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‘The Character of Credit’ by Margot C. Finn

The Character of Credit: Personal Debt in English Culture 1740-1914 2003 364 p I noticed a few weeks back as part of the discussion about childcare funding that the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has suggested that instead of big … Continue reading ?

Shocolate has left Fitzroy

Shocolate cafe and chocolate shop has outgrown its small Johnston St location, according to its owner who I spoke to earlier this week, and will be reopening somewhere else soon. In the meantime he said they would continue to trade online (a similar message is on their Facebook page).… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

fucking amateurs

A statement from a property owner on Napier St in between Johnston and Chapel streets that I completely agree with. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘Restless Men: Masculinity and Robinson Crusoe 1788-1840? by Karen Downing

2014, 175 p & notes Allow me to rave. I’ve just finished reading Karen Downing’ book, Restless Men and I’m in awe of its breadth, intellectual complexity and insight that has made me look again at the writings of the … Continue reading ?

Non-hipster blindness

Remember when globalisation was bad because it made everywhere the same? Now globalisation can take many different forms. There's World Cup fever in every country, a Crossfit-industrial complex, Chinese globalisation and a global hipster culture that is the same whether you're in Brooklyn or London or North Fitzroy or Adelaide. Show More Summary

The Road to Hell is paved with good intentions

Originally posted on Playground Guru:This post first appeared at Playground Professions 2-10-15 I recently posted this image of the ThudGuard helmet on the Linkedin Playground Safety: Balancing Play Value & Injury Prevention group and asked what the members thought about it. After the predictable bout of mocking the discussion became quite interesting. There was…


This is on the wall of the supermarket carpark on Gore St near the end of St David St. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Bohemian Melbourne exhibition

Well, as usual I am writing about an exhibition in its last days, and what is even more annoying is that I went to see it months ago, before Christmas and forgot to blog it!  If you want to see … Continue reading ?

‘Burial Rites’ by Hannah Kent

2013, 352 p. The problem with coming to a much-talked-about book after the wave of publicity and interest has broken is that there’s not really much else left to say about it.  I’ve just dabbled in some of the reviews … Continue reading ?

Abbott’s blues

Will there be a leadership spill? Personally, I’m watching the ties.  You know, the blue ties that Julie Gillard warned us about. Well, she wasn’t wrong I’m watching the men in blue ties coming out to offer their support for … Continue reading ?

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