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Vale Judy Napangardi Watson, 1925 - 2016 - Warlpiri artist and force of nature

Vale Judy Napangardi Watson, 1925 - 2016 - Warlpiri artist and force of nature

Bob GosfordMay 19, 2016

Many Warlpiri, like Judy Napangardi, elected to use the wildest, most inventive of palettes to represent their country and as a means of re-affirming their relationship with it

In Deus ex Dynamita. A Kalymnian Easter in Darwin

In Deus ex Dynamita. A Kalymnian Easter in Darwin

Bob GosfordMay 3, 2016

In Darwin, the Kalymnian dynamite ritual signifies the collective will of a small people defying the global trend towards homogenisation and celebrating their collective individuality with a bang, not a whimper.

La ricchizza di la terra - Mustra di stampi di Chips Mackinolty.

La ricchizza di la terra - Mustra di stampi di Chips Mackinolty.

Bob GosfordMay 1, 20168 Comments

Ancora s’usanu i cascittìna e cascìtti ca vennu aggiustati sempri ‘nfina a chi nunni ponnu cchiù. Quannu su assai vecchi si portanu o furnu pi ligna d’abbruçiari, e u furnaru fa pani, sfinciuni e avutri cosi. Inveçi, quannu sunnu novi, hannu i targhettina belli culurati ca parinu tanti quatretti di sissant’anni ‘nnarreri.

Chips Mackinolty: La ricchizza di la terra

Chips Mackinolty: La ricchizza di la terra

Bob GosfordApr 30, 20161 Comment

This collection, mostly from Vucciria but also from Ballarò, as well as the monthly organic food market in Palazzo Steri, is a tribute to those “objects of beauty”, but also to the men and women who have grown them, who bring them into markets across Sicily, as well as to those who vie with each other to sell them from street stalls, big and small.

Broken English: Best Heavy Metal Band in the Country

Broken English: Best Heavy Metal Band in the Country

Bob GosfordFeb 23, 2016

"We don’t do that shit ... we just play rock and roll." Vale Mr Thompson

Bob GosfordFeb 23, 2016

What was it about a style of music which migrated from the Delta to the South Side of Chicago and beyond in the forties and fifties, that enabled it to capture the hearts and minds of young men in locations as disparate as Canvey Island and Ngukurr throughout the rest of the century?

Ten questions for Robbo aka @BiteTheDust

Ten questions for Robbo aka @BiteTheDust

Bob GosfordFeb 16, 2016

In September 2015, Robbo was named the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Pharmacist of the Year for 2015. Robbo has worked for the last ten years as a remote pharmacist in the vast Ngaanyatjarra Lands of Western Australia adjoining the NT and South Australian borders and is a tireless advocate for improvements in Aboriginal health.

David Bowie and all the young Darwin dudes, summer 1972

David Bowie and all the young Darwin dudes, summer 1972

Bob GosfordJan 13, 20161 Comment

Back in Darwin during Christmas holidays 1972 my friend Fred McCue had returned from London holidays with his family early and we hung around in the blessed aircon and smoked pot. On the first morning back from London he walked out of his bedroom and threw some albums on the table. “These are big in London,” he said. They were Ziggy Stardust, Hunky Dory, Man Who Sold the World and Space Oddity

First look: The Wanarn Painters of Place and Time: Old Age Travels in the Tjukurrpa

First look: The Wanarn Painters of Place and Time: Old Age Travels in the Tjukurrpa

Bob GosfordJan 9, 2016

This exquisite art book contains the precious story and transformative work of celebrated artists now living in an aged care facility in Ngaanyatjarra country, a remote and isolated community that is the centre of their abundant world amongst ancient Dreamings.

Obituary: John Stubbs, 1938 - 2015. Journalist

Obituary: John Stubbs, 1938 - 2015. Journalist

Bob GosfordDec 3, 2015

John was born in Cunnamulla on the Warrego River in Far West Queensland on 2 February 1938. His father was a respected lawyer and his mother, who died when he was just 15, was the matron at the local hospital. John was a proud son of Cunnamulla, a gifted boxer, a crack shot, a runner-up in his weight division in the Queensland junior boxing titles and the best marksman in his national service intake year.