2014, 320 p & notes, Black Inc The DNA Gods play a highly visible form of roulette with my family. Twenty-nine years ago I sat in a genetic counsellor’s office and had the statistic 11 to one batted around. Eleven … Continue readin...
Recap: all the doggone topics discussed by The Urbanist in May
Is health and fitness a winning strategy for cycling?
2007, 350 p. To run off with the circus is a common escapist trope, and this book too is sheer escapism. Jacob Jankowski is a veterinary science student at Harvard University in the 1930s. His world falls apart with the … Continue reading ?
Should natural light in apartments be more tightly regulated?
Is the Qld cultural precinct a laurel worth resting on?
This was on Cecil St last week. Lazy residents with an inflated sense of entitlement should make some effort to solve their own problems rather than dumping their junk on the street. They should know that they can get a free hard rubbish collection from the City of Yarra.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.
I’ve been at Trades Hall in Melbourne today, attending the Australian Fabians public forum “Progressive Reform Ideas for Labor’s 2015 National Conference”. There’s an article about Penny Wong’s opening address here (I’m not sure that I totally agree with her- … Continue reading ?
About a year and a half ago two craft beer bars coincidentally opened side by side on Smith St. Since then I’ve wondered which one would succeed and which would fail as I doubt there is sufficient demand to sustain both.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.
Hipster health food shop Spelt Quinoa opened on Johnston St in 2011 and some months ago moved east several buildings within the same block on the same side of the street. The move apparently didn’t save it and it is now closed.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.
After trading for over 4 years, Bella Roma on Johnston St has closed and has been replaced with another pizzeria, Girasole. I hope it is as good as Bella Roma was a quality quiet achiever. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.
2015, 259 p. The blurb on the back of this book describes it as “a pilgrim’s progress for the here and now”. I can see the likenesses: Pilgrim’s Progress has Christian, its everyman character not unlike the eponymous Richard Kline … Continue reading ?
Are trips by public transport and by car the same?
How long before driverless vehicles take over cities?
Which cities in the world are the most “bicycle-friendly”?
Al fresco lifestyle. Stylish interior design. Centrally located. Fully featured. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.
If you have another sixty-three minutes to fill in (after seeing the School Days exhibition), there’s another interesting free feature on show until 26 July 2015 down at ACMI in Fed Square. It’s called War Pictures: Australians at the Cinema … Continue reading ?
If you have a spare hour in Melbourne city, pop along to the Old Treasury Building at the top of Collins Street to see their exhibition ‘School Days: Education in Victoria’. Drawn from the voluminous archives of Education Department material … Continue reading ?
After the surprise closure of Ethos cafe on Brunswick St at the start of the week comes another surprise, that Melbourne CBD bar / restaurant Rice Paper Scissors will open in its place (thanks to a commenter for first noting this).… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.