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Once Upon A Time In Melbourne

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Once upon a time in Melbourne there was a gigolo who thought he was a vampire. He bit the tongue off a prostitute and was then murdered in broad daylight on a suburban street. His execution, top brass believed, was organised by police. The aftershocks of this killing—and the murder of a state witness and his wife inside their fortress home&mash;rocked the police force and the Parliament, vanquished one government and brought the next to its knees.

This is the story of police corruption for years swept under the carpet to avoid a Royal Commission. It is the story of a police force politicised to the point of paralysis and a witness protection program that buries its mistakes. It involves a policeman still free and living in a very big house, a drug baron who survived the gangland war only to be murdered in the state's most secure jail, and battles royale within a police force comprised of thousands of pistol-packing members.

This is the story of Melbourne around the first decade of the new millennium: its lawmen, villains and politicians. It is a bizarre, tawdry, unbelievable tale. But every word of it happened.


An Appetite For Melbourne

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You will not go hungry in Melbourne, of that we are certain. This energetic city at the southeastern edge of the Australian continent offers food and drink of unmatchable quality and variety. The casual approach of its restaurants, bars and cafes and its spirit of invention ripple across oceans, into kitchens and onto counters around the world. Our guide comprises 40 points of interest, including galleries, markets, shops and parks, among them: Tailored cocktails at The Everleigh The open-air bar and cinema atop 1920s Curtin House Polish sausage and German bratwurst at Queen Victoria Market The unspoiled 1950s charm of Pellegrini's Espresso Bar The Royal Botanic Gardens' sylvan pleasures


Melbourne

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Melbourne: a city of stories grew out of Melbourne Museum’s permanent exhibition, 'The Melbourne Story'. That makes it a selective history: one based on objects - things that have survived. The idea that objects can give rise to stories comes as no surprise to anyone who’s ever dug up a shard of old china in their garden, or found an ancient button down the back of a chair.



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