Recent Dining

It must be a decade, maybe more, since the glory days of the Grand Pacific Blue Room on Oxford Street, Sydney. They had good food and service, and they were located in an imposing building which, sadly, has remained empty for a number of years. That particular part of Oxford Street, which was once vibrant, [...]

Taylor Square Newsagency Closes

Taylor Square Newsagency

My earliest memory of the Sydney's Taylor Square Newsagency was when they had a "footpath sub-branch" outside The Oxford Hotel. As a young man from the country, I was somewhat overwhelmed by the large collection of international newspapers and "adult magazines" they sold. And yes, in my younger years, I may have bought some of [...]

Men Only

Deni Hines at The Midnight Shift

Ahead of meeting up with some mates for dinner tonight, I called in to The Midnight Shift on Sydney's Oxford Street for a G&T. I'd arrived early, and I figured a G&T would be a nice way to kill 15 or 20 minutes. To my surprise, Deni Hines was also there. Although I "grew up" [...]

Mr Crackles

Mr Crackles on Oxford Street

Admit it, you have to say "Mr Crackles" sounds like a pretty dodgy name for somewhere to buy food. "Mr Crackles" sounds too much like "Mr Bubbles" who was an (in)famous paedophile in Australia, especially since it's located on Sydney's Oxford Street. In contrast, I'd heard very good things about "Mr Crackles" on Oxford Street, [...]

Second Hand Store

Oxford Street Second Hand

"Oh my goodness, that looks just like something I made in wordwork class thirty-something years ago" was my first reaction when I saw the shell-covered jewellery box in the second hand shop on Oxford Street late yesterday. On closer inspection, I noticed this one displayed a greater level of professionalism (you might say) than might [...]

NSW’s New Alcohol Laws

A few weeks ago, as a result of some high profile recent violent attacks, the NSW Government enacted some new liquor licensing laws. In short, Sydney has gone from being a 24-hour city, where you could pretty much purchase alcohol at any time of the day to one with restrictions. Bars now have a "lockout" [...]

Croc-a-Dyke Dundee

Dawn O'Donnell - still taken from movie trailer

Years ago I remember watching a really fantastic documentary about the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras called, Feed Them to the Cannibals. As I recall, the title was a reference to the words of an Australian government official, who was asked what he thought should be done with those engaging in homosexual behaviour in [...]