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On being a goddess …

On being a goddess …

By Rhonda Dredge What a relief it is to indulge in fantasy at the show in Craft Victoria’s new gallery in Watson Place just off Flinders Lane. Strange headpieces for goddesses hang off the ceiling, oversized earrings dangle from imaginary ears and warrior vests in brilliant orange dissolve into the general moodiness of the display.

Sugar’s work is just schweet

By Lorriane Ellis  Sugar and I began our chat discussing Hosier Lane.  Miraculously, his piece from Meeting of Styles 2016 has survived – being painted up high has given it longevity. “No-one’s really interested in painting there anymore as the place is trashed! Those who persist and are brave or foolish enough to accept the

An experience of sublimation 

By Chris Mineral Rommel was in North Africa and Colonus the mudlark won the Melbourne Cup the year the MSO first performed Debussy’s La Mer. Debussy inspired Maurice Jarre, the French film composer who sired Jean-Michel Jarre, whose Oxygene 4 would be the theme music for the 1980 Americas Cup updates from Newport Rhode Island.

Are missing floors missing heritage?

These days, more and more heritage activists and city planners are faced with the question of how additions to historic buildings should be managed. These could be small wall or roof additions, or the addition of multiple new levels. And how do these additions affect its later heritage status? But what do we do when

Perhaps a book for Christmas?

By Richard Broome, Royal Historical Society of Victoria In November-December the RHSV is gearing up for Christmas.  Our bookshop offers many fascinating books on Victorian history which are available online through www.historyvictoria.org.au or by direct purchase from our premises at 239 A’Beckett St. On offer will be many books from the recent Victorian Community History

Tick of approval for new skyscrapers

By Laurence Dragomir, Urban Melbourne A couple of skyscrapers which have been at planning for the better part of three years were recently approved via different channels. The first project at 63 Exhibition St was last month granted a permit by the Minister for Planning for a Bates Smart-designed mixed-use tower. When the project came

Dog-sitting in the CBD

By Shantelle-Ann Marquis Pepe is a one-year-old Cavoodle, a Poodle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel cross. “Pepe is actually my neighbour Andrew’s dog. Andrew has gone to South East Asia for a few weeks and I have been taking care of Pepe,”  Sharon Wong said. Ms Wong is an art conservator from West Melbourne and

Short-stays behind property price pain

By We Live Here The Victorian Government must address the state’s unregulated commercial short-stay industry, if it’s serious about fixing Melbourne’s housing affordability crisis. New  statistics show the city’s average unit price is now $564,540 – up 2.1 per cent in the last quarter. The median house price rose to $818,000. Melbourne is now at

The CBD is too good to leave

By Sunny Liu Having been living in the CBD for the past 10 years, New Zealander Katy Turbitt said she had witnessed many changes in this high-rise village.  Ms Turbitt said over the 10 years of being a CBD resident, she had noticed the vast city-bound migration among aspiring urban dwellers and the increased availability

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