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Casual encounters with the past

Casual encounters with the past

By Rhonda Dredge Radical families are inspiring and the van Schaiks are a name when it comes to the CBD, in architecture and now art. In fact, Leon van Schaik, Emeritus Professor of Architecture at RMIT could be named a CBD hero.  Back in the ’80s when heritage remakes were the rage, he was responsible

Letters to the editor – August

Congratulations I would like to congratulate journalist Meg Hill for her article “Beggar déjà vu”. A well-constructed and researched piece which turned over the rocks of the “beggar narratives” that have dogged our community for years and will no doubt continue.  I appreciated Meg’s analysis and deeper delve into the various issues. Thanks for guiding

Vertical living style

By Janette Corcoran Our apartment layouts might be uniform, but our interiors need not be!  Advice abounds about how we, vertical villagers, can decorate our small spaces.  We are advised to delineate areas, go vertical with storage, choose a light colour palette (or alternatively) go bold, add layers for depth – and most important of

To teach is to listen

In 13 different spaces within the City of Melbourne, 1500 retirees regularly congregate for classes as part of the University of the Third Age (U3A). Charles Klassen teaches a short course on the Literature of Power, Law and Justice that begins with the Epic of Gilgamesh, moves through Greek and Egyptian justice, the Middle Ages,

Planet B

By Chris Mineral The Steve Lucas and Friends EP By Request launched this winter is an impromptu selection of songs dedicated to the memory of legendary blues musician Chris Wilson.  Steve Lucas, the mercurial muso who founded the punk band X travelled to San Diego, California to team up with a bunch of sensational Mexican musicians,

Shy fashion model

By Rhonda Dredge Stevie is a shy whippet more at home snuggling into a couch than living in the limelight as a model. But in the last month she has been on the Today show and in the Herald Sun modelling a skivvy. She prefers a fashionable black when she’s at an art opening but

Italian for kisses

On a cold winter’s morning, CBD resident Roger Hersey is taking his two dogs Baci and Enzo on a walk through Flagstaff Gardens. Baci is Italian for “kisses”, he is the eldest of the two at 15 years, his younger brother Enzo is 13.  The two brothers are similar in size and share a similar

Unrivalled inner-city living

By Jack Hayes Nestled impeccably between city and sea, the streets of South Melbourne are set to welcome Lenny – a unique six-level luxury development in the heart of the buzzing South Melbourne. Marketed by Eton Property Group, Lenny will stand at 161 Buckhurst St, an easy walking distance to South Melbourne Market, Bay Street

String Bean Alley opens at QVM

Queen Victoria Market (QVM) has unveiled Melbourne’s newest laneway experience, with String Bean Alley officially opened on July 19.  26 independent traders in bespoke shipping containers now call String Bean Alley home, providing a uniquely Melbourne shopping experience in the heart of the city’s favourite market.  With a history dating back to 1936, the name

City gardens, trees and street trees

By Susan Saunders The City of Melbourne has developed several well thought out policies to progressively ensure our city becomes greener. But can there be a better way to improve the fate of street trees? You may recall that Victoria was referred to as “The Garden State”. In fact, previous Victorian licence plates proudly displayed

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