“If” They Could Only Think – the Ban on Kipling

July 22, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | LIFE, Poetry, Ulalume, WRITING & LITERATURE |

True Art is Art, and true idiocy is idiocy, and idiots insist that the twain shall meet.

Our venerable Hodder and Stoughton hard-cover ‘inclusive edition’ of Rudyard Kipling’s verse (1885-1918) sits proudly in our poetry bookcase. We understand that his fatherly riff, “If – ” written 4 years before a war that would devastate two generations, and lose Kipling his only son, has been scrawled-out at Manchester University (yes, Manchester – home of the Enlightenment). The Student’s Union has taken a stand.  “We, as an exec team, believe that Kipling stands for the opposite of liberation, empowerment, and human rights – the things that we, as an SU, stand for,” Miss Sara Khan, the union’s liberation and access…

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Tigers Taste…Victory

July 21, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

"Cheer, cheer, beat the black and the white..."

Glenelg v Port Adelaide (Alberton Oval) July 21, 2018 On one level, it’s all about kicking straight…23 shots each, but Glenelg hit more than missed and won by just under 6 goals. Ex-magpie Luke Reynolds was sensational, bagging 6 in a best-on-ground performance (4 of those coming in the last quarter, against the breeze), well supported by Josh Scott and Lachlan Hosie with 3 goals apiece. And down back, the old firm of Proud, Curran and Bradley smothered the more-fancied Port attacking unit. The Maggies are slipping: this has to be the first time in years Andrew Bradley has left…

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“For Doodles, try Cy Twombly”

July 20, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART |

$46m for this red doodle – Thus Roger Scruton, though we didn’t think much of the Da Vinci that also set a new record either… For examples of the ever-raging debate… Paul Joseph Watson: x https://youtu.be/Ea39dHj01yc 2. ShamyDefuma x https://youtu.be/ZIkkjQWUgZQ

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Gawd Help Us

July 19, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | OPERA, Ulalume |

Their night of nights

The Helpmann Awards (Australia’s answer to the ‘Tony’) are named for choreographer, dancer, theatre director and ham-actor (think 55 Days at Peking (1963), and Patrick (1978)) Sir Robert Helpmann. Awards are a concept well past the use-by date, now rapidly putrefying.  Even so, it is stunning how they can go so wrong. We suppose that the readiness is all… Recently, 4 Helpmanns went to that giant piece of dreck, Hamlet – The Opera.  The Varnished Culture is on record about this faux-est of all faux operas, so we’ll just list the winners, without much further comment: Best male performer in an opera –…

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“Give us a Boating Tune, Fred!”

July 17, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Classical Music, HISTORY, MUSIC |

17 July, 1717: Handel’s “Water Music” is played on the Thames for King George I.  He went for Baroque on the river. As Michael Steen* points out, the story that Handel “tried to regain the King’s favour by serenading him, uninvited, is untrue: the music was written later.”  Handel had to work at self-selling of course, who does not? But his success was surely due to his prolific output of dramatic effects and ingenious musical structures. For a man born (23 February 1685) in Halle, Handel became the quintessential composer for the English.  His Zadok the Priest became the coronation…

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