Unless a tomato falls into the ground…

Lying forlornly in the dirt, like a yellowing tomb slit open, is the remains of an early season tomato from my garden that didn’t quite make it to the plate. Sydney’s unseasonally damp summer has meant the vigorous tomato plant this specimen came from is long gone, afflicted by various diseases and my lack of […]

And then there was a flag… followed by a polite pirate

We wonder if Sydney’s inner west resident flag-marcher will be out and about today after Australia’s great win in the second test in South Africa. He was first spotted on the eve of one of Australia’s Rugby World Cup games, spreading national fervour around the intersection of Crystal St and Parrmatta Rd. When photographed, he […]

Leichhardt goes 24/7 for World Cup

A boring looking letter arrived from Leichhardt Council yesterday, slightly damp from the persistent rain over Sydney. Addressed to the householder, I was tempted to toss it (read recycle…) but decided to have a glance. Turns out it was a development application covering virtually every cafe, hotel and restaurant on Norton St asking for permission […]

Life is like a short film

Scene 1: Filmic moment for Jo We pulled into Civic video and Jo scurried out, barefoot, to deposit the slightly late return. Hopping back in the car, we headed up Norton St, past Bar Italia on one side and Mezzapica further up on the other. We hit a red light next to the illuminated Leichhardt […]

Rage, blood and death on the street

Awake 6.30, cool of the morning Maragogype coffee beans lure me downstairs Before returning, cup in hand for my wife And the first strains of ABC news Man stabbed and dying in Marion St Like Heart? Leichhardt? Where I live?! And the story unfolds as the day does too Of a man hammered, and chased, and killed  […]