Extract: Amidst everything else that goes on at this time of year today December 6th is Saint Nicholas Day, known to us of more Germanic Origin as Santa Claus...I looked around our house the other day and saw that there were more statues of him than of the stable at Bethlehem!
None of them looked like the venerable icon pictured here most like the joke at the foot of the page.
Extract: I've been meaning to write about the hipster plimsoll since at least August, and it's been on my radar for far longer. You know the look I'm talking about - skinny jeans on both men and women, with these dainty little canvas sneakers - usually in snowy white (or, more commonly, in scungy white).
The term plimsoll is British - I first remember encountering it in a picture story book about a street football match between neighbourhood children, where one character laments that he could have performed better if he hadn't forgotten his plimsolls. (If anyone can tell me the name of this book, I'd be very pleased.) The shoe was invented as beachwear, and is better known in Australia as a 'sandshoe'.
Extract: Just two days after Australia ratified the Kyoto Protocol, Climate Change Minister Penny Wong has requested her new department calculate the effect of Labor’s environmental policies. Senator Wong made the request as projections show that Australia will not meet its 2012 target and will exceed greenhouse emissions by 1 per cent. Wong said the new government needed to see what affect their policies will have on Australia's emissions, “in particular our renewable energy target of 20 per cent by 2020”.
Extract: The world of food critique is a very small world indeed. Food blogs are slowly rising and may be competing with traditional media in some areas. Ed over at Tomato has discussed this topic quite a few time, here's one post. However, traditional media, and those wielding the pen behind them are still a major force to be reckoned with in the world of food critique.
Unlike movie reviewing, where a professional movie reviewer will still wield some power, food reviewing is another tale of power altogether. With a movie review, there are many more sources to choose from to begin with. There are a few reasons why movie reviewers opinions aren't as powerful.
Extract: As anyone who has read this site would know, I'm not much for political correctness. I recently made a joke about suicide, for God's sake. The other day I posted a link to an article that outlined (jokingly) the nine most racist Disney cartoons. The website that first posted a link to the article, Cartoon Brew, has been overwhelmed by comments, most arguing that Disney wasn't being racist, they were just using ethnic caricatures. You know, caricatures like the picture above*. Nothing racist about that.
Extract: Once again, an artist has done something that has some of the major record companies panicking. The brilliant Paul Kelly is offering his songs from A-Z on his website http://www.paulkelly.com.au.
Extract: I'm shocked beyond words today and totally gutted. I first met James back in 2004 when I interviewed him for my web-site. I've yet to finish transcribing the interview but I expect that I'll do so rapidly and have it out there as a tribute. I then met him in person at a Meggs XI cricket match up at Tanunda a few weeks later - he was the nicest person you could hope to meet, taking time out to talk and introduce other artists and celebrities on hand. I'll dig the photos out one day.
Extract: Nancy Spungen somehow manages to maintain a MySpace site from the grave.
The site, which was probably created by a person fixated on the romantic interpretation of Nancy’s relationship with Sid Vicious, is coloured black and poorly constructed (metaphors come so easily with MySpace templates).
Every time your mouse clicks on it a tiny photograph of Sid appears, which is a tad eerie and gives the impression the late bassist for the Sex Pistols is in charge. Such a reading conflicts with the idea that Nancy entrapped Sid, stuck a needle chockers with smack in his arm and drove them both to oblivion.
Extract: So we have a majority of respondents saying they voted for Labor rather than against the Coalition, the major issues that were driving the vote were nearly all owned by Labor at the end of the election campaign, and that ownership was not a new phenomenon, but something which occurred way back in December 2006 after Rudd gained the ALP leadership - it was consistent over nearly a 12 month period.
This is important because it gives us the empirical data we need to determine the observable reality of why the Howard government was defeated - and this observable reality is running completely contrary to an awful lot of political commentary out there at the moment.
Extract: If there’s one issue I’m prone to get a bit militant about, it’s the issue of women changing their names after marriage. To me, it is an outdated and unnecessary custom, that requires significant sacrifice on the part of the woman, but is never a choice faced by men. Worse still, the fact that it is often expected, if not demanded by men points to an insidious form of sexism still present in the modern day. Just letting you know my position, straight up.
Extract: One of the perplexing and wondrous things about cricket is how relatively insignificant things can get blown out of proportion. One example is the cricket ball Adam Gilchrist smashed out of Bellerive Oval and has been coveting since. The mysterious thief "John" has been conducting secret phone calls from public phone boxes with Cricket Australia
Extract: I walked up to the Teachers’ Club on Reservoir Street, Surry Hills, on Friday morning, sure of only one thing. I was going to get some good coffee. Across the street from the club’s new conference facilities is one of the top two coffee purveyors in town, Single Origin Roaster (though as this review says, the owner can be a little unnervingly friendly at times) - I needed that after radio the night before, DJing alongside SYLK and Catcall at the Oyster magazine launch the night before that, and the day job - suitably refreshed I crossed back to the Teacher’s and into the mass of people making/hoping to make new connections.
Extract: The City of Sydney recently engaged “international urban design expert Jan Gehl” to perform a “public spaces public life” study on Sydney with the aim of reviewing how people use the city of Sydney, living, working, playing, and make some recommendations as to how to improve it. He reported to Council this week.
Much of the media coverage has been of the big ticket items - put the Cahill Expressway and the Western Distributor underground - and while I agree they would vastly improve Sydney as a city, the prohibitive cost involved may not be worth it.
Extract: Those that know me or have seen me know that I’m a tall guy. I’m literally all legs (my hipbones are generally around where people’s belly buttons are or even at chest height), a stretched-out torso, wide shoulders, and a long slender neck. Paired with that, I’m also on the lean side which is both a blessing and a curse at the same time — even though I’m not so abnormally tall that I’m having to duck through doorways, my weight and build make an optical illusion that I’m towering above all. Plus, you know — I’m well dressed and pretty animated, so it’s not exactly like I can hide in a crowd.
Extract: Right, that’s it. I’m getting a little more than tired of images like these two here.
From street corners to magazines, from blogs to t-shirts, you can’t get away from it: high-fringed chicks in suspenders having riotous misadventures with watering-cans, Coke cans or their own mad cans, skirts flipping up, lying spreadeagled over leopard-print, bending over bookcases, puppies, flowerbeds, or just bending over.
Extract: t is 1.22am and I can't sleep.
We have just filmed the Christmas special of Spicks and Specks, and I am wide awake and buzzing. The guests on the panel were Missy Higgins, Hamish Blake, Rhonda Burchmore and Andrew Denton...and it was a hoot. Alan and Myf were in fine form, we were joined by the Adam Simmons Toy Band, and there were special appearances from among others, Dave Graney, Ali McGregor, Pete Helliar, Denise Scott, Damien Leith, Scott Edgar, and Jade MacRae as well as Brian Mannix and Frank Woodley in an episode that ended with Brian saying "I think Frank just broke my dickbone."
Extract: Daria is enduring high school until she can get away to further studies outside her conformist suburban community. She’s not into fashion enough to be either goth or emo, but she’s far more in sympathy with those kids than with the princess crowd of cheerleaders and ruthless fashionistas. She has a wide range of pithy putdowns for those sort of pretensions, although the show makes sure that Daria doesn’t have all the answers herself, and is occasionally embarrassed by her own assumptions. Well balanced show in my opinion.
Extract: Luke and I spent Monday hanging out in Sydney and meeting with Logan of Kotaku Australia. Luke and I ambled around town, hitting up a couple of very cool bookstores and an arcade before going our separate ways. At one point we walked into a tea shop and I spotted this couple cuddling in the corner over a matching set of DSes. I think it's the first public display of gaming affection I've ever seen.
Extract: Not having had time or other resources to blog about it till I got home from Melbourne yesterday afternoon, by which time I was too knackered to put one word in front of the other, I have almost missed the boat on the subject of Germaine Greer's opening address to the Jane Austen conference that was put on by Laura from Sills Bend and her La Trobe U colleagues at the end of last week. Balcony Helen, Another Outspoken Female and Laura herself have all Greerblogged in detail already. But I have the odd bit and piece to add.
Extract: In their first official act, the newly elected Rudd ALP government has today ratified the Kyoto Protocol!
This is indeed a historic act. If not for how this instrument will actually help curtail Australia's carbon emissions and help slow global warming, but to help build a new consensus around serious cuts to emissions.
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