Tag Archives: Surry Hills

Winter Nights

As we sat and waited for the performance to begin, I had little idea of what to expect. My friend invited me, on the recommendation the work had been curated by a colleague at the ABC, Daniel Browning. Daniel presents “Awaye”, a weekly program about Indigenous arts and culture. And one of the most awesome segments on that program is

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Catching Up

“How old do you think Tony Sheldon is…?”, we asked each other during half-time yesterday in the latest production of “Priscilla, Queen Of The Dessert”, currently playing at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, which I attended with my friend Sue, and her mum, visiting down from the country. It turns out he’s 62, and in remarkably good shape as a performer, playing

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Surry Hills Laneway

Surry Hills Laneway

One of the great axioms I follow while travelling, but never nearly as much at home is : take the path less travelled. When I’m travelling, I’ll often change my travel route at whim, because something looks more interesting. But tonight, as I was heading towards the bus-stop on Crown Street, I diverted from my intended route, in favour of

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The Murder Mall

“I’ve never ever heard it called that either”, a couple of friends agreed with me a few months ago. We were referring to the newspaper description of the Surry Hills (formerly Redfern) Shopping Village as “The Murder Mall”. I have lived in Surry Hills for over twenty years and have never heard it called “The Murder Mall” until a few

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Food, Glorious Food

It was near impossible to get a taxi in Kings Cross on Friday night. “You see what happens when they introduce lock up laws, and try to gentrify the place?”, my friend said, as we waited for a taxi. Having seen a play at Hayes Theatre, we walked along Darlinghurst Road, remembering the days when Kings Cross had a “livelier”

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Surry Hills Stories

As I begin to reflect back on 2017, one of the most fantastic things I’ve been involved in this year has been a story-telling project called Surry Hills & Valleys. As I wrote previously… A few months ago a friend and I got together over dinner at a restaurant in Surry Hills. Compared with many, I’m a long-term local, whereas

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Lost Animals

You know how ugly those hoardings on construction works can be? Chip-board. “Do not enter” signs. That kind of thing? The other week I noticed there’s a new approach that’s being taken by the City of Sydney. I first saw it at the old fruit and vegetable shop on Crown Street, Surry Hills, currently under construction. They’ll probably turn it

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Discarded Torso

I never cease to be amazed at the things which are “discarded” in my back laneway. Yes, there are couches, fridges and all manner of home furnishings. But there’s also been a wooden leg, some oddly constructed furniture made from 44-gallon drums, and now this which has a slightly S&M feel to it. It’s an odd/interesting collection of posts I’ve

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