The Railway Hotel, North Fitzroy

I have been pondering for a while the sad disappearance, through either redevelopment or renovation, of most of the old school typical Australian pubs I remember from years gone by. What I crave, I guess, is a pub with its last renovation and furnishings from the 1970s, such as red vinyl covered chairs, and laminated …

Fun For All The Family! Kiss Reach The End Of The Road

Kiss are retiring after this tour and I am sad. I was 11 in 1980 when I witnessed KissMania in full swing. Kiss had released their Unmasked album (FYI they did not start their makeup free era for several more years) and announced their Australian tour, with a concert to occur at VFL Park in …

When Gollum Was King

As a patriotic and civically minded Australian citizen, tonight I am incandescent with rage. I expect that my anger is shared by many of my fellow citizens. Therefore please excuse me if I launch into uncharacteristically ad hominem attacks in this post. The news that in his recently ended term, our then Prime Minister Scott …

Bad Guy! He’s Not An Alternative Premier – He’s Just A Naughty Boy

Matthew Guy, the state opposition leader, showed us this past week just how unappealing he is as an alternative premier, and that he is unable to learn from his past mistakes. I am talking of course, about the scandal which enveloped his Chief of Staff, PR Guru Mitch Catlin, who was discovered to have tried …

Oh I wish I was a Punk Rocker… reflections on Pistol

I got, somewhat both to my amusement and bemusement, called a ‘Boomer’ recently by one of my staff. OK… so I own my house outright (not that a brick veneer dump in Avondale Heights is much to boast about) and have a tidy amount put away into my superannuation, but I am no Boomer. I …

Getting Ready For The Rings Of Power On Amazon Prime

The Lord of the Rings prequel series The Rings of Power is due to start on Amazon Prime on 2 September, so I have started getting ready. Firstly, I bought myself a nice new iPad yesterday (first time I have ever used click and collect), so that I can watch it in great comfort whilst …

When people are quite mad, but in a really good way: Happy Kate Bush Day!

I was vaguely aware that many eccentric women are in the habit of gathering together in parks and dancing to the moves of Kate Bush as per the video for her hit Wuthering Heights. I just didn’t know how big a thing it is. Pleasantly surprised to discover from reading my feed this morning that …