Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I went with my brother and sister in law to see Peter Hook (Joy Division and New Order bassist) perform all the songs off Joy Division's first album, Unknown Pleasures. came out in June 1979, less than 12 months before lead singer Ian Curtis comitted suicide. It is an amazing album and while the performance was incredible, it felt a little bit weird and kind of not right. Sort of awkward.
Saying that, hearing the album live was a treat, and for an encore they played Love Will Tear Us Apart. I didn't record that, because that will be my memory, thank you very much. But I've uploaded Digital just for you.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Everytime the dog an I travel there is some sort of incident. He hate bicycles so without fail there will be a bike race on the Canberra to Goulburn leg of our journey, or a triathlon or a pack of really loud motorbikes trapped in a tunnel...
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I submitted a painting for the CCAS annual members exhibition. The shows theme is . I just read that the members show has a reputation over for punching way beyond its weight is highly competitive. Probably should have put a bit more thought and time into the work...lots of thinking about, but only two nights of actual work doesn't really amount to a masterpiece.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Wow the year is whizzing by, and no sign better than that is the Nara Festival. It was a beautiful afternoon and the sky was full of kites and the ground was full of all of Canberra lining up for okonomiyaki!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
I'm quietly worried about the elections, and have just read 300 UN staff have been ordered to leave Afghanistan. I'm not quite sure what this is going to mean for the people who live there and are getting ready to vote. I asked someone who is there at the moment for their thoughts about what might happen post election and when the world pulls out of that tattered country.
I don't want to use their words but to summarise he doesn't think it is going to be pretty. The South is the heart of the insurgency and the Afghan army and government are not strong enough to beat the insurgents.
The other thing to consider in the mix of all this is Pakistan. It doesn't take much reading to find articles citing evidence of their involvement with the insurgents. A report released by the London School of Economics said Pakistan is not only provides funding, training and sanctuary to Taliban fighters in Afghanistan but is also represented on the movement's leadership council, known as the Quetta shura. The Pakistani Government denies this, but the reality is they use Afghanistan as a buffer from India, and have done for about 20 years. Madness.
As an outsider, it is hard to fathom that this is ever going to ever change. But imagine living there, living through this war and the oppression of the Taliban. Imagine being a candidate at risk of abduction, or to be threatened as you exercise your right to vote. Makes all the fuss about the treatment of our former Prime Minister, and the hullabaloo about our recent election a little trivial doesn't it?
Amazing public art via Cornelius Brown at Unurth. To see more go to Cornelius Brown, Crate Men in Brisbane - unurth | street art
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Have you seen Boy? You should.
I love New Zealand films. They are beautiful and sensitive and don't take themselves too seriously. They also don't have that cultural cringe of some Australian films. That was a massive generalisation - sorry.
Back to the film, it is such a wonderful story, and it engages you in such a way that you are taken aback when things become emotional. Please go see it.