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The Rickshaw is closed for renovations

This was spotted last week. Writing on the papered over window of The Rickshaw on Gertrude St says ‘closed for renovation’. After opening about 18 months ago they have struggled to attract customers. The vibe is wrong. The menu seemed contrived.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

shine a little light

Lights from Sacred Heart School on King William St. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

lunch at the Stone hotel

On a recent weekend I went to the new Stone hotel on the corner of Brunswick and Johnston streets for lunch with a friend. We entered from the Johnston St side and sat in the corner of the room and faced the large open room.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

redhead

A wonderful new work by Astrotwitch on Little Smith St just off Webb St (between Smith and Gore streets). … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Hours of fun! Victorian Places

There’s a website created as a joint venture between Monash University and the University of Queensland called Victorian Places. You can see it at  http://www.victorianplaces.com.au/ It was commenced in the mid-1990s at the National Centre for Australian Studies at  Monash … Continue reading ?

renovations at Don Vincenzo

The notices placed in cafe windows during renovations are often at best hopelessly optimistic, if not deliberately misleading. The last example on Brunswick St was the supposed hibernation of Bear cafe last year, which of course never...Show More Summary

N2 gelato needs to take responsibility for the litter it generates

According to Scally and Trombone (who have moved to Gertrude St and Smith St), this sculpture on display in their empty window was made from the novelty syringes served by their former neighbours, N2 gelato, on some icecreams that were discarded in the gutter by lazy customers.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Fish and chip wrapping….today

I have had a long love affair with the newspaper.  I love padding out in my dressing gown to find it somewhere in the garden; I swear at the plastic wrap because it’s taking too long to get into it; … Continue reading ?

‘Melbourne’ by Sophie Cunningham

2011, 272 p. This book is one of a series published by New South where an established author  is given an open brief to write a ‘travel book where no-one leaves home’  of about 50,000 – 60,000 words about their … Continue reading ?

ethics vs taggers

Here’s more evidence of the nasty petty spiteful stupidity of tagging culture. Someone has been writing ‘nost’ around Fitzroy a lot, including here on the garage door part of the ratepayer funded Smug / Sofles / Adnate mural on Leicester St, thus defacing it.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

brunch at Lady Melville in West Brunswick

I may have gone a bit overboard with winter and the craving for meat but I am unapologetic. Lamb ragu. Goat roll. Reuben sandwiches. Yes, those. Lady Melville in West Brunswick does one with a difference. The basic recipe as I understand it is corned beef, cheese, sauerkraut and mustard.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

lunch at the Marquis of Lorne

On a recent weekend I went to the newishly refurbished Marquis of Lorne with a friend for lunch. She was on a deep fried quest, and ordered cod fritters and potato cakes and loved them. I was relatively restrained in choosing lamb with gnocchi.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

lunch at the Builders Arms on Gertrude St

On cold bracing days a hot lunch is a special thing. I was stopped on route to a kebab or some other lunch by the Builders Arms sign on the footpath promising a goat roll and chips for $15. Yes please!… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘The Invisible History of the Human Race’ by Christine Kenneally

2014, 320 p & notes, Black Inc The DNA Gods play a highly visible form of roulette with my family. Twenty-nine years ago I sat in a genetic counsellor’s office and had the statistic 11 to one batted around.  Eleven … Continue readin...

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