Tuesday, December 28, 2010


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

2010: A Year in Pictures from NASAJPL

An early start to the wet season

On Christmas Day a small cyclone named Tasha kicked off what is looking like one of the best wet seasons we have had in years.
Monsoonal skies over Cairns

Remnants of a rock concert
Barron River
Barron Falls near Kuranda

(the whistling sound is coming from the cicadas)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Rap News 5 (featuring Julian Assange)

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

Georgia Lee

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"
More music videos can be found here: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/awaye/stories/2010/2846318.htm

Friday, December 17, 2010

Reuters Best of the Year Photos

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

The Hillbillies are never too far away

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

....and she can play piano!

Got an idea who this is?

Clean The Fan

Have you ever tried to replace a laptop fan? Then you'll appreciate this instructional music video by Jayme Gutierrez.

Sack the editor? What a good idea

The latest promotion from one of the 'classy high quality flagship newspapers' from the Murdoch Deathstar empire:

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.