Beauty and Brains

Bold and ambitious, the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre’s imposing geodesic domed structure, with its parkland-facing wall of glass, projects boldly outwards into Geelong’s cultural precinct like a giant cerebral cortex. It’s no wonder that Mayor Darryn Lyons quipped, when it opened in November 2015, that it was Geelong’s ‘Big Brain’. READ MORE

Melbourne's Old Court at time of Steer vs Fitches

Do YOU Trove?

On Saturday 8 August 1857, an 18-year-old woman, recently emigrated from England, won a court battle in Melbourne’s Old Court. The plaintiff’s name was Emma Steer, READ MORE

Devout Irreverence

In early 2015, I joined a long, serpentine queue to view The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.
Gaultier’s show at Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria broke all previous attendance records (around 226,000 in its last days).READ MORE

Thomas Piketty, at the Paris School of Economics.

Thomas and The Pikettes

Dear Professor Piketty,

It’s probably hyperbole to say that you have changed my life. Better to say – enriched, expanded, deepened and consolidated.READ MORE

Tiny Utopias – Part 1

One hundred kilometres east of Seville, the regional capital of Andalusia in southern Spain, sits a small pueblo called Marinaleda. Surrounded by centuries-old feudal estates (latifundia) owned by the Spanish nobility, and the wreckage wrought by three decades of speculative capitalism, Marinaleda is a tiny utopia.READ MORE

Oh, Yoko

Yoko Ono turned 80 this year, but you wouldn’t know it. She’s a little stiff in the joints, and who knows what lies behind those dark sunglasses she wears, but Yoko Ono is as sprightly and unpredictable as ever. READ MORE