Something on a Stick Day

March 29, 2017 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA |
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We at TVC regret that we failed to mark that important celebration, “Something on a Stick Day” on the 28th March, as is traditional.  So, please accept our apologies and enjoy this touching cartoon by Michael Leunig, even if we are posting it a little late :-

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Gwen by Goldie Goldbloom

Gwen by Gwen

Gwen by Gwen

(2017) It is difficult to see, from reproductions of Gwen John’s paintings, why her lumpy daubs are thought by many to be better than the skillful if dull portraits painted by her brother, Augustus John.  Goldbloom is at pains in Gwen, her novelised version of Gwen John’s life, to say that it was so, that even Augustus knew it.  Nor is it easy to understand, at this distance, just why women found those lumpy bawds Augustus and the sculptor Auguste Rodin to be utterly irresistible, but again, apparently they did – or at least the artistic ones like Gwen and Dorelia (the mistress…

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The Hitler Club

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(by Gary Gumpl and Richard Kleinig) (2007) It’s not easy being a Kraut. Hitler saw to that. He took more than two thousand years of German contributions to the world – legacies from sources such as Beethoven, Bonhoeffer, Brahms, Charlemagne, Marlene Dietrich, Dürer, Einstein, Friedrich, Goethe, Hesse, Hoffmann, Kant, Kleist, Liebniz, Luther, Mann, Mozart, Schiller, Schubert, and yes, Wagner (especially Wagner) – and sullied them, perhaps for ever.  The ‘don’t mention the war’ running joke in that Fawlty Towers episode is closer to the truth than we care to admit. In modern Germany especially, the shadow cast by Nazism is long. Grotesque irony abounded in the Nazis’ world.  For example, Himmler rattled around in a special train…

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Our Smoking Ruin

March 5, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE, Ulalume |
"Wasteland with Elephant" (image by 
Topangahomeboy)

"Wasteland with Elephant" (image by Topangahomeboy)

South Australia – a Looper’s Paradise If you’re unlucky enough to live in (or almost as bad, be passing through) Australia’s benighted State, the coalmine canary of the Commonwealth, cheer yourself up by logging-on that superb website, SA Great [http://www.sagreat.com.au/].  You’ll be treated to a hard-to-navigate map and several invitations to submit an event, a business, a restaurant, a job, or a coupon (but not a complaint, not an idea). Adelaide closes down for a couple of months every year to host a stock car race (that ‘climaxes’ today), a pallid homage to the Formula-1 Grand Prix that we used to hold (annoyingly)…

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Newton’s Law

February 10, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |
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“Newton’s Law” TV series, ABC, premiere 9 February 2017 The Varnished Culture viewed the first episode of this pilot series about a passionate, caring, fast-talking, salt-of-the-earth, working mother who drives a pristine, beautifully restored, maroon Valiant Charger (why?) and is either a fearless suburban solicitor or a high-flying barrister – it’s hard to tell. In considering this wafer-thin yet impenetrable show, we had recourse to Newton’s famous physical laws. Newton’s Third Law of Motion: A body exerting force on another meets a simultaneous force of equal magnitude. Josephine Newton (a reasonably engaging Claudia Karvan) briefs a drunk for a bail application,…

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