In Australia we have a small band of conservatives who work tirelessly to have their brands of religion have a greater influence on government and the country’s laws.
Luckily till now they are more of less not so successful – well most of the time.
In their last round of attempts to achieve more religious freedoms (whatever that meant) – what would have been more applicable would have been to remove religion and the influence of such religious fundamentalists completely from the workings of government.
Meanwhile in a land not far away – things are going from bad to worse.
here for the story in the Guardian.
I am not sure when my desire for mince pies and Christmas cakes and puddings started.
Continue reading Christmas Puddings and Mince Pies
Neil Young’s entire catalog is available to stream for free on his
newly launched archival website. Wow!!! – Thanks Neil
Why are we so unfortunate here in Canberra to have a string of planning and urban development ministers who feel that it is their duty to say something regularly to upset those who enjoy a fantastic ambience within inner Canberra?
Continue reading Dear Minister for Town Cramming
This story starts with standing outside the Museum of Sydney taking in an outdoor display of a cottage garden – complete with vegetables and herbs.
Continue reading Gardeners at war with possums
Surprising things can happen when you are involved in advocacy with the ACT Government on urban environment issues.
Continue reading The ACT Government allows planners to plan
Doctor Blake Mysteries moves networks
Six months after being axed by The ABC, Seven has rescued The Doctor Blake Mysteries, with the network due to announce the period drama’s rescue . click here for the story.
Life for pedestrians in Dickson is not as safe as it should be. Here’s a few events to illustrate my point.
Continue reading Pedestrians be aware – be very aware!
ACT election was just over 12 months ago (how time flies) and the hot election topics back then included planning, development, community engagement and a host of issues around the ACT Government’s dealings with residents.
Continue reading Marea Fatseas and Community Councils
It has been many years since I have wandered amongst the tulips of Floriade.
Continue reading Floriade – time for change
Just months ago a Luton’s auctioneer stated that the property going under the hammer was the only house for sale in Dickson.
Continue reading Dickson auctions
Some issues just do not go away. Dogs that are dangerous or potentially dangerous is such a topic.
Continue reading Danger to dogs from the ACT Government
Thanks Tom for nearly 50 years of wonderful music
Continue reading Tom Petty
Here’s a message from me – and the many others who suffered through the flu recently:
This goes out to those thoughtful people who insisted on going out into public areas when they had the flu.
Continue reading Thanks for Flu
for Wednesday 27th
There’s nothing new about governments across Australia selling of assets, infrastructure, land, buildings or anything that they can put on the market to make instant cash.
Continue reading Selling off the Parliamentary Triangle
Among the many tempting pastries that are wonderful to eat (but probably bad for the waist-line), there’s one that remains a stand out for me.
Continue reading The quest for the Pain aux Raisins
we are being Turnbulled – over and over again.
There is no doubt that the spin doctors within the ACT Government worked hard to get journalists to take a positive spin on the establishment of the
City Renewal Authority and the appointment of their CEO, Malcolm Snow
Continue reading Same old spin in new clothes
Back in 2013 plans were announced for the next stage of Canberra’s Constitution Avenue.
Continue reading architecture and constitution ave
The neighbourhood had their answer. The signs went up – and yet another original style (AV Jennings) house was about to be put on the market.
Continue reading Dickson house sales
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There are many reasons why people trek out to the Canberra Regional Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.
Continue reading Canberra Regional Farmers Market
When I was first alerted to the issues below – sadly my response was: Why am I not surprised?
Continue reading contracts for buying an apartment
The Cultural Landscape Foundation wants to connect people to the places of culture around them.
A review of Dark Matter –
Bill Shorten unleashes on Turnbull
Welcome Bill Shorten, the next Prime Minister of Australia
Maybe not going to Portland for a holiday – with this disaster waiting to happen.
Continue reading Cascadia subduction zone
draft 9 August
There’s been an increase in conversations about avoiding the use of plasticized mugs for take away coffee.
Continue reading no way to treat a coffee
Vanishing Australian backyards
leave us vulnerable to the stresses of city life
The traditional backyard provides a retreat from the pressures of city life.
Linley Lutton, University of Western Australia
Continue reading backyards
Australia has been Turnbulled yet again –
Our lust for originality is wrecking the city, delivering a rash of formally new but ultimately anti-urban hideous skyline baubles reducing city-making to a spectacle of super-size billboard branding gestures while inhibiting the multiplication of good ideas.
As I watched the horrifying footage of the
London Grenfell Tower fire, I remarked that this is what could have happened in Docklands, Melbourne, in 2014.
Continue reading Will your house burn?
Populism now divides, yet once it united the working class
populism and populist have no simple, coherent meaning.
Continue reading Populism
Architecture and all that spin
If there is one occupation that I could not imagine doing, it is being an ACT Government planner who spends most of the day looking through development applications (DA) for commercial developments.
Continue reading Architecture
A list of women in music – turning the tables;
A tour of the good and not-so-good
Have you taken a stroll around the Parliamentary Triangle recently?
Continue reading Parliamentary Triangle, Canberra
Walking in on an artist’s install of their exhibition can be an interesting way to learn more about an artist and their work.
Continue reading ANCA meeting Place exhibition
This is an album I am playing a lot. My rating would be 5/5.
Continue reading Justin Townes Earle
GANG GANG arrives in Downer
Always good to celebrate when a suburban centre rises again.
Continue reading Urban Bites
special 25th anniversary edition
here’s a re-issue of some really beautiful – magnificent music.
Continue reading K D Lang Ingenue
click on the image for the story – and wonder which century these people live in?
A good article summing up the state of politics, where truth is an option to be discarded.
Continue reading post truth & politics & energy
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You will often hear commentators state that politicians are unpopular. I don’t think it as simple as that.
Continue reading Elizabeth Lee and Dickson Parklands
The Problem Isn’t Architecture, It’s Urban Design
Interesting read – but I think they let the architects off too easily.
What we can learn about fighting inequality from Australia’s convict past
Analysis shows that while land values per acre rose at 2.2% per annum, land rents fell by 0.3% per annum in the 1800s. Powerhouse Museum/Flickr, CC BY-SA
Continue reading Inequality
They marched to demand Congress DO THEIR JOB and remove the President from The White House.
Being Turnbulled again
click on image for the video
George Monbiot on Brexit – where to now?
click on the image for this very interesting view on Brexit
click on image for article
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.
Continue reading Wonders of apartment heaven in Zetland
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
Continue reading John Mayall
Another laugh – well maybe? click on the image for the truth.
New book by Naomi Klein
this is my second post on this book:
here’s a new review of the book on The Guardian – click here
k.d. lang performs “Constant Craving” on MTV Unplugged.
Continue reading K D Lang
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.
Continue reading Randy Newman
The story of one woman who demanded to be heard
The Uber CEO is gone – why?
click here for the story in The Guardian and read about Susan Fowler, the person who did not do as advised – to ignore the sexist behaviour around her.
Continue reading Uber and Defeating Sexism
Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder: Statesboro Blues”
amazing stuff – play it loud!
Continue reading Ry Cooder
Everyone is invited to the next
“Christmas in July” Party Flix’n Dickson
Continue reading FLIX’N DICKSON – invite
Setting the record straight!
Yet again the media has misunderstood what Pauline Hanson said!
Continue reading Pauline Hanson on excluding the artistics
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.
Continue reading Changing architecture of Dickson
His last album: Chuck
You would have heard many songs over the decades – but this is something new.
Continue reading Chuck Berry
a couple of pieces of music to take you away after a busy day.
Click here for the link below to NPR
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.
Continue reading Rebecca Solnit on Trump
Neoliberalism Is Destroying Our Democracy
the democracy experiment continues – but will it get beyond the influence of neoliberalism
click here for an article
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.
Continue reading inflammable clading
Rijksmuseum is presenting a major retrospective of 19th-century photography – click here
I wrote previously about the stop-overs when you drive between Sydney and Canberra.
Continue reading Bowral for coffee?
Sad story from Manchester. Lesson? – watch out for the spin when developments are announced.
Queen’s Birthday honour to former NGA curator
As listed: Dr Anne Mary Gray AM
Continue reading Anna 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
Continue reading NO is NOT enough
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.
Continue reading Looking for arts policy