Falling Short

September 19, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

SANFL 2nd Semi-Final, Adelaide Oval, 18 September 2021 It was hard to watch, hard to take, and hard to write about, but there is a clear and bright silver lining out of Glenelg’s loss to the Eagles on Saturday night. Sure, the opposition was better on the night and deserved to win. They beat the Bays for 3 quarters and while they were fully up for it, Eagles were handed the initiative by their opponents, who were playing in a static, clumsy and tentative manner, confirming fears over the last few weeks that the Tigers had lost their Mojo. In…

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A Loss Redeem’d

September 5, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Norwood Grand March, Norwood Oval Glenelg v Port Adelaide, Alberton Oval (Saturday 4 September 2021) A rather surreal day marked the end of the minor round in the South Australian National League competition for 2021. At the end of it, there were clear winners and clear losers; in some cases, it was hard to tell. First, L and P attended the Memorial Gardens outside Norwood Oval (or Cooper’s Stadium, as it is badged in corporate-speak), she in her Fortis in Procella top (see below).  From the Latin, it means “Forward into the Abyss” or something…seriously, it means something like “Strength…

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The New Manchurian Candidate

August 31, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | American Politics, HISTORY, POLITICS |

Fierce Pashtuns, over time Teach us what we should mark well: All invaders, in their prime Find Afghanistan is Hell. Since Alexander and Genghis Khan Empires laid plans to attack But a donkey borne to Mecca by divan Remains a donkey, when it comes back. Regression, Poverty, Heroin, Despair Its GDP, after the Great Game; Until a parochial tribe assumed the care Of benighted lands, to general shame. For a very few years the only folks To be pained by this, were local tribes Who stood as Shia or told the wrong jokes Or encouraged girls to read or be…

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Nearing the Pointy End

August 30, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Glenelg v West Adelaide at Richmond Oval, Friday night, 27 August 2021 A lovely evening but a pretty modest crowd at “Hisense Stadium” saw a spirited contest, with wooden-spoon certs West having a go all evening, falling short to superior skill and attacking method. West fans might be forgiven for staying home and watching the AFL rather than rolling-up, given we are nearly at the end of the season for half the teams, but the home team showed a bit, including snaring the last 3 goals of the game. The Tigers won every quarter though and at the final siren…

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For Whom the Bell Rings

August 22, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Classical Music, LIFE, MUSIC, Opera, OPERA |

August 2021: The Varnished Culture is gutted to learn that the Brisbane Ring Cycle set for October and November has been cancelled for the Second Time.  Due to the damn faux-plague. Opera Australia’s statement of 19/8/2021 followed its message to ticket holders the previous Tuesday: We’re sad to announce that all upcoming performances of the Ring Cycle and Aida in Brisbane have been postponed due to COVID travel restrictions.  This is hugely disappointing news, but we are committed to re-scheduling these spectacular productions so that the seven years of planning that has already gone into this project won’t go to waste….

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