Meanjin: portrait of a city on fire

Optimism of the will, pessimism of the intellect” – Antonio Gramsci

This is my 70th year of living in Brisbane. Never once in those years have I been asked to re-imagine the city where I grew up in the 1950s & 60s. A small band of about one hundred dedicated people led by green city councillor, Joanthan Sri, have done just this.… Go to Article

Art tells the story

THREE years ago the not so magnificent seven of us were sitting around, drinking coffee and eating crackers laden with chili-cheese dip.
We were gathered in the comfortable recreation room – actually a detached building – at the home of Arts Alliance president Ken Armstrong.
It was one of monthly meetings of the alliance we had formed two years earlier as an umbrella organisation to represent the artists of our local area.
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Munching the Millions

AUSTRALIANS will gamble on two flies. crawling up a wall, they say.

Aussie bookmaker Tom Waterhouse is currently betting on how much Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream will fetch at a Southey’s auction this month.

Waterhouse has previously wagered on the winners of reality shows such as Dancing with the Stars and The Voice to add a bit of zest to mundane wagers on political elections and Academy Awards.… Go to Article

Will the Pilliga turn into the head of an octopus?

 Winangaya dhawun. Respect the land

Kamillaroi elder Maureen Sulter

Attached is the flyer and map of location for the culture ceremony to be held at the Pilliga Protection Camp this Saturday the 16th of November. For those who cannot attend on this day, there will be culture events, workshops, actions (picnics) and the development of strategies running until Sunday the 24th of November.
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Invitation to Pilliga Protection Camp Culture Week

Here is the information regarding the Pilliga Protection Culture Week.

Attached is the flyer and map of location for the culture ceremony to be held at the Pilliga Protection Camp this Saturday the 16th of November. For those who cannot attend on this day, there will be culture events, workshops, actions (picnics) and the development of strategies running until Sunday the 24th of November.… Go to Article

‘Shiraz’ – the making of the Taj Mahal

Film Review: Shiraz – silent film made by Franz Osten and Himansu Rai in 1928

 “Not hands but heart built this / Which stands like a dream”

When we were kids our dad would quote Rudyard Kipling in the shower (or was it a ballard influenced by Kipling). I didn’t know much about Rudyard Kipling then except that he was the author of the Jungle Books  – stories of boys rescued and raised by tigers in the heart of the jungle.… Go to Article

K’s Pics: ‘Araya’ & ‘Shiraz’ – free films at GOMA

These films look very interesting


GOMA 9–10 November 2013
Saturday 2pm & Sun at 11am‘Araya has lost none of its ability to fascinate and move us with its hypnotic combination of beauty and hardship. It’s a gift to cineastes.‘ Steven Soderbergh

Araya was recently restored by Milestone Film and Video, New York, who have made available a new 35mm-film print for this Australian premiere.… Go to Article

Ken Loach’s new film: The Spirit of ’45


What: Red Cinema presents ‘The Spirit of 45’
When: 6:30pm, Saturday 10 August
Where: Brisbane Activist Centre 74B Wickham St, Fortitude Valley
Entry: $10/$6 (cheap meal from 6pm)
Contact: 0432 619 844; 0439 411 330
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NB: This event was postpone from July due to problems with acquiring the DVD.

Also featuring a discussion on Socialist Alliance’s federal election campaign for 2013 arguing for public and community ownership and control of the mining, banking and energy sectors in order to build a socially just and sustainable Australia.
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1000 Warrior March, Brisbane

We assembled at 12 noon, Saturday 9th Feb Musgrave Park at the tent embassy and lit the sacred fire. At 1pm about fifty (50) people marched to the indigenous all stars game at Lang park over the river.

Before we marched Boe Skuthorpe-Spearim, Coco Wharton, Michael Anderson and Aunty Karen spoke.Go to Article

The 17 Group – Alienation

The June meeting of the 17 Group will take place on Wednesday the 6th of June at 7 pm in unit 6 at number 20 Drury St, West End and will be addressed by the writer Lesley Synge, who will read/perform 17 poems influenced by radicalism, the first being a meditation on Marx’s Theory of Alienation inspired by the discovery of a bundle of workers’ ‘Sick notes’ at an abandoned coal mine in Central Qld.Go to Article

Orango – Murdoch

In 2004, a substantial cache of Shostakovich autographs, sketches, and rejected drafts was discovered in a Moscow archive by the scholar Olga Digonskaya. While much of the new material helps to illuminate the compositional process behind well-known works, undoubtedly the most sensational find was music intended for an operatic satire dating from the early 1930s, titled Orango, that never saw the light of day.… Go to Article

Vale Michael Callaghan (1952 – 2012)

In Memorium: Michael Callaghan (1952 – 2012)

It is with regret that we mourn the passing of the Australian political artist and poster designer, Michael Callaghan. He died on 19 May 2012 at age 59. As shocking as death always is, this is also a time to celebrate extraordinary achievement and valued contribution to the community.… Go to Article

Is it better to run or to stay?

“Can you picture what will be
So limitless and free
Desperately in need of
some strangers hand
In a desperate land”

This is the End’
(Jim Morrison/The Doors)

Amara Lakhous has written an interesting novella about those who flee strife and arrive in the west to face racism [mea culpa, I have seen the film but have not read the book].Go to Article

Phil Monsour – ‘Ghosts of Deir Yassin’: CD Launch April 21, 2012


We are all set to release the new 12 song CD, Ghosts of Deir Yassin in early 2012. The launch in Brisbane will be held at Souths Leagues Club on the 21st of April 7.30pm and the CD will be available on line in April. Special guests on the night include Mardi Lumsden, Ofa Fanaika (ex-Chocolate Strings) and a special reunion show by former Brisbane folk rock stars, Popproperly.… Go to Article

Day small boy pissed in Queen’s wake

I ride your river under the bridge
I take your boat out to the reach
Cos I love that engine roar
But I still don’t know what I’m here for.
—The Go Betweens ‘Streets of Your Town’

A harried mum of about 33 years has a small baby in her arms and two young boys trailing behind – one boy is around four and the other is about 6.Go to Article

‘Decisive Moments’— Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson’s ‘Decisive Moments’ to Show at Queensland Art Gallery

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), the influential French photographer who redefined both photojournalism and his craft as an art form, will be celebrated in a major exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery from August 27 to November 27, 2011.

‘The photographs included in this exhibition were selected by Henri Cartier-Bresson with long-time friend and publisher Robert Delpire in the year prior to his death,’ Mr Ellwood said.Go to Article