It is about people – not war machines
A Reminder: the Australian War Memorial is about people
A Reminder: the Australian War Memorial is about people
Going to a supermarket has always been enjoyable.
There’s a plaque in the Dickson Library that marks the site of Canberra’s first aerodrome.
Last Monday we were heading up the highway towards Sydney. We had crossed the border. It felt strange. It had been three months since we had left the ACT.
What is the ACT Government’s attitude to good architecture and good landscape design? That’s easy. It does not consider such things important.
When in Civic around 10pm on Wednesday last week we were confronted with what the ACT government now defines as a Christmas tree.
Is there a more significant way of celebrating Christmas than with a tree?
Yes, with lots of trees! How about a suburb of trees? This is what the Yarralumla Residents Association is doing for Christmas this year.
When confronted with the latest complex goings-on with the proposal for a huge apartment development alongside the Old Bus Depot Markets that will include the Kingston Arts Precinct, the Inner South Canberra Community Council (ISCCC) did a very sensible thing.
Good journalism is welcomed and embraced. Journalism that is written to promote bad decisions by government must be called out. Here’s an example of the latter. The author, Tom Greenwell, starts well by making some points about Walter Burley Griffin’s planning for Canberra. But then he commits the crime of using Griffin’s name and visions to justify some outrageous developments being planned by the ACT Government (Urban Renewal Authority again!) that will destroy a wonderful part of the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin. Click here for the article in City News.
and for more about West Basin alternative facts – click here; includes letters from Richard Johnstone of kingston – a supporter of West Basin developments.
And for more on the arguments against what Tom Greenwell has written – click here for a very well informed piece by Penny Moyes, one of the Lake Burley Griffin Guardians.
When it comes to arts facilities in Canberra, the ACT politicians are well behind the game. They know nothing! Click here.
There’s a long saga at play in Dickson in Canberra. Here’s the latest on this – click here.
and there’s more..
There’s a lot to be seen at the exhibitions at the National Gallery of Australia this summer – so it’s time to get thee hence – – –click here.
As with other cases like this, the ACT Government bureaucracy fails to see the logic and ignores the consequences of their stupidity. A site visit would inform anyone of the issues.
I have written about this in City News
It came as a shock to hear a community leader class a community site as a wasteland.
All cities have their city square or equivalent.
Like many cities, coffee shops/ cafes pop up everywhere that there is a new development.
Sometimes we fool ourselves that equity is being treated seriously by most sector of society.
Could not agree more with this article. We have had some bad experiences in our local wetland park.
Recommended reading for all of us as we try to work out what the hell happened with democracy and how our governments have ruined this country.
This is a great place to stop – click here
There’s a wonderful group of videos on YouTube – featuring Ry Cooder in the studio performing new songs from Prodigal Son.
It only usually takes a moment to gauge what sort of service you are to receive when you enter a café.
A small selection of photographs from wandering around this wonderful complex city.
Mythomania: Tales of Our Times from Apple to ISIS – by Peter Conrad, Thames and Hudson
Several years ago I had listened to most of Peter Conrad’s BBC podcasts on his topic of Myths – and loved them.
I have read just a little of this book so far – but can say that it as good as if not better than listening to the podcasts of Peter’s broadcasts. It is now part of my reading for the next weeks. And there are new topics covered.
I am not sure when my desire for mince pies and Christmas cakes and puddings started.
Neil Young’s entire catalog is available to stream for free on his newly launched archival website. Wow!!! – Thanks Neil
This story starts with standing outside the Museum of Sydney taking in an outdoor display of a cottage garden – complete with vegetables and herbs.
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.
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.
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
The words populism and populist have no simple, coherent meaning.
A list of women in music – turning the tables; click here
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.
here’s a re-issue of some really beautiful – magnificent music.
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
k.d. lang performs “Constant Craving” on MTV Unplugged.
Dark Matter, Randy Newman’s first album of new material in nine years, is due August 4 on Nonesuch; vinyl on August 18.
amazing stuff – play it loud!
Everyone is invited to the next Flix’n Dickson “Christmas in July” Party
Yet again the media has misunderstood what Pauline Hanson said!
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.
As listed: Dr Anne Mary Gray AM
says it all.. the idiot of Australian politics
“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
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.
A new Steve Earle album is due out soon – this time, with a few friends, moving back to his roots – being country music.
It has been a while since we have seen a ‘greatest hits’ by Lyle Lovett – and this collection is one to have.
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.
click here for my review and comments on Tracey Moffatt’s exhibition at the 2017 Venice Biennale.
Here’s a few of the exhibitions in Canberra this month.
Do we have examples of good residential architecture in Canberra?
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.