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‘The Invisible History of the Human Race’ by Christine Kenneally

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...

‘Water for Elephants’ by Sara Gruen

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 ?

Dearest Mr Bin Man

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.

A day at Trades Hall

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 ?

a tale of two craft beer bars

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.

Spelt Quinoa has closed

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.

goodbye Pizza Bella Roma, hello Girasole

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.

‘A Short History of Richard Kline’ by Amanda Lohrey

 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 ?

new Fitzroy home on AirBnB

Al fresco lifestyle. Stylish interior design. Centrally located. Fully featured. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘War Pictures: Australians at the Cinema 1914-1918?

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 ?

School Days: Education in Victoria

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 ?

Rice Paper Scissors coming soon to Brunswick St

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.

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