The Wolf at the end of the Universe

In lowest Princes Street Dunedin lies the Wolf at the Door, a refuge from monoculture, respite from Late-Capitalism and communal hub. Great coffee and the best scrambled eggs in the Universe.


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My second office!

This area bounded by Stafford, Jetty and Hope streets and centred on The Wolf is liminal, a threshold – between time and spaces, truly a home on the Strangers Path (read 2nd paragraph).

hills : harbour
residential : commercial
daytime : nighttime
social  : anti-social
other-ness : together-ness
strangers  :  friends

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People from all these places and businesses come to the Wolf to eat, drink, chat and meet, do business and take in the scene outside (and within).

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Photo (above) : Apparently an artist walked in one day and dropped this off saying “Here’s the painting we discussed” but no-one seems to know who the artist is, and the artist hasn’t been seen since!

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Photo (above) : Right-hand side of the bulb has the inverted, reverse image of the cyclist visible on the street in the left-hand side of the bulb.

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It’s changing but not (yet) gentrified  – developers here seeming to seek longer-term returns from stable tenant bases – with a fascinating jumble of cafes, lunchbars, printers, a needle-exchange, a book-exchange, amazing window displays at Artsenta “a shared art studio for people who have had contact with mental health services”, antiques and not-so-antiques, bodyshops and auctioneers.

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Local colour

 

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Motel on Carol – off-street entry

Wolf Chalk-Board Street Signs

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Many of the staff are musical with post punk and darkwave especially high on the playlist (eg. Death and the Maiden and Élan Vital – go to Fishrider Records) , altho’ Milo and King Cruel are played along with noise, drone, you name it really.

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Alleyway – between Adult and Antiques

The area is a meeting point of many things and owes its potential to sound original surveying and street layout, open-minded landowners and a (reasonably) enlightened city council who have realised the real value of social diversity.

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Inside-out at Wolf on a Blade-Runner day (my name for increasingly frequent unseasonal days)

 


Text and Photos by Nigel Cowburn (2017)

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