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100 posts young!

  It’s taken a while to get here, but The Melbourne Local has finally made it to its 100th post! I’d like to take this opportunity to send out a big thank you to all you lovely people who have dropped in from time to time. I started this blog hoping it might be a help to the occasional friend visiting Melbourne; I’m humbled that so many of you have found The Melbourne Local valuable enough to follow and support. But over to you! If anyone has feedback on or suggestions for the blog, I would love to hear them. Is there anything you would you like to see more often? What has been of most interest and/or value to you so far? What’s been a useless waste of cyber space? You can leave comments in the box below or send me a private message via the contact page. I’m all ears! Cheers, The Melbourne Local   Advertisements

melbourne’s the light in winter

    The Light In Winter is a month-long arts festival held in Federation Square during June. This year, the program includes film screenings, forums, exhibitions, a Solstice Celebration and the premier of a new work called The Helix Tree by Bruce Ramus. Every June evening at dusk, choirs will light up The Helix Tree using technology that responds to voice. Other activities and events include the Indigenous Campfire, the Solstice Weekend, and public forums The People’s Voice, The Future Journey of Democracy, The Molecular Machines, and Science City. Click here to view a PDF of the festival programme. These are all free events, so make the most of them!   The Light in Winter Date: 1–30 June 2013 Venue: Federation Square, Melbourne Tel: 9655 1900 Email: Damage: free  

event: anzac day is more puff than substance

    Every year on 25 April, Australians and Kiwis commemorate soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) who have fought in wars throughout history. Originally held to remember the victims of the devastating WWI Gallipoli offensive, the day has since become a memorial for all soldiers who have served in combat up until the present day. If you ask a handful of Australians how they feel about ANZAC Day, you will likely hear many conflicting answers. Some believe this memorial day glorifies war, while others seem to feel it’s entirely appropriate to do so. Others, myself included, feel that ANZAC Day is a sad and sobering reminder of the horrors of war. These issues and many more will be debated at a Wheeler Centre event to be held at the Melbourne Town Hall on 30 April. ‘Intelligence Squared Debates: Anzac Day is More Puff Than Substance‘ will feature a panel of five, including a war journalist (arguing against the proposition) and a former soldier (arguing for it). If you’re interested in …

free event: ‘more than honey’ film screening

Multi-award-winning documentary More Than Honey will show on the big screen in Federation Square on Thursday 18 April. Directed by Markus Imhoof, the film looks into the plight of honey bees in California, Switzerland, China and Australia. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Professor Boris Baer and his wife Dr Barbara Baer-Imhoof (who is also the director’s daughter), both from the University of Western Australia–based Centre for Integrative Bee Research (CIBER). There will also be a short talk by Vanessa Kwiatkowski and Mat Lumalasi, founders of ‘Melbourne City Rooftop Honey’. More Than Honey Date: 18 April 2013 Time: 6pm–8pm Venue: Big screen, Federation Square, Melbourne Tel: 9864 8923

the little library at melbourne central

    There is something very heartening about The Little Library in Melbourne Central shopping centre. Nestled amongst the chain stores in one of the city’s largest shopping malls is a nook filled with books that may be borrowed or swapped for free. The library works on an honour system — there are no forms to fill, no barcodes to scan. Anyone can simply take a book with no questions asked. It should go without saying that this honour system must be respected for the library to remain open — but I’ll say it anyway. Let’s keep this lovely little project alive, and become enviably well-read in the process.   The Little Library Address: The Corner — Level 2, Corner of LaTrobe and Swanston Street, Melbourne Open daily      

… and a happy new year

    And so we come to the end of another year. A year of the Higgs boson, the London Olympics, continuing economic crisis,  mega elections, natural disasters and a space-jumping daredevil. We said a sad goodbye to Lonesome George, the last surviving Pinta Island Tortoise, and laughed along with a South Korean determined to show the world how to ride an invisible horse. Throughout the year we mourned, and continue to mourn, the victims of conflicts around the world. On a personal note, I would like to send my love and hopeful wishes to my friends in Syria. For a domestic take on the past year, head to The Monthly website. They’ve put together some great ‘Best of’…’ reads, videos, cartoons and photographs from 2012. I hope 2013 will be safe, memorable and rewarding for you all. Here’s to a new year filled with rich experiences, peace, learning and creativity.   سنة جديدة سعيدة     Godt Nyttår     新年好 sretna nova godina      с Новым годом Gelukkig Nieuwjaar    onnellista uutta vuotta masaya bagong taon      heureuse nouvelle année שנה טובה       ευτυχισμένο το νέο έτος …