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In praise of reading

In praise of reading

By Rhonda Dredge New Zealand novelist Eleanor Catton filled the CBD’s Deakin Edge theatre with readers during Melbourne Writers Festival, using the delicate art of narrative to give them wings.   Catton’s most recent novel, The Luminaries, took her five years to write and is a structural masterpiece set in the New Zealand goldfields. The

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

The month of festivals

Malaysia Street Festival This festival is bringing the best authentic Malaysian cuisine from some of Melbourne’s top restaurants. The festival will take place from 9am-4pm at Queen Victoria Market on Sunday, October 11. The day includes a mix of family and kids activities, competitions and language and music workshops. There will also be performances from

Melbourne Festival

Enjoy everything Melbourne has to offer during this multi-arts festival Melbourne Festival is basically a festival for Melbourne  – to celebrate and engage residents all over the city. This year the festival will take place from October 8-25. The festival is a key highlight in Australia’s culture calendar. Some of the finest national and international

Learning at lunch

Melbourne Knowledge Week Melbourne Knowledge Week is taking place from Monday, October 19 until Sunday, October 25. It is a multi-format festival that is dedicated to the latest trends, ideas and innovations of the knowledge sector. There will be a host of workshops, classes and events during the week that like-minded thinkers, entrepreneurs and industry

Begging program concludes

Police operation Minta concluded last month with fewer than usual CBD beggars being diverted into welfare programs. During August and September, local police worked with the courts, the City of Melbourne and welfare agencies to seek more permanent help for people found begging on city streets. Acting Sen Sgt John Petersen told a safety and

Homesafe implications unknown at this stage

Local police are wondering if the 24-hour public transport Homesafe experiment next year will be good or bad for the CBD. Sen-Sgt Paul Henry told a local safety and security committee on September 16 that police were using data modeling in an attempt to predict the outcome. “The closest comparison we can come up with

Old lane gets a new name

The residents adjacent to the city’s newest (old) laneway celebrated long and hard last month when their lane finally got a name. Commissioner Lane is now the official name for the lane beside the Grand Central Apartments in Spencer St. Resident Mike Kelly explained that the lane used to be called Southern Cross Lane, until

The city’s new men’s shed unveiled

By Sean Car The Melbourne Men’s Shed was officially opened on Monday, September 7 at Federation Square – a first for CBD residents. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and Minister for Families and Children and Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos were among a number of distinguished guests who joined Melbourne Men Shed chairman Alan Seale to unveil

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