Melbourne – Australia

Young and Jacksons Hotel was one of the first, if not the first, hotel in Melbourne to sell Foster Brothers lager beer. The building, dating back to 1853, was first opened as the Princes Bridge Hotel in 1861 by John P Toohey, the licence being subsequently transferred to James Hogan in 1862, Joshua Mooney in 1866, and Thomas Jackson and Henry Young jointly in 1875. The building had been built on Crown Land purchased by Launceston pastoralist John Batman for £100 in 1837 two years after he had, arguably, been the first European to settle what was then the Port Phillip District of New South Wales. By 1853 a three-storey bluestone building had been constructed on the site, occupied on the ground floor by butcher James Graham. On 1 July 1861 John P. Toohey opened the Princes Bridge Hotel.

Young and Jacksons became famous, or infamous, depending on your point of view, in 1908 for publicly displaying the highly controversial 1875 nude oil painting “Chloe” by acclaimed French artist Jules Joseph Lefebvre in the hotel’s saloon bar. “Chloe” made her debut at the 1875 Paris Salon Exhibition where she won gold, and was shipped to Melbourne for the 1880-1881 International Exhibition, again claiming the highest award, and being then purchased by Henry Young. ‘Chloe” hangs proudly today in Chloe’s Bar at Young and Jacksons on the corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne. Unlike “Chloe”, Lefebvre’s 19 year old Persian model for the painting did not stand the test of time. Two years after sitting for “Chloe” model Marie, after throwing a party for friends, took her life by drinking a boiled soup of poisonous matches.

The first photograph is of Mooney’s Princes Bridge Hotel, so would have been taken between 1866 and 1875 when Joshua Mooney was licensee.


Wiccans ~

“ART!” a poem, dedicated to Randy and Annie who have come to visit from “across the seas!” July 30, 2019 (Tuesday)

We’re-all amazing WORKS of ART, like paintings in the frame,

&-as-with-paintings, we-have-our-preferences! (pause) Sometimes, they-aren’t-the same!

Some-paintings, considered-“fine-art,” you-look-at-and-say: “Ugh,”

And-OTHERS, you-just-got-ta-have, although-friends-say: “It’s-a-bug!”

But, YOU-say: “NO! (pause) It’s-a-beautiful (pause) sunset-in-Ber-muda,”

And some of us are Christian,* while others love The Buddha!**

Some paintings-just-LOVE to-be-together-as-a-pair,

While-others engage in orgies, (pause) mass-exhibitions in-the-night-air!***

Yes, we-are fine WORKS of ART, painted-by-a-mysterious-hand!

Some of us gather a lot of dust, and some don’t under-stand,

Why-more-folks-are-not-interested – in checking-out their dis-play,

So, some wish they had been painted – perhaps some other way!

Yet-we-are-still-all “FINE ART,” different-styles-textures-[and]-sizes!

I know some that hang in huge galleries, having won International prizes,

And have been credit-ed to-“great”-“artists,” people-who-have-died!

Many paintings simply “run!” Suffering-sadness, they-have-cried!

Yet, whether-happy-sad-alone-or-together, each work is [quite] unique,

And every art-piece-is-beautiful, with “strong” points and-some-weak!

So, hang with pride, my artful friends and we’ll all get along,


We-re-also each a-song!

fin ♥

  • – like my friends Randy & Annie

** – like my friend Robin

*** – like “full Moon” madness ceremonies of Wiccans!!

Dental choppers ~

“A DENTAL CONCLUSION!” a poem, a.k.a.: “Another Day In Paradise; Ain’t That Nice?” a.k.a.: “Isn’t Artificial Better Than The Standard?” July 30, 2019 (Tuesday)

Dentists, like Doctors, are, of course, NOT “bad eggs,”

But they’re “programmed,” like us all – to acquire riches, NOT rags,

So, they study-a-lot, becoming-“pro-fessional,” expecting their rewo(h)rd,

With “thriving businesses!” but, can-you-really afford,

To-go-THROUGHOUT-YOUR-LIFE – to a real, “dental surgeon,”

Until ALL your “real” tooth material – is finished emergin’?

The thing-is, IF you start down “The Road – of Dental Ex-cellence,”

Over time, the disappearance of your teeth will be immense,

For – there’s ALWAYS A SHADOW of a little decay,

That will be found each visit, and surely it’s OK,

To-take just-a-LITTLE “compromised” enamel EACH TIME,

And replace it with some “man-made” stuff; it’s-surely-no-crime,

To, at-the-end-of-your-life, be left with no natural tooth material remaining!

SMILE PRETTY! We can just – ALL-be-“JAWS”* in training!

“Don’t you want-to have a NICE smile?” the dentist will ask of you,

“Consequences-from-RE-ACTION? Minimal!” Plus, you won’t win if you sue,

For the causes-and-effects of these things – are super hard to prove!

Besides! The-ADA-&-AMA-&-ABA-are-licensed-and-regulated, (pause)

And, with governments -they-all-like-to-“groove,”

For, dentists-and-doctors-and-lawyers-ARE-NEEDED?! in fine cultures like ours;

They act in “good conscience!” Such folks you just CAN’T put behind bars,

UNLESS-they-REALLY-“mess-up,” like-if-they-leave-a-sponge-in-your-brain,

Or – drill a hole through your eye! or – DON’T ACT “TAME!”

PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE!? “Pillars” of so-ciety,

“NECESSARY EVILS?” in The Land of The Free,

And – The Home(s) of The Rich, the Home(s) of The Brave!

The World supports ITS OWN: Pharisees! Witch Doctors! Rulers!

They ALL sure like to rave!

OF COURSE, this AIN’T NO criticism – Professions, Law Enforcement and LIFE GENERALLY, you know it’s ALL such a good deal,

For, as Groucho** said: “Where else are you gonna get a GOOD MEAL?”***

fin ♥

  • – a (wo)man willing to have all “natural teeth” replaced with stainless steel “chompers!”

** – Marx! a comedian! and “realist?”

*** – With “added sugar,” so your teeth can rot out so you can go to The Dentist or Doctor, so you can get worked on So you sue then for malpractice by over-paying a “claims lawyer” and-then “lose,” at which point you go to Church to pray to God for help and discover there is NO GOD – or Supreme Court that is responsive to anyone’s “practical needs!” That’s right, Sports Fans! It’s ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE!