Richmond before & after Struggletown
28 June 2021 | Living
Struggletown, Janet McCalman’s award winning classic study of ‘Public & Private Life in Richmond 1900–1965’ has recently come out in a new edition from Melbourne University Press:
• 'The old Struggletowners, if they could see it now, would not believe their...
Into the Yarra River – trash, cars & elephants
16 June 2021 | Places
Living right on the Yarra River in Melbourne – or close to it over the years – I’m very aware of its varied moods. Most of the time it’s flowing very slowly by the time it gets to me. I’m always surprised, a few km upriver, how it’s always flowing rapidly as it comes ...
Going Places – where I’ve been recently
27 March 2021 | Places
I have really not gone places for over a year now – 16 March 2020 I was on the island of Socotra in Yemen. Then I flew via Aden in Yemen to Cairo, spent a night there and continued via Abu Dhabi in the UAE to Melbourne.
Where I had to go into ‘self isolation’ f...
The Circumference of my World
27 August 2020 | Places
Right now my world has a 5km radius. The Covid-19 Stage Four Lockdown we’re currently suffering under in Melbourne, the capital city of the Australian state of Victoria, has three main rules:
1. Mandatory mask wearing anytime you’re outside your home
2. An 8pm to ...
Tony’s Coronavirus Notes – State of Disaster
2 August 2020 | Living
Earlier today – Sunday 2 August – Daniel Andrews, the State Premier of the Australian State of Victoria (that covers where I live in Melbourne), announced that Victoria was a ‘State of Disaster’ and as a result our Covid-19 lockdown has been amplified. Apart from wear...