Eurovision 2017

May 15, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Annabel Lee, Modern Music, MUSIC, POLITICS |
The Boy with the Ice Cream Face...Isaiah Firebrace - A Song for Australia and Europe

The Boy with the Ice Cream Face...Isaiah Firebrace - A Song for Australia and Europe

Kiev, May 14, 2017 The Varnished Culture can’t reveal the results of our unique Eurovision drinking games, but we can report upon our patented ‘Euro-Points’ results. You’ll recall that Euro points are given for: 1. Dry ice 2. Contortionists 3. Bad Dancing 4. Any item of Clothing being Torn Away 5. Dwarves 6. Angel Wings or Mock Flying 7. Clowns 8. Piano as Furniture 9. Bearded Ladies 10. Puffs of Smoke This year was marked by really bad dancing (Norway even had a cavorting gimp), poor retro fashions, the odd dopey prop (Belarus perched on a fake hovercraft; a chap from Moldova pretended…

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TVC Caption Contest!

January 31, 2017 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Annabel Lee, ART |
The Love Letter

Here we have a section from “The Love Letter” by Johannes Vermeer. The Dutch master of light and domestic scenes painted it about 1666. You can see the original in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Please send us your suggested caption. The best three selections will receive prominent publication (with attribution, or anonymously if you prefer) and a copy of the seminal experimental novel Tranquility, signed by the author (we will consider personalized dedications if requested). You will need to send us your email address and postal address (no, we will not publish those, and yes, we do not spam)… T’s and C’s:…

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Classical Greek at the WEA in 2017.

January 24, 2017 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Annabel Lee, HISTORY, LIFE |
Image courtesy of The Australian.

Image courtesy of The Australian.

Hard to believe that we ten will be entering our fourth year of Greek with Dr Boria at the Adelaide WEA.  I still haven’t got a hold of those progressive active participles.  We love our lessons.  Our books – Athenaze 1 textbook and workbook (yes, we are only now completing book one) – are tattered to various degrees – mine is the worst of all.  Perhaps we will start on Athenaze 2 this year? (The Athenaze books are available at Dymocks in the city, or online).  More εταιροι και εταιραι* would be welcome ….so please join us! No-one is made to feel stupid for their…

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Long Boho Crochet Vest

May 5, 2016 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Annabel Lee, CRAFT, Crochet |
vestpin

I wanted to use my lovely Noro yarn. I wanted to make this vest.   It is in Cleckheaton No 934, “outrageous crochet” by Penny O’Neill.  So…  I put the two together.  Here is the front. This is the back.     Here”s a hint – I found it useful to cut out cardboard circles in the three sizes and measure my medallions against them as I went.  Much easier than getting the tapemeasure out all the time.   When I had finished the main part  (see that blue line?) I jut kept going  I want it to be long enough to…

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Crochet Cabaret

April 17, 2016 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Annabel Lee, CRAFT, Crochet |
juliet-3

BIG REVEAL TIME!  I have finished the blue Juliet Jacket The buttons are little clear ones with blue flowers. Problem is, I decided to crochet only one buttonhole because I was too lazy at that time to bother with measuring for placement. I also thought that I would not do up the buttons. But now that I see it finished, I think it needs to be done up. So one day I must be very brave and get out the seam ripper, carefully cut buttonholes and then buttonhole stich around the cut quickly. Eeep! Can anyone think of a better way…

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