Republic of Moreland

December 22, 2006

Open for business

Sydney roadWELCOME TO Republic of Moreland. I did pen a tagline under its masthead but, for reasons unknown, WordPress refused to publish it. I thought about using Almost Pretty, the title of a history of Sydney Road, which, incidentally, is the longest continuous retail strip in the Southern Hemisphere, or so a prominent local real estate auctioneer is very fond of shouting. (If you’re lucky enough to covet property, you know who I’m talking about. He with the year-round suntan.) It’s an impressive fact, until you think about the other cities in the Southern Hemisphere. Anyway, suggestions for the tagline, and how to get it up there, will be warmly received.

Republic of Moreland is inspired by a great blogsite I recently chanced upon, Banyule Bloggers. If you have high-thread-count inner-city sensibilities, and you think no finery comes out of Zone 2, then be disabused.

Banyule Bloggers are — or (since the site is a collective) is — the future of community news. At least, I hunch so. The site mixes up chat about resident curios and best pizza in the district and local politics, to grand effect. What’s interesting about Banyule Bloggers is that it bridges many MSM no-fly-zones, and with panache. Imagine a local newspaper pulling off an architecture review which declares, no less: “The force majeur of its mindblowingness comes from the fact that its letterbox is an exact copy of the house itself.” Or which smartly disparages all local political candidates. I found myself yearning for a comparable site for Morelanders. So here it is.

At least, I’m hoping so. I plan, eventually, to be more host than player on this site. If I can motivate others to make posts. I’d like to make contributions, but I’m hoping others will end up running the show. I’ve asked some Morelanders to start contributing next year, on matters political and trivial.

This site won’t wimp out about appropriately toothy content: I’m all for the geezer who said, “If you can’t say something nice, come and sit next to me.” But recently I’ve also wised up to the views of Lauren Slater, who, after dishing it out and then taking it, wrote: “I now believe that good writing, and good living, must have a core of gentleness.”

So please, get in touch if you’re a Morelander with something interesting to share (by which I mean “of interest to the public” as much as “in the public interest”). Moreland is a fantastic place to live and write about: a place where the local Nepalese restaurant offers a “traditional Nepalese fisherman’s” curry. Think about that. A place boasting the state’s highest population of gangland killers, accused terrorists and bridal gown retailers (do you think there’s a relation there?), and also one of the highest levels of Greens voters and tyre dealerships. So if you embrace these contradictions, if you have generally social democratish and sustainable living and soft-on-border-control values, if you like pina colada, if you’d like to share some gossip, and if you can construct a sentence or take a photo, please contact me at moreland AT


  1. Great idea!!!!!! I can’t think of a tagline, but will have a think. Why not simply: “Blogging the inner north”?

    Comment by Chloe — December 23, 2006 @ 9:13 am | Reply

  2. What’s a tagline?

    Comment by Bob Bygone — December 23, 2006 @ 9:43 pm | Reply

  3. I like pina colada.

    Comment by Bob Bygone — December 23, 2006 @ 9:46 pm | Reply

  4. This is truly a great blog! Keep on posting such interesting subjects! I already bookmarked your blog and I will recommend it to some of my friends. James Spade

    Comment by — January 2, 2007 @ 10:53 am | Reply

  5. Hey Girl on the Avenue
    You’re a star for setting up the republic!
    I tried to come up with a witty, amusing, politically astute tagline but perhaps I’m not as entertaining as I think I am!!!!!

    Comment by Girl Next Door — January 5, 2007 @ 6:23 pm | Reply

  6. James Spade: I strongly suspect you’re spam, in fact I pulled you out of the spaminator, but heck, I’m a sucker for a compliment. And you’re my first spam! Hooray!

    Other Girl: Thanks! I know who you are! If I have my way, you’ll be enlisted to do architectury-type reviews here. In the meantime, vote in my poll, won’t you?

    Comment by Girl on The Avenue — January 5, 2007 @ 7:01 pm | Reply

  7. Re; Tagline.

    Comment by Max Franc — January 25, 2007 @ 5:51 pm | Reply

  8. Re: Tagline

    Republic of Moreland.
    More like a mixed salad than a melting pot

    Comment by Max Franc — January 25, 2007 @ 5:54 pm | Reply

  9. Tagline:

    We’re steaming the malaka out of Cobes. Ask us how!

    Comment by Bane of Malakas — February 1, 2007 @ 12:25 pm | Reply

  10. Hey, just found your blog here and I’m enjoying scrolling through stuff. Looking forward to following it more often from now on in.

    Comment by Chris Anderson — February 8, 2007 @ 10:19 am | Reply

  11. Thanks, Chris: yours is excellent too. Will put up a link.

    Comment by Girl on The Avenue — February 8, 2007 @ 5:57 pm | Reply

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