Republic of Moreland

February 14, 2008

Modesty prevents him*

Filed under: art,books & writing — Kath @ 5:22 pm

Okay, I’m gonna to do something that’s frowned upon within the interwebs. I’m gonna out a psuedonymous blogger.

The Republic of Moreland’s ‘Leonaardo’ is actually — ta-da-da-da — the painter Robert Hollingworth!

Don’t know Robert’s art? You may know his words. Robert’s a terrific writer. Last night I went to the launch of his latest book, They Called Me The Wildman, at Readings in Carlton. Published by Murdoch Books, the book’s publicity blurb reads thus:

They Called Me the Wildman is historian and artist Robert Hollingworth’s captivating reconstruction of Swedish-born naturalist Henricke Nelsen’s solitary life. Henricke lived on a mountain in Victoria’s Tallarook Ranges in the 1860s. Robert Hollingworth has written Henricke’s life story in the form of a prison diary. No imaginary work could arrange a better cast of characters than this meticulously researched story.

Never mind the blurb (and Robert insists he’s not a historian — even though the book is based on historical records). I can tell you it’s a terrific read. I read it in manuscript stage, and ’twas one of those page-turners that keep me up into the wee hours. And I don’t even tend to read this kind of genre. I promise you it was authentic and moving and wondrous. It hit me right here:

*pounds heart*

Now, it’s in hard-cover, beautifully bound, with gorgeous paperstock and old illustrations. It’s a fine object as well as a wonderful read. If you buy one as a present it will be treasured, I promise.

You can listen to Leonaardo talk about it on ABC Radio National.

December 6, 2007

Christmas on The Avenue

Filed under: art,Coburg,events — Kath @ 2:20 pm

June 4, 2007

Passive-aggressive notes

Filed under: art,books & writing,nonsense — Kath @ 12:27 pm

This has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with Moreland, but I just couldn’t resist. I don’t normally take much notice of WordPress’s most popular site list, but over the last week a blog called Passive-aggressive notes from roommates, neighbors, co-workers and strangers has topped the list. This site rivals Brunswick’s Mrs Washalot blog for originality. It’s hilarious: take a look.

February 17, 2007

Moreland needs your brains

Filed under: art,Brunswick,environment,events,Sydney Road — leonaaardo @ 10:57 am

storm-over-the-burbs.jpg Storm over the Burbs (more…)

February 15, 2007

Please don’t go

For several years I had the strange experience of living in far north Queensland, where developers breed like cane toads, and old house demolition is an international sport. (more…)

January 18, 2007

Species unique to Moreland

Filed under: art,nonsense — leonaaardo @ 6:06 pm

Waterbird (more…)

January 15, 2007

Can’t have it both ways

Behold the cup and saucer, from St Vinnies, nine bucks. (more…)

January 6, 2007

Cosmic Carpark

Filed under: art,Brunswick,nonsense — leonaaardo @ 4:40 pm


An empty parking lot in Brunswick. I’m crossing it, heading back to the studio, having just been caught in a sudden downpour, a rare thing in these post Al Gore times. Suddenly I notice something in front of me. There on the wet asphalt a kind of infinite cosmos is unfolding… (more…)

Dobbing on our neighbours

Filed under: art,crime,environment,gardening,neighbours,politics,water — Kath @ 12:07 am

Tough-on-crime serial dobber Bane of Malakas just emailed me. He alerted me to a blog on the site of a happening Melbourne music magazine, Mess+Noise. There, PaulsGrandfather writes:

“It is not anyone’s ‘right’ to water their concrete driveways. Or to take 20 minute showers. Or to hose down their windows.”

Hear, hear — naturally. Same, of course, with big urban 4WDs. Toorak tractors should be outlawed, for sure, and we should treat the ‘rights’ rhetoric coming from the motoring community car lobby with the tar-and-feathering it deserves. It’s no-one’s ‘right’ to warm the planet for the sake of Big Ego. But listen up: here’s PaulsGrandfather’s answer to water-crime: (more…)

December 26, 2006

Can’t decide which I love the best

Filed under: architecture,art,Coburg,politics,urban planning — Kath @ 10:41 am

Houses are people too, you know. I was going to write an earnest little post on neighbourhood character, which quoted from Alain de Botton’s peerless book, The Architecture of Happiness. I was going to explore my bourgeois notions of what constitutes neigbourhood character, and take you on a romp through the different styles in my area (Victorian, Edwardian, Federation, faux Georgian, Deco), and compare their virtues with these brown boxes, also in my street.

December 24, 2006


Filed under: art,Brunswick,nonsense,North Fitzroy,rooftops — Kath @ 9:45 pm

This post comes from the lovely emilie zoey baker.


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. (more…)

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