Spring Fling Street Festival 2015

by Emma McCashney –  The Spring Fling Street Festival is back! Into its 38th year, our festival continues to grow as a key community and cultural highlight in Melbourne’s events calendar. This Sunday (18 October), over 15,000 people will trek in to see Victoria Street’s, Errol Street’s and surrounding laneways’ transformation from 11am – 6pm into an action…

The Guild of Objects

by Robyn Phelan –   Unbeknownst to most, burrowing away in huge saw tooth factory behind Queensberry Street, is a mob of potters and ceramics. Elm Place Studios has consistently nourished ceramics production since 1998.   Characteristically collaborative, this group of makers continue their production relationship into a new retail venture, the Guild of Objects…

Local tragic trifecta

by Katrina Kincade-Sharkey Local tragic trifecta: job insecurity, housing crisis and rising student debt   Regional unemployment pain Current Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) job figures reveal North and West Melbourne regions equal the nation’s greatest percentage of long-term unemployed.   ABS data shows 760,000 Australians have been out of work an average 2.6 years,…

An Outstanding Night of Swing and Song

by Lenore Frost  – Errol’s Angels & Friends, together with Dr Crask & his Swingin’ Elixir band, performed to a capacity house at the Meat Market on Saturday 8 August. A Night of Swing was held to raise funds for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and TrekMedic (Nepal earthquake response). Tickets for the event sold…

Local Students Participate in Model UN

by Maddi Collins (Year 10) –  On Friday 29 May, 62 students from a variety of high schools across Melbourne descended on Bendigo for the annual Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA). The MUNA is a rotary operated and funded debating weekend that involves students in years 10, 11 and 12. Each participating school was required…

Stranger than Paradise

by John Smith –  As a boy who grew up on a farm I enjoyed the routine of going into to the local town on Fridays to do the shopping. One of the treats was to visit a small general store that doubled as the local toyshop. Many fascinating hours were spent drooling over the…

Book Review – The Girl With the Dogs

The Girl with the Dogs by Anna Funder Reviewed by Chris Saliba – (Penguin, RRP: $9.99) Tess and Dan are an affluent middle-class couple with three children: 13-year-old Charlotte and the six-year-old twins, Tom and Lorna. Tess and Dan’s marriage is a dependable one, but after so many years it has become, if not stale,…

John Monash: A Man of War and Peace

by Bill Hannan – John Monash’s connection to North and West Melbourne did not end with his early childhood in Dudley Street. In 1887 what would become a lifelong interest in military affairs saw him join the North Melbourne Battery of the Metropolitan Brigade of the Garrison Artillery, whose task was to defend Victorian ports…