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lunch at Major Major on Smith St

The south end of Smith St is changing rapidly. On the Collingwood side the newly arrived Manfax (formerly of Gertrude St) is next to the recently closed Cafe VP. On the Fitzroy side, the former premises of the ugly southside furnishings...Show More Summary

Pop Up Scroll on Smith St

Pop Up Scroll have a 6 month lease on the former Chinese medicine shop on Smith St next to Monsieur Truffe. They have a sparse but cute retro interior and a variety of artisanal pastries to consume. They also dabble in hipster hyperbole in that they describe themselves as a ‘scroll boutique’.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

in the bag

This could be a dead drop from a secret agent, but it seems somewhat conspicuous for that. I’ve obviously been watching too much Spooks. Anyway, file this under WTF on Webb St. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Phat Brats has closed on Brunswick St

I admire people who try something different but Phat Brats was not the greatest of the Americana food novelties to arrive in Fitzroy. It lasted about two years and now it’s gone. It will be replaced by another food business with food truck origins: MrBurger.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

A weekend in Tasmania, and the Red Velvet Lounge online auction fundraiser

The Guardian asked me to write a short piece about the food highlights from my recent weekend away in Hobart with my partner: you can read it here! And I don't think I mentioned it here on the blog, but I also contributed a few entries...Show More Summary

‘The Golden Age’ by Joan London

2014, 156 p. I don’t know how Joan London managed it, but by only page 32 into this book, my eyes were brimming with tears.   It was a feeling that stayed with me  right until I turned the last … Continue reading ?

‘Death or Liberty: Rebels and radicals transported to Australia 1788-1868? by Tony Moore

2010, 398 p. Many books, history books included, have a page of acknowledgments.  Along with the usual thanks to colleagues and family, appreciation is often expressed to librarians and archivists who have offered assistance along the way. In this book, … Continue reading ?

busy bot

Twitter would be much better if bots and spammers were crushed and removed. I hate this shit. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘Instructions for a Heatwave’ by Maggie O’Farrell

2013, 338 p On a hot July morning in 1976, recently retired  Robert Riordan gets up from the breakfast table and announces that he’ll pop out to get the newspaper. He doesn’t come back. His wife of 40 years, Gretta … Continue readin...

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