Fitzroyalty

Hyperlocal news about Melbourne's first suburb: Fitzroy 3065

the festival of middle age

I attended a festival of middle age last night. The queue stretched along the street and around the corner and up the block in the middle of Chinatown in Melbourne’s CBD. The people queuing were almost entirely my tribe: middle class, middle aged, of European descent, dressed in denim and leather, with colourful paisley and floral shirts, and a few quirky scarves and hats.…

Beautiful Noise shoegazer documentary

Beautiful Noise is a documentary about what is commonly known as the shoegaze genre of noise guitar music that developed in the UK in the late 1980s. It focuses on the Cocteau Twins, The Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine but also features bands I loved as an undergraduate like Ride and Lush (the only one from this scene that I saw live at the time.…

everything you’re being told about internet piracy is wrong

Yesterday’s Online Copyright Infringement Forum was a joke. It can be argued that the unauthorised reproduction of digital goods cannot be considered theft in the physical sense according to existing laws. Australian consumers are being exploited by content owners, who charge unreasonable amounts for content with no justification for the price differences between other countries and Australia.…

Fitzroy history book reprinted

The City of Yarra Libraries has just reprinted a few hundred copies of Fitzroy: Melbourne’s First Suburb, a history of Fitzroy that’s been out of print for years and impossible to find in secondhand bookshops. It’s on sale at any branch of Yarra Libraries for $55.…