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Chris McConville

Chris McConville reviews ‘John Wren: A life reconsidered’ by James Griffin

April 2004, no. 260 01 April 2004
The last institution of old Collingwood, the Collingwood Football Club, is poised to take flight from yuppified terraces in the former industrial suburb or new headquarters, on the site of what was once John Wren’s motordrome, Olympic Park. Now is a perfect moment in which to read this intriguing story of the one-time patron of Collingwood’s football, politics and gambling – Its masculine wo ... (read more)

Chris McConville reviews 'Radical Brisbane: An Unruly History' edited by Raymond Evans and Carole Ferrier and 'Radical Melbourne 2: The Enemy Within' by Jeff Sparrow and Jill Sparrow

August 2004, no. 263 01 August 2004
Brisbane’s unruly rioters and Melbourne’s enemies within continue the Vulgar Press’s excellent series of city guides. By interpreting familiar places in Melbourne and Brisbane from within a tradition of left-wing activism, the guides emphasise a different environmental heritage. Where city planning seems bent on transforming daily life into those sanitised displays that can garner tourist do ... (read more)