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‘Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found’ by Seketu Mehta

2004, 497 p. Good grief.  What on earth was my son thinking when he suggested that I (a middle-aged, inexperienced world traveller) read this book before visiting Mumbai? The author Sekutu Mehta was born in Calcutta, and moved to Bombay … Continue reading ?

a house full of sand

I went to Emma McEvoy’s Sand Castles exhibition in a house on Hertford St today and it is fantastic! Get there tomorrow to see it if you can before it the building is demolished. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

lunch at Neko Neko on Gertrude St

Neko Neko is a new Japanese cafe on Gertrude St near the corner of Smith St (where Karavan used to be). They serve a variety of bento style plates (similar to Mina No Ie), smaller dishes and sushi maki. I’d been curious to try them and...Show More Summary

This Week in Port Phillip 1841: 23 March-31 March 1841

You might remember than in January  the Clonmel was wrecked along the Gippsland coast, necessitating a 65 hour rescue mission as D.C. Simson and Mr Edwards and some unnamed ‘men’sailed to Melbourne to raise the alarm.  Captain Lewis, who travelled … Continue reading ?

Movie: The Big Short

Some of the reviews that I’d read of The Big Short criticized it for being overly-didactic. “Didac away!” I say, because I found the details of the Global Financial Crisis rather mind-numbing and- as any of you who have met … Continue reading ?

history

Another paste-up containing an obtuse visual historical reference by Tenet, this time of Otto von Bismarck on Cecil St. The point of this work is even less obvious than the previous example. Based on a quick search, there are multiple examples of various works around Fitzroy, Northcote and Brunswick.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

A Capital Idea Day 2

The other drawcard that lured us to Canberra last week was the Encounters exhibition at the National Museum of Australia which was also slated to close on 28 March 2016.  Once again, to my regret I find myself writing about … Continue reading ?

Supercool on Nicholson St has closed

No surprise here that Supercool has closed on Nicholson St. This example of bourgeois lifestyle retail was not going to work on dull Nicholson St with little passing foot trade. And the pop-up within a pop-up, Trailer Made Food, is also gone.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Movie: Eye in the Sky

UK and US armies are co-operating in drone surveillance of suspected Al-Shabab terrorists in Kenya.  When it seems that an attack is imminent, the decision needs to be made to make a pre-emptive drone strike. Yes, it’s taut and on-the-edge … Continue reading ?

take me home

Free stuff on Henry St two days ago. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

This Week in Port Phillip 1841: 16-23 March 1841

HAPPY ST PATRICK’S DAY! March 17, of course, was St Patrick’s Day. As Ken Inglis points out in Australian Colonists, recognition of the day in Sydney dated from 1810 when Governor Macquarie provided entertainment for convicts employed by the government, … Continue reading ?

curtsey

This new work combining paste-up and paint is on Brunswick St near the corner of Alexandra Parade. A work appearing to be by the same artist using the same technique is on Sackville St Collinwood near the corner of Smith St.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

1916 Irish Rising: Australian Impact

On this Easter Sunday, I’m going to be at the Melbourne Unitarian Peace Memorial Church to hear Dr. Val Noone speak on ‘1916 Irish Rising: Australian Impact’. It starts at 11.00 am. on Sunday 27th March, 2016. This year is … Continue reading ?

this is how much Officeworks Fitzroy cares about the safety of its staff

This is one of the emergency exit fire doors at the Officeworks in Fitzroy. It opens onto Cecil St, but no one seems to bother maintaining the exits. Whatevs. Lawsuit waiting to happen. Who cares? … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

This Week in Port Phillip 1841: 8-15 March 1841

A DANGEROUS PLACE It is often amusing to Australians just how scared the rest of the world seems to be of the dangers of the antipodes. Snakes, spiders- even drop bears! But the depiction of Port Phillip as a Place … Continue readin...

hipster ambition: hype and reality

I’ve tried to go to Mile End Bagel a couple of times now and each time it has been closed when it was supposed to be open. A bit of online digging revealed that the only place they list their opening hours is their Instagram account.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

altar

This offering of sneakers, thongs and sunglasses was displayed on a windowsill on Moor St yesterday near Smith and Deli. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

you don’t want to work for Swinburne Online

On 11 February this year I applied for a web content coordinator role with Swinburne Online. I received the following automated response the same day: Hi Brian Thank you for your application in consideration of the Web Content Coordinator position here at Swinburne Online. … This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

A Capital Idea Day 1

Many people I know have had good things to say about the Tom Roberts Exhibition currently on at the National Gallery of Australia, and after finding that it is only on until 28 March, we made the snap  (– well, … Continue reading ?

‘Nice Work’ by David Lodge

1988, 277 p. I often find that my response to a book is largely influenced by the book that I read immediately before.  For example, I found myself quite unable to pick up another fiction book for some time after … Continue reading ...

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