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The heartbreaking decision to sell Melbourne’s oldest home

The heartbreaking decision to sell Melbourne’s oldest home

The family of Lola Russell, the 98-year-old owner of Melbourne’s oldest home, has had to make a tough decision about selling the building to private interests after Melbourne City Council walked away from discussions.

  • by Zach Hope

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How a bite to eat can bring back Melbourne CBD’s ‘buzz and intrigue’

How a bite to eat can bring back Melbourne CBD’s ‘buzz and intrigue’

From Carlton to Chinatown, Southbank to Swanston Street, Melbourne’s restaurants are making a new bid to entice office workers back to the city.

  • by Jackson Graham
‘That time of year again’: Weather about to flip from hot to not

‘That time of year again’: Weather about to flip from hot to not

Despite a run of glorious sun-drenched days, Melbourne’s weather is about to take a dramatic turn, with a polar blast of air to bring the year’s first taste of winter.

  • by Rachael Dexter
Brothel, sauna protest forcing customers to use QR check-in codes
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Brothel, sauna protest forcing customers to use QR check-in codes

Big corporates on a phone hookup weren’t sure where to look when a brothel and sauna owner piped up about their issues with QR codes

  • by Samantha Hutchinson and Stephen Brook
Fears $40m plan for Queen Vic Market will turn it into shopping centre

Fears $40m plan for Queen Vic Market will turn it into shopping centre

A plan to add two sheds to Queen Victoria Market has renewed fears the historic site will be turned into something resembling a shopping centre.

  • by Chloe Booker and Jackson Graham
‘He’s my baby’: Former couple take dispute over $4000 dog to court

‘He’s my baby’: Former couple take dispute over $4000 dog to court

Text messages, including “Daddy is busy making money, no time for a doggy like this”, have been used as evidence in court to decide the ownership of a $4000 Pomeranian called Kobe.

  • by Tom Cowie
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‘A long way to go’: Melburnians don’t like Mondays in the CBD

‘A long way to go’: Melburnians don’t like Mondays in the CBD

Many city office workers are still embracing flexible working and it appears Mondays are becoming the preferred day to work from home.

  • by Craig Butt and Chloe Booker
Games we play to feel normal after lockdown

Games we play to feel normal after lockdown

After months of lockdown, it’s now kind of weird to be around people again.

  • by Alice Clarke
Our former man in Paris plots TV show
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Our former man in Paris plots TV show

Brendan Berne has quit the diplomatic service for a new life in Burgundy, France, and is planning a new TV show.

  • by Stephen Brook and Samantha Hutchinson
From Mickey Mouse to Raya, the best of Disney animation comes to ACMI

From Mickey Mouse to Raya, the best of Disney animation comes to ACMI

Five hundred highly prized pieces of Disney original artwork are on their way to Australia. That leaves just under 65 million to go.

  • by Karl Quinn
Nine newsreader Peter Hitchener unable to finish bulletin due to migraine

Nine newsreader Peter Hitchener unable to finish bulletin due to migraine

Long-time Melbourne newsreader Peter Hitchener suffered a migraine during the broadcast.

  • by Roy Ward