Wednesday, November 18, 2009

lonesome road


boo. kingsley left this evening. leaving on a jet plane. now it's back to lonesome town for me. well, i've always got the husband, but he doesn't dance around the lounge room & have me in hysterics with high kicks.. or traipse around melbourne with me to every market going. we went to three alone last saturday. it's market open season at the moment & i love it. anyways, we were all in the car, stopped in traffic when we had one of those nice moments in time when everything seems to stop.. a bit like when an ambulance goes past.. and we all seemed to turn and notice the lonesome road folk coffee lounge at the same time. it's location is totally under seige on a busy road and definitely not somewhere you would like to sit outside for your morning coffee, but i likes. i likes alot.


12 comments:

  1. oh that photo makes me sad :(
    you can come and dance around our living room anytime you like ;) lulu

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  2. thanks, but a high kick from me these days would end in a trip to the physio .. much prefer laughing at kingsley's dance moves!

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  3. I have always been curious about this shop (which is right at the end of my street, you should have popped in!) and wondered at what 'folk cafe' means?

    tam x

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    1. i reckon that in is , or rather was a beatnik cafe in the sixties. i'm in the process of googling to suss it out. beatnik cafes appeal to me. love to know if there is anything in that stream around melbourne now....

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    2. i reckon that in is , or rather was a beatnik cafe in the sixties. i'm in the process of googling to suss it out. beatnik cafes appeal to me. love to know if there is anything in that stream around melbourne now....

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  4. hi tam :) we decided that poetry readings & acoustic guitar playing was what it was all about. have you ever seen anyone go in or come out??

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  5. 'there's a place where lovers go... to cry their troubles away... and they call it lonesome town... where the broken hearts stay...

    you can buy a dream or two... to last you all through the years... and the only price you'll pay... is a heart full of tears...'

    ... being sung in front of a velvet curtain on one of those 50's mic's by a doe eyed chanteuse i should imagine

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  6. That place has not changed since I was a child. Been watching it slowly disintegrate for 20 years now.

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  7. We drove past Lonesome Road Folk Coffee Lounge today and were intrigued about its history.
    It would be terrific if someone could explain its origin - when it started, what it was all about and when it shut.
    Thanks

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  8. hi from (alan_toogood@hotmail.com)
    I still love the Lonesome rd Coffee lounge.
    it was opened about 1968 for me and my contempories.
    the ymca opened it and was run by ymca voluteers.
    we used to meet there and 'hang' any night of the week. girls and guys alike.
    it had a kitchen for simple foods and coffee / tea/ cold drinks - ham toasties. and chocky bars. not a coffee loung proper.
    on sunday nights we had folk singers come in and play, subdued lights.... i loved it.
    corner of barkly st. i lived just up the road on barkly st, opposite the west footscray post office. i worked there when i was fifteen delivering telegrams....
    lot has happened since then i will 59 jan 18.
    and living in perth wa.
    want more info email me alan_toogood@hotmail.com

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    1. thanks for the info Alan. have been curious about this place for a while. thought that it might of been some kind of beatnik cafe from the sixties. I'm now in melbourne , lived in perth for many years. where are you living in perth..??

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  9. I talked with the owner last week, it is to be turned into a piano shop via the music store next to it.

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