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Thursday, 26 October

00:28

PATH IN PARKLANDS Melbourne Fresh Daily

"If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress." - Barack Obama

A quiet path in the Darebin Parklands, lending itself to quiet contemplation and the enjoyment of nature.

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Wednesday, 25 October

13:10

Mama Kin Spender Announce November Tour Dates "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Image Courtesy of Mama Kin Spender Mama Kin Spender, the collaboration between roots singer-songwriter Mama Kin and multi-instrumentalist/producer Spender, have announced plans to hit the road this November with a series of festival dates plus headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne. The project debuted at this years Bello Winter Festival and they have an album, []

11:05

Statues Wars 2017 Black Mark

The statue wars of 2017 sprang to prominence in the USA although the debate had been going for some time. Around the world people have been asking what to do with these monuments to evil men, from Cecil Rhodes in South Africa to General Robert E. Lee in America to John Batman in Melbourne. The debate about these statues has often been furious, ill-informed and poorly reasoned; so more of a war than a debate. However, if I have learnt one thing from it is that the greatest educative value that a statue can have is when it is being torn down.

Stanley Hammond, John Batman Memorial, 1978 (3)

Stanley Hammond, John Batman Memorial, 1978

I doubt that statues on pedestals are the right thing to erect but then people have been making that observation for over a century. Back then the craze was for putting up these same statues and it was called statuemania because it was obvious that the many statues being ere...

09:27

Le Corbusier's modernist chapel in Ronchamp, Eastern France ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly

I have never been to Romchamp and didn't know that Le Corbusier designed a 1950s chapel. But I was eavedropping on two Francophiles in a Melbourne espresso bar, and after buying them a cheesecake each, got the following brilliant blog post. Many thanks sisters, for your passion and for your European Traveler article by Henk Bekker.


Ronchamp (pop 3000) is in the French region Franche-Comt, 418 ks SE from Paris, on the Swiss border near Belmont. In 1950, Swiss/French architect Le Corbusier (1887-1965) was commissioned to design a new Catholic church in 1950. He initially declined the invitation, but apparently became inspired by the site on a hill top that offered views in all four directions. Like the original stone C4th pilgrimage chapel that was bombed during WW2, Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut de Ronchamp was to sit among a wooded terrain, 150m above the rest of the village.

Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut de Ronchamp 
consecrated 1955

When Corbusier agreed to design Ronchamp, it had to be modern, not just in its materials and designs, but because it would function as a religious sculpture. The Church leadership wanted to get rid of the chapels old decadence and ornament by embracing modern art and architecture. The chapel needed to be rebuilt as a meditative and reflective space void; spatial and religious purity thus became one of Corbusiers main focuses.

The walls were mostly stark, whitewashed concrete, because restricted access required most of the structure to be produced onsite. Stones from the former church were used in the construction. Up to 2.7m thick, the southern wall was pierced by 27 windows of various sizes in glass. These window frames were like small tunnels that allowed soft light to be reflected at a variety of angles throughout the day. There was no connection to stained glass; Le Corbusier considered that this form of illumination was too closely bound to old, Romanesque and Gothic architectural notions.

The curving walls acted as a practical method of supporting the concrete and masonry construction, as well as the massive cu...

00:50

MORDIALLOC CREEK Melbourne Fresh Daily

Mordialloc, also known simply as Mordi, is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 24 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Kingston. At the 2011 census, Mordialloc had a population of 7,537. The name is derived from the term moordy yallock which originated from the Aboriginal language Boonwurrung, which is listed in some sources as meaning 'muddy creek', and in others as 'little sea'.

Mordialloc Post Office opened on 17 October 1863. In 1995 it was renamed Braeside Business Centre, and a new Mordialloc office opened near the railway station. Mordialloc Creek is arguably the most significant feature of the suburb. Home to Pompei's boat works, Mordialloc Creek has a rich history of traditional wooden boat building. Many classic boats line the banks of the creek.

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Tuesday, 24 October

22:35

OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #565 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

Read Online Newsletter | #565 | Whats On this Week Welcome to Newsletter | #565 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 24th October 2017 to Monday 30th October 2017 Melbourne Halloween Guide Tuesday 31st October 2017 | Halloween is the eve of All Saints Day. Halloween Guide Spooktober | Halloween Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } Melbournes most freakishly scary Halloween event returns for its 5th year of screams and fears. Hurry - 5 days only! Friday 27th - Tuesday 31st October 2017 Spooktober | Buy Tickets Nick Barker and The Monkey Men play Rolling Stones .nobrtable br { display: none } Friday 27th October 2017 | A star-studded local band perform material from The Stones golden age and beyond. Nick Barker and The Monkey Men | Satellite Lounge | Buy Tickets Melbourne Warehouse Music Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } 8 concerts over one weekend | From Jack Jones to Hoang Pham Jacqui Dark and Kanen Breen it doesnt get any more Melbourne than this. Saturday - Sunday | 4th and 5th November 2017 Melbourne Warehouse Music Festival | Collingwood | Buy Tickets HiFi Show 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } The great home entertainment show is a weekend festival of Recorded Music, Sound, Vision, Vinyl and Lifestyle Technology. Melbourne HiFi Show 2017 | Buy Tickets | Pullman Albert Park Box Hill Record and Comic Fair .nobrtable br { display: none } 1000s of collectible records, rare cards, comics and lots, lots more. Sunday 29th October 2017 | Box Hill Record and Comic Fair Prahran Market Cheese Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } On Sunday 29th October 2017 Prahran Market will be transformed into a cheese lovers delight with delicious cheese offerings. Say Cheese! Prahran Market Cheese Festival The Village Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } The 12th annual festival at North Fitzroys Edinburgh Gardens from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October 2017 with music, performance, food and fun. The Village Festival 2017 Melbourne International Games Week .nobrtable br { display: none } Asia Pacifics largest digital games celebration featuring conferences events and activities including PAX Australia. Melbourne International Games Week 2017 Open House Ballarat 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } Explore some of Ballarats most significant buildings. 28 and 29 October 2017 | Open House Ballarat 2017 Spring Vegan Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } A day celebrating veganism, ethical shopping, vegan...

21:38

A chorus of Corellas The Gap Year and Beyond

On an evening walk along Elster Creek and into the golf course recently I came across this little band of Long-billed Corellas. They were searching for seeds and working the grass for roots. I love the sound of the Corellas and will search them out along the creek. I have to find the birds to clearly ID them as I cant tell the difference between Little Corellas and Long-billed by the calls. Even in flight it can be difficult unless you can spot the red/pink chest splash and red around the eyes

Click to play a recording by Andrew Spencer

https://maltpadaderson.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/xc328099-long-billed-corella-cacatua-tenuirostris.mp3

 

19:12

DFFDL - And Drifted - Out now on Frustration Jazz Experimental Melbourne

Devotional Drone/noise focused on exploring just intonation and psychoacoustics


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13:45

What about PEFO? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Yesterday I heard Mitch Fifield being interviewed on ABC radio. Listen from the 2.01 hour mark for the interview. At 2.09.36 mark we have this exchange:

Epstein: Thats the same thing as saying its Labors fault you broke your promise.

Fifield: No. What it is, is that in government we discovered that what the Labor Party was saying about the costs of the project were wrong. They didnt have a handle on the costs and we saw a bit of that in the papers today where Labors fibre to the premise approach, in some cases saw the expense of doing that being $91 thousand for just one premise.  

Okay Im happy to accept the argument that Fifield is making. The last Labor government was useless with money.

Mr Rudd also says one of his greatest regrets is appointing Mr Swan treasurer over the more able Lindsay Tanner. He argues Mr Swan was intellectually not up to the job, was a poor communicator and his parliamentary performances were an embarrassment. But not appointing him would have risked destabilising the party.

But there are two problems with his argument as I see it.

  1. The Charter of Budget Honesty was supposed to prevent these sorts of surprises from occurring. A quick search of the 2013 PEFO find no warnings to the incoming government or electorate that the NBN was the black hole that it became. All that I can see is that the former government had a $4.8 billion poison pill to prevent the NBN agreement from being terminated (and that really relates to paying out the direct expenses).
  2.  If the project was such a dog as the government are now claiming, why did they proceed with it? Even on a cheaper model that reduced what had initially been promised it seems that the government (read taxpayers) would have been better off paying the $4.8 billion and walking away. A good principle of capital budgeting is to ignore sunk costs and dont throw good money after bad.

I suspect the government like its predecessor doesnt want to realise the  loss on the NBN as it will then come onto the budget. These sorts of Enronesque accounting practices are frowned upon, if not actually illegal, in the private sector; so it isnt clear to me why they should be legal in the public sector. I also think politicians promoting dud businesses should be subject to the same penalties as private citizens  promoting dud businesses.

11:43

LIVE REVIEW: Justin Townes Earle + Joshua Hedley + The Sadies @ Factory Theatre, Sydney "GroovUs Feed Afestivals"

Justin Townes Earle, Joshua Hedley, The Sadies @ Factory Theatre, Sydney, Oct 17th, 2017 After the failure to get Melbournes Out On The Weekend Americana music festival up and running in Sydney, we should feel lucky we still get to experience all the acts playing their own sideshows here. It amounts to a week of treats Continue reading

09:28

Cloud Nothings "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

DRW Entertainment welcomes kings of cathartic and anthemic alt-punk, Cloud Nothings, back to Australia this coming February.

Fresh from a huge European and US tour with heavyweight rock-revival favourites, Japandroids, in-demand Cloud Nothings are returning for the first time since 2014, bringing their heavily-praised fourth studio album, Life Without Sound to Australian shores.

Indie-rock tunes and a punk as fuck performance, Cloud Nothings tore the Oxford Art Factory apart (2014) Blunt Mag

From its beginnings in Dylan Baldis basement in 2009 to include the trio of drummer Jayson Gerycz and bassist TJ Duke, Cloud Nothings are a band that continue to challenge the genre, while remaining nostalgic and loyal to their loud and brash basement roots.

Cloud Nothings pair fuzzy power-chord riffs with pop hooks on Rollingstone

In the bands most bold and unprecedented phase, a second guitarist, Chris Brown, has bulked up the bands lo-fi sound resulting in a remarkable expansion in the Cloud Nothings story and production.

The band seems to be hitting their stride ever more intently (each record could perhaps be assessed as the band hitting their stride, which speaks to the groups impressive consistency) Pitchfork 

If their new album recorded with producer John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Blonde Redhead) has delved into a more cohesive chapter in the bands journey, their live shows still inspire some of the most fanatic praise of the bands raw and driving energy.

Recent international shows have undoubtedly confirmed Cloud Nothings as one of the most invigorating, magnetic, and yet enigmatic live bands, as fans get the sense that the bands metamorphosis is coming to its most important and career-defining stage.

Cloud Nothings have mastered the art of thrashing catharsis, pummeling out the anxieties of nostalgia and expectation with bloody verve. Pitchfork

Cloud Nothings February 2018

Thursday 22nd Sydney, Oxford Arts Factory

Friday 23rd Melbourne, Max Watts

Saturday 24th Adelaide, Fowlers Live

Sunday 25th Perth, Badlands Bar

Tuesday 27th Brisbane, The Zoo

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