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The power of one X 2

Two young women have stood up for a principle recently. More power to them. Stand up woman #1 The first is Kahlani Pyrah who has taken legal action against Grill’d burgers who sacked her after she raised questions about payrates. … Continue reading ?

breakfast at Vincent the Dog in Carlton

Vincent the Dog is a cafe on Drummond St in Carlton that has been open for nearly two years. I’ve been vaguely aware of it but until recently hadn’t found an opportunity to visit. They don’t do online media. No website, Facebook or Twitter.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

fox on Webb St

On Webb St on the corner of Napier St, photographed last week. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’ by Richard Flanagan

2014, 480 p. There are spoilers in this review I haven’t been writing this blog long enough for it to capture my deep admiration for Richard Flanagan. Only his recent book Wanting has made it into this blog.  Over the … Continue reading ?

‘Someone Knows My Name’ by Lawrence Hill

2007,  486 p. After too many times being blindsided by spoilers, I have made it one of my little rules to never read the Introduction to a fiction book until I’ve finished it. Maybe I should also make it a … Continue reading ?


So, we’re about to get a good look at Venus.  I heard a very enthusiastic man talking on the radio this morning. [CSIRO Spokesman ]Mr Nagle likens the imminent close encounter with Pluto to Neil Armstrong’s historic Moon walk … Continue reading ?

David Bowie Is a long time coming

I am thrilled to be seeing the David Bowie Is exhibition at ACMI this week. I wanted to, but wasn’t able to, get to London to see it at the V&A when it opened in 2013. It then toured several cities around the world, and I hoped to catch up with it somewhere, but that wasn’t possible either.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

the festival of middle age

I attended a festival of middle age last night. The queue stretched along the street and around the corner and up the block in the middle of Chinatown in Melbourne’s CBD. The people queuing were almost entirely my tribe: middle class,...Show More Summary

AHA Conference 10 July

Plenary panel: Historicizing International Law I must confess to feeling completely out of my depth in trying to write about this session.  Not only was it an intellectually complex area, but my background knowledge of the area is wafer thin.  … Continue reading ?


This is on the little laneway off Smith St near Po Boy Quarter. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Yet another day in Sydney

This time, walking up to the university from my hotel. Hey- look at this building! It’s covered in greenery although by night it has a rather tacky illuminated panel suspended from the building. But if they decide that they simply … Continue reading ?

AHA Conference 9 July

Plenary Panel: Big Questions in History- History for Life In introducing this plenary session, Penny Russell enumerated a slew of Big Questions in History, but they boiled down to “what is the relevance of history to contemporary society?” Six historians … Continue reading ?

closed until further notice

Newish cafe Philomena (where the Johnston St Food Store used to be) is on my list of new Johnston St establishments to try, but it’s not going to happen in a hurry based on the ‘closed until further notice’ sign in the window.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

AHA Conference 8 July 2015

Australian Women’s History Network Keynote Address: Jill Matthews, ‘Good and Mad Women: Histories of Gender then and now’. “Should I even be at this session?” I wondered as I filed into a steeply-raked lecture theatre to hear Jill Matthews speak … Continue reading ?

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