Rogue’s Gallery lived up to its name.
It was meant to be the high point of the 2010 Sydney Festival but appeared on the horizon as a rolling, shambolic ship of celebrity vagabonds in sloppy seas. Perhaps that was the point. You can’t help thinking the early days of the rum colony that became NSW ran along similar lines. Actually, it still does.
Nonetheless, after watching Marianne Faithful struggle to read the lyrics for two songs she’s either beyond remembering or couldn’t be bothered to learn, many left feeling pillaged by the $145 ticket price. They stood outdoors for 150 minutes at the Opera House forecourt in thunderstorms and intermittent rain.
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If Green Day sang that the Jesus of American suburbia is a lie, Chris O’Doherty (aka Reg Mombassa) offers a surreal Aussie equivalent: the Jesus of our suburbia is a regular guy, eating a pie, wearing a tie, with a third eye.
Mombassa was a member of iconic Australian rock band Mental As Anything before becoming one of Australia’s most recognisable visual artists and helping to establish the fame and fortune of the Mambo surfwear brand.
The release of Murray Waldren’s beautifully-produced biography of Mombassa, The Mind and Times of Reg Mombassa, highlights just how prominent Christian, or ‘neo-Christian’, themes are in his artwork.
Lauded as a pop culture artist, Mombassa self-identifies in a more religious fashion: “It’s like being a priest. To some extent, it’s a calling”, he tells Waldren. His “Self portrait with beard and plastic ring”, painted last year, is an obvious Christ-figure, with the ring as a halo.
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Our American friends remember The Alamo, we see Gallipoli and North Africa among defining moments in national pride and self-sacrifice against seemingly insurmountable odds.
These initial bloody defeats led state and nations on to ultimate victory against powerful foes.
It’s drawing a long bow to compare any of those to the political battle now being fought on global warming, but one prominent climate realist has done that, and it’s sure to grab some attention.
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It’s the moment Great Britain has been waiting for – one of its own tennis players on the verge of winning a grand slam.
The talented Scot has all the right attributes to win a grand slam. But Murray has one giant problem. Roger Federer ... the world’s No. 1.
There’s a simple reason why Federer will win the Australian Open on Sunday.
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Taxation reform as a political issue may not float many people’s boat but in an election year it promises to be as entertaining as a day in the life of Jack Bauer. We have two political leaders - Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott - who are equally unconvincing on the economy and who must grapple with a political hot potato.
The Rudd Government will soon respond to the final report of Australia’s Tax System Review Panel. The Panel, headed by Treasury Secretary Ken Henry, will recommend the most comprehensive reform of the tax system in a generation.
Taxation reform is a policy challenge more complex than quantum mechanics. Australia’s existing tax system has outdated Commonwealth-State financial arrangements and effective marginal tax rates that discourage people on welfare from participating in the workforce. Australia also faces significant economic challenges that are intimately related to the taxation system, such as an over-reliance on mining for national wealth; an aging population; and the need to reduce the carbon output of the economy.
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It was never going to take long - here’s the Downfall parody of Hitler finding out about the iPad. As usual, he’s not happy and this contains some strong subtitles.
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Update Saturday 6am, map addition: Herman Rockefeller is dead. Two people have been charged with his murder. The Herald Sun reports police are investigating a swingers’ website that may have led to a meeting between the suspects and Mr Rockefeller.
Excerpts from the court report: Mario Schembri, 57, from Wallan, and Bernadette Denny, of Hadfield, have each been charged with one count of murder. A detective told Melbourne Magistrate’s Court both had admitted being involved in an altercation with Rockefeller on the night he vanished. They also admitted to police that they had assisted in the disposal of the body, the court was told. Police were taken to a residence in View St, Glenroy, where it is understood that human remains were believed to have been buried in the back yard.
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The proposal this year to remove the artistic defence from the NSW proposed legislation on child abuse, which includes child pornography and exploitation, is not particularly about censoring artists.
In fact, the Australia Council for the Arts believes that the proposal, which will harmonise NSW laws with the Commonwealth laws on the definitions of child pornography, has the potential to be advantageous to genuine artistic expression.
Mention art and pornography together, and people immediately position themselves at opposite ends of the room.
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The Punch’s fashion queen and all-round style guru Nedahl Stelio made a shocking announcement this morning.
The clog she tweeted is making a comeback.
That’s right ‘clog’. That funny looking shoe made with open backs and closed toes.
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We all know that sex sells. Some of the earliest tobacco advertising featured stylised drawings of starlets inserted in cigarette packs.
Sexy images of women are used to sell everything, from cars to spring water to internet access.Many such ads are targeted at men, but ads for products aimed at women are often similar.
Not only are sexually provocative images of women used to advertise, but they are routinely featured on television, music video clips, movies and even toys. While adults are better equipped to deal with the bombardment of sexualised content, we need to stop to consider the impact it has on children.
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