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Kaffeine and Lucy Lucy collaboration on Napier St

This new amazing collaboration on Napier St on the side wall of The Wilde on the corner of Gertrude St was completed recently by Kaffeine and Lucy Lucy over the badly tagged previous work by Kaffeine on this wall. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Fitzroy residents pleased with reduced ugliness on Smith St

The ridiculously ugly interior furnishing shop on Smith St south of Gertrude St that brought the very worst of southside aesthetics northside is gone. Local residents can now walk the street without averting their eyes. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘The Whitlam Mob’ by Mungo MacCallum

2014, 234 p I didn’t vote for Gough Whitlam in December 1972. I was seventeen, and far too young to vote in those days when the voting age was 21. But if I’d been able to vote for Gough, I … Continue reading ?

Our very own new grassy knoll

There’s an art installation on the steps leading up the State Library.  You might think of it as a garden, but it’s not.  (Click on the photos to embiggen) Created by Linda Tegg and titled ‘Grasslands’, it is a living … Continue reading ?

hello friend

This is on the laneway side wall opposite the recently departed Bagels and Beans. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Original Lolly Store leaves Fitzroy

The Original Lolly Store has left Fitzroy for the CBD. A generic shop like this didn’t seem like a good fit here, and I think this space on Smith St is likely to become a new food venue. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

bagels begone

This is a shame. Beans and Bagels had been on Johnston St for 13 years, but it had been a bit insipid of late. I had hoped that the Americana craze would reinvigorate it and bring in new customers but it didn’t seem to happen.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

fire on Westgarth St last night

Twitter is remarkable for news reporting. I heard the sirens and watched emergency vehicles flashing north on Brunswick St from my balcony. Initially I could not tell if they were headed somewhere near or simply passing through to somewhere further away.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Annabel Crabb’s misleading misinterpretation of men and fatherhood in the wage gap debate

I wrote a long analysis recently of misleading reporting on the gender wage gap and referred to a lot of research evidence to support my case that most of the alleged wage gap is the result of voluntarily chosen behaviour rather than systemic discrimination against women.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘Broken Nation’ by Joan Beaumont

2013, 655 p. For someone who intended to eschew much of the hype about the centenary of WWI, I seem to have indulged rather more than I anticipated.  I attended the RHSV Victorians and the Home Front conference, I read … Continue reading ?

Ecclestone and Putin

When Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived at the Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix yesterday, he initially wasn’t wearing his lanyard holding his pitpass. A battle of wills occurred. Bernie won and Vlad put on his lanyard. And he came dressed in Bernie’s uniform of crisp white shirt, no tie.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Fitzroy Primary School goes Pop

The Fitzroy Primary School GOES POP – Art Auction 2014 will be held on Friday 17 October at 5–7pm at 280 Napier Street, Fitzroy. There will be an uplifting performance from the school choir, free finger food, a sausage sizzle and soft drinks.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘The Lie’ by Hesh Kestin

2014,  229 p. I don’t normally read thrillers.  I don’t really like the genre, but I did read this book, largely on the basis of a brief review in The Age.  I still don’t like thrillers. The book is set … Continue reading ?

Côté on Brunswick St is closing

The northern-most block of Brunswick St is looking more and more like a ghost town. Côté is closing. The bike shop is gone, the Bear cafe’s hybernation now looks more like the permanent closure I suspected it was, and all that’s left...Show More Summary

Looking back at a historian looking forward

I had reason today to winkle out a reference drawing parallels between convictism and slavery.  It wasn’t difficult: several historians have written on the topic, and one of them was K. M. Dallas. The name sounded familiar.  Then I remembered … Continue reading ?

‘Chess’ by Catchment Players

On any Saturday night you could go into the city to see Les Mis or Once or some other musical.  You’d see clever staging and very talented artists. You’d have to book well ahead, and you may have to pay … Continue reading ?

‘Galileo’s Daughter’ by Dava Sobel

1999,  432 p. The whole way through reading this book, I was thinking how much my husband (who had read it before I did) must have loathed it.  A man of scientific inclination, given to dot-points and resistant to ‘dumbing … Continue reading ?

formal apology

This is in the window of Labour in Vain on the corner of Brunswick and Moor streets. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

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