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This Week in Port Phillip 1841: May 8-15

NO A BETTER TIME TO BE….A PARTY ANIMAL It seems that May was Party Time in Melbourne, with intimations of balls to be held later in the month, and news of the Tradesmen’s Union Benefit Society annual knees-up at the … Continue readi...

Exhibition: The Irish Rising:’A Terrible Beauty is Born’

I called in to the State Library of Victoria to see their small free exhibition The Irish Rising: A Terrible Beauty is Born which is on show until 31 July 2016.  It is indeed a small exhibition, taking up only … Continue reading ?

QE62:’Balancing Act’ by George Megalogenis

Balancing Act: Australia between Recession and Renewal Quarterly Essays, with their generous word length of about 25,000 words often provide a deeper analysis of current topics than you’re likely to find in newspapers and magazines.  The most recent Quarterly Essay, … Continue reading ?

art on Argyle St

Argyle St has seen some new apartment developments and also a significant increase in great street art in the past couple of years. These are between Gore and Napier streets. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian W...

My 43 favourite birthday cakes from the inaugural PANDSI Cake-Off

Over the eight years I wrote Melbourne Gastronome, I wrote several times about my love for the classic Australian Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book. Waaay back in 2007 I wrote about the Facebook fan group I'd started, 'The...Show More Summary

end times

Lots of people, more young than not, queued for free doughnuts at the opening of a new shop on Brunswick St yesterday where Shag used to be. The queue stretched almost to Leicester St, but it was just an opening day stunt.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

ANZ customer service is a contradiction in terms

I carry my wallet in the back pocket of my jeans. It gets sat on every day and the cards bend and eventually split. Occasionally I need to order a replacement credit card. I did so recently to replace my ANZ card, which was splitting apart.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

This Week in Port Phillip 1841: May 1-7

NEVER A MORE EXCITING TIME TO BE…A BUTCHER! On the 4th May, the butcher, George Jackson, advertised that he would be opening up his premises in Queen Street: The undersigned begs respectfully to inform the inhabitants of Melbourne that he … Continue reading ?


This was on Young St between Argyle and Kerr streets the other day. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Movie: Son of Saul

I normally find Holocaust films too difficult to watch, but this film received such glowing reviews that I decided to see it.  In the opening scenes, the camera focuses on Saul Auslander, a Sonderkommander at the Auschwitz crematorium. It remains … Continue reading ?

Palinka on Brunswick St has closed

I was disappointed to find recently that Palinka on Brunswick St has closed. I really enjoyed the food on my first visit, but was ambivalent on my second as the quality had already slipped. A subsequent fundamental shift in the menuShow More Summary

‘Blockbuster: Fergus Hume and the Mystery of a Hansom Cab’ by Lucy Sussex

2015, 257 p. & notes, Fergus Hume’s book The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (my earlier review here) has the dual ‘honour’ of being both the best selling detective novel of the nineteenth century and the ultimate one-hit-wonder in a … Continue reading ?

Movie: 45 Years

I have recently discovered the joys of Miserly Monday or whatever you call the cut-price day at the Nova Cinema in Carlton, along with the many other recently-retired baby boomers I’ve observed there over this past six months.  I certainly … Continue reading ?

This Week in Port Phillip 1841: April 23 -30 1841

SUPREME COURT Now that all the excitement of the Supreme Court opening was over, the court settled down into its daily routine.  Well, not quite.  Even though the inconvenience of not having a Supreme Court for civil cases was cited … Continue reading ?

‘The Mystery of a Hansom Cab’ by Fergus Hume

1886. Re-released by Text in 2012;  e-book I decided to read this in preparation for reading another book: Lucy Sussex’s Blockbuster which is next on the reading pile.  I’d seen the recent television adaption but, as is often the case … Continue reading ?

are you talking to me?

Bless. The subhumans have learnt to write more words than just their own name. This is on the Young St side of an old warehouse on Leicester St about to undergo redevelopment into apartments. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Movie: Rams

The setting is often a powerful force in a movie and this is certainly the case in ‘Rams’, set in a small rural town in Iceland.  The local economy and community identity revolve around sheep. When scrapie is diagnosed among … Continue reading ?

lunch at Bon Ap on Brunswick St

I’ve had several very enjoyable lunches at Bon Ap, a new French cafe / restaurant on Brunswick St where Red Rice used to be. I was planning to wait until I’ve had dinner there to review it but after another excellent lunch I thought I should do it immediately.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘Victoria at War 1914-1918’ by Michael McKernan

2014, 221 p. I always think it’s interesting when a writer returns after many years to something that they had created much, much earlier in their career, and takes up the topic again with the benefit of years of experience, … Continue reading ?

breakfast at Chorba cafe in Coburg

Chorba cafe in the Coburg mall, next door to Half Moon, has been open for a few years. It’s a small Turkish cafe that does amazing breakfasts like this: tomatoes, spinach, pastirma, cheese and eggs on toast. Simple but very delicious and highly recommended.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

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