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stop the boats

A poster on Little Smith St on the corner of Gertrude St. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Django Django has closed on Brunswick St

Another of Fitzroy’s unloved generic cafes has closed. Django Django took over from its predecessor Idibidi in 2010 but never seemed to gain a customer base, serve the right kind of food or be open at the right times. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Melbourne's own Mister Bitters bitters

As my overladen cocktail trolley at home will attest, I'm an ardent fan of good gin and other spirits, and I particularly like to support Australian distillers in the small-batch liquor boom. Lately I've been experimenting a bit more...Show More Summary

the age of entitlement

This is another fantastic window painting to promote the Fitzroy Nursery’s annual winter sale. It features caricatures of Clive Palmer and Gina Rineheart demanding no carbon and mining taxes. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Should repealing the bicycle helmet law be a priority?

Follow the link to read the latest article by The Urbanist, Should repealing the bicycle helmet law be a priority? http://blogs.crikey.com.au/theurbanist/2014/05/28/should-repealing-the-bicycle-helmet-law-be-a-priority/

‘A Biography of Robert Baldwin: The Morning-Star of Memory’ by Michael S. Cross

Michael S. Cross A Biography of Robert Baldwin: The Morning Star of Memory, 2012, 367 p & notes The first chapter of this biography begins with a jolt. It opens a month after the main protagonist’s death, with four men … Continue reading ?

Is congestion pricing just too inequitable?

Follow the link to read the latest article by The Urbanist, Is congestion pricing just too inequitable? http://blogs.crikey.com.au/theurbanist/2014/05/26/is-congestion-pricing-just-too-inequitable/

Cubbies children’s playground faces closure after 40 years

The Cubbies children’s playground on King WIlliam St opposite the Town Hall faces closure after 40 years of service to the Fitzroy community. Cubbies has been an essential communal back yard and play area for children living in the Atherton...Show More Summary

Southpaw on Gertrude St has closed

Southpaw bar closed back around March and I have been waiting to hear what may replace it, but I’ve learned nothing. Based on the timing, given they opened 5 years ago, I’d guess their five year lease was up. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

fully rotten

Makatron painted a huge fish mural on Smith St in 2011. Earlier this year he reworked it to show the fish rotting away, and now he has reworked it again to show the completion of the decay. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘Madness: A Memoir’ by Kate Richards

2013,  261p. I don’t know what to say. On the opening page, a knife etches its way down an arm between the shoulder and elbow. “The scalpel finds the deepest skin, the dermis, the little yellow pillows of fat like … Continue reading...

Is the debate on Melbourne’s rail tunnel getting sidetracked?

Follow the link to read the latest article by The Urbanist, Is the debate on Melbourne’s rail tunnel getting sidetracked? http://blogs.crikey.com.au/theurbanist/2014/05/21/is-the-debate-on-melbournes-rail-tunnel-getting-sidetracked/

the shop from another era has closed

The strange milk bar convenience shop on Brunswick, which always seems deserted, has closed and has been repossessed by the landlord. I’ve walked past this shop for years and always thought ‘why do you still exist?’ It could not compete with slicker branded convenience shops nearby.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

be yourself

This fresh paste-up on Little Smith St just north of Gertrude St reads ‘Sometimes being yourself is more important than the protection you get by fitting in.’ Nearby in Little George St just south of Gertrude St a work by the same artist reads ‘It would be really great of queer people could get married’.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Cycling: is the Safety in Numbers effect all about the numbers?

Follow the link to read the latest article by The Urbanist, Cycling: is the Safety in Numbers effect all about the numbers? http://blogs.crikey.com.au/theurbanist/2014/05/19/cycling-is-the-safety-in-numbers-effect-all-about-numbers/

the Rochester Castle has closed

This happened a couple of weeks ago. The Rochester Castle has closed after the tenant was apparently unable to pay the rent. Does Fitzroy have too many pubs? Are pubs out of fashion with diners and drinkers? The last pub to experience problems was the nearby Marquis of Lorne, but they seem to be trading again.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘Genius & Ambition’ Exhibition Bendigo Art Gallery

There’s much ado in Melbourne at the moment about the Winter Masterpieces Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, featuring over 100 works from the Museo de Prado Museum in Spain.   We decided to let the hype subside somewhat, and … Continue reading ?

Is Labor right to oppose indexation of fuel excise?

Follow the link to read the latest article by The Urbanist, Is Labor right to oppose indexation of fuel excise? http://blogs.crikey.com.au/theurbanist/2014/05/16/is-labor-right-to-oppose-indexation-of-fuel-excise/

privileging one costume over another in the workplace

We live in a multi-cultural society where diversity is supposedly celebrated or at least tolerated. There is however a dominant culture that is Anglo / European in origins. The values of what is commonly referred to as the establishment...Show More Summary

people don’t fuck for welfare

The government doesn’t understand that some people fuck for pleasure, not in exchange for financial security. In recent years, several court cases have demonstrated how Centrelink does everything it can to define people as being in de...Show More Summary

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