All Blogs / Local Interest / Australia / Melbourne / Popular


farewell Polyester Books

Polyester Books was a great counter-cultural small business from the pre-internet era, when it was much harder to publish and share information than it is now. The arrival of the internet is the main cause of its demise but this does not explain its longevity in the internet era.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Mauritz cafe on Johnston St has closed

After being open about two years, this struggling cafe is gone. It is an odd location that has never worked. Brunetti’s could not make it work and neither could two successors. I suppose it is partly about the struggle that all of Johnston St west of Brunswick St is facing.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

This Week in Port Phillip 1841: 16-23 June 1841

BAD TIMES A’COMING On the 18th June the Port Phillip Herald carried a verbatim report of Governor Gipps’ address at the opening of the Legislative Council session in Sydney on 8th June. Among other things, he talked about the opening … Continue reading ?

Movie: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Oh NO!! I thought as I settled into my seat, looked around, and realized that I’d just paid good money to go to a kid’s movie, and worse still, there were kids sitting all around me. When did I become … Continue reading ?

This Week in Port Phillip in 1841: 8-15 June 1841

Oh dear, I’ve fallen so far behind with all of these. House renovations and conferences seemed to get in the way and I’m quite embarrassed by my tardiness. Apologies. THE ‘DIGNITY’ BALL And we’ve all been waiting so long for … Continue reading ?

‘Fractured Families’ by Tanya Evans

Tanya Evans Fractured Families: Life on the Margins of Colonial New South Wales, 2015, 252 p & notes When I picture a ‘Benevolent Asylum’, I have a mental picture of  greyness, thick walls, lancet windows and forbidding ecclesiastical air. It … Continue reading ?

dinner at Tulum in Balaclava

In conversations with a Turkish friend we have wondered, when so many cuisines have been given a modern makeover in smart restaurants in recent years (such as Sicilian, Armenian and Lebanese), why no one had opened a modern Turkish restaurant.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

brunch at Mina No Ie in Collingwood

I’ve been to Mina No Ie on Peel St in Collingwood more times than I can remember, but it’s been a while. It became the destination for an impromptu brunch recently, and is as good as I remember it. My companion had the tonkatsu sandwich,...Show More Summary

dinner at Pintoh on Burke St

After an evening of heavy rain and existential torment seeing the new Juliette Binoche film The Wait at the Kino, my friend and I needed sustenance and warmth. We found it at Pintoh, which is a new Lao / Thai restaurant on Bourke St between Exhibition and Russell streets (near Da Rin Korean restaurant).… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

AHA Conference 8 July 2016

When I woke at 4.30 a.m. this morning, I decided that I may as well get up, leave even earlier and catch the first paper for Session 1, as I’d arrived late the other days. So, for the 99.9% of … Continue reading ?

lunch at Ibla Cucina on Johnston St

Sicilians take their arancini seriously. In an episode of Inspector Montalbano, he lies to his girlfriend about having to work over the Christmas period to get out of going on a romantic holiday to Paris with her, because this would mean missing out on eating arancini at a Christmas eve dinner with friends.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

AHA Conference 7 July 2016

Another early start on a morning that seemed to promise warmer temperatures but by Ballan the fog had closed in, presaging yet another gloomy, cold day.  Australia at War What’s happening to me? After railing all through 2015 at the … Continue reading ?

AHA Conference 6th July 2016

Left bright and early for the second day at the AHA conference in Ballarat. Strictly speaking, I left in the drizzly dark at 6.30 a.m.  I don’t think that I’ve ever caught a train quite that early in the morning. … Continue reading ...

AHA Conference 5 July 2016

It’s July, so that means AHA conference time and this year it’s some 100 kms away in chilly Ballarat- ye Gods, could there possibly be a more dismal place than Ballarat on a wet, rainy Tuesday in July?  The theme … Continue reading ...

‘The High Places’ by Fiona McFarlane

2015, 275 p. And so here I am again, having finished a book of short stories, and quite at a loss to know how to review them.  It’s certainly a very accomplished selection and there wasn’t a single story where … Continue reading ?

Movie: Chasing Asylum

Even if you accept Malcolm Turnbull’s argument that offshore detention is necessary to stop deaths at sea, I think that all Australians need to see what is being done on behalf of “the Australian people” and take responsibility for it.  … Continue reading ?

dinner at Mr Ottorino on Johnston St

Mr Ottorino, where The Commoner used to be on Johnston St, is a new Sicilian restaurant with a long menu and an amazing wine list. There are many smallish plates to share and this makes ordering difficult. You start with an amuse bouche...Show More Summary

detritus of the twentieth century

Some remnants of late twentieth century digital infrastructure dumped on Greeves St on the corner of a laneway behind the Black Cat. Everything in the box is now in your phone. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

This Week in Port Phillip 1841? 1-7 June 1841

THE ‘DIGNITY’ BALL Are you all on the edges of your seats, waiting for the Dignity Ball scheduled for 4th June? Well, you’ll need to wait another week because it was rescheduled from Friday 4th to Tuesday 8th June at … Continue reading ?

Movie: Sherpa

Beautifully filmed, this documentary tells in real time the avalanche of 18 April 2014 that took the lives of sixteen sherpas and prompted their refusal to climb Chomolungma, the mother god of Earth that we know as Mt Everest. Big … Continue reading ?

Copyright © 2015 Regator, LLC