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Thursday, 18 October


Hellions have announced a slew of in-store signings for their new record Rue Tone Deaf

Hellions are set to rock up to your local record store over the next week to celebrate the release of their fourth album Rue.

Things are kicking off tonight at Sydneys alternative music hub Utopia Records, from 4:30pm-6pm. The quartet will then be kicking it at Brisbanes Phase 4 Records on October 20th from 3pm-4:30pm. Finally theyll be hitting up Melbournes 24Hundred HQ on October 24th from 5pm-6:30pm.

Watch: Hellions Smile

In conjunction with the signings, the band will be playing a bunch of intimate east coast party shows. Tour dates below.

Rue is out tomorrow through UNFD.

Hellions 2018 Rue
Album Launch Shows

Tickets on sale now

Saturday, 20th October
Crowbar, Brisbane
Tickets: Official Website
*Colombus DJ set

Wednesday, 24th October
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Tickets: Official Website
*Pagan DJ set

Thursday, 25th October
The Lair (at Metro Theatre), Sydney
Tickets: Official Website
*Tonight Alive DJ set

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Wednesday, 17 October



The olive (Olea europaea, meaning "olive from/of Europe") is a species of small tree in the family Oleaceae, found in much of Africa, the Mediterranean Basin from Portugal to the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, and southern Asia as far east as China, as well as the Canary Islands, Mauritius and Runion. The species is cultivated in many places and considered naturalised in France, Corsica, Crimea, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Java, Norfolk Island, California and Bermuda.

Its fruit, also called the olive, is of major agricultural importance in the Mediterranean region as the source of olive oil. The tree and its fruit give its name to the plant family, which also includes species such as lilacs, jasmine, Forsythia and the true ash trees (Fraxinus). The word "olive" derives from Latin lva ("olive fruit", "olive tree"; "olive oil" is lum) which is cognate with the Greek (elaa, "olive fruit", "olive tree") and (laion, "olive oil"). The oldest attested forms of the latter two words in Greek are respectively the Mycenaean e-ra-wa, and e-ra-wo or e-rai-wo, written in the Linear B syllabic script.

The word "oil" in multiple languages ultimately derives from the name of this tree and its fruit. Melbourne has an excellent climate for raising olives and olive trees are commonly seen in streets and gardens of Melbourne. Numerous olive groves have now been established in close proximity to the City. At the moment, olive trees are in full bloom in Melbourne and it looks as though it will be a bumper season this year!

This post is part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Nature Notes meme.
and also part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.



Newlands Fringe and Trivia! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Everyone in the Newlands community (and beyond) is invited to a night of entertainment and laughs at our very first Newlands Fringe and Trivia night.

Held in the beautiful hall at The Cretan Brothers (near CERES) on Friday October 26 you will be treated to a night of performances, dancing, games and trivia. Hosted by DJ Eddy and Nancy Bangles!

There will be a silent auction, two bars (no BYO), food platters that can be pre purchased and a table of decorations. 

Dust off your dancing shoes and dress up as a musical subculture and decorate your table to match.


Australia needs political courage, will and leadership to realise the SDGs "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The theme of this years International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (on 17 October) is Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity. This mirrors the language and ambition of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 17 October also coincides with the first day of a two-day Melbourne symposium co-hosted by Future Earth Australia and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Australia/NZ/Pacific on research for SDG achievement.

Since Australia and 192 other countries committed to the SDGs in September 2015, countless Australians still dont understand what needs to be done, have not heard of the SDGs, or question why they even matter. This applies to many colleagues in Australian research, teaching and learning environments. For those colleagues, a good place to start is the guide on how local universities, higher education institutions and the academic sector can get started with the SDGs. Its crucial that Australias educators and the institutes they work for are SDG-cogent, as realisation of the SDG promise will require the harnessing of interdisciplinary critical thinking and research, as well as cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder planning for inclusive development change-innovation (to support intergenerational equity and prosperity within and beyond Australias borders).

In my view a key reason for any misconception, inertia, or complete lack of researcher or institutional awareness around the SDGs three years on is the absence of a national action plan. Submissions to the DFAT-led Parliamentary Inquiry into the UN SDGs of 2018 show that actors are crying out for the Australian Government to develop an overarching governance, policy and planning framework for SDG roll-out at home and as part of the nations international development and humanitarian assistance efforts from now until 2030. Australias first Voluntary National Review (VNR) on the implementation of the SDGs, lodged by the Government at the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York in July, is a good start. But a national action plan it is not: the S.M.A.R.T goal logic that many government age...


Christian Dior designed beauty, ending wartime ugliness ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly

By the time we were selecting our own clothes in the 1960s, the times were too hippy for my generation to tolerate Christian Dior (19051957)s post-war fashions. But now it is time for us to re-examine our old views.

Born in Normandy and moved to Paris when he was a child, the Dior family name was known for his fathers successful fertiliser company. As an adult, Dior immersed himself in the capitals creative scene, under the care of Robert Piguet, fashion designer who trained Hubert de Givenchy.

Following France's surrender to Germany in 1940, Dior returned to Paris, where he was soon hired by couturier Lucien Lelong. Throughout the remaining years of the war, including when Dior was serving in the French army, Lelong's design house dressed the women of the Nazis and of French collaborators. During this same time, Dior's younger sister, Catherine, was working for the French Resistance.

Dior, bar suit, 1947
silk jacket and wool crpe skirt

How did Christian Dior help to restore an embattled post-war Paris as the capital of fashion?  Louise Quick says it was Feb 1947 when the designers scandalous range shocked post-WW2 society and revolutionised the fashion industry forever. Taking place just two years after Victory in Europe Day, Dior stunned his world with his first fashion collection in Paris. Models wore swathes of rich fabric, long, heavy skirts and dresses synched at the waist.

Diors designs were about creating an overtly hourglass silhouette. Of 90 impressive pieces in Diors collection that day, the most iconic was the Bar Suit- a large, dark, feminine skirt, padded at the hips, teamed with a silk cream blazer synched at the waist. It was a figure that set the standard for fashion and femininity for the next decade, reflected in the famous styles of 1950s. Hollywood stars like Marilyn MonroeAva Gardner and Rita Hayworth loved his style, as did the fashionable young royal, Princess Margaret. She chose one of Diors designs for her 21st birthday, immortalised later by Cecil Beaton.

Warmly received everywhere, the designs spread across Europe and made their way over to New York. While the Dior designs may have seemed shocking back then , they dont necessarily seem shocking today. So its important to remember the huge effect WW2 had had on everyday clothes. The fashion industry was hit by war-rationing and austerity measures, and there was a significant war time reduction in materials, skilled workers and factory space.

New Look evening dress, 1947
using metres of lush material.

With the introduction of rationing in Britain (and Australia) in 1941, simpler, slimmer outfits were made as more coupons were needed for the fabric and skilled handiwork. So early 1940s clothes were dominated by simple suits and knee-length dresses with boxy, manly shoulders. Decorative elements like pleats, ruching, embroidery and even pockets were restricted under austerity measures, while luxury ad...

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Tuesday, 16 October


This Week in Melbourne: What's On #616 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Read Online This Week: 16 - 22 October 2018 Newsletter | #616 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 16th October 2018 to Monday 22nd October 2018 Caulfield Cup Docklands Blues Music Festival Garage Sale Trail Weekend Main Street Mornington Festival Pregnancy Babies and Children's Expo Royal Geelong Show Shot in the City of Port Phillip Spooktober Spring Fling Street Festival The Finders Keepers Market Weekend Wrap Enjoy #Melbourne Garage Sale Trail Weekend Saturday 20 and Sunday 21, 2018 Join the movement along with 400,000 Australians by hosting a sale or shopping the trail. Garage Sale Trail 2018 | Trail Map Festival Melbourne 2018 3 - 21 October 2018 The Melbourne Festival encompasses dance, circus, theatre, contemporary and classical music, visual arts, film and more. Festival Melbourne 2018 | What's On The Finders Keepers Market Friday 19th - Sunday 21st October | Royal Exhibition Building A massive three day event, featuring over 250 independent art and design stalls. The Finders Keepers Market Friday Night Live Music Licensed venue in Bayswater featuring live music every Friday night. Fri 19th October - Maskara - Women of Rock Fri 26th October - Hard Edge and Pool Comp Live At London Eleven | Buy Tickets Here Shot in the City of Port Phillip Saturday October 20 and 27 | Sunday October 21 and 28 Melbourne Camera Club - South Melbourne Photography exhibition celebrates the human and geographical diversity of a local municipality through the lens of the Melbourne Camera Club. Entry is FREE Shot in the City of Port Phillip | Photography Exhibition Spooktober 2018 Oct 31 - Nov 4 | St Kilda Town Hall Melbourne's biggest and spookiest 5-day Halloween Festival Spooktober Spooktober 2018 | Buy Tickets Yarra River Self-Drive Boat Hire Self drive boat hire cruise packages offer you the opportunity to rent one of our signature vessels with no boat license or experience required. Melbourne Boat Hire | Rates and Book Online Pentolina Fresh Pasta and Bar Melbourne's new shrine to pasta in the heart of the CBD. Fresh pasta made in-house daily Mon - Sat 11am 10pm | 2, 377 Little Collins St, Melbourne Pentolina | Review Weekend Wrap Alibaba E-Commerce Expo Archibald Prize Exhibition Arms and Militaria Fair Australian Hi-Fi and AV Show Bendigo Uncorked Week Box Hill Record and Comic Fair Buddy Run Caulfield Cup Docklands Blues Music Festival Main Street Mornington Festival...



Echuca is a town located on the banks of the Murray River and Campaspe River in Victoria, Australia, 214 km North of Melbourne. The border town of Moama is adjacent on the northern side of the Murray River in New South Wales. Echuca is the administrative centre and largest settlement in the Shire of Campaspe. At the time of the 2016 census, Echuca had a population of 12,906. The population of the combined Echuca and Moama townships was estimated to be 20,660 at June 2016.

Echuca lies within traditional Yorta Yorta country. The town's name is an Aboriginal word meaning "meeting of the waters". Echuca is situated close to the junction of the Goulburn, Campaspe, and Murray Rivers. Its position at the closest point of the Murray to Melbourne contributed to its development as a thriving river port city during the 19th century.

By the 1870s Echuca had risen to prominence as Australia's largest inland port. Echuca was both a key river port and railway junction. Steam-driven paddleboats would arrive at the 400-metre long redgum Echuca Wharf, unloading it to be transported by rail to Melbourne. Wool, wheat, other grains, livestock and timber were the most common cargoes. The wharf has been listed as a Heritage Place on the Australian National Heritage List. This industrial boom led to a rapidly expanding population, at one stage in excess of 15,000, with more than a hundred hotels rumoured to exist in the Echuca district at one time. An iron bridge was constructed over the Murray River in 1878 by the NSW Railways Department.

The expansion of the railways from Melbourne to most parts of Victoria, as well as improvements to roads and fickle river conditions all combined to lessen Echuca's importance, and by the 1890s the paddlesteamer fleet was in decline. An economic depression and the collapse of several banks virtually ended Echuca's role as a major economic centre, and its population began to disperse.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.


Soon to find true form The Gap Year and Beyond

I often drop into the Quarry Reserve in Moorooduc to check in on the Peregrine Falcons that make the flooded quarry their home. In the surrounding bushland are many bird species working hard through their breeding cycles. I watched a pair of Brown Thornbills searching for insects amongst the scrub and was surprised to see a Cuckoo seemingly working the branches with them. It even hopped to the ground and rummaged amongst the leaves. Occasionally it would stop and make the typical Shining Bronze Cuckoo calls. I am sure that the Thornbills had raised this cuckoo.

Shining Bronze Cuckoo, Moorooduc Quarry Flora and Fauna Reserve, Vic

Shining Bronze Cuckoo, Moorooduc Quarry Flora and Fauna Reserve, Vic


novice-at-play: photosworthseeing: Its PWS SELFIE SUNDAY... matthew schiavello: photos and words





Sunday, October, 21st.

Give your photography a face - your face - on the PWS - Selfie Sunday

Submit your selfies until Friday, October 19th and join the fun.

All selfies submitted after Friday, 19th will get into our drafts and will be published on the next PWS Selfie Sunday in December 2018.

PWS - Photo(grapher)s Worth Seeing

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Demographer slams overdevelopment in Melbourne - Video and text "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Professor Bob Birrell [1] calls for better planning to stop over-development, sustainable population policy reform at a Sustainable Australia Party event. "Net overseas immigration is completely dominating the figures." The politicians tell us, "We just have to get used to it, and the way we're going to deal with it is to throw literally billions at it ... and ... eliminate suburbia." "That's what they say. But rezoning and high density doesn't actually work. The houses are too expensive. The reason is site costs. The more people the more demand for housing. If you increase the opportunity for housing on the same site, the site values go up higher.... It doesn't work." "Nor does the high rise 'solution'. You know there are tens of thousands of these being completed. When we checked the 2016 census, what we found was, that in the two areas of greatest density, CBD and South bank, only 5% of all those appartments were occupied by families with children. Well, what are we going to do about it? We have to deal with high NOM (Net Overseas Migration), it's not inevitable - and this is the key point. The high levels of NOM at present are due to government policy or government non-policy. They are a deliberate consequence of government policy. Not inevitable. For example, overseas students. It is a fact that the biggest source of growth in Net Overseas Migration in Melbourne is overseas students. There are more overseas students coming in on a student's visa each year than are leaving holding a student's visa. Okay, we don't object to students coming here for an education. the problem is that, once they get here and complete their education, they can stay on, more or less forever. Our governments have deliberately encouraged them to do so. By providing, as of right, a two year stay here, with full work rights - even if your degree is in cultural studies - and, when you've done that, you can get another student visa. Or you can become a tourist, or you can get a working holiday visa, or you can apply for a 457 temporary visa. Or you can apply for a permanent entry visa. And, as a consequence, a big chunk of overseas students are just spinning out ... over the years. So, we can change that and that would have a major impact. There are many other areas we could change. I'll just give you one or two to finish, which you may not know about. You've probably heard a lot about 'regional policy' - 'maybe we'll put people in the bush, rather than let them stay in Melbourne or Sydney. Well, currently, there's a program near 30,000 visas strong for state and regional sponsorship. The problem...

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Monday, 15 October



You can tell our weather is warming up...

This post is part of the Mosaic Monday meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme,
and also part of the Through my Lens meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme.


Oops a bit too close The Gap Year and Beyond

I was watching a Bassian Thrush move along the path collecting worms for a return to the nest. It would occasionally drop all the worms, pick up an irresistible insect of some sort for a snack and then one by one pick up all the worms and move down the track. It had 6 bigs worms in its beak and after a few minutes ducked down a side wallaby track. I stood still and tried to see where it would go so I could find the nest. A meter or so from my face an Eastern yellow robin flew to a branch and hopped into a nest. I had no idea it was there but after standing still for so long it seemed to not see me as a threat. I slowly moved back to the other side of the track and took a few pics. After several minutes she flew off and I took few pics of the nest. Robins have amazing nests made with soft bark strips and then covered with spider web and live moss and lichen.

Eastern Yellow Robin nest, Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National Park, Vic

Eastern Yellow Robin nest, Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National Park, Vic


MIUC 161018: Rogue Three; Shit to the Spirit; Hot to Rot Experimental Melbourne

ROGUE THREE - Hannah Reardon-Smith (Flutes)/Brodie McAllister (Trombone)/Ryan Williams (Recorders)
SHIT TO THE SPIRIT - Erkki Veltheim - One man shamanistic metal band (Voice/Strings/Drums)
HOT TO ROT - Blaise Adamson Guitar/Voice)/Loretta Wilde (Bass/Voice)/Jack Normoyle (Drums)

23/10: Curated by Aviva Endean - 3 solos with Chlo Sobek, Ryan Williams, Jenny Barnes
30/10: Matthew Revert; Maria Moles/Rama Parwata

The Make It Up Club


Eminem announces 2019 Australian tour Tone Deaf

Eminem has announced a 2019 tour in support of his latest album Kamikaze. It is the rappers first tour of Australia since 2014.

The Rapture tour will see him play a slew of arena dates, at Brisbanes QSAC, Sydneys ANZ Stadium, Melbournes MCG and Perths Optus Stadium.

Kamikaze dropped without warning and debuted at #1 in Australia, it was his ninth album to do so. The album was met with controversy and criticism for its use of homophobic language. Check out the tour dates below.

Watch: Eminem Fall

Eminem 2019 Australian Rapture Tour

Tickets on sale 2pm AEDT Monday, 22nd October

Wednesday, 20th February
QSAC, Brisbane
Tickets: Ticketek

Friday, 22nd February
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Tickets: Ticketek

Sunday, 24th February
MCG, Melbourne
Tickets: Ticketek

Wednesday, 27th February
Optus Stadium, Perth
Tickets: Ticketek

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Sunday, 14 October


Street Art Sculpture 9 Black Mark

This is my annual survey of street art sculptures, installations and other three dimensional unauthorised art in Melbourne.




St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne is the metropolitical and cathedral church of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, Victoria in Australia. It is the seat of the Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne and Metropolitan of the Province of Victoria. The cathedral, which was built in stages, is a major Melbourne landmark.

A distinguished English architect, William Butterfield, designed the cathedral, in the architectural style of Gothic transitional. The foundation stone was laid in 1880 and, on 22 January 1891, the cathedral was consecrated. St Paul's replaced St James Old Cathedral which then stood on the corner of William Street and Collins Street - later moved to a site near the Flagstaff Gardens. To fit the block, the cathedral building is orientated NNW.

The erection of the spires began in 1926, to the design of John Barr of Sydney instead of Butterfield's original design. The 1960s saw extensive work completed to the exterior of the cathedral and the T.C. Lewis organ was restored in 1989 by a major National Trust appeal. Major restoration works were completed in 2009 with significant repairs to the spires, the building of the Moorhouse Tower Lantern and the new processional doors.

This post is part of the My Sunday Best meme,
and also part of the My Sunday Photo meme,
and also part of the Photo Sunday meme.


A private palace of art - Leighton House in London ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly

Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896) built the Kensington studio-house from 1865 on. With the Victorian art market booming, and domestic taste fascinating the middle classes, Leighton needed to demonstrate his importance. After all, he was both president of the Royal Academy and chief exponent of the new Aestheticism.

Leighton House was to be his link to a special society, so #2 Holland Park Rd needed to be special. Fortunately Leighton was enjoying increasingly high fees for his paintings, and he also had family money. Leighton and his architect, George Aitchison, chose the decorative elements for their aesthetic effect, wherever they came from. The result incorporated styles from Arts and Crafts, Orientalism and Baroque.

Adding to the building for years, he ended up with one of the most talked-about houses in the country. Around the dome was a super frieze made up of tiny tiles, commissioned from artist Walter Crane (1845-1915), who did the work in Venice and then transported the finished product to London. William Morris curtains were loved. Orientalist Iznik wall tiles and the finest Arabian and Persian artwork were collected on his regular trips to Turkey and Syria. Sometimes he commissioned friends to buy the art objects abroad, including the Japanese and Chinese porcelain.

Leighton was a leading painter. His main interest lay in history painting and neo-classicism, and his most instantly recognisable work is Flaming June. Viewers also value his plein air oil sketches, made on his North Africa and Middle Eastern travels.

Flaming June,
by Lord Frederick Leighton, c1895
Tate Britain

On Sundays, visitors gazed at the spectacular 1877 Arab Hall, with its golden dome, intricate mosaics, walls lined with beautiful Islamic tiles and indoor fountain. Colleagues attended one of Leighton's famous musical soires, complete with its minstrels' gallery. Intimate friends were invited to spend the evening in the red dining room with glittering Middle-Eastern ceramics.

Or they lounged in the private and relaxed Silk Room, with its paintings by Tintoretto and Millais. Certainly it was homo-social; he filled this cosy room with pieces by friends such as Millais, George Frederic Watts, Singer Sargent and LawrenceAlma-Tadema.

Was Leighton a dandy? Presumably yes. But note three things. Firstly his young women were expected to access the studio through a separate Model's Entrance in the back. Leighton House may have been designed to showcase the artistic avant garde, but his class relationships were still Victorian. Secondly for all his generous support of fellow artists, Leighton seemed to have had little interest in women painters or their work. Finally Leighton lived alone in his palace, occupying the houses one, very stark bedroom on the first floor. Thus he was showy, public and extravagant, but private and a bit grim as well.

 de Morgan tiles



Everybody knows this is somewhere #23   (Pre - 2014).Fuji... matthew schiavello: photos and words

Everybody knows this is somewhere #23   (Pre - 2014).

Fuji Provia 100F Slide film.Found some old film I shot around 4-5 years ago and finally scanned it.


Not so Common Bronzewing The Gap Year and Beyond

I have recently extended my usual circuit around Greens Bush in the Mornington Peninsula National Park to include several of the fire trails that occur further along the Two Bays Walk. On Saturday I took the longer circuit. Where the fire trail came back into the forest my eyes were adapting to the change in light when I disturbed a plump bird a few metres in front of me and with an explosion of clattering wings he flew to a tree above. He didnt fly far and I had good views of a bird I had not seen before at Greens Bush. A male Common Bronzewing (the large pale head marking denotes a male Bronze)

Common Bronzewing, Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National Park, Vic,

Common Bronzewing, Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National Park, Vic,


Grampians Peaks Trail (and always remember to pack your food away!) "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A rule to remember whenever youre camping in the Australian bush (or anywhere really) is to pack away and secure your food at night so that it doesnt attract animals.

Its a rule I was acutely reminded of during a recent trip hiking the Grampians Peaks Trail, leaving me with a large, chewed tear in the floor of my much loved Macpac Minaret tent.

Ive always thought packing my food away into plastic bags and keeping them in my tent was enough to deter animals. In my many years of camping around Australia Ive never had a problem.

But this trip, it was a problem.

At some stage during the first night at the Bugiga hikers camp, something chewed its way into my tent and got into my dinner bag, getting at one of my dried meals and a block of fancy Koko Black chocolate given to me for Fathers Day.

I must have been tired because I slept through it and didnt realise what had happened until I was packing up in the morning after breakfast and discovered the hole in my tent.

I was devastated. Ive written before how much I love my tent and how its served me well on many trips in fair weather and foul.

It felt like Id let a good friend down.

I patched up the hole on both sides with first aid strapping tape and thankfully the weather was good so I didnt need to worry about rain.

Once back in Melbourne I got the hole patched and, hopefully, its good to go for my next trip.

And for that next trip Ill be investing in some decent bags to stash my food in and putting those into my backpack which Ill also line with a big plastic bag.

Lesson learned.

Click to view slideshow.

Anyway, the Grampians Peaks Trail was okay. Nice scenery, interesting rock formations, easy to follow track. But it never felt particularly remote as the views included roads and the town of Halls Gap. There were also plenty of tourists and school groups doing day walks on the trails so it never felt like wilderness.

I started at Halls Gap, following the Grampians Peaks Trail signs up Stony Creek past Venus Baths and Splitters Falls into Wonderland. It was steady, but not challenging, climbing to get up onto the mountain range. Walking through the Grand...


Song For A Weary Throat "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Marian Webb Song For A Weary Throat at the Fairfax Studio takes pride of place at the Melbourne International Arts Festival after its much-acclaimed premier at Theatreworks last year.  Directed by Kate Sulan, Rawcus Ensemble fifteen performers with and without disability join the Invenio Singers in a profoundly moving work of theatre. []

The post Song For A Weary Throat appeared first on St Kilda News.


long-form ambient/experimental releases coming up: Andy Wear Experimental Melbourne

Andy Wear has been making noise for the best part of 30 years; as a post-punk art-school dropout in Brisbane in the 80s and 90s, as a avant-garde deconstructivist in Hobart in the 00s, and now, settling in Melbourne as a sculptor of ambient sound in long-form drones, loops and hums.

His latest release, a two-part, 50 minute study titled Hynorv/Bologna is available on Soundcloud, and is soon to be released on limited edition vinyl.

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Saturday, 13 October



All these birds were photographed in the space of an hour in the Darebin Parklands in suburban Melbourne. In this pocket of natural bushland in the centre of a busy large city of millions is a very fortunate resource to have.

This post is part of the Weekend Reflections meme,
and also part of the Saturday Critters meme,
and also part of the Camera Critters meme,
and also part of the I'd Rather Be Birdin' meme.
One of several ponds in the Parklands provides a habitat for water birds.

The Australian white ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) is a wading bird of the ibis family, Threskiornithidae. It is widespread across much of Australia. 
Dusky moorhens (Gallinula tenebrosa) are medium-sized water birds that are members of the rail family (Rallidae).



Everybody knows this is somewhere #27   (Pre - 2014).Fuji... matthew schiavello: photos and words

Everybody knows this is somewhere #27   (Pre - 2014).

Fuji Provia 100F Slide film.Found some old film I shot around 4-5 years ago and finally scanned it.


Facilitating for Gender Balance "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Its a familiar situation.

Youre at a forum, seminar or conference and the MC opens up for questions. Out of nowhere a man steps up, strongly opinionated, ready to pose a question or perhaps offer their own perspective as a comment, prompting the MC to enquire do you have a question?

There follow more questions and you cant help noticing more men get a say than women. At one forum I attended there were five questions in total, not one of them from a woman.

Why does this happen?

  • The Patriarchy!
  • Male and female socialisation. Growing up in a society defined by systemic sexism and rigid gender categories means that men have experienced years of being told they have a right to take up space and women have been told they dont. Women often feel they should only contribute if they have something really important to say and can have a distorted perspective of whether their own contributions are important. Men tend to have more of a sense that they will be listened to and their contributions are valuable even if theyre still half formed. These are massive generalisations but there is enough truth in them to be evident in pretty much all public debates.
  • The speaking list default. Many facilitators or MCs go with the approach of calling on people in the order they have put themselves forward without considering this critically. I dont believe that how quickly someone puts their hand up is the most important definer of whether they get to speak or when. An orderly queue is not more important than equity and inclusion.
  • Gender bias on behalf of the facilitator. It may sometimes be the case that the facilitator is calling more on men than women, although there are plenty of women wishing to speak. In the forum I mentioned where no women got to ask a question there were women with their hands up. A woman was MCing but a man was the one taking the microphone to participants and he was choosing the men.

What is the consequence?

  • Women arent heard.
  • Less quality discussion. The gathering misses out on womens important contributions.
  • Demoralisation and compounding inequity. Women (and everyone else) experience another time when women arent visible and centred and we h...


Queen Mary of Teck's biography and author James Pope-Hennessy's murder ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly

Queen Victorias unsatisfactory grandson, Prince Albert Duke of Clarence, second in line to the British throne, desperately needed a bride. Earlier attempts to marry this useless duke off to foreign princesses had failed, so Queen Victoria was relieved when, in 1891, Mary of Teck (1867-1953) loved the prospect of becoming Britains queen and immediately accepted the dukes hand. But this plan had to be abandoned when the duke died of pneumonia soon after the engagement. Instead Mary became engaged to his brother, the Duke of York, who in 1910 was crowned King George V and she his queen consort.

King George V and Queen Mary
at their coronation, 1911

Queen Mary of Teck and King George V had 6 children, of whom 5 survived to adulthood. Mary lived through the reigns of her sons, King Edward VIII and King George VI. In 1952, her eldest grandchild became Queen Elizabeth II and in 1953 Queen Mary died at Marlborough House, aged 85.

Royal librarian Owen Morshead asked James Pope-Hennessy (19161974) to write a biography about the late Queen Mary. Pope-Hennessy had been the editor of The Spectator, author and biographer. He was the brother of Sir John Pope-Hennessy, director of both the V&A and British Museums.

James was very well connected. He had formerly shared a flat with the spy Guy Burgess in Ladbroke Grove, London and in 1960 was invested with the Insignia of Commanders of the Royal Victorian Order by the Queen. He had previously been in a relationship with Harold Nicolson, a former diplomat, writer and MP. Author James Lees-Milne was also a former lover of Pope-Hennessy.

James Pope-Hennessy began his 3 year project in 1955, two years after Mary died. It took him to many royal courts in Britain and Europe, meetings old royals, current and retired courtiers and Queen Marys staff. He included sharply observed encounters with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Duke of Gloucester and a young Queen Elizabeth. Plus he had access to many private documents. His book, Queen Mary, was set to be a classic of royal publishing.

The interviews revealed as much about the interviewer as about the late queen. At Sandringham, Pope-Hennessy was a bit arrogant about the suburban, middle-class York Cottage into which George V and Queen Mary lived for most of their reign. And some reviewers suggested that Pope-Hennessys judgment was not always to be trusted eg he thought the Duke of Windsor was very intelligent and liberal-minded.

The interviews were fascinating. Pope-Hennessy spent a weekend with Prince Henry Duke of Gloucester at Barnwell Manor. The Duke was very kind and entertaining, and he sat with the author until the wee small hours of the morning, gossiping about family. Queen Mary spent the war at Badminton so the Duchess of Beaufort interview was also important. She described the queen sitting in the air-raid shelter at midnight, fully dressed in pearls, with her Lady.

Inevitably the picture that emerged was not altogether favourable. The Duchess of Devonshire, who was Mistress of the Robes for 40+ years, claimed that in all that time she only once had a relaxed conversation with the queen. Maggie Wyndham, a Woman of the Bedchamber, was sometimes made to read aloud to the queen for 7 hours non-stop. Lord Claud Hamilton said that Queen Mary...

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Friday, 12 October



This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme,
and also part of the Friday Photo Journal meme.


The reluctant radical "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

We take off our hat to relucant radicals world wide. There are so many people we have had the pleasure of working with, who, prior to doing what they do. had never quite thought they would be that person leading a march, occupying an MPs office, travelling 100s of kilometres to stand in front of a coal mine.

But they do. And we get to work with them. And its a pleasure and an honour. Were speaking at an event this evening the Australian premiere of the Reluctant Radical, hosted by the wonderful Environmental Film Festival a story about an average guy taking extraordinary action to get in the way of climate change and the fossil fuel industry.

It follows Ken Wards challenges and the emotional resilience required to stand in the way of such a massive industry. And the costs. For many they are large people who one day were living a peaceful life in Broome, and then thrown head first into a campaign that subsumed years of their lives and eventually stopped a massive gas refinery. Or farmers living in NSW or VIC who had never had a parking ticket before, yet find themselves pole vaulting out of their comfort zone, to lock themselves to gates to protect water and fertile land for food.

Yet as we see the IPCC report released this week that calls for an end to coal worldwide by 2050 if we are to even have a hope of staying under 1.5 degrees warming and therefore allow our Pacific neighbours to not lose their homelands, how is it that people like Ken Ward, or these farmers, or the folk who locked to Adanis coal port, are considered to be the unreasonable ones?

They are taking action commensurate with the emergency and risk. Action that matches the urgency. We believe this is necessary and its why we do what we do support communities to take safe and effective and *strategic* action to defend the environment.

But, as mentioned the film talks about the costs, and the grief that comes with climate change that so many people are experiencing now. Whilst we find that action is the antidote to despair we also need to acknowledge and live through that despair, to find hope, or at least a sense of purpose within it all.

We are speaking on a panel with Audrey, a dynamo grandma from Stop Adani Melbourne who locked herself to a fence. You can read more about this chill activist grandma and we encourage you to get involved with Stop Adani, Tipping Point or Frontline Action on...

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Thursday, 11 October



Acacia pycnantha, commonly known as the golden wattle, is a tree of the family Fabaceae native to southeastern Australia. It grows to a height of 8 m and has phyllodes (flattened leaf stalks) instead of true leaves. Sickle-shaped, these are between 9 and 15 cm long, and 13.5 cm wide. The profuse fragrant, golden flowers appear in late winter and spring, followed by long seed pods. Plants are cross-pollinated by several species of honeyeater and thornbill, which visit nectaries on the phyllodes and brush against flowers, transferring pollen between them. An understorey plant in eucalyptus forest, it is found from southern New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, through Victoria and into southeastern South Australia.

Explorer Thomas Mitchell collected the type specimen, from which George Bentham wrote the species description in 1842. No subspecies are recognised. The bark of A. pycnantha produces more tannin than any other wattle species, resulting in its commercial cultivation for production of this compound. It has been widely grown as an ornamental garden plant and for cut flower production, but has become a weed in South Africa, Tanzania, Italy, Portugal, Sardinia, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, as well as Western Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales. Acacia pycnantha was made the official floral emblem of Australia in 1988, and has been featured on the country's postal stamps.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.


Eight books Black Mark

Eight books that changed my mind about art and visual culture.

  1. The Unspeakable Confessions of Salvador Dali, as told to Andr Parinaud When I found this book in my high school library it blew my teenage mind. Dali made thinking about art exciting and full of possibilities. 
  2. Theories of Modern Art, a source book by artists and critics Edited by Herschell B. Chip. This was on my first year art history reading list and I  keep on reading and rereading the various texts by artists and critics in it. It was this book that opened my mind to the theoretical and political aspects of art. 
  3. John Berger Ways of Seeing This short book is an excellent introduction to Marxist art criticism. It is also the easiest and fastest to read on the whole list, some chapters only have pictures but does not diminishes its quality.
  4. Arthur Danto The Transfiguration of the Common Place I read this when I was doing my Masters thesis. If you want to know what is art is at a very deep Hegelian level, Dantos institutional theory of the art world is worth reading. Dantos art world is not about organisations defining art but a metaphor The problem is that art world as an organisational theory is useful and Dantos metaphor may be too subtle to be useful.
  5. Notes from the Pop Underground Edited by Peter Belsito. Expanding my idea of what was possible as art were the subjects of this collection of interviews that I found in the sale bin at Minotaur. When I bought the book I only knew about Keith Haring and Spalding Grey but this book introduced me to Art Spiegelmam, Diamonda Galas,  the Church of the Subgenius, Survival Research Labs and others. 
  6. Greil Marcus Lipstick Traces a secret history of the Twentieth Century. The secret history of Dada, rocknroll and the Situationalists born from a radical negation is not explained but wonderfully retold. Marcus weaves in obscure anabaptist heretics and punk rockers gleamed before easy internet searches. I also have the CD of the book and I must share Marie Osmond reciting Dada poetry. I havent seen the stage production of the book; how many non-fiction books have stage versions?
  7. Stewart Home The Assault on Culture Utopian Currents from Lettrisme to Class War diligently tells the history of utopian culture from Dada to Neo-Dada in just over a hundred pages. The history of the groups that are ignored in a broad sweep from Dada to the Situationalists and Punk. In the afterword Home writes distinguishing art movements from isms, sensibilities and traditions. Home argues that: Isms are emotional categorisations and close examination often reveals them to be intellectually incoherent.
  8. Art in Society Edited by Paul Barker. More essays by John Berger, Dennis Potter, amongst others including Angela Carter, writing about sixties style and make-up, and a great essay by Micheal Thompson, Rubbish Theory that explains the chaotic flow of valuations of everything from used cars to art. These essays on films, popular music, marketing, design, television, theatre expanded my idea of critical examination of culture.


Pass friend and be recognised The Gap Year and Beyond

There has been a lot of media lately about local magpies diving bombing posties and kids going to school. A friend even had a nasty scratch on her face from an attack. I have lived in my area for many years and have never been bombed by the local maggies. I have read that they are very territorial but can actually recognise human faces in their territories, up to 25 distinct people. To play it safe when I walk past a magpie in the streets around my house I take my hat off and give them a clear view of my face. I have done this since I read the article on facial recognition. I reckon it works. I photographed this female (or juvenile, a mottled grey back indicates a female or juvenile) while walking my dog yesterday. She gave me a good long look and then went back to searching for grubs and other tasty morsels in the grass below a pedestrian bridge over the creek behind my house.

Magpie, Elster Creek, Elwood, Vic

Magpie, Elster Creek, Elwood, Vic

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Wednesday, 10 October



Having the Yarra River course its way through our city is quite marvellous as it affords beautiful vistas along its length. By night, some magical reflections can be seen in the City as the lights come on. These views are taken from Southbank, an entertainment and residential precinct.

This post is part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.

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Tuesday, 09 October



The Yarra Valley is the name given to the region surrounding the Yarra River in Victoria, Australia. The river originates approximately 90 kilometres east of the City of Melbourne and flows towards it and out into Port Phillip Bay. The name Yarra Valley is usually used in reference to the upper regions surrounding the Yarra River and generally does not encompass the lower regions including the city and suburban areas, where the topography flattens out, or the upper reaches which are in inaccessible bushland.

Included in the Yarra Valley is the sub-region of Upper Yarra (or the Upper Yarra Valley) which encompasses the towns of the former Shire of Upper Yarra in the catchment area upstream of and including Woori Yallock. The Yarra Valley a popular day-trip and tourist area, featuring a range of natural features and agricultural produce, as well as the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail.The Yarra Valley is host to a thriving wine growing industry. The area's relatively cool climate makes it particularly suited to the production of high-quality chardonnay, pinot noir and sparkling wine.

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Checking out the competition The Gap Year and Beyond

Greens Bush is exploding with activity at the moment with spring well under way and the weather finally warming up. A walk into the southern section and I found the little boss below tsking and telling me to move along. I had actually stopped to photograph some bracken in nice light when he popped into the scene and tried to pick a fight.

White-browed Scrubwren, Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National Park, Vic

White-browed Scrubwren, Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National Park, Vic


This Week in Melbourne: What's On #615 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Read Online This Week: 9 - 15 October 2018 Newsletter | #615 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 9th October 2018 to Monday 15th October 2018 Casey Food and Wine Festival Fitness Show Gippsland Garden and Home Expo Hophaus Dachshund Race HiFi Show Meccano Exhibition Salami Festa Motorclassica Oktoberfest in the Gardens Practically Green Festival Stonningtons Spring Into Gardening Festival Tesselaar Tulip Festival World Vegan Day Enjoy #Melbourne Motorclassica Australias premier automotive exhibition is set to be bigger and better than ever before | 12 - 14 October 2018. Motorclassica 2018 | Royal Exhibition Building | Tickets Spring Into Gardening Festival 11am-3pm | Sunday 14th October 2018 Stonningtons gardening and sustainability festival is back at Victoria Gardens with inspiration and tips on gardening and sustainable living. Spring Into Gardening Festival 2018 Circus Shows Check out these circus favourites. *Silvers Circus | Melton* - 10 - 21 Oct * Best circus show ever! Highly recommended * Circus Royale | Taylors Lakes - 19 Sept - 14 Oct Circus Oz | Collingwood - 11 - 21 October NoFit State Circus | Royal Botanic Gardens @ 3-21 Oct Friday Night Live Music Licensed venue in Bayswater featuring live music every Friday night. Fri 12th October - Wheres Chuck Fri 19th October - Maskara - Women of Rock Fri 26th October - Hard Edge and Pool Comp Live At London Eleven | Buy Tickets Here Oktoberfest in the Gardens Saturday 13 October 2018 | Melbourne Showgrounds Melbourne(tm)s largest heated beer hall, authentic German food stalls, roving performers, sideshow alley, silent disco and much more. Oktoberfest in the Gardens 2018 | Tickets Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2018 Final Week 8-14 October | Tulipmania Week | Tesselaar Tulip Farm Be amazed by the beauty of a million Tulips across 25 acres of farmland all set in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. --> Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2018...



Celebrating October

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and also part of the Through my Lens meme,
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Tuesday, 29 May


This Week in Melbourne: What's On #596 "IndyWatch Feed"

Read Online Whats On | 29 May - 4 June 2018 Newsletter | #596 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 29th May 2018 to Monday 4th June 2018 Good Food and Wine Show Melbourne Magic Festival Australian Gymnastics Championships Darebin Homemade Food and Wine Festival Micadors Warehouse Sale Mozarts Don Giovanni Dine With Heart 2018 Eat Street Night Markets Festival of Steve 2018 Knox Active Ageing Expo 2018 Mabo Day Melbourne International Jazz Festival QUIT | World No Tobacco Day 2018 Round She Goes Fashion Market The Long Walk 2018 | Walk to the G TroPro Tradeshow 2018 Enjoy Good Food and Wine Show 2018 1 - 3 June 2018 | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Citi is excited to offer an exciting line-up of good food features to discover, taste, share and enjoy. Good Food and Wine Show 2018 Melbourne Magic Festival The Melbourne Magic Festival casts its spell across Melbourne from July 2 to 14 and promises to take you to the extreme end of visual theatre with over 300 performances of 65 different shows. Melbourne Magic Festival 2018 Australian Gymnastics Championships Gymnastics Australia is thrilled to invite you to Melbournes Hisense Arena for the 2018 Australian Gymnastics Championships. Australian Gymnastics Championships 2018 | Hisense Arena Darebin Homemade Food and Wine Festival Celebrate food traditions 26 May - 4 June 2018 across Darebin. Darebin Homemade Food and Wine Festival 2018 Melbourne International Jazz Festival The 2018 Melbourne International Jazz Festival will electrify the city this winter with an extraordinary program of international jazz greats. Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2018 Micadors Warehouse Sale - up to 85% off Friday 1st June: 10am - 3pm | Saturday 2nd June: 10am - 2pm Micadors huge warehouse sale is on again with prices from a low $1 on a huge range of Arts Crafts Stationery and Gifts Micadors Warehouse Sale | 4/132 Bangholme Road Dandenong South Mozarts Don Giovanni - Lets Rock and Roll An opera fusion production of Mozarts Don Giovanni fused with the best classic rock of all time at the CORNER HOTEL on Sunday 3rd June 2018. Mozarts Don Giovanni | Corner Hotel | Get Tix Festival of Steve An annual celebration of Melbournes modern men, The Festival of Steve showcases local designers, retailers, purveyors of classic merchandise, stylists and outfitters to celebrate the modern, stylish gentleman. Festival of Steve 2018 | The Kelvin Club ** Coming Soon ** Nillumbik Open Cellars Weekend June 16th and 17th 2018 Visit family-owned wineries in the Artis...

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Monday, 28 May


A year on, the key goal of Uluru statement remains elusive "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The statement is a proposal of constitutional reform that would establish
a constitutionally enshrined First Nations representative body to advise parliament
on policy affecting Indigenous peoples and
commit Australia to a process of truth-telling of its colonial history
through the establishment of a Makarrata commission.

Calla Wahlquist
@callapilla 26 May 2018 

While politicians have been demeaning it,
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been having their own discussions.

The Uluru statement canvas, escorted by Uluru delegate and
Torres Strait man of Badhulgau and Kulkalaig heritage Thomas Mayor,
has traversed the northern half of the country and made its way down the east coast to Melbourne,
stopping in at community meetings, festivals, morning teas and business gatherings.

Its a slow, grassroots process, funded thanks to Mayors role as the
NT branch secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia
although strictly its outside the unions remit
but the reception has been overwhelmingly positive.

I still have hope because Ive been travelling around with the Uluru statement
and everywhere I go theres more and more support, he said.

I see momentum building.
And when you explain to people how many similar moments of hope
there have been throughout our history and how we have continued to struggle,
and how this particular time were not going to take no for an answer,
and how this statement is just going to keep travelling until we get what we seek,
I think that we can get enough pressure there so that
those aspirations can be achieved.

Other working groups have been convened across the country.
On Saturday the statement and Mayor will be in Turnbulls Sydney harbourside electorate of Wentworth,
one of the wealthiest in Australia, for a door-knocking campaign aiming to convince people to
lobby their local member to change his mind.

They will also aim to counter misinformation about the proposal,
which Mayor said is easily done once people hear the true intent
behind the proposed reforms.

Read more of Callas extensive, thought-provoking & interesting article:


Noble Caledonia Limited changes its mind about Port of Yamba-Clarence River? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne", 27 May 2017

Noble Caledonia Limiteds Australian Coastal Odyssey twenty-two day cruise from 9-31 October 2018 - flying from London to Cairns to Port Moresby, then sailing through the Torres Strait and down the east coast of Australia to berth in Melbourne before returning home on 31 October - is still being advertised online and it just got a lot cheaper.

In an apparent effort to fill cabins aboard the vessel MV Caledonian Sky, the UK-based cruise line is now offering across-the-board discounts of 1,000 per two-person cabin.

There has also been a change in the ships itinerary for Day 16 - 24 October this year.

All mention of entry into Port of Yamba-Clarence River was removed from the cruise line's website sometime between 21 and 27 May and, Trial Bay, South West Rocks inserted instead for both its October 2018 Australian Coastal Odyssey and October 2019 Australian Coastal Discovery east coast cruises.

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Sunday, 27 May


May 27 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

1792 -  A convict was killed while digging wells at Prospect Hill on the road from Parramatta. He had thirty spear wounds in his body, his head was cut open and most of his teeth were knocked out.

1792 - It is an invariable rule with them [the people of this country] to Kill the first White man they can in revenge, the newly arrived Judge Advocate William Atkins commented in his journal.

1801 The French cartographic expedition of Nicolas Baudin sighted Cape Leeuwin.

1815  - Australian politician and the 'Father of Federation', Sir Henry Parkes, was born.

1833 - Edward Green was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Edward Edwards at a shop in Pitt St.

1837 - Robert Hoddle, first Government Surveyor arrived in Melbourne.

1864 - South Australian Register reduced its cover price: 4d to 3d.

1869 - The Main South Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1869 - Bushranger Harry Power and his off-sider, a young chap by the name of Ned Kelly, were suspiciously loitering around the horses at Mt Battery Station and were shot at by Dr Rowe. How cynical of the good doctor!

1874 - Windich Springs, north-west of the Frere Range, was discovered and named on this day by John Forrest for his good friend Tommy Windich, Aboriginal tracker and explorer.

1879 - Aussie Opera singer Frances Amy Lillian Sherwin, the "Tasmanian Nightingale", began her five-week season with the Strakosch Company. Despite having just recovered from pneumonia, she sang Violetta in La Traviata and her voice was praised for its great range.

1897 - The mummified bodies of Australian explorers Charles Wells and George Jones were discovered by Laurence Wells and Dervish Bejah.

1901 - Wandee (or Wantee) A South Sea Islander who was hanged at Boggo Road Gaol for the murder of Alfred Burnstead near Townsville.

1915 - The railway line from Swan Hill to Piangil (Vic) was opened.

1920 - The Prince of Wales, who later changed his name by deed poll to become King Edward VII, arrived in Melbourne on HMS Renown, forgoing the transporter beam from the mothership for his tour of the Aussie states.
The 26-year-old travelled overland from Adelaide to Wallangarra, on the Queensland border. The royal visitors were provided with a varied programme of kangaroo and emu hunting, buckjumping, with exhibitions of shearing etc. Hugely popular, the Prince of Wales left Australia on 18 August 1920.

1924 - The North Shore Railway Line (NSW) was closed.

1930 - A committee of four experts was appointed to inquire into the workings of the South Australian Railways.

1967 - An Australian referendum recognised more Aboriginal rights as equal citizens.

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Friday, 25 May


Antony Loewenstein: The Independent Australian Journalist Everyone Should Follow "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

If youre wondering who to trust in a world of fake news and corporate media, you could do a lot worse than Australias own Antony Loewenstein, one of our nations most fiercely independent writers.

Loewenstein recently released a major film, Disaster Capitalism, which has screened around the world, including in Australia. It should be required viewing for anyone with an interest in social justice.

Loewenstein has been a long-time supporter and writer for New Matilda. Below is the latest on what hes been up to.

At a time of global instability, courtesy of Trump, proxy wars, xenophobia and a range of other ills, how we document these movements is vital. US radio program On The Media covers the far-right and how journalists should tackle the rise of white nationalist extremism in the age of Trump.

My recent work:

Investigation in the Sydney Morning Herald/Melbourne Age into the strange case of accused sexual predator Malka Leifer and her court case in Israel.

My film Disaster Capitalism with New York film-maker Thor Neureiter continues to screen across the world including in New York, Australia, UK, Pakistan (Islamabad and Karachi) and beyond. Many more events to come. Heres the Q&A after the US premiere at Columbia University with director Neureiter plus a range of experts on the aid sector and my appearance at a screening in Newcastle, north-east Britain.

You can organise a screening, all details here.

Some of my recent interviews about the film: Melbourne radio Triple R interview, interview in Australian outlet Crikey and NGO Aid Watch analysis.

Pink Floyds Roger Waters recently toured Australia and spent one night in Melbourne in conversation with Palestinian writer Randa Abdel-Fattah and me about politics and Palestine. Heres the full video.


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Monday, 21 May


The first art museums collected all sorts of... Steven Rhall | Blog

The first art museums collected all sorts of beautiful functional objects previously used for religious rites, interior decoration, or manifestations of personal wealth, and exhibited them as works of art, that is, as defunctionalized autonomous objects set up for the mere purpose of being viewed. Boris Groys.
Im excited to announce DEFUNCTIONALISED AUTONOMOUS OBJECTS will be presented by @thesubstation in October this year as part of both their 2018 commissioning program and this years @melbfestival. This project has been made possible with the support of @creative_vic (and a whole bunch of other people).

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Saturday, 19 May


The Field Show Beside the Yarra

When it opened in 1968, Melbournes National Gallery Victoria made a bold choice for its first exhibition; weird, curious, cutting edge art from a group of young, unknown artists. Welcome to The Field show.

Read about this famous art exhibition on my new site, here.

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Wednesday, 16 May


Grateful to contribute @un_projects current issue concerning... Steven Rhall | Blog

Grateful to contribute @un_projects current issue concerning ideas about decolonisation some of which are driving my current research @monashada. The entire issue is online at Check it out! More details about my contribution are on my website which Ive just relaunched from scratch (yet am still slowly populating link in bio). Thanks @optomefist and @adiosbanana for the open brief / opportunity, Katherine Botton, Mum for use of the scanner and @ahoyjess who assisted in making Cory. Cool also to find a serendipitous link in materiality with fellow contributor @deean.cross cheers bruz #decolonize #discourse #TehchingHsieh

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Tuesday, 15 May


More bums on seats "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Sydney headcount surges

I was down in Sydney this morning for a meeting.

Now first up let's say that there are more than enough people hooting about Sydney's transport challenges right now, without me adding to the rapidly growing chorus! 

But the truth is that the blinkin' light rail project can't be finalised soon enough.

The construction itself is causing disruption all along the route, and the bus routes out to Uni-land and beyond are, shall we say, well patronised...

And yet, Sydney, we just can't stay mad at you.

It seems I'm not alone in this dilemma, as Australia becomes more and more popular with permanent & long term migrants and tourists from Asia. 

There was a bear case for Australian housing that predicted immigration would fall precipitously into the construction boom due to a weakening economy, but you can forget all that now.

Rolling annual permanent and long term arrivals blasted out to a new high of 795,600 over the year to March 2018. 

Most permanent migrants to Australia are heading to Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, in that order, and overwhelmingly they are opting to remain in the capital cities for the long te...


Infrastructure boom swings north as Queensland hits 5 million "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Infrastructure deficit tackled

An interesting graphic from BIS Oxford Economics charts Australia's infrastructure boom through looking at public sector funded transport projects of $2 billion or more in value.

If you live in Sydney you couldn't help but notice the ramp up in projects since 2015, with the jackhammers rampaging practically around the clock in the harbour city.

And some of those projects have years to run, particularly the massive West Connex, the real cost of which has been estimated at being anywhere from $17 billion to $45 billion, depending on who is controlling the narrative.

Looking forward the infrastructure boom is set to swing elsewhere as stamp duty take in Sydney finally begins its long descent. 

In absolute dollar terms, Victoria is set to experience a significant boost, particularly from the forthcoming $16.5 billion northeast link.

But with Melbourne's construction booming anyway, the shift will be most noticeable in Queensland as a range of transport projects kick off.

These will be supported by other inner Brisbane projects such as the flagship $3 billion plus Queen's Wharf project, and a number of others.

Brisbane boost

Brisbane is attracting interstate migrants and tourists in serious numbers, so these projects will definitely help to give the labour market an overdue boost.

Indeed, Queensland's official population count passed 5 million earlier today, so this is timely news..............


This Week in Melbourne: What's On #594 "IndyWatch Feed"

Read Online This Week in Melbourne: Whats On | 15 - 21 May 2018 Newsletter | #594 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 15th May 2018 to Monday 21st May 2018 RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2018 Buddhas Day and Multicultural Festival Law Week 2018 GABS Beer, Cider and Food Fest 2018 Good Beer Week 2018 Arcare Portarlington Community Market Day Mic Conway | Live @ Northcote Social Club This Week in Melbourne Markets and Sales Entertainment Channels Coming Soon Enjoy RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2018 Join over 25,000 people at RSPCAs biggest fundraising event walking at locations across Victoria on Sunday 20 May 2018. RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2018 | Buy Tickets Buddhas Day and Multicultural Festival 10am - 7pm Saturday | 10am - 5pm Sunday 2-day festival celebrating Buddhas birthday through traditional arts, music and cultural performances enhancing community spirit and social harmony. Buddhas Day and Multicultural Festival 2018 | Federation Square Law Week 2018 Law Week offers Victorians the opportunity to find answers to everyday legal issues through informative and fun events. Law Week 2018 | Courts Open Day GABS Beer, Cider and Food Fest 2018 18-20 May 2018 | | Royal Exhibition Building With 180 unique festival beers and ciders, GABS brings together the best breweries and cider makers for one specTAPular event. GABS Beer, Cider and Food Fest 2018 | Tickets Good Beer Week 2018 May 11 - 20 2018 Grab your diaries and join us for Australias biggest celebration of craft beer at the 8th Good Beer Week. The BEST beer week in the world! Good Beer Week 2018 | Whats On Arcare Portarlington Community Market Day Join us at 80 Willis Street Portarlington for plenty of free activities refreshments music and workshops that the whole family can enjoy. Arcare Portarlington Community Market Day Mic Conway | Live @ Northcote Social Club 2018 is a milestone year for Vaudevillian trickster Mic Conway who is celebrating his 50th Anniversary as a performer. Mic Conway | 50th Anniversary Tour | Buy Tickets This Week ATSA Independent Living Expo, Battle Arena Melbourne 10, Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, ILLUMIN8: Festival of Light and Peace, Lavandulas Autumn Harvest Festival, Next Wave Festival, Philippine Street Fiesta, Sleep at the G, Stonnington Jazz Festival View Weekend Guide Markets and Sales Footscray Finds Market, Yarraville Village Craft Market, Divine Little Market, Bohemian Bulla Market, Kensington Market, Mulgrave Rummage and Rescue Market, Seaford Handmade and Homemade Market, Pakenham Community Market, Fitzroy Market, Treasures...

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Monday, 14 May


Art and protest If a tree falls "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Eloise joined our team this year, and writes about her experience as an invited artist, to Tarkine in Motion

This year I attended Tarkine in Motion, ran by the Bob Brown Foundation, who are campaigning for 450 000 hectares of forest and coast to be declared a National Park and World Heritage Area. The event, now in its fourth year, sees artists venture into the north west corner of Tasmania, to document, experience, and be inspired by the beautiful wilderness that is the Takayna/Tarkine.

At the Arthur River camp the first thing I can hear is the distant roar of the ocean. Its the end of the day and sunset isnt far off, but I really want to go down to the waves. Slipping away before anyone can follow me, I crawl through the knotted scrub near the camp, climb over a fence and start following a freshly cleared fire track. In my heavy steel cap boots I run towards the sound of the waves, feeling energised but  also worried that its getting dark. Im not sure if Ill even make it down to the shoreline, the ocean could be much further away than I think, and the fire track seems to be turning away from the beach. I keep running until the short trees give way to low scrub and grass, and then eventually to huge sand dunes, and Im sure that Ill make it. I scare birds and wallabies hiding in the scrub as I run, sending them flying away. I tread a little lighter, listening for the birds whistling away in the tall thick grass. There is a little fresh stream of of water appearing out of nowhere, its course covered in bright green water weed and moss, and I follow it down to where it trickles out onto the beach, running under a huge pile of drift wood. I leap across the pile from trunk to trunk and jump off onto the flat smooth beach, walking down to where the water licks at the sand. Waves are crashing past mammoth boulders far out in the surf,  and the wind roars with the waves. I watch a tiny sand piper shuffle comically along the shoreline, stopping every few meters and eying me off. I feel absolutely joyous, and a laugh escapes me. I walk a little further up the beach to inspect an oddly coloured rock that looks like a seal. I want to stay to play on the piles of massive drift wood piled up at the high tide line, explore the little streams of water running across the sand and sit still for a while to wait for whatever creatures will come by. But its getting close to sunset, and I dont want to be the idiot who gets lost in the dark on day one of Tarkine in Motion.

The main reason I chose to be based at Arthur River, along the coast, was because of the opportunity to connect with the indigenous heritage and culture there, and learn from some Palawa women. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to visit Kings Run, a 338ha coastal property t...

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Sunday, 13 May


May 13 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

1756 - The Dutch were having a bit of a Captain Cook around the place, with one ship, the Rijder , having hung about Wednesday Island for a bit waiting to catch up with the ship, Buijs, but which then put out to sea on this day.

1787 The First Fleet choofed off from Portsmouth, England, for New South Wales, with the intention of establishing the first European settlement in Australia.

1789 - John Caesar aka Black Caesar, a convict who obviously didn't like the table service, did a runner into the bush with arms and ammunition.

1811 - Thomas Clough was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Thomas Cooney. After being executed his body was handed over to surgeons for dissection and anatomisation.

1819 - Margaret Catchpole, the infamous female convict who had a few well chronicled adventures, passed into the great beyond.

1837 -   Joseph Bradbury, John Newman, Soloman Wakefield, John Hewitt and David Williams admitted to Newcastle gaol from Merton. To be sent for trial before the Supreme court for robbery.

1837 - Judge Sir John William Jeffcot held the first criminal sessions in the province of South Oz.

1839 - In letters to General Secretaries of the Wesleyan Methodist Mission Society Joseph Orton stressed that Aborigines around Geelong had been reduced to pilfering starving obtrusive mendicants, a tax upon the [European] inhabitants.

1845 - The Portland Bay Examiner fishwrapper ceased to exist after a whopping 4 months.

1855 - The immigrant ship Nashwauk, only 18 months old, and carrying some 300 Irish girls, crashed ashore south of the mouth of the Onkaparinga at about 3 a.m. The passengers were able to be taken off the stricken ship and were cared for by local people. The following morning the steamer Melbourne and Government schooner Yatala were sent from Port Adelaide to pick up the stranded passengers. However, some of the immigrants were reluctant to board ship again and were taken to Adelaide in bullock wagons.

1857 - St Kilda Junction to St. Kilda Railway Line (Vic) opened.

1861 John Tebbutt, of Windsor, New South Wales, tripped over what would become known as the "Great Comet of 1861".

1867 - The first South Sea Islanders arrived aboard the ship "Prima Donna". 70 arrived to start work as indentured labourers on plantations around Mackay.

1870 - Ohhhh the humanity....the Port Adelaide Footy Club was founded in South Oz.

1872 - Alberto Zelman first conducted opera in Melbourne at the Princess Theatre for the performance of Lucia di Lammermoor in the Cagli-Lyster Italian opera season.

1873 -  Customs Officers fired upon Kaiadilt people fishing at Sweers Island.The officers kidnapped a young Aboriginal boy during th...

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Monday, 08 October


matthewschiavello: A.K. at TarraWarra Museum of Art #211, #220,... matthew schiavello: photos and words


A.K. at TarraWarra Museum of Art #211, #220, #221 & #217


Something older



We enjoyed a beautiful Spring day here in Melbourne today, so I am sparing a thought for Northern Hemisphere viewers of this page who may be shivering through an Autumn day!

This post is part of the My Sunday Best meme,
and also part of the My Sunday Photo meme,
and also part of the Photo Sunday meme.

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Saturday, 12 May


#MCAKIDS DO @biennalesydney 1. Luke 2. @gerglei_1.0 and... Steven Rhall | Blog

#MCAKIDS DO @biennalesydney
1. Luke 2. @gerglei_1.0 and @ezzmonem Vs @marmadukelee & Luke. I forgot who one this one. 3. The artist to watch (even if only leaning on something) @raviavasti 4. @gerglei_1.0 doing Sydney right with French Pastries on arrival 5. Team MCA @mca_australia pre the arrival of some stragglers. 6. The last work I saw and most affecting of the whole trip Tall Man 2010 by @waanjiman (as part of a seperate exhibition).


The Point Nepean Quarantine Station Beside the Yarra

At the tip of Point Nepean, south of Melbourne, is a sprawling reminder of a less advanced era; the citys former Quarantine Station, where many thousands of sick people were interred on arrival.

Read about it on my new website, The Museum of Lost Things, by clicking here...


The St Kilda Sola System Beside the Yarra

Stretched along the St Kilda foreshore, south west of the city, is something unlikely; a to-scale model of our entire Solar System. St Kilda is one of the few places you will find that actually has its own sun.

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Liardet's Beach Beside the Yarra

Sailor, artist, businessman and iconoclast, Wilbraham Liardet was one of early Melbournes most unique inhabitants.

Read about him on my new site, The Museum of Lost Things, by clicking here...

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Wednesday, 09 May


West Papua Speaking Tour "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

West Papua Speaking Tour

dates for Lets Talk About West Papua tour

*Tuesday 15 May, 6:30 PM, Brisbane
*Wednesday 16 May, 6:00 PM, Caloundra
*Thursday 17 May, 5:30 PM, Sydney
*Monday 21 May, 6:00 PM, Geelong
*Thursday 24 May, 6:00 PM, Melbourne
*Tuesday 29 May, 6:00 PM, Canberra.
Please pass on through your network if approbate.
Also in Sydney- 2 other events
Women Decolonising Melanesia: Female leadership challenges in West Papua and New Caledonia. (23 May) 

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Saturday, 05 May


Lofita Will Type For Food

I have just learned a most edifying etymological fact: 'Lord' comes originally from the Old English 'Hlafweard': 'One who guards the loaves'. 'Lady', similarly, comes from 'hlfdige': 'one who kneads loaves'. But most piquantly, for me, this prototypical Lord and Lady are paired with a household servant, one 'hlafta': 'one who eats loaves'. She is - in modern English - Loafeater.

What an inspiring figure she cuts, too, back in the swirling mists of time (if you want to create a bit of atmosphere at this point, maybe drag the stage smoke machine out) this Lofita. Let us leave aside this Lord and this Lady for instant, and go to the servants chambers where this primordial Lofita takes her place.

She is of an ancient tribe, is Lofita, a fearsome and savage tribe that has roamed the plains of the northern countries for generations; for so long that the generations have become myth and the myth has become, for her, truth, a tale full of horrifying Gods and Goddesses and wonders and terrors. Lofita is not herself without nobility: many generations afterward, her scions will become a ferocious tribe of Scots, who will be busily at war with her other Scions, a merciless clan of cave-dwelling people who are half-Pict, half-Saxon. The coming of Christianity is still in the unimaginably far future. Lofita, sitting in the darkness here, does not bat an eyelid at the odd human sacrifice here or there. As a matter of fact she is particularly looking forward to the upcoming offering to Wodan next week; with Hlafweard wielding the axe (or whatever primordial weapon the primordial Lord is expected to wield) it promises to be especially bloody.

But what really gets Lofita is bread. Oh, she loves the stuff! Look at her now! She grabs a hunk of stale leftover bread from two days ago and crams it in her mouth - mm, crunchy! It is not for want of food, either: the spring has been good and some Phoenicians (or Etruscans or Bombalians or some other such nonsense) have brought this wondrous new creature over to Lofita's lands in the early spring - its conversation is somewhat limited ('cluck cluck cluck') but it is fat and delicious and will doubtless help to keep the house warm in winter. No, Lofita just loves bread. She grabs a fresh loaf and crams it into her mouth; that will keep her occupied for a few minutes. Just then old fat Loafguard from the other room calls out -

"Lofita! Hast thou finished that primordial tapestry yet?"

No, of course she hath not, but Lofita, being sharp of mind, quickly calls out an excuse - "No, the primordial chook hath crapped upon it and I must needs clean it off" - or she thinks she calls out an excuse. To Loafguard it sounds more like "Mm th mm-mm-oo-mm-al mm-mmm-mmmmmmmmmf!"

That Lofita! Always slacking off on duty!


Architecture in Monet's art.... at the National Gallery London. "IndyWatch Feed"

A fine show, The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Monet & Architecture, is running until late July 2018 at the National Gallery London. Until now, most people thought of Claude Monet as a painter of landscape, sea and later, gardens. But not of architecture.

Featuring 75 paintings by Claude Monet (1840-1926), this innovative exhibition spans his long career from the mid-1860s to the public display of his Venice paintings in 1912. As a daring young artist, he exhibited in the Impressionist shows and displayed the bridges and buildings of Paris and suburbs. And later the renowned architecture of Venice and London.

Buildings played important roles in Monets works. They served as records of locations, identifying a village by The Church at Varengeville, Morning Effect 1882 (San Diego Museum of Art), or a city such as The Doges Palace Venice 1908 (Brooklyn Museum) or Cleopatras Needle & Charing Cross Bridge London 18991901 (Halcyon Gall). Architecture suggested modernity: the glass-roofed interior of a railway station eg The Gare St-Lazare 1877 (National Gallery London), whilst a venerable structure, such as The Lieutenance de Honfleur 1864 (priv coll), marked the historic.

Architecture aided Monet with the business of painting. A red-tiled roof could offer a complementary contrast to the dominant green of the surrounding vegetation From the Top of the Cliffs Dieppe 1882, (Kunsthaus Zrich). The textured surfaces of buildings provided him with screens on which light played, solid equivalents to reflections on water Rouen Cathedral 18934 (private coll).

 Claude Monet, La Gare Saint Lazare, 1877 

A man-made structure helped the viewer engage with Monet landscapes. A distant steeple eg The Church at Varengeville 1882 (Barber Institute Fine Arts) or nearby house Gardeners House at Antibes 1888 (Cleveland Museum Art), suggested scale. They helped the viewer read his physical surroundings in terms of distance, destination and the passage of time involved in transit. Architect...

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Thursday, 03 May


National Reconciliation Week: Sat 27/5/18 to Sat 3/6/18 "IndyWatch Feed"

Reconciliation Australia have announced the theme for 2018: Dont keep history a mystery Learn. Share. Grow.

NRW 2018 is a key activity in the Reconciliation Movements strategy to support Australians in making progress in the reconciliation dimension Historical Acceptance. This dimension addresses whether all Australians acknowledge the injustices and actions of the past and their impacts (both historical and contemporary) and are making amends for past wrongs.

This year, NRW invites Australians to Learn, Share, Grow by exploring their past, learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and cultures and developing a deeper understanding of our national story.

What is National Reconciliation Week?

National Reconciliation Week is an annual celebration and is a time for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories, and on the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.  The week is framed by two key events in Australias history that provide strong symbols of the aspirations for reconciliation.

NRW runs from Saturday 27 May   Saturday 3 June, bookended by two significant milestones in Australias reconciliation journey: the 1967 Referendum and the historic Mabo decision. 2017 marks 50 years since the 67 referendum, and 25 years since the Mabo decision. This years theme   Lets Take the Next Steps reminds us that all big changes take persistence and courage.

May 27 marks the anniversary of Australias most successful referendum and a defining event in our nations history. The 1967 Referendum saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and recognise them in the national census.

June 3 is Mabo Day  On this day in 1992, the High Court of Australia delivered its landmark Mabo decision which overturned the notion of terra nullius and legally recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples connection to their country, a connection that existed prior to colonisation and continues today. This recognition paved the way for the Native Title system.

What can you do?

Plan events that celebrate and build on respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians and that show how non-Aboriginal Australians can be active supporters of reconciliation.  Some examples of events or activities you could plan for your community include:

  • Public forums on Reconciliation (e.g. at the Town Hall or local library).
  • Aboriginal heritage walks and cultural tours;
  • Film screenings, festivals, concerts, poetry or book readings;
  • Exhibitions, talks or performances by local...

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Monday, 30 April


Bees are terrifying Will Type For Food

Among all the books about beekeeping you can find out there, I feel one point isn't stressed enough: bees are fucking terrifying. It's a difficult point to get your head around, but an important one: would you invite bees to a dinner party? No, because they're fucking terrifying. Would you let them do babysitting for you? Again, no. Terrifying. But here I am in my suburban house with a suburban backyard with a box full of terrifying insects of murderous death a mere five metres or so from here. It's insane. I'm insane. How did things get to this point?

I really feel there could be room in the marketplace for a practical beekeeping book based on this theme, motivating and inspiring new beekeepers in their hobby. This prospective book could cover the practicalities and the history of beekeeping, covering the terrifyingness of bees in comprehensive detail.

Considering the science of the matter, for instance, I find that bees are insects, that glamorous movie star of the animal kingdom. Let's review a few of the films that insects have appeared in: The Fly, in which a man turns into a disgusting and horrifying gigantic beast. The Swarm, in which killer bees go about being bees that kill. On the other hand, who trusts Hollywood? Let's consider literature instead: there's Kafka's Metamorphosis, in which a man turns into a cockroach, to his own terror and disgust.

Literature gives us the example of many famous beekeepers whom we can emulate. One such was Sylvia Plath, who wrote an excited poem about first receiving bees, containing such resonant lines as

I would say it was the coffin of a midget


I lay my ear to furious Latin. 
I am not a Caesar. 
I have simply ordered a box of maniacs. 
They can be sent back. 
They can die, I need feed them nothing, I am the owner. 

I wonder how hungry they are. 
I wonder if they would forget me 
If I just undid the locks and stood back and turned into a tree. 
There is the laburnum, its blond colonnades, 
And the petticoats of the cherry.

Sylvia Plath was also insane and killed herself shortly thereafter.

And we haven't even considered the basics of bee sex (violent, and explosive, resulting in the deaths of several drones and one lifelong egg laying slave), the stinging mechanism (kamikaze warfare by bloodthirsty warriors who would be quite satisfied by your death), and so much more.

In conclusion, Bees Are Fucking Terrifying Creatures of Slaughter And Death or maybe it's just that me and the Baron recently did a honey harvest and are still traumatised by it. Who knows.

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Fig 1: Cthulhu in insect form 


Wes Lee "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Interview with Blues musician: Wes Lee Wes Lee, an Americana, Blues, Roots musician from Mississippi, USA. Ahead of his performances in Melbourne, we asked him a few questions. What are you most looking forward to for your visit to Melbourne? Im looking forward to experiencing a culture different from mine. Im also very interested in []

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eX-detainees highly condemn artists performed in the #Stolenwealth (commonwealth) games in Australia 2018 and call to boycott such artists. "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

We eX-detainees in Australia strongly condemn those artists who performed in the Stolenwealth aka Commonwealth Games in Australia 2018. We eX-detainees have requested artists to boycott the Commonwealth Games both nationally and internationally on the basis of our community members enduring ongoing abuses in Australia run detention centres for over 2 decades (26 years).

But our request has been regarded with clear disrespect and Australias rape and torture survivors should not have to educate people on this. Artists privileged enough to have such a platform should know that their solidarity should be with the oppressed not with a thieving murderous empire or commonwealth. This was an opportunity to leverage your power for justice but you instead chose fame and money while throwing abused and tortured communities under the bus. What is very interesting is that some of these artists are recognised as progressive and as human rights activists, yet have zero respect for refugees indefinitely detained in Australian detention camps both in and past and at the present. For over 26 years, white Australian refugee policy exists not only because of racist Australian government but also of spineless so-called progressives too.

This systemic abuse of our bodies and livelihood not only exist in detention but also long after we survived. We should not also forget those who are currently held hostage in both onshore and offshore detention camps, including some cases where people have been detained for 10 years without release date.

Therefore, we ask all our national and international followers to BOYCOTT below artists future performances due to their lack of regards for those who survived rape and torture in Australia-run detention centres.

Artist Names / Locations

Meg Mac Melbourne
The Cat Empire Melbourne
Born in a Taxi Melbourne
Regurgitator Melbourne
Confidence Man- Melbourne

Urthboy Sydney
Nina Las Vegas NSW
Icarus Productions Sydney
Hot Dub Time Machine Sydney
Thundamentals Sydney
BlueSkillet Rovers NSW
Eliza & The Delusionals- NSW

Kate Miller Heidke Brisbane
Amy Shark Brisbane
Ella Fence Brisbane
Katie Noonan Brisbane
The Jungle Giants Brisbane
Bullhorn Brisbane
Circa Contemporary Circus Brisbane
Paces Brisbane
Polytoxic dance theatre Brisbabe
Lastlings Brisbane

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Saturday, 28 April

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Thursday, 26 April



The annual Human Rights Arts and Film Festival is right around the corner, and the Castan Centre is proud to be involved as a supporter of HRAFFs Cineseeds human rights poster competition. HRAFFs Evelyn Tadros tell us what else to look out for at this years event. 

By Evelyn Tadros

HRAFF has made it to its 11th year and Im very excited to be sharing this years stellar program with you, thanks to the amazing HRAFF team! HRAFF continues to provide a platform whereby creatives, organisations and the Australian public are brought together by their common desire to contribute to social change.

Below is a list of recommendations especially for those of you who love for those of you type lists!

For those of you who want to avoid serious FOMO (fear of missing out): do NOT miss our Opening Night film After the Apology (Thurs 3 May), a landmark documentary following four indigenous grandmothers who are fighting against the continued practice of forced child removal and bringing the children home. Featuring a Q&A with director Larissa Behrendt and after-party, this is sure to sell-out so get your tix quick!

For those of you who want a different perspective on the refugee crisis, make sure you see World Premiere film, Border Politics (Sat 12 May), which follows human rights barrister Julian Burnside QC as he examines the harsh treatment of refugees metered out by Western democracies; and Another News Story (Sat 12 May), which turns the camera on the journalists covering the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean.

For those of you who love music and dance: join us for an enchanting journey with The Song Keepers (Thurs 10 and Sat 12 May) as the Central Australian Aboriginal Womens Choir go on tour to the other side of the world; do not miss local dancer Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimores intimate documentary, Her Sound Her Story (Fri 11 & Sat 12 May) on the significant impact that women have had on the Australian music industry and check out Step (Fri 4 and Sat 5 May), an inspiring true-life story of a group of young women from Baltimore competing to not only win the step championship but to be accepted into college.

For those of you who want to see the political and transformational power of art, check out Guilty (F...

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Tuesday, 24 April


This Week in Melbourne: What's On #591 "IndyWatch Feed"

Read Online This Week in Melbourne: What's On | 24 - 30 April 2018Newsletter | #591 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 24th April 2018 to Monday 30th April 2018 Lest we forget - ANZAC Enjoy ANZAC Day 2018 The 2018 ANZAC Day Dawn Service, marches and remembrance parade takes place on Wednesday 25th April 2018 at Shrine of Remembrance and around Australia. Mt Macedon ANZAC Day Dawn Service ANZAC Appeal 2018 Raise A Glass Appeal 2018 Things To Do On ANZAC Day Aladdin & The Arabian Tales | Sand Sculpting Exhibition - Last Day About ANZAC Day | ANZAC Day Calendar Untold | Reach Foundation 25 of the world's top urban artists | $1 million target Melbourne's most exciting contemporary urban art installation under the Nylex Clock for the Reach Foundation. Untold Melbourne | Reach Foundation | Buy Tickets A Family Affair - Works by JS Bach and Sons Melbourne Musicians present two outstanding soloists flautist Bridget Bolliger and Soprano Sarah Lobegeiger de Rodriguez. Sunday 29th of April 2018 | St Johns Southgate A Family Affair | Tickets Online La Beatles Boheme Emotionworks Cut Opera presents La Beatles Boheme in a tragic love story about two contrasting couples - the tempestuous and the romantic. Concerts 21-29 April | Flagstaff Carpark La Beatles Boheme | Buy Tickets Essential Baby & Toddler Show Friday 27 - Sunday 29 April, 2018 | Royal Exhibition Building Australia's favourite event for new and expectant parents, learn about pregnancy, babies and toddlers and get your hands on the latest goodies. The Essential Baby & Toddler Show 2018 37th Great Train Race Sunday 29th April 2018 | Enter The race is an exciting challenge pitting runners against the steam locomotive, Puffing Billy over 13.5 kilometres from Belgrave to Emerald Lake Park. All proceeds to the Menzies Creek Museum redevelopment project. Great Train Race 2018 This Week Queen Victoria Market 140 Years Street Party, Nursing and Health Expo, Abseil Challenge, Battlegrounds | Invitational, Como Fashion Quarter Exhibition, Day of Immunology, East Gippsland Field Days, Grand Theft Impro, Irish Film Festival, Kings Day Party, Cycling Safety Event, Strategem Bendigo Winemakers Festival, Swedish History Museum Exhibition, Alice in Wonderland Exhibition Weekend Guide Markets & Sales Northside Locals Pop-Up, Coburg Makers and Shakers Market, Maroondah Handicrafts Makers' Market, St Johns East Malvern Family Fete, Secondhand Fashion Market @ Flagstaff Gardens, Tembo Awakening Psychic & Wellbeing Market, Coburg Wellness Market, Little Beauty Market, Friends' Autumn Plant Sale - Royal Botanic Gardens, Little Treasures Market | Lancefield, Yarragon Craft & Produce Market, Market On Chapel | Cowes, Lardner Park Craft Market, Mont De Lancey Country Market + Computer Markets View Market Calendar | Garage Sales Entertainment Art Bundoora Homestead Art Centre Amazing local art | View ART Channel Comedy Smells Like A Song | Impro Melbourne 19 May,...


Mukka Celebrates the Holi Festival with a Colour Throwing Party in a Collingwood Warehouse "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Date: Sunday 29th April Time: 11:30am to 4pm Venue: Second Story Studios, 222 Johnston Street, Collingwood Go Mad with Mukka!  Round up your mates and join Mukka for a Sunday celebration of colour, dance, love and feasting! Don yourself head-to-toe in white for the ultimate colour powder experience and get ready for some feverish and []

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Friday, 20 April


Citizen Train Will Type For Food

The Baron being in Sydney, and the cats being otherwise engaged, I hied me off this afternoon to see a film. There's nothing like a film to be alone in company, as the old saying goes*, though on the other hand, there's nothing like a film for being alone in aloneness either. Which is to say, when I got there, there was absolutely no-one in my theatre at all.

I was so surprised that I had to go back and ask the staff to check if I'd got the theatre right after all. (I had). Not that I was ungratified: to see a film, alone, in an empty auditorium, has long been a life goal of mine. I almost managed it, too, about ten years ago in a cinema in the middle of Melbourne, though another bunch of people showed up halfway through the previews, which I was rather miffed by. (That cinema later closed, which just goes to show, you should never let people into a theatre that has only got Tim in it.) I had better luck this time, as I sat through the previews completely on my own, but of course it did make me rather anxious. What if I didn't want to see a film on my own after all? It felt a little over-grandiose, sitting there in that huge auditorium, having the film screening in front of me.

And then there was the matter of chairs: ludicrously, the cinema staff had made me select my seating - in what I soon had come to discover was a completely empty theatre. I felt no such compunction for sitting in my selected seating: but then, what if someone did waltz in in the middle of the film and demand me to move out of their seat? Worse still - what if, when I left, I found I had been sitting in my selected seat after all?

It was all very awkward, perhaps made more awkward by the fact that, on reflection, it wasn't particularly awkward at all. I just sat in whatever damned chair I was sitting in and enjoyed the spectacle. I wish I could say I did something more interesting, like stripped back to my undies and did a little dance in the empty auditorium, but nope. I just sat there.

This is not a film review. This is not even really a blog post. This is just an idle passing note to note the idle passing afternoon when I sat in a cinema watching a film all on my own. The film was good. I totally recommend it. You should totally go and see this film.

*I don't know if anyone actually said this about films, but it seems like something someone might have said about films, so in it goes. 

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Tuesday, 17 April


This Week in Melbourne: What's On #590 "IndyWatch Feed"

Read Online This Week in Melbourne: Whats On | 17 - 23 April 2018 Newsletter | #590 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 17th April 2018 to Monday 23rd April 2018 Enjoy Untold | Reach Foundation 25 of the worlds top urban artists | $1 million target Melbournes most exciting contemporary urban art installation under the Nylex Clock for the Reach Foundation. Untold Melbourne | Reach Foundation | Buy Tickets South Asian Festival A free event on Saturday 21st April 2018 celebrates the Bengali New Year in a splendid display of South Asias rich and vibrant culture. South Asian Festival 2018 | Birrarung Marr Supanova | Pop Culture Expo Saturday 21 April - Sunday 22 April 2018 | Comic-con Australian style Supanova is a celebration of all things Pop Culture featuring special guests, anime, comic-books, manga, sci-fi, tv shows, movies, gaming and cosplay! Supanova | Melbourne Showgrounds A Family Affair - Works by JS Bach and Sons Melbourne Musicians present two outstanding soloists flautist Bridget Bolliger and Soprano Sarah Lobegeiger de Rodriguez. Sunday 29th of April 2018 | St Johns Southgate A Family Affair | Tickets Online La Beatles Boheme Emotionworks Cut Opera presents La Beatles Boheme in a tragic love story about two contrasting couples - the tempestuous and the romantic. Concerts 21-29 April | Flagstaff Carpark La Beatles Boheme | Buy Tickets Rites of Passage | Tattoo and Arts Festival Royal Exhibition Building | 20-22 April 2018 Rites of Passage returns for a huge weekend of tattoos, live art, exhibitions, displays, food trucks and entertainment. Rites of Passage 2018 | Tattoo and Arts Festival | Buy Tix Record Store Day Saturday 21st April 2018 - Discover music in your favourite music store. Record Store Day 2018 | Store Finder This Weekend Best Improv Comedy 2018: Tournament of Teams, Brickman Awesome LEGO Exhibition, Challenge Melbourne, Earth Day 2018, Great Amazing Race, Malaysia Day Festival, Marvels Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N, Melbourne Russian Festival, Memory Walk and Jog | Alzheimer Australia, Peanut Butter Festival, Vikings | Swedish History Museum Exhibition, Alice in Wonderland Exhibition Full Weekend Guide Markets and Sales Suitcase Rummage Northcote, The District Makers Market, Night Market: Neon Night, Vintage Sportswear Market Fitzroy, Night Market @ Melbourne Uni, Thread Den Market, Yarraville Craft Market, Cheeky Monkey Market, Piccadilly Market, Creswick Market, Mulgrave Makers Market, Fitzroy Market, Trinity Market, Glen Huntly Market, Gembrook Market, Ivanhoe Makers Market, Montrose Craft Market, Gran...

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Sunday, 07 October


MIUC 091018: S.L..T.U.R.; Rosenberg/Dunscombe/Endean/Ogawa; Denley/Meek; O'Connor/Pbbbt Experimental Melbourne

S.L..T.U.R. (Iceland) - ki sgeirsson/Jesper Pedersen/Pll Ivan fr Eium/Thrainn Hjalmarsson (Objects/Home Made and Found Instruments)
JIM DENLEY (NSW)(Prepared Alto Sax) /NOEL MEEK (NZ)(Electronics)


16/10: Rogue Three; Hot to Rot; Shit to the Spirit(Erkki Veltheim)
23/10: Curated by Aviva Endean - 3 solos with Chloe Smith, Ryan Williams, Jenny Barnes



At the Darebin Parklands.

This post is part of the Saturday Critters meme,
and also part of the Camera Critters meme,
and also part of the Weekend Reflections meme.

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Monday, 16 April


Installation / bump in details of new work Event /... Steven Rhall | Blog

Installation / bump in details of new work Event / Affect within @seventhgallerys Night Space (viewable 18:00-00:00 Tuesday to Saturday), opening 18/4 18:00. (at SEVENTH Gallery)

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Sunday, 08 April


A mutual understanding. VICTORIA_STREET

Yes it has been quite a while since the last post, we have moved into the bigger domicile and have progressed through most of our boxes of stuff. The kids have also settled in nicely. 

The 1960's tilt door garage was cleaned out, swept and dusted, while this was initially destined to become the new home for Victoria Street, the bride had another suggestion.........

Her idea is that the layout in its usual configuration could reside in the spare room the other side of our en-suite as just a running layout, while all the "untidy"(her words) works such as painting, modelling and soldering should take place in the shed, this inside space would significantly reduce the dust experienced in the shed and I can share the inside space with her sewing hobbies.  

While this offer is proving inviting, the reality is that the wall space allocated is long enough, the right hand side return that would feature the bend and racecourse modules would foul the doorway for the en-suite, and this will not do. 

So while these matters are in play, I'm in the process of re-configuring the modules into a cohesive narrative and a functional layout. 

The best scenario and easiest solution at the moment is to remove the bend module and have the racecourse module attach directly to the gates module as an 'old school' along the wall shelf layout. The bend module would reside in the cupboard for exhibitions or could be dragged outside for photography in sunlight. 

Another option is to position the bend module between the junction and railway station modules, this would require trams running out to Ammo factory to traverse...


Radio Marinara - 08 Apr 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Bron, Anth and Rex Hunter will be in Sunday with a huge range of marine and coastal delights.

First Dr Bryce Stewart - Marinara's emerging UK reporter - joins us live from York in the UK to talk about the impact from the "Beast" weather event on UK marine life, Brexit fisheries negotiations, and what is called the "Blue Planet" effect - something we will get here soon!

And next weekend, Slow Food Melbourne presents the inaugural Slow Fish Festival in Spotswood, a time to take stock of the many threats faced by our oceans and bays and those who rely on them for food or their livelihood The Slow Fish Festival will share insights into what's needed to ensure our seafood and aquaculture can survive now and the future, whilst celebrating and savouring the catch on our very doorstep. We'll be speaking with Festival Co-ordinator Allison Peak, and third generation fisher and festival presenter Phil McAdams.

To finish of a busy show REx Hunter has a new and exciting wreck to discuss... but we will keep it secret until Sunday!

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Tuesday, 03 April


Melbournes flooded Brunswick Hotel is holding a fundraiser gig this week "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Beloved Melbourne venue The Brunswick Hotel have announced a fundraiser gig next weekend which aims to assist their dedicated staff who have been affected by the nightspots recent closure.

Just under a fortnight ago, the Sydney Road venue was forced to close after some genius fresh out of driving school took it upon himself run over the fire hydrant in front of the venue, causing a deluge of water to pour directly into our beloved pub. The structural damage caused by the incident has caused the venue to pull up stumps for the time being, with all of its staff currently out of work.


Due to some idiot mounting the kerb and flooding the venue from above with a fire hydrant, The Brunswick Hotel will be

Posted by The Brunswick Hotel onWednesday, 21 March 2018

However, in hopes of easing the stress put on their staff, the Brunny has decided to put on a fundraising event this weekend at the nearby RUBIX Warehouse featuring a number of local music acts.

While forced remodelling is underway through the help of insurance, bar staff, sound engineers, bussies and security guards are all now struggling to pay the rent, fill their bellies and find new jobs to keep them busy while The Brunny is repaired, the venue explains. Thats where Flood Aid comes in!

Featuring the likes of China Beach, Flyying Colours, Australian Kingswood Factory, The Balls, and GIANT, Flood Aid hopes to make things a whole lot easier in that time between remodelling taking place and the hotels eventual reopening.

Tickets to the event are on sale now through Eventbrite, and will be available at the door on the night. Check out the events Facebook page for more info, and be sure to come on out to make sure some of Melbournes hardest-working venue staff get the help they need during this frustrating time.

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Uncommon Sense - 03 April 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Ben Eltham, National Affairs Correspondent for New Matilda, came in to discuss federal politics. Photographer Clare Rae and Gareth Syvret, Photographic Archivist at the Socit Jersiaise in the UK, came in to the studio to talk about the exhibition Entre Nous: Claude Cahun and Clare Rae, now showing at the Centre for Contemporary Photography. Then, musical improvisation troupe Spontaneous Broadway joined the show to talk about their latest season at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and improvise some musical songs inspired by listener suggestions. Amy was joined by cast members Gillian Cosgriff and Sally Bourne, with pianist/composer John Thorn and MC Russell Fletcher.


CERES Artist in Residence Adam Buckland "IndyWatch Feed"

Adam Buckland is CERES artist in residence, working out of the Peace Centre. We had a quick chat to him about his work, his journey, and where you can find his work once complete.

How long have you been our artist in residence?

Nearly five months.

How did you come to be the artist in residence at CERES?

I first heard that CERES sometimes has resident artists from Belinda when I was volunteering with her in the gardens (Ive been volunteering in her team since January 2016). I didnt think much more of it until about 12 months later when one day we were weeding near the Peace Centre and I had a look around the building. From there I had a conversation with Nick to see if anyone was using the space and asked him what it meant to be artist in residence at CERES. After our discussion he encouraged me to send him an application.



Zero G - 2 April 2018 Episode 1178 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

ZERO-G #1178

Title: Wake the Undead Podcast Title: A Diet Pod

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: we line up for zomcom seconds for Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet Season 2, tip toe around the clever clever horror film, A Quiet Place, see what fungis are up to in the efficiently infective zombie movie, The Girl With All The Gifts, and pick the genre highlights of the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

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Monday, 02 April


Patti Smiths 40 Favorite Books "IndyWatch Feed"

Image of Patti Smith performing in Rio de Janeiro by Daigo Oliva

As a little girl, Patti Smith found liberation in words -- first through the bedtime prayers she made up herself, and later in books. "I was completely smitten by the book," she writes in her memoir, Just Kids.  "I longed to read them all, and the things I read of produced new yearnings."

Smith found a role model in Jo, the tomboy writer in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. "She gave me the courage of a new goal," writes Smith, "and soon I was crafting little stories and spinning long yarns for my brother and sister." As a teenager she discovered the French Symbolist poets Charles Baudelaire and especially Arthur Rimbaud, who inspired her and helped shape her own artistic persona as a poet and punk rocker.

Despite her fame as a rock 'n' roll musician, Smith has always described herself as essentially a bookish person. It was around the time of Smith's appearance at the 2008 Melbourne International Arts Festival, according to Vertigo, that Smith released this list of her favorite books. Not surprisingly, it's an eclectic and fascinating group of books:


In n Out of Grace (detail) 2015. Performance, drawing,... Steven Rhall | Blog

In n Out of Grace (detail) 2015. Performance, drawing, photographs, Victorian Ash, Ash, paper.
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This works nexus is a 2 hour durational performance by alter-ego, and psychopomp Black Metal, in 2015. As a wider collection of objects, this installation reflects notions of space created by the performance event and remediation. Experience of past events carried intergenerationaly find an appropriate outlet in performance as gesture, gesture becoming mark. Blak Metal, as device to symbolically activate expressions of colonisation, enacts violence through gesture and sound the works materiality and aesthetic forming both expression of catharsis and emotional violence.


Dysphemic & Miss Eliza - Hungarian Dance - Classical Violin Dubstep "IndyWatch Feed"

Download for free: Follow Dys & Eliza: A MONSTER AND BEAR PRODUCTION Director: Ryan Bird Produced by Sarah Hickey and Ryan Bird Director of Photography: Josh Mitchell-Frey Dancers: Angela Mamajama and Martin de Jesus Make Up Artist: Corrine Grbevski Editor and VFX: Ryan Bird Colourist: Josh Mitchell-Frey Violin Dubstep Biography: Ever wondered what a violin making sweet, sweet love to a sub-woofer sounds like? How about Bach on the gear? Or maybe you're partial to manga girls and dope beats hey? Well enter, stage left, Dysphemic & Miss Eliza! Bloomed in Melbourne, Australia from a kiss in the depths of a drum and bass party, D&E's obsession with music and each other spawned an outfit built on melodic complexity, slamming drums, violin virtuosity and double time rap. Also renowned for their 100% live and original stage show, these crowned "pioneers of classical dubstep" (100% magazine) utterly mesmerize and have enough spunk and energy to leave the punters screaming. Want to know more about their cross genre sound? Alllllllrighty then! D&E splice the likes of classical violin, dubstep, glitch hop, drum and bass and hip hop. Their slinky tune 'Tunnel Vision' topped the Kiss FM charts, 'Ramses' was revered as "bass driven ball bearing dubstep" (Beat magazine) and their 2013 debut album 'Synthetic Symphony' has been deemed: "a masterpiece.... the future for next level EDM" (Futurescope) and "a delicate fusion of Classical and Dubstep...the first EP of its kind" (WHOMP TV). They've also toured North America in 2012, and supported Nero, Foreign Beggars, Andy C, Tipper, Beats Antique, Antennae, Dov, ill.Gates, Datsik, Plastician and everyone in between. PA-CHOW! Frequently on the festival circuit and headlining club gigs, Dysphemic & Miss Eliza are a weapon shooting straight into the hearts and ears of dance floors worldwide. The Synthetic Symphony Tour hits Australia (February-April), America (May-July) and Europe (August) and their latest EP 'Only One' out on Muti Music, drops April 16, 2013. Dysphemic (Julian Treweeke) producer/MC for D&E Hailing from The Blue Mountains; Dysphemic - offspring of Vernon Treweeke, the "Father of Australian Psychedelic Art" - started experimenting with music at the age of 10. From humble beginnings programming on an Amiga Commodore computer and playing drums, Dysphemic has established himself as a one of Australia's most unique and prolific producer/MC's. Traversing from jungle, hardcore techno, hip hop, IDM, drum and bass, dubstep and glitch hop, Dysphemic's standout releases ('Sloth', 'Androids', 'Hypnosis' and 'Muthaf#ckn Dinosaur!') have received worldwide attention and a dedicated following after his European tour. Miss Eliza (Eliza Quirit) violinist/producer/singer for D&E A classically trained violinist since the age of 5; Miss Eliza, the "child prodigy" of Filipino...

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Friday, 30 March


Feeling invisible at the dinner without lamb (2015). Dimensions... Steven Rhall | Blog

Feeling invisible at the dinner without lamb (2015). Dimensions variable. A collaboration with @siying_z
Performance, Concrete, Video (detail). Outdoor images courtesy @brent_edwards_photographer

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Wednesday, 28 March


Like Thieves "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


The mighty Like Thieves are returning to the fray of the Australian music scene today with the announcement of their brand new single Never See it Coming and a national run of live shows. The Never See it Coming National tour begins on 11 May and ends 2 June and goes on sale from this Friday 30th March! With Clint Boge vocally running red-hot after a completely sold-out The Butterfly Effect tour around Australia and musicians Oden Johannson (Guitar), Clint Gough (Bass) and Daniel Trickett (Drums) stoking the musical fires of the band, Like Thieves are bringing their new, even heavier sound out on the road to Canberras The Basement May 11th, Sydneys Red Rattler Theatre May 12th, Adelaides Enigma Bar May 25th, Melbournes Evelyn Hotel May 26th and Brisbanes The ZooJune 2nd.




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Download Festival is set to expand to Sydney when it returns next year "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Over the last few months, all that Australias heavy music fans could talk about was that of the inaugural Download Festival. Well, now these fans can get even more excited, with news that not only will the festival be returning in 2019, but its set to expand to Sydney as well.

Having been a fixture of the UK music scene since 2003, recent years have seen Download Festival expand internationally, first to France, then to Spain, and now finally, Australia. With countless music lovers turning up on the weekend to watch stunning sets by Korn, Prophets Of Rage, Limp Bizkit, Good Charlotte, and much more, it was very clear that Australians have found themselves a new favourite festival.

Now, Download programmer Nigel Melder has confirmed that the festival will not only make a comeback next year, but that Sydney is set to get their own leg of the festival, too.

We could not be happier with how Download rolled out in 2018, Nigel Melder said. The warmth and support from the heavy music community was unprecedented. From fans to industry and media the love has been out of this world.

We cant thank everyone enough for their behaviour yesterday and we are excited to confirm that Download will return to Melbourne and also make its Sydney debut in 2019.

Likewise, Andy Copping, the founder of Download, flew over from the UK in order to experience the festivals southern hemisphere debut.

It was an incredible honour to bring Download Festival to Australia and no better place than at Flemington Racecourse, or as it was renamed by fans Donmington, in the heart of Melbourne, Copping said. Seeing all the bands just hanging out and supporting each other on stage encapsulates the true camaraderie and spirit of this kind of music, this scene and this festival.

Thank you Download Australia, particularly the fans cause its nothing without you lot, you have truly have taken the festival to your hearts and we cannot wait to be back again for you next year!

While theres no word yet on which acts will be in contention for next years festival, we wouldnt blame you if you started drafting up your wishlist now!

Check out Limp Bizkits Hot Dog, live from Download Melbourne:

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Tuesday, 27 March


Zero G - 26 March 2018 Episode 1177 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

ZERO-G #1177

Title: Game of Tombs Podcast Title: Tomb Podder

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: interview with Isabella Vallette, about GAMESHOW OF THRONES at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival; and we check out TOMB RAIDER,the latest gaming reboot.

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Monday, 26 March


Why are Portugal. The Man one of the best festival bands around? "IndyWatch Feed"

Theres a pretty strong chance that youve spent most of the last year unable to escape the infectious pop gem that is Portugal. The Mans Feel It Still, but did you know that the group have actually been rocking their hearts out (and annoying grammar enthusiasts) for 14 years?

Since forming back in 2004, Alaskas Portugal. The Man have been crafting some of the most intriguing and accomplished alt-rock and psychedelic-pop gems that the world has seen. With eight albums under their collective belts, it is pretty easy to see that these guys have gained themselves one heck of a dedicated following in all this time.

Ahead of the groups newest Aussie trek next month for Groovin The Moo, weve asked the enduring question, what makes Portugal. The Man one of the best festival bands out there?

In addition to delivering a mesmerising blend of 80s arena rock, 70s prog-rock, and 60s psychedelia, the groups charming nature makes them hard to pass up. Throw in a few covers as well, including David Bowie & Mott The Hooples All The Young Dudes, The Beatles Helter Skelter, and even The Dayman from Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and youve got yourself one unmissable live show.

Portugal. The Man are set to touch down in Australia next month for a series of performances at Groovin The Moo, in addition to a few sideshows in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. Tickets are on sale now, so be sure not to miss one of the best live acts doing the rounds today.

Check out why Portugal. The Man are one of the best festival bands around:

Portugal. The Man Groovin The Moo 2018 Sideshows

Tickets on sale now

Tuesday, May 1st
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tickets: Ticketek

Thursday, May 3rd
Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Thursday, May 10th

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Friday, 23 March


Ai Weiwei Highlights Treatment of Global Refugees in Human Flow Documentary and Sydney Biennale Installations "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

My latest post for Global Voices:

During a visit to Australia, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has blitzed the media with his concerns about the global treatment of refugees.

He is the headline artist with two major installations at the Biennale of Sydney that runs until June 2018. One, called The Law of the Journey located at the Cockatoo Island, features a black rubber, inflatable boat and figures. They were made with the same material used to produce the hazardous boats that some asylum seekers and migrants travel in while attempting to cross the Mediterranean.

...Ai also spoke at the Cinema Nova for the Melbourne opening of his documentary Human Flow, which features the stories of refugees in 23 countries in 2016.

...Kon Karapanagiotidis from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre conducted a live interview on Facebook and Twitter that has since attracted nearly 10,000 viewers.

More: From Sydney Biennale Installations to Film Screenings, Ai Weiwei Highlights Treatment of Global Refugees

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Wednesday, 21 March


ARTS THURSDAY the Biennale and Theater for Young People "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Biennale artists at AGNSW with Mami Kataoka






Arts Thursday with Maisy Stapleton on 22 March.


Come with me on a tour of the twenty first Biennale of Sydney over the next two programs and visit the Art Gallery of NSW, Cockatoo Island and Artspace.

Ill be sharing some of my insights and there are interviews with artists and curators as well as a few soundscapes.

This week its the Art Gallery of NSW and (along with others on the media preview) well be welcomed by the Director of the Gallery and the Artistic Director of the Biennale and learn about the Biennale archives at the gallery.

Claire Eggleston, Archivist








Following this the focus will be on young people.

If youve ever wanted to involve children in theatre, either as audience, or as participants, then tune in for a fascinating discussion with Sue Giles.



NOFX have released a Stephen Hawking tribute they wrote last month "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Punk icons NOFX are getting ready to kick off their Aussie tour tomorrow night in Brisbane, but that hasnt stopped the group dropping a brand new song, which just so happens to be a tribute of sorts to the recently-departed physicist Stephen Hawking.

Released via the Fat Wreck Chords YouTube account, Theres No Too Soon If Time Is Relative is a rather tongue-in-cheek to the noted physicist, who passed away on March 14th at the age of 76.

While some might assume that the track is in poor taste to have been released so soon after his death, the video for the track makes special mention of the fact that the tune was actually recorded last month, on February 10th.

Of course, the track has been met with some criticism by fans, with some in the YouTube comments section claiming the tracks content (which includes jokingly calling him so lazy he could only write A Brief History Of Time) is a little bit too harsh compared to some of their other humorous tributes.

Others however have claimed its as a perfect continuation of one of the greatest punk rock groups of all time, while NOFX seem certain that Hawking would have loved the tune, noting I bet in heaven theres a computer voice laughing its ass off.

NOFX are set to hit up Brisbane tomorrow night (who knows, maybe if you request this one, it might get a debut airing!), before they play Sydney on Friday, and wrap up their Aussie tour with an appearance at the inaugural Download Festival in Melbourne on Saturday. Tickets to all these shows are still on sale, so make sure you dont miss out on seeing one of punks most famous bands live!

Check out NOFXs Theres No Too Soon If Time Is Relative:

NOFX 2018 Australian Tour

(With Hot Water Music, Bad Cop/Bad Cop and Dad Religion)

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Tickets: Sele...

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Saturday, 06 October



Intellectual Jewish life in Vienna in the early 20th century - Peter Singer ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly

Here is a blog post of mine, reposted from 23/12/2008 and now modified.

Prof Peter Singer, born safely in Australia straight after the 1939-1945 war, wanted to get to know his late grandfather, David Oppenheim. This was a man who died in the war in 1943, before he could reach a safe place. Luckily for Singer, heaps of documents survived. His aunt, Doris Liffman, had studied some of the letter-based material years earlier for her university degree.

These days I ask my students to read Pushing Time Away ( Ecco, 2003), but not because they are necessarily interested in Peter Singers task in discovering his own family history. Rather I want them to understand Viennese Jewish intellectual life from the late C19th until 1933.

Peter Singer's book
with his grandparents' portraits

A new golden age of building came to Vienna, based on the gracious Ringstrasse which was created 1860-90: all the citys great institutions were located there. Different from the churches and imperial buildings which were already present in central Vienna, the new Ringstrasse developments were buildings which stressed secular culture, education and the new constitutional government. These included the Parliament, Rathaus, galleries and University. But above all, it was a place for caf society to parade and debate.

Vienna was hopping and jumping in this period, creating world leaders in medicine, psychiatry, chemistry, physics, design, music, architecture, painting, politics, publishing, philosophy and every other intellectual field. The Jewish community of Vienna was largely secular, highly educated and extremely motivated to succeed intellectually.

At the end of the century, 10% of the total population of Vienna were Jews. Note that at the same time, c30% of the Akademisches Gymnasium students, 60% of Viennas physicians and more than 60% of Vienna's lawyers were Jewish.  Ideas were in ferment and Vienna was a very cultivated city. The Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1903-7) was a perfect example of integrated Viennese culture. The greatest patron of the Vienna Secession artists was Jewish businessman Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer (although this gorgeous painting by Gustav Klimt was stolen by the Nazis in 1941).

In Oppenheim, Singer found a well placed man to witness Viennas Golden Age. Oppenheim only taught classical languages in the high-class Gymansium, so he was not in the centre of Viennas intellectual ferment at work. But he moved to the centre in everything he did. Oppenheims life was lived in cosmopolitan Vienna and he could not help contemplating and writing about many of the significant issues that crossed his fertile mind.

Inevitably Oppenheim was drawn into Sigmund Freuds circle, where his literary and philological skills seemed to be much appreciated. This earned him a footnote in the 1911 edition of The Interpretation of Dreams (suppressed when Oppenheim threw in his lot with the heretic Alfred Adler).

I am uncertain what to make of Singers grandmother, Amalie Pollack Oppenheim. She was no intellectual slouch herself, having enrolled at the University of Vienna in 1899; she was only the 39th woman to ever graduate from that august institution. But her career went nowhere, so one is left to guess that her role was a] raising healthy, happy, educated children and b] supporting her husband in his research, writing and publications. I was quite interested in the complexities of Oppenheims and Amalies relationship, but I would...


Can we digitise a museum? Black Mark

NGV Ian Potter

Although the National Gallery of Victoria has described itself as custodian of the richest treasury of visual arts in the southern hemisphere. There are other reasons, aside from guarding the horde, for a state museum or art gallery.

Firstly, museums provide unmediated contact with an analogue item is a natural interface. We can look it closer or stand back without any digital interface or restrictions from the technology. The average museum visitor only spends a few seconds on average looking at an exhibit and this would quickly become exhausting if mediated by clicking or swiping.

Secondly, not all people going to a museum are there to contact the original. I am not always looking at the original. Be it Richard Hamiltons replica of Duchamps Large Glass or a working replica of Duchamps Bicycle Wheel that I could play with. The working replica of Bicycle Wheel was much better than any authorised edition because I could see the often mentioned op art effect of light through the rotating spokes as I turned the wheel.

Finally, it is not the object but the journey and it is not the object but the place. This makes the reasons for a museum much more complex than a storehouse. Museums, art galleries and libraries are public spaces, places where there is the possibility of all kinds of interactions that has to happen in an actual space. Not only that they are public spaces located in an actual and complex world; a world where destination architecture is also a local building.

For me, the best part of going to see the art of the Belgium Surrealists was not contact with the relics of that art movement (which is distinctly different from the French Surrealists). The best part was that it lead me to Mons and the Ducasse de Mons or Doudou festival; an accidental encounter with a parade, a dragon and street festival. It was a lot of fun straight out of Frasers The Golden Bough with lots of Belgium beer. (I must have been having fun all I have is a terrible shot of the parade and a photo of me and local drinking beer.)


How did King Ludwig II of Bavaria really die in 1886?? ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly

Born in Nymphenburg Castle Munich, Ludwig (1845-1886) was a member of the Wittelsbach dynasty. He became King Ludwig II of Bavaria in 1864 at 18 when his father died, but alas for the Bavarians, Ludwig had no interest in politics. He became a lonely, isolated man, with no wife and no friends. His diaries suggested this devout Roman Catholic king struggled with his sexual orientation during his adult life. He was either straight, gay, bisexual or celibate, worryingly eccentric and he built expensive mountain castles.

Wagner trained Ludwig's brother Prince Paul von Thurn und Taxis in his opera Lohengrin, performed for the king's 20th birthday in Aug 1865 in Hohenschwangau. The opera was well staged with Prince Paul dressed as the hero Lohengrin in silver armour, drawn over the lake by an artificial swan. The King sat alone, enraptured with the music.

King Ludwig was possessed by the idea of a holy kingdom by the Grace of God.  Yet he had only two passions in life: castle building and Richard Wagner's (1813-83) music. He financed almost all the older composer's projects, had Wagner stay in his castles and bailed Wagner out when he was in debt. When Wagner was forced to leave Munich for Switzerland, Ludwig retired heartbroken to Hohenschwangau.

Originally the king had intended to surround his kingdom with five castles. The first was Castle Neuschwanstein, started in 1869 on top of a craggy, isolated mountain. The rooms that were finished had Wagners operatic themes in their wall decoration. The great Singer's Hall, where private performances were held at huge costs, had heroic scenes from Lohengrin and Parsifal.
Ludwig II (right) and brother Otto (centre) with their first cousin, Prince Wilhelm of Hesse
Munich, 1863

The second was Linderhof Castle, west of Oberammergau, a palace that was also completed. Isolated among the quiet rural landscape, Linderhof contained only ten rooms, mostly servants bed rooms and waiting rooms.

By 1885, Bavarian Cabinet saw that Ludwig's castle-building was continuing unabated. By then the King had 3 very expensive projects well under way. Although Ludwig paid for the castles and private performances out of his own pocket, it was still diverting his focus away from the affairs of state. And he refused to meet his government ministers.

Neuschwanstein Castle
Seven weeks after King Ludwig's death in 1886, the castle was opened to the public.

King Vs the Bavarian Cabinet.
In 1886 Ludwig was warned of danger by a servant and ordered the local police to protect him, which they did. Ludwig feared he might have been declared insane by psychiatrists and deposed. So to protect himself, he investigated the possibility of HIS ousting the Cabinet instead. 

Cabinet got wi...

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Tuesday, 20 March


Mama Kin Spender on their musical affinity, finding remedy and taking risks with Golden Magnetic "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

[Tommy and I] have been friends for about 16-17 years now. You get less than that for most major crimes these days

Its a playful sentiment that echoes throughout Golden Magnetic, the debut album conceived by Mama Kin (Danielle Caruana) and Melbourne producer Tommy Spender.

But aside from being a stellar collection of tracks inspired by nature, connection, love and hope the duo have been breaking out of the records physical confines by incorporating choirs from across the country into their live shows.

Set to hit Sydneys favourite Basement in April, Mama Kin joined Chelsea on The New Thing to delve deeper into the origins of Golden Magnetic, future plans and how they find a sense of community within each choir they perform with.

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Mama Kin Spender Golden Magnetic Tour
with Inner West Voice
The Basement, Circular Quay
Sunday, 29 April

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Tired Lion "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"



Raw, visceral and loud.  The Music

Tired Lion have steadily climbed the ranks as one of Australias most talked-about bands.

 They are, tbqh, just an excellent rock and roll band, and were lucky to have em turning out huge choruses like it aint no thang.  triple j

Perth rockers Tired Lion are set to hit some of the biggest stages of their career this June with the announcement today of the national Where Were You? headline tour.

The tour, which takes its name from their latest single Where Were You? is supported by triple j and will see the band play clubs in MelbourneAdelaidePerthSydney and Brisbane, beginning with Max Watts in Melbourne on June 1.


 After having a massive breakout year in 2017, that included releasing their critically-acclaimed, triple j Feature album, Dumb Days, Tired Lion has already had a huge start to 2018, playing sold out shows across regional Australia and performing at festivals like Party In The Paddock and the Pool House Party.

 Tired Lions Sophie Hopes says she and her bandmates cant wait to hit the road again, where they feel most at home. Were always looking for a good excuse to pack our suitcase and head off to play a bunch of shows. Weve managed to already tick off a tour of regional Australia this year and psyched to take it to the capital cities!


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March 20 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

1802 Matthew Flinders followed in the tradition of brown nosing naming new places after influential bods back home when he dubbed Spencer Gulf in South Oz after a bloke on the Admiralty Board.

1834 Arthur Orton, the butcher from Wagga Wagga who claimed to be the long lost heir to the Tichborne fortune, was pupped.

1838 - Patrick Cuffy was Hanged at Sydney for robbery and assault on William Vivers at Bureen.

1838 - John Toole was Hanged at Sydney for robbery and assault on William Vivers at Bureen.

1844 Oh , if only for that blue telephone police box to pop back in time...Flogging off the land selling the first blocks of land at Seymour commenced today.

1846 Just to make sure Melbourne's Princes' Bridge was going to be built, the foundation stone was laid.

1856 William Gocher, a journalist, newspaper publisher and reformer of beach bathing swimming laws (he broke 'em) was spawned. Read more about beach bathing Billy-boy HERE.

1872 Pack away your fur capes theatre lovers, the Theatre Royal in Melbourne was gutted by fire.

1873 Longwood to Violet Town railway line was opened.
Pretty little line, it might surprise some in State Govt to learn it actually did carry trains that transported people, odd though it may seem.

1878 Needing to fill up the not-so empty spot that was a cemetery, Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market was opened...yes, right on top of buried bodies, too. Roughly 10,000 are under your feet as you park the car and wander about looking for that extra special something....

1885 Ruby Lindsay, the adored, beloved and worshipped wife of Will Dyson, sister to the famous Lindsay artist brothers and artists in her own right, was born.

1893 - Cooperabiddy was hanged at Roebourne for murder of James Coppin, a half-caste [sic], at the Hamersley Range.

1903 Lightning Ridge Opal fields was a'booming when it was opened up today.

1912 The SS Koombana sank near Port Hedland, Western Australia, during a tropical cyclone, with the loss of at least 138 passengers and crew.

1912 - Const. Frank Buttle, WA Police, died whilst travelling on board the SS Koombana.

1915 Swimming between the flags took on a competitive edge when the first state Lifesaving Championships were held at Bondi.

1916 The Australian and New Zealand Army Cor...

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Monday, 19 March


Gallery: FBi Radio Presents Big Boi at Metro Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Making his hugely anticipated return to Australia, the inimitable and illustrious Big Boi shook things up at the Metro. Diving deep into his solo-work, the Atlanta rapper iced his hype-worthy performance with a few Outkast gems. Melbourne young gun Baro and Sydney hero Joyride warmed things up, setting the vibe to electric from the on-set.


FBi Radio Presents Big Boi | 15.03.18 | Photos by Kurt Davies


Independent Artist of the Week: DJ Plead "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Photo by Lavurn Lee

Referencing Middle eastern rhythms and frenetic footwork, DJ Plead delivers percussive-led tunes with full body-shaking vibes.

No stranger to Australias electronic music scene, DJ Plead, aka Jarred Beeler, is also half of drum-workout duo Poison, a third of Sydney trio BV and founder of new label SUMAC. Now Melbourne-based, Beelers solo project intelligently draws on his Middle Eastern background to create fresh club tracks, informed by a mix of Lebanese pop and traditional wedding music.

Layering carefully crafted drum and vocal loops with interjections of synths and tides of transportive rhythms, DJ Plead has just released his debut EP Get In Circle via Decisions, the  Melbourne dancefloor focused label run by Air Max 97. Do yourself a favour and move through the opener DVE, below a deep and hypnotic jam fusing Beelers heart and heritage.

Play it loud and get in circle!

Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

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Sunday, 18 March


Honest to badness Will Type For Food

Saw a cafe called 'Honest Food' the other day. What would that look like if it were actually accurate, I wondered?

This poached egg with sumac on wholegrain toast says, "I don't think you should keep on seeing Brad."

This light arugula and fetta salad tossed with a fresh vinaigrette says "You don't look good in that dress."

This organic-fair-trade-light-almond-and-soy-medium latte says, "You're running away from your marital problems. I think you should see a counsellor."

This paleo-wrap with a pomegranate sauce says "Paleo is bullshit."


Eat It - 18 March 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Today we had a quick market report from John, we spoke to Linda Catalano about her upcoming Melbourne Food and Wine Festival show One Suitcase, Four Stories, and we chatted to Janet Deneefe about her food festival event at Tolarno.

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Friday, 16 March


The Whitlams "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Whitlams


The Whitlams will tour nationally in May and June 2018 in their classic four-piece configuration to
bring their 25th year to a rowdy finale.
Starting the anniversary year in May 2017 selling out concert halls in each state capital with 60
piece orchestras, they end it with a jaunt through their favourite pub gigs around the country. They
are ditching the conductor and the charts, and are back to the common muscle-memory of 1000
shows and six albums.
The Whitlams' line up of Tim Freedman on piano and vocals, Jak Housden on guitar, Warwick
Hornby on bass and Terepai Richmond on drums will be delivering the sort of sprawling,
rambunctious set they have become famous for.
We are looking forward to eight weeks straight and delving deep into the catalogue, said Tim
Freedman. We are going to prepare some rarely played album cuts from the first two albums
Introducing' and Undeniably' and Im sure theyll suit the pubs as well as they did 25 years ago.
The Whitlams are proud to announce that they are picking up a few other stars of the 90s to make
these nights especially memorable Alex Lloyd and Deborah Conway will join the bill in Sydney,
Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Adelaide.
The band's career achievements include seven albums, three multi-Platinum and three Gold, and
three ARIA Awards including the Best Group presented by Gough Whitlam in 1998. In 2011
Eternal Nightcap was voted 27th on the ABC's My Favourite Album poll, and more recently
earned the 17th spot in Triple Js Hottest Australian Albums of All Time.

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Breakfasters - 13 - 16 March 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Director Garth Davis chats about his new film Mary Magdalene; In "Feature Creatures" Simon Hinkley informs the team about ants nursing each other back to health; "Friday Funnybugger" Nick Capper designs a new music festival; Jeff chats about his visit to the zoo in Werribee, and in "Trauma Tuesday" the team talk about a lost chicken neck, the Breakfasters theme playing in the Golden Plains Sup, and spiders in the bed. With Sarah Smith, Jeff Sparrow, and Geraldine Hickey.

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Thursday, 15 March


Thoughts on the death of Stephen Hawking Will Type For Food

We shouldn't be so shocked. He was both 76 years of age and possessor of a crippling condition for which the median time of death after diagnosis is three to five years. When Hawking was first diagnosed with MND he was told just this, that he could expect to be dead within five years. The fact that he lived for several decades more is remarkable in itself.

The truth is that his massive fame and all that derived from it was in large part due to this crippling disease. His runaway success, the book A Short History of Time, surely owed part of its success to the fact that the writer was a remarkable person, who had written a befuddlingly brilliant book while being hardly able to move at all. (People used to joke it was the one book you had in your house that sat on your shelf being entirely unread). Perhaps the book did become a success because people recognised Hawking as an old type, the adorable cerebral dweeb who was simultaneously smarter and less physically capable than anyone else in the class. Or rather: they saw him as a crippled prophet, like blind Homer or Milton, or mad Blake sitting in the tree singing to the angels. Hawking in his own way surely encouraged this with some of his more oracular utterances - "Then we shall truly know the mind of God." Which is perhaps why he became so crankily atheistic in response in his later years. He started appearing as a presenter on science shows, even in a very funny interview with John Oliver - just imagine the mechanics of setting that up. But at the end, if his celebrity was in large part derived from his crippling disease, it was a crippling disease he at no point chose and which he would have surely exchanged for a quiet life if he had been given the choice.

He was certainly not perfect. If people admire his contributions to science and his resilience in the face of the advance of his own MND, the biography of his ex-wife apparently tells quite a different story. Hawking wanted her to neglect her career for the benefit of his own, which she did: they divorced in 1990. But this, too, was surely in large part a side-effect of the all-encompassing beast that is MND; the need for care becomes constant as the body deteriorates, and home care - still a shoddy affair in the 2000s - must have been close enough to be non-existent in the '60s and '70s.

This quote by Hawking seems an apposite one to end on:

Hawking was asked what inspires him to keep going, to which he replied: My expectations when I turned 21 were reduced to zero. In this situation it was important to appreciate what I did have. He went on to explain that he has been fortunate in almost everything else and especially to work in theoretical physics at such an exciting time. Its important not to get angry, he said. You can lose all hope if you cant laugh at yourself and at life.

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Tuesday, 13 March


Jet are hitting the road for the 15th anniversary of Get Born "IndyWatch Feed"

Cast your mind back to 2003 for a moment. Brisbanes Festival Hall closed its doors, Powderfinger and Delta Goodrem won big at the ARIA Awards, and Jet released their landmark debut albumGet Born. Now, 15 years later, the group are hitting the road to celebrate the records anniversary.

Yes, this September marks 15 years since Jet unleashed the garage-rock majesty of Get Born upon us, instantly sending Jet into superstardom across the board. In addition to the album scoring the group chart placings around the world and six ARIA awards, lead single Are You Gonna Be My Girl served as the soundtrack to an iPod commercial and topped the 2003 Hottest 100.

Now, the group are set to embark on a national tour which will see them playing the album in full, as well as a few of their other beloved hits as well. Kicks off at the end of May, Jet will hit up Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, and Adelaide before a homecoming show at Melbournes Forum Theatre on June 11th.

In celebration of the tour, Jet are also releasing a brand new live album to give fans a reminder of what to expect on these shows. Titled Live At The Forum, the album captures a ferocious set from the group back in 2004 which has just sat in the vaults for all these years.

Click here to pre-order a copy of Live At The Forum, and head along to Live Nation for ticketing details in regards to Jets Get Re-Born tour.

Check out Jets Are You Gonna Be My Girl:

Jet Get Re-Born Tour 2018

Tuesday, May 29th
NEX, Newcastle, NSW (18+)

Thursday, May 31st
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW (18+)

Saturday, June 2nd
UC Refectory, Canberra, ACT (18+)

Monday, June 4th
The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD (18+)

Thursday, June 7th
Metro City, Perth, WA (18+)

Saturday, June 9th
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA (18+)

Monday, June 11th...

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Sunday, 11 March


Radio Marinara 11 Mar 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Jemima Robinson, Director of the Ocean Film Festival joins us to talk about the amazing lineup coming up next week in Melbourne, Geelong, Rosebud and Halls Gap (and many other venues if you're not in Victoria). Jeff brings us Soundwaves - this week, where TV soaps meet the sea (eek!). John and Bron bring buckets of wet 'n salty news, including the horrendous effects of 'Beast from the East' storm off the UK this week, and the oldest message in a bottle found this week off the coast of WA.

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Friday, 09 March


Hong Kong investor pays $6.48m for Byrons Lawson Arcade "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A Hong Kong based private investor has paid $6.48 million on a tight 4.7 per cent yield for Lawson Arcade, a prized retail asset in the heart of Byron Bay, one of Australias most popular beach resorts.

Teska Carson Director Michael Ludski, who brokered the deal with Byron Bay Property Sales Kath Vaubell, said the fully let property attracted 100 enquiries predominantly from Melbourne, Sydney and off-shore, with nine formal offers lodged.

Ludski said investors had recognised the tremendous growth potential in one of Australias most popular beach resorts and the limited retail space available in the town.

He said Byron Bays popularity, attracting high levels of tourists currently more than 2 million a year  and new residents, was a key factor.

These resident and tourist numbers continue to provide significant returns and excellent growth potential underpinning local businesses, Mr Ludski said.

The 17 Lawson Street property comprises a modern, double storey, brick building of 594 square metres (GLA) comprising three shops, two restaurants and four office suites with a central arcade providing pedestrian access to the rear shops and car parking on an 866 square metre site.

The arcade had recently undergone a $250,000 refurbishment.

The property was sold fully let at a gross annual income of approximately $465,000.


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Sunday, 04 March


Eat It - 4 March 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

On today's show we mentioned the amazing Japanese food created at Kisume restaurant in Melbourne's CBD... how lucky are we to have so many cuisines in this town?

Italian is another cuisine Melbourne has covered, and none better than Tipo 00 on Little Bourke St. Chef Alberto Fava joined us to talk about the mysteries of pasta; what shapes go with what sauce?

We caught up with John at the Queen Vic Market.

Wine guru Max Allen popped in to tell us about his upcoming event at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. We tried to stump him with a blind tasting of a funky marsanne, but he picked it in one!

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Saturday, 03 March


Maldon Folk Festival - An Introduction "IndyWatch Feed"

Maldon Folk Festival is an annual family-friendly folk festival in Maldon, Victoria (near Bendigo) - a long weekend of quality family entertainment to suit all age groups and tastes. The festival hosts an abundance of music, dance and theatre, such as Folk Irish Ceilidh bush gospel and blues music, dance, musical theatre, poetry, interactive workshops, song-writing competitions, and are complemented by various activities around the Maldon township. COME ALONG TO THE 2009 FESTIVAL. Visit the website below for more details or to book. maldonfolkfestival DOT com Maldon Folk Festival on MySpace: myspace DOT com/maldonfolkfestival Video produced by GoldfieldStories

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Friday, 05 October


matthewschiavello: For Nadia, the moon (07/11/14) * Overuse... matthew schiavello: photos and words


For Nadia, the moon


* Overuse of noise reduction, can sometimes be okmaybe?

Something older.



Moonwatching at the Parklands.

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme,
and also part of the Friday Photo Journal meme,
and also part of the Orange you Glad It's Friday meme.

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Thursday, 01 March


Smart Arts 1 March 2018 "IndyWatch Feed"

This week Richard is joined in studio by Play On: The Art of Sport's Curator Jacqueline Doughty in celebration of 10 years of the Basil Sellers Art Prize, Alison Croggon and Robert Reid chat about the launch of arts journalism website Witness Performance launch; Program Director Spiro Economopoulos spruiks this years' Melbourne Queer Film Festival.


Becks Melbourne gig served as a welcome return for the alt-rock legend "IndyWatch Feed"

Review: Beck & Meg Mac at the Margaret Court Arena, February 28 2018

Last year, Beck announced that he was set to descend upon Australia for the first time in six years for the inaugural Sydney City Limits festival, in support of his thirteenth album, Colors. When the musical chameleon happened to announce sideshows for Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney, fans were eagerly awaiting these long overdue performances to refresh their memories as to why hes one of the worlds most versatile and accomplished musicians.

As crowds slowly trickled into Melbournes Margaret Court Arena last night (which featured small signs made by the public referring to it as the Marriage Equality Arena), there was much talk about the show that awaited them. Overheard conversations included some fans hoping to hear some of his earliest cuts, while others hoped for something more recent. The most exciting thing about this though was that both fans had equal chances of leaving happy, with audiences never really knowing what to expect from a Beck setlist.

As showtime rolled around, a sadly all-too-small crowd was in attendance for one of Australias most talented performers of the moment, Meg Mac. Fresh from a huge year which saw the release of her debut record, Low Blows, Meg Mac took to the stage with her five-piece backing band, all of them dressed in shades of black and white a far cry from the Colors tour which Beck was bringing to the people.

As Meg Mac kicked off her set, which included hits such as Never Be, Low Blows, and Roll Up Your Sleeves this hugely talented muso showed off her amazingly soulful pipes to a hometown crowd, proving why she has been so popular in recent years with her her catchy, almost gospel-like tracks.

With her sister on backing vocals, and a hugely-talented backing band behind her, Meg Mac continued to deliver the hits, showcasing her stellar cover of Bill Withers Grandmas Hands, and even throwing down her 2017 Like A Version cover of Tame Impalas Let It Happen. By the end of her set, there wasnt a single audience member who wasnt enthralled by what they had just witnessed, and it was clear that she...

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Tuesday, 27 February


OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #583 "IndyWatch Feed"

Read Online Newsletter | #583 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #583 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 27th February 2018 to Monday 5th March 2018 Sydney Road Street Party The famous (and free) opening event of the Brunswick Music Festival returns on Sunday 4 March 2018. Sydney Road Street Party 2018 Seddon Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } Seddon Festival will transform Charles and Victoria Streets into a lively community fiesta for the whole family, including the dog. Seddon Festival 2018 Knox Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } Knox Festival invites everyone to a festival that promises to be a feast for your senses. Knox Festival 2018 The Black Sorrows .nobrtable br { display: none } Friday 2nd March 2018 | Jo Camilleri , gospel and country at Hysteria Lounge in Lilydale. Tickets selling fast. The Black Sorrows | Buy Tickets Online Gourmet Cinema .nobrtable br { display: none } Enjoy a classic movie while feasting on some of Melbournes best restaurants under the moonlight at Caulfield Racecourse. 1-11 March | Gourmet Cinema 2018 | Caulfield Racecourse | Tickets Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N .nobrtable br { display: none } The Immersive Experience integrates modern technology and movie based props for the ultimate immersive experience Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N | Federation Square Virtual Reality Experiences .nobrtable br { display: none } The Viri Experience will engage your senses through an 80 minute virtual reality immersion with your friends. Virtual Reality Immersion | Melbourne | Book Online Big Melbourne Escape .nobrtable br { display: none } Melbourne has been keeping its secrets for many years. There is only one opportunity to solve all the riddles and escape the city maze. Big Melbourne Escape - Insomnia Race | Book Now (Limited Numbers) Festivals This Weekend .nobrtable br { display: none } Wurstfest 2018 Port Melbourne Community Carnival 2018 Melbourne Fashion Festival 2018 Lantern Festival | Yun Xio Ji F1 Grid Festival 2018 Brunswick Music Festival 2018 Boolarra Folk Festival 2018 Wyndham Holi - Festival of Colors 2018 View Festivals This Week: 27 February - 5 March 2018 .nobrtable br { display: none } F1 Grid Festival, Gourmet Cinema, NAB AFL Auskick Launch, Neon Run, One Fine Day | Wedding Fair, Park Cinema Docklands, Reptile and Amphibian Expo, Walk for Monash Children's Hospital, Warragul Show View These Events Markets & Sales .nobrtable br { display: none } This week Blak Dot Artists Market, Moonee Ponds Primary School Fete, Crate Digger Record Fair | Preston, Point Cook Market, Yarra Glen Racecourse Craft Market, Bairnsdale Makers Market, Longwarry Fire Brigade Market, Hawthorn Craft Market, Werribee Undercover Market, The Arts Centre Sunday Market, Koonung Heights Uniting...

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Monday, 26 February


Higher education inequality: do graduate outcomes differ by socioeconomic status? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

In earlier posts in this series on inequality and higher education, I have suggested that the SES participation differences are largely driven by prior academic performance and that different SES groups seem to experience higher education in much the same way, but low SES students are less likely to complete their degrees. In this post, I will look at outcomes for the students who do complete their degrees.

First, are there differences in rates of getting a job? The 2017 Graduate Outcomes Survey finds that there are small differences. About four months after completing their bachelor degree, 73.6 per cent of high SES graduates who were looking for full-time work had found it, compared to 70.3 per cent of low SES graduates. However, of those who were working full time low SES students were slightly less likely to report not fully using their skills at work than high SES graduates (27.1 per cent compared to 28.9 per cent). It is difficult to say whether there is any direct SES effect in these results, as employment outcomes differ substantially by field of education, and SES differences in discipline choices could explain the results.

The Graduate Outcomes Survey also looks at starting salaries in the first full-time job after completing an undergraduate degree. Again, we find a small SES difference: the median starting salary for high-SES graduates in 2017 was $61,000, and for low SES graduates it was $60,000. This does not tell us whether there is any direct SES effect (such as not being able to access social networks to find professional jobs) or whether other factors such as discipline explain the result. A study using an earlier first year out survey had a limited control for discipline, as well as controls for weighted average marks, gender, and various other factors. It found no negative salary effect for low SES students, using a geographic measure of SES.

One possible cause of SES differences is that low SES students tend to attend the less prestigious universities, reflecting the school results issues...

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Saturday, 24 February


WTF News: Hipster scientists discover a way of making vegetables out of meat Will Type For Food


From deep in the hipster laboratories of Hipsterville today comes exciting news: hipsters have discovered a way of synthesising vegetables out of meat.

"This important discovery could soon make it possible for us to have an all meat diet," says Hipster McHipsters, chief scientist at the hipster laboratories.

Although the meat-made vegetables only currently come in the form of bacon-lettuce and pork-kale, the hipster scientists soon hope to develop bacon-tomato, thus giving the world the first BLT made solely out of bacon.

Activist group Bro Central hailed this development in cruelty-free food, saying, "No longger will bros have to suffer eating vegetable-based vegetables. Soon, we will all be able to make the transition to a true carnivorous diet! This shows the whole world a better way is possible."

"Except, you know, for the animals", clarified the Head Bro.

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Friday, 23 February


Tomorrow (Sat) is the last day of Boxed Light @marsgallery in... Steven Rhall | Blog

Tomorrow (Sat) is the last day of Boxed Light @marsgallery in Windsor. A work I made as part of the #WODDALOADA residency happened to align well with the curatorial premise of the show. Thanks @andy_dinan for the opportunity
The indexicality of objects derived from a particular context (detail) 2017
colour reversal film, epoxy resin, found commode, florescent light, excercise ball. Dimensions variable. (at MARS Gallery)


Higher education inequality: how much does performance at university differ by socioeconomic status? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

In an earlier post, I argued that the Australian higher education system probably deserved about a 7/10 for equity of access. In line with some theory, the middle-class meritocracy continues to reproduce itself successfully, but the universities are open to talent: for a given ATAR, university participation rates are very similar across SES groups. But what happens when students arrive at university?

Intriguingly, many studies have found that low SES students or students from non-selective government schools do not do worse and indeed tend to get slightly higher marks, for a given ATAR starting point (eg here, here, and here and the literature cited within).

Various theories for this finding have been offered, but I suspect it is because the schools higher-SES students attend maximise ATARs through intense coaching and social pressure, but their less motivated and organised students dont do as well in the much less structured university environment. By contrast, a lower-SES student who has done well in Year 12, quite possibly with much less school and social support than higher-SES students, is a motivated and resourceful person, and that pays off at university as well.

Student satisfaction is not reported directly by SES, but recent surveys differentiate between people who are first in family and those who are not. This gives much less nuance than I would like, but low SES students are much more likely to be first in family than high SES students. The Student Experience Survey finds first in family students are often slightly more satisfied with their educational experience than students who are not first in family. Maybe first in family student expectations are different, but generally...


Byte Into IT - 21 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed"

Warren and Cassie in the studio this fine Wednesday evening to bring you all of the week's news in technology, computing and startups.

Our first guest is Councillor Jackie Watts, speaking about the City of Melbourne libraries making the Kanopy film and streaming service available to all members.

This is then followed by an interview with musician and artist Chipocrite, who tell us about the upcoming Square Sounds festival and his crash course on how to make chiptune music.

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Tuesday, 20 February


This week is the last opportunity to visit TELL, a touring... Steven Rhall | Blog

This week is the last opportunity to visit TELL, a touring exhibition of @ballaratfoto, currently in Sydney for @sydney_festival. The opportunity to realise Avert originally timed with the above statement entering consciousness (whilst camping in the Otways). Manifesting as object, the work sought to bring into question ideas of representation, cultural expression and medium specificity. The video above documents from the final element of the works making an application of light sensitive solution, which as active agent, responds to light / the context / and environment of the works presentation.

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Friday, 16 February


In order to clarify matters Will Type For Food

In order to clarify matters, here are my preferred pronouns:

Obnoxious old fart (2nd person)
Cantankerous antique bag full of wrinkles (3rd person)
Discarded toe-nail in a sack of pus (2nd person reflexive)
Malodorous hirpling excrescences (2nd person plural)
Grasping grizzling glabulous gnome (possessive)
I, me, my (1st person)


Showing alongside some great artists in A Thousand Times the... Steven Rhall | Blog

Showing alongside some great artists in A Thousand Times the Rolling Sun at the Beechworth Gaol. This exhibition is only up for the duration of this weekend and well worth the drive up the Hume. #athousandtimestherollingsun
Visibility is a trap (2108)
Decommissioned observation structure of HM Beechworth Prison, floor painting, steel rods, fluorescent lights.

The town of Beechworth exists as vestige of colonisation. This colonisation has enabled a collective consciousness based around alternative narratives which, largely serve economies based on romantic notions of settlerhood. The central well of the HM Beechworth Prison acts as a figurative nexus of how power and visibility function in forming dominant narratives and minimising others. The panoptic dynamic of the prison, both in form and as nexus, incorporate notions Foucaults Panopticism whereby vision is central to the interrelationship of power and control. Rhalls use of light seeks to further the symbolism of the panopticon whilst rendering it defunctionalised via reflections occurring within its own structure.
(at HM Prison Beechworth)

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Wednesday, 14 February


Preparing an installation in my makeshift studio called... Steven Rhall | Blog

Preparing an installation in my makeshift studio called visibility is a trap for #athousandtimestherollingsun curated by @gabriel.curtin Im installing this tomorrow as long as I manage not to zap myself and find a vehicle which makes it to Beechworth. Opens Friday evening 18/2 #sofarsogoodtouchwood (at Mums Table)


SWOON! It's Valentine's Day poetry time! Will Type For Food

Translations of old love poems into modern terminology

My love is like an earnings sheet
In profit after tax;
My love is like an office that's
Productive to the max.
If I chart out, my fiscal love,
How deep in love am I,
You'll find a healthy balance sheet
At least til EOFY.

- Robert Burns, 'A Red, Red Rose'.

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Tuesday, 13 February


A digression concerning cats Will Type For Food

Now don't get me wrong. I think cats have many important duties to perform for this nation, such as getting you to open the door in the middle of winter and then sitting in it and neither going in nor out so you can't close the door while the cold winds sweep through your house. Or catching a mouse and then eating half of it and dropping the other half in your slipper for you to stand on. Or vomiting a furball on your feet while you are in bed just because.

But: it occurred to me yesterday - and I have never once altered my opinion since - that cats should not be Prime Ministers. No, there is no use arguing with me otherwise. I am convinced on this.

Oh, it would all start so innocently:

MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITION: And so, Mr Speaker, I am convinced that I must therefore argue against the government's policy that the door should remain open at all times. I therefore...

CAT PRIME MINISTER: (Stands up) Miaow!

MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITION: I therefore say that...


MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITION: Oh all right, I can't argue with that. (Opens door). 

But then, it would quickly turn into a nightmarish dystopia:

MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITION: Mr Speaker, there is no way I can support the position the Prime Minister and his party are arguing today, that we should declare war on all midgets, make sexism compulsory in all schools, and leave the door open at the one time! It is simply...

CAT PRIME MINISTER: (Stands up) Miaow!






CAT PRIME MINISTER: Miaaaaaaaaaaaaow!

MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITION: Oh, all right, have it your way. (War is declared on all midgets, sexism made compulsory in all schools, and door pushed open). 

In conclusion, the end.

(What do you mean, get out more? I get out quite enough, thanks very much. I get out as often as I want to. And my cats agree with me.)

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Sunday, 11 February


#TFW when you arrive home to discover yr Mum has subverted your... Steven Rhall | Blog

#TFW when you arrive home to discover yr Mum has subverted your art practice/objects At right is a work installed a few months ago at #Wyndhamgallery. Here Mum has repurposed it to stop the dog we mind each day from damaging the fly screen (swipe left for the context of my own recontextualisation of this found Mad Max 3 block mounted poster). At left is said dog (Noodles) making use of a pool Mum made from a found playground slide Im using as a prototype for an upcoming @artscentremelbourne commission called #birrarungsuperfunhappyslide (at Sunday Funday)

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Thursday, 04 October



Chamelaucium, also known as waxflower, is a genus of shrubs endemic to south western Western Australia. They belong to the myrtle family Myrtaceae and have flowers similar to those of the tea-trees (Leptospermum). The most well-known species is the Geraldton Wax, Chamelaucium uncinatum, which is cultivated widely for its large attractive flowers.

Chamelaucium Petticoat Pink, is a hybrid popular with Melbourne gardeners and is also planted in parks. Petticoat Pink is a medium sized shrub with large mid-pink flowers in profusion during spring. The flowers are offset by narrow, dark green leaves. Geraldton Wax is grown commercially for the cut flower trade. Grown in gardens as a decorative shrub or informal hedge and is also useful for erosion control. Requires well drained soil and a sunny position but withstands part shade. Tolerates extended periods of dryness and most frosts. Prune lightly after flowering. 2-3m high x 2-3m wide.

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Link Experimental Melbourne

BOWLINES  Sunday October 7th, 5pm
Venue : Carlton Church of All Nations
Venue address :  180 Palmerston St, Carlton
Tickets : $20/15

Improvising string trio with Hope Csutoros & Helen Mountfort (ex DeFlocKed ), Ernie Gruner (PlaybackTheatre)
Free improvisations, sometimes with provocations or audience input
Violin, violas, cello, octave violin
Launched by Adam Simmons, also on sax, flute & Karen Berger on Hang Drum, maybe Teapot
with improvised dance & theatre from members of Travel Art Dance Company & Melbourne Playback Theatre

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Thursday, 08 February


Beginning an intervention today into the central well of the... Steven Rhall | Blog

Beginning an intervention today into the central well of the Beechworth Prison as part of A Thousand Times The Rolling Sun, curated by @gabriel.curtin A Thousand Times The Rolling Sun is a project held in and responding to the Old H.M Prison in the historic town of Beechworth. Built in 1864 and ceasing operations in 2004, the prisons exterior and interior spaces have long been estranged from one another. Its facade, relatively untouched since its original completion, has corroborated and perpetuated a specific history and narrative, particularly to do with Beechworths gold rush and Kelly gang affiliations. Since public entry, until very recently, has been extremely limited, the nuanced and tangled lineage of the prison have been obscured by its surface effect. This project attempts to investigate and celebrate the multiple histories and fallacies that comprise the prison. This group show involves numerous artists including @a1jessiebullivant @muckletimes @katiewularni and my ride and great company today @tara.oconal opens this Friday the 16th. #panopticon #athousandtimestherollingsun #beechworth (at HM Prison Beechworth)

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Friday, 02 February


Abolish emotions to stop this nonsense from happening Will Type For Food

Birds of a feather may flock together, but United Airlines recently shot down one travelers request to bring her emotional support peacock on a flight departing Newark Liberty International Airport. Woman denied emotional support peacock on United flight.

Well I say all this emotional support nonsense has got to stop. What next? Emotional support humans?


(SCENE: A busy airport. A long queue of people are filing on to the plane, giving their tickets to the HOSTESS to scan in. MS SPLODGER and her HUMAN approach.) 

HOSTESS: (Absent-mindedly). Ticket, please! (Takes ticket). Wait a minute. What's that you've got with you?

MS SPLODGER: Oh, this? (Indicates HUMAN). I hope you don't mind. That's just my Emotional Support Human.


MS SPLODGER: Don't worry! It's quite tame, and native to this area! There's a little colony of humans not far from here.

HOSTESS: I'm sorry. We have a strict rule. No animals on this flight.

MS SPLODGER: Oh, I simply can't travel without my human! I get terribly anxious. (Pats it behind ears.) 

HUMAN: (Begins making noises) I will be ready to produce the reports by Monday! I love the sunshine but am depressed by the rain. How awesome is healthy eating? Lets action that after our meeting!

MS SPLODGER: Look! (Giggles). It's so cute. It's like the sounds it makes almost mean something!

HOSTESS: That's lovely, Ms Splodger, but we really can't. Some of other passengers might have allergies.

HUMAN: I really like having a beer with my mates!

MS SPLODGER: (Face falls). What am I supposed to do with it? It's domesticated! I can't just leave it out in the wild.

HOSTESS: Do you have someone who can take care of it until you get back?

MS SPLODGER: Oh, my uncle I suppose, but really...

HOSTESS: (Voice lowering) Look, I'm really not supposed to do this, but we have a seat ready on the next flight. I'll arrange for you to have it. It's in an hour so it won't set you back too much. Your human is adorable, but we can't have it weeing on the floor of the plane. The company won't allow it. Can you get your uncle to come in and take care of it?

HUMAN: I often vote for the Greens in Parliament!

MS SPLODGER: (Crestfallen) I suppose so. (Takes ticket off hostess and leaves with HUMAN). 

HUMAN: Hard work is the key to success! Let's watch I'm a Celebrity on television tonight! Do you like coffee? (etc etc). 

(The HOSTESS is now approached by an ELEPHANT in an ant suit and an ANT in an elephant suit.) 

HOSTESS: (Takes tickets from them, scans them in and gives them back). Thank you.... enjoy your flight!

(ANT makes lame imitation elephant noise and ELEPHANT makes a far-too-loud ant noise in response). 


Fig 1: A 'human'. 

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Wednesday, 31 January


Various people interacting with my work tonight @c3artspace... Steven Rhall | Blog

Various people interacting with my work tonight @c3artspace which is in-situ for the next month. Thanks for those who made it along and the conversations about what is very much a test of ideas made possible with c3s support and that of #counihangallery @vca_mcms Margaret Lawrence Gallery an @acca_melbourne #every1sawinger (at Abbotsford Convent)

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Tuesday, 30 January


Im in the final stages of installing Every 1s a winger... Steven Rhall | Blog

Im in the final stages of installing Every 1s a winger tonight @c3artspace which actually opens tomorrow night 6-8pm. This is alongside a group show featuring @garrf @issicats @isabel_buck & @lina_buck and solo shows by @unwarranted_advances @madeline_kelly @torika_b & the lovely @lieslpfeffer see you @abbotsfordconvent (at Abbotsford Convent)

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Saturday, 27 January


Hi folks. Some upcoming shows. I have a solo exhibition opening... Steven Rhall | Blog

Hi folks. Some upcoming shows. I have a solo exhibition opening this Wednesday the 31/1 @c3artspace and a work @marsgallery, as part of a group show Boxed Light, opening . Roll up! #every1sawinger

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Monday, 15 January


A tale of two Australias Will Type For Food

Seeing as Australia Day is coming up in a week or so I thought I'd set out in a neat dialogue form basically all the arguments everyone will be repeating over the next few days anyway. Never let me say that I don't keep my readers ahead of the curve. 


Happy Australia Day, mate!

- OMFG! How offensive! To say such things about Invasion Day!
- Well, I'm offended by your offence!
- You right-wing piece of sh.. .
- No! It should be called Survival Day out of respect for Indigenous people!
- You're both wrong! I love Australia and we have to keep Australia Day just as it is! Otherwise you're basically supporting hijabs for kangaroos and halal Vegemite sandwiches!
- How could you say such things! Celebration at a time like this! It's highly hurtful to all the Indigenous people I know!
- YOU LIE! I totally know an Indigenous person too, or at least I met a guy once at a pub, and they totally don't want the date changed because it would be just more patronising bullshit coming from whitey!
- Wrong! It will only be patronising if we don't move the date! Let's find an Indigenous person and ask them!
- Don't look at me, I'm staying out of this conversation.
- I'm so ashamed of this country!
- I'm even more ashamed!
- I'm the most ashamed! We have nothing to celebrate! Why have Australia Day at all? I'm so sick of patriotism!
- If you don't like it, why don't you le...
- No, you're racist!
- You have no idea what racism is, you lower-case illiterate inbred...
- Seriously, if you think we're all invaders and this is still Aboriginal land, isn't it racist for you NOT to leave?
- Shut up! We all have to come together as a country, not engage in this divisive...
- Come together and celebrate Australia Day, perhaps?
- No! That's racist too!
- Unless Indigenous people are celebrating.
- That's kind of a grey area.... anyway, if we joined in their celebrations, wouldn't we be appropriating their culture?
- We can solve everyone's problems always everywhere by moving Australia Day to May 8...
- January 1st....
- July 30...
- Everyone knows Australia Day has been celebrated on 26 January since the dawn of time, it says so right here in the Bible!

*Stands about with friends at a barbecue basically having a really nice time*


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Sunday, 14 January


The things we do. (We all started from somewhere) VICTORIA_STREET

With the layout in exile, and with the family away up north while I have to work. Normally about this time of year I perform major works on Victoria Street. 

Question; What does one do and not yet indulge in self destructive behaviour before moving house? 

Answer; Plonk down some set track and run some retro train sets on the living room floor.  

First cab off the rank, remember the Christmas of 1977, Hornby punch out an Australian series that include the Victoria Railways S class with a ZL van and a loose collection of domestically branded British rollingstock all resplendent with tension lock couplers.  Sadly the box no longer exists, but I found this example online. 

From the catalogue.

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Thursday, 21 December


Well, that was a busy year. VICTORIA_STREET

I know it has been quite a while since the last post, but a fair bit has happen since. 

We have sold up our little abode in the inner west of Melbourne and obtained a good price for it and have bought a massive piece of suburbia in the south east sand belt. 

The bride will get her wish of moving back to her side of town after her tour of duty out west. 

This palatial domicile has ticked all the boxes on the original wish list, the kids will get their own rooms, the bride will get a study, I will get a decent sized shed and we all will get two bathrooms, two living areas and a massive covered outdoor entertaining space. 
This residence unlike some others we have seen doesn't require a renovation that starts with a box of matches. 

As always at this time of the year, I wish followers of the blog the best for the season, try to sensible with the food and drink, and remember it's all about the kids. As it will be our last Christmas west side this year, it is still shared with family and that is what matters.

This years Christmas card is a rework of the fifty thousand hits photo.

Seasons greetings all, from Victoria Street. 

So to the matter of the resumption of services on Victoria Street, as the layout was the first thing packed and stored, it will no doubt be the last thing to see the light of day after the relocation, which will happen in late February.
This will happen when I sort out my new man cave/shed. 

From under a soon to be different roof that will eventually have wires to run under. 


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Friday, 08 December


Its been really great working with @andyray87 to produce a new... Steven Rhall | Blog

Its been really great working with @andyray87 to produce a new iteration of English as a Second Language for his show Always there and all a part viewable now at @Blindside (thanks for the beers). Manifesting in 2015 in response to found signage which read We specializes in authentic Indian cuisine in local Footscray, I considered narratives related to this text and notions of language and place where for this location, English was never spoken until recently. The orange wall text mirrors the font and hue of the original sign. Andys decision to paint the wall a particular grey lends itself to the statements ambiguity as to who we might be, what is both authentic and Aboriginal Art as framed in this instance by Institutional spaces and their own beliefs on these questions. A looped video component features a time lapse of myself deinstalling the very 1st installation of the text. At the time a spontaneous documentation and performance.
Andys show is on until 22/12 and I encourage you to check out the pertinently brilliant works by @ _nathanbeard @lara_chamas_artist @_garciagram and @textaqueen. The opening night also saw a fantastic performance by Priya Srinivasan and Hari Sivanesan subverting the relationship between performer and audience, the watched and the watcher where intentional or otherwise, audience members participated directly in recording this relationship and by doing so, reinforcing certain ideas of social hierarchy, body economies and the exoticised other.
Images: still from video, as installed, text, audience and participation. (at BLINDSIDE)

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Wednesday, 06 December


Tonight sees myself and @karencaseyartist talking to Dr Mick... Steven Rhall | Blog

Tonight sees myself and @karencaseyartist talking to Dr Mick Douglas about our residency at the Wyndham Refuse Disposal Facility and WADDA LOADA, the artwork that came from it. Come for the chats, stay for the cheese (at Wyndham Cultural Centre)

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Wednesday, 03 October



The Arts Centre Melbourne, originally known as the Victorian Arts Centre and briefly officially called The Arts Centre, is a performing arts centre consisting of a complex of theatres and concert halls in the Melbourne Arts Precinct, located in the central Melbourne suburb of Southbank in Victoria, Australia. It was designed by architect Sir Roy Grounds, the masterplan for the complex (along with the National Gallery of Victoria) was approved in 1960 and construction began in 1973 following some delays. The complex opened in stages, with Hamer Hall opening in 1982 and the Theatres Building opening in 1984. The Arts Centre is located by the Yarra River and along St Kilda Road, one of the city's main thoroughfares, and extends into the Melbourne Arts Precinct, with its spire a well-known landmark of Melbourne.

Hamer Hall (formerly the Melbourne Concert Hall) is a 2,466 seat concert hall, the largest venue in the Arts Centre complex, used for orchestra and contemporary music performances. It was opened in 1982 and was later renamed Hamer Hall in honour of Sir Rupert Hamer (the 39th Premier of Victoria) shortly after his death in 2004.

This post is part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.


matthewschiavello: A.K. at TarraWarra Museum of Art  #199 &... matthew schiavello: photos and words


A.K. at TarraWarra Museum of Art  #199 & #198


Something older.


Signing Off and Shouting Out Black Mark

Word up on signing off and shouting out.


I have been reading and collecting graffiti writers sign offs; that is the side comments near the outer edge of a piece of graffiti. If it is a name or a list of names it is called a shout out; as in when a DJ gives a shout out to a listener, a graff writer gives a shout out to a watcher. (Thanks Harry Nesmoht for clearing up sign off and shout out for me.) The names in shout-outs are often obscure but the sign offs can be an interesting read.

Written in a relatively clean and easy to read font; sign offs are a trace of pre-hip hop graffiti when words and slogans were all there was.


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Wednesday, 01 November


Springs Narcissus by Safdar Ahmed I'll Be Your First Mate

Given the despairing conditions refugees on Manus Island are currently enduring, we felt it an appropriate time to share and make available for purchase this image, generously donated to us by the the wonderful artist, academic and activist, Safdar Ahmed.


The image features a narcissus flower, which to Iranians and Afghans represents Spring, the New Year and hope for a new beginning. IBYFM is so humbled to be able to share this beautiful work.


Spring's Narcissus by Safdar Ahmed


The image is available for purchase on our Red Bubble website and, as always, 100% of the proceeds made from these sales will be donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). The image can be printed on t-shirts/hoodies, posters, phone cases, and a number of other items.


As always, there are a range of other images available for purchase on the IBYFM Red Bubble website, with all proceeds going to the ASRC, so do feel free to browse the collection.


With love, and solidarity,



About the Artist

Dr Safdar Ahmed has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sydneys National Art School and completed his PhD in 2010 with the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Sydney. He is a founding member of the Refugee Art Project, for which he conducts art workshops with refugees and asylum seekers in detention. Safdar has published a range of zines and comic illustrations, and in 2015 he won a Walkley Award in the Artwork category for his documentary webcomic, Villawood: Notes from an Immigration Detention Centre.

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Wednesday, 20 September


Change of Location Beside the Yarra

Hi all,

For anyone who has stumbled across this blog, a short note to say that I am re-locating to a new site, which you can find here:

'The Museum of Lost Things' will continue my rambling exploration of Melbourne's forgotten history, but paint on a slightly bigger canvas. So there will be a wider scope of articles, hopefully stuff that you will enjoy.

I will also be transitioning the existing article from here, to there, over the coming weeks.

Anyways, check it out if you have time, and if you have any comments, feedback or suggestions, feel free to drop me a line at

Thanks to everyone who read Beside the Yarra, and hopefully see you on the new page.


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Tuesday, 12 September


September 2017: Update Streams & Desolations

Its a rainy spring morning here in Melbourne, Australia. The sky is a pale, glary grey mass of sheer clouds looming over the still trees. Bright red blossoms have appeared on the gum trees on our street, and the rainbow lorikeets are chattering happily as they feed on the flowers. A mass of daffodils are []

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Thursday, 31 August


Filmonik Melbourne International Filmmaking Kabaret 2017 Filmonik Melbourne

The Filmonik Melbourne 1st International Kabaret, or Filmonik Kabaret in short, is two sessions in two successive weekends of creative, spontaneous, collaborative film-making in a festive shared production environment called the Kinolab, bringing together filmmakers, actors, musicians, writers, technicians and film aficionados. In this Kinolab amateurs and professionals will be called upon making or participating in the making of one or many 5 minute or less short films in these 48 to 72 hours sessions with all other participants. Both sessions will immediately culminate Sunday night with a public screening of the produced short films at Lido Cinema.

Filmmakers: Make films in a positive collaborative environment with access to actors, crew, resources and a guaranteed screening spot. Get the support to make your first film or make your most epic one by meeting a new crew or using everyone whos available as actors.
Writers: Come talk about your ideas and find a director to realise your vision. Brainstorm and find new ideas. Script doctor and assist filmmakers and crew. Get pushed into making your own film even.
Actors: Get featured in as many films as you can to build a Demo Reel. Fall in love with one or two scripts and fully develop a new character. Improvise and have fun with a new creative crew.
Film crew: Try out your new gear and experiment with your craft. Get experience. See how different directors work. Meet new friends.
Post-production artists: Put new VFX shots in your reel. Be the editor of a great short film. Take pictures on set. Exchange tips and tricks with fellow editors and bond as the screening approaches and everyone is tirelessly working around the same table in the style of a hackathon or game jam.
Musicians: Have your old tracks featured in a short film. Compose with a director. Play and hang around in the Kinolab. Jam sessions.

Registration for all participants include access to the Kinolab for 2 weekends and one ticket for each screening.
Directors have to reserve a screening spot for one weekend or two. A director that selects only one screening still has access to the event for both weekends. Screening spots are strictly limited. Some spots may be released last minute but the only way to guarantee a spot is to reserve now.

Once you have paid you will have to fill the registration form to populate your presentation sheet if it is not already done.
You can save on fees by filling the form and paying in person at the next Filmonik screening.

-Key dates-

Thursday Oct 19 6:30pm: First session production meeting.
Friday Oct 20 6:30pm: Kinolab opens to the participants to collaborate and make films until Sunday.
Sunday Oct 22 6:30pm: First session screening at Lido Cinemas.
Friday Oct 27 6:30pm: Second session production meeting and Kinolab re-opens to collaborate and make films until Sunday.
Sunday Oct 29 6:30pm: Second session screening at Lido Cinemas.


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Wednesday, 30 August


On the home front. VICTORIA_STREET

The study/man cave/old layout space now looks a treat (and a lot larger), after a dash of interior acrylic called 'Royal beige 1/2 strength'.  This area has been annexed by the bride as 'her' home office. 

After the neighbours place was sold at auction at a very good price, the works around "casa del Glenno" have notched up from a leisurely 'full series' trundle to a slightly manic 'full parallel' dash. 

With all the prep work and paint going on at the moment, I have discovered that all of my children must suffer an inner ear issue, as they cannot to seem to walk straight along the hall without 'pinballing' off the newly painted walls. This has been remedied by proclaiming from now on that all the walls are made from lava. 

On an another front, my football club has missed out on the finals this year, thus freeing me up to do more with the house this September. It has been stated in the media that the Bulldogs are suffering a premiership hangover, but I am still glad to have this problem as a result of breaking a 62 year drought. 

I did recently obtain another W class tram at a good price, this is the only modelling topic on this post. 

An old photo of the first five,
Now there are six

From amongst the paint tins and colour charts. 


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Sunday, 16 July


The early removal of services VICTORIA_STREET

The layout has not had a tram cut a notch since the suspension of service notice was issued. Even if I did attempt to roll one out of the shed, the layer of filth and dust on the rails at the moment would render the tram 'insulated'. 

End of an era 

These are not the greatest days of modelling, but in the end, this will only be temporary. As you can imagine, I have a list of tasks that Evil Kinevil would struggle jumping, but then he would find himself in the back of an ambulance after failing such an attempt. 

On the other hand the neighbours have finished their episode of 'grand designs' and their property goes up for auction at the end of the month, this will determine how intently we go from here. 

Over the previous weekend, one month before the original scheduled shutdown, services were suddenly suspended, rollingstock packed away, and the entire 4mm to the foot universe that is Victoria Street was placed into recess and storage.

It is only when one is required to take stock and pack it, that's when you find out that you may be a hoarder. I have found 'assets' that have been long forgotten, the bride during her stocktake has 'rediscovered' her vast collection of fabrics and yarn, therefore at this moment in time, the scores are level. 

As most of you can appreciate, photos are in short supply at the moment with all the fun and games going on.  

I'm sure I can conjure up unpublished finds and then cobble them with enough text as a retrospective, also I can use this time to assist others online and live vicariously through their layouts along with their adventures with tramway modelling. 

From the recently cleaned out study with a bewildered look of where the wires were. 


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Friday, 07 July

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Tuesday, 27 June

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Monday, 19 June


Link Bakowski poetry news

My sixth poetry collection in Australia will be published by Guillotine Press in late July 2017

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Tuesday, 02 October



South Wharf is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2 km south-west of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government areas are the Cities of Melbourne and Port Phillip. At the 2011 Census, South Wharf had a population of 66. South Wharf is a small inner suburb south west from Melbourne's CBD.

Its borders are the Yarra River to the north, Wurundjeri Way to the west, the West Gate Freeway and a small private car park bordering Ford Street and Munro Street, which is part of the City of Port Phillip, to the south and the former Port Melbourne railway line and Clarendon Street to the east.

Gazetted in 2008 and formerly part of the industrial and shipping area of Southbank, the renaming is part of a wider urban renewal strategy to link Southbank with the Melbourne Docklands.

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Vermeer, Delft and the new globalisation of the 17th century ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly

No nation was as interested in domestic genre scenes as the post-Reformation Dutch. The Dutch middle class wanted small, realistic images of their own life, images where education, exploration, science, business and Protestant virtues were honoured.

In the book Vermeers Hat (2009), Timothy Brook focused on these small, domestic interiors of Delft as shown in eight paintings by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer (163275). His work suggested that a study of globalisation should start in the C17th; this would improve our understanding of the complex exchanges that brought the world together in a more integrated economic unit back then.

Vermeer, Officer and Laughing Girl, 165560 
50 cm x 46 cm, The Frick Collection

Starting with the household objects and activities found in Vermeers paintings, Brook was interested in viewing trade markets across the world, perhaps parts of the world that C17th Europeans didnt know much about. He thus uncovered something of the economic and social context in Vermeers time, the impact it had on how people viewed their world and the unfamiliar objects from abroad that became familiar consumption goods in the Netherlands.

The author did acknowledge that earlier contacts had forged among different civilisations, as I would have done regarding the Silk Road etc. But Brook underestimated the importance of the earlier contacts. And he overestimated how important European-directed interconnectedness was.

Vermeer, Girl reading a letter at an open window, 165759
83 cm 65 cm, Gemldegalerie Alte Meister

By the C17th the drive to set up distant markets lay in the European desire to reach China and obtain its porcelain and silk. It was under this powerful impetus that European ships sailed the globe to find a shorter route to the country. Once in China, Europeans would obtain direct access to its goods by settling in coastal outposts.

Brook discussed French fur traders in Canada and their relationship with local tribes; a shipwrecked Portuguese vessel whose crew also included Chinese and Indians; riots and massacres in Manila and Peru; and men sadly separated from their native lands. All to get hold of the objects that would rock up in Delfts homes!

I am a silver fanatic, but I hadnt understood that Europeans had lacked products of their own to sell for competitive prices. So Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch traders hunted for the one item that would allow them to buy into the vast China market  silver! Nor had I understood that silver was desperately needed by the Ming Dynasty due to domestic shortage of the bullion amongst rapid commercialisation. I assumed silver was exclusively a European passion.



From the North West Mounted Police (1873) to the Royal Canadian Mounties ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly

In 1870, the vast area called Rupert's Land was transferred from the Hudson's Bay Company and purchased by the new Dominion of Canada. The sudden shift of authority and resultant uncertainty among the inhabitants of the region erupted into the Red River Rebellion of 1869-70. It was essential that order be restored by the newly formed federal government in Ottawa.

In 1872 a colonel in the Canadian Militia was dispatched into the Northwest on a governmental fact-finding journey. He recommended that a regiment of 550 mounted riflemen be organised to preserve order in the territory, and to protect the surveyors and railway builders who were working their way to the Pacific coast.

In Ottawa, 1st Prime Minister Sir John Macdonald (186773) was soon aware of the violence in the USAs western plains and did not want these problems repeated in Canada! In May 1873 Macdonald successfully introduced a bill to establish a police force in the territories: Manitoba, parts of Saskatchewan, Alberta and Canadas northern territories, populated mainly by First Nations and Mtis peoples.

In Oct Lieut-Col George French was appointed first Commissioner of the North-West Mounted Police. Recruits had to be males under 40, healthy & moral, able to read & write English or French, and ride. Pay was 75c a day for sub-constables and $1 for constables. Many men applied, but those with previous military or police experience were preferred. The first recruits assembled in Toronto and by Aug 1873, 150 were sent to Lower Fort Garry aka Winnipeg to train as a cavalry regiment.

But it was the whiskey trade that demanded immediate action. Macdonald received reports of the devastating effect of the whiskey trade on the Blackfoot, Blood and other First Nations. Traders from Fort Benton Montana (in the USA) had been operating illegal posts eg the notorious Fort Whoop-Up in southern Alberta. They were tough lawless men, many of them ex-servicemen from the American Civil War. In exchange for the Mtis buffalo hides, they traded weapons and adulterated alcohol! In June 1873 First Nation people were killed in the Cypress Hills Massacre.

Mounties dressed in their red uniforms, on parade

Based on the Royal Irish Constabulary, Macdonald initially called the organisation the North-West Mounted Rifles, but changed "Rifles" to "Police" to avoid arousing the USAs suspicions. Macdonald believed that the appearance of the unit should reflect its purpose: an efficient police force, para-military in nature, for the ready enforcement of the law. Full dress consisted of a scarlet jacket, black riding boots with steel spurs, a Russian leather pouch belt and sword slings.

In July 1874 300 officers and men of the NWMP set out from Dufferin Manitoba, with carts, wagons, field guns and a Mtis scout. On a gruelling two-month, 1,300-ks march across wild prairie, men and horses endured extreme weather, hunger, disease and insects before reaching south Saskatchewan. There the contingent split, half to set up a police post at Fort Edmonton and half to Fort Whoop-Up.

For 15 years, WMP concentrated on building close relations with First Nations. The police forged diplomatic links with the Blackfoot Confederacy, which included a friendship between the 2nd commissioner Lieut-Col James Macleod and Crowfoot Chief of the Blackfoot. The NWMP convinced Indigenous leaders to sign treaties with the Canadian government and to move their people onto reserves - some considered the treaties to be mainly fair while others considered them to be the start of...


This Week in Melbourne: What's On #614 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Read Online This Week: 2 - 8 October 2018 Newsletter | #614 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 2nd October 2018 to Monday 8th October 2018 Daylight Saving Starts Sunday Circus in Melbourne Friday Night Live Spring School Holiday Guide Tesselaar Tulip Festival Jurassic Creatures Exhibition Kyllie Kicks MS for Six Fitness Show <-- WIN Tickets Archibald Prize Exhibition Around the Bay Biennale of Australian Art Body Worlds Vital Gluten Free Expo Heathcote Wine and Food Festival Horsham and District Orchid Society Spring Show Light the Night Piers Festival Pinot Palooza Seniors Festival Celebration Day South East Asia Street Fair Wedding and Bride | Bridal Expo WWE Super Show-Down Spooktober 2018 | Halloween Festival Sunday Spring Picnic @ The Albion Rooftop Stonningtons Spring Into Gardening Festival 2018 Enjoy #Melbourne Circus Shows Check out these circus favourites. Silvers Circus | Burnley - 5 Sept - 10 Oct Circus Royale | Taylors Lakes - 19 Sept - 7 Oct Circus Oz | Collingwood - 11 - 21 October Friday Night Live Music Licensed venue in Bayswater featuring live music every Friday night. Fri 5th October - X-GenZ Fri 12th October - Wheres Chuck - with guests: Funky Munky Fri 19th October - Maskara - The Ultimate Tribute to the Women of Rock Fri 26th October - Hard Edge and Pool Comp Live At London Eleven | Buy Tickets Here School Holiday Guide | Week 2 Saturday 22 September - Sunday 7 October 2018 Featuring loads of activities and events to keep the kids entertained throughout the Spring School Holidays ending on Sunday. --> School Holiday Guide <-- Gluten Free Expo 6-7 October | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Melbournes premier gluten free event with over 80 exhibitors, product tastings, show specials and exclusive product launches. Gluten Free Expo 2018 Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2018 September 15 - October 14 | Tesselaar Tulip Farm Be amazed by the beauty of a million Tulips across 25 acres of farmland all set in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Special Events Mon 1st - Thu 4th October | Childrens Week 2 Fri 5th - Sun 7th October | Irish Weekend Mon 8th - Sun 14th October | Tulipmania Week --> Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2018...


GNAUMGN release DISC TWO of the TWO TOWERS DIPTYCH Experimental Melbourne


it's not a word you use often.


but when you listen to GNAUMGN's new album, you will.

oh yes.


disc two of the Two Towers Diptych.

The Two Towers rise from the scorched earth like gravestones.   Although the blasted burning lands around them have been pounded to smouldering dust, the Towers stand.  In the context of such abused flatness, each Tower seems almost infinitely tall, surreal, unreal, piercing the sky with their billboards and antennae.  Scaffolding meets slick metal and bird-bone concrete.  Most of the lights still flash, the neon that has not been destroyed still leers and beckons.  The sale is for a limited time only.   

The Two Towers s...

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Wednesday, 07 June


Moves are afoot. VICTORIA_STREET

I have in the last few months fielded a few enquiries about exhibiting the layout from exhibition managers and followers of the blog. I thought I maybe able entertain one or two exhibitions this year, but in reality the humble abode in which the layout resides along with the bride, three kids, a jack russell terrier, one cranky budgie and myself in is somewhat becoming cramped. 

This can only eventually lead to one conclusion, possible relocation. Soon!

Our current domicile is a quaint 'worker's cottage' in the inner west of Melbourne, while this was extensively renovated nearly ten years ago with a 'study' that I annexed. It is believed no longer able to accommodate my family and all our stuff. 

Therefore, not much at the moment is happening on the layout at this point in time, yet the entire bandwidth of Internet is being utilised on searching for possible candidates.  

As with every potential move, requests are being entertained, mine include a reasonable shed/workshop and some more potential layout/man cave space, as apposed to our current arrangement. 

The kids would like individual rooms, but on most stormy nights would huddle together in the main bedroom with the bride and I, to at which point I make a statement, " why bother with a house when could have a tee-pee."

The bride would appreciate a little space for her interests too, considering she smashed her graduate diploma with high distinctions on the laptop, on her lap and on any somewhat clean level surface in our free standing post office box. She does deserve better. 

Either way, be it through my Nostradamus like thinking or the strict initial limitations placed by the bride, but the concept of a modular layout in this current location may have paid off. 

Originally I opted for a tramway layout that was modular for two basic reasons.


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Tuesday, 09 May


Filmonik #40 Filmonik Melbourne

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Tuesday, 02 May


Episodes of Bustitution VICTORIA_STREET

Buses, either complement or are the nemesis of tramway operations, but they are a reality. They offer flexible route alternatives without the pork barreling and/or the expense of infrastructure in implementing a tramway.

Victoria Street now has on its roster ( or streets), six buses of four differing types and vintages. 

All buses in the collection are all 1/76 (OO) scale made or offered by mobs such as EFE, Trux, or Oxford, then a maybe a combination of all of the above. 

First cab (bus) of the rank is....

The Austerity bus.
(Oxford Bedford rework)

Loosely based on the unit that featured a timber body that was pressed ganged into service during the darkest days of WW2 before the tramway was extended from the then terminus, Maribrynong River to the government cordite/explosives factory further west over the river.  Most services 'gunned  it' from Footscray railway station with the headboard coded with 'Special E'. 

MMTB 301

This model has 'blackout' white markings on the bumper bars and mud guards. 

Now it's on an enthusiast's excursion. 


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Tuesday, 18 April

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Thursday, 13 April


Some more distractions VICTORIA_STREET

What can I say, I'll do anything than tackle outstanding work on the work bench. The annual leave/household maintenance has come and gone, then closely followed by the Easter school holiday, these scenarios are the thief of modelling time. 

While there is not any pressing issues that require attention on the layout, the rollingstock (anyone remember 821?) are trundled from one end to the other to keep the rails clean and the mechanisms moving. 

When it comes to recent achievements, I have finished the distraction that is the per way loco, introducing SEC 1. 

Nothing like a bit of imagineering. 

The other side project features an aspect of interior design with a tramway theme. Framed genuine W class tram route numbers. 

 82 (Footscray to Moonee Ponds) and 
57 (West Maribyrnong to City via North Melbourne) 

These take pride of place at the top of the stairs leading to the study/man cave with full approval of the bride.

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Sunday, 09 April


Some Bendigo ghost signs Finding the radio book

I've just come back from an overnight stay in the old gold mining city of Bendigo, where I stumbled on a few signs.

Firstly, three on an old building opposite the railway station:

And a bunch of others we stumbled on:

At the derelict gasworks - let gas help you!



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Monday, 03 April


Moving day The Red and Black Architect

Click on the Logo below to continue through to the new look website


The Red +Black Architect started as an after-hours hobby in 2012. It was a platform to talk about architecture and the built environment in a straight forward way, such that the public could get an insight from an architects perspective. Five years on, it has achieved some extraordinary things. From discussions with leading architects and influential politicians through to coverage of major events and local controversies, The Red + Black Architect has provided a unique lens on the architecture scene in Melbourne.

This was only possible due to a confluence of factors for which I am incredibly grateful. It never ceases to amaze me how supportive Melbournes architecture community can be. To all those who have been interviewed, written guest posts, shared content, commented on or read articles, thank you. Particular thanks must also go to Olivia, Sonia, Justine, Alison, Peter and Stuart for your incredible support and encouragement.

Today is moving day. Having outgrown this free wordpress site it is time to turn the page. To kick off the discussion on the brand new website, is the Atelier Red+Black entry into the 2017 NGV Architecture commission.  The new refreshed website is live and can be found at:

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the next generation of The Red+Black Architect

Architecture is for everyone...

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Monday, 13 March


I'm too easily distracted. VICTORIA_STREET

I'm currently on a spot of annual leave from work, so along with the responsibilities of the school run, I have been reliably informed of tasks around the house the require attention, this tends to stifle creativity on and around Victoria Street.

The shell of 821 still resides on blocks at the moment with the chassis hiding in the in the back of the shed, as there is no real hurry to introduce another W class to the roster.

However I have phaffed about with other (non Melbourne) distractions.

Like fitting this powered bogie from a Bachmann San Francisco cable car to this little open platform tram. (Still DC at the moment)

This one of the many static models courtesy of the Atlas release that have inundated the European market and are eagerly motorised by the model tramway community.

We need a bigger tram

Another side project is this obscure steeple cab shunter which was made by Lima. While this does not have any relevance in MMTB operations in history, this will become a per way loco that will be part of the tram depot/museum that is Westside.

A drop in ride height along with new paint, decals and some trolley poles.

A while ago I obtained two Bluerail decoders that operate on the Bluetooth frequency from an app on your smartphone or tablet. One was installed in SW6 870 and after a few teething issues (dirty wheels/track) operates quite well, the spare unit has been fitted into a translucent zippy box with a socket and four LEDs as an ad hock DC controller.


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Tuesday, 07 March


Turning the ship around The Red and Black Architect

2017 marks five years of substantial and sustained cultural change within the Australian Architecture profession. On this International Womens Day it is timely to reflect on how far we have come towards a diverse profession, as well as how far we have still to go.

In May 2012 the website Parlour: Women, Equity Architecture burst onto the scene. Armed with a potent mix of rigorous scientific data and digital media savvy, it demanded attention from all levels of architectural practice. It could no longer be argued that architecture didnt have a gender problem, all that was left was to figure out what to do about it.

It is a debunking project in that it is trying to show the realities of everyday life at work in architecture, not necessarily the kind of glamourous public image, but at the same time there is a lot idiosyncrasy and pleasure, fun and sense of community that happens in architecture where everyone is working together on a common project and really committed. You can see that in the images of people and also workplaces and the minutiae of everyday life of women in architecture Dr. Naomi Stead
(Photo Phuong Le, from Portraits of Practice Exhibition by Parlour)


In 2013 Parlour hosted perhaps its most pivotal event to date, Transform: Altering the Future of Architecture. The central question of this full day seminar was: If architecture were more inclusive would it also be in a stronger position? This broad ranging question intentionally made diversity everyones business.

Transform was also the debut of what eventually became the Parlour Guides for Equitable Practice. This award winning and internationally significant publication takes individuals and practices through the major causes and resolutions of inequality in architecture.  These guides have had such an impact, that the American Institute of Architects is now beginning to look at producing a similar set of guides for their own members.

Perhaps change over the last five years has been most notable in the Australian Institute of Architects itself. In 2013 the Institute announced its new Gender Equity Policy and a National Committee for Gender Equity. This triggered a raft of changes within the AIA, some subtle, others more obvious. There have been CPD events, med...

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Monday, 20 February


Melbournes White Night 2017 "IndyWatch Feed"

Once again Melbourne has turned it on for the spectacular cultural juggernaut that is White Night. A crowd of around 600,000 took part in the all night festival of projections, performances, artworks and installations.

Stealing the show again this year was the extraordinary projections upon the Royal Exhibition Building.  The Light show entitled Rhythms Of The Night by White Night & Artists In Motion, depicted the four stages of sleep. These fantastical scenes were at times like that of a Halloween nightmare, with spiders and skeletons. The dream would them move on by disintegrating into vibrant black and white patterns reminiscent of MC Escher.

Supporting this main event, were a number of excellent installations throughout the Carlton Gardens Precinct. Sailing in between the Melbourne Museum and the Royal Exhibition Building was The Pyrophone Juggernaut. Part steel pirate ship, part musical performance, part pyrotechnic show this collaboration between Hubbub Music and Strut & Fret was a real crowd favorite. Nearby, the Sonic Light Bubble by Eness and Pixel Fruit by Tim Newman both created valuable support pieces to this precinct, which as a whole was a significant improvement from previous years.


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Monday, 01 October



Yarra Bend Park along the Yarra River in Melbourne is a delightful nature spot.

This post is part of the Mosaic Monday meme,
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and also part of the Through my Lens meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme.

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Sunday, 19 February


A short update. VICTORIA_STREET

Not much to report, 821 is still up on blocks in the workshop (the workbench), then 800 decided to have an episode, so a quick trip to the Go-Box combined with some harsh reeducation and all is well.

One thing I did do is have a fidgit with the smartphone, I shot some video and then to proceeded to phaff about with an editing app to deliver this rather slick/sloppy clip, so sit back and waste about ninety seconds of your life.

From under the wires, behind the smartphone all going well.

Regards Glenn

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Wednesday, 15 February


Ill Be Your First Mate: Art, Advocacy, and the Assuming White I I'll Be Your First Mate

by Daniella Trimboli

** This article was published in conjunction with the The Pin: a discussion platform run by biracial Australians for all Australians. Our sincere thanks to Lucie Cutting & Nkechi Anele for their fine work and support. **



Ill Be Your First Mate (IBYFM) started in Melbourne in 2014 with the aim of creating an alternative space for the reinterpretation of asylum seeker rhetoric. Conceptualised by visual artist Ry Wilkin, politics Ph.D. candidate Tia Di Biase and me, Daniella Trimboli, a (then) cultural studies Ph.D. candidate, the collaborative organisation sought to create an artistic space where people could creatively rethink dominant understandings of asylum seekers, refugees, and migration. The project began humblytwo Ph.D. candidates and one visual artist feeling frustrated by the ironically immobilising political debate about the phenomenon of global mobility. Two years and a substantial hiatus later, we are clearer about what it is that we want the project to be and where wed like it to go. As we consolidate our aims and outcomes, we become aware of the need to more clearly position the project. In particular, the need to explore the question: Who is the I who says Ill be your first mate? The hermeneutics of this statement undoubtedly implicates the project within a certain structure of race politics, a point we have been aware of since the projects inception. From the onset, we have been conscious of the ways in which whiteness infiltrates public art and human rights interventions, even when the intentions of these interventions are affirmative. This article considers how whiteness can haunt advocacy work for asylum seekers, including our own work.


From Apathy to Action

Ry, Tia, and I developed IBYFM in response to a mutual concern that we were each falling into a pit of political apathy. Like many Australians, we were overwhelmed by the newly elected Abbott Governments relentlessly grotesque treatment of asylum seekers. We rationed our intakes of news and political commentary on the topic, inevitably switching off altogether. We ritualised this performance, spinning ourselves into internal rages that rendered us silent. It was hardly a novel experience. When we spoke to others we realised they were doing the same danceany mention of Abbotts Australia and the treatment of refugees and they would quietly shake their heads, bewildered.

Essentially, we were being shocked into submission. We knew we had to do something differently if we were to remain attached politically and ensure that this Abbott guy would not get away with such follybut what? At first, we toyed with the idea of inverting the exaggerated discourse on asylum seeker boats into a pro-asylum seeker stance with art. Rys visual art practice has a flair for illustration, animation, and street art. At that time, the word boats saturated political discourse, usually preceded by the words stop the. What if we took boats to its exaggerated limits? We considered stencilling boats, all sorts of boatsfishing boats, row boats, cruise ship boats, asylum seeker boats, cargo boatsas far and wide as possible on the streets of Melbourne, alongside the slogan: We Heart Boats. This approach would begin with the same strategy of exaggeration being deployed by the government, then invert it. Ry made our first stencila hybrid boat formed from many types of boatsand we prepared to hit the streets, but not before our doubts surfaced.

Is it really appropriate to say that we heart boats, even if to make a point?

What if people miss the point?

Will people think we are making light of a very dire situation?

Are we making light of a very dire situation?

We decided to pause to bolster the vision of the project.

The three of us agreed on four things about the contemporary asylum seeker rhetoric, and it was these four things that we targeted. First, many Australians were not getting accurate information about asylum seekers and refugees. The persistent use of simplistic slogans like stop the boats and queue jumpers, in combination with the strategic shutdown of legitimate information sites about asylum seeker arrivals, was exacerbating the long-held misconceptions about refugees in this co...


Toil: An animation by Ry Wilkin in response to Caitlin McGregors poem I'll Be Your First Mate

In 2016, Caitlin McGregor submitted a poem to IBYFM, Toil, which we published on our website in August 2016.

The IBYFM team recently learned that resident artist Ry Wilkin was prompted to create a short animated loop in response to McGregors poem, which we share below.

TW ** Please note that both the animation and the poem come with a trigger warning: sexual and physical abuse; violence against women, violence against children; miscarriage**



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Sunday, 29 January


Untitled submission by 5 year old I'll Be Your First Mate

This picture was drawn by a five-year old Tamil asylum seeker, living in residential detention, and submitted via one of the detention home workers.

The following statement was submitted with the picture:

At the time [of doing the drawing] she was 5. Still in detention, will probably be until she turns 18 or is sent home to her parents (refoulement). They couldnt afford to pay the people smugglers, so borrowed from a loan shark. This means that both mum and dad are working hard to pay back the loan and couldnt leave the country. The boat ride was traumatic, she was squished under other people for most of the journey. She came with siblings, also young, but no adult. Drawing made just after release from closed detention.

Untitled submission by 5 year old

Shared with permission.



I cannot believe it's nearly four and half years ago that the empire expanded to five W class trams*, yet to have all in service at once has not yet really been achieved.

The family portrait from then.

A lot of decoders and exhibitions have trundled by, along with the extension to the running lines and an inclusion of a depot. After a summer break that did not engage the usual serious intervention*, the consideration once again looks to rollingstock.

The static W5 812 was roughly fitted with a rolling DC chassis at the time but was left like a wallflower on the shelf as the other W's were retro fitted with DCC and lights. This W5 812 was earmarked to be re-imagined as W5 795, but with a little research W5 821 was the only canvas two door W5 painted in the then new corporate green and gold of the metropolitan transit authority, this now saves me a paint job. It was also unsuccessfully fitted with trolley retrievers to the apron, another little detail to differentiate it from the rest. here is my work in progress.

Work in progress

The chassis (Bachmann Mech) with the NCE 13SRJ decoder fitted under the drop center.

W5 821 going for a trundle down Collins St in the City .

The decoder was appropriated from my SW6 870 (since fitted with Blu-rai...

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Thursday, 12 January


2017: Good byes and fresh starts, books, and parenting Streams & Desolations

Its a warm Thursday afternoon in the middle of the summer school holidays. The sun is shining, the cicadas are chirping, and Im listening to classical music. The kids are playing video games and, as always, conveniently not hearing my repeated admonitions to switch off their games and give their eyes a rest from the []

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Friday, 30 December


Something different. VICTORIA_STREET

How does one make a layout a little different and offer some other entertainment. A narrative requires conflict in an effort to define a hero or a villain, enter tank warfare.

These were obtained in the Christmas Day draft that is Kris Kringle at the outlaws.

One of German decent the other somewhat soviet.

While Melbourne avoided direct contact with the enemy during WW2 other than the odd surveillance aircraft sporting bright red dots as an insignia, that what followed with the associated level of domestic anti aircraft fireworks. this city managed to continue on as a hub for munitions and logistics during the great conflict.    

The latest interaction features two small remote control battle tanks of indeterminable scale. but they do offer another dimension of theatre.

These little pieces of conflict are operated on the common remote frequencies of 27Mhz and 40Mhz, their only downfall is that they tend to run at full speed, regardless of straight line speed or turning and under certain circumstances prototypically throw their tank treads thus rendering them disabled.  I may have to 'adjust' their enthusiasm.

These micro examples of warfare use the concept of infra red signals to impact the other, after a four "hits" the receiver is disabled. The entertaining part is that the delivering tank 'recoils' on firing while the victim 'twitches' on  impact.

Waiting its turn at the gates.

The visitors are taking advantage of Oktoberfest at the racecourse.

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Tuesday, 20 December


2016: A fork in the road The Red and Black Architect

It is hard to remain positive reflecting upon the year that is now rapidly drawing to a close. 2016 has been a difficult and particularly disliked year. To the despair of many, the world lost some of its cultural giants, David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen and Mohamed Ali, to name a few. At times it seemed like a week could not pass without another icon leaving our midst.

Australian architecture also lost giants. Paul Pholeros AM the founder and driving force behind Health Habitat, Romaldo Giurgola the architect responsible for Australias New Parliament House, Stephen Ashton from ARM in his AIA Gold Medal year, and another Gold Medallist Peter Corrigan AM, from Edmond and Corrigan all left us in 2016. They will all be greatly missed for what they gave the architecture profession.

Many will look back on 2016 as the year of Brexit and Trump. The year great democracies chose building walls over building bridges. Australia, despite our geographic isolation, has not been left out of this reactionary, fear driven club. Our Federal politicians are building their own fence, around our Parliament House. The house Romaldo Giurgola designed as an expression of our democratic freedoms, is to be undermined by wire and steel, excising the building from the founding ideals of our democracy.

Romaldo Giurgola designed this building so that you had very good access to the people so it expressed freedom, it didnt in any way express exclusivity. Putting a fence around it is putting a noose around it. Glenn Murcutt

The popular thinking for the moment is that if we continue to build walls, fences, detention camps and surveillance we will eventually be able to isolate the good from the evil. We will be able to prevent unwanted people, unwanted ideas and unwanted change. Those within the sanctuary will prosper and those outside it, well who cares about them anyway.

New Parliament House by Romaldo Giurgola

New Parliament House by Romaldo Giurgola

This ideology of divisiveness will not deliver harmony nor prosperity. It will instead harbour inequality and resentment, which are at the very cause of the anger levelled against our democracies and the fear within them.

The real work of an architect today is to have a vision of the future of life
Jean Nouvel

As we approach a new...

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Monday, 12 December


Beyond Sculpture: Melbournes new Habitat Filter The Red and Black Architect

In a city that boasts an impressive collection of freeway architecture and roadside sculpture, Melbournes new Habitat Filter looks to set a new benchmark in urban art.


The Power Street Loop has been an industrial by-product since the construction of CityLink by Transurban in the late 1990s. This island site sits isolated inside a ring of bitumen and fast moving traffic, but is now home to Melbournes latest piece of urban art Habitat Filter.

The project itself is the result of an open design competition held by Transurban. Landcare Australia were looking to re-vegetate and rehabilitate the site, whilst Transurban were also looking for a sculpture that would sit comfortably within the adjacent arts precinct.

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Friday, 09 December


It's beginning to look alot like Christmas VICTORIA_STREET

Another year rolls around and before you know, it's Christmas. Therefore as I have done in years past,
here is this years Christmas card from Victoria Street.

As always I wish all the blog followers the best for the season, the usual rules around safety, the fact the one cannot consume their weight in food and beverages and not suffer the consequences and in the end it's all about quality time with family that involves bringing joy to the little ones.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

From under the tinsel and the wires.

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Wednesday, 07 December


Desivolution The Red and Black Architect

Architecture is a reflection of culture. For architects, understanding and responding to culture through design is a critical part to achieving buildings that resonate with people.   

Architect and Atelier Red+Black co-director Sonia Sarangi, has been investigating the evolving Indian culture in Melbourne which has now led to a solo photographic exhibition at Magnet Gallery in Melbourne.  


The evolution of Indian culture in Melbourne is still very much a work in progress. Whilst many would be familiar with the butter chicken and Bollywood stereotypes, there is far greater diversity and depth to Indian culture than what is commonly portrayed. For Sonia, exploring how the Indian food scene was adapting and thriving within Melbourne was a window into this evolution.


People call Melbourne the sports capital of the world, but I also call it the food capital. Melbourne has so many cultures, people here come from every single part of the globe. We have another restaurant in New York, however the Melbourne restaurant is the original. Usually trends come from the United States, however this is the other way around. One thing I can say, with my hand on my heart, is that Melbourne is way ahead of New York when it comes to food.


Babuji, St Kilda


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Wednesday, 30 November


NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 30 Streams & Desolations

It is finished, and while I hit my 50,000 target word count on Day 25, I continued writing. This is not only the first NaNoWriMo in which I reached 50,000 significantly earlier than the cut-off date, it is also the first one in which I wrote every single day. I cant recall the exact statistics, []


After the epic sports hiatus. VICTORIA_STREET

"With the breaking of the long suffering premiership drought together with the time honoured spring racing carnival on top of the bride absolutely smashing her post graduate studies, services have resumed along Victoria Street."

Other than the odd shuffle of services along Victoria Street, I did make some headway into a drawn out project, my interpretation of MMTB freight 19.

On a mail run to Victoria Street 

The prototype 
(Photo Trams Downunder)

The prototype freight 19 started off as a single truck saloon tram, built by Brill and assembled in Australia, originally plied its trade for the then NMETL (North Melbourne Electric Tramway & Light Company). 

These trams ran services through the inner north west of Melbourne, which connected with the then cable (city) tram at Flemington Bridge to the then outer suburbs of Essendon and Ascot Vale. 

After the consolidation of all municipal tramways under the banner of the MMTB, these little trams found themselves operating on short cross suburban routes until they were retired into freight duties.

These freight duties involved the distribution of departmental mail and supplies from Preston Workshops/stores to outlying tram depots, as trams they could access deep into the sheds over pits to deposit such items as brake blocks plus other bits and pieces. 


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Sunday, 30 September


ART COLONY "IndyWatch Feed"

Montsalvat was originally established as a true artists colony in over 12 acres situated in Eltham, an outer suburb of Melbourne, Australia. It was founded by architect and artist Justus Jrgensen (1893-1975) in 1934. It is home to a small hamlet of various buildings, houses and halls set amongst extensive established gardens. The colony of Montsalvat reflects very much the life of Justus Jrgensen and his friends and family.

Architecturally, Montsalvat has much in common with a simple French village in Provence revealing a mix of rustic architectural styles. There is very much a European village feel to the place! The picturesque buildings are surrounded by lawns and gardens.

The Great Hall of Montsalvat is like a European Manor House. Today it is used for exhibitions, receptions and concerts. Much of the art of Jorgensen is exhibited here, as well as the art of his contemporaries.

This post is part of the My Sunday Best meme,
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and also part of the Photo Sunday meme.


MIUC 021018: Tommy Gun presents - Stroker (US) + guests Experimental Melbourne


9/10: S.L..T.U.R.(ISL); Shoshana Rosenberg(WA)/Sam Dunscomb/Aviva Endean/Michiko Ogawa; Dan OConnor(WA)/Sage Pbbbt; Jim Denley(NSW)/Noel Meek(NZ)
16/10: Rogue Three; Hot to Rot; Shit to the Spirit(Erkki Veltheim)




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Friday, 25 November


NaNoWriMo Day 25 Streams & Desolations

I just reached the 50,438 words count so now its official I have attained the title of NaNoWriMo Winner* for the fourth year in a row with my rambling, chronologically confused and in-desperate-need-of-editing sci-fi fantasy Chloes War. And quite frankly, I want to keep writing it. While Im glad I finished it before the []

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Tuesday, 22 November


Finally - the Happy Thoughts Tobacco sign on High Street Thornbury Finding the radio book

I've been meaning to post this for a couple of weeks - the first decent uncovering in quite a while. (I've had issues with my phone not being recognised by my new computer...)

The Happy Thoughts Tobacco sign has recently been revealed in High Street Thornbury - an area of northern Melbourne that has taken the mantle of the latest hipster epicentre. And so it's not entirely unrelated that this part of our city is now "apartment development central", hence the tearing down of the building that has hidden this sign for nearly a century.

You can see the sign was painted by the Hancock and Taylor firm:

 A quick search on Google shows that Happy Thoughts was produced by a local company called Dudgeon & Arnell Pty Ltd. These guys had a knack for kooky promotions it seems:



NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 22 Streams & Desolations

Current word count: 45,970/50,000 words. Todays writing soundtrack: ABC Classic FM radio (and the sound of one of the neighbours dogs howling ugh people, please: if you cant give a dog the attention he or she needs to be psychologically healthy, maybe you ought to not have a dog. Keeping a highly sociable pet []

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Monday, 21 November


The dark side of architectural education The Red and Black Architect

Architecture is one of the most intense university courses one can pursue.  Chelsea Doorne, a fourth year Master of Architecture student, shines a torch on the dark side of the architecture student experience. 

Architecture school and dedication are synonymous, however more often than not, this devotion to the art of design comes at a cost.

A recent survey conducted by the Architects Journal documented that 1 in 4 architecture students are suffering from mental health issues, with a further 26% stating that they would likely seek treatment and professional help in the future. This is hardly surprising given that when searching architecture student, images of solitary students crouched over models are accompanied by a smattering of memes depicting feelings of rejection, chaos, and most predominantly, forced insomnia. This deeply embedded culture of overworking and negativity is one of the primary reasons why mental health is such a prevalent issue within the architectural student community.

Long hours are one of the most recognisable traits of the architecture student community, with almost 1 in 3 students reporting that they work through the night on a regular basis. This common place experience of sleep deprivation within architecture school is widely known and also referenced by a number of blogs such as architorture school. Among students, stating your longest time awake can become akin to a competition, and often be seen as an implied level of success in the studio realm. This normalising of nocturnal study isnt just supported by students, with there being an expectation to work throughout the night imposed by many tutors. The large workload of the degree, noted as being one of the heaviest, can also contribute to the frequency of all-nighters with the design process demanding an unquantifiable number of hours. It is common for a designer to feel that the process is never truly complete, even when the final deadline has long passed. With one often feeling as though a large amount of improvements which can be made, unlike a finance report, for instance, which is completed when all the data has been entered.

The ever present threat of time, or lack thereof, is added to by the expectation of students to work part time in firms to gain experience and in the case of some universities, it is a requirement for graduation. In a course where, particularly at Masters level, most timetables demand the full five days of study, many students are skipping classes to satisfy these demands. The high requirement of these hours along with the prevalence of some internships that (illegally) pay in experience over money, lead to many students experiencing financial difficulties throughout their degree. Although the job market for architects is currently looking positive, it is also highly competitive and many universities no longer offer study placement programs, making these positions increasingly difficult to secure. This stress of gaining necessary, yet difficult to find experience, coupled with the already stressful study period is a large contributing factor to the poor mental health of architecture students.

These monetary stresses extend into the cost of study which is notoriously expensive. While university text books are expensive across the board, the constant need to print and construct models can often blow an already tight student budget, with some models costing in excess of $300, and printing frequently exceeding $100 per presentation. These expenses (coupled with expensive software, computers and the cost of travel for site visits), can force many students to switch to a part-time load, adding time to an already lengthy degree.

The overarching costs of the degree as a whole, when coupled with poor pay and employment prospects, paint a bleak outlook for the average architecture student.

The critique or design review of the architecture degree is well known from day one in architecture school, and the negative stigma that...

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Wednesday, 16 November


NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 16: in which I hardly mention NaNo at all Streams & Desolations

So, NaNo, hey? 35,928/50,000 words at the start of Day 16. Like, how?! In previous years I wouldve been lucky to be 19,000+ words into writing by this stage. Maybe practice makes perfect. The more terrible novels I write, the slightly less terrible they become each time. But Ive been drifting a bit and getting []

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Tuesday, 15 November


NaNoWriMo 2016: Days 11-15 Streams & Desolations

Friday, 11 November Child No. 2 had her annual concert costume fitting and photo portrait day at ballet school, which meant having to tap out the days word count as early as possible in order to prepare all the make up and hair styling products. Funny how motherhood so often entails being multi-skilled at a []

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Sunday, 13 November


Negotiating Form: Q+A with Kerstin Thompson (Part 2) The Red and Black Architect

Recently Michael Smith and Sonia Sarangi sat down for an in depth conversation with Kerstin Thompson, one of Melbournes most highly respected architects, to discuss the built environment, form making and the relentless negotiation required to create excellent architecture.

This is the second part of the interview, to read from the beginning click here

Timber detail from Deakin University School of Architecture and Building, Kerstin Thompson Architects

Timber detail from Deakin University School of Architecture and Building, Kerstin Thompson Architects


Michael Smith: Previously youve spoken about your architecture as being a gradient architecture. Is this a conscious benchmark or is it a result of the process?

Kerstin Thompson: I wrote about gradients a long time ago the thinking came from a classic late 80s training in architecture where all oppositions were being challenged. Anything that was black or white I was always looking for the grey. You think about things on a spectrum rather than one or the other. The article reflected on the kinds of formal outcomes a gradient architecture might offer. I think that idea still permeates through a lot of our projects where the situation presented is not an either or its an in-between and you need to formulate a response to that.

In relation to our Deakin School of Architecture and Built Environment / A+B this idea of gradients relates to different kinds of spaces and how they relate to each other. The schools existing floorplan was highly cellular and comprised of discrete spaces. We shifted this to a more fluid arrangement, rethinking the formal binaries of public vs private spaces, smaller spaces to bigger spaces, intimate space/open space, quiet space/loud space. Exploring the space between these two ends is often an important driver our projects. You offer a range of spaces and it makes available different sorts of positions; people find their preference and make their choices within that.

MS: So it is a deliberate strategy to put that in?

KT: Yes I think it is. It came from when I was teaching in th...

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Thursday, 10 November


NaNoWriMo 2016 Days 8, 9, 10 Streams & Desolations

Current word count, as at 10 November 2016: 23,092/50,000 words. Im doing way better on word count this time around, as compared to previous years. Its quite exciting! Its Thursday morning here in Melbourne and I think that like a lot of the rest of the world who followed the US elections with considerable interest, []

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Monday, 07 November


NaNoWriMo 2016 Days 5,6,7 Streams & Desolations

Its Day 7 of NaNoWriMo here in Melbourne, Australia. What started out as a sunny spring day is now clouding over, as a north wind blows warm pollen-heavy air across the hills and into my sinuses. God bless the inventor of antihistamines. I just noticed that the NaNoWriMo widget at the bottom of my WordPress []


Negotiating Form: Q+A with Kerstin Thompson (Part 1) The Red and Black Architect

Kerstin Thompson is one of Australias most respect architects. Her practice Kerstin Thompson Architects was established in 1994 and has delivered architectural excellence across a broad spectrum of project types from education projects, police stations and commercial fit outs, as well as multi-residential and single bespoke homes. Recently Michael Smith and Sonia Sarangi sat down for an in depth conversation with Kerstin to discuss the built environment, form making and the relentless negotiation required to create excellent architecture.


Kerstin Thompson


Michael Smith: As one of Melbournes leading architects, how do you evaluate the development of our city? What do you think were doing well and where do we need to lift our game?

Kerstin Thompson: I often bang on about how housing matters because most construction activity is housing. If you get housing wrong youre buggering up your city. In my teaching in Wellington, but also in my practice here, I often lead research around higher density forms of housing. Recently one of my thesis students did an interim presentation to an academic from Newcastle University on the topic and his comment was its so unusual seeing thesis projects on housing. In Newcastle we think its too hard so we dont encourage students to tackle it. I thought what a failure not to ask students to think about a substantial part of the citys formation.

MS: Its an extraordinary approach.

KT: It is. Im always surprised that housing is seen as a prosaic topic in universities, that its not viewed as a place for innovation and good thinking. I think were realizing that Melbourne, despite priding itself on its architectural cultural, is missing the mark in terms of housing quality. This crisis is reflected in the design of minimum standards but its 10 years too late. That said, any turnaround is something.

MS: That leads directly into my second question, which is exactly on those draft apartment standards. Are they a good result or a missed opportunity?

KT: Theyre a good start. Minimum size always alarms me because I do think there are cases where size is not the determinant of a living spaces quality or public realm benefit. Wh...

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Friday, 04 November


NaNoWriMo 2016 Days 3 + 4 Streams & Desolations

DAY 3 started out very well. I smashed out 1700 words very quickly, caught up with a friend for coffee, uploaded some new art to my RedBubble portfolio, picked up the kids from school, took them to the public library for our weekly book borrowing session, Child No. 2 got to ballet lessons on time []

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Thursday, 20 October


Art Stall Market Silent Image - Blog

On 30/10/2016 I am to set up a Art stall at The Beehive Market Sun 12 PM  The Hood  Preston, VIC. 

I plan on selling various digital art, a few original pieces as well as cards/post cards.

We will see how it goes.

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Saturday, 29 September


Why did America's Republican Party lurch to the right, and the Democrats lurch to the centre? ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly

Over the past 150 years, The Republican Party/Grand Old Party moved from a racially progressive, Northern party.. to one that that dominates the South and gets almost no support from non-white voters. These changes are totally counter-intuitive to a non-American historian, so I have examined three historians: Annabelle Quince, Natalie Wolchover and Tim Stanley.

The Whigs formed in opposition to the policies of Democratic President, Andrew Jackson (182937). The Whigs supported the supremacy of the US Congress over the Presidency, and favoured a programme of modernisation, banking and protectionism for manufacturing. It appealed to entrepreneurs, planters, reformers and the growing urban middle class, but not to labourers and farmers.

Slavery was only one of many issues in the countrys politics then, usually relatively minor. The American South based its economy on the enslavement of non-whites, and the two major parties, Democrats and Whigs, were willing to let the Southern states be. But when most Whigs eventually quit politics or changed parties over slavery, the northern voter base moved to the new Republican Party.

America acquired a vast amount of territory from Mexico in 1848. There was a struggle between the northern and southern states over whether the new territory should be settled with slavery, and not. If slavery had expanded, it could have undercut free workers. America would have become a nation that was controlled by 1% of the very wealthy, educated, white, male population. Northerners worried about America privileging equality for whites.

The Republican Party, founded 1854 in Michigan, opposed slavery. And northerners did not know if Kansas and Nebraska would enter the Union as free or slave states. They feared that the South would dominate US politics, instituting slavery everywhere. It would also cut off opportunity for free white labourers. While not abolishing existing slavery, the new northern Republican Party stopped it expanding.

By 1858, Republicans dominated the Northern states and espoused free labour, free land and free men. The Republican Party won both houses of Congress in 1860 and the partys first candidate, Abraham Lincoln, became president.

Southern slaveholders still wanted to ignore the northern Republican Party. In 1861 11 states seceded from the Union to form a new nation, the Confederate States of America. And when Northerners would not tolerate secession, the Civil War began. The Norths first aim was merely to restore the South to the Union, not to free slaves. But as the war dragged on, strategic imperatives pulled Lincoln and the Republicans toward Abolition.

The American Civil War  of 1861-5 left hundreds of thousands dead and the South's infrastructure destroyed. Lincoln successfully steered the country through the crisis and was loved by northerners. But immediately after the southern army surrendered, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

The Civil War was the focus of President Lincolns speech, 
delivered to a joint session of Congress in 1862.

Republican President Lincoln's vice pr...


Flora 04 031117Mixed media (flora, watercolour and ink) matthew schiavello: photos and words

 Flora 04 031117

Mixed media (flora, watercolour and ink)


Blindfold Test - The Burrow - 5 Oct 2018 Experimental Melbourne

Blindfold Test: a showcase of instrument builders

Friday 5 October, 7:30pm
The Burrow (formerly Aeso), 83 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
A showcase of Melbourne instrument builders - new, developing and established - performing with their creations in three duos:

Clinton Green & Ernie Althoff - perform their back-to-back prepared turntable work 'Blindfold test' -

Tina Douglas & Michelle Nguyen - Michelle builds reactive audio sculptures and sound-triggering slime pots. Tina uses conductive painting and objects to trigger sound - This is their first time playing together.

Jen Tait & Zela Papageorgiou - Zela is a percussionist who has been mentored by Speak Percussion in instrument building and worked with a variety of unconventional objects. Jen (of Squirrel Pancake, Is There a Hotline? and many more) builds electronic thumb pianos and makes music with odd household items - . This is a first-time duo as well.

There will also be an opportunity for informal discussion about the instruments used, approaches taken, etc.

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Wednesday, 19 October


A few from France and Germany Finding the radio book

It's been a while! I've just returned from a quick and intense family trip to France and Germany and managed to snap a few signs in passing. I actually saw a lot more than shown here: some were impossible to photograph from high-speed trains (including some great wall-sized signs in Paris' outer suburbs) and others were encountered when my phone had run out of power. C'est la vie. So here are the few I did manage to snap.

 Montmartre, Paris:


 Somewhere in the north of Paris:

Strasbourg - only just got the building side in time in this bad shot:


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Monday, 17 October


The Salt Lake Band bring music and culture of Groote Eylandt to Yabun Festival "IndyWatch Feed"

All the way from Groote Eyelandt in the Northern Territory, the 11 member Salt Lake Band will make history next January when they become the largest band to ever grace the stage at Yabun Festival, one of the nations biggest and longest running annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and culture events.

Formally known as Yantarrgna Band (after lead singer/song-writer Brandon Yantarrgna), Salt Lake Band consist of brothers, uncles, cousins and grandfathers, all hailing from the Warnindilyakwa family group.

Were feeling really proud and excited that our mob, Groote Eylandt, Warnindilyakwa mob, from Top End, Gulf of Carpentaria, can have a voice in Sydney at Yabun with all our Koori brothers and sisters, we have never travelled that far from our Island, says Basil Mamarika, a young elder and spokesman of the Umbakumba community and member of Salt Lake Band.

The name of Salt Lake Band springs from a special part of the band members traditional lands, bringing with it their song-lines and Dreamings, all sung in Anindilyakwa language. Mixing rock, blues and reggae, and incorporating the band members totems of dugong, turtle, whale, dolphin, seagull and shark, Salt Lake Bands songs share the sacredness and potency of the Warnindilyakwa Dreamtime.

The Salt Lake Band share a 10 year history and have headlined at several major Indigenous music and cultural events including Garma, Barunga, and the Alice Springs Bush Bands Bash. Based in their home community of Umbakumba (which has a total population of 350 people) the bands language group is distinct from Yolngu, belonging exclusively to Groote Eyelandt.

Proud representatives of their language group and culture, Salt Lake Band have gained the financial support of their own Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC) to make the long trek to Sydney in order to share their music and culture with the Yabun audience, providing a special added cultural element to the 2017 Yabun Festival which already features esteemed Indigenous artists Kev Carmody and Warren H Williams.

The Top End continues to be such a wellspring of vibrant and unique Aboriginal music and artistry and we are absolutely thrilled to showcase some of that proud legacy and culture at the 2017 Yabun Festival, says Yabun Festival Producer, Miah Wright.

This will be one of the few times that a Top End band has performed at Yabun and is set to be one of the most special moments in the events 15 year history.

Yabun Festival takes places at Victoria Park in Camperdown on January 26, 2017 (10:00am 7:00pm).

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Thursday, 13 October


Halloween Special Filmonik #34 Filmonik Melbourne

In October Filmonik #34 will be back in its original Monday night slot and it just so happens that the last Monday of October is Halloween day. Come costumed (trashy prizes for best costume) and try to come with a horror/suspense/weird/genre/thriller/mysterious film but, as always, any genre will be accepted.

Filmonik - Halloween

Filmonik Halloween

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Monday, 10 October


Perform at Yabun Festivals Corroboree Ground "IndyWatch Feed"

Held each year on January 26 at Victoria Park in inner Sydney, Yabun Festivals Corroboree Ground features traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance performances occurring throughout the day.

Corroboree Ground has become one of the most popular elements of the annual Yabun Festival, the largest annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in New South Wales that draws over 20 000 people each year. Corroboree Ground provides a unique space to celebrate the vitality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures on Survival Day.

Yabun Festival welcomes expressions of interest from traditional dance groups from across the country to perform at the 2017 Yabun Festival.

To register your interest and receive more information on performance rates, please complete the online form.

Expressions of interest will close on September 30.



Council Election Special: Q+A with Councillor Rohan Leppert The Red and Black Architect

In many ways it is the local council level of government which has the most profound impact on our built environment. In most cases they are the first line of decision making for buildings seeking planning approval and they also have a very significant role to play in the formation of local planning strategies and regulations. Right now the 79 local governments across Victoria are in election mode, with the postal ballots being accepted until Friday 21 October.

In this election special, The Red+Black Architect spoke exclusively with Councilor Rohan Leppert from the Melbourne City Council. Rohan is one of very few councilors across the state with any formal training in planning or architecture.

Red+Black Architect  Youre currently studying a masters of urban planning and environment. How has this influenced your decision making process when considering planning applications?

Cr Rohan Leppert Its a really good question. Im only half way through the degree which is quite theoretical and Ive not had to do too much technical work yet. To be perfectly honest, the work Ive been doing at council has been influencing my work in uni much more so than the other way round. Its good, I appreciate having a much more solid understanding of the history of planning in Victoria to when Im applying my role as a decision maker on planning applications and planning scheme amendments at the city of Melbourne. In many ways, I think it improves the quality of my work at the city of Melbourne. Im in a very fortunate position.

CR Rohan Leppert

CR Rohan Leppert

R+BA  From what youve seen of how the council operates and the various councillors, how they vote and questions they ask. Do you think that the other councillors have a genuine understanding of what theyre deciding upon or it is very much a case that theyre relying on their officers to sort of hold their hands through the process?

Cr RL  Well there are eleven councillors and I think its fair to say there are eleven different understandings of the role of a councillor. Thats natural and inevitable. Well before I went back to do more study in this area, Ive been on the public record being quite critical of the lack of training available to councillors at the beginni...

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Thursday, 06 October


Creating the Permaculture Designers Manual: Andrew Jeeves interview on life with Bill Mollison "IndyWatch Feed"

This is our first week without Bill Mollison.
Our rascal-genius, founder of Permaculture, has finally gone to that big haystack in the sky.

Bill, you are loved and missed, and always will be.

The Bill Stories are all coming out of the woodwork, being told around the campfires of the world, as we all get sad together. 

 Bill Mollison was known for the way he would enter intense creative relationships with others, sometimes lasting for days, sometimes years.  Here I interview artist, writer, systems-thinker and action-man, Andrew Jeeves.  Andrew and Reny Mia Slay were the crew behind the extraordinary Permaculture Designers' Manual. Here is Andrew's Story. 

Cecilia: What was it like creating the Permaculture Designers Manual, day to day?

Andrew Jeeves: Hard work. Bill used to read voraciously. In those day hard copy no internet. Anything that was interesting hed rip out of a magazine or write a note or photocopy and throw it in a old tea chest in the corner. After a few years, when the the chest was full, Bill said, Time to write a book. So we all got together and poured out the contents of the tea chest on the floor and grabbed a handful and started to organise things into categories. Until we had 40 piles on the floor and the everything was catego...

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Sunday, 02 October


Living in a parallel universe VICTORIA_STREET

As one of those that models a small scale tramway, one tends to heavily invoke the modellers licence; but what if your slightly obscure view of your small empire became reality?


X1 460 (an old Footscray Tram) leads SW6 964
across the crossover heading off to the football
Victoria Street is my little microcosm of the tramways that run in the western suburbs of Melbourne, while not true to any particular part that exists due to the ever dynamic streetscape that is an inner urban environment.

I have kitbashed various buildings with verandas together with rather local signage to offer an experience of familiarity.  A combination of local and nostalgia breathes life to Victoria Street. 

This weekend stuff did happen, my little empire may have cross pollinated life as we know it, because I for my own amusement had populated the local streetscape with small copies of the 1954 premiership banner poster from the long forgone Melbourne Herald newspaper celebrating the Footscray Bulldogs grand final victory. 

The Milk Bar


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Friday, 23 September


Kev Carmody headlines 2017 Yabun Festival "IndyWatch Feed"

Renowned Aboriginal troubadour, Kev Carmody, will headline the 15th annual Yabun Festival in Sydney on January 26, 2017. Other artists who will perform at Yabun Festival in 2017 include Red Ochre and Deadly Award winning country music artist Warren H Williams (joined by emerging artist Dani Young), Aboriginal rock n roll icon Vic Simms, Sydney based blues artist Marlene Cummins, soul music performer and former The X-Factor star Rochelle Pitt, National Indigenous Music Award winning hip hop artist Philly, and popular reggae/dub band Oka.

Kev Carmody grew up in the Western Darling Downs area of Southern Queensland, his initial inspirations coming from the rural and oral traditions of his Irish and Aboriginal grandparents. Kev released his first album Pillars of Society in 1988 and is among the most esteemed Australian singer songwriters and Aboriginal musicians. In 2009, Kev was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

The music of Kev Carmody has impacted countless people over the past four decades, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike, he is one of our most treasured and significant Australian artists and we are absolutely thrilled to have Kev as our headliner for the 2017 Yabun Festival, said Yabun Festival Producer, Miah Wright.

Established in 2001, Yabun (meaning music to a beat in Gadigal language) is one of the nations largest annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural gatherings, and Sydneys biggest Aboriginal music event. Held each year on January 26 at Victoria Park in Camperdown, Yabun Festival is a free event that features live music, a bustling stalls market, panel discussions and community forums on Aboriginal issues, a wide range of childrens activities including art, sport and culture workshops, and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural performances staged at the Corroboree Ground. In 2016, over 20 000 people attended Yabun.

As well as featuring some real legends of Aboriginal music, Yabun will be showcasing plenty of emerging talent in 2017, and the Corroboree Ground will once again bring traditional Aboriginal culture to the heart of Sydney, Yabun welcomes all people to join us for this one of a kind celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, said Ms Wright.

Former Yabun Festival headline performers have included Bart Willoughby, Archie Roach, Dan Sultan and Jessica Mauboy. The 2017 Yabun Festival will take place at Victoria Park in Camperdown, Sydney, on January 26, beginning at 10:00am and finishing at 6:00pm. Yabun Festival is supported by Australia Council, City Of Sydney, Arts NSW, Destination NSW, NSW Aboriginal Land Council, and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

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Wednesday, 21 September


There is always something on the go. VICTORIA_STREET

Since the exhibition, the layout sat fallow in the study for over a month, still as the three disjointed modules that were placed there on the Sunday evening after the exhibition.  This is mainly due to the bride entering the final furlong of her post graduate studies, which in turn places me in the chief role of kid wrangler (3), until Melbourne Cup week (early November). 

With the modules not connected, this allowed some housekeeping to be performed between organising food relief (dinner) and emergency sessions of the UN Security Council (peacekeeping).
- some street lights at the junction were finally connected. 
- an external socket and switch installed to the front end of railway station module.
- an introduction into the realm of Bluetooth technology. 

Lights are on.

The intersection of Victoria St and Albert Rd is now illuminated by street light which improves operational safety for tram services heading to and from the Ammo Factory of a night time.

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Sunday, 18 September


Filmonik #33 Filmonik Melbourne

The next Filmonik is in one week, prepare your edgiest, most twisted, sexy, musical, urban, underground short films because its on a Saturday on Saturdays we party. Screening will start earlier at 6:30pm sharp. Loop Lounge Saturdays with Tom Ambroz after the screening.



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Monday, 12 September


Filmonik #32 Filmonik Melbourne

Loop Bar, 7:00pm, Thursday, 25th August

On Thursday, 25th August around 6:30pm, shadowy figures gravitated from Bourke Street Tram Stop 9, Parliament Railway Station and the many dark adjoining lanes, towards Meyers Place and the subdued lighting of the Loop Bar Melbournes new home for amateur filmmakers.

The friendly Filmonik aficionados greeted old friends and regulars, and welcomed new visitors to a typically relaxed, fun filled night of free amateur films and leaning on the Loop Bar.

Filmonik #32 had ten new movies and a live music interval by Filmonik organizer Glyn Francis on acoustic guitar and singer Renee Bufton on guitar and violin.

After an intro by Iphigenie Frey the program was launched by a delightful film from Argentina.

Birds of Prey  by Leandro Olgiati (Argentina)

Director Leandro Olgiati based his beautiful coming of age film on an existing short story. It was shot on a Canon T3i, over four days outside San Juan, Argentina, with teenage actors, and the post production was completed in only seven days. The Filmonik audience was entranced by the relaxed, natural acting of the three boys (Bruno and brothers Marcos and Matias). All agreed that the cinematography was a standout with exceptional close ups of the actors expressive faces. It was a simple story of three friends who all come to notice the intrusion into their world of a girl from the city and are each affected in different ways. She comes and goes through their lives and at their age, she changes some forever. Leandros short film was perfectly realized and a great opening to the evening.

Pin 16 by B.J. Hill (Melbourne)

B.J. holds the record for presenting new videos at more Filmoniks than anyone and is the master of stop motion. We watched glasses fill and empty mysteriously, biscuits appear and disappear on rotating plates and the black hand of the director patiently animating everyday objects into a strange but ongoing narrative. We know B.J. will back next month with more dancing delicacies.


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Friday, 28 September



At the Darebin Parklands in suburban Melbourne.

This post is part of the Nature Notes meme,
and also part of the Skywatch Friday meme,
and also part of the Friday Photo Journal meme.


Tacit Art Galleries September 2018 Black Mark

Tacit Art Galleries in Collingwood is a well designed series of small to medium sized spaces. To avoid peoples minds become numb the gallery floors, walls and ceilings varied. Floors of wood, concrete and even a carpet. High ceilings with skylights and low ceilings with more artificial light. The carpet was in the black walled print room where in small individually lite niches where Mel Kerr was exhibiting digital drawings of menacing black birds. Aside from appreciating the design of the gallery amongst the dozen exhibitions that I saw at Tacit this week were:

Brenda Walsh

Brenda Walsh, Sad Clown

Brenda Walshs The Ark is a series of oil paintings that references to art history in a drowned world, the climate catastrophe for humans and animals. A polar bear dressed as the clown in Watteaus Pierrot; Walsh chooses images from extinct art movements from French Rococo to German Romanticism. These catastrophic scenes, the lamb of god staying afloat with a yellow buoyancy vest replacing the halo, are so much deeper than Walshs earlier paintings with cats and dogs in parodies of famous paintings.


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Wednesday, 31 August


Look what arrived in the mail today... Finding the radio book


Finally, after three years from idea to completion - the world's first scholarly book on ghost signs is in my grubby little hands. Inside its pages are 22 chapters about ghost signs from Australia, the UK, US, Belgium, Peru and Vietnam, by a great group of academics, sign painters, historians, conservators, marketers and psychologists around the globe. It's been an enormous amount of work and to be honest I'm very glad it's all over - but also very glad it's here too.

It describes the book as "the first scholarly collection to examine the social and cultural aspects on the worldwide interest in the faded remains of advertising signage (popularly known as ghost signs). Contributors to this volume examine the complex relationships between the signs and those who commissioned them, painted them, viewed them and view them today. Topics covered include cultural memory, urban change, modernity and belonging, local history and place-making, the crowd-sourced use of online mobile and social media to document and share digital artefacts, retro design and the resurgence in interest in the handmade."

As a hardback academic book with a limited market it's also very expensive - but it will come out in paperback in 12 months or so. Also, Google Books has some snippets if you'd like to peek inside :)

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Thursday, 18 August

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Wednesday, 17 August


The Sunshine Report. VICTORIA_STREET

Another exhibition done and dusted, the Sunshine Model Railway Club by their reports had a reasonably good turn out over the weekend of the 6th & 7th of August, to myself it felt busy at times but not too crowded, with the punters easing off during the last hour or so on both days.

Plenty of natural light at Sunshine.

There were two main points of interest with the layout, trams as opposed to trains, and the use of wifi control with smartphones/tablets with  JMRI and DCC. 

The tram angle with the JMRI works as it allows tight head ways and independent operation with the ability to wander from one terminus to the other whilst in some form of control. 

The other great feedback was how detailed the layout is and also how given its compact size offered plenty of operational scope. 

The exhibition was another chance to catch up with a few familiar faces and  put faces to names on people who follow this blog. There was plenty of variety of layouts on show, ranging from Z scale to G scale live steam covering Australian, British, European and U.S. prototypes, along with the usual traders.

On the Sunday, I was assisted by my oldest daughter which eased the load of having something on the move while chatting with the public. 

As per usual, there were a few dramas, such as stalling, derailments and the odd bit of bang roading together with a complete shutdown of the JMRI when the eldest turned off the laptop, but these add character as well as a few more grey hairs. 

The other thing that dragging out the layout does is it gives you a chance to view it from different angles and from a distance.  The pack up was pretty swift, the exhibition closed at 4pm and the car was packed and the key in the ignition by 4:27 and was home by 4:45 after swinging by the bottle shop(off licence/liquor store).


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Monday, 01 August


Toil: A Poem by Caitlin McGregor I'll Be Your First Mate

*trigger warning: sexual and physical abuse; violence against women, violence against children*




like stones being swallowed

into a little girls stomach,

a baby drops from its mothers birth canal

face first into a pit of barbed wire


I was raped on Nauru


through a tiny crack

leak trickles of blood

and dirt too hot to touch

the crack is quickly filled with putty


I have been very sick


sorry little girl

there is no room on the fridge

for such a sad drawing

but 8739, what an exotic name


I have never said that I did not want a termination


there are white mens hands

in a womans body

there is blood on their shirtsleeves

but they wont remove their hands


I never saw a doctor


skin and bones plead and burn

babies are lined up on the floor

guards spread the legs of women and children

maybe no one knows were here


I saw a nurse at a clinic but there was no counselling


you have been told a lie

they have taken advantage of you

you have been ripped apart

and I understand you will feel very angry about that


I saw a nurse at villawood but there was no interpreter


tell anyone who seeks to follow you

that they should not do it

or theyll end up in a similar circumstance

or much, much worse


I asked but was not allowed to talk to my lawyer


look tony, look scott

here come pete and poor old mal

here boys, take these before we run away

the keys to the gulag


Please help me


like to dislike

share to spread the word

hold your children a little tighter

before you tuck them in tonight


Maybe no one knows were here



*Some lines in this poem are paraphases of Scott Morrisons recorded speech to asylum seekers in 2014; some are adaptations of lyrics from Nick Caves O Children; and some are direct quotes from a letter written by an asylum seeker referred to as Abyan by the media when her case made news in late 2015*


This poem was originally published in Farrago, Issue 3, 2016.


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Sunday, 17 July


The Six O'Clock Swill Beside the Yarra

You knock off work at 5pm.

It's been a long day and you decide to go to a bar for a drink with some of your workmates.

It's a mixed group, men and women, and you split up at the entrance. The girls go into the ladies lounge, and the blokes go in via a separate door to the public bar.

Inside, the bar is hot, crowded and smokey. The main area is crammed, wall to wall, with the heaving bodies of the city's workers. Everyone is drinking beer and smoking cigarettes.

You push your way to the bar and order a couple of beers. You and your mates take it in turns getting the rounds in.

People yell and argue, and a few scuffles break out. You can barely hear yourself talk. You are jostled constantly, and beer slops on your clothes. There is beer all over the floor, and your shoes are damp.

At ten to six, the barman rings a bell, and all hell breaks loose. The atmosphere, already boiling, erupts into a mad frenzy. 

As one, every punter in the place makes a lunge for the bar, everyone shouting for five beers each. They snatch the schooners up as they are poured, and start chugging them down as quickly as they can, gulping the beer in huge, breathless gasps. 

The Six O'Clock Swill has begun.

Melbourne beer ad, prior to WWI.

In 1910, Melbourne was a city with a powerful thirst.

With one bar for every 120 people (the current ratio is more than three times this), alcohol was one of the city's most popular, and lucrative, past times. Stopping at the pub on the way home from work was a daily ritual for a majority of the city's workers, and the industry had expanded to meet this enormous demand.

Alcohol was cheap, readily available, and heavy drinking an accepted part of everyday life.

Temperance movement, anti alcohol poster.

The downside to was as you would expect; high rates of alcoholism, and alcohol related health problems. Also claimed, although not universally accepted, was that the level of drinking had lead to increased property crime and domestic violence.

Campaigning for more moderate alcohol consumption and stricter government control, the local Temperance movement became prominent in Australia's major cities, Temperance Halls were established, where serving alcohol was prohibited, and regular anti-booze demonstrations organised.

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Wednesday, 13 July


The wire is up! VICTORIA_STREET

Finally the trolley wire is up left of the railway bridge on Victoria Street. 

After about eighteen months since the beginning of construction of the new modules, (the depot, the junction and the Ammo factory), the trolley wire sits resplendent above the rails. 
Now to be quite honest, I thought I would not be able to get this up before the Sunshine model railway club exhibition, the first weekend of August; however the lucky combination of an early shift and and the bride heading off with the kids to her parents for a few days during the school holidays allowed myself to knock over this task. 

The method of hanging wire is a bit of a dark art that requires a little planning and a fair crack of patience. 

The materials that I use for this project are;
- coat hanger wire (span poles)
- multi strand copper earth cable
- craft beads (insulators)
- PVA and five minute epoxy glue
- a sharp felt tipped marker pen

A collection of hobby tools required are;
- a soldering iron and solder
- small side cutters
- a 300mm/12" steel rule
- a cutting mat
- a few spring loaded clothes pegs

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Tuesday, 12 July


A few Hurstbridge signs Finding the radio book

It's been a while since I've posted here - life's kinda got in the way of late :) So now I've got this ridiculous backlog of ghost sign pics...will try to clear it over the next little while. Stay tuned.

But first, some signs I snapped the other day in the main drag of Hurstbridge, including a fabbo Nestles sign uncovered by a billboard removal on an old grocery.

Oh, and PS: After over two years of work, WE'VE HANDED IN THE FINAL PROOFS FOR OUR GHOST SIGNS ACADEMIC BOOK!! It should be out soon...the blurb is here:

Note that it will be only available in ridiculously expensive hardback for the first 12 months, then out in more reasonable paperback after that.

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Sunday, 10 July


Melbourne in the 70's - Photo Gallery Beside the Yarra

Please note: The following photos have been sourced from public domain sites, or other blogs. Please contact me if any of the images I have used violate copyright, and I will remove. 


Bon Scott at North Altona Tech, 1975.

Melbourne Sharps.

Factory workers in South Melbourne

Lillian Frank attends the opening night of 'Hair', the musical. 1971.

Bjorn and Frida from ABBA, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, 1977.


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Sunday, 26 June


Evan Dando at The Hi Fi Beside the Yarra

The Lemonheads in 1987.

The Lemonheads were formed by a group of high school friends in Boston in 1986.

They came to prominence in the early 90s; their jangling guitars and bittersweet, melodic pop songs finding a place among the alt-rock music that dominated the era. Their 1992 album, It's a Shame About Ray, was a critical and commercial success, and one of the defining records of the era.

Evan Dando, 1992. Note the 'Smudge' tshirt.

Lemonheads frontman Evan Dando seemed like the quintessential 90s rockstar; sensitive, laconic, scruffy, and largely unchanged by success. Dando was the one constant in the band as it developed, with other musicians coming and going regularly. He also had a documented drug problem, and his behaviour was erratic at times.

But his sweet voice and facility with wistful lyrics always shone through, whatever turbulence had occurred in the background.

By the time the 90s became the 2000s, The Lemonheads were defunct (splitting in 1997)  and Dando was performing as a solo artist.

But his recorded output since the band had ended consisted of only one live album, 2001's Live at the Brattle Theatre, which served to showcase an artist resting on former glory; his set list made up of old Lemonheads songs and covers. In the intervening years, Dando's drug and alcohol problems had worsened and the artists behaviour had become increasingly eccentric and unpredictable. He sometimes appeared disorientated in interviews, and struggled to finish his sets when onstage.

Then, things seemed to take a turn for the better.

In 2003, Dando finally recorded his first solo album of new material, Baby I'm Bored. This was accompanied by a much publicised detox and a change to a healthier lifestyle. The new, improved Dando would support his album with a world tour, a showcase for his reinvigorated talent, body and mind.

Evan Dando and Nic Dalton

Evan Dando had...

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Saturday, 25 June


Before Melbourne Central Beside the Yarra

Situated on a busy Swanston Street corner, opposite the State library, there are few structures in our city as well known as Melbourne Central. With a distinctive glass cone on the roof, a train station underneath, a cinema, food court, and a full complement of retail, Melbourne Central is a busy, and heavily patronised, part of inner city life.

It's hard to imagine that corner without it.

But this is misleading.

For Melbourne Central was only opened in 1991, and so is a relative newcomer to our city. And, like many of the locations we examine on these pages, the area it was built on has already had a number of different incarnations.

Inner city Melbourne, 1860

The city blocks bordered by Swanston, Elizabeth, La Trobe and Lonsdale Streets were once the industrial heartland of the city.

This rectangular area was a rabbit warren of winding lanes, alleyways and cul-de-sacs, populated by small scale heavy industry; ironmongers, carpenters, metal workers, brick makers and coach builders, among many others. As the city boomed in the decades after the gold rush, the economic activity in this area skyrocketed.

Into this lively domain stepped James Coop.

Coop Shot Tower, 1891.

Born in England, from a hard scrabble family, James Coop arrived in Melbourne in 1855 looking to make his fortune. A plumber by trade, Coop found work in the thriving local construction industry, and was shortly after able to open his own business.  By 1868, he was based on Knox Place, in the midst of the bustling industrial neighbourhood described above.

By the 1880s, Coop's son Walter was running the business, and he decided to expand into shot making. Shot - effectively small balls of lead - was an important industry in the Victorian era; it was used not just as ammunition for firearms, but also as weight for scales, in pinball machines and mechanical games, and as ballast.

Over the years 1889-90, Walter Coop oversaw the construction of the 'Coop Shot Tower' above the family plumbing business. Made out of red brick, and standing 50 metres high, when cons...

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Thursday, 27 September



Malus is a genus of about 3055 species of small deciduous trees or shrubs in the family Rosaceae, including the domesticated orchard apple (M. pumila syn. M. domestica ) also known as the eating apple, cooking apple, or culinary apple. The other species are generally known as crabapples, crab apples or wild apples.

Malus 'Prairifire' wIts showy, dark pink to red flowers are what draw most people to the prairifire flowering crabapple. And for good reason. The stunning, long-lasting spring blossoms are a sight to behold. But this variety also offer year-round beauty with its changing leaf colour. Glossy maroon or purplish-red in spring, the leaves become dark green with purplish-red veins in the summer then a beautiful bronze colour in autumn. And to add to its visual appeal, the Prairifire flowering crabapple is disease-resistant and able to adapt to many different site conditions.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.



"Culture is the way for a country to know itself." - Peter Carey

Peter Philip Carey AO (born 7 May 1943, in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria) is an Australian novelist. Carey has won the Miles Franklin Award three times and is frequently named as Australia's next contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Carey is one of only four writers to have won the Booker Prize twicethe others being J. G. Farrell, J. M. Coetzee and Hilary Mantel. Carey won his first Booker Prize in 1988 for Oscar and Lucinda, and won for the second time in 2001 with True History of the Kelly Gang.

In May 2008 he was nominated for the Best of the Booker Prize. In addition to writing fiction, he collaborated on the screenplay of the film Until the End of the World with Wim Wenders and is executive director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Hunter College, part of the City University of New York.

The State Library of Victoria is the central library of the state of Victoria, located in the Melbourne CBD. It is on the block bounded by Swanston, La Trobe, Russell, and Little Lonsdale streets, in the northern centre of the central business district. The library holds over 2 million books and 16,000 serials, including the diaries of the city's founders, John Batman and John Pascoe Fawkner, and the folios of Captain James Cook. It also houses the original armour of Ned Kelly.

This post is part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.

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Wednesday, 22 June


Something's going on VICTORIA_STREET

The punters and traffic have been removed from the layout and are stored at the moment, rollingstock is in the process of getting a once over and a tidy up, track and infrastructure is being cleaned and tested, all of this can only lead to one thing, an upcoming exhibition. 

All is quiet on the western front.

 Playing the numbers game.
(Because you need to know what tram to call up)

Complete with pigeon holed up punters.....

 .....and take away traffic.

There is nothing that lifts ones enthusiasm than an impending exhibition date, as I have done some extensive work on Victoria Street since its last outing at the AMRA Caulfield exhibition during August 2014, I have accepted an invitation for the Sunshine MRC exhibition at Braybrook secondary college, the first weekend in August.

While I do get a few invitations to exhibit throughout the year, the combination of work/family commitments, exhibition dates and distance are the factors I consider, also I try not to over expose the layout on the exhibition circuit. The Sunshine exhibition works better for me for two reasons, one I have already been rostered three days off that weekend, and secondly, the venue is only a five minute drive from home. 

As I have exhibited at Sunshine before, it's will be nice to head back again, as it was here that Victoria Street made its debut as a small/micro layout in 2010.



Williamstown Racecourse Beside the Yarra

Williamstown is one of the oldest suburbs of Melbourne.

Situated at the Western mouth of the Yarra river, the town arose naturally after the founding of the city, as it proved a good location for a port. With the river impassable to large cargo ships (discussed further here), Point Gellibrand was quickly established as the disembarkation point for goods headed for Melbourne.

Founded in November 1835, a few months after the city itself, and named after King William IV, Williamstown thrived as Melbourne expanded. Like much of the city, this growth increased exponentially during the Gold Rush of the 1850s.

One tangible indicator of this expansion was the founding of  the Williamstown Racecourse.

Williamstown Racecourse, shortly after its founding.

In 1857, local enthusiasts formed the Williamstown Racing Association, and began looking for a place to build a track. The local council denied their initial request for lands close to the township, but they were able to secure an open clearing on the waterfront, adjacent to Koroit Creek (then in Wyndham Shire). Construction of the track began in 1858, and the first race meeting was held on Boxing Day in 1859.

Aerial view of the racetrack
Location of track on current map.

Reached by a small causeway crossing the creek, the track's location offered a sweeping view across the bay. The simple wooden grandstand was augmented by decorative Canary Date Palm trees, and Norfolk pines ringed the far side of the course. It was a simple, but handsome, layout, and the track grew quickly in popularity.

The Boxing Day races became an annual event, and the racing program would expand into the racing season proper. In 1885, the Williamson Racecourse Railway Station was opened, to allow punters easy access to the course. Originally the end of a small side spur from the Geelong line, this track would eventually be expanded thr...

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Saturday, 11 June


10 Classic Vintage Billboards Beside the Yarra


'Buy War Bonds'

In every sense, war is expensive. The financial costs alone are enormous, and the revenue raising required to conduct warfare is so large, and so controversial, that they stand behind many of the most famous social upheavals in history (English Civil War, French Revolution, among many others). 

In the 20th century, Western governments came up with a new idea; borrow the money to fight from the population, and pay it back with interest when the conflict was over. This was the 'War Bond' program, an ad for which is on the St Kilda bound tram above.

There were also 'Peace Bonds', which were issued by the Government after the end of the war... to help them pay back the money they had borrowed during the conflict. As we said, war is expensive.


'Minties - The Universal Sweet'

The hard, white, cubic lollies known as Minties were first concocted in 1922, by James Stedman in Sydney. Initially sold under the 'Sweet Acres' brand - also the original home of Fantales, Jaffas and Milkshakes - the lollies' manufacturer has changed hands several times over the years; to Hoadley's (1968), Rowntree's (1971), and Nestle (1981). They are now sold as 'Allen's Minties', Nestle having bought out the Allen's brand in 1985. About 500 000  Minties are still sold each year.


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Sunday, 05 June


Television City Beside the Yarra

Bendigo Street, Richmond runs from behind the local Officeworks down to the busy hubbub of Swan Street.

The houses are mostly from the 60s and 70s, and look well kept. At the top of the street is a community garden, and about half way along, at number 22, a substantial red brick factory complex, which has been renovated and turned into apartments. There are a couple of upmarket cafes, and a swanky looking bar.

It's the very picture of successful, hip, inner city Melbourne.

It's hard to believe, visiting today, that this street has had other lives; that it was once part of the industrial heartland of the city, that pianos and baked beans were manufactured here. That, even more astoundingly, this street even has a glamorous past, and was a second home to many local celebrities. But some embossed lettering that remains on the re-modeled factory frontage confirms this unlikely history for us.  It reads: Television City.

But our story doesn't start in the age of television. Instead, it starts in  eastern Europe.

Hugo Wertheim
Hugo Wertheim was born in Lispenhausen, Germany, in 1854. The son of a successful businessman, who himself came from a merchant family, Wertheim came to Melbourne in 1875 to make his fortune. He took a junior position with his father's cousin, a wealthy manufacturer of sewing machines, and soon established himself as hard working and dedicated, with a flare for and promotion,

Saving money diligently, Wertheim was soon able to go into business for himself. He sold not only sewing machines, but other mechanical devices popular at the time; mangles, knitting machines, washing machines, bicycles, and even pianos.

Wertheim's business expanded rapidly, and by the 1880s he had established a presence in  Europe and America. He traveled extensively, and was well known for staging elaborate demonstrations at trade shows. He returned to Germany in 1885 to be married, and then settled with his wife in a magnificent 17 bedroom mansion - 'Gotha' - on the banks of the Yarra. 

Hugo Wertheim had become one of Melbourne's most successful, and well known, businessmen.

The Wertheim piano factory.

Pianos had, by this time, become one of Wertheim's most profitable products. Well before television, and before even radio had taken hold, the piano was a fixture in...

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Saturday, 14 May


Prince at Bennett's Lane Beside the Yarra

On April 21, 2016, the musician known as Prince passed away. The exact cause and circumstances of his death are unknown at time of writing, although it has been widely reported that he was addicted to prescription painkillers, and that these may have played a part.

Prince toured Australia five times, and had been as popular and successful here as everywhere else. The outpouring of grief at his passing was public, and prolonged.

But rather than focus on his sad, premature demise, today we will revisit Prince's role in a famous piece of local music folklore. The occasions (yes, more than one), when the multi-millionaire, multi-platinum selling, pop megastar played secret shows at humble Bennett's Lane nightclub.

Flyer from Prince's first Australian tour; Sydney, 1992.
Prince first toured Australia in 1992, as part of the 'Diamonds and Pearls' world tour, which kicked off in Japan, and then ventured to a handful of European cities. The clamour to see Prince live locally was enormous; he had been one of the worlds most popular musicians since his album '1999' had been released in 1982, and a visit to Australia seemed long overdue

Backed by his new band, The New Power Generation, the tour focused mainly on tracks from the 'Diamonds and Pearls' album, including the eponymous title track, and hit single 'Cream'. An extraordinary six shows were sold out quickly at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, and five at Melbourne's Tennis Centre.

On stage in Australia, 1992.
The tour was a massive success, but it would be 11 years before Prince would return.


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Sunday, 08 May


Phaffing about VICTORIA_STREET

The last month after knocking over the depot shed, work and life has conspired against me. On the odd occasion  I tend to shuffle trams in and out the roads of the depot shed, along the stretch to the racecourse back to the ammo factory then back into the sheds.

Busy times at the depot.

The other thing I doodle with is time tabling, especially when I'm on dad duties, roughly drawing train graphs of arrival and departure times that allow for short shunting special services to and from the racecourse that also in turn need to avoid conflict with regular services. The backs of envelopes, pages from a scribble pad, scraps of paper all provide a medium for creativity while supposedly supervising small children.

I did manage to visit a hobby shop, I obtained some sanitation based objects, old school rubbish bins (none of those 'modern' wheelie bins), and a Victorian era public convenience for the Ammo factory terminus. As per usual the facilities were kitbashed to suit my requirements, as the original concept was again too large for the area provided.

I bet the ratepayers of Victoria Street are happy with the local council.

Loitering or stage fright?

The other purchase was a replacement motor for 812, as this tram had a history of coughing and farting after about fifteen minutes of continuous running, the current draw of the original motor was diagnosing an issue with one of the windings, the decoder after the stated period would kick in 'self preservation' mode so as not to allow the 'magic smoke' escape.

The replacement motor is one for the Auscision brand of Australian prototype locomotives, the centre height was spot on, however the diameter of the new motor is about .070" wider than the original, so some old tech school bench fitting was required to make it fit inside the split chassis of the Cooee Collectable mechanism.

I will make it fit...

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Tuesday, 03 May


The Chewton Town Hall "IndyWatch Feed"

A gorgeous intimate performance space, the Chewton Town Hall is a substantially intact and rare example of a small town hall from the Victorian gold rush period of the 1850s. Possibly the smallest intact Town Hall in Victoria?

It will be buzzing during the festival with a limited bar set-up and fabulous home-crafted artisan pies, cakes, and tea and coffee provided by Honky Tonks of Castlemaine.

The Town Hall was built in 1858 as a community hall in the centre of the rapidly developing Chewton township, and served as the meeting room of the Chewton Borough Council from 1861. In March 1997 the Town Hall building, the similarly historic Post Office next door and Ellery Park were handed over to the local Chewton community in recognition of the role this precinct plays in the life of the town.

The hall has undergone a major restoration by the Chewton Domain Society thanks to a state government grant for restoration works in 2013, and continues to be a central part of Chewton community life for the past 160 years.

Check out the relocated portable police lock up right next door.

Access: A few steps to enter the front door. Level access is available at the side of the building via the back door. Parking in Main Road and some parking (via Church Road) behind the Hall. (8 car capacity) Bands to enter via Back Door please.

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Friday, 29 April


Toxic bodies and Muslim zombies: (Re)storying refugees in Australian-based comic art zines I'll Be Your First Mate

by Dr Daniella Trimboli, The University of Melbourne

This paper was presented as a short conference paper on the plenary panel Unsettled at the Locating Lives: International Auto/Biography Association of Australasia in Adelaide, 2-4 December 2015.

All images are used here with permission from The Refugee Art Project, Silent Army, Safdar Ahmed, and Michael Fikaris. Special thanks to Safdar, Michael, and all of the artists involved in their respective projects.


Sam Wallman illustration in "Where Do I Belong?" (2015)

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Migration has long been the subject of suspicion. Nikos Papastergiadis (2009, p. 147) has traced the ways migrants have been seen to be a deviation from the norm of settled life since the nineteenth century, perceived at best to be victims of external forces or, at worst, as dubious characters seeking unfair advantage over residents and posing a threat to prevailing social orders. He notes that even with the arrival of modernisation, which places a positive spin on mobility, migration is still considered a temporary or transitional phaseit is cause for concern if you remain on the move. Or, if we think about this in Sara Ahmeds (2014) terms: you are in the way of what is on the way (where what is on the way, in this case, is the continuation of particular cultural structures and practices). This circumstance is troubling for a number of reasons, not least because forced displacement of people across the globe is at an all-time high. The United Nations Refugee Agency (2015) estimated more than thirteen million refugees were in need of help in 2014, and the global migration crisis of recent months has only exacerbated these figures.


Due to the liminal spaces that migrants are often forced to occupy, it is hardly surprising that there is also a long history of representing these people as ghosts in public commentary, but also in private testimonies of seeking asylum. We know that the power of discourse is its ability to create that which it names. When the discourse of migration accumulates with nationalist rhetoric, border security, the disciplining power of surveillance and detention, and the biopolitics of terroras it has in recent yearsmigrants are not only represented as monsters, animals, and zombies but come to embody this corporeal sense of displacementthe abject body, the body beyond the boundaries of humanness. It is therefore no coincidence that this type of discourse repeats itself in the autobiographical accounts of asylum seeking.


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Sunday, 24 April


Two Melbourne cafs with ghost signs attached Finding the radio book

Melbourne is well known for its coffee culture and its ghost signs, so it's not that much of a surprise that the two have met in recent years.

At least two cafs are operating in premises that have uncovered ghost signs on their walls - and have left the signs there to their advantage.

In fact, one, Mr Morse - just next to the railway bridge in Johnston Street, Abbotsford, has named itself after the large early 20th century Mr Morse's Indian Root Pills sign uncovered on a former external wall:

This sign is part of an intense marketing push by the Australian purveyors of a snake oil remedy originally from the US - as seen by many other large cobalt blue Indian Root Pills signs around the district, including the famous chicory kiln in Bacchus Marsh (below) and various other Root Pills sign uncoverings (see: And for more details on Dr Morse's elixir, see the great Melbourne Circle blog for a fascinating history of the Indian Root Pills brand:

The second caf is in Lower Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe. Signwriter Larry Stammers alerted me to this great place after we met at a State Library talk recently. Funnily enough, when I went to take these pics recently, Larry was there having lunch. Again, the sign was painted on a former external wall. We wondered what oat company it might have been - possibly Uncle Toby's - there's a large faded ghost sign in St Georges Road in North Fitzroy that though very different in other ways has a similar curved swirl (any suggestions?)

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Monday, 18 April


New article about a ghost sign project in Ballarat Finding the radio book

"COOPED up in her magnificent 19th century office, artist and researcher Amy Tsilemanis loves nothing more than researching Ballarats antique advertising signs and brochures.
Based in the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute library, Tsilemanis goal is to bring old things to life in creative ways. She is currently working on a project about the citys ghost advertising on the sides of buildings  faded ads from the past."

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Sunday, 10 April


Fire from the Sky Beside the Yarra

September 28, 1969: Two months after NASA landed a manned spaceship on the moon, an extraterrestrial visitor returned the favour; a chunk of ancient rock streaked high above Victoria. Coming to ground near Murchison, in the states north, the meteorite was to prove more than just an exciting light show.

Once parts of the meteorite were recovered, scientists were amazed to discover that the rock contained amino acids, organic molecules that are the building blocks of our DNA. Previously, amino acids had only ever been known on earth, and it had been thought that the conditions outside of our atmosphere would be too harsh for them to form, or survive.

The discovery raised a tantalising possibility: could life have actually evolved somewhere other than Earth, then hitched a ride here on a meteorite?

Headline in The Argus

On September 28, 1969, residents across Victoria were startled when their Sunday afternoon was rocked by a blazing fireball that erupted above them. Witnesses across the state reported loud explosions, crackling sounds, smoke and a strange smell, like methylated spirits, as a meteorite left a flaming trail across the sky:

Weighing approximately 100kg, the meteorite finally disintegrated above Murchison, a small town in the Goulburn Valley, about 160km north of Melbourne. Breaking up into about 2 000 chunks, some weighing as much as 5kg, the fiery debris rained down over the town and the surrounding farmland.
Curious locals immediately began recovering meteorite fragments, and either keeping them as souvenirs, or turning them in to the local authorities.

Samples were sent to Melbourne University for analysis, and for comparison to some samples of moon rock, which had also recently arrived:

The preliminary results showed that the rock was at least 4.5 billion years old, and so was likely older than the earth itself. Professor Lovering's guess that it was a carbonaceous chrondite was proved correct, and so made the find particularly rare.

And there the matter may have rested.


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Wednesday, 26 September


Time and change and decay and the last chocolate in the box Will Type For Food

Cadburys changed their chocolate Roses. Did you know that?
"They've changed chocolate Roses!" the Baron announced to me yesterday.
"What?" I cried.
"They've gotten rid of the twist wrappers!" she went on.
"What? They're great!"
"I know!"
"They're what make them fancy!"
"Yes!" declaimed the Baron, before going on. "And they've discontinued some flavours, and are introducing two new flavours: vanilla nougat, and raspberry white chocolate."
"How could they?" I shouted. By this point, we had almost declared a new Inquisition against this heresy. We were both very shocked.

As a matter of fact, that evening, we saw a box of the new Roses in the supermarket. We both wrinkled our noses: "ew!" We were so disgusted that we bought the box there and then, to examine our disgust at leisure at home.
"Oh no!" cried the Baron when we opened the box. "They've even changed the shape of this one!"
"It was a nice shape!" I cried passionately.
"It was like a little Shih Tzu!"
"It's disgraceful", I harrumphed, popping a chocolate into my mouth.
"Shocking!" muttered the Baron, popping two in hers.
"Mmmmmf ghfjhfhgjfkjfd fgggfjgj!" I said, my mouth full of the offending chocolates.
The Baron didn't say anything at this point: she was too busy swimming down a river of chocolate out our front door.

At this point, I tried the new Vanilla Nougat one. It wasn't very nice. It was covered in chocolate, which I will always have time for. But the middle was meh.

As we finished off the packet the following evening, I reflected on time and change and the decay of all good things as I munched through the second last chocolate.
"Something something something time and change and the decay of something something something" I said. "And also, munch."
"Agreed," agreed the Baron. We both felt very justified in our disgust.

I mean, it was a pleasant disgust, because it involved eating a lot of chocolate. But still. Something in the universe had changed, and not for the better.

Incidentally, if you bring a box of Roses round to our place, don't eat the two caramel ones. They are definitely the worst. Leave them to me, and I will safely dispose of them while you are out of the room.


BROCKHAMPTON shot their new music video in Melbourne yesterday "IndyWatch Feed"

BROCKHAMPTON have just released their newest music video, with the clip being filmed on the streets of Melbourne.

If youre not familiar with BROCKHAMPTON, theyre one of the worlds most exciting hip-hop collectives, and describe themselves as the best boy band since One Direction. Needless to say, theyre well and truly something else.

Currently in the country for the 2018 Listen Out festival, the group played their first Aussie headline show in Melbourne last night. However, it turns out that the group had been pretty busy beforehand.

With the groups most recent album, iridescence, being released on Friday, the group are hard at work delivering a number of music videos. So, with the group far away from their home in the US, they decided to take to the streets of Melbourne to film the clip for SAN MARCOS.

Filmed near the corner of Bourke Street and Russell Street in the Melbourne CBD, the clip features Kevin Abstract (who also directed the clip), Matt Champion, bearface, Joba, Don McLennon, and Merlyn Wood performing the track as they wander around near the local Hungry Jacks.

The whole thing was reportedly shot in an hour yesterday, meaning that it was over before anyone had a clue that an international hip-hop collective was in the middle of making their latest video.

BROCKHAMPTON are also set to premiere their The Longest Summer In America with a screening in Sydney tomorrow night. With the band performing a headline show at the Enmore Theatre tonight, and a few days off before their Listen Out performance, who knows how any videos they might film when they hit the streets of Sydney.


BROCKHAMPTON Australian Tour

Wednesday, September 26th
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tickets: Live Nation

Also performing at the Listen Out festival

Saturday, September 29th
Centennial Parklands, Sydney, NSW
Tickets: Official Website........



The Seafarers Bridge is a footbridge over the Yarra River between Docklands and South Wharf in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The bridge connects the north and south banks of the river while providing a formal entrance to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The bridge main span is supported by steel ties connected to elliptical arches, with three arches on the north side and four arches on the south side. The bridge was named in homage to the Mission to Seafarers centre located nearby on the northern bank of the Yarra River and to represent Melbournes rich maritime history.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.

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Thursday, 07 April


Modest uncovering in a tradionally immodest St Kilda street Finding the radio book

This old real estate sign was recently uncovered in the heart of St Kilda's former centre of sin: Grey Street. Of course, it's rapidly gentrifying - as evidenced by the flash new apartments being built on this former down-at-heel site:

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Monday, 04 April


Works at the Depot. VICTORIA_STREET

The brickies have been in and the depot shed is starting to resemble something like a tram shed and less like a cool store, This is the largest and most intact structure on Victoria Street, it is also the final one.

A typical day on the tramways.

The brick sheet used is Superquik pasted onto the foam board with a glue sick, concrete lintels and bases are cereal box card,  the roof is in the process of being finished off with Wills corrugated iron.

The space between the shed and the office features the former substation that used to serve the depot and the line to the Racecourse and the Ammo factory,  The original rotary converter installed when the depot was isolated from the main system inside has been mothballed and the space is used by maintenance as a store. This was made up from leftovers from the Ammo Factory building, a Metcalfe Warehouse kit.

The substation/stores

Depot signage has either been scanned from books or sourced from the internet, resized in windows word then printed out on office paper.

Here are few more photos in and around the new depot shed.

4MPH in the yard.
Carring out from the sheds.
About to enter service.

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Wednesday, 23 March


Online video of my recent talk on the Lewis & Skinner archive at the State Library of Victoria Finding the radio book

If you've ever craved information on ghost signs, elephants, tea, online archives and mouldy documents, come and take a look here.

The videos by SLV Fellows are on the right hand side of the page:

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Wednesday, 16 March


Moomba BMX Jam at Riverslide Skate Park Deborah Jane Photography

Riverslide Skate Park & Moomba Festival Present Moomba BMX Jam

U14, U16, Pro and Best Tricks Comp.  Just some of the photos taken at the event on Monday 14th March






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Tuesday, 15 March


St Kilda Festival, 14th Feb 2016 Deborah Jane Photography

In summer, every year St Kilda puts on its famous music festival, it is a free celebration with over 400,000 people who descend to the famous beachside location. They come from all over and listen to and are entertained by a variety of Australian musicians.

_MG_3873_4_4Over 400,000 people attend the festival yearly.  The Esplanade, St Kilda _MG_3654_4_4 Band playing on St Kilda Beach ...


Daddy Cools Dali rocks off Flaming Hoop

Guitarist, singer and visual artist
1 December 1950 8 March 2016

To Daddy Cool bass player Wayne Duncan, Ross Hanna Hannaford was far more than just his eccentric DC band-mate since 1970. He was the Salvador Dali of Australian rock, said Duncan. Everything he did, he did his way. Every guitar he had, he would adapt and change hed paint over it and make it a Ross Hannaford, an art object.

For instance most guitarists have standardised sound effects pedal boards to stomp on. Hannas, however, another regular collaborator, Shane Howard, of Goanna, confirmed, were like fantastic landscape paintings with artificial turf. Howard recalled the lanky player rocking up for a session, his guitar painted in reggae rainbow outbursts. Hed be wearing his fluoro vest, Afghani hat and some Blundstone boots painted gold the full dude.

Ross was a contrarian, said Howard. But he was very generous to me. I learnt how to write, to tailor stuff that was in his frame of reference. The way he played was always surprisingly and moving and it came from a very deep place. Ross sense of tone it felt right. It was always right. There was a fearlessness to him.

But it wasnt always so.

Ross Andrew Hannaford was born at Mayfield Hospital in Newcastle, New South Wales. Although both his mother Winifred Win (ne Johnson) and father Alan Al Hannaford had grown up in Melbourne, Al had taken a three year posting with Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) in Newcastle as an engineer. Struggling with a difficult workplace, unable to see much of his family, Al suffered a nervous breakdown. The Hannafords returned to Melbourne and a better life when Ross was one and a half, managing a motel and a caravan park.

Ross only had one sibling, Ian, older by four years. Their parents lived into their 90s; both have died now. My brother was a very shy kid, said Ian. He used to love diving, but as a baby hed suffered perforated ear drums perhaps from ear infections so hed been ordered to stop.

Compromised hearing or not, from the age of four, Hannaford regularly asked his parents for a guitar. When I was eight, I could hold one, he explains, in the documentary Hanna in a Nutshell (Haydn Keenan, 2015) so I got one and some lessons. Then came musical theory. I can't teach him, his ABC Academy teacher announced finally. But he can play. For Hannaford, the education system was a nightmare. At Cheltenham Primary School, a teacher terrorised him. Then he went to Brighton High, Mentone Grammar, Prahran Tech and RMIT.

At 12 Ross Hannaford was playing banjo in a kid jazz band and also guitar in his R&B band The Fauves. He was short, fat and wore bottle-thick glasses. Three years above him at school was Keith Glass, a muso whod go on to form Missing Link Records and manage the Birthday Party. When The Fauves played we all went along to a local church hall and watched them, Glass recalled. I remember being astonished at the sound and natural technique Ross [Hannaford] had with a cheap Canora acoustic guitar with an equally cheap Ibenez pickup shoved in the sound hole.

Meanwhile Hanna saw Wilson playing blues harp with Glass's band (The Group/The Rising Sons) around the same time. I think it was 1963, said Wilson. He wasn't quite 13. His parents didn't know what to do with him. He used to...

Monday, 14 March


James Stephens and the 8 Hour Day Beside the Yarra

This weekend is the Labour Day long weekend in Melbourne (and in most of Australia), so I thought it would be a good time to have a look at the origins of this holiday. Like most of our long weekends, Labour Day is a commemoration but, unlike many of them, this links us globally to many other Western countries, most of whom mark a similar occasion somewhere in their calendars.

The origins of Labour Day are linked to the beginnings of the organised labour movement, and some courageous and principled folk who demanded fairer treatment for workers. And in Melbourne, the first of these working groups to demand better conditions were the local stonemasons, lead by a tough and determine Welshman.

Trade Association banner, Melbourne, 19th century.
Melbourne started as an agricultural outpost in 1835, with a small city centre and limited industry. But, as the city expanded rapidly, especially during the gold rush of the 1850s, the city also began to modernise. This brought new industries, and new jobs, in manufacturing, mining, and public works.

But working conditions in these new industries were tough:

One of gold rush Melbourne's biggest growth industries was construction. Awash with cash, and the newly wealthy purveyors of it, the city effectively set about rebuilding itself. The low, often wooden, and very basic buildings that had been constructed during the city's foundation years were largely removed, and replaced by grand edifices, many stories high and largely built of stone.

It was a boom time for Melbourne's stonemasons but, despite high demand for their services, they suffered the same treatment as the city's factory workers; low pay, dangerous conditions and very long hours.

Enter James Stephens.

James Stephens: Stonemason and labour activist.
Born in Wales in 1821, Stephens followed in his father's footsteps and became a stonemason as a teenager. In 1839 he was seriously injured when he fell from a construction site scaffold, and the lack of assistance available to him while he recovered helped steer him towards the organised labour movement.

Sunday, 13 March


The Heavenly Queen of the Maribyrnong Beside the Yarra

Standing on a nondescript bend in the Maribyrnong River, between Footscray and Flemington Racecourse, is a most unexpected sight. Rising above a former industrial block, towers the Heavenly Queen of the Maribyrnong.

The Heavenly Queen of the Yarra, Footscray.

Under construction for more than a decade, her arrival at this location is a tale that actually stretches back several thousand years.

Lin Niang; traditional representation.

Born in 960, on the island of Meizhou off the south eastern coast of China, Lin Niang was marked as a remarkable child from an early age. Visiting a Buddhist temple with her family when she was 4, Niang experienced a vision of the Goddess Kuan Yin, which left her with the power of second sight.

Pious, and highly intelligent, Niang began to study Buddhist teachings when she was 10, and was accepted as an apprentice to the village priest shortly afterwards. From her early teens, people from the surrounding area would come to pray with Niang and she developed a reputation as a healer.

Niang seen by sailors, travelling atop a cloud.

She also had a profound connection with the sea; Niang's father and brothers were fisherman, and village life revolved around the ocean.

When Niang was 15, her father and eldest brother were out at sea when a fierce storm blew up and overturned their boat. Working on a tapestry at home, Niang was overcome by a powerful vision and fell into a trance. She was able to project her consciousness out to sea (some versions say she was actually transported, via cloud, as depicted a...

Sunday, 06 March


There is a fine line between detail and insane. VICTORIA_STREET

I have been in the process of installing lights into the two SEC trams, Ballarat 28 and Bendigo 29. These trams were DCC chipped nearly two years ago, they had their CVs tweaked and have been in regular service since.

County cousins from about 2 years ago.
However a tram without running lights can be a hazard to itself and to others, for when it is called up by the controller, you have no clear idea which direction it will go when it moves into step one, (usually into the tram 'behind' it at the depot), nor can you tell if it has stalled on dirty track or it's just being difficult.

That's the thinking behind about fitting lights are, the headlights let you know which way it should go and the saloon lights inform you that the tram is receiving power and is waiting for further instruction, this sums up the detail aspect.

The insane part of this blog, is that both trams are of the single truck four wheel variety, (Ballarat 28, a reworked tyco/mantua trolley and Bendigo 29 a JEM resin kit on an Bachmann 44t powered bogie) therefore there is a distinct lack of real estate inside these models, even when you have installed rather small decoders, there is the space consumed by the mechanism, then you decide to install headlights, marker lamps and interior saloon lights as well, enter the two blokes with the straight jacket and a few sessions of weaving cane baskets!

The mechanism of Bendigo 29, with a socket on top
fashioned from half an eight pin IC socket.
The innards of Bendigo 29.
With three LEDs at each end, two warm white, on red.
What makes this concept more interesting is that I install LEDs with dropping resistors for lighting, but as I choose not to incinerate surface mounted LEDs for these projects, no, I use the more robust 3mm LEDs, warm white for the headlamps, red for the tail/marker lamps and yellow for interior lighting.

With the marker lights, I use 1mm(.040") fibre optic thread/element that is heat shrunk to the LED, and to ensure that the 'magic smoke' does not exit the decoder, all leads of components and wires are heat shrunk and insulated. All of which is in the confined space of these trams.

Sunday, 21 February


White Night Federation Square Deborah Jane Photography

Beautiful artwork by Reko Rennie projected onto the many different surfaces at Federation Square #Melbourne for White Night Melbourne.
About Reko Rennie
Reko Rennie is an interdisciplinary artist who explores his Aboriginal identity through contemporary mediums. Rekos art incorporates his association to the Kamilaroi people, using traditional geometric patterning that represents his community. Reko has shown internationally including Venice, Paris, Berlin, Jakarta, Shanghai and USA. Recent highlights include: 2015 Venice Biennale, 2014 Art Gallery of NSW, 2013 GOMA commission, 2012-13 La Trobe University public art commission, 2012 Archibald Prize Finalist, a solo exhibition at SCOPE Art Fair, New York 2012, a 35-metre commissioned work by the Washington DC Arts and Humanities and a two-year public artwork, Neon Natives as part of the 2011 Melbourne Laneway Commission.,. Whats On Federation Square. N.p., 2016. Web. 21 Feb. 2016.

Tuesday, 25 September


Milos Forman, a top quality Czech-American director. ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly

Jan Tomas Forman was born in 1932 in Caslav, now part of the Czech Republic. During the Nazi occupation, Forman's Protestant mother Anna vbov died in Auschwitz in 1943. As a member of the Protestant anti-Nazi Underground, Milos putative father Professor Rudolf Forman was arrested for distributing banned books; he died while being interrogated by the Gestapo in a concentration camp in 1944. Forman had no idea what had happened to his parents.

During the rest of his childhood, Forman was raised by relatives.

Aged 18, Forman joined the newly founded Prague film school Famu and began directing documentaries for Czech television. He was a mover and shaker in Pragues theatres and cinemas in the 1950s and early 60s. Formans films, and others of the Czech new wave, introduced to the cinema portrayals of working-class life eg A Blonde in Love (1965), not of socialist realism. The more liberal faction of the Communist party, then in ascendancy, appropriated these movies as expressions of the new concept in modern films.

Forman felt forced to flee Czechoslovakia only when Soviet troops invaded in 1968. Milos, who had by then directed a few successful movies in Europe, had been offered a contract in Hollywood and decided to emigrate to America. He believed that had he stayed, he would become a target of the secret service agents.

The New American was determined to represent his country in the USA, inspired by his late parents, who had been part of a patriotic anti-Nazi resistance group. Only later did he realise he shared a strong feeling of affection for his homeland with his dead parents.

In the meantime, Milos older artist brother, Pavel Forman, immigrated to Brisbane after the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia. Milos later discovered that his biological father was in fact a Jewish architect, Otto Kohn, ironically a survivor of the Holocaust. After WW2 ended, Otto Kohn moved to the USA where he became a domestic architect.
Milos Forman director and Saul Zaentz producer, 
at the Oscars in 1985 for Amadeus
photo credit: Sky News

His reputation as a Czech filmmaker provided him with new opportunities in Hollywood, although he had to struggle to get his ideas accepted by Hollywood studios. His first American film, a comedy called Taking Off (1971), was well received by the critics but failed with the general cinema-going population; he was unable to direct another feature film for five years.

Michael Douglas had to rescue Formans career by appointing him director of his newest film, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest (1975). On its release the film, based on Ken Keseys novel about a misfit (Jack Nicholson) who led mental institution inmates in a revolt against authority. Fortunately Forman ensured that the story did not become as hysterical as it might have. Anyhow, the critics loved the film, allowing it to become only the second in history to win the five most significant Oscar awards (best picture, actor and actress, director and screenplay). Forman might have seen the story as a metaphor for the conformist society from which he had escaped, but Ken Kesey certainly had never see...


The Sharing of knowledge and other distractions VICTORIA_STREET

Now that I have a bit of real estate to play with, and with the layout in the spare room, combined with all sorts of fun I get up to in the shed. I believe now that I may have it good. 

Now for some thing different..........(drum roll..........cymbal crash!!!)

Da Da Daah.....

A colleague of mine has shown interest in having something to run his reasonably contemporary collection of N scale British rollingstock on, but has little to no idea of how to go about it. 

He questioned me on how one goes through the process, the first thing I informed him of, is "that it is his railway, therefore his rules". 

The design brief consists of an oval of twin tracks with two crossovers, an elongated external branch line with passing loop, plus a few sidings all to fit on a 1400mm x 900mm baseboard that can be accommodated in the back of a smallish hatchback. 

After a recon out to the car park to measure up, along a quick sketch of a baseboard frame plan, then printing off several Peco point templates combined with a quick trip to the local big box hardware store for some timber. The concept has been conceived. 

This layout will be DCC with an option to run the odd and only one loco/consist on DC with a flick of a switch. DCC will be provided by the NCE Powercab. 

After the frame of the baseboard was completed and the roughing out of the DCC bus had been installed.  Then there was a pleasant Sunday spent in the shed laying track, sampling some party pies and beverages, listening to old school music along with the VFL grand final on the tv in the corner. Thanks for supervising Brendan


This Week in Melbourne: What's On #613 "IndyWatch Feed"

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Unveiling the Molly Meldrum Statue Black Mark

At the unveiling of a new public sculpture, after customary the welcome to country; the politicians and philanthropists make speeches to thank everyone involved, often forgetting the sculptor. But Molly Meldrum did not forget to thank the sculpture Louis Laumen.

Meldrum had a signed cowboy hat, as well as, words of thanks for Laumen. He spoke about Laumens other sculptures at the MCG, gushing how much he loved all of them. (He didnt mention Laumens most recent statue of Nicky Winmar or the argument over its location.)

Meldrum was the last to speak, after Uncle Colin Hunter, Mayor of City of Yarra Daniel Nguyen, Minister for the Arts Martin Foley, Eddie McGuire and founder of Mushroom Records Michael Gudinski. And, as usual, in spite of his slurred speech, it was difficult to get Meldrum to shut up. He did say that he resisted the proposal to honour him with a bronze statue and tried to derail the plan by insisting that his dog, Ziggy, was included.

It was a cold grey Tuesday in Richmond and a crowd of about three hundred people had turned out. They were patiently waiting through the speeches to see the new bronze sculpture unveiled.

It turned out to be a very colourful statue as it turned out with plenty of gold, white, black and brown patination. Now that it is well known fact that classical sculpture was painted people are not shy about polychromatic patination. It is on a very low plinth, a little more than a step, because it wouldnt do to put Meldrum on a pedestal.

It is located in a micro park opposite to the stairs going up the beer garden at the Corner Hotel, a somewhat fitting location given that it is a notable band venue. Along with the statue, there is a new mural by 23rd key on the train embankment wall. A green and white image of a concert crowd bookended with painted copies of band posters.



Sound and Vision with The Man From Atlantis and Slow Glow Experimental Melbourne

The Fitzroy Pinnacle presents a mid-week night of experimental sound and vision with The Man From Atlantis (duo) and
Slow Glow.

The Man From Atlantis returns to the surface for a rare intimate duo performance of improvisation and Fahey-inspired acid psych jams.

Suitably joined by Slow Glow who will rise into the arc of the heavens crafting meditative, deep dream state sounds; performing an episode from 'This Is Not A Wave Particle Duality'. Yoga mat optional.



HARAAM - THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS Experimental Melbourne

thoughts and prayers
two new noiseworks dedicated to all the sufferers
and those who make them suffer



Darebin Parklands is one of Darebin Councils premier conservation parks sited along the Darebin Creek. The park is managed by the Darebin Creek Management Committee which the Cities of Darebin and Banyule are members. Darebin Parklands is a wonderful setting for walks and escaping into the natural environment, and is located only 5 km from Melbourne's CBD. The park has a full time Ranger coordinating the Education Centre which details the parks rich history and commitment to conservation and environmental sustainability.

The Darebin Creek Trail runs through the centre of the park and provides shared trail access through to Bundoora Park 10km to the north. Darebin Parklands comprises an area of approximately 40 hectares of urban bushland, between the suburbs of Ivanhoe and Alphington. The park is highly accessible being both on a bus route and adjacent to the Hurstbridge railway line. We always enjoy visiting this as it is only about 10 minutes walk from our house.

This post is part of the Mosaic Monday meme,
and also part of the Through my Lens meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme.

Friday, 19 February


Brilliant Nugget shoe polish sign on an old shop window in Middle Park Finding the radio book

Drove by this on Canterbury Road the other day. What a beauty - and great that it's been kept:

This find reminded me of my earlier encounter with the remnants of a Nugget sign in Carlton that had been photographed years before by ghost sign aficionado John Hunter:


Highett staples: Velvet Soap, Robur Tea and house paint Finding the radio book

Today I was driving on Highett Road near the Highett Railway Station. I saw a glimpse of a painted paintbrush on a fascia, decided to give it a miss, then saw a European cake shop. Hmmm. Lunchtime. Worth a look then.

So I parked, got some food and walked down the street. Lucky I did - walking back the other way I stumbled on a palimpsest of signs that includes a Velvet Soap sign with a cartoon figure painted over the top:

I saw the sign from a small square across the road. There was something on the wall there too. I took a closer look - and realised it was the R and O from a large Robur Tea sign:


The paint shop fascia was there too, but hard to photograph from the other side of the busy road:

Wednesday, 17 February


Sunday Sessions at Station 59 "IndyWatch Feed"

With sunny weather on the way this weekend, where better to be thanStation 59 listening to some live music from local bands?

Hang out in the beer garden, grab a feed and have a few drinks whilst listening to the likes of...

Beastly Bird
"Beastly Bird was formed with the aim of creating a fresh, new sound, and with their unique blend of alternative rock they just might have done it"

Peter Dickybird
"Indie pop so unique it is like sighting a rare Red Goshawk through a set of binoculars"

Agamous Betty
"Lo-fi/avant garde performance artist"

"Doggerel play blues and unrelated genres powerfully, aggressively, and even crassly - all with the hope of making purists weep"

Jaded Souls
"A uniquely talented duo expressing themselves whole heartedly, honestly, and with musical flair"

Saturday, 06 February


Gatwick Private Hotel, St Kilda, Melbourne. Deborah Jane Photography

The Gatwick stands at 34 Fitzroy Street, a building that was established by Vittoria Carbone known as the Queen of St Kilda (Queen Vicky) in the 1960s. After her death in 1998, the hotel was taken over by her daughters Rose and Yvette who have run the place since then.

During the War, the hotel functioned as a billet for allied troops; specifically US officers. The Prince of Wales, across the street was used likewise. The Banff building further along operated in the same fashion during the war as General MacArthurs HQ for the Pacific campaign.,. Inside The Gatwick St Kilda News. N.p., 2015. Web. 6 Feb. 2016.

#Gatwick #Private #Hotel #StKilda #Melbourne #Australia_MG_2028...

Friday, 05 February


My speech from the launch of Iris and the Tiger Andrew McDonald

Last night I had honour of launching my good friend Leanne Halls new book Iris and the Tiger at Readings in Carlton.

Leanne has already published a couple of YA novels, but this is her first novel for younger readers and its an absolute winner. So much so that I dressed up as my favourite scene from the book for the launch.

Leanne and I

Here we are enjoying a moment at the book signing afterwards. Thanks to Steph at Text Publishing for taking the pic.


It is my great honour (and stiff-necked misfortune) to be launching Leanne Halls splendid childrens novel Iris and the Tiger tonight.

I want to talk about the brilliance of this book and I will but first allow me to explain why I look the way I look.

I am a sunflower.

An athletic sunflower.

And I come to you in fancy dress tonight for two reasons:

The first is that this is a Leanne Hall event. So were doing things the Leanne Hall way. And when Leanne Hall invites you to launch her amazing new book and suggests on social media that its going to be a dressing-up kind of occasion you do not disappoint by showing up in jeans and a shirt.

So Ive taken it upon myself to come dressed as my favourite scene from Iris and the Tiger.


Iris, of course, is the hero of the story and were with her from page one as she flies from Australia to Spain to spend ten days with her Great Aunt Ursula. Aunt Ursula is vague and mysterious, and the big house on her estate, which is known locally as Bosque de Nubes, Spanish for forest of clouds is even stranger. The banister of carved vines seems momentarily to whip around Iriss wrist. Notes on a sheet of music seem to have a life of their own. And a couple of overgrown sunflowers use their leaves to hit a tennis ball back and forth on an old court in the garden.

Ever since I first read Iris and the Tiger, this scene with the sunflowers has stayed with me. Leanne has a special talent for writing scenes that, once read, do not go unremembered. They bobble around in the brain. For me, theres just something completely inscrutable yet comforting and familiar about big sunflowers playing tennis.

And thats the second reason Im dressed like this tonight. Its all about the aesthetics. The tennis court tableau is, I think, representative of the kind of fantastical imagery that Leanne has a knack for conjuring be it the tennis-playing sunflowers or the Kidds (capital K) who ride their bikes around town and terrorise people in Leannes debut book This Is Shyness). And while evoking such strong visuals, the beauty of Leannes prose doesnt suffer at all. Technically speaking, its quite a thing to behold.

The imagery in Iris and the Tiger is so strong that Aunt Ursulas mansion feels like a real location to me. So real we probably could have had this book launch in Aunt Ursulas lounge room.

I can just imagine it:

All of us, boarding a plane to Barcelona and driving three hours to Aunt Ursulas estate.

Then moving through the white mansion, across the coloured tiles on the lobby floor and into the lounge room for the book launch.

A great chandelier would be hanging above our heads. Armchairs and tables and statues would be scattered all along one wall. While another wall would be covered in many different paintings, including a large painting above a fireplace of a woman and her greyhound, which appears to have five legs.

Up the front of the shop where the Readings counter sits is where the grand piano would be, with it...

Wednesday, 03 February


Elephant found in deliberate Collingwood uncovering Finding the radio book

The other day I was on Smith Street Collingwood. On a corner is a motor garage that's been there forever - these days it looks like it's run by people who are also motoring history enthusiasts. The place was open and the walls were covered in old enamel signs for petrol and oil. People were sitting around the workshop, so I felt odd about taking photos.

A few days earlier, though, I'd been there when the place was closed. The whitewashed walls have been partly stripped back, presumably by the enthusiast owners, to reveal a bunch of old painted signs, including a big one for Elephant Kerosene, a former brand of both the Esso and Standard-Vacuum oil companies:

Elephant brand kerosene used to be a popular one in the early to mid 20th century:

Looking up close, and lots of other details revealed themselves, including the old phone number dating from the 1950s:

Friday, 29 January


St Kilda Pier, Melbourne Deborah Jane Photography

St Kilda Pier


The most famous attraction on St Kildas beach is the St Kilda Pier. This landmark was originally constructed in 1853 and the iconic kiosk on the pier built in 1904. The kiosk was destroyed by fire in 2003 but was rebuilt soon after and features a viewing deck which offers panoramic views over the bay. At the end of the pier is a breakwater which was constructed for the 1956 Olympic Games to provide a safe harbour for yachts. Visitors can walk part of the way on top of the breakwater or descend to a boardwalk at sea level. Around 100 penguins have made this rocky breakwater their home.  St Kilda Information Travel Victoria: Accommodation & Visitor Guide. N.p., 2016. Web. 29 Jan. 2016.




Hello 2016: ghost sign book in production, upcoming talk at State Library of Victoria, 40,000 page views and lots of ghost sign pics to follow soon Finding the radio book

Happy new year! It's been nearly two months since I posted on this blog - there's been lots on.

Firstly, our forthcoming edited academic book on ghost signs has consumed much of my time of late. It's finally about to go into production - will let you know when it's out. It will have 22 chapters about ghost signs from around the world, by a range of academics and practitioners. I'm very proud of it. Some initial details are here:

Secondly, I'll soon be doing a talk at the State Library of Victoria on the Lewis and Skinner archive. Details are here: Unfortunately it's now booked out - but drop me a line if you'd like to go and I'll see if I can get you in.

Thirdly, this blog has now generated 40,000 unique page views, which is very nice. Thanks for reading!

And lastly - I've accumulated a large backlog of ghost sign pics over the last months and will start posting these shortly. Stay tuned...

Monday, 25 January


Thursday, 21 January


Yoga -St Kilda Beach, Melbourne. Deborah Jane Photography


The FunAddicts invite you to one of the most entertaining and relaxing Summer activity ever!

Enjoy a Yoga lesson at St Kilda Beach where you can relax and have the opportunity to make new friends and take some cool pictures of the spot!


Wednesday, 06 January


Then and Now: Manchester Unity Building Rooftop Beside the Yarra

The Manchester Unity Building is one of the architectural jewels of the Melbourne. While researching the broader history of this iconic landmark, I came across this amazing photo:

It seems that from the 1932 through to about 1940, the rooftop of the building (Level 12) was home to a Japanese garden and cafe.

The same spot today:

The structure on the right houses a suite of offices, which had been converted from apartments (built in the 1990s).

Sadly, the rooftop is no longer open to the public, although Melbourne Open House often runs tours that include it. The rooftop is currently used for private functions, by the building's tenants.

Monday, 24 September


Leagues of Breaking Light: Performance and Exhibition: Melbourne Fringe Experimental Melbourne

Sit amongst beautiful flowers drinking Yunnanese tea or a Sunday tipple (byo). Hear data as music and see scores as visual art. Watch a video-link with the ecologist who traipsed a Himalayan mountain collecting plant-flowering data for climate change research.

Emerge with all your senses activated and the sound of flowers in your ears. Naima Fine merges composition, activism and ecology in this unique and immersive world premiere event.

Featuring Robert Macfarlane on tenor voice (Australian Bach Society), Kim Tan on Chinese flute (Forest Collective), Matt Horsley on percussion (Trioc), Mirren Strahan on violin (MeatBrain), Katherine Philp on cello (Kupkas Piano/Camerata), and Miranda Hill on double bass (Homophonic!/Octave Pussy).

Kids welcome. Accessible venue. 
Kids $10
Concession $20
Full $30
Bookings: ...

Monday, 28 December


Son of Death is a childrens book of the year Andrew McDonald

As a cheerful way to end the year I was recently honoured to see Son of Death included in The Age and the Sydney Morning Heraldbest childrens books of 2015.

Son of Death was noted in the section for middle fiction, along with The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell, The Cat With the Coloured Tail by Gillian Mears and Dinalie Dabarera, The 65-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton and The Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels. Fine company indeed!

Heres what they said about Son of Death:

A long way from whimsy is the hugely entertaining Son of Death by Andrew McDonald (Hardie Grant). This funny, tender and inventive story revolves around Sod, a 14-year-old boy who dreams of becoming a rock legend, but discovers a very unusual family secret.

Thanks Frances Atkinson, The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald!

You can read the full article here.

Son of Death


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Wednesday, 23 December


CATS The Musical "IndyWatch Feed"

Brought to you by Nuffnang and CATS The Musical

Following its triumphant season in Londons West End, the acclaimed revival of Andrew Lloyd Webbers record-breaking musical CATS comes to Australia for a strictly limited season, starring DELTA GOODREM as Grizabella.

The musical opened in Melbourne on 18 December 2015 and will be touring to Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

The 2015 Olivier award nominated hit revival, which was reworked for the most recent season in the West End by the original creative team received excellent reviews and extended its season due to overwhelming demand.
CATS, one of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981 where it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances. The ground-breaking production was the winner of the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983 the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony awards including Best Musical, and ran for eighteen years.

Thursday, 17 December


Me and Elizabeth Gilbert (well, sort of) on Creativity the rachel papers

I had the great pleasure of talking to Sarah Kanowski for her program on Creativity the other day for local ABC - listen here. It was a bit intimidating to know that our interview followed hot on the heels of Sarah's discussion with the very warm and wise Elizabeth Gilbert, who has been giving so much thought to this territory. But nevertheless I enjoyed offering another angle on the creativity subject - especially when being interviewed by such an interesting and sensitive presenter.

Thursday, 10 December


A few on the run in Sydney Finding the radio book

Today I took a lightning five-hour visit to central Sydney for work. But even in that short time, a few ghost signs reared their heads.

I snapped the first one in the city near Wynyard station on the way to our meeting.

The other three were taken by colleague Dale from the train back to the airport (Dale had the better phone camera):


Thursday, 03 December


Hiding away in the Melbourne CBD Finding the radio book

It's been a little while since I've been able to post some sign pics - and there are plenty to post. So might as well get started. Here are a few I took yesterday that popped up unexpectedly when I was walking through the Melbourne CBD's south-west, around Highlander Lane:


Further down, there was this, on Rutherglen House - one of the city's original residences (1842), and host of a colourful recent life:

The sign says (something) House - but obviously not when it was called 'Rutherglen':

Then around the corner, the entrance to the old sewerage works:

Up above: not a ghost sign but a fascinating late Victorian urban sanitation innovation - 5-storey urinals at the back of the Rialto Centre. Ironically, one of the state-of the-then-art building's first tenants was the Metropolitan Board of Works, who ran the city's sewerage system. More here:

And lastly, to finish off, a sign I'd previously missed on Elizabeth Street:

Sunday, 04 October


A brilliant renovated Mobil servo in Kongwak, Gippsland - and a few others Finding the radio book

Today we went to the Sunday market in Kongwak, South Gippsland, a tiny farming town in the green hills south of Korumburra. We saw a couple of signs there (see below), but as we went up the main road, I was blown away by this brilliant renovated Mobil service station:

This was exciting. It's the first time I've encountered a 1950s Mobil servo in such pristine condition, especially since the Lewis & Skinner signwriting documents I found (see: record the painting of many of similar servos, eg:

There's very little on this property that I've been able to find online - except for a mention in Trove from 1956.  Interesting though that there still seem to be a lot of Chapmans in Kongwak.

Here are the other signs I snapped from the area:

This looks like it might have been the former sugar mill. The next ones are from the former general store that now hosts the market:

Wednesday, 23 September


Highlights from the NGV Beside the Yarra

Founded in 1861, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is the oldest public art gallery in Australia. Its first home was the State Library, where it resided for more than 100 years, before moving to its current, stylish home on St Kilda Road, in 1968.

Foundation funds, and works, were contributed by Melbourne's newly wealthy, of which the city had plenty in the post gold rush boom. This enabled the gallery's curators to establish a formidable collection of early Australian art, which formed the backbone of the original collection. 

International artworks would be added in the 20th century. 

Alfred Fenton, a wealthy local businessman, left a sizable inheritance (the 'Fenton Bequest') to the gallery when he died in 1904, which was used to expand the collection. With the acquisition of European and American works, modern and classical, the gallery soon established a reputation of having one of the finest collections in the Southern Hemisphere.

Oddly, the NGV currently does not have a published catalogue for its permanent collection. So the following is a personal selection of favourite works from our fine gallery. The order of the listed items reflects is in no real order, but reflects my own path one afternoon, wandering from room to room...


David Hockney

David Hockney was a British painter who came to prominence in, and helped to personify, the turbulent art scene of the early 1960s. Openly gay, at a time when this was still illegal in many Western countries, Hockney used his art to comment on sexual identity, and to analyse traditional ideas of love and relationships. 

This piece from 1963 offers a critical view of the standard idea of marriage. The man - usually taken to be a self portrait - sits alongside his otherworldly wife, who Hockney based on an Egyptian statue he saw at the British museum. This unlikely pairing reflects the artists belief that traditional marriage was, or could be, ridiculous, a concept backed up by the paintings many unusual touches. The unique shape of the frame, the unexplained numbers attached to the couple, and the man's missing legs all contribute to the air of absurdity that surrounds the scene. 


Tuesday, 22 September


The Trades Hall Robbery Shoot Out Beside the Yarra

Opening in 1859, the Victorian Trades Hall on Lygon Street is one of the oldest organised labour buildings in the world. Its construction was funded by local tradesman, flush with success from their campaign for an 8 hour day in 1856, and keen to further organise their lobbying efforts. The Victorian branch of the Labour Party was founded there, and a number of Victorian unions are still based in the building.

The Trades Hall circa 1890.

Present day.

The hall also used to be awash with cash.

Most of the unions operating from the building also used the facilities to collect their dues, which were then stored on site before being banked. As Melbourne expanded rapidly, and the trade labour unions thrived, the sums of money collected by the unions were vast; at times in the tens of thousands of pounds. 

It was also a poorly kept secret that this money was not heavily secured, being kept in bags in an empty room on the top floor.

'The Argus'; October 2, 1915.

In the small hours of October 2, 1915, police Constable William Warren was on patrol in Carlton. The streets were quiet at that late hour, and the location, a block from Melbourne's police headquarters on Russell Street, were not usually a crime hotspot. But around 2.15am, as Warren walked past the darkened Trades Hall, he could hear a strange tapping sound, coming from inside the building.

While Warren tried to decide what to do, he was joined by Inspector Joseph McKenna, also on patrol. And McKenna felt he knew instantly what the noise was: a team of men trying to crack a safe (there had been a minor safe burglary at the hall a few weeks before). A third policeman, Douglas McGrath, joined the group and McKenna left them on the scene, while he dashed back to headquarters for reinforcements.

McKenna returned in a few minutes with several more officers, and the police group entered the building.


Wednesday, 16 September


I spy....two more Robur Tea signs Finding the radio book

This week's been a good week for Robur.

Firstly, I did a fun talk on Saturday for the City of Port Phillip/ Melbourne University ghost sign project:

That talk focused on Robur Tea.

And in the few days since then, I've spied two more Robur signs, tucked away on first-floor side walls in Brunswick and Yarraville:

Sunday, 23 September



Stellaria media, chickweed, in the family Caryophyllaceae, is a cool-season annual plant native to Europe, which is often eaten by chickens. It is sometimes called common chickweed to distinguish it from other plants called chickweed. Other common names include chickenwort, craches, maruns, winterweed. The plant germinates in autumn or late winter, then forms large mats of foliage. Flowers are very tiny and white, followed quickly by the seed pods. This plant flowers and sets seed at the same time. Our garden is currently full of this weed, a sure sign of Spring's arrival (and the need to do some serious weeding)...

Stellaria media is edible, delicious and nutritious, and is used as a leaf vegetable, often raw in salads. It is one of the ingredients of the symbolic dish consumed in the Japanese spring-time festival, Nanakusa-no-sekku. The plant has medicinal uses and is a common ingredient in folk medicine. It has been used as a remedy to treat itchy skin conditions and pulmonary diseases. 17th century herbalist John Gerard recommended it as a remedy for mange. Modern herbalists mainly prescribe it for skin diseases, and also for bronchitis, rheumatic pains, arthritis and period pain. A poultice of chickweed can be applied to cuts, burns and bruises. Not all of these uses are supported by scientific evidence.

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