Author Archives: Derham Groves

Tree change to sea change!

Late last year (2014) we sold Linton and bought a boat shed on the foreshore at Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula. It’s a great spot! Looking forward to many happy days by the sea. Yesterday (Sunday the 3rd of May) … Continue reading

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Barber Shops in Melbourne

Preface   One of the areas that my Master of Architecture history/theory course, Popular Architecture and Design, which I teach at the University of Melbourne, looks at is “everyday architecture”. In previous years the students who did this course have … Continue reading

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Hoon, Tiang, Thiaw and their Dad

My wife, Tiang (who I call Ping), found the negative of this photo in some things she had stored at my parents’ house. It shows the three Khoo sisters and their father at Central Padang in Kuching in the 1960s. … Continue reading

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Darwin 2014

Last week I spent two days in Darwin to attend the opera I was involved with at the Darwin Festival. It was one of the most incomprehensible things I’ve ever seen! Never mind. It was enjoyable all the same. William … Continue reading

Posted in The everyday and the surreal, Travel

Derham’s first grandchild — Amazing!

Posted in The everyday and the surreal

Hopalepidopter almost takes Darwin

Danius Kesminas recently asked me to write a libretto—in the form of a story board for a comic book—for the fourth part of a science fiction/surreal/punk opera, to be performed by the Lepidopters (Punkasila et al) at the Darwin Festival … Continue reading

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Three suspicious-looking characters: me, Stephen Knight and Lucy Sussex. (I only got back from the USA that morning, so I wasn’t quite at my best!) In between us is the cover of the new edition of MURDER IN THE TELEPHONE … Continue reading

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Chicago and Los Angeles 2014

CHICAGO The Jay Pritzker Pavilion by Frank Gehry, a Pritzker Prize-winning architect. No conflict of interest there. S.R. Crown Hall (the Architecture Department building) by Mies van der Rohe at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). The McCormick Tribune Campus … Continue reading

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Melbourne’s White Night Festival

On Saturday night, Ping and I went to Melbourne’s White Night Festival. I can’t recall seeing such a big crowd in Melbourne. It was a bit scary. Being an old postmodernist, the lighting up of the buildings reminded me of … Continue reading

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Another Peaceful Day at Linton

The simple pleasure of barbecuing sausages on an open fire while watching kangaroos eat apples in the “backyard”. Not bad. An antidote to “seeing red”. Red shoes, red chair, red table, red ute.

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