On the Wallaby Track

April 28, 2017 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | ART, AUSTRALIANIA |
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(1896 – Frederick McCubbin) Wondering why the wife in Frederick McCubbin’s “On the Wallaby Track” looks so despairing and drained? Is it because she is in a really dreary painting? No…Look more closely….is it because she and her husband are poor, itinerant workers who live on billy tea? No…Look closer still….is it because she is tired and her clothes are old and dirty? No.  Is it because her hands are deformed?  Maybe… Nooo…most likely it’s because she gave birth to a huge, hideous cannibal baby…. No wonder they live under a tree.

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All Summer Long

April 27, 2017 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | Modern Music, MUSIC |
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All Summer Long (by Kid Rock) (written by Edward King, Leroy Marinell, Robert Ritchie (Kid Rock), Gary Rossington, Matthew Shafer, Johnny Van Zant, Robert Wachtel and Warren Zevon; released April 2008) [From a genius – let’s say, an evil genius – idea by Mike E. Clark, the Kid’s ‘charming’, ‘folksy’ nostalgic hymn to underage sex and substance abuse is rendered all the more creepy by combining it with samples from Sweet Home Alabama and Werewolves of London. This trailer-park-trash mashup shoulda been a disaster, but nooooo!!!  No wonder Kirstie Alley loves the Kid!] x https://youtu.be/uwIGZLjugKA

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The Worst Laid Plans

April 25, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Australian History, AUSTRALIANIA, HISTORY |
Fish in a barrel

Fish in a barrel

April 25, 1915: The Gallipoli gambit As Robert Burns had written, to a mouse, a mere 130 years before, “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft agley.”  So it was with the British venture into the Dardanelles. (We described this catastrophe in detail on the 100th anniversary). Described as “a brilliant idea in theory“* it was a complete botch in practice, the donkeys in British Army central-planning winging it as they went. After all, attacking fortified cliffs with minimal support, troops “pinned down on the rocky shore, unable to reach the top of the hills and move into open…

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Where We Are Now

April 24, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Australian Politics, LIFE, POLITICS, Ulalume |
Kylemorrison74: "the earth will be a wasteland of lava and charred rock, and covered with vortex' that are an eternity of pain and agony. in a nutshell hell will ascend and there is no safe place to hide except in religion"

Kylemorrison74: "the earth will be a wasteland of lava and charred rock, and covered with vortex' that are an eternity of pain and agony. in a nutshell hell will ascend and there is no safe place to hide except in religion"

The South Australian Circle of Hell, 2017 Our littoral is a burning shore – lit by a million candles. The water burns. The air burns. The wind is uncomfortably warm. The rain is as blood. Drones hover. Wind turbines whine uselessly. Our power-grid hangs on a fraying thread, all insulation melted away. Water bursts through the earth on the hour, coursing water, vermin and ordure into homes and shops. Infrastructure crumbles. Bridges fall. Black dust swirls and eddies about once pristine sands. Our old folks are bound, gagged, doused with turpentine and they scream with pain. We await the wintry day when the crippled and…

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Three Quarters Shall Weary Them

April 23, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |
Lest we forget...to show up on time

Lest we forget...to show up on time

Glenelg v South Adelaide at Hickinbotham Oval, Saturday afternoon, 22 April 2017 Glenelg spent 3 quarters letting this pre-Anzac Day game get just beyond them, like a suicidal chopper-skipper who flies out to sea using slightly over half of the fuel before turning back. Someone for South called Overall was over all like a rash, with 5 goals. The untimely return of Joel Cross for the Panthers was similarly unwelcome. Down an embarrassing 12 goals to 5 at the last change, the Tigers then kicked 6 goals to 0 in the fourth quarter, falling short by under a goal.  Liam McBean having been well-held, James…

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