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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Springtime Limbering-Up

August 16, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

[Glenelg v Central Districts at Glenelg Oval, 14 August 2021] Your correspondent had been pressed into service as deputy Door Bitch for the Past Players and Officials function for the last home game of the season (see main image) but there was still time to enjoy the game on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the weather a presage of Spring.  With the minor premiership wrapped up, it was time to keep the streak going and celebrate Brad Agnew’s 150th league game in style, which we did against the Bulldogs, honest toilers in a re-building phase. 10 goals to 3 in the…

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Moot

“Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What it Doesn’t, and Why it Matters” By Steven E. Koonin (2021) “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” This book posits facts, hypotheses, and urging which we are not qualified to judge.  It is also full of graphs that gave us acute conjunctivitis.  So what we will do here is attempt a summary of what Mr. Koonin is saying, much of which he says very well, and attempt to explain our reaction to the work, located somewhere on the spectrum between skepticism and a resigned…

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Top Cat

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

Glenelg v South Adelaide at Glenelg Oval, 17 July 2021 In what might be the last Tigers game for awhile, given an impending Covid clampdown (not a lockdown, our masters stress), we had a beauty against southern neighbours, the South Adelaide Panthers. The storms of Friday had blown out by the early 1.35 pm start, and an arctic sun waxed and waned over the afternoon. With a brisk southerly breeze, the scoring favoured the Kerhanan end of the ground, leaving the teams close at the half. And the Bays couldn’t break open the game in the third quarter, with each…

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The Covid-19 Hall of Shame

July 14, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, HISTORY, LIFE, Ulalume |

911 deaths in Australia from (with?) Covid, in 18 months. 169,301 registered and received deaths in Australia in 2019 (pre-Covid). Are we missing something here? Like a sense of proportion? Pardon our manners, but here we must quote ourselves : “In this plague year…we saw Australians banned from returning to their own country; banned from leaving it; banned from crossing state lines, in apparent/arguable breach of section 92 of the Constitution; locked in their homes unless adjudged by a bureaucrat as ‘essential workers’; arrested on beaches, golf courses, parks (and in the case of one pregnant woman in Victoria, handcuffed…

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