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the Astor cinema in St Kilda will close in 2015

I woke yesterday to notice a couple of tweets suggesting that the Astor Cinema would close next year. I’m not surprised. The cinema business has evidently been unviable for many years, even given the reportedly modest rent the cinema currently pays.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Fitzroy businesses for sale

I don’t think I’ve seen so many Fitzroy hospitality and retail businesses for sale, or vacant properties for lease, at the same time. These are all in addition to ones I’ve already written about, such as the former Oven pizza, the former convenience store next door, the bike shop and the former Django Django cafe.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

‘The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History’ by Linda Colley

303 p. & notes, 2007 Now THIS is the sort of history I want to write!  I’ve had this book on my shelves for years, ever since I began writing my thesis.  It takes just the approach that I want … Continue reading ?

Inter Thai has closed

Another closure on Smith St. The previously well regarded Vilom Thai closed and was replaced by or rebranded as Inter Thai in late 2012 but it has lasted less than two years. The arrival of Buubbub Burmese / Thai a few doors away a few months before this changeover may have doomed it and Buubbub remains.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

the new mural on Leicester St

Over the last few days I’ve watched the creation of a giant new mural on the Leicester St side wall of Nobody jeans on the corner of Brunswick St. This morning someone emailed me with photos of what appeared to be graffiti cleaners spraying the just completed mural with a white substance.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Philly cheesesteaks for dinner at Sparrow’s in Catfish on Gertrude St

I’ve only eaten one Philly cheesesteak before, and it was a terrible introduction. It was at a random Manhattan diner and it was unappetising and generally rubbish. I left feeling disappointed and slightly queasy and didn’t expect to eat one ever again.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Warrior of the Mind- Inga Clendinnen

When I read this interview by journalist Jana Wendt with Inga Clendinnen – my most revered historian- I didn’t know whether to smile or weep. To be honest, I did both.

who uses a car sharing service in Fitzroy?

I’ve been thinking about signing up for a share car service, but I don’t know which one to join. Flexicar, Goget and Green Share Car all have cars located in Fitzroy. There’s also Car Next Door, where the business model is people provide...Show More Summary

Fitzroy history book reprinted

The City of Yarra Libraries has just reprinted a few hundred copies of Fitzroy: Melbourne’s First Suburb, a history of Fitzroy that’s been out of print for years and impossible to find in secondhand bookshops. It’s on sale at any branch of Yarra Libraries for $55.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Friends of the Hudad Ethiopian benefit event

The Friends of the Hudad is a local charity that is organising a benefit to raise money to build a school in the mountains above Lalibela, Ethiopia. The event is on Saturday 23 August at 75 on Reid, which is located at 75 Reid St, North Fitzroy, from 4-8pm.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

femme bottom

More intriguing artwork by Astrotwitch on Little Gore St just off Webb St. There’s more documentation of this work and its context at Queer the streets. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

The War That Changed Us

Next Tuesday 19th August the ABC will be showing the first of the four-part documentary ‘The War that Changed Us’.  It combines the stories of six real-life Australians involved in different ways with WWI,  with analysis and commentary provided by … Continue reading ?

Le Cellier has closed on Brunswick St

This caused much sadface amongst some people I work with. Le Cellier was a daytime offshoot from Madame Sousou where you could get a very tasty modestly priced lunch. The mitraillette was awesome. But when Madam Sousou reopened a couple...Show More Summary

queer voyeur

Another fantastic paste-up by Astrotwitch in a laneway off St David St at the back of the former church that faces Gore St. More from earlier this year. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Hex has closed

Not long after taking over from the moribund Wholefoods cafe on Smith St (which closed around the end of May), the dubious looking replacement Hex now also appears to be defunct. It vbarely lasted 3 months. A nonsensical note stuck to the door implies closure while referencing the recently deceased Lou Reed.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

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