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Carnarvon Gorge: Culture Mulcher does Nature

Carnarvon Gorge: Culture Mulcher does Nature

You’ve seen them, you’ve been there: The Great Barrier Reef and the cliffs over the Great Australian Bight, Franklin River and Cradle Mountain, the Bungle Bungles and Lake Mungo, Uluru and the SydOpHo – but have you heard of Carnarvon Gorge? Last week we took Joni Mitchell‘s advice, and got ourselves back to the garden. […]

Swarv, because you are

Swarv, because you are

For the smooth and suave menfolk of Queensland’s Capricorn Coast, this shop in Rockhampton:

Sunshine of the spotless mind

From the model in yesterday’s life drawing, this pearl: ___ No Brain, No Pain ___

The music midlife crisis

The music midlife crisis

Bye, Pop! Pop waves g’bye. So does Now take its leave of us … Crashingbore, we had to drive five forsaken hours through dust and dirt – and at the next stop, in the little coal mining boomtown of Blackwater, Qld, between Bluff and Comet, we stocked up on water, fruit, alcohol (not for onboard […]

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Portrait of a polite man

Portrait of a polite man

Had to share: this is the extraordinary photograph taken by John Wright for the August cover of Q magazine (see previous post). Wright was given a minute and a half to do it. In the issue Wright recalls: ‘He was very polite – he shook everybody’s hand. He’s very quietly spoken, but he had a […]

Real women don’t have hot flushes,

Real women don’t have hot flushes,

Saw this sign inside the cafe above (a prefab tin box on the roadside with plastic tables and chairs outside) in Rolleston, central Qld: Real Women Don’t Have Hot Flushes, They Have Power Surges. Which seems spot on.

Pop quiz (Are you old enough?)

Pop quiz (Are you old enough?)

Or should that be, Are you young enough*? Back from my break (more later). During which we had to make a five hour drive cross-country, each way – in a small town we bought some cheap greatest hits to fill dead air, which gave rise to a music midlife crisis (later). As it happened I […]

The most eye-opening show of Aboriginal art ever

The most eye-opening show of Aboriginal art ever

Here goes: This is finest show of Aboriginal art I have ever seen. It is neither the biggest (only 20 barks, and some objects), nor the most varied (it is narrow in range), but the works are unique in historical and aesthetic qualities. Every item is superb. Many are magnificent. And this is the first […]

A holiday hamper: 7 items

A holiday hamper: 7 items

I’m off for a week’s break somewhere warm, sticky and off the grid. So I am leaving a holiday hamper. You’ll find a minimum of seven items here (conditions do not apply). +++ 1) A sunny message from the streets: . +++ 2) See the finest show of Aboriginal art ever. Go to my next […]

War on Books: fightback

For those who have been following the neoliberalists (The Productivity Commission) jihad on books in this country – they want to remove Parallel Importation Restrictions, PIRs, or to name its true nature, they want to abolish Australian territorial copyright for writers – here is a roundup of the news from the week just past. +++ […]