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A tour of the good and not-so-good
Have you taken a stroll around the Parliamentary Triangle recently?
Walking in on an artist’s install of their exhibition can be an interesting way to learn more about an artist and their work.
Lolo and Lola Filipino restaurant opens in Watson (Canberra)
GANG GANG arrives in Downer
Always good to celebrate when a suburban centre rises again.
special 25th anniversary edition
here’s a re-issue of some really beautiful – magnificent music.
J J Cale & Eric Clapton: Call me the breeze
A good article summing up the state of politics, where truth is an option to be discarded.
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You will often hear commentators state that politicians are unpopular. I don’t think it as simple as that.
The Problem Isn’t Architecture, It’s Urban Design
Interesting read – but I think they let the architects off too easily. Click here.
They marched to demand Congress DO THEIR JOB and remove the President from The White House. click here
For people who live in the older tree filled suburbs of Canberra, being not only the inner north but also out to west Belconnen and the older parts of Woden, Weston and inner Tuggeranong – I have a holiday experience for you.
Today Tony Abbott called for a moratorium on wind farms.
Share this if you think it’s time for a moratorium on Tony Abbott.
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers with Gary Moore – So Many Roads
Frank Lloyd Wright Is Not Who You Think He Is
k.d. lang performs “Constant Craving” on MTV Unplugged.
Dark Matter – August 4th 2017
Dark Matter, Randy Newman’s first album of new material in nine years, is due August 4 on Nonesuch; vinyl on August 18.
Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder: Statesboro Blues”
amazing stuff – play it loud!
Everyone is invited to the next Flix’n Dickson “Christmas in July” Party
Setting the record straight!
Yet again the media has misunderstood what Pauline Hanson said!
Talking to locals in the last weeks there were stories of that knock on the door and the offer to buy the house. The reactions were a little different and also similar.
His last album: Chuck
You would have heard many songs over the decades – but this is something new.
a couple of pieces of music to take you away after a busy day.
It’s Time (again)
It is definitely time for all forms of peaceful and concerted actions to adjust our democratic structures to deal with the damage being done by forces that have resulted in Trump and his cronies being where they are.
Neoliberalism Is Destroying Our Democracy
the democracy experiment continues – but will it get beyond the influence of neoliberalism
Nothing wrong here!
oh how we wish we could believe the Minister and the building industry spokespersons – of course here in Canberra we have the laws in place! But – we all know better than that.
I wrote previously about the stop-overs when you drive between Sydney and Canberra.
Sad story from Manchester. Lesson? – watch out for the spin when developments are announced. click here
Queen’s Birthday honour to former NGA curator
As listed: Dr Anne Mary Gray AM
says it all.. the idiot of Australian politics
New book by Naomi Klein
“This is one attempt to uncover how we got to this surreal political moment. It is also an attempt to predict how, under cover of shocks and crises, it could get a lot worse.
And it’s a plan for how, if we keep our heads, we might just be able to flip the script and arrive at a radically better future.” — From the Introduction
will we ever have an arts minister?
While Australia is a great country – it has been a long time since we have experienced a government that was actually committed to its culture.
New Album: So You Wannabe An Outlaw
A new Steve Earle album is due out soon – this time, with a few friends, moving back to his roots – being country music.
a story of Architecture, social housing and parklands
Local politicians, like our federal friends, love to take a key social issue and link it to another in order to wedge the residents.
Want to see a remarkable program that explains so much about Trump?
Once Australia was a leader in supporting equality and was generous in its assistance to other countries. Oh how things have changed. Here’s a post from Michael Moore on the greedy nature of the Turnbull government – click here.
Book Notice: Culture Heist, Judith White
ART VERSUS MONEY: The fight for the soul of a
great public institution
The world leaders are stepping forward! – click here for the story
Review: Lyle Lovett Greatest Hits 2017
It has been a while since we have seen a ‘greatest hits’ by Lyle Lovett – and this collection is one to have.
Very strange things happen in the urban design planning space in Canberra.
Hillary Clinton makes a fiery commencement speech at her alma mater – taking aim at Trump and his colleagues. She makes the speech nearly 50 years after graduating from Wellesley College in 1969
The message from ACT Labor friends
There’s definitely something evil being played out locally.
Very strange events have been unfolding since the local ACT elections in late 2016.
We expect a lot of our politicians. People rightly expect their elected representatives to do just that – be representatives of the people who elected them. That’s not always a success story.
INFORMATION CALL-OUT: FRANK HURLEY
Searching for Frank Hurley along our northern beaches
Did you know that Frank Hurley was a very keen gardener and photographer of wild flowers?
In April 2018 The Manly Art Gallery and Museum will be launching a very special exhibition titled: Frank Hurley – Sydney Harbour photographer: From Circular Quay to Collaroy.
Dear Willie Nelson heard rumours about his own death.
Popping up on the northern edge of Canberra is a new set of buildings – known by its gateway title as Canberra Park.
There’s significant redevelopment underway on Northbourne Ave in Canberra.
There are not too many places that have tram (light rail) stops that are exciting designs. Most are functional and are usually simply places marked where you stand to catch the tram.
A lot has been written about the ACT Government’s announcement to establish small government housing estates on community-zoned land in Weston Creek suburbs.
Tracey Moffatt’s exhibition in Venice
click here for my review and comments on Tracey Moffatt’s exhibition at the 2017 Venice Biennale.
Inventing the Wicked Witch: Review of Susan Bordo’s The Destruction of Hillary Clinton
Recommendations for Visual Arts exhibitions May 2017
Here’s a few of the exhibitions in Canberra this month.
Do we have examples of good residential architecture in Canberra?
A message to all the purists liberals
see message below – very appropriate for all those who bought the lies
Real sustainability arrives in Canberra
A wonderful sign of things to come.
The Destruction of Hillary Clinton
I have already reviewed this book – click here.
However I cannot stop pondering the challenge this story throws up for anyone interested in equity, fairness, and the role of the media in so many aspects of our daily lives.
If we had a real media, this story would have been totally different. Instead what happened here was the total manipulation of the media and through them members of the public, by all forms of malicious groups of people and individuals.
a note to the ACT Chief Minister
About the architecture along Northbourne Avenue
How to waste public money
The saga of the proposed Garden Bridge over the Thames in London has been well covered in the UK press. It is indeed a saga. It is about a folly.
The ABC cancels Doctor Blake Mysteries
The Destruction of Hillary Clinton
It was on hearing certain phrases used over and over again on Australian TV programs talking about the 2016 US election campaign that I became suspicious that we were witnessing a lazy press.
Almost daily the media was taking the same phrases and words and using them over and over again – with no evidence that they could be accurate except that they were the words and phrases being used by most journalists and commentators at the time.
On the basis we were supposed to accept their words as fact.
Canberra’s planning system remains super complicated and out of reach of ordinary citizens.
Australian Universities screw themselves
Australian universities have made a mess of their own advocacy – at the expense of students.
Head On Photography Exhibition
Exhibition of Regis Lansac’s photographs at Janet Clayton Gallery:
3-28 May 2017 – click here for more on the-ARTMUSEum.com
Australian Values – The Master of Spin
Australians are again being subject to being Turnbulled. Yet Again.
There is no doubt that Anzac Parade is very special.
Photographing Singapore’s public housing
There’s an article in Straits Times about photographer Koh Kim Chay and his decades of photographing the ubiquitous government flats of Singapore.
House sales stories are all over the media.
Music Review: Rhiannon Giddens: Freedom Highway, February 2017
My comments have nit changed much from my previous post on Rhiannon Giddens: This 2017 album features a woman with a strong and beautiful voice – singing folk songs of America – making very beautiful Americana music.
A few stories on this topic – and the world needs more people to identify this and to lead the change away from this nasty ideology.
Weston Creek and public housing
There’s been some great public discussions in the media around the spin that has been put out by the government to distract from the real problems with the decisions to place new government housing developments into several Weston Creek suburbs.
Sometimes you wonder just what is going on in the heads of our local government and its bureaucrats who make funding decisions.
Ry Cooder – Jesus on the Mainline (Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017)
Wonderful music from Ry Cooder – see Youtube below..
Totally recommended reading
The theme being – Future thinking
From the publishers:
Although the term and precise starting point might be disputed, many anthropologists believe that ‘behavioural modernity’ – when certain traits such as abstract thinking and symbolic behaviour are said to have emerged in humans – started around 50,000 years ago.
David Marr – The White Queen
From the publishers: Most Australians despise what Pauline Hanson stands for, yet politics in this country is now orbiting around One Nation. In this timely Quarterly Essay, David Marr looks at Australia’s politics of fear, resentment and race. Who votes One Nation, and why? How much of this is due to inequality? How much to racism? How should the major parties respond to anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim voices? What damage do Australia’s new entrepreneurs of hate inflict on the nation?
Two things to consider: One is that heritage is about to be celebrated here in Canberra with a festival from 18 April till 7 May 2017.
When the government says one things but does the other…
The press release from the Woden Community Council points to the problems with planning in Canberra.