Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Comic's Lounge

I should have included these photos when I posted about the Comic's Lounge.

I rather like Errol Street in North Melbourne. It is a short street but full of character both visually and people wise. I think North Melbourne is now within the City of Melbourne, but this is the old North Melbourne Town Hall. The old post office adjoins.


I think Comic's Lounge, in spite of the dodgy apostrophe, is a pretty terrific venue; promoting comedians of all levels nightly. I expect every Australian comic has performed here.


Hippie niece was not looking so hippie this evening. She wanted ice cream with her dessert, so she ordered it and wasn't told that her dessert already had ice cream. Communication breakdown. She was not at all fazed by the extra icecream and happily consumed the lot. Firefighters easily work off excessive kilojoules.


While there are plenty of medium rise new buildings in North Melbourne, Errol Street remains quite unspoilt. Look closely, even people living above shops. Wonderful.


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  1. Andrew, I love the first photo and the clock

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    1. Gosia, it is a very fine building.

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  2. That section of Errol St looks so much like Oxford St Paddington in Sydney.

    Lots of character in both locations.

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    1. Victor, yes, it is not dissimilar. The street is quite wide with a tram line down the centre.

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  3. It does look like an area with a heap of charm. Quirky and fun.

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    1. EC, it really is quite charming. We must go there for brunch soon, or maybe lunch.

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  4. There is nothing more annoying than when stunning 19th century public architecture (town halls, post offices etc) are torn down for a car park or a MacDonald's. I found plenty that survived in regional cities across Australia but not too many in Melbourne. Well done, North Melbourne!

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    1. Hels, as I think we have discussed before, much of the preservation of country buildings is because no one wanted to build anything.

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  5. You should take the train down to Mentone and photograph the shops that are coming down for apartments as the tracks are going underground.
    Bring that ice-cream dessert with you, please.

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    1. Jah Teh, that is past my natural inner city border. Actually I do know Mentone a bit. I really worry about what these buildings that are replacing shops hold for the future. The loss of decent sized suburban strips is unfortunate.

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  6. Extra ice cream? Bring it on!
    So much of Melbourne looks like Adelaide :)

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    1. River, in my mind, without doubt they are the only two similar capital cities in Australia, perhaps because both were planned cities.

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  7. Definitely a charming area. We still have a few of those areas but they, too, are often torn down and replaced with modern eye-blight.

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    1. Cranky, some may not be of any historical or social significance but they go to make up the feel of a place. They are irreplaceable.

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  8. It's good when a whole street is kept about the same as it was years ago.

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    1. Margaret, I don't mind some infill building but we do that very badly in Australia.

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  9. I love when old areas are being renovated and not demolished and replaced by these awful glass boxes ! The places where time stood still are son cosy and peaceful !

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    1. Gattina, I didn't see enough of Brussels to make a judgement, but certainly Amsterdam does very well with preserving its old areas.

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  10. I was forced to eat quite a lot of ice cream because after the distemper girl in the bathroom, I threw out that covered litter bucket (for used litter) by the bath litter box and needed another But fine a small lidded bucket? Ha. Hard. So I was forced to buy ice cream in a lidded bucket with handle, then eat it all, so I could have another litter bucket with cover. Terrible sacrifices one must make at times. The dodgy apostrophe? Does it imply a singular possessive?

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    1. Strayer, the sacrifices you make for your cats are amazing. Fancy having to eat all that icecream. The apostrophe, yes, it does indicate singular and I know there is more than one comic. I've tried to think how it could be correct, but I cannot.

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  11. I am not familiar with Errol St, but I would love to go to the Comics Lounge one day!

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    1. CM, just a ten minute ride from town on a tram. Well worth a visit and I thought the Comics Lounge may be rather grungy, but it wasn't.

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  12. Errol Street looks a bit like a street you might find in Fremantle Andrew, must admit I enjoy walking around there too, not altogether sure how I would like to actually live there :) It would make my meal if I 'accidentally' found two servings of ice cream on my plate and I'm no firefighter :)

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    1. Grace, that is as I imagine Fremantle to be. Deadly sin #1

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