The decision by Fairfax to close its monthly glossy supplement to The Age, the (melbourne) magazine, might signal the end of my ambition to guest appear in its (melbourne) quiz. But there’s always this blog: behold the responses I would’ve given, had I ever been asked, to the (melbourne) quiz.
Best thing about Melbourne?
The street art and the cultural life. Oh, and the water. After years of living in countries where it isn’t safe to drink water from the tap, I still get a buzz out of how good the tap water is here.
Lack of services in the outer suburbs and growth areas.
Best night out recently?
I gave an author talk at the Travellers Bookstore on Smith Street, Collingwood and a few friends came along. Afterwards, we went next door to the back room at the friendly La Niche Café for a delicious dinner and way too much red wine. Someone handed my musician friend Dean Lombard a guitar and the next thing we knew, folks were coming in from the front bar to sing along. A young woman with a voice like Aretha Franklin found the chords she needed Dean to play on her iPhone. Magic!
Who do you barrack for?
Where did you go to school?
That most Melbourne of questions. I went to a Catholic girls’ school where the excellence of the teaching only just made up for the ugliness of the uniform.
Where do you live?
Brunswick, described by my brother Julian as ‘the old Fitzroy and the new Sarajevo’.
Labor or Liberal?
Neil Mitchell or Jon Faine?
Michael Cathcart (Books and Arts Daily on Radio National).
Portsea or Lorne?
Another very Melbourne question. I’ll take the Great Ocean Road (Lorne) over the Millionaires’ Walk (Portsea) any day.
Drop-punt or torpedo?
I’ve always loved that there’s a kick in footy called the ‘drop-punt’. I suspect it is designed to send a subliminal message to fans to steer the hell clear of Punt Road.
What is Melbourne’s most underrated suburb?
Altona. Five minutes’ walk from the train station, there’s a cool library, the Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre, excellent fish and chips at the Altona Pines Takeaway and a shady park to eat them in — all opposite a great beach.
Melbourne in three words?
My home town.
What about you? How would you answer the (melbourne) quiz?
Don’t know Melbourne? — Tell me about the town where you live.