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Banyule Homestead sold

Banyule Homestead went up for auction on Saturday 16th May 2015 and sold for $5.2 million.  Unfortunately only registered bidders could gain access to the interior of the homestead on the day, leaving lesser mortals to mill on the lawns … Continue reading ?

lunch at Rice Paper Scissors

This may be the last in my current short series of CBD lunch posts, as my job in the city is about to end. I’ve enjoyed finding some new, or just new to me, places to eat in the east end of the city and am impressed by how many interesting new places exist.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘A Camera on Gallipoli & Recollections’ Hatch Gallery until 30 May 2015

Hatch Gallery, 14 Ivanhoe Pde Ivanhoe Tues-Sat 10.00 a.m -5.00 p, until 30 May 2015. Free entry An inordinate number of your taxpayer dollars have been directed towards the commemoration of Gallipoli and there have been many enticements to community … Continue reading ?

local support

This was spotted outside Adam Bandt’s new electorate office on Brunswick St after the election of new national Greens leader Richard di Natale. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Writer and Readers: Books that Shaped and Subverted the British Empire Conference 8-9 May 2015

I’ve just spent a fascinating two days at a conference held at Melbourne University that explored the impact of books and writing on and in the British Empire. Held to support the launch of Ten Books that Shaped the British … Continue reading ?

lunch at Chef Lanka

The food court in the Paramount building has seen better days. Some of the shops are empty. The vibe is subdued. But a new shop has opened recently. Chef Lanka is a new city location for an established suburban restaurant, and it’s cooking fantastic Sri Lankan food at very modest prices.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Red Rice on Brunswick St has closed

I didn’t intend this weeks’ posts to be a stream of closure stories. When the real estate sign first appeared on the roof of Red Rice, it seemed the restaurant was continuing as normal and it was just the building being sold.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Simon Johnson has closed

Thanks to a regular commenter who noted that Simon Johnson on the corner of St David and Kent streets had recently closed. It’s not surprising in a way. It never seemed busy. I was a poor customer as I only bought unhomogenised milk made by next door’s St David Dairy.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Frolic has closed

Two years ago I wrote about the impending over supply of froyo on Brunswick St. Two shops opened opposite each other around the same time. I predicted one would fail and Berrissimo lasted only one year. Frolic has lasted two but is now closing as well.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Mao’s has closed

I liked Mao’s a decade ago, but times have changed. It’s gone downhill and has looked unloved for a while. Now this Chinese restaurant on Brunswick St has closed, with the promise of a Japanese – Malaysian fusion opening soon in its place.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

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