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‘London Underground at War’ by Nick Cooper

2014, 120 p & appendices Heaven knows that I have a million things that I should be reading, but I found myself returning to the ‘new books’ shelf of the library each day just to have another little browse through … Continue reading...

‘Muddy York Mud: Scandal and Scurrility in Upper Canada’ by Chris Raible

1992,  272 pages including appendix. I came across this book just as I was about to go to Canada in 2011 to research the Upper Canada period of ‘my’ Judge Willis‘ career.  I began reading it and became increasingly excited … Continue reading ?

the North Fitzroy Primary School Fete is on this Sunday

One of the biggest inner city school fetes, the annual North Fitzroy Primary School fete attracts students past and present, parents and much of the local community. Come to the North Fitzroy Primary School, with entrances on Best St and Fergie St, North Fitzroy, on Sunday 9 November, 10am-4pm.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘The Trouble With Harry’ Northcote Town Hall

Allow me to rave.  No- before I do, if it’s before November 9 when you’re reading this,  open a new tab and find tickets and buy them. Right now.  If it’s after November 9, then you’ve missed a wonderful show.  … Continue reading ?

dead or alive

Two recent paste-ups next to Majority cafe on Kerr St. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘Coming Home’ Exhibition Bundoora Homestead

There’s a fantastic exhibition on display at Bundoora Homestead called “Coming Home” that commemorates the use of the homestead as a convalescent farm and repatriation mental hospital between 1920 and 1993.  Even though it’s ostensibly an exhibition about the use … Continue reading ?

it’s time

When the mural facing Whitlam Place (the small park on the corner of Moor and Napier streets opposite the Fitzroy Town Hall and the Napier hotel) was recently painted over in lurid yellow with the Whitlam election campaign phrase ‘it’s...Show More Summary

yesterday’s blackout

It missed me and I was in watching movies so I didn’t notice. How were you affected? So by the darkness I can see from my balcony, the power appears to be out all across Fitzroy & Collingwood except on my street! … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

things in gutters

Taking photos of things in gutters is a thing now. Apparently. The morning after the night of the living dead #halloween #fitzroy #gutter pic.twitter.com/5cZXldVUOE — grahamjh (@grahamjh) November 1, 2014 More evidence of Global warming?...Show More Summary

Stopping to smell the roses

From my study window, I can see everyone who walks along our street [cue maniacal laughter].  The room has an L-shaped window, so I can watch walkers as they pass several houses either side of me.  Unfortunately for my thesis … Continue reading ?

‘Tales of Old Toronto’ by Suzanne Marnie

This is a collection of short stories set in or around Ontario, Canada.  It’s available in many places on the internet as it is no longer in copyright. They are rather odd, nostalgic, sad little stories.  Most, but not all, … Continue reading ?

Uplifting Quotes for the Uninspired Historian #10

It is hard to think away out of our heads a history which has long lain in a remote past but which once lay in the future. F.W. Maitland ‘Memoranda de Parliamento (1893) in Selected Essays (Cambridge University Press, 1936) … Continue reading ?

‘Suite Francaise’ by Irene Nemirovsky

2006 (English translation), 344 p & appendices I purchased this book in the flurry of publicity that greeted its arrival in English translation.  It came with such a wonderful back-story: the 60 year old manuscript lugged around in a suitcase … Continue reading ?

‘The Little Stranger’ by Sarah Waters

2009, 499 p. I was about to say that it’s a long time since I’ve read a ghost story.  Then I realized that I don’t think I ever have read a ghost story- not even Edgar Allan Poe.  (No- I … Continue reading ?...

A day trip to Westgarthtown

The sun was a-shining, the magnolias a-blooming, the wattles a-bursting and the magpies a-caroling-  so a good day for The Sunday Drive.  It’s the second Sunday in the month and Ziebell’s Farmhouse is open  at Westgarthtown.?? Westgarthtown is not, as … Continue reading ?

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