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This appeared recently on Webb St near the corner of Smith St. An image search suggests it is based on an image of Attila the Hun from the Nuremberg Chronicle of 1493. Interpretations please? … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Off yet again to the Land of Increasing Sunshine

I have embraced my new vocation as a Lady’s Travelling Companion, and am off to Perth, Singapore, Mumbai en route (circuitously) to Nairobi. I have taken up writing about my travels, with some hesitation, on my earlier blog The Land … Continue reading ?

Vale John Hirst

Australian historian John Hirst died on 5th February. I remember seeing his name on his door in the history department when I first did undergraduate history at La Trobe in the 1970s, but I sailed through a B. A. without … Continue reading ?

dinner at Teta Mona in East Brunswick

I’ve been very late to the Teta Mona party. They’ve been providing homecooked style Lebanese food in a charming space on Lygon St East Brunswick for about two years. It’s a bit further south than the somewhat similar and established Rumi.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘The Eighties’ by Frank Bongiorno

The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia 2015, 368 p. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t write this review earlier- or if I did, I can’t find it. I must confess to a sense of deja vu with every sentence … Continue reading ?

farewell Little Creatures

Little Creatures was an ambitious addition to Brunswick St when it opened seven and a half years ago. It closed last week after the company established a combined brewery and hospitality venue in Geelong, which replicates the concept of their original Fremantle venue.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Movie: Spotlight

Set in Boston in 2001, this film explores the exposure by the Boston Globe of the widescale abuse of children by Catholic clergy, and the part of Cardinal Law in covering it up. I enjoyed this much more than ‘Truth‘, … Continue reading ?

an afternoon in the Yarra Valley with Arkley, cider and cheese

The Howard Arkley exhibition at Tarrawarra Mueseum of Art in the Yarra Valley is excellent and I highly recommend it. I knew only the suburban house paintings and it was fascinating to see the breadth of his work. I was particularlyShow More Summary

Naked for Satan proposes massive new development

Naked for Satan plan to add two storeys to the building behind them, which fronts onto Victoria St. Then they want to join their existing rooftop bar to this development via a skybridge over and a tunnel underneath the laneway. It sounds...Show More Summary

This Week in Port Phillip 1841: February 1-7, 1841

THEY’RE OFF TO GIPPSLAND You’ll remember that while he was collecting the survivors from the wreck of the Clonmel the observant Captain Lewis noticed navigable access to what he hoped would be an inland sea. [link] This ongoing fantasy- the … Continue reading ?

Will politicians ever do anything about cars in our cities?

Politicians like to give the impression they’re taking action to prepare Australia’s capital cities for growth but it’s mostly rhetoric; they continue to avoid taking serious action to address the role of cars Will politicians ever do anything about cars in our cities?

Mr Bulgogi on Smith St has closed

After a refit and a change of name from Goshen to Mr Bulgogi, this Korean restaurant on Smith St evidently fared no better than it did before and it has closed after about six months. Bistro K and White Kimchi are newer Korean restaurants on Smith St.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘Beauty is a Wound’ by Eka Kurniawan

2002, (released in translation 2015),498 P.  Translator: Annie Tucker Publisher’s site: Well, the opening sentence gives you a pretty good sense of how this book is going to go: One afternoon on a weekend in March, Dewi Ayu rolse … Continue reading ?

florist on Smith St has closed

The nondescript florist on Smith St has closed. They may have been cheaper than their neearest competitor, but there was no vibe. We gentrifiers require aesthetic sophistication in all things… … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

lunch at Tahbilk winery cafe in Nagambie

As someone who enjoys wine and learning enough about it to be able to drink well on a budget, I’ve visited many cellar doors around Victoria and eaten at many of their cafes and restaurants. The cellar door is not necessarily the cheapest...Show More Summary

Podcast: The Octoroon and Other Fantasies

I wish I could just pop over to The Jewish Museum of London to see their current exhibition ‘Blood’, which is open until 28 February 2016. Being on the other side of the world, there’s little chance of that happening, … Continue reading ?

Mulbury on Smith St has closed

Being kind, Mulbury was not quite right for the quiet southern end of Smith St. It’s going to take time for this strip to gain some kind of retail momentum. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

happy invasion day

This is on the side of 3CR radio station on Smith St. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

dinner at Mukka on Brunswick St

Mukka is a new Indian restaurant on Brunswick St where the short-lived froyo place Frolic used to be. It’s been open for a couple of months now and I’d been eager to try it, but had to find the right dining companion.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

This Week in Port Phillip 1841: January 24-31

ANNIVERSARY DAY Of course, to us today this week is dominated by Australia Day on January 26th.  As I’ve written about before, Australia Day as a national day is of relatively recent origin (1946, and on the day itself 1994) … Continue reading ?

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