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Vanishing Richmond

Vanishing Richmond

Friday, Jun 1, 2007

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A large Silvio's special, garlic bread and a carafe of house wine, priceless Dinner last night was a pizza in Silvio’s, magnificent as always. The place seems so permanent, but so did so many other old favourites…. Driving up Bridge road there’s a completely non-descript concrete tilt-slab two-storey building in amongst all the other non-descript concrete tilt-slab two-storey buildings. The only difference is that six years ago it was “the derelict green wooden building,” then for four years it was “the empty building site with the to be completed soon sign on it.
Bridge road ramblings

Bridge road ramblings

Thursday, Nov 23, 2006

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Several years ago Jo and I joked about needing to do a weekly audit of the shops — and especially the cafés and restaurants — along Bridge road in Richmond. You would think that you knew what was where, but a new place would appear and all of a sudden we found we couldn’t remember what was there previously. Now that we don’t live so close and only see a smaller set of the shops less frequently, it seems even more changeable.
Nostalgia for Richmond

Nostalgia for Richmond

Thursday, Oct 5, 2006

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Out of work and onto the bike to ride home, run inside and grab a pair of jeans and other essentials, then back out to ride in to Richmond for a beer. Sunset commute ride, sun in the eyes, bugs along Gardiners creek, manic motorists all around. The majority of other cyclists are heading out from the city, here I am again riding against the flow. Past the DHR and a surprise to see it all closed up, tape across the door and builders' ladders and stuff filling the bar.
The cold

The cold

Friday, Jun 24, 2005

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Early start for me this morning, I managed to leave the house by 8.30 am! I truly am not one of the world’s early risers at the moment. Saw my first Melbourne frost for the year along the railway reservation, 7 °C as a I arrived at Monash with blue and stiff fingers. Then I found the 75 Degrees South blog. Currently -28.5 °C down at Halley base in the Antarctic!
Richmond Melancholia

Richmond Melancholia

Sunday, Sep 26, 2004

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Packing, still packing. Boxes, boxes, boxes. A cold grey morning. A cool grey afternoon. Finally the sun came out late in the afternoon to a bright, clear, still spring sky. Time for a break and to get out of the house, walk around the streets perhaps seeing some of them for the last time as a resident. Strong smells of jasmine in the air, everyones' gardens are flowering. There’s no wind, warm sun, it was all very melancholy-inducing, knowing that we’re leaving Richmond, not knowing what we’ll find in Oakleigh…
Performance under pressure!

Performance under pressure!

Sunday, Aug 1, 2004

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Groove Train remains a favourite café, even though over the last few months they seem to have been getting slacker with their service, less inspiring with their food. Maybe its a change in staff, maybe its because the boss doesn’t seem to sit at his table in the back corner and supervise any more… he’s got a baby now and we see him far less often. Whatever the cause, tonight we dropped in for dinner and were treated to a magnificent meal.
Richmond

Richmond

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004

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Another old shop looks destined to close, the wonderful old-world looking Violineri, presided over by a white-haired gentleman who looks to be straight out of the 19th century. A sign appeared in the window today announcing that they’re closing soon and moving to Ballarat. I fear that old timber front will go and another bland and shiny new premises will open — or worse, yet another café. I can’t stop some of these places closing, or being bulldozed, but I’m making a concerted effort to try and record them in pictures… The old Tennyson building last December, the ruins that hid behind a wall in Bridge road for so long.
Rain and Richmond

Rain and Richmond

Sunday, May 2, 2004

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Winter is here, or was here today. Late in the afternoon the rain and wind dropped for long enough that we headed out for a walk — off around the southern end of the suburb and to complete a project… finally, after almost six months, I’ve completed the photographing of Richmond’s pubs! The Cherry Tree was the last of the lot, but always seemed to be in an out of the way location when I went out and about.
Richmond Redevelopment

Richmond Redevelopment

Saturday, May 1, 2004

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On Wednesday evening there was a large yellow implement parked in the street outside the run-down old house next door to the pub. This morning, no more house. Expensive land values, time to bulldoze and rebuild some shiny new townhouses. Further up the street towards the market, another of the little old factories fronting onto Bridge road is in the middle of being demolished. Its been empty for months, the chrome-platers have finally moved out, the chromed BMX frame that had hung in the window for years is finally gone.
'twas the shopping before Christmas

'twas the shopping before Christmas

Wednesday, Dec 24, 2003

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Last minute Christmas shopping panic — everyone else’s, not mine! First day of my break, tired from last night’s late finish, I wandered up the street at about eleven to gather my thoughts and look around. The more frenetic the crowds got, the more relaxed I felt, their panicking only seemed to emphasise the fact that I had absolutely nothing to do! Called past the Tennyson building, a lovely old warehouse that’s been empty for months.
Pubs and motorbikes

Pubs and motorbikes

Saturday, Nov 29, 2003

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Managed to nab a few more pubs this afternoon, for the photo collection alone, although with the hot weather it was very tempting to go and sample a beer in each one… The Vine, Mountain View, London and the Grand]. There can’t be that many left now… can there? Although I still wanted to walk on past the Grand, that new colour scheme just doesn’t look good to me! Pubs of Richmond: The Grand Off to a teamRC17 dinner this evening, foolishly without checking the details!
Pub hunting

Pub hunting

Saturday, Oct 25, 2003

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Up the road to the markets this morning — and first steps in taking the photos of all the pubs. Unfortunately, the best place to photograph most of them is half-way across the nearest main road, or risk having passing traffic blocking the view. Royal Oak, DHR, the Spready, three down, twenty four to go… Down to the Burnley post office to pick up a parcel, oh no! What has happened to the Grand?
Richmond history

Richmond history

Friday, Oct 24, 2003

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I tried to find a little about the architecture of Richmond, and found a website all about walking in Melbourne. Then was reminded, sadly, that the St Kilda pier had burned down while we were away on holiday. http://www.walkingmelbourne.com/: Walking Melbourne
Richmond street-life

Richmond street-life

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003

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Nearly had an all-in brawl across the street this evening. I’d just got home and was wondering what all the screaming and shouting was — three blokes were shoving each other around, chests out, swearing shouting and waving their fists in the air — “You F’en started, it ya C***,” “Nah, you F’en started it, coming round here ya F’en C***…” Meanwhile, three or four women shrieked like harpies telling their menfolk to lay into each other and “F’en kill the C***.
Richmond Saturday breakfast

Richmond Saturday breakfast

Friday, Aug 15, 2003

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Saturday morning, slept in until nearly eleven, then got up to find that one of the neighbours must have assumed we weren’t here and has stolen the newspaper. That’ll teach me to be slovenly. A quick walk up the street to the vege. markets, then we breakfasted at Kojo Brown’s, up on Bridge road. It’s been up there in the “must get around to trying their menu” list for quite a while.
Cycle Commute: Richmond to Clayton

Cycle Commute: Richmond to Clayton

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2003

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Richmond to Monash University, and home again. Here are some of the hi-lights and low-lights of my daily ride to and from work. Despite a personal dislike for “cycle paths” and most other cycle-specific infrastructure, most of my commute does use one of Melbourne’s bike paths… except that they aren’t really bike paths. Every off-road bicycle path in Melbourne is really a shared-use pedestrian footway, where pedestrians have absolute right of way over cyclists, and there is no legal enforcement of the keep left requirement, or any of the other rules and regulations, which appear to be little more than local council suggestions.
Journal for [2002-09-07 Sat]

Journal for [2002-09-07 Sat]

Saturday, Sep 7, 2002

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Richmond 3121 While walking up the street this morning and passing “the door that is never open” we noticed that it was open. Peeking inside shows a fascinating piece of Richmond falling into disrepair. The front of the shop has been boarded over for as long as I’ve seen it — probably four years at most — but there’s no indication of any development, any owner, or any activity whatsoever. I wonder how long its been like this, and what its future holds…
Journal for [2002-05-26 Sun]

Journal for [2002-05-26 Sun]

Sunday, May 26, 2002

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It was a sleepy Sunday, as a result of last night neither of us got out of bed before noon! I decided to attack my unsorted photos and finish putting them in albums, so I jumped on the bike and headed off to buy another album from the photo shop on Swan Street. It was shut, so was the other photo shop on Swan Street. Halfway home I thought I might as well visit the one on Bridge Road, he’d made a hash of my last photos, but maybe buying an album was OK.
Sunday meandering

Sunday meandering

Saturday, May 25, 2002

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Cold, damp and foggy morning. It reminded me of Canberra winters. After briskly doing the rounds of the Richmond market, stocking up on vegetables and dodging small children and wildly erratic grandmothers with trolleys, we adjourned to a newish café to try out their breakfast. Via Ponte; not a very original name for an establishment on Bridge Road, but the staff are friendly, the fire is warm, and last weekend we found that the coffee and pasta were good.
Cafés

Cafés

Monday, Jan 1, 0001

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Places to eat, places to drink, places to just sit and watch the world go by. Just my thoughts on a bunch of places I visit — trapped in time, written in 2003 or 2004. The good, the bad, and the ugly… Santucci’s: Rita’s happy smiling face, an eclectic mix of decorations and tasty food. It had the added advantage that it was just around the corner from where I first lived after moving to Melbourne.

About

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…The Owner

There’s not much more I can add to who I am.

…The Site

I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.

Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.

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