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Albert is living the fantasy

Albert is living the fantasy

Albert Ullin’s fantasy world is real.  Perched high above the CBD streets, his apartment is crammed full of children’s books and illustrations. It’s been many years now since he passed on custodianship of the Little Bookroom but his private collection is bursting at the seams. Unlike some other forms of publishing, children’s books have never

A Lego piece of Melbourne

By Kara Bertoncini Kalani Robinson is not your average 15-year-old. In fact, this budding filmmaker is taking Melbourne by storm and all thanks to a piece of Lego. Some 21 weeks ago, Robinson started an Instagram profile called @citylifeofpieces, which follows Pieces, a Lego man, wandering around Melbourne bringing his hundreds of followers a fresh

We’re all grown ups now

As someone who has seen the CBD develop and mature, Peter Barrett certainly appreciates what it has become. Peter well remembers the time (not so long ago) when it was a provincial, stark and (frankly) embarrassing place to spend time after office hours. His New York-based aunt visited in 1971 and said she had never

City slicker artists

By Kara Bertoncini Marco and Debra Luccio have been together for 17 years and from the very start both shared the same goal: to be professional artists. Having spent a lot of time overseas, particularly in New York and Paris, Marco and Debra have come to realise how beautiful Melbourne is and how enriched with

Fiona is reaping the rewards of advocacy

By Shane Scanlan According to long-term resident Fiona McLeod, CBD living is so good, it is worth fighting for. After 20 years in the city, McLeod can’t envisage living anywhere else in Melbourne.  She just loves it.  But that doesn’t mean she loves everything about it. As all CBD residents will attest to, being in

Value added success

By Kara Bertoncini At the age of 19, most teenagers are figuring out what they want to do with their life, but CBD entrepreneur Matt Mahon had a vision. When Matt started up his health clinic Mind Over Muscle he had zero business knowledge however, his deep understanding of health and well-being was motivation enough.

The magic of the stage

At just 26-years of age, CBD resident Jayde Krichet exhibits the confidence and the wisdom of a seasoned stage director. In the middle of rehearsals for her latest direction, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, Jayde is at ease encouraging, nudging and guiding the actors to get the required results. Trained at the

The word on the street

By Chloe Strahan After 15 years of teaching English as a second language overseas, Bruce Matthews has settled back down in Melbourne to continue this work locally. It takes a lot of patience to teach English as a second language, but Bruce says that he is good at what he does. “I work six days

Loving where she lives

You’ve got to love people who love where they live – like the CBD’s Rhyll Dorrington who is smitten by her west-end location. Manhattan might have its acclaimed SoHo district but, according to Rhyll, nothing beats Melbourne’s SoBo enclave (South of Bourke)! She bought her apartment on the corner of Collins and Spencer streets in

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