Category Archives: Popular Culture

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‘Shiraz’ – the making of the Taj Mahal

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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 … Continue reading

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The Door to the Sun

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Story and Drawings by Nyree Divitini This book was written by Nyree who was then aged six years. It is published here to encourage other young imaginations. Library of Congress Number: 064602289X Published by Learn Press L.Press P.O. Box 5093 … Continue reading

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Film: Manufacturing Dissent

Source: Thanks to The Radical Times Archive for Debra Beattie’s doco Manufacturing Dissent. “History is an angel being blown backwards into the future History is a pile of debris And the angel wants to go back and fix things To … Continue reading

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Lost film of the street marches

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History is an angel being blown backwards into the future History is a pile of debris And the angel wants to go back and fix things To repair the things that have been broken But there is a storm blowing … Continue reading

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A lie called the Truth – Brisbane’s marihuana weirdo raid

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Wed 3rd July Meeting of the 17 Group

The next meeting of the 17 Group will take place on Wednesday the 3rd of July at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End. The speaker, currently visiting from Chile, will be Penny Glass. Her topic … Continue reading

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Foco: Student Worker Alliance in Brisbane in the late 1960s

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This is a talk given by Peter Cross at a meeting of the 17 Group on 7 May 2013 about the Secretary of the Trades and labour Council, Alexander Macdonald’s role was in building links between the Trades Hall and … Continue reading

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The man who shot Don Mackay

Almost 40 years ago I was editor of The Murrumbidgee Irrigator newspaper at Leeton, and I was the conduit for information obtained by the late Don Mackay which I fed to the day editor of The Daily Telegraph, Harry Sherring, … Continue reading

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Corroboree! — Brisbane Blacks Monthly

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Idle No More, Invasion Day – the mixtape

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PShift: Anarchist Summer School – what, where and when?

This discussion with organisers of the Brisbane Anarchist Summer School (BASS) was broadcast on the Paradigm Shift [Fridays at noon  on 4ZZZ fm 102.1] on 21 Dec 2012. What The Brisbane Anarchist Summer School will be held on 12th – … Continue reading

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May the 1st Club

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Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s there was a need for political culture. In West End appeared the the first coffee club in Brisbane – May the 1st Club which was a regular event organised by activists from the … Continue reading

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Foco Nuevo in November 2012

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This month we feature two great guest acts, and a variation on line-up for Jumping Fences! Tommy Leonard: A fine singer and guitarist, Tommy had been troubadouring in Australia since 1990. His repertoire covers traditional and contemporary music from the … Continue reading

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When will Spring rain?

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This is how I see it Black throated pied butcher bird picking up sticks sees bicyclist Pied strikes like a drone in Yemen 2 metre tall cyclist Takes refuge under Poinciana Juveniles join in Kamakase air raids triangular strafing with … Continue reading

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Politics of Repression

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We Have Survived by NO FIXED ADDRESS Politics of Repression was broadcast on Paradigm Shift on 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Friday at noon on 12 October 2012 “If you fly with the crows, you’ll get shot with the crows.” – Joh … Continue reading

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Refugee Italian Detention in Australia

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As we struggle to understand our nations obsession with detention, it is helpful to examine who else in our short history we have chosen to lock away “in the national interest”. Australia a nation founded on the need for England … Continue reading

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Strike the Beast Hard / Pégale duro al Fiero

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Living in the Colonies, What’s Left – Paradigm Shift Part II 12 Sept 2012 [Editor’s Note – Emerging from the Nueva Trova movement in Cuba comes some songs that were played at a concert in West End in the 1980s. … Continue reading

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Living in the Colonies — What’s Left?

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PShift 4zzz  fm 102.1 fridays at noon Living in the Colonies, What’s Left? Paradigm Shift Part I 12 Sept 2012 “Whose land is this land is it for you and me who knows, who knows this land better than you … Continue reading

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Humour from my Pen

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  Exhibition of political cartoons by Gerardo Hernandez, a Cuban anti-terrorist held in a US prison since 1998 Opening – Friday 31st August 6-8pm Art Factory Gallery, 84 Merivale St, South Brisbane Exhibition runs open 10am—5pm until 5th Sep 2012 … Continue reading

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Back to the Future – The Shape of Things to Come – The Queensland Labour Movement Under Conservative Governments – Then and Now!

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BLHA Symposium: Call for Papers and Participants BLHA is planning an October symposium which will deal with the Queensland labour movement’s activism, challenges and selected disputes under conservative governments. We are calling for papers which deal with the broader topic … Continue reading

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Vale Michael Callaghan (1952 – 2012)

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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 … Continue reading

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Senator calls for international action to free UN worker

THE SENATE CHAMBER Australian Parliament, Canberra As reported in Hansard Friday, 22 June 2012 Senator Claire Moore (Queensland): “Two weeks ago in my office I was visited by Khalil Hamdan, an Australian citizen and a good friend of our community … Continue reading

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Radical Memory Collective

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PRESENTS FREE FILMS At Brisbane City Council Library, Brisbane Square Saturday, 19th May Community Room, Ground Floor 1:30—2:30 p. m FREE VOICE OF LABOUR Tells the history of the Jewish Anarchist workers’ newspaper that was published for 87 years in … Continue reading

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The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll

‘Two sides of every story’? Related to this title is the the death of the man who ‘inspired’ the song by Bob Dylan.Compare the facts as told by Dylan and those described in The Times (Ben Hoyle January 12, 2009 … Continue reading

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Reigniting the Struggle- For a Brisbane Workers Assembly(Draft)

a meeting has been organised to discuss this proposal on 15th March at 5.30pm at Freedom House 69 Thomas St West End 4101 The accumulation of capital is Australia remains much stronger than that in much of the world – … Continue reading

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Film Night to remember Palestinian Land Day

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30 March is Palestinian Land Day. Over 300 people attended the remembrance and commemoration at a film night organised by the Palestinian Arts Culture & Sport Inc (“PACSI”). Kathyn Zahran outlined PACSI‘s  primary objectives of encouraging the appreciation, and promotion, … Continue reading

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Foco Nuevo Turns Four In March

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Come and join in the celebrations for our fourth anniversary! After our wonderful start to the year we’re looking forward to a great night with our friends from Pirate Brides and the spectacular playing of Innes Campbell. PIRATE BRIDES INNES … Continue reading

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e-Books by Bernie Dowling — a Review

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Some new release eBooks are worth having a look at. Thanks to the author, these reviews preserve the rich content that readers obtain when they use eReaders [hyperlinks, YouTube] I have turned off embedded ‘text enhance’ messages which I do … Continue reading

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4ZZZ’s Opening Statement in 1975

And something is happening here But you don’t know what it is Do you, Mister Jones ? — ‘ballard of a thin man’ by bob dylan Editor’s Note: Thanks to the efforts of Peter Gray we now have the transcript … Continue reading

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Ballad of a Thin Man

by Bob Dylan You walk into the room With your pencil in your hand You see somebody naked And you say, “Who is that man ?” You try so hard But you don’t understand Just what you’ll say When you … Continue reading