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The vertical commons

By Janette Corcoran Communal infrastructure brings people together and, by promoting a culture of reciprocity, can reduce waste – but what model might suit our vertical neighbourhoods?  Australians are well used to portrayals of our remote outback towns being self-sufficient. With a stereotypical hands-on approach, we have become used to seeing these communities ban together

Musical safari

By Chris Mineral Drummer and percussionist Ash Davies will showcase his prodigious and ubiquitous skills alongside a great band for his unique Ned Kelly Show this month.  Playing the Word For Word National Non Fiction Festival at Wordi Youang at Geelong Library and Heritage Centre on November 17, this is a brilliant audio/visual show of

From the bar to Benalla

By Edward McLeish Pacho is a big boy for a two-year old golden retriever, and his owner Anna O’Callaghan is about to treat him to a weekend at the family farm. Anna is a self-employed barrister and said after Pacho’s first day at the office, on a casual Friday, they’ll drive up to Benalla for

Stop complaining about culture

By Adrian Doyle It’s been a while since I have written an article. That’s because I have been busy getting Blender Studios set up in its permanent home just near Flagstaff Gardens.  As a kid, I always dreamed of one day living in the CBD. And then I moved into my first CBD factory at

Zevon Wagons

By Chris Mineral Alternative country muso Henry Wagons will be performing on stage at The Athenaeum Theatre in Zevon, Accidentally Like A Martyr from October 16 to 26.  One of David Letterman’s favourite musicians was Warren Zevon, declaring him one of the most intelligent writers and performers on the music scene. This show at The

Writing from China

By Susan Saunders This month your correspondent is travelling as a tourist in China.  It is impossible not to draw comparisons between how the Chinese organise their society compared to ours.  China is a country as large as Australia but without the vast deserts that we have. One is constantly aware of the pressure that

Barbering is in the blood

By Sean Car For the manager and “head barber” of Queen Victoria Market’s (QVM’s) new barbershop Edwin Squires, hairdressing runs in the family.  It’s a theme engrained in Another Man Barber and Shop, which has recently established in one of the many bespoke shipping containers that make up the market’s funky new String Bean Alley. 

The Old Melbourne Cemetery at QVM

By Cheryl Griffin  Royal Historical Society of Victoria It seems impossible to believe now, but Melbourne’s main cemetery was once located on the site of the iconic Queen Victoria Market (QVM), mostly under what is now the market’s car park.  In 1837 it relocated from a very small burial ground on Flagstaff Hill (in today’s

New milestone for Metro Tunnel HQ

Metro Tunnel headquarters (HQ) on Swanston St notched up its latest milestone when it passed the 100,000 visitor mark recently. The honour went collectively to grade five and six students from Garfield Primary School, south-east of the city, who celebrated with gift bags and party poppers, while they learned about the Metro Tunnel project. Virtual

Heritage laying idle

By Rohan Storey Vice President, Melbourne Heritage Action As the development boom slows, a number of heritage sites slated for demolition and re-development sit idle like ghosts in the middle of the city. These sites are either caught between real estate flipping, land banking or a lack of development funds, robbing Melbourne of much-loved and

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