Friday, December 31, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
THE GALLIPOLI SERIES: SIDNEY NOLAN
10 December 2010 - 6 February 2011
Throughout his artistic career, Sidney Nolan returned intermittently to the theme of Gallipoli. This series, begun in 1956 is a fitting tribute to his brother’s premature death within the broader context of Australia’s military history.
A Travelling Exhibition from the Australian War Memorial
(the whistling sound is coming from the cicadas)
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
From The Juice Media:
Who let the Logs out!? Wikileaks drops 400,000 classified documents shedding new light on the Iraq war—the biggest leak of classified military documents in history—sending shockwaves across the Fourth Estate. Rap News marks the occasion by inviting into the studio the former US Secretary of Offense, Donald Rumsfeld. But what starts out as a conventional Rap News interview soon descends into mayhem as the live feed is hijacked by News World Order, eager to spin the record like a disc jockey on crack. Enter Bill O'Really, the champion of Fair & Balanced journalism, dragging us screaming into the No Spine Zone. Only divine intervention can save us now, from a fate worse than death. But beware of imitators; not all is what it seems to be! Join us for a rollercoaster episode of Rap News, featuring a very very special guest appearance.
Monday, December 20, 2010
From YouTube: "Australian Indigenous (aboriginal) cabaret singer and occasional actress Georgia Lee - otherwise known as Dulcie Pitt - was a habitué of the bohemian world of artists like Donald Friend and Russell Drysdale and the jazz and blues nightclub circuit in Sydney and Melbourne during the 1950s.
The girl from Cairns (northern Queensland) eventually sang with the bandleader Geraldo and his light orchestra in London in BBC radio broadcasts. A nervous collapse and homesickness put an end to her international career but she continued to sing in Australia and was even belatedly crowned the Queen of Jazz. In 1962, she released what's believed to be the first full-length studio album to be recorded by an Indigenous artist, Georgia Lee Sings the Blues Down Under. She was also one of the first artists to be recorded in full stereo."
This video contains three excerpts from the album :
1. 'Nobody Knows the Trouble I have Seen'
2. 'Born To be Blue'
3. 'Down Under Blues'
Listen here for a special on Georgia Lee from Newsline Radio titled "Born To Be Blue"
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Reuters photographers produce over half a million images every year. Some pictures define an event, others capture a moment revealing an aspect of the human condition. In the series below, Reuters photographers offer unique insight into some of their best pictures of the year
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
As someone who avoids local commercial radio, particularly the tripe that is called AM radio talkback I missed out on the recent goings on with our own ageing 'shock jock' (well he thinks he is).
Fortunately some local bloggers are on to him and his ongoing personal battle to oust the current Mayor.
This is from hillbillywatch.com
A stall owner at the Cairns Night Markets is complaining about the establishment of cheap rent vendors on the Cairns Esplanade on Saturdays (in the daytime), and now a few days a year to welcome the cruise ship customers.
It gets better. Check the the fancy writin' on the letter in the next post on Hillbilly watch. Even if it is fake, it would have taken some effort to make such a mess of the English language!
Monday, December 6, 2010
So that's why the Murdoch owned Cairns Post - a classy high quality regional newspaper (only joking) follows the same recipe, except at the moment, as well as the constant and unwarranted Mayor (Val Schier) bashing, its current mission is to tell us hillbillies how to turn the CBD into a tourist Disneyland. When they tire of that the cat eating pythons and life threatening crocodile stories are never too far away.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
- Name Guy D Francis
- Location Norfolk UK
"I am married and have 3 kids. I read Tarot cards, do astrology, love fringe science, write poems/ditties/short songs, smoke, drink, etc.
I enjoy reading ... oh yes, I have Tourette's Syndrome.
The full blown kind. You know, swearing and aggressive jerking and all that.
Oh yeah, I also have Asperger's Syndrome.
I was diagnosed at age 31. I have tics that are triggered by sensory input or any changes to my routine and tics that are cycle based.
I deal with it in a number of ways. One of them is Karaoke."
Checkout this person's amazing blog and see life from his side.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Write today to the Gang of 6 Cairns Councillors on our dysfunctional Cairns Regional Council trying to delay and stop the Cultural Precinct. Tell them you support the project.
Paul Gregory email@example.com
Nancy Lanskey firstname.lastname@example.org
Alan Blake email@example.com
Linda Cooper firstname.lastname@example.org
Margaret Cochrane email@example.com
Sno Bonneau firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, November 15, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
From Ludo Kuipers, a teacher at Djarragun, "Boys from Djarragun College, a school for indigenous students in Gordonvale near Cairns, Far North Queensland, perform dances from Murray Island in the Torres Strait during a performance in the hall of nearby Trinity College during the student graduation ceremonies. Among others the do the fast "Silent dance", only accompanied by drumming; girls in school blazers jump on the stage to sprinkle powder on the dancers as a sign of appreciation; one of them actually slips on a dancing stick and falls off the stage!"
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
I recently made a trip out to Chillagoe with a load of old typewriters which hopefully will soon be on display out there (another story).
On the way to Chillagoe you pass through the deserted 'town' of Lappa Junction
This is how it looks today:
This is what it was like in 1901:
The Queenslander (Brisbane 1886-1939)
Saturday August 3 1901
THE LAPPA-MOUNT GARNET LINE.
The "Cairns Argus" of 16th Julysays:—In the course of an interview whicha representative of this journal had on
Saturday evening with Mr. A. Overend, of the firm of Messrs. Willcocks and Overend, contractors for the construction of theLappa Junction —Mount Garnet Railway, he learnt that good progress is being made with the work. About 250 men are employed on the line, this number not including a good many who are engaged in getting timber for the railway or as teamsters. The clearing gangs have got past the ten mile from Lappa Junction with their work, which will go on uninterruptedly until the whole line—thirty-three miles in length—is cleared. The earth-works are in hand for the first six miles of the line, and here about fifty horses and drays are employed, besides the men. There will be a good many cuttings on this part of the line, and the men areabout halfway through one big cutting near Lappa Junction. The main camp is now at this place, but will later on be re-moved to the ten-mile, which will form theterminus of the first section. Messrs.Willcocks and Overend have bought the saw-mills at the 74-Mlle on the Chlllagoe line from the Chillagoe Railway and Mines, and will start cutting sleepers there immediately. It is intended to utilise the saw-mills where they are now situated while the contractors are getting timber for a mill on their own line. It is hoped that the line will be finished in twelve months, or three months ahead of contract time. The contractors are pushing on with it as quickly as possible. Men are voluntarily coming up from the South by nearly every boat to work on it, and, in addition, all the local men who apply and are suitable for the work are put on. When the construction is more advanced, a good many more men than at present will be engaged—in fact, something like a thousand could be employed. Mr. Overend left
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Written by David Lazar with libretto by Dirk Flinthart
Directed by Jordin Steele
Produced by Jordin Steele and Stephen Stewart
Choreography by Stephanie Pokoj
Music Supervisor: Wayne Jennings
Monday, October 25, 2010
YouTube Play: Live from the Guggenheim, October 21, 2010. The full show. For clips, the jury selection and the shortlist, see youtube.com/play
Previous Post on Pteropus
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
You can make an ad like this:
Filmed around the Port Douglas area. The palm trees look nice.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Tonight, being an exceptionally clear night thanks to the winter revisit we are having at the moment, we were able to watch the passing of a satellite and the International Space Station on cue thanks to this really cool website. It gives the exact time for appearance and how long it can be seen for. Just set it for your own location and sit back and watch the white lights traverse the night sky. Lots of fun after a few drinks.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
It may seem silly but we have been waiting for days for an opportunity to get a picture of a sunbird feeding its young on our verandah. As soon as you put the camera down the female would arrive with another mouthful of food. She doesn't hang around for long when she feeds so she can deter the resident butcher birds from finding the nest. They never seem to be too far away unfortunately.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Please come and celebrate with me when Mayor Val Schier officially launches my book:
When: Friday 15th October
Where: Cominos House, Greenslopes Street
Copies will be on sale at the event ($29.95); for each copy sold I will donate $5 to the Australian Bush Heritage Fund.
I hope to see you there.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Sometimes you take where you live for granted, so this morning I decided to take a walk along the Cairns Esplanade with a camera.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
From The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.
I love the grunge metal Uke. Now you're talking.
This is what ukuleles were made for!
This was featured on Costa’s Garden Odyssey (between ads) on SBS earlier this year.
The FLC is located just behind the Cairns School of Distance Education and next door to Trinity Bay High School.
More info HERE.
Monday, September 27, 2010
John Menadue from the Centre for Policy Development has been calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the conduct of the media during the Federal election. If you would like to add your voice to his call for an inquiry, you may contact him here:
Centre for Policy Development
PO Box K3
Haymarket NSW 1240
You can listen to his interview on ABC Radio HERE
It is interesting also to make comparisons with the New Zealand Media. This Radio New Zealand National session about the interrelationship between the blogosphere and the mainstream media is worth a listen.
It is from the Radio New Zealand Media Watch program (not to be confused with the not-our-ABC's Media Watch).
Sunday, September 26, 2010
This video simulation takes you further and further away from Earth as you see the Sun come into focus, the orbits of the solar system shrink smaller and disappear, the constellations Sagittarius and Scorpio stretch and distort, and, as the Milky Way receeds, the spidery structure of millions of other galaxies come into view. Then, you reach the limit of the observable universe, the afterglow of the Big Bang. This light has taken more than 13.7 billion years to reach our planet. Finally it returns the viewer back to Earth, to two lakes that are nestled between Mount Kailash and Mount Gurla Mandhata in the Himalayas. This link is in HD so it may pay to pause and allow the data to download first. Don't forget to expand the video to fullscreen.
The structure of The Known Universe is based on precise, scientifically-accurate observations and research. The Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History maintains the Digital Universe Atlas, believed to be the world’s most complete four-dimensional map of the universe.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
The Australian announces that it wants to “destroy” the Greens
Be prepared for more of this.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Got sick of the Election 'fallout' so we went up to the Warbirds Airshow at Mareeba on Sunday. Had a great time. It makes you realise how much of a historical link this area had with WWII and the thousands of military personnel that were based in this part of the world.
I'm no aircraft specialist but the DC3 would have to be one of the most amazing aircraft ever made. Built before WWII they were probably the forerunner of the modern airliner and still fly commercially in some parts of the world. I was fortunate to fly (on possibly this DC3 ) with Bush Pilots Airways back in the Eighties to Bamaga.
This one is still being rebuilt but they were still able to kick the engines over to stir the memories.
There were lots of other attractions but the scene stealers were the RAAF Roulettes.
Say no more!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
This one should fit in with our tropical environment.
These would have to be some of Tone's favourites.
More Pics of cleverly disguised Talking Towers HERE
This story from Crikey
Friday, August 13, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
I don't want to see cairns get its silly val precinct, it seems the more a community council en devours to spend on so called keeping up and creating jobs ,it just somehow seems to inflate our rates , i don't care if cairns becomes a sleepy fishing village again, it survived quite OK from 1770 till 2008, then all of a sudden a women takes the reins and out come all the hair brained dopey ideas our rates and cost of living go threw the roof, do us a favor val crawl back under the rock from whence you came.
Posted by: Don of cairns 5:55am today
NB: I kept tha speling as it wuz writed.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
As an avid First Dog fan and the fact that this cartoon hasn't been firewalled by Crikey, here is the latest drinking game combining the Federal Election Debate (known as the FED) and the Grand Final Of Master Chef (GFOMC). Click on the dog.
*hint* Right click and save to get a clearer pic.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Almost seamless classic digital modification by Pteropus Designs Inc.
Read the latest from the ACMA about the bunkered in management of a predominantly taxpayer funded community radio station in Cairns that no one apparently bothers to listen to and only selected 'friends' are allowed to join!
A lot of years of hard work by so many volunteers wasted. What more can be said.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Mt Garnet, a town I usually fly through heading out to the Gulf. It actually has a very interesting history. After a wander through the intertubes, here is a potted history:
Steam train, possibly for carrying copper to and from the copper mines at Mount Garnet, going across the Return Creek Railway Bridge, around 1906.
Image sourced from Picture Queensland, State Library of Queensland
This image is free of copyright restrictions.
Sleepy town on the southern edge of the Atherton Tablelands.
Located approximately 165 km, 185 km or 205 km (dependingding which way you want to get there) from Cairns, As I mentioned, Mount Garnet is one of those towns that you want to keep driving through..
In fact the miners who first settled the town hardly slowed down as they moved through the area. It is said that when, in about 1904, a rumour went round that the original copper mine was going to close down half the men didn't wait for their notice to quit. They simply packed up their few belongings and were gone by lunchtime.
Mount Garnet was first settled around the turn of the century when copper was found in the area. Within months the Mount Garnet Freehold Copper and Silver Mining Company Ltd had built a smelter and was busy hiring men to dig the valuable mineral out of the ground.
At first the smelted copper was shipped out by camel (there are some interesting photographs of the camel teams on the walls of the Norwestgate Cafe) but by 1902 a branch line connecting the town to the line from Mareeba to Chillagoe had been built and the copper was being railed out to Lappa Junction and then to the coast.
At the time it looked as though the town had a future. Then, quite suddenly, the price of copper dropped and the company, eager to cut its losses, closed the mine.
A few remnants of the mine are still in evidence. Take the road opposite Norwestgate Motel and follow it south on a dirt road which leads past the old Assay House (which is currently being restored). Little is left but there is enough to show the scale of the operation at the turn of the century.
The town did not die. After 1904 the miners turned their attention to the excavation of tin. Today Mount Garnet has a reputation as a good starting place for gold prospectors and gem collectors.
Just before entering the town from the north there is a dirt road which heads east to Wurruma Swamp. Although little known, this is one of the wonders of the Mount Garnet area.
Mt Garnet Today
Apart the possibility of further tin mining development in the area, other important social activities still prevail.
Here are some highlights of the Mt Garnet Races, one of the big events on the Mt Garnet calendar.