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Music
Stuff for kids
Reader feedback
Literary events
Film
Flower show
Fairs & expos
Theatre
Country Victoria
Advance notice
The White Hat Quiz

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Music

Tomorrow at the Arts Centre, Rick Wakeman has a farewell tour – I blame Nellie Melba. Also this week is free jazz at BMW Edge and flamenco music and dancing at North Melbourne, classical music at Como and the Soweto Choir at Hamer Hall. Details at Music in Melbourne.

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Stuff for kids

This Sunday is a children’s book event at Fed Square and various other events throughout the week where children can engage with authors and illustrators. Details at Children & Family Events.

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Reader feedback

”Hi White hat Thank you for a good read we always enjoy your emails. Recently I took my Mum on the 72 tram for a ride. This may seem boring to many but my Mum had polio as a young adult. And as the trams at Flinders street have the ramp enabling wheelchairs access we enjoyed the trip. Mum had not been on a tram for 55 years. That is a long time in public transport time as waiting for P.T. (usually that is, yet not that day) can make time seem to stand still.
regards Janine”

“I tried looking for Clyde on a map of Victoria and it doesn’t exist. I suspect that Clyde the Celery Capital may be one of your little tricks.
Martin”

Last week a reader mentioned a visit to the Gasworks Art Park in Port Melbourne which prompted the following reply.

“Dear White Hat. Many years ago, when I was doing my nursing training, and there were a lot of children suffering from whooping cough, we used to take them down to the gasworks at Port Melb. for them to inhale the fumes and aromas, if you call it that, It had the effect of relieving the congestion and helped them breathe easier, it helped make them immune to any further attacks so apart from supplying fuel, it helped the public also. Thought you might like this little titbit for your column.
Ellen”

“… I find your newsletters weird, but strangely compelling. Maybe I should seek help … Jason”

“Dear Mr White Hat, I haven't lost interest in your quiz. We have been on a celery tour of the US although we weren't able to find any farms in New York or Chicago. I am not particularly confident with my answers but I don't want to let the celery capital down so had a bash at the quiz. . . . “

From Lisa at Clyde the Celery Capital Or is it?

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Literary events

Melbourne Writers’ Festival starts this week. If you fancy a cosy night around the fire, head up to Creswick and listen to readings of Norman Lindsay and Daryl Lindsay. Details at Literary Festivals in Melbourne.

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Film

This week is an Israeli Film Festival. You can also go along to an entertainment based around silent movies at Ringwood. Details of both at Film Festivals in Melbourne. I believe Ringwood may soon be getting the talkies so that will be exciting.

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Flower Show

Some suburbs just hold flower shows. Not so out at Keysborough. This weekend they have an “International Orchid Spectacular” (and sausage sizzle?). Details at Flower & Garden Shows.

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Fairs & expos

This weekend there is a Family History Fair at Keilor. Family History is just genealogy without the attitude. This week at Jeff’s Shed is the RACV Home and Garden Show and the Money and Small Business Show where various board members can give you inside information on where to invest your money. Details at Fairs & Expos.

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Theatre

This week there is Stuff Happens at the Comedy (good reviews and probably a must for fans of West Wing), Ten Tenors at the Maj (where I expect the ticket prices to be over three times what they were for the Three Tenors), and War of the Roses with Bell Shakespeare.

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Country Victoria

This weekend there is a Beef Expo at Elmore. Elmore is the Field Days Capital of Australia – but maybe I made that up. This week there is also the Australian Indoor Bias Bowls Championships in Echuca. Why not head along and witness the excitement of the sport at its purest before it is too late. I have heard rumours that they may introduce barefoot indoor bias bowls! First the shoes and socks – keep your teenage children away from indoor bias bowls. Details at Events in Victoria.

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Advance notice

The following week is the food and wine festival and the slow food festival. Also one of the organisers of the Maltese Festival has asked me to mention that is coming up, and I wouldn’t want to make a Maltese angry. Details soon at: Ethnoc Festivals in Melbourne.

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The White Hat Quiz

How well do you know Melbourne?

Melbourne has numbers of institutions hidden off the main streets and tucked up back alleys. Where would you find:

  1. A bar that is an old science lab?
  2. A club for Scots and Engineers?
  3. A bar named after an hirsute songbird?
  4. A long-established jazz club?
  5. The Buffalo’s Lodge?
  6. A Korean restaurant?

Now to last week’s quiz.

How things in Melbourne work.

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