Books/DVDs for sale (inner north)

I have a bunch of books/dvds for sale, listed in this post on my journal. Available for pickup (inner north) or can mail them. Signal boosting welcome!
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[personal profile] lizbee2012-11-07 07:51 pm

Six month sub-let: Brunswick sharehouse

The situation: Our flatmate is moving to Japan for six months! Amazing for her, sad for us -- because now we have to fill her shoes.

The house: A four-bedroom sharehouse in Brunswick. With new kitchen and carpets installed when we moved here back in 2010, it's a comfortable late-Victorian (the era, not the state) with an attractive front and a concrete-and-corrugated-iron backyard that wouldn't be out of place in a serial killer movie. The rooms are large but lack civilised things like built-in wardrobes. Short walk from Moreland Station and the 8 and 19 trams.

The flatmates: A film student, an office worker and a cat. The humans are quiet homebodies with nerdy interests and creative tendencies. The cat is so neurotic he's on human Prozac. If your idea of a great Saturday night is sitting on the internet with a glass of wine close to hand, you'll fit in great.

The ideal candidate: A lion-tamer. Or someone with a profound passion for cleaning. Or, failing all that, a non-smoker with a job, a sense of humour, and basic interpersonal skills. Would especially suit a post-grad student or young professional aged 25-35.

The money: rent is $650 a month. Bond is $600. Bills and internet are extra.

Available: beginning December 2012
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[personal profile] hope2012-05-29 10:38 pm

Melbourne's first fat burlesque show this Friday!

Hey Melbournians (or Batmanians, as some of you like to be known)!

My friends and I are putting on Melbourne's first fat burlesque show this Friday night (June 1) at Revolt in Kensington:

Va Va Boombah - June 1!

Tickets are pretty cheap (as far as burlesque shows in Melbourne go), group tickets are cheaper (you need to book those ahead). The performers are awesome - the show is funny, queer, kinky, sexy, deliciously corpulent, and brilliantly talented. It's going to be great. Please come along!

(Va Va Boombah is being made possible under the benevolent auspices of Chub Republic Melbourne.)
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[personal profile] lizbee2009-08-13 05:43 pm

Appealing ticketing fines on trams

I was a bad girl a few weeks ago -- it was early in the morning, I needed to get to work, and on boarding my tram I discovered that my purse held $1.45 in small change and a $20 note. And, as if starting work at 7am wasn't bad enough, the ticket inspectors loomed.

So now I have a fine waiting to be paid, but the inspector recommended that I appeal, as it was a first-time offence and I had extenuating circumstances. I was originally inclined to pay the fine, but then I saw how much it was. $178 >>>> laziness.

So, beloved Melbournians, have any of you appealed a fine, how did you phrase your letter, and did you have any luck?
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For the Elwood/St Kilda dwellers - the Turtle is back!

 I'm happy to note that after months of rebuilding after that unfortunate fire, the Turtle  has reopened! I just drove by and it's packed with people. 

I can't wait to cure my craving for the Turtle Benedict this weekend.:)
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Would you leave Melbourne?

  So, I've been inspired by [personal profile] tangent_woman to ask - would you leave Melbourne to live in country Victoria? And if so, where? And why?

After driving down the Great Ocean Road to Johanna Beach, I have to say I fell in love with Joanna and the lovely little seaside towns between there and Melbourne. Living on the coast really appeals to this island girl, but, I suspect it would be expensive.

Would love to hear your thoughts and recommendations on places to visit or live in country Vic. :)
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Community Cup

 I see the melbournemaniac community on LJ just kicked off a massive "introduce yourself" thread... and it made me realise I should get my butt in gear and post something over here.

So, did anyone else go to Community Cup at Elsternwick Park? If you spotted a really hyper goldren retriever pulling his owner along behind him, you saw me and my dog. :)

City of Melbourne to reduce arts funding by 20%

"The City of Melbourne - despite having a surplus of almost $8 million this year - is cutting its arts funding by 20%, or $300,000, which will have a major impact on the independent arts sector in the coming months. Essentially it will result in 25 less exhibitions, events or arts jobs in the next year, which in the middle of a recession, which usually sees people flock to the arts to escape the grim reality of their everyday lives, is a thoroughly fucked situation," writes Richard Watts.

Can it be *Melbourne* doing this? :(
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A Little Night Music

 For the musical theatre buffs out there... 
I went to see A Little Night Music at the Arts Centre last night. I can now say I really GET Sondheim, and I see why so many people are in fervent love with his musicals.

I was hanging off every word. Oh, the lyrics are wonderful! 

I was sitting up in the dress circle without my glasses *grin* so I can't attest to whether Sigrid Thornton really looks as young as she did on the cover of the Melbourne magazine, but I really enjoyed her performance, and the chap who played her lover (I have no idea of the actor's name, unfortunately).

Definitely worth seeing, if you're a musical person. Not as glitzy and eyepopping as Wicked but clever and funny, and I'm still humming "Send in the Clowns" to myself this morning. :)
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The return of the community cup!

 I was soooo happy when I heard the news... The RRR Community Cup is back. If you haven't been... make sure you come along to Elsternwick Park on Sunday, June 21 to see a silly, shambolic footy match where out of shape DJs (PBS Megahertz) play out of shape rock pigs (the Espy Rock Dogs) for charity. There are also bands and stuff, but for me the best part of it is everyone brings their dogs and it's a cool kind of "alt family day out" vibe.

The Community Cup has been on hiatus for several years as the charity it used to raise money for decided it had grown too big and they couldn't afford the public liability insurance anymore, or something like that.  The charity the event now supports looks cool - they do social sports stuff for disadvantaged/marginalised folk.

Yay, see you on the 21st. :)
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[personal profile] davidcook2009-05-20 03:08 pm

Questions ... so many questions.

Can anyone recommend a reliable electrician for me ? I'll be moving in six weeks, and need to get a couple of things done (replace old fusebox, fit a couple of lights, etc), and the Yellow Pages don't tell you if someone will turn up on time. Ideally someone based in the Eastern suburbs (the house is in Nunawading).

Also, any recommendations for locksmiths (reliable/not-too-expensive) ?

Is there a phone store where I can try out different phones ? I dislike the interface on my current phone, and really want to try a few out to see what works best for me, but that needs "live" phones to play with, not just display models stuck to the walls. Somewhere in the CBD, or Camberwell etc ?

Finally, possibly a bit late, but where are the best parks/gardens around Melbourne to catch Autumn colours ?
(yes, the streets around Balwyn/Camberwell etc are very pretty at the moment, but hard to take good photos of, and most of the trees have been butchered to fit around powerlines anyway)
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Youssou N'Dour movie at ACMI

 oooh. one for the World Music fans...
Youssou N'Dour: I bring what I love movie at ACMI. Ultra short season, 14-17 May!
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Show us ya 7 inch: Speed dating, RRR style

 Bwahaha, I heard RRR advertising this event this morning: Show us ya 7 inch. It's a speed dating event, RRR style, which means you need to bring your favourite 7 inch single and be prepared to talk about what kind of music  you love.
I think it's cool - I'd like to meet other RRR listeners, but really the only events they seem to put on are live music events, which aren't great for chatting people up.
Any of you keen to take up the challenge? I have to admit, I'm tempted. :)

So what 7 inch would you take? I know I've jettisoned a lot of my vinyl over the years. Otherwise I could scare em with my daggy first single ever purchased (Genesis Invisible Touch). I would probably go with Retard Girl by Hole. Nice litmus test of how well they react to feminist/loud/angry chicks. :)

Good dentist?

Just broke a tooth on homemade coconut brittle... Grr.

My usual dentist is Ben Olstein, holistic dentist in Armadale but I thought I might as well as around and check if anyone has a recommendation? I'm in Clifton Hill.
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POLL*: So what's good in Melbourne right now?

  • I had a lovely dinner at baby-Malouf restaurant Arabesque on Saturday night but for my money After the Tears around the corner is much more delicious and filled with vodka goodness. :) (omg I love you Elsternwick!)
  • Went to the Saturday matinee of The Magic Flute at the Arts Centre and there were several major fuckups with the sound and lighting. At one point the stage and orchestra pit lights went out completely - all credit to the singers and orchestra who carried right on without a hiccup! The Legs on the Wall did a cool job of providing some acrobatics and diversion, the Queen of the Night was a show stealer, and I loved Papageno despite the fact that he reminded me way too much of my ex boyfriend, right down to the hair and clothing style. :)
  • Reasons why the interwebs is better than real life: When an internet service loses its shit, they post and tell you why. There was no announcement at the Arts Centre to explain wtf happened with their sound and lighting. :)
  • So what's been good for you in Melbourne lately? :)
*Sorry, looks like we can't actually do polls on dreamwidth yet.

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 *hugs* [community profile] melbourne for not being a place to bag out homeless people. 
I love the mm comm on LJ, but c'mon folks. :/

Another dreamwidth tip...

Hai everyone,
If you used to use Semagic to post to LiveJournal, you may be interested to know that not only does Semagic work for Dreamwidth, but you can also cross post to both services by following these simple steps by kazbaby. I just tested it and it seems to work just fine. I don't seem to be able to link to people's DW account names and show the little DW logo like you can with LJ though. Bummer.
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Question for the cyclists

 Hai Melbin,
So... I bought a bike today from St Kilda Cycles on Barkly St. It was a good experience, I got lots of help and explanations and I got to test-ride three different bikes in their car park. Good stuff.
My question is for the bike riders out there. I'm going to be commuting from Elwood to Prahran (near Prahran train station)... and I'm wondering what's the best way to ride? There's a big hill if I go up Barkly Street (meep!) but I'm really not keen on driving up Nepean Highway either. How would you recommend I get there, bearing in mind I'm going to be a slow and fairly timid rider to start with? 
Thanks and please don't run me over! :)

(cross posted to the melbournemaniac comm at LJ, sorry if you see this twice. :)
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Some useful Dreamwidth resources

Good morning, [community profile] melbourne . :)
I hope I wasn't the only one tragically nerdy enough to be refreshing the Dreamwidth page yesterday to watch the countdown to open beta. *grin*
For anyone who's new or hasn't looked around Dreamwidth much yet, here are links to some useful Dreamwidth resources:

Useful communities:

There's an official list of communities here which you can browse to find comms you might be interested in.

[community profile] dreamchasers  is a community for people to introduce themselves and share their names from places like LiveJournal to try to hook up with old friends from other web communities. 

And there's also [site community profile] dw_community_promo  where you can find out about new communities or introduce your own community. 

User icons:
The Dreamwidth wiki has a bunch of dreamwidth icons you can use and there's stock images if you want to make your own, customised dreamwidth icons. There's also the [community profile] iconic  community.

Australian communities on Dreamwidth:
[community profile] brisbane 
[community profile] melbourne (I maintain this one *grin*)
No Sydney comm yet? Sydney we are kicking your butt. ;)

Please leave a comment if you want to share a cool resource or community you've found. :)

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Getting ready for open beta :)

 Hi everyone,
I'm excited about open beta! I'd like to spruce up our new comm, put a few cushions around the place and pour some drinks in anticipation of a few new faces arriving from April 30th... 
I'm going to sit down and work on tags (hopefully between now and open beta starting) and I was wondering whether anyone out there might be good at making user icons? Would be great to have one or two Melbourne icons, but I have no skills with the pretty. :'(
If you have any suggestions for other ways to improve the community, please leave a comment. Bonus points if it's something you'd like to do yourself. ;D