Eurovision 2021 (Rotterdam)

May 25, 2021 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | LIFE, Modern Music, MUSIC, THEATRE |

The Varnished Culture had night sweats and knotted stomachs awaiting the return of the Eurovision Song Contest. On ice in 2020 due to something or other, we had only Will Ferrell’s lovely tribute to sustain us for a year. Even now, Covid’s ugly head reared and “prevented” the Australian contingent from attending Rotterdam in person. This perhaps caused Australia’s offering, “Technicolour” by Montaigne, to fall at the semi-final stage, which is patently unfair and unjust. Still, Eurovision is the byword for dazzling, iridescent mediocrity, so there we are. Our points system, you’ll recall, rates each song on ‘real world merit,’…

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Tiger Times Again

May 24, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Glenelg vs Everyone, May 2021 1 May, 2021: After a close but decisive win over the Olde Enemy, Glenelg had three challenging matches to conclude in order to perch atop the premiership table. North have been a bit off their feed this year but always challenge at Prospect Oval, that weirdly configured graveyard for visiting teams arriving unprepared. However, the Tigers saw the threat off. Glenelg 15.10 (100) North Adelaide 10.9 (69) 9 May 2021: Glenelg hosted struggling Sturt at the bay. For a struggling side, they do a good impression of the other: it was an arm wrestle all…

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Think Tank

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

Panel of the Solicitors General – Adelaide University John Bray Alumni Network, 29 April 2021 In the Exhibition Hall of the National Wine Centre, a pretty remarkable gathering took place: 6 Solicitors-General for South Australia presented thoughts on their respective tenure. The main image shows the panel: L-R Gray QC, Doyle QC, Kourakis CJ, John Williams (Executive Dean, Faculty of the Professions, as MC), Hinton QC, Bleby J, Wait SC (and facilitator and introducer Judge Katrina Bochner). That photo, incidentally, was snapped before proceedings commenced – the crowd was actually very healthy, even though, curiously for the NWC, no wine…

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Four

April 27, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | LIFE, Ulalume |

In our material universe, science finds four categories of sex in Homo Sapiens: Old Traditional # 1 Who produce ovum (“Woman”) Old Traditional # 2 Who produce sperm (“Man”) Small Sliver (# 3) With gender dysphoria or intersex anatomy (who deserve love, compassion, understanding, and perhaps, especially if given high office in the Biden Administration, treatment) Burgeoning New Category (# 4) “Fraudsters” If I can’t win a medal in my shotput division, I may do better turning out on the track in a skirt. Not bright enough to gain admission to Law School? If I reimagine myself as a disabled…

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The Grail of Sport is to Beat Port

April 26, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Glenelg v Port Adelaide (@ Glenelg Oval, 24 April 2021) A healthy crowd on a beautiful autumnal evening enjoyed a terrific tussle between the 2019 Grand Finalists. Port were up and about, emblematized by Sam Powell-Pepper (who was annoyingly like salt-and-pepper; i.e. everywhere). Although the Tigers actually won every quarter, none of them were by much, and the lead changed or closed throughout the game. It was (pardon the cliché) an ‘arm wrestle.’ In the Presidents Room, 100 years of memorabilia were arrayed, reminding all that the sum of a Club is so much more than its premierships. The team…

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