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Endless flow of predictable bollocks on stilts (Brown, Cameron and Clegg)

Endless flow of predictable bollocks on stilts (Brown, Cameron and Clegg)

. Maybe it’s schadenfreude but it’s better fun following other Angophone elections. One is spared a more personal embarrassment and dismay. The British campaign is a blast – of the 646 seats an extraordinary 144 MPs are retiring, rendered untouchable by the MPs’ expenses pandemic. Make way, make way! Pestilence and disease! The government is […]

To draw is to look (kookaburras and cockatoos)

To draw is to look (kookaburras and cockatoos)

We were down the coast – and the backyard of our friends’ house was hosting a weekend party of birds: comic cockatoos with sulphur crests, a pair of stern kookaburras and a pair of red parrots, curious at the fuss. It’s a challenge to sketch such fugitive subjects but the point is to observe – […]

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Lying awake at 3 am with Peter Singer and Tim Flannery

Lying awake at 3 am with Peter Singer and Tim Flannery

This post was going to be titled “The Hatefulness of Politicians (and the struggle against daily doom)” but that sounds all wrong, doesn’t it? Plus, it includes that P word. I wanted to talk about lying awake at 3 am, the optimism of Tim Flannery and Peter Singer and the saving grace of dogs. There […]

Wynne Prize winners 2011, 2012 and news update

Wynne Prize winners 2011, 2012 and news update

. For yesterday’s Wynne prize discussion including the topics: The sound of embarrassment and protesting too much So next year it will be fine to enter these paintings. Go for it folks: My tuppence Please go here. +++ +++ The winner of the Wynne Prize 2012 ‘Wheatfield with Crows (or, The Myth of Vincent, His […]

A Wynne-lose for Sam Leach and his judges

A Wynne-lose for Sam Leach and his judges

. BALCONY 3 . POST-PIONEER

What Men Want

What Men Want

Wynne prize controvery – You may be looking for this post: A Wynne-lose for Sam Leach and his judges +++ Back to yesterday’s post: Last week, I posted this graphic below, which I thought was wonderful. Inevitably someone pointed out that you have to have loved before you’ve lost – so the Lost circle cannot […]

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