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Monday, April 25, 2016

Rose Hotel - new fit out

406 Napier St

Could Fitzroy get any trendier?

Well, apparently, yes!  OK, first up, let me say – as a long time habitué of Abbotsford, Collingwood and Fitzroy – I've become aware that there are a number of neighbourhoods within these suburbs, kind of like the French arrondissements and départements.

"Prenentious?  Moi?"

So there is Fitzroy, and then there's "Fitzroy" and then there's another type of Fitzroy as well.  Maybe ten or twenty zones if you want to be picky (including the murder zone!).

The wedge between Smith St, Brunswick St, Johnson St and Alexander Pde/Freeway extension is relatively affluent these days.  For example, there's the "Croissanterie" called Lune, which migrated there from South Yarra (near the Rose St markets) which has people queuing for croissants so often, their "goddamn"street view from Google maps has a line of people waiting on the street.

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Monday, April 4, 2016


Hey, I just turned 44, and found out from one of my German friends that it is a schnapszahl (schnapps number/year)... he turns 55 today (happy birthday Gerald!).  So I'll be celebrating a schnapszahl at the same time as him every eleven years.

Schnapszahl?  I understand the "double digits" are like seeing double, or even triple, like when you've had too much schnapps.

Of course, I had to check the spelling (thanks Maria), but you can now astound all your Deutsche pals!!... then ask them for a drink.
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