Monthly Archives: December 2012

Melbourne’s new ‘School of Life’.

I was very excited to read about the new venture in Melbourne run by ‘Small Giants’ in association with philosopher Alain de Botton’s ‘School of Life’ in the UK. Classes start in January 2013 and I will be booking one or two very soon! I came across this interesting opportunity reading the article in last weekend’s ‘Good Weekend magazine de bottonhttp://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/lessons-in-life-20121218-2bl9c.html

Melbourne is hosting the first classes of this sort outside of the UK, due to De Botton’s high opinion of Melbourne’s literary population & their high uptake of ideas, festivals & other literary/philosophical events. Similar I imagine to our gaining The Wheeler Centre for Ideas & the UN stamping of Melbourne as a city of books….I like the notion that wisdom about how to live in the best way possible is not just learnt via (hard) experience but can be transmitted through the classroom…we don’t have to all reinvent the wheel just as scientists (for example) don’t all have to rediscover Newton’s Laws of Gravity… I also like the plan to make these classes affordable & non elitists…will let you know how they stack up once I have attended one!

http://www.theschooloflife.com/shop/australia/classes/

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A stroll around Williamstown in an afternoon.

Tranquil yacht mooring with the city behind.

Tranquil yacht mooring with the city behind.

This is an amzing house, completely over the top.....50m to the foreshore.

This is an amazing house, completely over the top…..50m to the foreshore.

Anyone for a hydrofoil ride?

Anyone for a hydrofoil ride?

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Newport Power Station and the Westgate Bridge

Newport Power Station and the Westgate Bridge

The Strand, near the corner of Fergusson St.

The Strand, near the corner of Fergusson St.

Williamstown Primary School

Williamstown Primary School

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I am embarassed to admit that I have never before explored this part of Melbourne. I never had a reason to be here and Williamstown is its own little world due to the geography of Port Phillip Bay. There is only one way in & out.
If you live to the north then the beaches of Torquay, Pt Lonsdale & Geelong beckon. To the south & east are Frankston, Rosebud, Portsea and so on. If you are not a fisherman or a boat person there is little reason to head this way. Fortunately my youngest daughter had an afternoon of athletics last week so rather than sit & read I went for a walk….What a pleasant adventure!

It was a mild Summer day and there were plenty of people around….riding bikes, eating ice creams, picnicking in the park, fishing off the pier, taking short ferry & hydrofoil rides, jogging/walking along the foreshore or just sitting on the footpath outside a cafe, enjoying a coffee/drink & watching the world go by…..truly relaxing. I am certainly returning very soon.

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