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Tuesday, 13 February

21:48

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...

CAT PRIME MINISTER: MIAOW!

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!

MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITION: I therefore...

CAT PRIME MINISTER: MIAOW!

MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITION: I...

CAT PRIME MINISTER: MIAOW! 

MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITION: I... er.... I...

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.)

18:00

Prince Edward's World War 1 experiences and his pro-Fascist views ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly

To understand why Edward the Prince of Wales (1894-1972) turned towards Fascism before WW2 and turned away his parents moral values, I will be citing the writing of Dr Heather Jones. Her journal article Edward in the trenches lays the blame firmly on his terrible war experiences.

So let us first canvas WW1. When Britain found itself under threat during WW1, Edward (20) had become the Prince of Wales three years earlier. Edward could easily have stayed at home in safety and inspected military training camps but he was desperate to serve on the Western Front. The Secretary of State for War naturally forbade the first in-line-to-the-throne to die in the trenches so Edward took a commission in the Grenadier Guards and accepted a junior officer role in France, far behind the front lines.

As soon as he could, Edward wanted a compromise. Although not directly involved in fighting, he was assigned to staff work on logistics. Thus Edward could go on frequent morale-boosting visits to the trenches, visit advanced positions, see the dead bodies lying unburied in the fields and smell the shell fire. The visits made him very popular with the men.

In contrast, his younger brother Prince Albert (1895-1952) would not ever become king under normal circumstances, so there was a less rigid approach to him serving in war. Everyone believed that Britain controlled the seas and the nations naval supremacy could not be challenged by Germany, so Albert, who was still in his teens, served in the Royal Navy as a midshipman.

However Germany embarked on a campaign of battleship building and by 1916 was ready to take on the British fleet which was blockading the North Sea. In May the Battle of Jutland was waged, becoming WW1s biggest sea engagement. It was a catastrophe for both sides, including for the young prince in a gun turret, watching the ships being destroyed by torpedoes around him.

Thus both princes, who had lived in the lap of luxury back in their palaces, faced horror at war. Perhaps Edward seemed a little jealous of his younger brother who participated in direct action. But there was no questioning the bravery of both princes.


Edward the Prince of Wales in ar...

17:35

CURRENT - Aeso - 17 & 18 Feb 2018 Experimental Melbourne


CURRENT is a communal inter-disciplinary performance event, where new trios of artists, diverse in practice, gender, age and experience, are played out and reshuffled across a 2-day program. Experimental, improvised and musical forms of performance are to be expected as well as forms that consider language, the visual plane, space, movement and parallel action, grey areas between disciplines, the intersection of different senses and other associated forms.

Artists, musicians, dancers, poets and fierce inbetweeners:

Juana Beltran
Georgia Bettens 
Jennifer Callaway
Mick Douglas 
Matt Faisander 
Simon Fisher
Susan Frykberg
Cor Fuhler

Llara Goodall
Dale Gorfinkel
Clinton Green
Alice Heyward
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


Specific set times will be posted later in the week.

CURRENTs aim is to...

17:16

New on Shame File Music & Mailorder Experimental Melbourne

New on Shame File Music:



Jenny Barnes/Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, David Brown, Nigel Brown, Tim Catlin, Rosalind Hall, Michael McNab Surface Noise Vol. 6 CDR - The sixth volume of this split live series showcases two of the most extraordinary vocalists working today. Jenny Barnes embodies an emotive solo psychodrama of language and utterance, recorded live at Melbournes Make it Up Club early in 2017. Backed up with Alice Hui-Sheng Chang leading an ensemble of some of Melbournes most skilled improvisers through a spatially-aware piece, recorded at Conduit Arts in 2015. A great sample of live exploratory vocal-orientated works from the Melbourne scene.

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 ...

15:51

OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #581 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

Read Online Newsletter | #581 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #581 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 13th February 2018 to Monday 19th February 2018 Valentine's Day: Wednesday 14th February 2018 The day to celebrate our love for one another.. Thing's To Do On Valentine's Day | Petals Online Florist Valentine's at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins .nobrtable br { display: none } Watch the sun go down on level 35 over champagne and dinner for the perfect couple-centric night out. Valentine's Dinner | Sofitel | Melbourne On Collins | Book Now Lunar New Year Festivals .nobrtable br { display: none } Year of the DOG | Chinese New Year's Day - Friday, February 16, 2018 Melbourne plays host to a number of festivals in the CBD and suburbs. Box Hill - Saturday 17 February 2018 Chinatown - Sunday 18 February 2018 Federation Square - Saturday 17 February 2018 Glen Waverley - Sunday 25 February 2018 Melbourne - Crown - Friday 16th - Sunday 18th February 2018 Melbourne - Chinatown - Friday 16th - Sunday 18th February 2018 Melbourne - Projections - Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building Point Cook Lunar New Year Festival - Saturday 24 February 2018 Preston Central & Market - Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th February 2018 Lunar New Year Festivals 2018 White Night | Saturday 17 February 2018 - 7pm - 7am .nobrtable br { display: none } Alight, alive and shining more brightly under the cover of dark, White Night returns with with Music Exhibition Projection and Performance. White Night Melbourne | White Night Ballarat Apollo Bay Seafood Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } Be captivated, provoked and inspired as you explore this unique festival of events. 16-18 February 2018 | Apollo Bay Seafood Festival 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 | VIRI - Melbourne CBD | Book Online Insomnia Race .nobrtable br { display: none } Insomnia Race is a night time car based team competition full of mind-bending puzzles, tricky challenges and crazy flash mobs. Next: Friday 23rd of February 2018 | Insomnia Race | Book Now Festivals This Weekend .nobrtable br { display: none } Sustainable Living Festival - February 2018 Beaumaris Festival - Sunday 18th of February 2018 Festival of Glass (Drysdale) - Sunday 18th of February 2018 Latrobe Valley Maltese Festa - Saturday 17th of February 2018 Riverboats Music Festival - February 16-18, 2018 Yarraville Festival Sunday 18th of February 2018 Galentines Weekend (Milawa) - February 17-18, 2018 Yarra Valley Ice Cream Festival - February 14-25, 2018 Melbourne Festival Guide This Week: 13 - 19 February 2018 .nobrtable br { display: none } Cupid's Undie Run 2018 Elect...

08:00

February 13 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

1790 - Less than three months after Bennelong's capture, on 13 February 1790, Phillip passed on the names and locations of eight coastal clans in a dispatch to Lord Sydney at the Home Office in London. Bennelong
also told Phillip that one-half of those who inhabit this part of the country had died from smallpox.

1829 - Father Therry married John Hart and Mary Brooker at Five Islands, Illawarra.

1832 - Drumming the 3 R's into their heads, Kings School at Parramatta opened for business.

1837 - Two days after his arrival in Adelaide, John Barton Hack wrote in his diary:
"The thermometer is about 104 degrees in the shade and it is such a warm welcome we are rather overcome by it."

1858 - The Eli  Lafont was a  French barque having a rather rough time of it when she became stranded between two rocks near Black Head, Western Port. She was tootling from Hong Kong to Melbourne with a cargo of tea valued at about 30,000 but after an inspection by marine surveyors, the vessel was condemned, stores were removed, and the wreck abandoned.

1861 -  The 4-man Burke party began their 700-mile return to Coopers Creek under constant rain.

1866 - The Infamous Parliamentary Mace that went on an extended tour of a brothel was first used in the Legislative Assembly.

1869 - This day was proclaimed a day of humiliation and prayer in NSW as people offered prayers for an end to the prolonged drought.

1888 - The Blayney - Demondrille Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Blayney - Cowra.

1896 The Brisbane River ferry Pearl capsized, killing 28. Foundered after collided with SS Lucinda in the Brisbane River this being one of the worst disasters in Queensland maritime history, and the worst to date.  The Pearl was operating as a ferry as the Victoria Bridge was under repair after floods. The ferry struck the anchor chain of the Lucinda, and sank within a minute.

1898 - The ship Amy was wrecked somewhere off Thirroul, NSW on this day. Police found wreckage scattered over a wide area of beach and a lifeboat lying on the sand. Apparently when she struck, the crew lowered a man on a plank to try and take a line ashore, but the current was too strong. They then took to the rigging, but when she broke up all eight men were lost.

1907 The Northern Territory was transferred to the Commonwealth by South Australia.

1911 - New Guinea was a ship who ran ashore during a fog at Disaster Bay, half a mile from the Green Cape lighthouse. The ship slipped back into deep water and eventually became a total loss. The Sydney Court of Marine Inquiry decided that the master had erred in following the coast too close in, and sailing at full speed when fog had reduced visibility. She now lies between the wrecks of City...

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Monday, 12 February

23:56

FREE Netball Event this Week! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Thursday Netball Victoria through Rock Up Netball will host a NETBALL FESTIVAL.  

There are a number of family-friendly activities for all ages. 

Netball Victoria will be delivering NetSetGO (Ages 5-10), Drills & Skills (Ages 10-15) and a Play Festival (15+). Melbourne Vixens player Khao Watts will be attending from 6pm. There will also be plenty of giveaways on the night!

For the Play Festival (15+), a participant will win a Samsung Gear Fit2, so please encourage any of the parents at the club to get involved! 
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20:07

The Danish Girl- movie review "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

The Danish Girl is such a wonderful and moving story. It is based on a true story. The photography is just beautiful and there are some scenes that make you cry. It stars Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander as the artist couple.  It is set in 1920s in beautiful Copenhagen. It starts off with an art exhibition and the celebration of Einars latest work and being in the top one. They are both drunk. Einar and Gerda are a loving couple of husband and wife with no kids.

She propositioned me Einar.

As soon as Gerda gives Einar the dress, the stockings, and the shoes- he starts to become interested in becoming a lady. He watches Gerda undress whilst in bed and takes off the stockings. He touches her in her private parts. Im your wife. I know everything She says.

There is nudity, especially in the bed. They have sex and Einar is wearing ladys undergarments. They have sex and later on Gerda sketches him in the bed.

Gerda is such a great sketcher. When she showed the buyer at the gallery he was happy and he wanted them.

Lili is so pretty. Prettiness is mentioned a lot in the movie.

Self-identity is another theme as Einar/Lilis identity is questioned. It is questioned by Henrik and then by himself. Einah/Lili kisses Henrik and he wants her. Lili doesnt know what she wants and then is confused. Infidelity is talked about here when Henrik kissed Lili and Einar tells Gerda. In my online journalism course, self-identity is talked about.

Henrik kisses Lili at the party and that brought Einar to question himself and get confused about his sexuality.

Einah collapses and is taken to the hospital. Einah has a chemical imbalance. He gets radiation.

The art gallery in Paris wants Gerda and she goes. Everyone loves the paintings that Gerda does. Whilst there he paints and becomes Lili again. And Gerda paints Lili again.

Then one night at the exhibition Gerda feels alone without Einah. We do these things together, Gerda. She is hurt and wanted her husband, but Lili could not do that. Gerda falls in love with Hans.

Einah finds out that he is homophobic and is bashed in the street by two guys. He is also schizophrenic and the doctors cannot help him. He is a woman inside. Then he gets a sex change operation which means letting Einah go.

Lili moves back to Copenhagen and she gets a job in a retail store. She is so skinny. And they all get along.

In the end, Einah and Lili die due to complications with the surgery. This scene really moved me to tears.

17:06

Tiny Little Houses prove its okay to be uncool with the video for Short Hair Tone Deaf

Just a couple of weeks ago, Tiny Little Houses finally released their highly-anticipated debut album Idiot Proverbs. Now, the Melbourne group have released the brilliant video for their newest single, Short Hair.

With the groups past tunes featuring rather introspective themes, Short Hair is no exception, and is undoubtedly set to become the anthem of the outcast.

Inspired by an anecdote shared by the uncle of singer Caleb Karvountis girlfriend, in which he picked on an uncool friend by saying he likes to let his short hair down, the tune relishes in the idea of not being popular.

The clip for Short Hair features a large-eared protagonist attending a pretty swish house party, in which he finds himself rather out of place. It doesnt take long for him to realise that pretence wont help him fit in, and decides to just be himself by dancing and having the time of his life.

Tiny Little Houses are also set to hit the road in a matter of days for their Idiot Proverbs album tour. With dates all over the country, theres no excuse for not heading out to see one of Australias best indie-rock bands of the moment.

Check out the video for Short Hair below, or head over to Apple Music where you can grab the tune all for yourself.

Check out the video for Tiny Little Houses Short Hair:

Tiny Little Houses Idiot Proverbs Album Tour 2018

Saturday, February 24th
Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

Friday, March 2nd
Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Saturday, March 3rd
Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Thursday, March 8th
Strawberry Boogie @ Wollongong Uni Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Friday. March 9th
Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW

Saturday, March 10th
The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD

Friday. March 16th
Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth, WA

Saturday, March 17th
Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA

17:02

Louise Paramor @ NGV "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

I first saw a sculpture by Louise Paramor when her Noble ape was exhibited in Melbourne Now 2013; it is currently installed in the garden at the back of NGV International. Other people might know her from her Panorama Station sculpture beside the freeway in Carrum Downs. Then I saw Paramors sculpture, Ursa Major being installed in Federation Square for the Melbourne Prize 2014. I hadnt seen any of her previous twenty or so years of exhibiting sculpture.

Louis Paramor

Louis Paramor, Noble ape, fiberglass, plastic and steel

Currently the NGV is exhibiting Paramor in two large spaces on the third floor of the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia with a specially commissioned installation of new paper sculptures and a survey of her recent colourful plastic assemblages.

Palace of the Republic is a series of massive paper sculptures. Honeycomb paper decorations on a scale that will leave you awestruck. It is a reference Paramors earlier artistic practice before she started to collage found plastic objects.

...

14:30

Interviewing Pink Floyds Roger Waters about Palestine "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Last Friday night in Melbourne, I interviewed Pink Floyds Roger Waters alongside Palestinian writer Randa Abdel-Fattah. The event was organised by the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network. Waters is in Australia on his massive Us and Them world tour (which I saw on Saturday night and it was one of the most spectacular music performances Ive ever seen).

The Q&A was a unique public event, over 500 people attended, and we discussed the Middle East, Donald Trump, Palestine and his politics over decades. He was frank, funny and refreshingly down to earth. Unsurprisingly, Australian, pro-Israel politician Michael Danby condemned the event, including my involvement, but got both my names wrong in his press release.

Full video of the evening is coming soon but in the meantime heres a story from popular music website, Noise 11:

Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters gave his time for the Australia Palestine Advocate Network in Melbourne on Friday and while explaining the issues between Palestine and Israel also took aim at a number of his fellow artists Elton John, Thom Yorke, Steven Tyler, Steve Van Zandt and Nick Cave.

Roger Waters has been working tirelessly since 2006 to try and bridge peace between Palestine and Israel after being confronted by Israeli fans at one of his concerts in Tel Aviv after calling on them to make peace with their neighbours 12 years ago.

Ever since he has campaigned for musicians to boycott performances in Israel and recently praised Lorde for doing so. However, he hasnt had the same reaction from others.

In Melbourne, Roger Waters sat down for a Q&A for the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN).

During his talk for APAN Waters called Thom Yorke a self-obsessed, narcissistic, drippy little prick and Elton John Queen Mum. He also called out Nick Cave for saying he was bullying him, said fuck you to Steve Van Zandt and referred to Steven Tyler as an old lady.

Waters has been spreading the message to help mend the Middle East situation after that personal confrontation at his gig.

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13:32

The Electricity of Attractor "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

Indonesias tour-de-force music duo Senyawa and Melbourne choreographic luminaries Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek join forces with two of Australias leading dance companies for Perth Festival, 8th-10th February at the State Theatre Centre.

Senyawa reinterprets the Javanese tradition of entering trance through dance and music as a powerful, contemporary ritual. As the performance unfolds, their unusual fusion of hand-made electrified stringed instruments with operatic melodies and heavy metal vocals slowly builds to a euphoric pitch while the dancers are propelled into ecstatic physical abandonment.

Each performance, 20 unrehearsed participants join the performers on stage dissolving the distinction between dancer and non-dancer, audience and performer in a cross-cultural, shared ritual.

Play Attractor

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Sunday, 11 February

21:49

FORGOTTEN SHED OF MEMORIES "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Who doesn't have a memory of Festival Hall?

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Thursday, 21 September

15:07

Smart Arts 21 September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Richard is joined by Simon Maidment from the NGVA about their new work Gareth Sansom: Transformer, Perth centred Fringe performers Mark Storen and Georgia King in the work The One; and finally Flying Fruit Fly Circus artistic director Jodie Farrugia chats about Junk showing at the Arts Centre in Melbourne. 

Monday, 11 September

17:01

Zero G - 11 September 2017 Episode 1150 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

ZERO-G #1150 Title:Game of Groans

Podcast Title: Starkers 1150

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: John-Luke Roberts and Ross Spain come in to talk about Graeme of Thrones coming to the Melbourne Fringe Festival

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

http://www.rrr.org.au/program/zero-g/playlists

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Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST

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