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.
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.
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
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?
This story starts with standing outside the Museum of Sydney taking in an outdoor display of a cottage garden – complete with vegetables and herbs.
Surprising things can happen when you are involved in advocacy with the ACT Government on urban environment issues.
Life for pedestrians in Dickson is not as safe as it should be. Here’s a few events to illustrate my point.
The 2016 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.
It has been many years since I have wandered amongst the tulips of Floriade.
Just months ago a Luton’s auctioneer stated that the property going under the hammer was the only house for sale in Dickson.
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
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.
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.
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.
we are being Turnbulled – over and over again.
Back in 2013 plans were announced for the next stage of Canberra’s Constitution Avenue.
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.
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they lied – again
There are many reasons why people trek out to the Canberra Regional Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.
When I was first alerted to the issues below – sadly my response was: Why am I not surprised?
The Cultural Landscape Foundation wants to connect people to the places of culture around them. click here
A review of Dark Matter – click here.
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.
draft 9 August
There’s been an increase in conversations about avoiding the use of plasticized mugs for take away coffee.
Australia has been Turnbulled yet again – click here
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
Dr Elizabeth Farrelly is outraged
Populism now divides, yet once it united the working class
The words populism and populist have no simple, coherent meaning.
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.
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.
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