Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Laramie Project

Scots and Sceggs: Just Brilliant

Earl Scruggs 6 January 1924 – 28 March 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

ABC Archives: 80 Days That Changed Our Lives

Visit 80 Days

To celebrate its 80th birthday, the ABC created 80 Days That Changed Our Lives to showcase audio visual treasures from the ABC's 80-year-old archives.

Large or small, a single day or months and years, moments of high drama or a gradual shift in attitude, the 80 events featured on this site were documented by the ABC because they made an impact at the time. Looking back at these moments, it's easy to see how certain events mark changes in the way Australians have lived and thought about the world and their place in it.

Historian and ABC Producer Catherine Freyne (ABC Radio National Hindsight) spent four months in the ABC archives, scouring for radio and television programs that capture these memorable events. She sought out the rare and the iconic, including footage that hasn't been seen since the original broadcast. Although every event in our history could not be covered, the result is a brilliant collection of special memories - a look at how we were.

The ABC archives cover the audio-visual history of Australian news, current affairs, documentaries, entertainment, education and sport since 1932 when the ABC's made its first broadcast.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

taking the cake

chocolate cake 24 march 2012
crumbs 25 march 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Salad Readings [1]

from angus' iPhone

Friday, March 23, 2012

Bert (A.L. Lloyd) was a folk music legend and much more besides.

Dave Arthur has authored his biography, titled Bert: The Life and Times of A.L. Lloyd.

It's immense, beautifully written and beautifully made.

There's a Foreword by Richard Thompson OBE and a preface by Rt. Hon. Sir Stephen Sedley.

Regular punters have to pay £25 for it, plus whatever it costs them to get to the shops or have it delivered.

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USA: Tanaka film at Labor Film Festival

10th Anniversary May Day Labor Film Festival April 28 - May 6, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

Pickle Oh!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Im/Material Traces ...

... from within Ireland's culture of containment

An exhibition by Kellie Greene featuring her photographs

The Female Orphan School Gallery - West Wing, Building EZ, Parramatta Campus,
University of Western Sydney - closes 8 June 2012

All prices for works on application, contact Monica McMahon UWS Art Curator 612 4620 3450

Walk Before Me, Mother and Baby Home,  Clifden, Galway 2011 - view of gallery wall
Bakery, St Annes Sean Ross Abbey, Roscrea, Tipperary 2011
Bernadette, Sunday's Well, Magdalene, Cork 2011
The Good Shepherd, Broken Image, Sunday's Well, Magdalene, Cork 2011
Cot and Case, Mother and Baby Home, Clifden, Galway [cu] 2011
Artane Desks, St Joseph's Industrial School, Artane, Dublin 2011 [left] 
Obtain Mercy, Mother and Baby Home, Clifden, Galway [right] - view of gallery wall 
Bell Tower, Convent of Mercy, Ballinasloe, Galway [cu] Cork 2011
Woodwork Classroom, Abandoned Christian Brother's School 2011
Obtain Mercy, Mother and Baby Home, Clifden, Galway 2011
Im/material Traces is a photographic exhibition that captures the im/material traces of lives once lived in Ireland’s vast network of state funded and religious run institutions.

Images of this ‘architecture of containment’ include former Magdalen Laundries, Mother and Baby homes, Industrial and Reformatory schools which are disappearing quietly, yet rapidly from the Irish landscape.

Kellie Greene, currently a UWS PhD student and a former resident of St Anne’s girl’s home in Kilmacud, Co.Dublin, seeks to create a visual archive of what remains. The vestiges of buildings which once seemed indomitable and the im/material traces still held within their broken walls have enabled the gathering of a different kind of evidence which in turn allows the silenced voice to speak from a register of its own.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Fukushima anniversary: Rick Tanaka report

Report from Tokyo:
Rick Tanaka Author, journalist, translator, and permaculture activist

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Takehisa Yumeji

竹久 夢二 Takehisa Yumeji, September 16, 1884 – September 1, 1934
Takehisa Yumeji - Japanese poet and painter. Takehisa died in 1934 at the age of 49.

He did not study drawing in any painting school nor under any teacher formally. His drawings were regarded as unorthodox and were largely ignored in the painting circles of his day. He was also a talented illustrator for magazines, book cover design, music score covers, made woodblock prints and designed kimono patterns, becoming a pioneer in Japan's commercial art. He lived quite a lonely life, left Japan in 1931 for the USA and Europe, and died soon after his return.

"Kite" - Book cover 1928