Miss K, nascent gym bunny, has alerted me to a handy deal on membership to Yarra Leisure, an amalgamation of what used to be the Fitzroy Pool on Alexandra Parade, down the end of my old haunt, Napier St, the Richmond Pool off Bridge Rd in Gleadall St, and the Collingwood Pool on Hoddle St opposite Clifton Hill station. They are offering 6 months’ full use of all three pools, spas, saunas, lockers, gyms, and classes for $307 (and tennis court for family memberships) with no joining fee. After the first 3 months you can suspend your membership for up to 9 weeks a year in blocks of 2 months or more which is unusually generous. That makes it a bit more than $1.50 a day and a bit more than $11.50 a week. After the first 6 months, the special deal is off, and you pay about $2.50 a day or $16.50 a week. Unless you join with your better half, in which case you can pay $2 a day or $14 a week each, but you have to join for a year. Thanks to the cameraphone weilding Doubtful Guest for the pic.
I have earlier reported the shooting of Melinda Zygarlicki, noting with amazement the fact that she thought she had been struck by a tennis ball, and continued riding home. This is a crime with a quicker than usual denouement — I read in the paper just a day or two ago of the sentencing of one of the characters who carved up one bloke with a sword after a fight over a girl in July 2002 and chased two others, instilling such fear into them that they jumped into the Yarra and drowned — no doubt because Andrew Pernell turned himself into police and then pleaded guilty to firearms offences. ABC Online reported: Continue reading “Shooter of cyclist on Merri Creek bike path fined $6,000 & ordered to do 100 hours’ community work”
The Age‘s Domain section’s featured suburb today is Clifton Hill. Like its neighbour Abbotsford, it is a small suburb. Amazingly enough, in the year to mid-August 2006, 10 people shelled out more than $700,000 to buy houses there, including 2 $1 million homes on the Esplanade. They recommend Flowers of Sorrento:
“Spensley Street, a friendly, well-stocked, family-run grocery with an interesting Italian influence, also has consistently fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs, a small meat section and flowers.”
and Marshal Meats:
“27 Ramsden Street has extraordinary variety for a butcher hidden away from passing trade. A specialty of the house is lamb smoked on the premises. Crays and other seafood are sold along with fresh meat and some deli meals.”
and Cafe Quince, 43 Spensley St, described as:
“a true neighbourhood meeting place with boards advertising babysitting and lost cats, a box of toys to keep the kids amused and plenty of magazines. At weekends the casual room is filled to bursting with chatty groups tucking into full English breakfasts or variations on the theme. New owners will continue to serve breakfast and lunch seven days a week, the cafe is licensed and the coffee is very good.”