It has been many years since I have wandered amongst the tulips of Floriade.
Some issues just do not go away. Dogs that are dangerous or potentially dangerous is such a topic.
Thanks Tom for nearly 50 years of wonderful music
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.
Back in 2013 plans were announced for the next stage of Canberra’s Constitution Avenue.
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There are many reasons why people trek out to the Canberra Regional Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.
The Cultural Landscape Foundation wants to connect people to the places of culture around them. click here
A review of Dark Matter – click here.
draft 9 August
There’s been an increase in conversations about avoiding the use of plasticized mugs for take away coffee.
Another mess made by Malcolm Turnbull
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. Click here
Populism now divides, yet once it united the working class
The words populism and populist have no simple, coherent meaning.
A list of women in music – turning the tables; click here
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.
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The Problem Isn’t Architecture, It’s Urban Design
Interesting read – but I think they let the architects off too easily. 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.
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!
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.
I wrote previously about the stop-overs when you drive between Sydney and Canberra.
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.
Book Notice: Culture Heist, Judith White
ART VERSUS MONEY: The fight for the soul of a
great public institution
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
Recommended: The Monthly April 2017.
This is a must read for the articles on the ALT-Right by Richard Cooke – who pulls no punches and tells it as we all know it but it seems few in the press are game to do – well done Richard; and then there’s a condemning article – with maybe far too much detail – but totally providing an accurate picture of the damage done to the NBN by Malcolm Turnbull and his pals. And what a cover!
Nice online exhibition of photographs – from The Washington Post – click here.
Exhibition Review: The National at the AGNSW 2017
To link to a review of The National at the Art Gallery of NSW – click here.
Sgt Pepper’s 50th birthday
I cannot be! That it is 50 years since at around 11pm when I was suppose to be asleep in bed, that I heard this music coming from the lounge room.
seen in Ipswich – where the cyclonic rains had descended
A history of Group M photographers by Philip Bentley
Oh how we wish for more voices to be critical of the current political class and their hangers-on – and I include many journalists as being hangers-on.
It had to happen. According to recent reports – roast potatoes were in the frame for causing cancer. Science says…
This post will probably upset a few dog owners. Unfortunately, that is also part of the story – being that whenever you raise the problems you have with dogs, many dog owners (not all) go into denial.
Braddon is cool – well not quite yet
Braddon should be cool. I said something similar two years ago.
Special presentation on George W Bell
George Bell (1920 – 2008) was member of Group M – in Melbourne.