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‘Kin’ by Nick Brodie

2015,  365 p. In her wide-ranging book on DNA and history, The Invisible History of the Human Race Christine Keneally spoke of the interaction of highly personalized ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ -type family history with the Big-Data digitization … Continue reading ?

Movie: Far from Men

Yep, the setting of this film sure is far from men. Far from anything, really. And yet, somehow children line up outside this small rural (the word doesn’t do justice to the isolation!) Algerian school, nestled between the bare Atlas … Continue reading ?

google criminal damage

My previous post about the sexuality and gender oriented graffiti that appeared in Fitzroy around Young and St David streets recently drew immediate criticism from a local (perhaps a resident of the Max apartment building on that corner, which was damaged by it).… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

B’Stilla Cantina has closed

This is fucked. The best new restaurant that opened in Fitzroy in the past year (in my opinion), B’Stilla Cantina, has closed (along with its southside parent restaurant). Apparently at the main venue they’re going to rebrand and redo the restaurant annually.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

The 2015 Hazel Rowley Lecture, Adelaide Writers Week

I’ve been very much enjoying catching up on the podcasts from the 2015 Adelaide Writers Week. What a terrific site! The 2015 Hazel Rowley Memorial Lecture was delivered by David Marr.   Unlike Rowley, who wrote from historical sources after her … Continue reading ?

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist last month

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist last month Including peak car, infrastructure evaluation, apartment standards, cycling safety, architecture, public transport in the 50s, cars in the 70s, liveable cities, planning new suburbs, and health and public transport

lunch at the Wild Timor cafe in Carlton

I’ve enjoyed coffees and food at Wild Timor on Sydney Rd in Coburg, and they recently opened another cafe in Carlton as part of the new Kathleen Syme library on the corner of Cardigan and Faraday streets. I lunched there with a friend during the week and loved their coffee.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

the best sausage roll in Fitzroy

This may be controversial. For years now I would have classified the sausage roll from Babka as the best in Fitzroy, but possibly no more. This is the sausage roll from new bakery cafe Faraday’s Cage on Gore St. Behold the magnificence.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Time Travel: Listening to the Adelaide Writers Week 2015

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the Adelaide Writers Festival – six months after it was held.  The festival was recorded and is available on podcast. What a treat! No having to toss up which session to go to. No regretting that … Continue reading ?

Podcast: Margaret Bird on time consciousness in 18th century England

Backdoor Broadcasting has a wonderful archive of  UK academic podcasts on a wide range of topics.  I enjoyed listening to historian Margaret Bird from Royal Holloway, University of London, speaking on “Inculcating an appreciation of time pressure in the young: … Continue reading ?


A range of painted slogans about sex and gender politics have appeared in recent days around some Fitzroy streets. This is in the laneway opposite the end of Exhibition St off Young St. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘The Hanged Man and the Body Thief: Finding Lives in a Museum Mystery’ by Alexandra Roginski

2015, 79 p & notes. Great title and a good little book.  There are, in effect, three mysteries rather than just one- and all within 79 pages, grounded in careful research and a sense of humility towards the unknown and … Continue reading ?

Fitzroy history: the Town Hall hotel

The Town Hall hotel is a fine building, barely changed by the passing of time, and with a recent change in ownership it has reverted to being more of a traditional pub. Previously there was an Italian oriented menu, and before that it was Griff’s and The Purple Turtle.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

dinner at Palinka on Brunswick St

Don’t try this at home kids. The consumption of mass quantities is not for everyone. If you’ve had a mother-in-law from a culture where force-feeding is a form of love, and have seen Coneheads a few times, you may be ready for a visit to Palinka.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Fitzroy history: from car wrecker to furniture

Johnston St once had many car businesses on it, and a couple remain further westwards. But no this former wrecker is now a furniture showroom. Courtesy of SLV / Committee for Urban Action (CUA) collection / Accession no(s): CUAFY111/6...Show More Summary

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