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

satire for lunch at Mr Claws on Smith St

Mr Claws is a Americana lobster roll popup in the space of the former Bill’s bar on Smith St, operated by next door’s Huxaburger. Although it is being written about by the advertorial online media with their typical generic positively, I found little to praise.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

ANZLHS Conference Day 2, 11 November

Up bright and early for Day 2.  I’m not staying at the conference venue, but at a motel some 800 yards away. When I booked it I anticipated that I would be able to walk to the conference venue but … Continue reading ?

ANZLHS conference Day 1, December 10 2014

Well, here I am up in Coffs Harbour, at the Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society conference. It’s a terrific conference- not too many delegates, friendly and a diverse range of interesting papers.  It’s being held at a … Continue reading ?

lunch at Major Major on Smith St

The south end of Smith St is changing rapidly. On the Collingwood side the newly arrived Manfax (formerly of Gertrude St) is next to the recently closed Cafe VP. On the Fitzroy side, the former premises of the ugly southside furnishings...Show More Summary

Pop Up Scroll on Smith St

Pop Up Scroll have a 6 month lease on the former Chinese medicine shop on Smith St next to Monsieur Truffe. They have a sparse but cute retro interior and a variety of artisanal pastries to consume. They also dabble in hipster hyperbole in that they describe themselves as a ‘scroll boutique’.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

in the bag

This could be a dead drop from a secret agent, but it seems somewhat conspicuous for that. I’ve obviously been watching too much Spooks. Anyway, file this under WTF on Webb St. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

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