“The Party of the First Part” – Jean Hagen

August 3, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Classic Film, FILM |

Jean Hagen (born 3 August 1923) gave the performance of a lifetime as Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain (1952). Lina might look dumb but she’s formidable, in fact, and a scrapper!  Witness her resistance to replacement by actresses without her fog-horn / breaking-glass voice, when she reminds the studio head of Monumental Pictures about relevant clauses in her contract: x https://youtu.be/BsbTWsyzRBo

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The Tigers Get Home (Again)

July 30, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Glenelg v West Adelaide, Glenelg Oval, 29 July 2018 Another sunny winter’s day at Glenelg with a stiff breeze from the south, heading NNE. West kicked with it in the first quarter but the Tigers, using the western side of the oval which gave some shelter from the wind, tacked and defended superbly, holding a narrow lead at the break. We were helped by a great soccer goal from Lachlan Hosie, and Luke Reynolds (another decisive 5-goal haul) got the benefit of a goal from a downfield free (awarded against a Blood who tried to draw some blood with his fist)….

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

July 28, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Poetry, WRITING & LITERATURE |

28 July 1844 – 8 June 1889 We recall his Sprung Rhythm and his Sadness: “The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil; It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod? Generations have trod, have trod, have trod; And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil; And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod…” (from God’s Grandeur) “No worst, there is none. Pitched past pitch of…

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Impressionism – the Wrong Turn

July 27, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART |

Selections from the Museé d’Orsay, Art Gallery of SA, Adelaide, July 2018 It’s worth a visit to the famous hoard of impressionist works in Paris just for the building: As for the paintings, well… A selection of 60 or so was gazed upon by The Varnished Culture recently.  Featured heavily were (sigh!), Monet, Sissley, Pissarro, Renoir, and Manet, with occasional dashes of the often-more-interesting Caillebotte, Seurat, Gauguin, Courbet, and Cézanne, and a sprinkling of lesser players. On loan, largely from the Museé d’Orsay’s basement, the exhibition has been very popular, and no wonder.  Impressionism has always been popular, except in…

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The Children of Dynmouth

(by William Trevor) (1976) There’s a moment in All The President’s Men, released the same year as Mr Trevor’s (Cox’s) novel, where Carl Bernstein says: “All these neat little houses in all these nice little streets, it’s hard to believe that something’s wrong in some of these little houses…” to which Bob Woodward replies, “No it isn’t.” That is encapsulated neatly in The Children of Dynmouth, a wonderful little piece, where Child-From-Hell, Timothy Gedge, terrorizes a small town along the lines of the feral lads in Peter Weir’s cult classic, The Cars That Ate Paris (1974).  But whereas the lads…

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