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Thursday, 23 November

00:08

TREES Melbourne Fresh Daily

"Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven." - Rabindranath Tagore

This post is part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.


Save our planet's trees! Reuse, Repair, Recycle!

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Wednesday, 22 November

21:52

Wow that guy is good! The Gap Year and Beyond

I reckon the roo was stunned by my stalking prowess. Usually they are quite shy and will bound off as soon as they spot me trudging along the track with all my gear. I do try to walk quietly in case I find a Bassian Thrush or another ground bird on the path. More likely than being impressed, I think this tall male was quite confident that he could take me so he just waited for me to stop walking and then just ambled across the path and away into the forest.

00:05

THE QUEEN VIC Melbourne Fresh Daily

The Queen Victoria Market (also known as the Queen Vic Markets or the Queen Vic, and locally as '"Vic Market"') is a major landmark in Melbourne, Australia, and at around seven hectares is the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere. The Market is significant to Melbourne's culture and heritage and has been listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

The Market is named after Queen Victoria who ruled the British Empire, from 1837 to 1901. The Queen Victoria Market is the only surviving 19th century market in the Melbourne central business district. There were once three major markets in the Melbourne CBD, but two of them, the Eastern Market and Western Market, both opened before the Queen Victoria, closed in the 1960s. It also forms part of an important collection of surviving Victorian markets which includes the inner suburban Prahran Market and South Melbourne Market.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.



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Tuesday, 21 November

22:25

OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #569 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Read Online Newsletter | #569 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #569 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 21st November 2017 to Monday 27th November 2017 Another week jam packed with markets, exhibitions and foodie events. Night Noodle Markets 9-26 November - Asian market feast served alongside roaming performers DJs and live music. Night Noodle Markets | Birrarung Marr Stitches & Craft Show .nobrtable br { display: none } 23-26 November 2017 | 3 days of amazing displays and get loads of inspiration to make gorgeous things for your family and home. Melbourne Stitches & Craft Show | Royal Exhibition Building The Strange and Spektakulr Lives of Otto & Astrid .nobrtable br { display: none } Circus Oz creates this strange and spektacular fantastical back story of the lives of Otto and Astrid, tracing the journey that catapulted them to become the Prince and Princess of art rock and Europop. Show | Meat Market | Buy Tickets The Melbourne Fair 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } Over 60 of Australias best antique dealers will be at Caulfield Racecourse from the 23rd to 26th November The Melbourne Fair | Caulfield Racecourse Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } Christmas tree lighting spectacular followed by a dazzling fireworks display to welcome in the festive season. Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights 2017 Black Friday Sales .nobrtable br { display: none } Prepare for the biggest shopping day of the year. Friday 24th November 2017: Black Friday Sales Primrose Fair 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } The ultimate designer market on the Mornington Peninsula at the historic Cloisters in Mount Eliza. Saturday, November 25, 2017: Primrose Fair | Toorak College Melbourne Ceramics Market .nobrtable br { display: none } Showcasing Melbournes finest and established ceramic makers on the weekend of the 25th & 26th November under one roof in Collingwood. Melbourne Ceramics Market Melbourne Pen Show .nobrtable br { display: none } Australia's only pen show featuring writing instruments, pens and writing ephemera at Malvern Town Hall - Sunday 26th November 2017. Melbourne Pen Show 2017 | Malvern Town Hall Coburg Night Market .nobrtable br { display: none } One of Melbournes favourite summertime events Coburg Night Market returns for an 8th season with Artisans street food and music. 4 Friday nights | 5.30pm-10pm | Bridges Reserve Coburg Night Market This Week .nobrtable br { display: none } Cigar Box Guitar Festival, Draughthorse & YesterYear Weekend, Feminist Festive Fair, Gippsland Antiques & Collectables Fair, Kids Fun Run with Thomas, Lancefield Megafauna Festival, Melbourne Music Week, Monster Fest, Riddells Creek Festival, Very Special Kids Fashion Sale, White Ribbon Day, Yea Show View Event...

22:15

A home of grass and spider webs The Gap Year and Beyond

Taking a long slow walk around the Baldry Circuit at Greens Bush, I am still finding many birds hard at work building nests and feeding young. Some of the early starters like the Pardalotes, Rosellas and the Eastern Yellow Robins are just about done with many new juveniles now flitting amongst the branches waiting for a free feed from their parents. Another group are just starting their breeding duties. A pair of busy Grey Fantails were flying in and out of the lower branches of an Acacia. The material they were collecting was a mix of finely shredded dried grass and spider webs interwoven into a small goblet shape that the Fantail could barely sit in. A fantastic little structure fit for purpose for just a few months and then will disappear.

18:00

Lenin's epic train trip from Zurich to St Petersburg, 1917 ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly

    
Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (1870-1924} was born into a well educated, middle class family in Simbirsk, east of Moscow. The children grew up in comfort but with a strongly developed sense of justice. But when in 1887 the oldest sibling was hanged in St Petersburg for conspiring to assassinate Czar Alexander III, the family was horrified.

At university, Ulyanov absorbed the writings of Marx and Engels. On graduating law from St Petersburg University in 1891, Lenin became a leader of a Marxist group, distributing revolutionary pamphlets to workers. He was carefully watched by the police, arrested in 1895, convicted of distributing propaganda and sentenced to 3 years in Siberia. Nadezhda Krupskaya, a young fellow traveller, joined him there and they married. Now called Lenin, the couple returned from Siberia and in 1906 chose exile in Western Europe.

Moving between Prague, London and Bern, publishing a radical newspaper and trying to organise an international Marxist movement, Lenin wrote how to transform Russia from a feudal society into a modern workers paradise. He argued that revolution would come from a coalition of peasants and factory workers, the proletariat.

The longest, coldest route imaginable for travelling from Zurich to St. Petersburg 1917
Press map for details

Zurich By early WW1 in Aug 1914, Lenin & Krupskaya were in Zurich, living off family money. They had no children. 

The Altstadt is a cluster of medieval alleys that rise from the Limmat River. The Spiegelgasse, a narrow cobblestone lane, winds past the WW1 Cabaret Voltaire and enters a leafy square with a stone fountain. #14, a tall building with a gabled rooftop, has a commemorative German plaque saying that from Feb 1916 until Ap 1917, this was the home of Lenin, leader of the Russian Revolution.

When Lenin lived in the Altstad...

15:57

Ora Ora Shohei Otomo at Backwoods, Melbourne "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

Son of the legendary Katsuhiro Otomo Japanese author, illustrator and creator of cult classic Anime AKIRA Shohei Otomo is cut from the same cloth as his father. With intense concentration, he produces ballpoint drawings of semi-imagined figures and situations, blending the old guard sensibilities and pop-culture of Japan with his own dystopian take on life in the country and the seedy underbelly often hidden from the outside world.

With an impressive display of technical precision, incisive political critique and innovative style, Otomo effortlessly slides between the boundaries of graphic design, fine art, anime and raw punk power.

Featuring a larger-than-life-size hand-painted Sumo sculpture, amongst other visual treats, Otomos show opens to the public at Backwoods, Melbourne, this Friday, November 24rd and runs until December 10th.

Backwoods Director and stalwart of the Melbourne art scene, Alexander Mitchell, penned the following essay on Otomos work for the show:

Japanese culture is engaged in an ongoing battle against two opponents; its youth and the West. Like a colossal Sumo wrestler with expert cultural judo, by using its opponents own weight as a weapon, Japan somehow keeps the fight in equilibrium. It rolls with each blow, assimilates culture, pushes back with its own creations and always finds balance.

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06:27

Elwood-based artist to exhibit at the 2017 Knox Immerse Festival "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

Elwood-based photographic printmaker Mat Hughes is one of 30 artists taking part  in this years Knox Immerse Festival exhibiting at 30 venues for 30 days. His print series titled In Flux is now on display at the Rowville library, until December 11, 2017.    Mat Hughes was born in Libya when the country had a []

Monday, 20 November

06:08

The War for Cash "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Youve read about the War on Cash here the Daily Reckoning for years now. The idea has sprouted all sorts of variations and books around the world. Today Ill show you why its a false lead.

I think the world is in for a War for Cash, not a War on Cash. Well see a cash grab, not the abolition of paper money. Itll be a mad rush for cold hard currency the physical kind.

In the age of digitalisation, electronic payments using only someones phone number, and cryptocurrencies, this sounds a little odd. The thing is, we live in a real, tangible world. For now, anyway. And that means theres a gap between your life and the digital payments system. One that can widen into a chasm without any warning. Except the one youre reading now.

Many years ago, I moved to Melbourne for my first real job. (Flying trapeze gigs are more of a hobby.) To secure a flat, I had to come up with a bank cheque to pay the deposit. But my bank refused to give me one because my bank account was with their stockbroker division. The stockbroker account had all the benefits of a bank account for free and with higher interest. All the benefits except allowing bank cheques, that is.

If it hadnt been for a large wad of cash from an unexpected source, whom many of you know as a former editor of The Daily Reckoning, I wouldve missed out on the flat. Cash saved me when the digital banking system failed me.

Then came the great Australian bank failures. You might remember them. One after the other over a course of months, Australian banks had tech glitches that led to their ATM cash machines going down. People couldnt get money for a few hours each time. It caused quite a mess, especially for elderly people without updated payment cards.

This happened in a country thats very advanced when it comes to digital banking. And that was precisely the problem. Our overreliance on digital payment systems working.

Speaking of which, in India, the turmoil caused by going cashless was all over the newspapers. Vox summarised the mess:

One study, from the All India Manufacturers Organization, found that micro and small-scale industries showed a whopping 35 percent job loss and a 50 percent decline in revenue in just the first 34 days since the policy went into effect, and that those numbers are likely to continue to increase in coming months. Earlier this month, the International Monetary Fund said that Modis policy had caused India to lose its title as the worlds fastest-growing economy, after shaving a percentage point off its projection for Indias growth in 2016. Many of Indias small businesses that handle all their transactions in cash have facing crippling blows to their business.

The New York Times loo...

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