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Wednesday, 19 September



In 2007, a survey found that 35% of Australian households contain at least one person who now plays a musical instrument a statistically similar figure to the 36% found in 2001. This proportion now equates to a rough estimate of 4.25 million people (5+ yrs) who play. Of these, about 1 million people are believed to be taking private lessons.

The most popular instrument now played, according to the survey, is the acoustic guitar (by 31% of current players). The upright piano is played by a statistically equivalent proportion. The electric guitar is currently played by about 16% of players (with some acoustic overlap) and drums by some 12%. In the 2001 study, the piano was marginally ahead a position perhaps eroded by other digital pianos and keyboards.

Music players continue to have a young profile. It was found that 37% of all players are aged 5-17 yrs and a further 24% are aged 18-34 yrs. That is, over 60% of music players fall within the 5-34 yrs age bracket compared to about 45% of the total population (5+ yrs). In fact, there is an increasing view towards younger exposure to music over 40% of people think this should be before the age of one year.

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


Perfect #0  100918Intentionally interrupted digital scan of 35... matthew schiavello: photos and words

Perfect #0  100918

Intentionally interrupted digital scan of 35 mm film which has been effected with bleach and sandpaper.

I am offline for a social media detox. See you on the other side!  My queue is loaded up and I will reply to messages on my return.


Surface Noise Vol. 7 + New titles on Shame File mailorder Experimental Melbourne

Out Now on Iceage Productions/Shame File Music:

Club Sound Witches/The Mermaids Surface Noise Vol. 7 CDR No survey of strange and confounding Australian music, such as the Surface Noise series, would be complete without a visit to Newcastle. For decades now, its been a hotbed of odd amalgams of lo-fi electronica, field recordings, deconstructed rock, and disturbing snippets of old records and radio broadcasts; often issued on cassettes with print runs you can sometimes count on one hand, accompanied by hazy or downright misleading details about the identity of the culprits. Surface Noise Volume 7 all comes from a one gig featuring a visit to Newcastle by Brisbanes masters of lo-fi not-quite-beats Club Sound Witches (Matt Earle of xNoBBQx and Nicola Morton of Bad Intentions), which then bleeds into a set of processed/bludgeoned samples from local duo The Mermaids (alumni of Cock Safari, Polyfox And The Union Of The Most Ghosts, and probably countless others).

The Surface Noise series so far:
Vol. 1 cleaninglady/Klunk
Vol. 2 Cat Hope / White Drummer (sold out, download available)
Vol. 3 Joe Musgrove / Makro & Hetlev
Vol. 4 Ben Byrne & Rosalind Hall / Anthea Caddy & Matthew Davis
Vol. 5 Dotabata / Llara Isabell Arena
Vol. 6 Jenny Barnes / Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, David Brown, Nigel Brown, Tim Catlin, Rosalind Hall, Michael McNab.
Vol. 7 Club Sound Witches/The Mermaids
Vol. 8 Snacks/Laura Altman & Monika Brooks (out soon)

Now available on Shame File Mailorder:

Todd Anderson-Kunert A Good Time To Go cassette [Anderson-Kunerts] releases so far are conceptually strong and musically interestingIn the past I compared it to the likes of Joe Colley and Francesco Meirino, but here Anderson-Kunert continues to progress and leaves out overtly harsh tones and rough cuts; not that he used many of those before. The element of sound collage is something he does keep around, but sounds move around in a gentler wayThe music is quite personal, especially a piece like A Moment To Have, which seems to be using voice as well, mumbling, sighing and slightly altered, but which comes also across as a bit sad. In his sound treatments that melancholic aspect is also used quite a bit I think with a soaring, ringing organ tone sound. This is another beautiful release from this fine composer. Vital Weekly. Cassette comes with download code.

Todd Anderson-Kunert Live at Magnet download card Live recording at Magnet Spatial Studio in Melbourne, exploring the reverberating space via bass-heavy feedback and rumbles. The packa...


Snarky Puppy announce Bluesfest sideshows Tone Deaf

New York based collective Snarky Puppy have just announced a slew of headline shows in support of their appearance at Bluesfest 2019 this April. The jazz-fusion pioneers will play a bunch of massive dates in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. Its destined to be a spectacle you dont want to miss. Full tour dates and ticket information below.
Tickets to Bluesfests 30th anniversary celebrations are on sale now, so be sure to head along to their website to make sure you dont miss out on one of the biggest events on the Aussie musical calendar.

Watch: Snarky Puppy Lingus (We Like It Here)

Snarky Puppy Bluesfest 2019 Sideshows

Pre-sale begins 10am AEST Wednesday, 19th September

Tickets on sale to general public 10am AEST Friday, 21st September

Sunday, 21st April 2019
Enmore Theatre, Sydney (All Ages)
Tickets: Ticketek

Wednesday, 24th April 2019
HQ, Adelaide
Tickets: OzTix

Friday, 26th April 2019
The Forum, Melbourne
Tickets: Ticketmaster


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Newlands Fringe is planned to rock our October.  Keep Friday, October 26 free, arrange a sitter, dust off your dancing shoes and join our Newlands Primary School Community in a night of fun.  Our very own DJ Eddy and Nancy Bangles will host an evening of dancing, performances, comedy and trivia. As always, the bar will be open!

It is set to be a night of laughter and merriment. Book a few tickets or organise a whole table. Dress theme is musical subcultures. Tickets on sale soon.......

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Tuesday, 18 September



Early morning chill in the air doesn't deter the early birds (including photographer) from going out and taking it all in by the banks of the Yarra River!

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


Shot some film to later experiment with and destroy. Turned out... matthew schiavello: photos and words

Shot some film to later experiment with and destroy. Turned out I liked a few of the shots. 

 Kodak Gold 200,  Sept 2018 

double exposure.


This Week in Melbourne: What's On #612 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Read Online This Week: 18-24 September 2018Newsletter | #612 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 18th September 2018 to Monday 24th September 2018 Circus in Melbourne Spring School Holiday Guide Tesselaar Tulip Festival Melbourne Fringe Festival Friday Night Live MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Art Body Worlds Vital Caulfield Cup Carnival Jurassic Creatures | Live Lavazza Italian Film Festival Melbourne Chinese Moon Festival Melbourne Fringe Festival Melbourne Yarn & Fibre Festival Moon Lantern Festival Oktoberfest Street Party Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest Royal Melbourne Show September Latin Festival Spiegel Et Luna | The Famous Spiegeltent St Kilda Art Crawl Sunshine Lantern Festival Yea Garden Expo Sport Richmond v Collingwood | AFL Preliminary Final Storm vs Sharks | NRL Preliminary Final Enjoy #Melbourne Royal Melbourne Show 22 September 2018 - 2 October 2018 | Melbourne Showgrounds Showcases excellence in agriculture, attracting close to 500,000 people over 11 spectacular days. 2018 marks 100 years since the first showbags. Royal Melbourne Show | Buy Tickets Circus Its that time of year when the circus hits town including three of our very favourite circus' playing: Silvers Grand Magic Circus, Circus Royale and Circus Oz. Silvers Circus | Burnley - 5 Sept - 10 Oct Circus Royale | Taylors Lakes - 19 Sept - 7 Oct Circus Oz - 11 - 21 October Spring School Holidays Saturday 22 September - Sunday 7 October 2018 Free guide includes over 300 activities and events to keep the kids entertained during the Spring School Holidays. --> School Holidays Guide <-- Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest Saturday 22 Sep 2018 | Royal Exhibition Building Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest boasts over 50 German beers, cider, wine, schnapps, oompah bands, folk dancing and an electric atmosphere. Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest | Buy Tickets 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 at the festival Mon 17th - Thu 20th September | Tulips In Wonderland Week Fri 21st - Sun 23rd September | Dutch Weekend Mon 24th - Thu 27th September | Children's Week 1 Fri 28th - Sun 30th September | Food Wine & Jazz Weekend Mon 1st - Thu 4th October | Children's Week 2 Fri 5th - Sun 7th October | Irish Weekend Mon 8th - Sun 14th October | Tulipmania Week --> Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2018...


Neil Simon: a very special American playwright, screenwriter and author. ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly

I have two important reasons for focusing on Neil Simon. Firstly my family life seemed to replicate his: Russian parents, Jewish, Yiddish-speaking, impoverished in the Great Depression and very keen on tertiary education. Secondly I saw every American play and musical in the 1950s and early 60s, but didnt enjoy the experience until Neil Simons works started arriving in Australia.

Neil Simon (19272018) was born and grew up in Manhattan, where he lived with his Russian parents and his older brother Danny. His parents were not happy together, made worse by financial hardship caused by the Great Depression. The two boys were sometimes forced to live with various aunts and uncles, instead of in the family home. Needless to say, Danny and Neil took refuge at the cinema as children, finding particular delight in comedies.

Neil studied for a short time before signing up for the Army Air Force Reserve, then served as a sports editor for the Lowry Field Base newspaper. He studied at the University of Denver, until he was demobilised in 1946.

After returning home, Neil started work at Warner Bros, Manhattan. His career-starter came when he and Danny created a sketch for radio producer Ace Goodman (son of Latvian Jews), launching them as a comedy-writing team. The brothers soon began writing material for stars like Milton Berle (son of Russian Jews) and Jackie Gleason.

In the early 1950s, Neil and Danny Simon joined an all-star writing cast, along with the other Jewish lads in America who were involved in comedy eg comedian Sid Caesar (son of Polish Jews) in his television series. It also included Mel Brooks (son of German and Russian Jews), Woody Allen (grandson of Russian and Austrian Jews) and Carl Reiner (son of Austrian and Romanian Jews). 

Used to be Alvin Theatre and is now Neil Simon Theatre, New York
Mayor Ed Koch, Neil Simon and actor Matthew Broderick, 1983
Credit: National Post

Here is something I did not know. Neils brother Danny wrote for many television shows including Phil Silvers Show, My Three Sons and The Carol Burnett Show.

Neil was a prolific writer, whipping out successful plays and screenplays at a rapid rate. Mostly his audiences were precisely the sort of people he wrote about: upwardly mobile, urbane New York Jews. These were people still close enough to their humble immigrant roots to appreciate having them sifted for earthy humour, but comfortably assimilated into the New World.

And note Walter Mathau (son of Ukrainian Jews) who starred in 3 brilliant Simon comedies. The Odd Couple 1968 written by Neil Simon, was based on his play of the same name. The screenplay for Plaza Suite 1971 was based on Neil Simons 1968 play of the same title. The Sunshine Boys was a 1975 film based on the play by Neil Simon, about two old cranky comics brought together for a reunion.

In 1966 and into 1967, Simon had four shows playing at Broadway theatres simultaneously: Odd Couple, Sweet Charity, Star-Spangled Girl and Barefoot in the Park. How did he expend that much energy?


Nicky Winmar Statue Significance and Beauty Black Mark

Hanging above my desk is HaHas stencil portrait of Nicky Winmar and I have long wanted to see a public bronze statue of Winmar ever since that football match at Victoria Park in 1993. Ive never been interested in Australian football nor do I think that more bronze statues are a great addition to a cityscape. I wanted one because Winmars gesture in reply to racist taunts is both significant and beautiful.

HaHa, Nicky Winmar, 2009

HaHa, Nicky Winmar, 2009

Australia is still in love with monuments and memorials. There is no shortage of recent official monuments and memorials in Melbourne from traditional bronze figures to abstract monuments, like the Great Petition. These permanent monuments express the desire to establish a national mythology but given the lack of statues of both women and Indigenous people it is not representative.

Public sculpture is an obvious indication of the political and social values and structures of a place. Public sculptures make obvious public statements, from the choice of subjects to the style of the finished work it is all deliberate. This is why Australia needs a statue of a proud Noongar man standing victorious in defiance racist taunts.

If someone had asked me which sculptor I would like to sculpt Winmar I would have picked Melbourne-based sculptor, Louis Laumen because of his experience in sculpting sporting heroes around the MCG. Not that anyone asked me (nor I am surprised that they didnt, I have no power or influence) but the commission did go to Laumen. I dont like Laumens style but I know that it will be appreciated by the crowds of football supporters. My one criticism is why Laumen keeps on making statues with their mouths half open; Wayne Ludbeys photo shows that Winmar was tight lipped as he points to his chest.

The only problem now facing the statue of Winmar is that it hasnt been decided where to install it: Melbourne or Perth. Perth because Perths Optus Stadium on Noongar land. It is a strange problem for a sculpture and the Indigenous Past Players Association is right to question the process because generally a location for the sculpture is agreed before it is commissioned. There is an obvious solution to this problem; bronze sculptures can be made in multiple additions. So lets put our hands in our collective pockets and pay Louis Laumen and Fundre Foundry in Sunshine for another edition of this important sculpture.


The Laneway Festival 2019 lineup has arrived Tone Deaf

St. Jeromes Laneway Festival has just dropped its massive 2019 lineup. This year will see the festival celebrate its 15th birthday, hitting up venues in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Fremantle in February 2019.

Spearheaded by Australian legends Gang Of Youths and Courtney Barnett, the lineup will also see a bunch of awesome, international acts like Jorja Smith, Rex Orange County and Mitski. Full lineup and ticket information below.

Watch: Ruby Fields Dinosaurs

Laneway has also released this awesome graph that breaks down their diverse lineup.


Laneway Festival 2019 Lineup

Gang of Youths
Courtney Barnett
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (Laneway Festival Exclusive)
Baker Boy
Camp Cope
Charlie Collins (East Coast Exclusive)
Cosmos Midnight
Crooked Colours (East Coast Exclusive)
Denzel Curry (East Coast Exclusive)
DJDS (Excluding Adelaide)
G Flip
Jon Hopkins
Jorja Smith (Laneway Festival Exclusive)
Mansionair (Excluding Fremantle)
Methyl Ethel
Middle Kids
Mitski (East Coast Exclusive)
Parquet Courts
Ravyn Lenae
Rex Orange County
Ruby Fields (Excluding Fremantle)
What So Not
Yellow Days (Excluding Adelaide)

Tickets and Dates

Visa pre-sale begins 9am Thursday, 20th September

Tickets on sale 9am Tuesday, 25th September

Saturday, 2nd February
Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane
Tickets: Official Website

Sunday, 3rd February
SCA and Callan Park, Sydney
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 8th February
Harts Mill, Port Adelaide
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 9th February
Footscray Park, Melbourne
Tickets: Official Website

Sunday, 10th February
Esplanade Reserve and West End, Fremantle
Tickets: Official Website



I have been reading some translations of Chinese poems lately, so that may explain my preoccupation with things Sinitic!

The views here are from the Yarra Bend Park nature reserve along the Yarra River.

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 Ruby Tuesday meme.

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Monday, 17 September



MIUC 180918:Burt/Schieve/Janssen; Way/Edwards; Papageorgiou/Griffiths Experimental Melbourne

WARREN BURT (Electronics)/CATHERINE SCHIEVE (Harmonium)/BERNI JANSSEN (Sound Poetry)
KAMA WAY (Vocals/Bass)/EDDIE EDWARDS (DM100/Guitar)
ZELA PAPAGEORGIOU (Percussion/Found Sounds)/Jonathan Griffiths (Percussion)

25/9: Cooper Engineering Noise Orchestra 
2/10: Stroker (US); Psychward + Niiboy; Porpoise Torture; Betty; Toecutter (NSW)
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

The Make It Up Club
Avant-Garde Improvised Music and Sound Performance...


Moe Chee /Is There A Hotline?/Baby Roy - Night Heron - 28 Sept 2018 Experimental Melbourne

Taiwanese/Australian duo Moe Chee play their only Australian show for 2018 at the Night Heron on Grand Final Eve (public holiday!). With support from Is There a Hotline? & Baby Roy.

Friday 28 September, 2018 - 8pm
The Night Heron, 228 Nicholson St, Footscray
Free Entry
Facebook event

Moe Chee (pronounced Moe-chee or Mo-Qi) is a phrase in Mandarin that has no direct English translation, but can variously be interpreted as silent bonding, unspoken agreement, mutual understanding, tacit, in sync. Chun-Liang Liu and Clinton Green are artists working together with dance, music, movement and sound. Their performances, often unofficial and in public spaces, seek engagement and interaction with audiences and passersby. describes their connection in performance -

Is There A Hotline? - Avid 'flow' practitioners and DIY enthusiasts Jen Tait (Gwenhwyfar Cheerful) and Jennifer Callaway call out to the cosmos using an assemblage of percussive objects and electronica, evoking transportive atmosphere, psychic storms and quiet retreats.

Baby Roy - Michael and George McNab. Sarcy subversive anti-performance duo. Special debut show on this 28th day of September, Name Of George's 24th Baby Birthday. Boring acapella numbers, pathetic stage tricks, props, costumes... in short, idiocy hitherto unsurpassed... one awkward moment after another, for the sake of brotherly indulgence.

Last Moe Chee performance in Australia (2016):


CURRENT 2017-18 video documentation Experimental Melbourne

CURRENT 2017/18 took place at Aeso Studio, Melbourne, on 17-18 February 2018. Performers were placed into new ensembles each day, covering a range of disciplines, and asked to create an improvised performance.


Juana Beltran
Georgia Bettens
Jennifer Callaway
Mick Douglas
Matt Faisander
Simon Fisher
Susan Frykberg
Cor Fuhler
Llara Goodall
Dale Gorfinkel
Clinton Green
Martin Kay
Kim Kerze
Cam Love
Scott McConnachie
Derek McCormack
Siobhan McKenna
Michael McNab
Sage Pbbbt
Amaara Raheem
Emma Riches
Allanah Stewart
Erin K. Taylor
Josh Twee
Ren Walters
Giles Warren
Mitchell Welch
Samuel Harnett Welk

Guest curators: Michael McNab & Clinton Green


Good Things Festival have upgraded the venue for their Melbourne show Tone Deaf

If youre heading to the inaugural Good Things Festival this December, you might want to pay attention, with the Melbourne leg of the fest upgrading its venue today.

Just last month, Good Things stunned all of us by dropping an absolutely stellar lineup for its debut year. With the likes of The Offspring, Stone Sour, Bullet For My Valentine, BABYMETAL, Mayday Parade, and The Smith Street Band, it was clear that this was going to be a pretty popular event.

Now, it seems that the festival has been so popular that organisers have made the decision to upgrade the venue for the Melbourne leg of the festival.

Originally taking place on December 7th at the Melbourne Showgrounds, organisers have now announced the festival is set to kick off on the same date, just over at Flemington Racecourse instead.

It was apparent the first day we went on sale that tickets for the Melbourne show were flying out the gate, explained Good Things Festival promoter, Chris OBrien. With so many bucket list moments on the Festival we simply had to make the decision to move to a larger venue to accommodate everyone.

The Offspring will never perform Smash plus a greatest hits set again in Australia so to not allow fans that opportunity along with getting to witness BABYMETALs incredible live show with full production for the first time was simply not an option.

With the venue upgraded, that means theres more tickets up for grabs, and therefore more chances for keen punters to witness some of the biggest bands in the world deliver some absolutely stunning sets.

Original tickets are still valid for the new location, so if youve already bought a ticket, youve nothing to worry about. If youre yet to buy a ticket, theyre still on sale from Oztix, but be quick to ensure you dont miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime lineup!

Check out The Offsprings Come Out And Play (Keep Em Separated):

Good Things Festival 2018 Lineup

The Offspring (Performing Smash In Full)
Stone Sour
All Time Low
Dropkick Murphys
Bullet For My Valentine
The Used
The Smith Street Band
Dashboard Confessional
(Performing songs from The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most + Fan Favourites)
Mayday Parade
La Dispute
The Wonder Years
Tonight Alive
Palaye Royale
Make Them Suffer
Boston Manor
Void Of Vision
Ecca Vandal

Friday, December 7th (New Venue!)
Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, VIC

Saturday, December 8th
Parramatta Park, Sydney, NSW

Sunday, December 9th
Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane, QLD

Tickets on sale now through Oztix




You are interacting with the Information Superhighway on your Computing Machine, when suddenly you discover there is a new album by Undead Magic User, called "While the Living Sleep".  It appears to be completely free to stream, but, even more tantalisingly, completely free to download as well, although you can't help but notice that you are able to pay for it if you wish. What do you do?

Roll 1d6:

 1) You ignore the post you're reading on Experimental Melbourne and go back the way you came - you don't need to hear these synthesised drones or immersive atmospheres.  Life is fine the way it is.  You check your Facebook and forget all about it.
2) You're intrigued by the oddly self-referential post on Experimental Melbourne, and interested in the unusual imagery - you click on the link at the bottom of the post.  Suddenly, your browser reveals a shadowy Bandcamp page, and there, right in front of you, is the album that you were promised, in all its six-tracked glory.  With titles like "Cave of Dismal Intentions" and "Elf Stare", you enter the album, cautiously, your mouse-finger ready to release you from this website should things go awry.  Tentatively, you stream the first track...
3) "Undead Magic User"?  You like the sound of that!  Without any further thought, you dive straight in, letting the long-form improvised dark ambient synthscapes wash over you like some kind of Drowish Magick.  Within the first few moments of the opening track "Contemplation of the Magic User", you're so hooked that you find yourself pressing on the "Buy Digital Album" button, almost without thinking, and purchasing the album for maybe 3 or 4 dollars.  "Why not?" you wonder, "when the artist has so clearly toiled over this album's creation so very diligently?  It takes a lot of time and effort to generate art in a society so ambivalent about culture, 3 or 4 dollars is really not that much - and I do so want to support the local experimental music scene."  You download the album to your collection and enjoy the rich and warm feeling of becoming a patron of the dice-ambient role-core musickal arts.
4) You rush your browser straight over to Undead Magic User's Bandcamp Portal, and, in a berserker frenzy, buy not only the new album "While The Living Sleep", but every single release, from "And Upon That Terrible Throne" ri...


Meet the bands playing the 2018 VB Hard Yards Tour Tone Deaf

After being shortlisted, and surviving a public vote (with over 4,000 votes cast), Being Jane LanePaper Thin and Claws & Organs will hit the road this October on the VB Hard Yards Tour. Headlining each gig will be Alex Lahey in Melbourne, Tired Lion in Sydney, WAAX in Brisbane, and RAAVE TAPES in Newcastle.

VB Hard Yards aims to give the hard working bands of Australia a leg up, giving them a chance to play shows with new friends, in new places. The tour will see the bands play shows across the east coast of Australia with a bunch of massive local names.  Headlining each gig will be Alex Lahey in Melbourne, Tired Lion in Sydney, WAAX in Brisbane, and RAAVE TAPES in Newcastle.


VB Hard Yards Tour 2018

Meet your VB Hard Yards winners for 2018 Being Jane Lane, Claws & Organs, and Paper Thin! Catch them in a city near you this October.

Tone Deaf

If youre keen to head along to a gig, register online before Sunday, September 23 for your chance to be there!


Featuring Being Jane Lane, Paper Thin, Claws & Organs

October 3 Northcote Social Club, Melbourne 
w/ Alex Lahey

October 4 The Foundry, Brisbane 

 October 5 The Cambridge, Newcastle 

October 6 The Lansdowne, Sydney
w/ Tired Lion

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Sunday, 16 September



Atlas once perched proudly on top of the original Atlas Assurance Company building that was constructed in the late 1800s, on the same site where he now resides, on Collins St, just up from Queen St. During the 1950s a new Altas Building was constructed and the statue was moved the front of the new building at ground level to be admired by all who passed. During the 1970s the building was again demolished to make way for the latest structure that occupies 406 Collins Street. This once proud statue now sits high up in a corner, where he is ignored by most rushing past below him...

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, 15 September


Guernica by Picasso: anti-war in general or pro-Republican specifically? ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly

Pablo Picasso was born in 1881, in Mlaga Spain. Landmarks of the artists childhood are still vibrant today in this sunlit Mediterranean city. The Church of Santiago was where Picasso was baptised. Touristy Plaza de la Merced was where the artist etched his first drawings outside his home.

Picasso was messy, both boisterous and silent, amorous and domineering. His love of bullfighting stemmed from childhood visits to Mlagas Plaza de Toros de la Malagueta, making picadors and bulls a recurring motif in his work.

 Guernica, 1937
3.5 7.8m
Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid
Photo credit: publicdelivery

Early on Pablo shed his fathers name, Ruiz, and adopted his mothers more memorable Picasso. Within a few years, Picasso was painting skilled portraits of family and friends. By 16, his work got him into the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid. And studied the Spanish masters he admired at the Prado Museum.

Picasso was young when Paul Czanne, Georges Seurat and the Post-impressionists freed themselves from Impressionist brush work, adding defined forms and emotional intensity to their canvases. Under their influence, Picasso quickly reinvented his style.

The Spaniard finally settled in Paris in 1904, at 22, where he  progressed quickly. With his painting Les Demoiselles dAvignon 1907, the artist overturned traditional composition, perspective and aesthetic appeal. The five distorted, naked women at a brothel alarmed even Picassos closest friends. But his radical art movement was launched.


Now a leap in time. Picasso had been given a commission by the Spanish Republican Government to produce a mural for the Spanish Pavilion of the 1937 Paris Worlds Fair!! He had been searching for months for a subject, but personal and international turmoil had disrupted his process. On the day after the attack in Guernica, Picasso was sitting in the Caf de Flore Paris where he read of the atrocity in the newspaper. He had found his theme at last.

Nationalist Vs Republican Spain, 1937
Press on G for Guernica

In July 1936 the brutal Spanish general Francisco Franco had launched a semi-successful coup against Spains democratic republic; over half of Spain fell under Francos Nationalist control, while less than half was retained by the Republican Government. As global tensions soared, Spains bitter civil war rapidly internationalised: the Republicans were armed from the Communist Soviet Union, while Franco was armed by Fascist Germany and Italy.

In April 1937, a busy market day in Guernica, German and Italian war planes assembled overhead to bomb the small undefended Basque town. The attack lasted for 3 hours as high explosives destroyed the town. Although the death toll was revised down to 2...


Looted art in Germany and France - Hildebrand and Cornelius Gurlitt ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly

Notable German art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt (18951956) was the son of a famous art historian, Cornelius Gurlitt I (18501938), and grandson of Louis Gurlitt (18121897), an important C19th landscape artist.

Early in his career in the 1920s, Hildebrand worked as a museum director in Zwickau, where he tried to convince people of the merits of modern art. But he faced a right wing backlash and was dropped. In 1933 he moved to Hamburg where young Hildebrand tried to rebuilt his career as a modern art dealer, just as the Nazis rose to power.

Hildebrand started to actively link himself with the Nazi goals, writing to the Propaganda Ministry to volunteer his skills as a leading expert in modern i.e degenerate art. He was sent with other dealers to act for the Nazis, with the task of acquiring works for the Fhrermuseum project. Hitlers Special Art Commission of Linz planned to create a super museum in his boyhood town, Linz, that would contain every important art work in the world. So Hildebrand had a blank cheque. He obtained works by Delacroix, Fragonard, Seurat and Courbet, Paul Signac, watercolours by August Macke; horses by Franz Marc; Millet, Boucher and works by Kollwitz, Munch and Liebermann. Many paintings had been stolen from noted French Jewish art dealer Paul Rosenberg.

Waterloo Bridge, 1903

Claude Monet's The Bridge of Waterloo was found wrapped in newspapers behind a library in Cornelius Gurlitt's house in Salzburg. It was of a London day of fog and grey skies. The back of the canvas had a 1938 note from Hildebrand's mother saying: "I am happy to confirm that this picture photographed on the back was bought by me and my father many years ago and I gave it to you on your wedding in 1923". Hildebrand Gurlitt clearly lied about the origins of his collection, making  this painting one of the many works on display with dodgy provenance.

Odalisque, 1923
Stedelijk Museum

Remember the Allied armies' Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Programme aka Monuments Men? They were an international volunteer group who operated within the Allied Forces to protect Europes cultural property. In June 1945 they captured Hildebrand and 20 boxes of art in Aschbach, and questioned his connection to the Nazis. But his reply was uncheckable: he said that most of his collection and papers had been destroyed in Dresdens bombing, Feb 1945.

In 1945 Hildebrand described his dealings during the Third Reich to Allied authorities, and listed the art in his possession. As part of its investigative process, German authorities search found that in May 1940 the Reich Propaganda Ministry sold 200 paintings to Gurlitt for a small price. Hildebrand gained 115 more works of Degenerate Art in the same way in 1941, giving him a personal trading collection of 1,500 art objects. Gurlitt used his position to sell art to domestic collectors, mostly to Bernhard Sprengel, whose collection forms the core of  Hanover's Sprengel Museum.

After the war, Hildebrand Gurlitt was quickly rehab...


The Woman in Gold: battle for Klimt's art ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly

The film Woman in Gold, directed by Simon Curtis, was about the recovery of Gustav Klimts Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I 1907.

Gustav Klimt 1862-1918 (Moritz Bleibtreu)s finished portrait painting, made of gorgeous oil, silver and gold, took three years to complete. His 1907 painting, commission by the husband, had originally been titled Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. It was the first of 2 portraits that Klimt painted of Adele; then Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II in 1912.

When Adele died in 1925, her 6 paintings by Klimt were not left to Austria. She specified in her will that the paintings were to be left to her husband and asked that he donate them to the Austrian State Gallery upon his death, to be put on display in the prestigious Belvedere Palace. However Adele's husband, wealthy sugar magnate Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer's own will stated that his estate, including the Klimt paintings, was to go to his heirs.

But Ferdinand did not die until WW2, and by that time the paintings had already been stolen by the Nazis. A German lawyer administered their sale, and in 1941, the Austrian State Gallery won the Klimt works. The Nazi curator at the Austrian Gallery first changed the paintings name to hide the fact that the model was Jewish.

Dame Helen Mirren played the late Maria Altmann (nee Bloch Bauer 1916-2011), niece of Adele, very well. I dont like docu-dramas, especially when English-speaking actors have to put on fake German accents while speaking in English. But I love Viennas early C20th Golden Era, its art, music and cultural salons, and was keen to see the film.

The story was seen through two streams, the first located recently, and the second via flashbacks to the 1930s. We saw the cultivated life of the Bloch-Bauer family, a Jewish business family in Vienna. Adele (1881-1924) hosted a chic cultural salon where Klimt and other artists met their patrons and bonded with them. Maria Altmann recalled the arrival of Nazi forces in Vienna, oppression of the Jewish community and Nazi looting of art treasures. Nazis raided the family-home and took jewellery, her father's Stradivarius and paintings.

Anne-Marie O'Connor's book Lady in Gold: Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece said Ferdinand Altmann had been arrested by the Nazis and held at Dachau concentration camp for two months. Later the couple tried to escape 3 times before the country was completely shut off; eventually they succeeded, boarding a plane to Cologne. While Altmann and her brand new husband were successful in escaping, she was forced to abandon her parents in Vienna. From the UK, the young couple made their way across Holland and then to Liverpool. But as the British were growing more suspicious of Axis citizens living in Britain, they travelled to America.

Then the film jumped to the 1990s when an elderly and widowed Altmann was attending her sisters funeral in Los Angeles. She discovered her sisters late 1940s letters which wanted to recover family artwork that had been stolen by the Nazis.

Altmann hired lawyer Randol Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) to get her art back via the Restitution Board in Austria. Note that grandpa Arnold Schoenbergs music had been defined as Degenerate by the Nazi Party's cultural authorities. After being warned to get out, Arnold fled via Paris to America in 1933, teaching at the University of Southern California.



The long-billed corella (Cacatua tenuirostris), or slender-billed corella is a cockatoo native to Australia, which is similar in appearance to the little corella and sulphur-crested cockatoo. This species is mostly white, with a reddish-pink face and forehead, and has a long pale beak, which is used to dig for roots and seeds. It has reddish-pink feathers on the breast and belly.

The adult long-billed corella measures from 38 to 41 cm in length, has a wingspan of about 8090 cm and averages 567 g in weigh] It has a long bone-coloured beak, and a rim of featherless bluish skin around the eyes. The plumage is predominantly white with reddish feathers around the eyes and lores. The underside of the wings and tail feathers are tinged with yellow.

The long-billed corella can be found in the wild around western Victoria and southern New South Wales. Feral populations have sprung up in Sydney, Perth, Hobart and southeast Queensland from the release of captive birds. This has implications in Western Australia where this species may hybridise with the endangered southern race of the western corella. It has extended its range in the past 15 years or so and can now be found (and is common) right through central Victoria including areas around Melbourne. Here they are foraging in the Darebin Parklands in suburban Melbourne.

Breeding generally takes place from July to November. Long-billed corellas form monogamous pairs and both sexes share the task of building the nest, incubating the eggs and caring for the young. Nests are made in decayed debris, the hollows of large old  [3] are laid on a lining of decayed wood. The incubation period is around 24 days and chicks spend about 56 days in the nest.

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


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.


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Friday, 14 September



Spring sunshine, warmer temperatures, and fluffy clouds as the afternoon wears on in Werribee.

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



A preposition deposition Will Type For Food

Well wouldn't you know, I was absolutely beside myself. Which was awkward, because it was a rather cliched position to put myself in. So I decided to be inside myself instead. After being inside myself for a while it was getting rather tight and I needed fresh air, so I decided to be before myself instead. It was great! Because that meant I was getting ahead of myself, though I also had to run to keep up with myself, which put me between myself and myself and it was getting rather like I was being inside myself again. So I put myself down, which meant I sat upon myself. Just as I felt like I was getting on top of myself, who should I walk into but myself? Just standing around on a street corner, being with himself (who was me). And because I ran into myself I was all of a sudden inside myself again, and it seemed like I was back to square one! Fortunately, I caught myself in time, which experience took me right out of myself, and I was overjoyed, I was excited, let me tell you, I was absolutely beside myself!

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Thursday, 13 September



Rhododendron 'Mrs. Murple's Purple', has large, 5 lobed, ruffled, star-shaped flowers that form a large ball truss that complements the attractive foliage and good growth habit. Each flower is a medium purple with a hint of red and fades to a white centre with a gold blotch on the upper lobe. The reverse of each flower has more of a reddish tint which helps to create a lovely contrast with the white anthers. (produced by crossing 'Purple Splendour' x 'Whitney's Purple').

The National Rhododendron Gardens (The Georgian Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia), are host to brilliantly coloured blooms of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. Seasonal changes ensure the gardens are a delight all year around. When not in bloom, you can still soak in the beauty of rich bark textures, seed capsules, foliage shapes and beautiful fragrance as you stroll through the grounds.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.


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Amsterdam green #73


Many thanks to Jules at Fragments of broken dreams, for the recent reblogs!


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On Thursday 13th September the Thornbury Theatre is chuffed to be hosting Northcote High Comedy. Comedy is fast becoming a tradition for Northcote High School parents and friends. A fantastic line-up has been released for the 2019 Comedy Night fundraiser, brought to you by the Events and Fundraising sub-committee of School Council. Last year the night raised over $20,000 to support school projects. Fundraising such as this is central to Northcote High School's ability to continue to develop contemporary learning spaces in addition to projects funded by DET.  The night will feature well known comics Geraldine Hickey, David Quirk, Monica Dullard, Nath Valvo, Lauren Bok and MC Jodie J Hill. This year, funds raised will target the redevelopment of the Library to create improved study, meeting and social spaces for students. 

Melbourne based singer, songwriter and story teller Michael Waugh is touring nationally to launch his fourth album 'The Asphalt &...


Re-Submissions. matthew schiavello: photos and words



Wed just like to mention that recently weve been getting a few people tagging us into posts or mentioning us in hashtags. Its worth pointing out that we dont always see tags as this blog isnt the primary blog of either of us and these posts are generally brought to our attention thanks to somebody else (most notably @naturelvr69). Its easy enough to submit to us by clicking here and we cant always guarantee posting your photographs if you tag us into a post. 

Mojo & RK 

Submissions are the best way to submit to the @photochallenge2018 blog.

Thank you Mojo & RK!


Dirty Quickies is seeking participants from NIAs across Toronto matthew schiavello: photos and words


Hello! Do you live, work, study, or are otherwise part of a community
located in one of Torontos 31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs)? 

Dirty Quickies is starting a side project with the goal to increase visibility and representation across all of Torontos communities while showcasing the beauty of our diverse neighbourhoods and their inhabitants. To this end, we are participating in the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020 initiative to promote the communities within 31 specific areas in the city of Toronto. 

You can find an enlarged map of all 31 of these neighbourhoods here or click on their individual profile pages below to see a snapshot of the respective areas, including their demographics data:

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Wednesday, 12 September



Knucklebones, also known as Tali, Fivestones, or Jacks, is a game of ancient origin, usually played with five small objects, or ten in the case of jacks. Originally the "knucklebones" (actually the astragalus, a bone in the ankle, or hock) were those of a sheep, which were thrown up and caught in various manners. Modern knucklebones consist of six points, or knobs, proceeding from a common base, and are usually made of metal or plastic. The winner is the first player to successfully complete a prescribed series of throws, which, though similar, differ widely in detail.

The simplest throw consists in either tossing up one stone, the jack, or bouncing a ball, and picking up one or more stones or knucklebones from the table while it is in the air. This continues until all five stones or knucklebones have been picked up. Another throw consists in tossing up first one stone, then two, then three and so on, and catching them on the back of the hand. Different throws have received distinctive names, such as "riding the elephant", "peas in the pod", "horses in the stable", and "frogs in the well".

The sheep knucklebones below are from the collection of Museums Victoria and it is understandable how in a sheep-raising country like Australia, Jacks would have been traditionally played with sheep bones.

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


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Tuesday, 11 September



Victorian buildings in Melbourne are often adorned with faces. Took a photo or two and then played around in Photoshop. Here are the results.

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


This Week in Melbourne: What's On #611 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Read Online This Week in Melbourne: 11 - 17 September 2018Newsletter | #611 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 11th September 2018 to Monday 17th September 2018 Australian Citizenship Day Australian International Tea Expo Body Worlds Vital Connor's Run Hawthorn v Melbourne | Week 2 Toyota AFL Finals Series Jurassic Creatures | Live Lavazza Italian Film Festival Melbourne Fringe Festival Montsalvat Arts Festival Mullum Mullum Trail Opening One Fine Baby | Family & Lifestyle Fair R U OK? Day Red Ball Melbourne Sofra | Turkish Festival Spring Clean the City | World Cleanup Day Spring Vegan Festival Tesselaar Tulip Festival The Melbourne Collective | Spring Design Market Victorian State Schools Spectacular Wellness Walk & Research Run Enjoy #Melbourne 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 at the festival Sat 15th - Sun 16th September | Turkish Weekend Mon 17th - Thu 20th September | Tulips In Wonderland Week Fri 21st - Sun 23rd September | Dutch Weekend Mon 24th - Thu 27th September | Children's Week 1 Fri 28th - Sun 30th September | Food, Wine & Jazz Weekend Mon 1st - Thu 4th October | Children's Week 2 Fri 5th - Sun 7th October | Irish Weekend Mon 8th - Sun 14th October | Tulipmania Week --> Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2018...


Murmurations: Experience the next generation of emerging spatial sound artists Experimental Melbourne

Murmurations brings together new sound works by emerging composers, public discussion with leaders in Australias spatial sound art community and compositions by influential multichannel artists from across the globe.

Presented by Starlings Spatial Sound Collective (comprising artists Lisa Bartolomei, Gillian Lever and Joshua Peters) in collaboration with Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) and RMIT Art Collection, Murmurations is an opportunity for audiences to experience the physicality of sound as it inhabits space.

Held in the Black Box space in the RMIT Media Precinct, Murmurations will utilise the multichannel system to create a unique listening experience. This is a chance to hear the next generation of spatial sound artists spread their wings.


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Monday, 10 September



Terraced houses in Australia refers almost exclusively to Victorian and Edwardian era terraced houses or replicas, almost always found in the older, inner city areas of the major cities, mainly Sydney and Melbourne. Terraced housing was introduced to Australia in the 19th century. Their architectural work was based on those in London and Paris, which had the style a century earlier. Large numbers of terraced houses were built in the inner suburbs of large Australian cities, particularly Sydney and Melbourne, mainly between the 1850s and the 1890s. The beginning of this period coincided with a population boom caused by the Victorian and New South Wales Gold Rushes of the 1850s and finished with an economic depression in the early 1890s. Detached housing became the popular style of housing in Australia following Federation in 1901.

The generic Melbourne style of terrace is distinguishable from other regional variations, often reflecting the popularity of Italianate villa architecture in the city.  Many Victorian era Melbourne terraces are built on foundations of bluestone, a solid and porous local rock quarried from the volcanic plains to the north and west of the city, although it is rare to find terraces completely constructed of the material due to the difficulty to mould it.  The majority of designers of Victorian terraces in Melbourne made an effort to deliberately hide roof elements with the use of a decorative parapet, often combined with the use balustrades above a subtle but clearly defined eave cornice and a frieze which was either plain or decorated with a row of brackets (and sometimes additional patterned bas-relief. Chimneys were often tall, visible above the parapet and elaborately Italianate in style.

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.


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Wings of flight #11 181016

Mixed media. (organic matter, ink, watercolour). Digital scan.  


Afraid of the Yowie The Gap Year and Beyond

The Grey Kangaroo mobs that inhabit the Greens Bush section of the Mornington Peninsula National Park are generally quite skittish and can spot me quite a distance away. On occasion while I have been standing still watching birds, a group has moved past me along one of their trails. Once they notice me there is a mad panic as they bound off in all directions.  The last few visits I have found a lone Grey along the ridge-line track. The first time I was photographing a nest and he just moved from beside a tree a few feet away and stood up tall next to me and just stared. When I noticed him from the corner of my eye, he didnt even budge while I shrieked at the sudden potential attack by a yowieHe dropped down onto his front paws and fed on some grass and then ambled off the track and back into the bush. On the weekend I came across him again just feeding on the grass along the track near the same spot as last time.  I walked right up close and took a few images.  He looked healthy enough, clear eyed and could hear me make my Skippy the Bush Kangaroo sounds, so I am not sure why this Roo is so easy-going. I will have to keep an eye out for him and those pesky yowies and drop bears.


Thoughts of a lap for hire Will Type For Food

How come the cat never lets me sit on her lap?

How many fur balls do cats make in their life? Is it related to how many words a man must utter in his life? Or how many roads a man must walk down?

Where is a cats lap anyway?

How to attract a cat: sit still and look like a lap. Make pleasant, lap-shaped sounds.

Wear a coat that is the opposite colour to the cat's fur. A black cat won't sit on a black coat. What's the point? Nobody will notice the fur.

If it is a spotty cat, best to wear a spotty coat, so all the different fur colours will have a chance to shine.

Laps are very mysterious, when you think about it. They disappear when you stand up, and nobody knows where they go. And cats sit in them, not on them (by contrast, a cat can't sit in your leg, or in your chest, or in your face): can you think of any other body part quite like this?

Own two shoes: one for your left foot, one for your right foot, and one for the cat to drop the mouse into. Okay, that's three shoes. Own three shoes.

The past is like cat biscuits: dry and reliable. The future is the wet food: tempting, delicious, and a little bit moist. And sometimes, it squeaks.

Cat talk is very economical, consisting of just one four-letter word. Who needs grammar when you've got meow?

Cats: bathe themselves in their own spit.
Chooks: have dust baths.
Humans: just bathe in water. Seems quite tame in comparison.

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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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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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Saturday, 07 April


Leading human rights barrister Julian Burnside examines asylum seeker policies worldwide "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

WORLD PREMIERE OF BORDER POLITICS The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival will screen the world premiere of Border Politics on 15 May in Melbourne. Border Politics follows human rights barrister Julian Burnside as he crosses the globe to examine the treatment of refugees

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Wednesday, 04 April


The Teskey Brothers "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

The Teskey Brothers


Its undeniable. The Teskey Brothers are a soul/blues phenomenon and the world is falling head over heels. Already in 2018 the Melbourne 4-piece have played to packed houses at Melbourne Zoo, SXSW Festival in Texas, Rockwood Music Hall in NYC, Port Fairy Folk Festival and Byron Bay Bluesfest. Their incredible live show just keeps getting stronger, and the lines to see them keep getting longer!

The Teskey Brothers 2017 album Half Mile Harvest won them accolades, awards and fans far and wide. They now return with a new single and embark on a three month world tour that will pass through Europe, North America, and their biggest Australian shows to date.

The new song, I Get Up, will be out in the world soon but you can grab tickets now for the launch tour in June which takes the band, their tasty horn section and very special guest Caiti Baker right across the country.


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Thai Street Artists Demand Justice After Killing of Endangered Black Panther "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

Mue Bons mural in Melbourne, Australia (Photograph by Prnz, image courtesy Mue Bon)

In February, Thai business magnate Premchai Karnasuta was arrested with guns and carcasses of endangered animals in Thailands Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary  a UNESCO World Heritage site. Among the animals confiscated was an incredibly rare and endangered black Indochinese leopard (or black panther). It was skinned, its pelt flayed out. Sadly, as so often happens in countries where wealth can bend the law, despite hefty charges, Premchai quickly made bail and subsequently failed to appear for several police summons. Perhaps Premchai thought his money made him above the law, and maybe he is right Forbes put his net worth at $240 million, making him Thailands 35th wealthiest person but Thai artists arent letting him off the hook so easily.

Angered at Premchais illegal and gruesome treatment of endangered animals, not to mention the authorities lax punishment, some artists wanted to share their voice in public. This can be a challenge anywhere, let alone in a Thailand, where there are severe restrictions on press freedom and public organizing. Not waiting for permission, graffiti artists went to work.

One such artist wa...

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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

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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 "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

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.

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

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Sunday, 09 September



This fine fellow is a neighbour's pet and has a lovely disposition. Pet ownership is high in Melbourne. Dogs are the most common pet, with 39% of households owning a dog. There are estimated to be 4.2 million pet dogs in Australia; 19 dogs for every 100 people. Cats are the second most common pet, with 29% of households owning a cat. There are estimated to be 3.3 million pet cats in Australia; 15 cats for every 100 people.

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and also part of the Saturday Critters meme.


Wings of flight #14 181016Mixed media. (organic matter, ink,... matthew schiavello: photos and words

Wings of flight #14 181016

Mixed media. (organic matter, ink, watercolour). Digital scan. 


MIUC 110918: Chiara Kickdrum; Jonnine Nokes/Bridget Chappell; Elliott Hughes Experimental Melbourne

JONNINE NOKES (Electronics)/BRIDGET CHAPPELL (Cello/Electronics)
ELLIOTT HUGHES (Trumpet/Electronics)

18/9: Warren Burt; Kama Way/Eddie Edwards + more TBA
25/9: Cooperengineering Noise Orchestra 
2/10: Curated by Tommy Gun: Stroker(US); Psychward/Niiboy; Porpoise Torture; Betty 
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)


William Hogarth and Trump ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly

I can recognise and love every one of William Hogarth's (1697-1764) works of art. What I did NOT realise that one of his dogs, Trump (c17301745), appeared in a number of his engavings and paintings. Apart from looking ugly, it has been suggested by Hogarth's biographer Ronald Paulson that this dog appeared as an emblem of the artist's own pug-nacious and dog-matic character.

Hogarth was clever and famous for blasting whatever he considered to be politically corrupt, vulgar, criminal, charitable and patriotic. The artist was disparagingly nicknamed the Painter Pugg.  But Hogarth continued to use the dog as his trademark in a satirical 1763 engraving The Bruiser. The image was based on his 1745 self-portrait with Trump, replacing art critic Charles Churchill who was lampooned as a drunken bear. Note the rude dog, urinating on a copy of the Epistle to William Hogarth, published by Charles Churchill, archenemy of the painter.

How prescient William Hogarth was!!

William Hogarth and Trump, 1745
Tate Museum, London

William Hogarth, The Bruiser, 1763

Friedrich Drumpf and Fred Trump left their grandson and son a handsome legacy in business and building. Yet since the beginning of his career, Donald Trump has been, at best, apathetic to the arts in New York and elsewhere. His first media spectacle, in 1980, focused on the then-33-year-old developer destroying a pair of Art Deco reliefs that were part of the facade of the Bonwit Teller Building in midtown Manhattan, which Trump tore down to build his Trump Tower. The Metropolitan Museum of Art wanted the reliefs for its collection and Trump agreed to donate them, if the cost of their removal wasnt prohibitive. It wasnt, but Donald Trumps construction crew destroyed the works anyway. He later told the New York Times that he was concerned for the safety of people on the street below.

Later Donald Trump fashioned himself as a philistine par excellence. In 1999 Trump made a public call for censorship and claimed that his hypothetical presidency would cut federal funding for the arts. That was the year that Mayor Rudolph Giuliani embarked on a crusade against the Brooklyn Museum for its exhibition of Chris Ofilis The Holy Mary Virgin (1996), which depicted the Madonna in ugly materials. Giuliani went so far as to try to cancel the institutions lease with the city, evicting it from its home of more than 100 years. Only Trump supported the mayor's criticism, releasing a statement to the Daily News that said As president, I would ensure that the National Endowment of the Arts stops funding of this sort. Its not art. Its absolutely gross, degenerate stuff. Note the word degenerate.

But as a citizen, Donald Trump has had a more tangible effect on the NEA beyond his mere endorsement of slashing government funding for the arts. In 2013, Trump took over the lease of the...


photochallenge2018: Week 37: Details - Macro Im not sure I agree 100% with that definition.  Your... matthew schiavello: photos and words


Week 37: Details - Macro

Im not sure I agree 100% with that definition.  Your subject does not necessarily need to be a small item.  But get up close this week and show us what you see!

Insects are often the first examples you find when searching macro photography.  Thats cool.  They are usually small (although not always).  And they give us a glimpse at natures beauty like no other.  As one who has tried to chase insects around with a camera, I can tell you it can be frustrating at times.  A longer lens is often helpful so you dont have to be right up in their business.

Macro photography really emphasizes the role of depth of field as an artistic tool.  The closer your lens is to your subject, the shallower the depth of field becomes.  Your limitation will be your lens minimum focus distance.  You will reach a point where you are so close, your lens can no longer focus properly.  Your eyes work the same way.  Hold your hand close to your face.  There will be a point where your eyes can no longer focus properly on the details.   

Plants, flowersor in the case above, a weed make perfect subjects.  The shallow depth of field will melt away distracting backgrounds. 

Common, everyday items likely laying around your house can be interesting subjects. 

Some tips for those who might have dedicated macro lenses for their DSLR: If you become frustrated trying to focus properly, you are not alone.  Macro lenses are unique and purpose built for up close photography.  You need a tremendous amount of light to increase your depth of field where most of your image is in sharp focus.  Remember - a larger f stop number means a smaller aperture and more depth of field.  It also means less light reaching your cameras sensor.  You may have to increase your ISO setting to compensate.  Or settle for a slow shutter speed while tripod mounted. 

Your submissions are due by the end of the day (your local time) Sunday September 16th.  Have fun!

- RK

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Monday, 02 April


Patti Smiths 40 Favorite Books "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

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 "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

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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Sunday, 01 April


EP 240: Spiderbait "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

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Photo: Katherine OMalley


Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Tivoli, Brisbane, 31st March 2017

Janet, Whitt and Kram The three founding members of Spiderbait, began jamming in the shed of Janets familys farm in the rural NSW township of Finley. They soon relocated to Melbourne and were quickly signed to Au-Go-Go Records and released their debut album Shashavaglava in May 1993.
From there they quickly consolidated their status as national treasures, Signing to Polydor and releasing a string of successful albums, which have all racked up gold, platinum or double platinum status. One of these albums was their ARIA award winning effort Ivy And The Big Apples, which they toured to celebrate 20 years since its initial release in 1997.


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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


March 30 On This Day in Australian History "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

1772 - Bonjour! The Fair Isle of Oz was annexed by France by Monsieur Louis de Saint Alouarn. At Baie de Prise de Possession ("Bay of Taking Possession"; later Turtle Bay), Dirk Hartog Island on 30 March 1772, Officer Jean Mengaud de la Hage became the first European to formally claim possession of Western Australia, on behalf of King Louis XV whilst St Aloarn himself remained aboard the ship.

Ainsi, cher lecteur, nous devrions par des droites parler franais, mai oui ?!

1791 - William and Mary Bryant, while on the run in the guv's boat they'd pinched, went ashore at current-day Newcastle and discovered coal. But, being on the run, they couldn't really shout their discovery to the hill tops.

1791 - Convict James Ruse was given the first land grant in the colony of New South Wales.

1804 - Charles Menzies (known to his mates as Chuckle-head Charlie...or maybe not) made his grand entrance on the Hunter River to re-establish some small settlement named Newcastle.

1809 - HMS Porpoise anchored in Sullivans Cove on the Derwent at Hobart. Governor David Collins boarded Popoise to welcome Governor Bligh. Mary, who suffered severe sea-sickness left the ship for more comfortable quarters in Government House, while Bligh elected to stay with his ship.

1816 - Tired of looking at the retro wattle and daub artistic architecture around the joint, Governor Macquarie appointed Francis Greenaway as the Government's official civil architect.

1827 - Earl Bathurst was an obsessed avid hoarder collector of stuff so he founded the oldest "publick" museum in Oz in 1827, the Australian Museum.

1850 - Dear, favoured British author Chas Dickens was a keen-as-mustard fan of Caroline Chisholm who assisted immigrants once their tootsies landed upon the shores of the Fair Isle of Oz so he published a pile of letters on this day in 1850 in which Brit emmigrants had scribed to support ballsy Caroline's commonsense organisation.

1856 - Residents of East Maitland, NSW were finally able to hang up their broomsticks as the railway line to Newcastle was opened for business.

1857 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was flung open with gay abandon from Islington Junction to Victoria Street, and from Islington Junction to Civic.

1870 - Harry Redford (aka Captain Starlight) and 4 mates nicked 1,000 head of cattle and overlanded them 2,400 kms from Qld to South Oz opening up the Strzelecki Track.

1871 - One of the famed Aboriginal cricketers who toured England, Johnny Cuzens, died but the Melbourne Cricket Club was too pissy and refused to contribute the 6 pounds needed for his burial.

1874 - The very first mention of the name of Gembrook was published in The Argus in relation to a government auction offering l...

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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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It looks like the Melbourne Laneway Festival might be on the move "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

After close to a decade in its current home, it seems that the Melbourne leg of the St. Jeromes Laneway Festival might be forced to relocate due to ongoing development near the festival site.

When Laneway first appeared on the Aussie music scene back in 2005, it was housed in tiny Caledonian Lane in the Melbourne CBD. Following a series of troubles in 2009, the festival moved its Melbourne location to the inner-west suburb of Footscray, where it has remained ever since. Now, it seems that this might all be about to change again.

As Fairfax reports, an increase in the number of nearby apartments, as well as the $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel project, means that the once-sparse location is fast becoming a busy urban hub, hardly suitable for a festival like Laneway.

These changes have resulted in a lot of potential problems for organisers, including the fact that the West Gate Tunnel project will result in a new road far too close to the main stage of the festival, and that space restrictions means that Laneway in Melbourne can sell only 15,000 tickets 5,000 less than other states.

Fairfax also notes that the festival has even looked into plans of relocating to Footscray Park, opposite Flemington Racecourse, where the inaugural Download Festival was held over the weekend.

The surrounding development places the festival under increasing pressure to ensure impacts on residents and businesses are minimised and a world-class festival for attendees is delivered, a report from the local council reported.

Relocation would address impacts from the West Gate Tunnel project on the existing site.

Despite fears of the impact that the West Gate Tunnel project would have on the festivals current location, a spokesperson has refuted claims of the new roads close proximity, stating that the new road will actually be further away from public access than first thought.

The Laneway Festival is a great asset for the west and were happy to work with the organisers to come up with a solution to keep them in their current loc...


Download Festival is set to expand to Sydney when it returns next year "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

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!

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Tuesday, 27 March


Zero G - 26 March 2018 Episode 1177 "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

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.

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:


Overland at the 2018 Feminist Writers Festival "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Friday 25Sunday 27 May, Queen Victoria Womens Centre Three days of feminist politics, feminist perspectives and collective solutions. Catch the editor of Overland Jacinda Woodhead, with fiction editor Jennifer Mills and writer Natalie Kon-yu in conversation on mentorship in the arts then stick around for special event presented by Overland on writing and activism with Santilla Chingaipe, Tarneen Onus-Williams and Asher Wolf.

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Monday, 26 March


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

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


Independent Artist Of The Week: Mildlife "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

Photo by Thomas Ross

Meet Mildlife the cosmic funk house band from Melbourne who are playing a party on the edge of the universe.

With a desire to push the musical boundaries of jazz, psych and disco into an irresistible groove, the sounds that Mildlife create are kaleidoscopic. For old friends James Donald, Adam Halliwell, Kevin McDowell and Tom Shanahan, songwriting is a constant process of teasing, tugging, expanding and refining. Sometimes it starts with an idea, and other times its bolstered by wild improvisation.

Its these small seeds of spontaneity that have grown into their long awaited debut album, Phase. Some of Phases sounds were planted as far back as the beginning of the band several years ago, forgotten and rediscovered in the albums making. Mildlife are adamant though, that they are not a studio band, and instead, they are driven by the excitement of a live show.

This excitement led the four piece to take time off touring and consider how they could make more complex and tangible improv, while still being able to produce as much of their music possible, live. For bass player Tom Shanahan, It feels more authentic. The energy can be in the song rather than sitting on top of it.

Onstage, the music of Phase moves into another dimension. Still with enough room for random outbursts of creativity, a Mildlife set emphasises rhythm that works it way into the bones. And if the reputation of their beguiling live sets alongside Krakatau and Harvey Sutherland are anything to go by, youre in for an epic cosmic journey.

Get into Zwango Zop below.

WHO: Mildlife Phase National Tour
WHERE: Fredas, Chippendale
WHEN: 8pm, Thursday May 11
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here
Phase by Mildlife is available now on Bandcamp, Spotify and Soundcloud
Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!


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Friday, 23 March


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

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


All-Energy Australia 2018 "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

Taking place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, this free-to-attend, business-to-business conference and exhibition is the largest of its kind in Australia.

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Wednesday, 21 March


Reka SCARLET "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

Australian contemporary artist Reka returns to his hometown of Melbourne to present SCARLET, his first new solo show in 4 years. A brooding mix of Berlin nightlife, Japanese Shibari rope bondage and post-cubist figurative studies, this is one of his most mature exhibitions to date.

Influenced by his graffiti background and techniques, as well as elements of pop-culture, cartoon and illustration, Rekas form has evolved into something greater than the sum of its parts. At times bacchanalian, his figures are playful, yet dark, tortured, but ecstatic.

His canvases offer up the entrancing curvatures of the human body, captured on canvas in the way the ropes ensnare his figures. Echoing the lines and textures of his paintings are a new set of sculptural pieces, with a captivating new exploration of stonework layers of tactile granite and marble set on steel solidify Rekas well-deserved place in the collections of institutions such as the...


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 "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

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
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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 "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"



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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Saturday, 08 September



The Noisy Miner Bird (Manorina melanocephala) is a common sight around Melbourne gardens and parks. Noisy Miners are nectar-eating birds native to eastern Australia. They enjoy nectar, fruit and also eat the occasional insect. Noisy Miner is a good name for them, because of the repetitive noisy chirping they make, especially when there are young miners around. They can also make a whole lot of noise when an intruder enters their territory. That intruder could be another type of bird, or a monitor lizard, a snake, a cat, or even a person.

One of the reasons why these birds seem to benefit from people is their preference for areas with widely-spaced trees. Suburban gardens fit that description perfectly, and they are further rewarded by the recent Australian interest in planting flowering nectar-rich indigenous trees and bushes like Grevilleas and Bottlebrush.

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


Friday Night in Docklands Black Mark

It may surprise you but Im glad that I went to Warf Street, a shopping mall in Melbournes failing Docklands on a cold Friday night. The first Friday of every month is like a small art fair there with multiple galleries opening exhibitions.

The manufactured inner city suburb of Docklands failure to create a liveable space without adequate public transport nor any good reason to even go there meant that much of the shopping mall on the pedestrian zone of Warf Street was unoccupied.

Last year a plan based on the successful Renew Newcastle project offered over a thousand square metre of rent free space to makers, creators, artists, and local enterprises. The result was that art galleries and others moved in and given the place a bit of attraction and life on a Friday night.

The largest of these, Blender Studios and Dark Horse Experiment had three exhibitions and an open studios that night. Downstairs at Dark Horse Experiment there was Cultural Candy Taiwanese Artist Residency / Exhibition, a group exhibition of fine arts students from the National Taipei University of Education, Taiwan who were at a one month residency at Blender Studios. Upstairs there were gallery exhibitions by two street artists, Sunfigo and Astral Nadir. Whereas the Sunfigo exhibition managed the jump from the street to the gallery unfortunately for Astral Nadir those same patterns done on the street did not have the impact when on small canvases.

Crowther Contemporary had an exhibition of pho...


Brown September Submissions matthew schiavello: photos and words


I am now queueing up September.  October is going to be Orange, November Black and White and December Red, so keep those on the back burner for me. I feel like were in the home stretch now! Thanks so much for all your submissions and help with the hunt for colour, and remember any genre any art form welcome.  Jules 


US Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Defies Ban To Speak On Australia "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Last Sunday, an audience of more than 1,500 gave courageous whistleblower Chelsea Manning a standing ovation at the conclusion of her hour-long appearance at Australias Sydney Opera House, part of its three-day ANTIDOTE festival. The enthusiastic response revealed the yawning gulf between the new right-wing Morrison governments move to ban Manning from entering the country and the appreciation of ordinary people for her commitment to exposing the realities of war and the unending crimes and conspiracies of the US government. Just days before her scheduled talks in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, followed by Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand, the Morrison government attacked Mannings right to speak in public about her experiences by issuing a Notice of Intention to Consider Refusal to deny her an entry visa.

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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 "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

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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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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Friday, 07 September



What a pleasure to walk out in Spring and watch the sun set. The temperatures are quite low and night falls quickly afterwards, but the sunsets are glorious!

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.


Multi exposure on 35mm film. Image #6, August-September 2018. ... matthew schiavello: photos and words

Multi exposure on 35mm film.
Image #6, August-September 2018.
Camera: Nikon FM10
Lens: AI Micro-Nikkor 1:2.8 55m
Film: AGFA CT Precisa 100 (soaked in Window Cleaner and gifted by Walter:
post edit processing by Matthew.


Nigel Farage in Melbourne : Friday, September 7, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

See also : Nigel Farage colonizes Australia, Zoya Sheftalovich, politico, September 6, 2018 | Deplorables love in for Tony Abbott and Nigel Farage, Aaron Patrick, Australian Financial Review, September 7, 2018. BEFORE The final leg of Nigel Farages blitzkrieg tour Continue reading

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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.


Yemaya Festival "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

YEMAYA FESTIVAL 2nd - 4th May 2014 Victorian Bushland Under 2 hours from Melbourne Three luscious days and two luminescent nights of audio-visual enchantment across two stages, highlighting the finest psychedelic visual art and music production talent Australia has to offer. Amongst the indulgences will be a crystal healing space, a relaxation space, an arts display space, and a creative participation space, all are encouraged to become involved! Yemaya is a mother goddess, signifying home, fertility, love, and family. Her healing powers are carried in the great waters, her energy powerful during the ebb and flow of life challenges. Like water she represents both change and constancy, bringing forth life, protecting it, and changing it as is necessary.

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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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Thursday, 15 February


Greater Dandenong Sustainability Festival "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Anyone looking for a fun and informative day out will enjoy the City of Greater Dandenongs Sustainability Festival, which returns to the Dandenong Market in March.

Now in its fifth year, this free-entry event celebrates and promotes environmental sustainability in a friendly and enjoyable way with activities, demonstrations and information that will appeal to all ages, and with innovative ideas that can be implemented in everyday homes.

Families can learn the simple steps they can take at home or in their backyard to help do more with less, helping to create a better environment. Some steps may even help save money!

Last years event had a record number of attendees and this years event promises to be even more popular with new hands-on activities and demonstrations and displays, as well as some of the more popular elements from past festivals.

Attendees can learn gardening skills, meet native animals and discover new ways of growing, preparing and cooking food. There will be spot prizes given out throughout the festival and Council will present the winners of the annual Sustainability Awards.

This exciting day will also feature:

Free kids activities including face painting; puppet making with the Trash Puppets team
Make your own Soy Candle with Lots a scents
Pot your own plant to take home with friendly City of Greater Dandenong team members
Pedal-powered smoothies with Bike and Blend
Live native animal displays and demonstrations
Food stalls and vans, including vegan and vegetarian options
Live music on stage throughout the day
Cooking demonstrations with sustainable, locally grown ingredients
Information and support services from community groups and Council staff

The Sustainability Festival is proudly presented by the City of Greater Dandenong, sponsored by the Dandenong Market and supported by the Sustainable Living Foundation.

Family Sustainability Festival
Sunday 4 March from 10am 3pm, Dandenong Market
For further information:

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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


Tiny Little Houses Idiot Proverbs "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Tiny Little Houses

This week"s feature album comes from Melbourne band Tiny Little Houses with their new album Idiot Proverbs.

Tiny Little Houses frontman Caleb Karvountzis has come a long way from writing indie pop songs to upload to Soundcloud. Now, Karvountzis is living in Melbourne and part of a four-piece band (he jokes that being in Tiny Little Houses is just like having three girlfriends) and has found a loyal audience, enamoured by songs like You Tore Out My HeartEasy and Medicate Me. 

Now, in their debut album, they have taken a grungier angle following in the footsteps of lead single Garbage Bin, moving away from their indie pop beginnings. This album is gritty, playful and has oodles of sing-along potential. From all of us here at 2RRR we hope you enjoy listening along this week!

Idiot Proverbs is a record that works fantastically simply because it is not taken too seriously Amnplify

Highlight Tracks:Entitled Generation, Nowhere SA, Garbage Bin.

Tiny Little Houses are currently touring Australia to promote the new album.
Catch them in Sydney on March 9th.

Support Tiny Little Houses: Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp.

Tune into Breakfast and Youth Jukebox on 2RRR 88.5FM all week long to hear these songs and more.

Lead image: Tiny Little Houses / Facebook

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#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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Saturday, 10 February


Climate change impacts in urban Australia "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

A question of sustainability or survival?

Climate change poses a serious threat to the long-term habitability of planet earth. This existential crisis for humanity will play out differently across a variety of battlefronts. Some areas will suffer most from sea level rise, some from extreme rainfall and flooding, but for Australian cities the major risks are water scarcity and heat.

During the millennium drought parks and private gardens in Melbourne suffered severely from water restrictions, turning a green city distinctly brown. It is easy to forget how close Melbourne came to disastrously running out of water, as is currently occurring in Cape Town, South Africa.

Heatwaves cause more deaths in Australia than any other natural disasters. During the Black Saturday bush fires, more people died from the heatwave in Melbourne than died from the fires.

Of course, water scarcity and heat are not independent phenomena. Not only does hot weather often coincide with dry weather, and lead to increased water demand, but also intelligent water management may end up being one of our best defences against heat.

Adapting to water scarcity

Water scarcity is primarily caused by population growth, short-term droughts, and long-term changes to rainfall averages. Fortunately for our cities, humans are no longer entirely dependent upon rainfall for water resources.

All major cities in Australia have constructed desalination plants, and all have made some attempts towards wastewater recycling. Desalination technologies are condemned by some as altogether unsustainable due to energy usage.

Wastewater recycling for non-potable uses, such as agriculture, parks, gardens, toilets and laundry, is a viable option in some specific circumstances, but generally does little for a citys overall water balance.

Recycling wastewater into drinking water supplies allows far more water to be recycled, but faces challenges with community perceptions of safety. This approach has been adopted in Singapore since 2002, and will soon be the case in San Diego, where it will supply a third of the citys water demand.

Urban heat

Urban areas suffer from a phenomenon known as the Heat Island Effect, which is caused by replacing vegetated areas that naturally shade and cool, with unshaded asphalt and concrete and other materials which retain heat. When combined with the expected temperature increases associated with climate change, we can expect urban heat to be an increasingly dire issue into the future.

Fortunately, there are a variety of strategies our cities can adopt to ameliorate these risks. Planning regulations can be used to ensure buildings are designed for hot weather. Unnecessary hard surfaces can be ripped up and replaced with vegetation. Street trees, green-walls and green-roofs can be used to provide as much shade and evapotranspiration...

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Thursday, 06 September



Spring is definitely springing in Melbourne and this morning I saw these beautiful Nemesia hybrids decorating the outdoor dining area of a little street caf in Nicholson St in Fitzroy North. The colourful display of flowers certainly shouted out "Spring".

Nemesia is a genus of annuals in the Scrophulariaceae family, perennials and sub-shrubs which are native to sandy coasts or disturbed ground in South Africa. Numerous hybrids have been selected, and the annual cultivars are popular with gardeners as bedding plants. In temperate regions the annual cultivars are usually treated as half-hardy bedding plants, sown from seed in heat and planted out after all danger of frost has passed. The flowers are two-lipped, with the upper lip consisting of four lobes and the lower lip two lobes.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.


matthewschiavello: Untitled 35mm Film Abstract #6: early 2014... matthew schiavello: photos and words


Untitled 35mm Film Abstract #6: early 2014   

 (early 2014)

35 mm Film photography (Kodak Ektar?). Scanned negative.

Something older

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Friday, 09 February


Land Art Generator Initiative "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Have you ever had a picnic at a power station? Meet the Land Art Generator Initiative.

By Jodi Newcombe, Carbon Arts (and Regional LAGI2018 Director)

The great energy transition underway this century, towards a 100% renewable world, has the potential to transform the character of our rural and urban landscapes. In 2017 two exciting announcements were made by the Victorian Government, setting high expectations for energy generation and cutting edge design: the ambitious Renewable Energy Action Plan would aim for net-zero carbon by 2025, and the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), one of the worlds most popular sustainable design competitions, would come to Melbourne in 2018.

Operating now for almost 10 years, the LAGI biennial ideas competition has been challenging creative minds to imagine public art installations in Copenhagen, New York, Dubai/Abu Dhabi and Santa Monica that double as renewable energy generators, powering local neighborhoods. In 2018, the site is the St Kilda Triangle and the theme is energy overlays: the superimposition of energy and art onto an emerging master plan for urban regeneration.

During the early days of electrification it was not easy to transmit electricity over long distances. For this reason, and because at the time we little understood the dangerous health impacts of burning coal we located power stations in the hearts of our cities. They were impressive, iconic buildings that added to urban cultural heritage and later became, for example, the Tate Modern. When we moved these installations out of town, we lost the local air pollution, but we also lost a cultural connection with our energy systems.

Out of sight and out of mind for many, the location of the heavily polluting industry of coal-fired generation in rural Victoria keeps us disconnected from the urgency of the transition to renewables. By placing clean, renewable energy generation back in our cities, we embrace the future and all its possibilities. And also, by embracing the beauty and potential of large-scale renewable energy installations in rural areas to be land art we reposition these spaces as desirable destinations and places of recreation.

At this critical juncture in time, the Land Art Generator Initiative provides us with the opportunity to dream into all of these possibilities, to weave these new, sustainable infrastructures into our urban and rural landscapes in culturally sensitive, imaginative and beautiful ways. The people at LAGI recognise the powerful role that creativity and inter-disciplinarity play in innovation, and like collaborators, Carbon Arts, they use public art as a vehicle to explore this.

RMIT, long an entrant to the competition, is partnering with LAGI in 2018 with a dedicated studio, an exhibition and a series of talks and events towards the end of the year. Along with sponsor: the Victorian Government, and partners: City of Port Phillip, FedSquare,...

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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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Thursday, 01 February


Smart Arts 1 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

This week Richard is joined by Bernard Caleo for Draw Out, Co-creators Brodie John and Marissa Bennett chat about a new Butterfly Club show Burlesque By Force; Rory ONeill (aka Panti Bliss) pops in to talk about RIOT at Arts Centre Melbourne and finally composer, artist and curator Lawrence English chats to Richard about Loyalty Does Not end with Death - a Genesis P. Orridge exhibition at The Substation.

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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)


Rainbow Afterparty Feb 3 - RUBIX Warehouse Melbourne "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

For those with wear left in your Rainbow legs it's time for one last shimmy with Benny Page (UK), JPOD the beat chef (Canada), Cello Joe (USA), Mortisville & Friends + more!


3CR presents: Communities of Sound! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Communities of Sound Kutcha Edwards

3CR presents 'Communities of Sound! An afternoon of Treaty, Creative Women and Diverse Cultures' live music and performance at the Fairfield Amphitheatre. Featuring Kutcha Edwards, Thando, The West Papuan Band, June Jones, Manisha Anjali, Sweet Dreams (DJ) and Dani Sib. Spend a beautiful summer afternoon by the river with family, friends and enjoy some of Melbournes best music and performances. Bring a picnic or grab food or a drink at the kiosk all funds raised support Radical Radio. Head down to the Fairfield Amphitheatre on Sunday 18 February 5-730pm for an afternoon celebrating the best of 3CR. FREE EVENT. Check out our facebook event here.  Presented as part of the City of Yarra's Fairfield in Feb series

Photo of Kutcha Edwards by Mardi Thorpe

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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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Thursday, 25 January


Giant Freshwater Lobster "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Giant Freshwater Lobster puppet, currently under construction for debut at SLFs Big Weekend.

In a partnership between Bob Brown Foundation and Snuff Puppets, the construction of a 5 metre long, 2 metre high, giant blue freshwater lobster puppet began late last year. The puppet is a larger than life size replica of the Tarkines Giant Freshwater Lobster, a creature found nowhere else in the world other than a small number of rivers in Tasmanias northwest.

The habitat of this unique species is threatened by sediment and run off from logging of the Tarkines ancient forests that flank the river where this species lives, Tarkine campaigner Emma Wasson told the Festival.

So far the construction of this puppet has taken more than 300 hours, with time donated by a group of 20 volunteers who have become active in Bob Brown Foundations campaign to protect the Tarkine from Melbourne.

Festival Partner, the Bob Brown Foundation hopes this giant roving lobster puppet will highlight to Melbourne the plight of threatened species in Tasmanias ancient rainforests and that people at the festival will take lots of photos to share over social media using the handle #craycray.

Using our phone cameras and social media networks we can amplify the message that species like this are being pushed to the brink of extinction unless we stop destructive ancient rainforest logging, a practice well out of date in the 21st Century.

Currently there are activists in the threatened Sumac forests, defending them in tree sits, staying vigilant and ready to raise the alarm on logging activity which they hope to prevent again this summer. Tasmanias Tarkine is one of the last wild places left on Earth. The Bob Brown Foundations campaign in Melbourne to activate citizen participation in this urgent campaign is growing and they will have a big summer of action planned.

The creation of this giant Snuff Puppet will continue this month. Painting and puppet operation training for volunteers will begin in early February. The puppet requires two puppeteers to operate and a team of marshals who will accompany this giant through the festival grounds handing out campaign information.

If youd like to join the puppet team over the Festivals Big Weekend, you can RSVP for training here.

Snuff Puppets have a wonderful reputation in building giant puppets commissioned by the Nation Gallery of Victoria and have built their business through the grassroots environmental movement of Melbourne. Weve also had support from the Lush Charity Pot to aid the construction of this campaign prop.

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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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Wednesday, 05 September



Ivanhoe is a suburb of Melbourne, 10 km north-east from Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Banyule. At the 2011 Census, Ivanhoe had a population of 11,085. Upper Heidelberg Road is the suburb's centre, where the former Heidelberg Town Hall, now known as The Centre Ivanhoe, is located. The town hall is a classic 'art-deco' building on top of a hill, with a green neon clockface on a tower.

Upper Heidelberg Road features a newsagent, book store, numerous restaurants and cafs, various banks, real estate agents and two supermarkets. In 2011 the average individual in Ivanhoe earned $728 per week, which was more than the national average of $577 per week. Ivanhoe is renowned for its older style homes, with many dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It has several parks and nature reserves, as well as various sporting facilities.

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.



Flora 22 181016Mixed media. (Flora, ink, watercolour). Digital... matthew schiavello: photos and words

Flora 22 181016

Mixed media. (Flora, ink, watercolour). Digital scan.  


The cars that ate Epping Will Type For Food

One morning, and I don't know when, the good citizens of Epping, Victoria, woke up with some confusion to find their quiet country town had been turned into a carpark.

That's not even a story. That actually happened. The Baron and I just went for a walk in this erstwhile country town and saw it for ourselves. It was a surprise: there's been a ridiculous amount of development in Epping, recently - fences going up, big machines tossing and turning earth over, this being paved and that being nailed and these guys in fluoro worksuits moving around looking very important and very pleased with themselves for being important. And tonight we looked with some surprise at the net result of all this activity: a few sullen big name shops, and a huge carpark, from one end of the suburb to the other. Here and there a paddock rudely remained, fenced off, looking as outlandish as a Martian landscape in amongst all the concrete and neatly painted carparking spaces.

What with all this development, I'm still not sure what all the people are going to come to Epping for. One 7/11 is much like another (and Epping has two of those), and one Aldi is much like another (and Epping has two of those, too), and one Dan Murphys is much like the other (and Epping now has two of those as well). And who the hell would want to visit those places anyway? But it's an absolutely fantastic place to park your car while you are not visiting these places. Couldn't be better.


The story behind one of the most ambitious Australian music docos of all time: Now Sound "IndyWatch Feed"

Passion projects come in all shapes and sizes, but once in a while something comes along that makes you wonder how on earth it got made and who was crazy enough to make it.

So it goes with Now Sound: Melbournes Listening, an insanely ambitious feature-length documentary made by a tiny team of music-mad filmmakers that delves into the tight-knit community of Australias music capital while also using it to frame a broader discussion of where we stand as a society.

While Melbournes music is the foundation, its really about broader topics that stem from the music community, co-producer Marcus Rimondini tells us right after the films sold-out debut at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Of course, the documentary doesnt just hope to shine a light not just on the citys incredible bands, but also the issues faced by people of colour and the LGBTQIA+ communities; the battle against gentrification, community radio, public discussion panels, the importance of support from a community of people, and many more constructive conversations.

What first inspired this project, and when?

I think 2015 was a pivotal year. Courtney Barnett broke out, bands like Dick Diver and Twerps were finally getting recognized overseas and unique sounds like NO ZU and Roland Tings were quickly emerging. It felt like a lot of late 00s indie sounds from overseas, that had influenced Australia musicians at the time.

Those artists were now in 2015 all hitting their stride at the same time. Think of it like a really strong AFL draft class. And I knew it was strong, because for most of my life I despised Australian music. I blogged for years with 95% international music. But there was so much strong local music in 2015, that I couldnt even find time for international music.

Then in October I reviewed CMJ in New York City, which is a music conference week. And that week an army of Australian and particularly Melbourne artists invaded NYC, and they stole the show at every event.

All the NYC attendees were gushing and raving about this current crop. A lot of the artists that played that week, also ended up in the documentary including Sui Zhen, Client Liaison, Kirin J Callinan, The Harpoons, Friendships, Sunbeam Sound Machine and Good Morning.

I also happened to be sharing an AirBnb that week with Tobias Willis, the director of Now Sound. We had known each other for a few years through music festivals, but we had never hung out or anything. So this was really the first time hanging out together.

He was following and filming Sunbeam Sound Machine, and I was impressed by his enthusiasm and general appreciation for all kinds of music. It was also very clear....



a new album by
notes from the artist:
"as well as the normal long-feedback-cycle tonal-shift no-input noise grinding, on this album there's also a lot of random orchestral textures.  a database of instrumental notes (for instance, a harp, or a concert piano, or a horn section) is loaded into a media player (a simple programme like Windows Media Player, nothing complex), and set to random play.  this is then recorded, and layered, and layered, until there's this piece of nu-classical music, completely improvised by the computer."
"also of note is the use of field recordings.  the sounds used as the backbone of the piece COMMITMENT are harmonising whipper-snippers recorded on my iPhone, looped, under a collection of cockatoos and magpies (also recorded on my phone).  the eerie melodies are completely coincidental - neither whipper-snipper had any deliberate collusion with the other - but are created with the twin magicks of happenstance and deep listening."



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Saturday, 13 January


Message from The City of Melbourne "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

The National Sustainable Living Festival reminds us that everyone has a role to play in protecting our environment. The City of Melbourne is proud to support this month long celebration which inspires numerous sustainable living ideas.

Over nearly two decades the event has grown rapidly, now hosting hundreds of organisations, performers and sustainability experts from across Australia and the world. From its base at Federation Square and Birrarung Marr, the Sustainable Living Festival spreads to encompass activities all over Melbourne in Eco-City hubs.

Visitors can enjoy the Cool Down and Power Up shady installation outside ArtPlay while enjoying a bite to eat from the sustainable food market serving delicious local, organic treats. Plus, explore backyard biodiversity, a veggie patch at Melbourne Town Hall and yoga at the Boyd Community Hubs summer pop-up park.

As you enjoy many of the free events, we urge you to think about ways you, individually, can reduce your impact and help fight global warming. We wish you all a most successful Festival.

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Monday, 08 January


Over-qualification: hard to measure, harder to avoid "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

This morning The Australian very much delivered in the governments attempts to use annual data releases to support its case for not paying universities the full funding rate unless they meet various performance indicators. More than a quarter of the nations graduates say their degrees are close to useless for their jobs read the opening line of its page one lead story.

Concern about graduates taking jobs that dont require degrees is very long-standing. The other day I was reading a report from 1972 when hardly anybody had a degree compared to now that mentioned the issue. In the past, using the approximate method of looking at what jobs graduates are doing, I estimated that in 1979 about 20 per cent of graduates were in jobs unlikely to require degrees. The equivalent figure now is about 30 per cent.

But the survey that triggered todays story shows how complex these judgments can be. As the chart below shows, the supervisors of graduates are more likely than the graduates themselves to think that the graduates qualification is important.

The other interesting aspect of the chart is the very imperfect match between ABS classifications of occupational skill levels and the views of graduates and their supervisors.

The ABS classifies professional occupations as typically requiring a bachelor degree or above or at least five years relevant experience. Yet one-third of graduates in professional jobs and a quarter of their supervisors dont think that the graduates degree is important (although perhaps in some cases a previous degree is important).

By contrast for technicians and trade workers, community and personal service workers, and clerical and administrative worker...

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Tuesday, 02 January


Wombats Bush Band "The Bush Dance Album" 1988 Cassette "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

Again, we owe a vote of thanks to the Victorian Bush Folkie for this rip. This cassette tape was obviously in very good condition and my contribution was to simply remove tape and equipment noise and to encode the tracks.

There are about 48 separate dance tunes in this album in 11 tracks with each track representing a particular dance style. Many of the tracks also include vocal renditions. The tunes are mainly a mix of British and Australian standards e.g. Waves of Tory, Maire's Wedding, Starry Night for a Ramble, Back again to Yarrawonga. I have included details of the tunes for each track in the "comment" tag and they are also listed in the included graphics.

I have no idea who the performers were and, if you know, please let us know. The quality of the music is very good. It is a well produced album.

Tracklist (medleys)
1. Oxo Reel
2. Pride of Erin
3. Seige of Ennis
4. Evening Three Step
5. Heel and Toe Polka
6. Barn Dance
7. Wombat Polka
8. Irish Trot
9. Waltz Country Dance
10. Gay Gordons
11. Gallopede

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John and Mary Kopke "The Ship Mahogany" LP 1982 "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

This album features John and Mary Kopke who, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, were active folksingers based in Warrnambool in Victoria.
The album features a mix of tracks ably performed by this couple with some good vocal and instrumental backing.

The title comes from a self-penned song apparently about a wrecked ship discovered somewhere near Warrnambool. Of course, regulars to the blog will recognise a number of "standards" in this album.

1. The Ship Mahogany
2. Leaving Liverpool
3. Ballad of Cob and Co
4. MTA (Melbourne adaption)
5. Bo The Banjo Man
6. Flash Jack from Gundagai
7. Reedy Lagoon
8. Mary's Choice (trads)
9. Blame it on the Kellys
10. Drovers Dream
11. Ballarat-o
12. Click go the Shears.

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Monday, 01 January


The Great Local Lunch "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Calling all growers and gleaners! WIN tickets to The Great Local Lunch 2018.

Hosted by Costa Georgiadis, over 200 growers and gleaners will serve it up to revolutionise our food system.

The Great Local Lunch connects farmers and local producers to food lovers, urban growers and the sustainable food industry.

The Lunch begins with urban growers and gleaners being encouraged to register their harvest. Using a crowd farming model, produce is grown or gleaned from gardens and local farms across Melbourne.

The harvest occurs during the month of February in the lead up to the event. Growers are encouraged to harvest their produce and deliver to assigned drop off points.

The produce is transported to the GLL chefs who do not know the type and quantities of produce they will receive. After receiving the produce, our GLL chefs design a four-course menu and set about cooking up for over 200 guests.

This year guests can also win tickets to The Great Local Lunch through sharing an inspiring story about how you are redefining local food and waste.

Enter to be a part of this unique crowd farmed lunch on the banks of the Yarra River. 11 Feb 12.30pm-2.30pm Birrarung Marr Melbourne.


Theres two great ways to win 2 tickets to The Great Local Lunch 2018.


Grown or gleaned
fresh edible produce from your backyard, farm or local neighborhood.


Submit an inspiring story
about how you are redefining local food and waste.



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Have you ever not finished a university degree? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

At the Grattan Institute, we are nearing completion of a report on not completing university degrees, one of the measures that could be used in the new performance funding regime.

Weve got lots of interesting new data on how much time students spend enrolled before they leave, how much they have spent, and the risk factors that can help predict who will complete and who will drop out.

But the data and literature on how people feel about incomplete qualifications is very sparse, and so we decided to run our own online survey.

Its obviously not a random sample, but with over 800 responses to date we are able to identify some general themes. With more respondents we could start to see whether reactions to not completing differ across student categories.

The survey is going to close in a few days, so if you have dropped out a degree yourself, please take it. Or if you know someone who has dropped out, please forward the link to them.

Our report is going to focus on people who have left university without any degree, but we are also interested in people with a complete degree as well as a complete one.

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Friday, 22 December


We three kings can't orientate: a Christmas carol Will Type For Food

We three kings can't orientate

We three kings are rather lost
Wandering from coast to coast -
Westward leading still proceeding
We three kings are rather lost.

We three kings can't work it out
Turn the map around, about -
Westward wending, southward sending,
North and left and upwards tending -
We three kings can't work it out.

We three kings are in despair
Neither here and neither there.
High and low and near and far -
We found the star, we lost the star -
Perhaps we should have gone by car -
We three kings are in despair.

We three kings still bumble on
Fumble flap and stumble on -
Now with footsteps not so fast
As our footsteps in the past
Somehow we'll find the Christ at last
Though this whole trip has been disast...
We three kings still bumble on.

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

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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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Thursday, 30 November


BuzzConf weather forecast "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Last updated: Fri Dec 1 @ 13:21

The latest info from BOM is that the rain will get heavier over night and mainly come on Saturday so come up and join us early. Gates officially open at 5pm, but come down before then if you want to beat the traffic.

Were running extra shuttles from Ballan Station to BuzzConf between 18:00 and 20:30 so if you dont want to drive up well look after you. If you get stranded at the station give us a call on 0401372974.

We have a team standing by to help you set up your tent if youve not done it in the rain before, and still have beds in dorms available. Again if youre concerned about the price let us know.

Download the program with updated maps.

Weather forecast
As you may know, weve got some weather coming our way in Victoria, and BuzzConfers will need to prepare to get a little wet. Were actioning some contingency plans to ensure the weekend is still as fantastic as usual and really excited by how the site is taking shape.
In particular, please note that on Friday and Saturday we are highly likely to have very significant rainfall totals and subsequent flash flooding and flooding.  Although the rainfall is expected to be heaviest north of the Divide, areas south of the Divide including Ball...

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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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Tuesday, 04 September


This Week in Melbourne: What's On #610 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Read Online This Week in Melbourne: 4 - 10 September 2018 Newsletter | #610 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 4th September 2018 to Monday 10th September 2018 Cat Lovers Show Barkly Square 80s Street Party Friday Night Live Music Frances Madden and Band Create Your Future Now Markets Weekend Accessibility Weekend LEGOland Adult Night Australasian Dorset Championships Australian Plants Expo Calisthenics State Championships Healthy Body and Soul Festival Bald Archy | Exhibition Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival Liptember | Womens Mental Health Melbourne Fashion Week Tutti: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra + Circus Oz Melbourne Storm v South Sydney Rabbitohs National Stroke Week Dark Emu | Bangarra Dance Theatre National Superhero Week Nocturnal | Melbourne Museum AFL Richmond v Hawthorn Gaming Festival @ QV Melbourne SCADaddle Super 70s | Fashion Exhibition Ukrainian Festival Vegan Day Out MoMA at NGV Enjoy #Melbourne Cat Lovers Show Royal Exhibition Building Australias first-feline-focused-festival and dedicated to education, adoption and celebrating everything that makes our cats so wonderful! Cat Lovers Show | Buy Tickets Friday Night Live Music Licensed venue in Bayswater featuring live music every Friday night. Friday 7th September - Taboo Friday 14th September - Back To Scratch Friday 21st September - Red Rattla and Pool Comp Friday 28th September - Closed for Grand Final weekend Live At London Eleven | Buy Tickets Here Create Your Future Now with Matt Catling Get your FREE ticket to this event at Crown Metropol | Sat 8th Sept 2018. Learn how to use your unconscious mind to start attracting and creating the life you would like to experience! Create Your Future Now | Reserve My Seat Live Jazz: Frances Madden and Band Shows at 6pm on Sat 8th Sept and 7pm on Sunday 9th Sept Described by Sydneys Fine Music 102.5 FM as Australias rising star of jazz and blues The Paris Cat presents Frances Madden. Frances Madden and Band | Paris Cat Jazz Club | Buy Tickets MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Art A major exhibition of modern and contemporary masterworks from New Yorks iconic Museum of Modern Art. MoMA @ NGV | NGV Friday Nights | Buy Tickets Barkly Square 80s Street Party 7 - 9th September - McDougall St Laneway, Brunswick Dust off your spandex, air out your leotards and don your best legwarmers because Barkly Square is celebrating its 35th anniversary with an 80s-themed dress-up bash. Barkly Square 80s Street Party Weekend Fun LEGOland Adult Night, Australasian Dorset Championships, Australian Plants Expo, Bangarra D...



The Dandenong Ranges (commonly just called "the Dandenongs") are a series of low mountain ranges, rising to 633 metres at Mount Dandenong, about 35 km east of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The ranges consist mostly of rolling hills, steeply weathered valleys and gullies covered in thick temperate rainforest, predominantly consisting of tall Mountain Ash trees and dense ferny undergrowth.

The Dandenongs are home to 100,000 residents, but the area is very popular with visitors and tourists. many of which stay for the weekend at the various Bed & Breakfasts through the region. Much of the Dandenongs were protected by parklands as early as 1882 and by 1987 these parklands were amalgamated to form the Dandenong Ranges National Park, which was added to again in 1997. The popular Puffing Billy Railway, a heritage steam railway, runs through the southern parts of the Dandenongs.

There are many small towns and village-like settlements throughout , but there are also farms and orchards, flower gardens and nurseries. The relatively high altitude and cooler temperatures favour the growth of Spring bulbs and one of the larger bulb farms is the Tesselaar Tulip Farm, which is in existence from 1939. The annual Tulip Festival at this farm is well-attended event very popular with visitors and tourists.

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If Rothko were meMixed media (2 x 35mm film. Shot,... matthew schiavello: photos and words

If Rothko were me

Mixed media (2 x 35mm film. Shot, processed and effected with bleach).

Sept 2018.


Dr Albert Coates - hero in medicine, surgery and war ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly

Albert Coates (1895-1977) was born in Ballarat in Central Victoria, oldest of seven children of strong Methodists Arthur and Clara Coates. Although money was short, Arthur and Clara raised their family valuing education. Albert had a thirst for literature and knowledge, but his formal education ended at 11. At first he worked in a butcher's shop on Saturdays only, then he worked 6 days a week. At 14 was indentured to a Ballarat bookbinder, which gave the lad the chance to read widely and study at night.

Encouraged by night-school at Ballarat, Coates passed the junior public examination with distinctions in French and German in 1913. But Coates wanted a career in medicine. He qualified for Melbourne University but as he could not afford to take his place on financial grounds, he moved to Wangaratta. There he worked in the Postal Department and studied in his spare time.

World War One and after
By 1914 Coates was able start a university medical course, however WW1 intervened. He was an idealistic 19 year old when he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Aug 1914, as a medical orderly attached to the 7th Battalion. His time on board ship was spent assisting the doctor inoculating the men against typhoid. Coates also studied German on board and in Egypt he continued his study of his favourite languages, plus Arabic, at Berlitz School.

A stature of Albert Coates in tatty WW2 clothing, Ballarat
The plaques along the ground tell the Coates story

Coates was on board the fleet that headed for Gallipoli in April 1915, survived and was one of the last to leave the peninsula in Dec 1915. His battalion was transferred to France in March 1916 and fought in the Battle of the Somme. In Feb 1917 he was attached to the intelligence staff to use his languages as the battalion's interpreter.

He left France in Oct 1918 and returned with other Anzacs to Australia for a short stay, but the war ended a few weeks later in any case. Sir John Monash and British authorities recognised his ability and, at the end of the war, he was invited to apply for a commission in the British Army. But Coates was finally at home, so he worked in the office of the Commonwealth censor in Melbourne.

Late in 1919 he returned to the Post Office where he continued to work at night while studying medicine at the University of Melbourne in the day. In March 1921 he married Harriet Hicks (d1934) at the Methodist Church, Camberwell; they had a son and three daughters.

Coates was one of the top students in his year, gaining 1st-class honours in anatomy and the exhibition in pathology. He graduated in 1924 with 1st-class honours in all subjects and was offered the Stewart Lectureship in anatomy, the opportunity to develop his teaching ability.

In 1925 Dr Coates was a resident at Royal Melbourne Hospital/RMH. He then worked with Prof Richard Berry in the university's department of anatomy, first as a Stewart lecturer (1925-26) and then as acting-professor (1927). Back at Royal Melbourne Hospital, he was appointed honorary surgeon to out-patients in 1927 and to in-patients in 1935. He was soon appointed Honorary Surgeon to Outpatients at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Interest in neurosurgery grew. Following his wife's death in 1934, Coates visited surgical centres in Britain, Europe and North America; shortly after his return he was asked to establish the neurosurgical unit at RMH. In Dec 1936 he married Catherine Anderson in Dunedin NZ. On his return he formed a neurosurgical unit, and later in 1940 a number of surgeon...


Ive always got to make sure Im five steps ahead an interview with G Flip "IndyWatch Feed"

Since releasing About You in February and becoming an overnight sensation, G Flip has been all around the world playing shows and recording new music.  Ahead of her return to Australia, Tone Deaf talked to the Melbourne artist about her whirlwind year, recording in LA, and returning to BIGSOUND as a performer.

Watch: G Flip About You

Your lifes been a bit of a whirlwind for the past few months hasnt it?

How fucking insane. Im literally climbing a hill whilst still packing my bags.

So youre in LA right now. What are you up to there?

Im just here doing some writing sessions. Im pretty new to this but you just go in and you just try make up with some songs on the day, never met the person and go in, and then the producer might drop something and Ill be like I fucking hate that. Im a drummer, Ill help you. Im not really used to that because I kind of have always done it alone in my room.

Do you enjoy it, or are you happier in your room making music alone?

I love the studios. Theres just so much equipment Im losing my mind. Every day I walk in and I ask so many questions, everyone must hate me.

Are you still doing a lot of it by yourself?

The two song that Im working on this week in LA, I produced them both at home, but theres elements that I need to improve. I have fake midi organ in one song, but I want  a real fucking church organ. I need a producer who has access to a studio and instruments so they can make my songs come to life. Also, starting writing with someone from fresh, I love it so fucking much.

I was literally making sure everyone knew who I was because I knew that in the new year I was going to release one of my songs, and I just wanted to make sure they wouldnt forget me.

Youre heading back to Australia for BIGSOUND, tell me about your experience last year.

Its so funny. I went to BIGSOUND last year on a mission to get booked to play this year. So that was September in 2017, I had already written and produced About You. I held on About You for a whole year before I put it out. I had to just work out how I was...



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Tuesday, 31 October



Weve got awesome news thats going to make your year!

The 3rd and final acts announcement has landed feat 170+ music artists!

Do dont kid yourself. You wont be at work Monday.

Final call for 3rd release discount tix 35 left save 100 bucks!

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Thursday, 26 October


90 3rd release tix left for earthcore victoria "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Ok folks Were exactly 4 weeks to go till the big dance!

3rd round lineup for earthcore 2017 Summer Dreaming drops 10am Tues 31 October

The 90 3rd release tix that are currently remaining will no doubt be gone before the acts drop final call to save 100 bucks!

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Thursday, 12 October


All permits granted! "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

And what is our biggest news of the year we have now been granted all permits for Earthcore 2017 Summer Dreaming !!!!

This is the 1st and only festival of this nature in Victoria this coming season to have a Place of Assembly permit and also POPE permit granted. We thank the tireless work of our staff and crew getting this over the line. We are now officially excited !!! Bring on summer!

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Thursday, 28 September


Crew Takeover The Brink "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

We give you yet another crew takeover for earthcore 2017 Summer Dreaming Victoria, gracing our monster mainfloor is THE BRINK!

The Brink is a post-apocalyptic themed event crew that promises the finest electronic music this side of the edge of the universe. With not a psy-ghoul in site, their oasis offers sanctuary where you can bask in the vibrating glow of all the fun, deep, odd, heavy, wet and wild shit that synthetic music can offer: tech, breaks, DNB, electro, house, glitch and almost everything in between.

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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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Friday, 11 August

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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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Monday, 03 September


Building a picture of territories The Gap Year and Beyond

I have found several spots now at Greens Bush where I am sure that Bassians have set up feeding and nesting territories. Besides looking for the right sort of terrain and vegetation I am also on the lookout for fresh droppings. When watching the birds feed and pick up some good size morsels they seem to process the previously taken food and excrete a bright white splash. Based on the  amount of white droppings I am finding in an area I can be fairly certain that I have found another Bassian feeding area. The shots of the two birds below were taken in different parts of the forest walk that I have come to expect to see Bassians.

Bassian Thrush, Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National Park, Vic

Bassian Thrush, Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National Park, Vic


FOMO Festival drops wild 2019 lineup "IndyWatch Feed"

FOMO Festival have come out swinging with their hectic 2019 lineup, featuring Nicki Minaj, Rae Sremmurd and the one and only Lil Pump. The single-stage, clash free festival is one massive party, hitting Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Adelaide this January.

Performing alongside these huge headliners are singer-songwriter Kali Uchis, producer Mura Masa, Australias Anna Lunoe, Scottish artist SOPHIE and Dutch DJ San Holo.

FOMO 2019 will be supporting arts charity Heaps Decent and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre by donating one dollar from every online ticket sold. In addition to the charity work, organisers are also  launching an official online ticket resale facility to allow fans to safely sell and purchase tickets.

Check out the full lineup below.

FOMO Festival 2019 Lineup

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FOMO 2019 Dates

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Saturday, 5th January
Riverstage, Brisbane

Sunday, 6th January
Elder Park, Adelaide

Saturday, 12th January
Parramatta Park, Sydney

Sunday, 13th January
Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne

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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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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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Saturday, 13 May


Emma Donovan & The PutBacks in Melbourne on 12/05/17 "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

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Thursday, 11 May


Kulin Tide Strings in South Melbourne on 10/05/17 "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

  • Artist: Kulin Tide Strings
  • Date: Wednesday, May 10th 2017
  • Time: 6:00pm
  • City: South Melbourne, Victoria
  • Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre
  • Address: 31 Sturt Street
  • Country: Australia
  • Admission: Free
  • Age restrictions: All Ages
  • Notes: Special guest vocalists Emma Donovan and John Wayne Parsons will be joining James Henry and SiloSQ for this special performance.
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Tuesday, 09 May


Filmonik #40 Filmonik Melbourne

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Monday, 08 May


Mission Song Project in Melbourne on 07/05/17 "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

  • Artist: Mission Song Project
  • Date: Sunday, May 7th 2017
  • Time: 2:00pm
  • City: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Venue: Melbourne Town Hall
  • Address: 90-130 Swanston Street
  • Country: Australia
  • Admission: free (booking required)
  • Age restrictions: All Ages
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  • Notes: Featured Artists Joe Geia (Gugu Yimithirr/Kaurareg) Jessie Lloyd (Gugu Yimithirr/Kaurareg) Emma Donovan (Gumbainggir/Danggali & Naaguji/Yamitji) Deline Briscoe (Gugu Yalanji) Jessica Hitchcock (Saibai) Clint Bracknell (Noongar)
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Wednesday, 03 May


reflections from 2015 and 2016 attendee, Anne "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Want more intimacy and connection? Want more fun with sex and relationships? Are you respectful and curious? Tickets now on sale

I receive emails all through the year from people telling me how this event has opened up and impacted positively on their whole life.

Today (with their permission of course) I am sharing with you what Anne, 2015 and 2016 attendee, sent me about what they experienced attending Celebrating Sexuality.

See you in November, Jo xx
Excited for this, my 3rd Celebrating Sexuality Festival, later this year. I'm making the trip to Melbourne especially for this wouldn't miss it! 

Basically it is 3 days of diving deep into the core of all you are made from (because after all, our sexual energy is one of the most powerful energies we have and it drives everything we do - it makes sense to want to learn more about this stuff). It is filled with over 30 workshops on differing topics around sexuality from rope play to bondage, to how to talk to children about sex, to communicating boundaries with lovers, to how to negotiate threesomes+, and so much more. 

The site where it is held is lush, serene and as extravagant as you decide for it to be. The food is delicious, varied and healthy, with great coffee on hand. It is so incredibly well organised with each detail meticulously considered (thank you Jo Balmforth for your tireless energy and efforts in making Celebrating Sexuality the exemplary experience that it is). 

I can't even begin to express how much personal growth I've had from the experiences I've had at 'Sex Camp'. Not only was it fun and informative, but the feeling of connection and open heartedness I felt by the end was unbelievable. 

Truth be known, the first one confronted the crap out of me. It was so uncomfortable, yet I am forever grateful for the experience. Most of the workshops I attended were Tantra based (my first introduction to it and I haven't looked back since, with Celebrating Sexuality opening me up to a...

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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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Sunday, 02 September



One of the pleasures of flying in to Melbourne is when the time and flying approach path are such that one catches glimpses of the City from the plane window. The vast area Melbourne occupies (9,992.5 km2!) becomes apparent and also the high density of the CBD with its skyscrapers.

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MIUC 040918: Hammers Lake; Donutpiniflab; Heilbron/Tumanov; Pidd/Campano Experimental Melbourne

JONATHAN HEILBRON (Organs)/SERGEI TUMANOV (Field recordings/Objects/Pedals) 
ZAK PIDD (Percussion/Vocals)/VICTOR CAMPANO (Percussion/Vocals)

11/9: Jonnine Nokes/Bridget Chappell; Elliott Hughes; Chiara Kickdrum
18/9: Warren Burt + more TBA 
25/9: Cooperengineering Noise Orchestra 

The Make It Up Club
Avant-Garde Improvised Music and Sound Performance
Every Tuesday night at Bar Open, 317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Doors at 8:30 pm for a 9:00 pm start $5/$10



Uncle Dickeys Library Install Black Mark

The very hungry caterpillar crawls along the fence line. Three little pigs, Winnie the Pooh, Paddington Bear and other characters from childrens literature adore more of the fence and poles.


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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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Thursday, 02 March


Volunteer Profile Nafeu Aungshu "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Star SLF volunteer, Nafeu Aungshu, burst into action during the Festivals Big Weekend. Check out our latest volunteer in conversation with Nafeu.

Where did you grow up?
I was born on the banks of Bay of Bengal beside Sunderbans, the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world and my birth place is known as Bagerhat. In Bengali, the word Bagerhat means land of tigers and it is famous as Royal Bengal Tigers territory. At the age of 4, I moved to Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh with my parents and my schooling started there. At the age of 22, I moved to Melbourne, known as the most liveable city, for my double masters at Monash University.

What are the projected impacts from climate change on your place of birth?
Perhaps, it is enormously difficult to believe that my birth place Bagerhat will be vanished from the world map within next decade during my lifetime. Due to climate change, the rising sea level threatens the persistence of my birth place and this could inundate 17 per cent of Bangladeshs land area by 2050, reducing cultivatable land and displacing 35 million people. Within next 10 years, Dhaka will be affected by Climate change and expected to cause significant changes in river salinity. This will lead to shortage of drinking water in the urban areas. Bagerhat is famous as the territory of Royal Bengal Tiger but unfortunately, the remaining tiger habitat in Bangladesh would be declined by 96 per cent due the sea level rise. Experts predicted that, due to climate change, Bagerhat will suffer with temperature rise, tropical cyclones, saline water invasion, land inundation, ocean acidification, invasive species and so on, which eventually may pose threat of extinction to biodiversity of Bagerhat. Currently, 16% of mangrove species which are critically endangered, 10% are near-threatened and more than 40% of the mangrove-endemic vertebrates are now also at risk of extinction due to habitat loss. The river erosion from flooding claims 20,000 acres of land and leaves up to 200,000 people homeless each year. Above all, the main challenge involves increasing rice production without using groundwater unsustainable, especially with an increase in population and sea level rise will pose significant challenges to agricultural productivity in the future.

What level of awareness is there about these impacts in your home town?
Bangladesh is fully aware of the fact that two-thirds of Bangladesh is less than five metres above sea level, making it one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to rising sea levels. Bangladesh has taken wide range of strategic policies. For instances, Bangladesh became the first country in developing nations who made its own climate fund known as Bangladesh Climate Change Trust (BCCT) and every year 7 per cent of the budget is allocated only to climate change. Within 9 years of time, th...

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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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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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Saturday, 01 September



Several types of pigeons found in the Darebin Parklands.
1) Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis) - Since they were introduced into Australia from Asia in the 1860s, Spotted Doves have been very successful, expanding their range greatly to occur right along the east coast, as well as in parts of South Australia and Western Australia.

2) The native Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) is a bird found widely throughout mainland Australia except for the far northern tropical areas. Only two Australian pigeon species possess an erect crest, the crested pigeon and the spinifex pigeon. The crested pigeon is the larger of the two species.

3) The native Common Bronzewing Pigeon (Phaps chalcoptera) is a large, bulky pigeon with a small head, found in all parts of Australia bar some of the deep desert, Cape York Peninsula, and urban areas. Its advertising call is an extraordinary mournful whooo repeated at metronomic intervals for an interminable length of time. Although rather wary by nature, birds in the urban fringes become quite used to humans.

4) Common Feral pigeons (Columba livia domestica), also called city doves, city pigeons, or street pigeons are pigeons that are derived from the domestic pigeons that have returned to the wild. The domestic pigeon was originally bred from the wild rock dove, which naturally inhabits sea-cliffs and mountains. Rock (i.e., "wild"), domestic, and feral pigeons are all the same species and will readily interbreed.

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Stop Australian governments Chelsea Manning ban "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

This video says about itself:

30 August 2018

Global Outcry After Australia Moves to Ban Entry of Whistleblower Chelsea Manning

Human rights groups and free speech defenders around the world are speaking out on Thursday after the Australian government moved aggressively to block Chelsea Manningthe U.S. Army whistleblower who was imprisoned by her own government after leaking hundreds of thousands of military and diplomatic documents, including evidence of war crimesfrom entering the country as part of a global speaking tour.

By Oscar Grenfell and James Cogan in Australia:

Widespread opposition to Australian government ban on Chelsea Manning

31 August 2018

Over the past 24 hours, opposition has mounted to the Australian governments threat to deny well-known US whistleblower and political activist Chelsea Manning a visa to enter the country and engage in a speaking tour which is scheduled to begin this weekend.

The Coalition government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday issued Manning with a notice of intention to reject her visa application, just days before she was set to address events in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

The government is invoking Mannings criminal conviction for leaking hundreds of thousands of military files and US diplomatic cables to claim that she fails the Migration Acts character test.

As far as hundreds of millions of people are concerned, the actions of Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning were both justified and proved she is a person of the highest character and quality. The publication of the information she leaked b...

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Tuesday, 31 January



All over Melbourne, people are doing their bit to lower their impact on the climate, and you can too.

The City of Melbourne wants to work with you to create a sustainable future for our city. Thats why they are inviting you to a special series of Eco-City events throughout Melbourne. From learning how to grow your own veggies to connecting through community power, there are plenty of things to get involved in. Theyre easy, free and fun!

Building momentum for community energy.

Park ranger trailers.

Learn how to grow your own green roof.

Free film screening.

Interactive cooking demonstrations.

Move more and sit less.

Grow your own edible garden.

Queen Victoria Market.


You can find out more about City of Melbourne sustainability programs at Eco-City Information Booths at City Libraries and Hubs during the Festival.

The post CELEBRATING SUSTAINABILITY IN MELBOURNE appeared first on Sustainable Living Festival.

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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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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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Friday, 31 August



This artwork in the Darebin Parklands was quite controversial when it was first installed, but over time it has grown on people and it is quite well accepted now. The birds like it too...

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

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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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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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Thursday, 30 August



Arum italicum is a species of flowering herbaceous perennial plant in the family Araceae, also known as Italian arum and Italian lords-and-ladies. It is native to the Mediterranean region (southern Europe, northern Africa, and the Middle East) plus Great Britain, the Netherlands, Crimea, Caucasus, Canary Islands, Madeira, and the Azores. It is also naturalised in Argentina and in scattered locations in the United States.

It grows 3046 cm high, with equal spread. It blooms in spring with white flowers that turn to showy red fruit. It is cultivated as an ornamental plant for traditional and woodland shade gardens. Subspecies italicum (the one normally grown in horticulture) has distinctive pale veins on the leaves, whilst subspecies neglectum has faint pale veins, and the leaves may have dark spots. Some gardeners use this arum to underplant with Hosta, as they produce foliage sequentially: When the Hosta withers away, the arum replaces it in early winter, maintaining ground-cover.

Numerous cultivars have been developed for garden use, of which A. italicum subsp. italicum 'Marmoratum' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. Arum italicum can be invasive in some areas. Arum italicum may hybridise with Arum maculatum. In 1778, Lamarck noticed that the inflorescence of this plant produces heat.

Leaves, fruits and rhizomes contain compounds that make them poisonous. Notably, leaves are rich in oxalic acid; other active principles are present in other parts. The ingestion of berries, which are showy and red, may result fatal for babies and young children. As a general rule, avoiding consumption is advisable for adults too.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.



The "California Bungalow" style houses was particularly popular in Australia from 1913 onwards. This period coincided with the rise of the Hollywood film industry, which popularised American clothes, furniture, cars and houses, and also with the increased importation of U.S. architectural magazines into Australia, a society which previously had been heavily influenced by British domestic styles. Here is one such example in Fairfield, an inner suburb of Melbourne.

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

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Tuesday, 18 October


finding the lost art of human sexuality "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Hello! How is your week so far?

Here we are with just 3 weeks to go until we gather for our 5th year!

Sunday evening
I met with the crew in Melbourne's CBD and we were really pleased to see some of our attendees there as well. No photo's unfortunately - I was having too much fun catching up with everyone.  Hey, you will see us all in, did I mention, just 3 weeks :)

Thank you for the lovely messages regards my previous blog. I was very touched that so many of you took the time to write to me and share your thoughts and experience, it really means a lot.   

I have written another piece, Finding the lost art of human sexuality. Writing is something of a personal journey for me so it's a definitely an edge to share it, but I have to say I am enjoying the process.   I invite you to read it and if it resonates with you, I would love to hear.

The Crew are SUPER excited - as am I :) :) I know many of you are, too and....

Can't wait to see you in November!

Jo xx
Co-Founder & Festival Director
Celebrating Sexuality
explore | learn | grow | play | celebrate

finding the lost art of human sexuality - Jo Balmforth


If its meant to be it will work out.  Wont it?  At 37 years old I began exploring what I wanted from sex and relationships.  Prior, I travelled with an expectation that I should know how to be intimate with other people.  Deep down accompanied by competing doses of fear of being alone, and unwillingness to go there.
To be fair, being a good person with positive intentions and expectations coupled with conditioning: This is how things are done/my parents did it can take you quite far in a relationship.  It took me to 13years and I suspect its what has kept many more relationships...


site visit "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"


How was your weekend?
Mine was awesome!! Saturday I took a drive out to the Mornington Peninsula here in Victoria to meet with the managers of our 2016 site. We finalised the details of the weekend - and I am pleased to say it went really really well.

The site for the 2016 Celebrating Sexuality is so beautiful and well looked after - I know you are going to love it :) I have attached some photo's below - you can just see the swimming lake (my favourite feature) between the trees.

Those of you who have come along in the last 4 years will know how supportive and welcoming the managers at the previous venue were.  Now retired, we will certainly miss Brenda & Brian (legends) but it feels like we got lucky again with the new venue and especially the managers, who you will meet at the opening.

With just under 4 weeks to go, there are still some tickets available - but numbers on site are limited to only 200. I don't want you to miss out.

There are various accommodation options - indoor and outdoor, details via the website, link below.

See you in November!
Jo xx

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Monday, 17 October


The Salt Lake Band bring music and culture of Groote Eylandt to Yabun Festival "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

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 "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

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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Saturday, 01 October


Jiotto Studios: Renaissance Festivals and Camps "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

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RENAiSSANCE Easter 2018

March 30 April 2, 2018.
Gates open on Friday the 30th of March at 11 AM.

at CAMP EUREKA,  100 Tarrango Rd.  YARRA JUNCTION,  Vic. 3797
Melway Ref. 288 K10



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Friday, 23 September


Kev Carmody headlines 2017 Yabun Festival "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

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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Wednesday, 29 August



WED 5th Sept. 18:30
Tape Project Space. 1/81 Bouverie Street, Carlton
$10 entry. Includes vegan friendly soup.

Melbourne based producer, DJ and musician. Over the last decade Jon has traversed a number of styles as a live performer, including no-input mixing, free improvisation, and hardware techno experiments. Jon is indebted to the no-input mixer experiments of Japanese artists such as Toshimaru Nakamura and Sachiko M, as much he is to techno luminaries such as Jeff Mills and Kotai.

Kalinda s practice explores ideas of emotionality, vulnerability and power, humour and humiliation, constraints of language and the problems with representations of identity. Her recent work concentrates on queer concerns of the body, performance within social structures and imposed cultural identities.

explores re-contextualised collected sounds and tactile gestures formed into dynamic, psycho-geographical compositions inspired by discarded things, found things, crawling around in the dirt, junk, the ground, rocks, dust, wind, walking aimlessly, scratchy things, decay and most if not all the things he hears and sees. More than simply documenting a given site, tarab is interested in a direct engagement with our surrounds, teasing out half narratives, visceral sensation, false leads and heightened awareness.


Strange Poppy Electronic Blippery from COORDINATES Experimental Melbourne

for fans of: 
Ambient Works-era AFX 
the music from Star Control II
online synth emulators
aleotoric electronica
improvised electropop

*enjoy the sauce* HERE:

coordinates is yet another project by A DEMON SHEEN. but this one's not much like the others.  there's no black metal or angsty noise here! 

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Thursday, 15 September


Never Say Never Tour feat. PEZ & Mallrat "GroovUs Feed Aartists"



Never Say Never Tour Featuring PEZ & Mallrat

Oct 29th @ UC Refectory Canberra ACT # - GET TIX

Nov 4th @ HQ Complex Adelaide SA (LIC/ALL AGES) - GET TIX

Nov 5th @ Originals Music Festival Coolum QLD #* - GET TIX

Nov 17th @ Republic Bar Hobart TAS - GET TIX

Nov 18th @ The Croxton Melbourne VIC - GET TIX - SOLD OUT!

Nov 19th @ The Croxton Melbourne VIC - GET TIX

Nov 25th @ Miami Tavern Gold Coast QLD - GET TIX

Nov 26th @ The Tivoli Brisbane QLD - GET TIX

Dec 2nd @ Wollongong Uni Bar Wollongong NSW - GET TIX

Dec 3rd @ Long Jetty Hotel Central Coast NSW - GET TIX

Dec 8th @ The Jack Cairns QLD #* - GET TIX

Dec 9th @ Dalrymple Hotel Townsville QLD #* - GET TIX

Dec10th @ Magnums Airlie Beach QLD #* - GET TIX

Dec 16th @ Cambridge Hotel Newcastle NSW - GET...

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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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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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Wednesday, 24 August


Juice Media Update & Introducing: Honest Government Ads "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

Hey everyone! It feels like ages since I posted anything on the website. Sorry.


Two birds with two birds. Pic taken by Ben Erwin, my awesome host in NYC

But I havent been idle these past few months. Ive taken some time to sort out a few things spent time with my parents; exercised; took time to think; went to Berlin for a final Live Rap News show (check out some highlights here!); had my first ever visit to Murica (and Montreal) which was truly inspiring and energising. And now that Im back home in Melbourne Im ready and pumped to get the Juice blender back into action.

Some of you will have seen that Ive already started uploading new videos:

The first new series that Ive launched is called HONEST GOVERNMENT ADVERTS (HGAs for short) and its been getting a great response. I really enjoy making these: i love the concept of honest government propaganda (something theres far too little of in our lives); and I especially love how quick and relatively easy these videos are to make.

So far Ive made 3 HGAs (Ill post links at the bottom of this post). Theyre all about Aussie issues, but now that Ive tested the idea Ill be expanding to make HGAs for many other countries, starting with USA, UK, EU, Canada, Israel, and many others.

Do you have an idea for an HGA for your country? If so, Id love to hear your suggestions. (Keep in mind though, HGAs need to be short, ideally under 2 mins, so topics need to be quite specific and focused!)

Thats not all. Im in the planning stages for a new JUICE RAP NEWS episode. Its not 100% confirmed yet, but I just wanted to let you know that sooner or later Rap News will probably make a come back. Id like to start off with just the occasional broadcast (think Rap News in the early days), and if things go well it might become a regular series once again down the track.

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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, 31 July


Yarnbomber EP Launch "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

Grab your finest winter woollens and get ready to dance your blues away because yes, it's the long-awaited Yarnbomber EP launch party starring us and our brilliant musical chums Lanewaves and The Belafontes and kicking of with the debut sounds of Al Paca & The Llama Farmers. It's only at the bloomin' Brunny so entry is free, drinks are cheap and the fun is unavoidable. Come down early and cosy up with some of Melbourne's best indie pop talent, and even treat yourself to a real-life hard copy of the EP, just like in the old days! We'll see y'all really can't get much better than this!

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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.

During World War...

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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, 28 August



Flowering fields of Canola at Portarlington, a short drive from Melbourne, or if you prefer, a scenic ferry trip away. Either way, it's a wonderful day trip!

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


This Week in Melbourne: What's On #609 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Read Online This Week: 28 August - 3 September 2018 Newsletter | #609 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 28th August 2018 to Monday 3rd September 2018 Melbourne Day | Thursday 30th August 2018 Fathers Day | Sunday 2nd September 2018 Melbourne Esports Open Melbourne Writers Festival 2018 Super 70s | Fashion Exhibition The Australian Creedence Show and Dinner BABBA - Australias Premier ABBA Show Marty Rose Band - Friday Night Live Music Live Jazz: Frances Madden and Band Kool Kidz Gardenvale | Fathers and Special Persons Day Celebration Winter Night Market | Final Wednesday OysterFeast at P.J.OBriens Markets On This Weekend Create Your Future Now with Matt Catling Cruden Farm Open Day Goulburn Fishing Festival National Wattle Day Vogue American Express | Fashions Night Out Enjoy #Melbourne Melbourne Day | Thursday 30th August 2018 The first European settlers on the schooner Enterprize landed on the north bank of the Yarra River in 1835. About Melbourne Day | Melbourne Day Celebrations Fathers Day | Sunday 2nd September 2018 Fathers Day is all about reminding Dad why you love him so much.. a chance to say thanks for everything hes done for you! Fathers Day Guide | Fathers Day Events | Alfred Appeal Melbourne Writers Festival 24 August to 2 September | Melbourne Get amid the best writers and performers of our generation as they tackle matters of life and death. See them on stage and in bars and go with them as they venture into new terrain a cemetery an animal church museums and more. Melbourne Writers Festival 2018 Friday Night Live Music Live At London Eleven is a licensed venue in Bayswater that features a variety of great live music every Friday night. Friday 31st August - The Marty Rose Band *Must See* Live At London Eleven | Buy Tickets Here The Australian Creedence Show and Dinner Book now for an intimate evening of fine dining and music at the magnificently restored homestead Rosebank North on Friday 31st August 2018. The Australian Creedence Show | Book Tickets Online BABBA - Australias Premier ABBA Show Saturday 1st September 2018 | Musicland Music Complex Fawkner With glitz and glamour and enough musical memories to fill 2 hours to overflowing BABBA will take you on a journey through time to when satin was King and Dancing Queens ruled. BABBA at Musicland | Book Tickets Online Bach and Vivaldi Concertos Sunday 2nd September 2018 | St Johns Southgate The Melbourne Musicians directed by Frank U.Pam present two world-class soloists in Bachs famous Double Violin Concerto in D minor and two exciting double concertos by Vivaldi a famous violin virtuoso....


A Queen Break At Broken Heel Will Be Anything But A Drag "IndyWatch Feed"

If you search the phrase Broken Heel in Google, it turns out that people also ask, How long does it take for a broken heel to heal? Plus How do you fix a broken heel?

Someone over at Google needs to update their search terms, because far from being something that needs fixing or healing Broken Heel needs embracing.

And thats exactly what weve done at New Matilda, signing up as a media partner for what promises to be the mother of all festivals. Or more accurately the Queen of all festivals.

You might not have heard of it yet Broken Heel is only in its fourth year but you will soon enough. The town of Broken Hill in the far west of NSW hosts the event every year, a celebration of all things drag queens, springing from The Hills role in the iconic Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which premiered in 1994, and forever changed the landscape and the culture of the otherwise rugged Australian mining town.

Broken Hill is staged over three nights September 7, 8 and 9 and this years lead artist is none other than Christine Anu. On the drag front, the festival features such icons as Philmah Bocks and Art Simone Australias best known award-winning drag duo from Melbourne to local legends like Shelita Buffet and Christina Knees-Up, the geniuses behind the weekly Drag Bingo at the Palace Hotel, the venue that is the focus of the festival (and was featured in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert).

The Palace Hotel, the centre of the Broken Heel Festival in Broken Hill, which celebrates all things drag.

You can read about all of the artists here. And you can find out more about the program for the festival, plus everything you want to know here.

Our good friends at Sparkke are also sponsors of the event, so youll be able to enjoy a can of Say I Do white wine bubbles at the festival.

Tickets are still available for the festival, although the event is selling out fast. The Hill, as the town is known, also isnt the easiest place to get to (particularly not by air Rex Airlines gouges the absolute daylights out of you on flights) but its definitely worth a trip if you have the means, and the town and region h...

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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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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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Wednesday, 01 June


The Morris Ward Combo "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Jack is the only musician in the Festival older than Wayne Shorter. He began his career in the back row of the massed Trombones of the Royal Airforce. This fearsome outfit was known to descend shrieking like banshees on an unsuspecting populace armed only with 86of brass pipe each, and blow the bejaysus out of a wide range of unsuitable big band pieces.

Once brought under control due to the post-war valve oil shortage, Jack was shipped out to New Zealand or Sydney or both, and continued a remarkable career.

The sly old dog has now assembled the likes of Izzo (piano) Brunton (trumpet) Chalmers (saxophone) and Andy Moon (double bass, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) into a hot band.

Old age and treachery (Jack), combined with youthful enthusiasm(everyone else), will be ripping it up at the Faulder Watson Hall, Sunday 3.00pm, and then at the Cumberland at 9.00pm not to be missed!

Jack Morris

The Morris Ward Combo

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Monday, 30 May


Kay Young Trio Jazz on Broadway "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Vocalist Kay Young has teamed with Helmut Lopaczuk on Piano Accordian & Larry Kean on Drums to present Jazz on Broadway.
Melodies and music of Cole Porter & Gershwin. Throw in a taste for Latin Rhythms with a little Fats Waller on the side, and you have the beginnings of a passionate dish to be heard savoured. I am now fortunately able to travel the World singing Jazz in Umbria Italy, Melbourne and Darwin. Born in Melbourne& studied Music at the University of Melbourne Melba Conservatorium. I had a previous life in TV and Theatre, and taught music & drama at International schools in London & Bangkok. I am now turned full circle and have been reborn as a Jazz Singer of sorts.


Kay Young trio

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Saturday, 28 May


Anne Hayres with Melbourne Chamber Jazz "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Annes warm tones are blended with Peters intricate and playful piano and Leons driving String Bass rhythms in this Chamber Jazz Ensemble. Jazz can be gentle and quiet but still exciting in this presentation of Jazz Standards, Latin and Ballads that are arranged with humour and surprise.

Anne Hayres with Melbourne Chamber Jazz

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Monday, 27 August



Walking in the Parklands yesterday was a joy as the sun was shining, the sky was blue, birds were singing and the flowers had bloomed. A real taste of Spring, which is round the corner...

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


The Quark Will Type For Food

Or: why you should never get grammatical, scientific, or any type of advice from Tim whatsoever. 

Quark is quark is quark. Quark is just a type of German/European cheese, but you make all new quark out of old quark, adding some old quark to milk, so the new quark becomes part of the original quark, the ur-quark, the proto-quark, the primordial-quark, too. All quark is the one quark, and one quark is all quark. Quark is like the blob of the food world. Perhaps eventually all things will be quark, and we will all be happy in this clabbery, curdly, blibbery, blobbery, gestalt-quark-oneness.

So: the gender of quark, auf Deutsch, is 'der', Maskulin, because quark is a type of cheese and all cheese is masculine also. And 'Quark' doesn't really have a plural form, either - or, you can talk about it as if it's a plural ('die Quark', the plural definite article 'die' indicating it is plural), but there is no internal vowel mutation, no suffixed '-s' or '-en' to say the word is a plural, because quark is quark is quark, because all quark is one quark. Imagine saying to someone 'can I have muesli with two yoghurts'; it sounds faintly ridiculous, not because yoghurt is faintly ridiculous (though it is) but because all yoghurt comes from the one yoghurt, you make new yoghurt by just using old yoghurt. No 'two yoghurts', you just say 'can I have some yoghurt please' or 'can I have more yoghurt please'. Quark is yoghurt is quark is yoghurt is quark.

But also, quarks are quarks are quarks. The subatomic particle, confusingly also called 'Quark' auf Deutsch, gets the article neuter - 'das Quark', if you please, so if you meet one in the street, you know how to address it. It was called thus by subatomic scientists, who, needing a handy-dandy name for this entirely theoretical infinitesimal unit, took it from James Joyce, exclaiming in Finnegan's Wake "Three quarks for Muster Mark!", who I like to think was deliberately pluralising a German word that could not be pluralised. So, 'der Quark', not 'die Quarks', but 'das Quark', and 'die Quarks'. Got it? Good, I haven't either. And, for all we know, quarks, down at the hocus-pocus-mystical-heuristical-mumbo-jumbo level, might be exactly like cheese quark, anyway - little flying pieces of space-time yoghurt could form the basis of all matter. (Or not.)

The point of this article is, there is no point. Language likes fucking with us, and writers and scientists do their best to help it along. Bastards, the lot of them.

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Friday, 27 May


The Low Down Big Band "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

The Low Down Big Band is an 18-piece group from Melbourne. Theyre young, fresh and play high-energy music. You can expect a big sound, funky beats, swinging solos and good times when Low Down hits the stage.

Members have toured with The Cat Empire, played with Madre Monte, Aaron Goldberg and Dean Ray, and performed at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival.

Other projects of members include The ishs/Allen Project, Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Copperhead Brass Band, The Jon Magill Jazz Orchestra, Ozark, Grainger Wind Symphony, the Heidelberg Wind Symphony, Ben Nieuwkerks Strange Awakening and the Melbourne Wind Orchestra.


Low Down Big Band

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Sunday, 15 May


Four Directions "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Melbourne-based ensemble, Four Directions returns to CJF with two sets of French-infused swing, bossa and gypsy jazz.

With Sonia Davoine (v)
Mihoko Abe (sax)
Sam Izzo (p)
Elliott Joe (g/b)
Daniel Pickard (b)
Andrew Putman (d)

Four Directions

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Nardia Rose Band "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Nardia Rose is best known as a Singer-Songwriter with powerful, raw & sultry vocals seasoned in the genres of Blues, Soul & Jazz. With a harmonic ear for music, Nardia wields her vocal range with intensity & musical prowess.

The Nardia Rose & Forster Band is a Melbourne based band which was established a few months ago, and already they are turning heads and making a stamp in the Melbourne music scene recently supporting Tex Perkins and soon to support Russell Morris as well as playing at various Jazz and Blues festivals around Victoria and NSW. The band currently exists as a trio featuring the amazingly talented Steven Forster on guitar and the gifted Keys Player Thomas Byrne.

Their repertoire is a mix of the classics along with Nardias original songs that she wrote while travelling with a guitar on her back through the South of the US including Memphis, New Orleans & Mississippi. She is very excited to be working on her new album this year and finally sharing her music!


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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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Friday, 13 May


The Bridge Hotel "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Shes back! The Bridge Hotel has reopened. Deep in the heart of the Goldfields cool country, Castlemaine, the beautiful 1860s pub has swung open her heavy wooden doors once again. Our motto Keep it simple, fresh, approachable, with just a touch o fancy

Not their first rodeo, new owners Mace Williams and Catherine Fletcher (formerly Grace Darling, Strange Wolf, Hells Kitchen: Melbourne & Jealous Lovers: Bali) have tarted up the ol gal, with a lick o fresh paint, new bar-top and some slick new joinery to restore the pubs history and magnificence. Keeping the bones, theyve crafted a fresh but well-trodden patina, add to this a sunny beer garden, a veggie patch and a locally re-homed beehive and youve got a recipe for some good country vibes.

Nestled amongst overflowing grapevines and with a badass view to the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens, the Bridge entices punters with cold beer, live music and top-notch nosh. Despite her pretty looks this hotel aint no damsel; shes a rough-riding country belle with city flair.

Want local beer? Come get it. A classic cocktail? With pleasure. How about chowing down on some Nashville Spicy Chicken Wings, or Southern Pulled Pork, while listening to an indie/country soundtrack? Hank Williams coming right up. The Bridge heralds a return to the democracy of drinking: good ol basics and local wineries serving up their best drops at reasonable prices with pots and pints of BLOKE house beer poured from a tap with a rustic saw-handle.

With straight-up brews and something for the more adventurous, this is a space for buckaroos, bull-riders and babes alike. Fresh, locally sourced produce stars in classic, not-too-fussy dishes. The menu includes free-range pork belly and salads picked from the garden by local chef wunderkind, Luke Hards. So leave your guns at home (no parole), grab your Stetson and Martin D-28, jump on the train with a fellow traveller and some unfinished, hand-written lyrics, and head north west to The Bridge Hotel.


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The Jazz Train "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Listen to some great music in a unique venue. Catch the Victorian Goldfields Railway steam train to Maldon. With departures from Castlemaine station at 11.45 and 1.45 on both Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June, you can sit back in the lovely open lounges and listen to live jazz with steam while enjoying a drink from the bar.

Travel in wonderfully restored first class carriages: the cosy Macedon with art deco elegance and open bar serving a range of drinks and snacks; or the Tambo featuring Edwardian art nouveau woodwork with end viewing platform. Switch carriages on your return journey to get the full experience and range of music.

A very special Festival Fare of $40 (normally $65) or $35 concession is available to Jazz Festival patrons to travel first class to Maldon and back. Watch the picturesque world go by as you listen to some great music by our festival musicians. (refer Jazz Festival Program)

Buying Tickets:

  • During the festival Castlemaine Jazz Festival Booking Office (The Ray Bradfield Room)  Open from Friday 10 June 2015
  • Platform 2 Booking Office, Castlemaine Railway Station
  • Buy now online at Trybooking



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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 "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

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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chewton community hall

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The Miles Nicel Quartet "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

The Miles Nicel Quartet evolved from a chance meeting of guitarist Peter Ryan and bassist Steve Nicel at a Melbourne jam session one Sunday afternoon late last year.

Peter from Melbourne and Steve from Eurora starting playing together and sharing their musical expertise. This developed into the basis of a band and Steve co-opted his son Miles to play drums and Peter talked his mate Colin Garrett (Tenor Saxophone) to join yet another band. With weekly rehearsals the band soon built up a sizable repertoire of jazz standards and Peter Ryan originals to be presented at the Castlemaine Jazz Festival.

Miles Nicel Quartet

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7th Zorba at Durummbul Hall....!!!! SAVE THE DATE 28 . 5 . 16 "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

Zorba - Gypsy Party -First Zorba for 2016!!!Contagiously danceable Gypsy and world Music, dance, food, belly dance and more... to excite your passions and satisfy your soul!Dress up and come down to celebrate!Featuring well-loved local Gypsy sensation - ShakShka, all the way from Melbourne - The Imprints, Local band - Hamsa (Amir Paiss & Avishai Barnatan), Bedouin song circle with Shai Shriki and friends. Belly Dance by Rachel Myra & Yael Mahler. DJ Blackbird (Daniel Harris)From soul-stirring Gypsy songs and heart-melting melodies to sublime grooves and quirky beats to shake your hips, this is a night not to miss!Saturday 30th Jan 2016Durrumbul Hall 6km out of Mullum on Main Arm Rd. on the Left.Doors open: 6pm till MidnightFood by Open Table Catering from 6pm$20Kids entry FREE or by donationAll Donations go to Sea ShepherdFor any inquiry please email: zorbagypsy@gmail.comYoutube: ages welcome!About the Acts:Shakshuka:Shakshuka play music from the heart and around the world, both heart-achingly beautiful and contagiously danceable. Up-tempo Eastern European Gypsy melodies, Middle Eastern, Latin and original songs are played on Guitar or Oud, Fiddle, great vocal harmonies and live Belly dancing in a fusion of contemporary and traditional sounds.Shakshuka are a global journey of sound, emotion and dance and together they take the audience on an eclectic gypsy journey around the world.The Imprints:The Imprints play high energy experimental and groovy dance music with world and Gypsy influances. Emerging from the creative and vibrant Melbourne music scene, long time collaborators Willow Stahlut and Linden Lester make the crowd dance from the first note.Hamsa:An uplifting blend of Middle Eastern inspirations, Hebrew cultural roots, traditional and contemporary instruments and grooves.DJ BlackBird - Daniel Harris:Emerging from the sweaty vodka pits of the New Zealand klezmer underground, and crossing the Tasman Sea to the great land of dreaming, Blackbird has wandered from Melbourne to Mullumbimby with his magic box of gypsy musicians. He has performed in parties and festivals across Victoria, and now he unveils his magic box of gypsy beats, balkan bangers and klezmer mania for Mullumbimby with one aim - to make you tantz like a meshuggeneh!Link:

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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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Thursday, 28 April


Trumpet "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Trumpet are a 5 piece jazz band featuring vocalist David Ruiz playing styles of jazz music from bebop to bossa nova and beyond. Trumpet also delve into blues, funk, soul and 50s rock n roll. The band has performed at numerous private and public events in Melbourne and Victoria including the Park Hyatt, Dizzys Jazz Club, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne Museum, Yarraville Festival and Grampians Jazz Festivals.

More info and YouTube clips etc are on our site


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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, 26 August



When I talk to American tourists invariably they say something about "Downtown" Melbourne. This is an Americanism as my trusty dictionary says:
downtown chiefly North American adjective| dantan | in or relating to the central part or main business and commercial area of a town or city: downtown Chicago | a downtown bar. 
Here in Australia the term for the same area of the Central Business District is "The City". However you call it, at night it quite pretty!

This post is part of the My Sunday Best meme,
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MIUC 280818:Kawaguchi/Alexandra/Morris; CDR; Diploid Experimental Melbourne

CDR (JP)(Laptop/Vocals)
DIPLOID - MARIAM BENJEMAA (Vocals/Effects)/REECE PRAIN (Drum Machine/Contact Mic/Sampler)/SCOTT MCLATCHIE (Drums/Percussion)

4/9: Zak Pidd; Donutpiniflab - Scott McConnachie/Myka Wallace/Jenny Barnes
11/9: Jonnine Nokes/Bridget Chappell; Elliott Hughes; Chiara Kickdrum
The Make It Up Club
Avant-Garde Improvised Music and Sound Performance
Every Tuesday night at Bar Open, 317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy...


The End of Modernism Black Mark

The death of Tom Wolfe reminded me that amongst his many publication Wolfe wrote a short book about modern art, The Painted Word. The blurb on the books cover sums it up. Another blast at the phonies! The author of the The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test exposes the myths and men of modern art. In the end Wolfes predictions about the future of art were wrong; modernism did not have a hard landing and the art critics are not more famous than the artists.


Modernism was over by the time that The Painted Word was published in 1975. Modernism was not a fad, it was not a fantasy that was sold to the world by con artists or imposed on it by dictators. Rather it was a reasoned, articulated theory supported by empirical evidence. This doesnt mean that it was right only that the conservatives own position of royalism, nationalism and tradition was less reasoned, articulated and supported by evidence.

Ironically (and irony is his middle name) the great debunking of modern art had already been done by Marcel Duchamp. However, the vitriol that the conservatives have for Duchamp blinds them to this and, because Duchamps attacks were a kind-of pre-post-modern deconstruction of modern art, rather than by defending traditional values. It was Duchamps critique, rather than the conservatives, that laid the grounds for the end of modernism.

However, instead of a total collapse of modernism, as the idealism drained from the market modernism had a soft landing. This was facilitated by changes in the technology that allowed greater growth in popular culture: television, portable music technology, internet, etc. Music on demand used to be the high point of culture available only to the very rich; now everyone has the ability to listen to music or watch videos any time and anywhere and private tastes can be developed without the approval of friends or family multiplying the market for the arts.

This meant that the domination of the state art institutions and funding by ide...


New Low-key Loki-drones from GRIST... Experimental Melbourne

entheogenic microloop punk-ambient

Long-time Melbourne experimental audiomancer A DEMON SHEEN's blackened mono layer-core project GRIST has just released another collection of entheogenic microloop punk-ambient shaman-jams, MONADS, released through underground Britain's SOMBRE SONIKS label.  Tiny found-sound loops coalesce, grain by grain, into heavy conglomoliths of disturbient mind-expansion, as the micronal found-sound schippettes weave together in moire-like webs of density and grace.

For the official press release, A DEMON SHEEN took the descriptions of other GRIST releases, and the Wikipedia entry for Leibniz's Monads, and ran it all through an online cut-up machine.  The resulting nonsense/magickal incantation is presented here in its entirety:

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Saturday, 16 April


Risa Kodani and Jazz Notes "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Risa Kodani is originally from Japan, where she studied at the Osaka School of Music. Risa married an Australian and migrated here about five years ago.

Ann Craig has been playing wind instruments all of her life and teaches woodwind, brass and keyboard. On stage, she plays flute.

Kevin Blaz (guitar) and Ann teamed up a few years ago and have been developing Jazz Notes ever since.

Daniel Pickard (bass) left the music scene in Newcastle a couple of years ago and has been playing in various musical contexts around Melbourne. Since he arrived here, he has played regularly with Jazz Notes.

Marek Podstawek (drums) has played with Jazz Notes for the past couple of years and is a very versatile and entertaining musician. Marek recently featured with Jazz Notes, playing vibes at the Grampians Jazz Festival and Australian Jazz Convention.

Jazz Notes with Risa

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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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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


Gypsie Swing Ensemble "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Its French Its Romantic Its Fantastic

For Hot Club Swing & the Manouche Gypsy Jazz thing

Gypsie Swing Ensemble is a Melbourne Trio playing Bohemian Swing from the Night Clubs and Cafes of Paris in the 1930s a first for the Festival. Sit back, relax with a Pernod and water, get a little decadent

Le toot

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The Glass Moon "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

A standout group in 2015, and a regular headline act in their home town of Melbourne, we are very excited to announce that the boys are back. A pop jazz vibe featuring

Cam Giles-Webb vocals
Daniel Robertson piano
Mike Mathews fretless bass
Kieran Rafferty drums
Lachlan Davidson saxophone
Jack Pantazis guitar

Glass-Moon-Promo2  Glass Moon Promo

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Up Trio "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

UpTrio formed in 2014 with Ben Hooper on keys, George Borthwick on bass and Sebastien Jego on drums. The group strives to play contemporary and standard jazz in a variety of genres and performing original compositions. Since forming, UpTrio have performed in numerous venues around Melbourne and in December 2015 were invited to perform at the Renaissance Festival in South Gippsland. 2016 will see the band return for their second Castlemaine Jazz Festival with the addition of Agus Batara on keys.

up trio

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Trio Z Plus One "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Trio Z will be back with happy-making music for the small intimate venue. Their tasteful and clever repertoire has been enriched with more originals plus a double bass for this years festival.

This Melbourne formation brings together players who love the action and excitement of gentle entertainment. A happy audience is their musical pursuit. Trio Z Plus One are fun so come and see us!

Trio Z is Amanda Jones (clarinet), Mark Nuttney (aka Rhythm Machine Joe Coool) and Ziggy Saabel (saxophone, guitar) plus Brenda Roan (double bass).

Trio Z Plus One

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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. Fro