Life, design, the future, now

Circus, circus, circus, it’s one design circus

A circus poster is something one did as a college assignment. One found these Australian circus posters and thought what makes them so good is the person who created probably wasn’t qualified in design at university. They just made them for a day, or so, and got on with the next job – a hardware flyer or a betting form.

These images were found at an exhibition called Wild things : Life Beyond the Stage, at the Victorian Arts Centre Click here for more

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A recipe for a sweet breakfast time

Soft Andy’s Crappy Stoned Fruit Jam

Allow two hours to prepare.

Apart obvious bowel related ideas and gags, have you ever wondered why grannies buy old fruit?

Apricots lightly boiling

Go to your local fruiter, ask for the discounted crappy stone fruit seconds. Pick any stone fruit, preferably the non cling stone or semi cling. i.e.  Apricots, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums. In a determined yet quiet way, pick the eyes out of the box, go for blemished, sad looking, not too bruised, or brown looking pieces. Make sure you pick one stone variety only, and sort one to one and a half  kilograms of fruit depending on the quality of the fruit.

Prepare the following ingredients and object.
Take home, wash in cold water, clean, halve and trim away any bruised or brown looking segments. Do not skin. One should aim to end up with one kilogram of prepared fruit. Depending upon how sweet you like your jam measure up 400 to 500 gsm of castor sugar, remove the zest of one lemon, extract the juice of one lemon. Take one vanilla bean pod and cut into 4 to 6 strips.
Wash and sterilise 600 to 1000mL a swing top glass jar with a rubber seal.

The cooking.
In a medium to large, heavy sauce pan, on a low heat, add your fruit, sugar, zest, lemon juice, and vanilla bean. Gently mix in all of your ingredients until sugar is dissolved to a melted ice cream consistency. No turn up the heat to medium, keep mixing and bring the mixture to a gentle boil – a foam like opaque tint of the fruit with appear and then give way to a darker liquid. Lightly boil for 10 to 20 minutes – depending upon the hardness of fruit. The fruit will reduced now to a thick, chunky liquid. Now bring the liquid to a light bubble for 20 to 40 minutes, depending upon how chunky, thick you like your jam.

Note 01.
Juicy fruits like plums may need more time to simmer to achieve a thick mixture, you might want to source up to 25% to 50% more fruit to allow for liquid lost during the simmering, check sugar during the simmer to compensate the tart taste.

Note 02.
Add a little peeled apple or pear for texture and taste mix ups. Again check sugar during the simmer, add sugar to compensate the tart taste.

The storage.
Once you find your jam’s consistency, take off the heat, let the mixture cool for around two to three minutes, then empty with care, the hot jam into your glass jar. A rubber spatula is very handy for pot scraping. Seal and put in your fridge – not before you have dropped some bread in the toaster for sampling.

Ingredients and object

  • One kilogram of prepared fruit – Apricots, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums.
  • 400 to 500 gsm of castor sugar
  • The zest of one lemon
  • The juice of one lemon
  • One vanilla bean pod
  • 1 x 600 to 1000 mL a swing top glass jar with a rubber seal.

Enjoy! As they say in all the right places.
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Do that dance – a vibrant Australian Post Punk music story

Voit 465 playing at the Darling Harbour express way building site in the late 1970s

Voit 465 playing at the Darling Harbour express way building site in the late 1970s

Kangaroos, blow flies, koalas… if you want to discover an Australia that is beyond the tourism clichés, information can usually can be found on the edges, like in the libraries, the internet and on the radio.

This site features many posts that explore music. Music is a vital part of our studio environment, as well as being a constant source of inspiration. Our music play list tries to diverse, alternative, trashy, odd, seminal, kooky and noisy at all time – from Terry Riley, John Cage, Ian Dury, Warsaw, The Faces, Eddy Current, Townes Van Zandt to the Runaways. Any insights into the making and dreaming up of music is a constant source of ideas and inspiration.

It is a rare and real treat to encounter radio documentaries that explore the lesser known, yet highly revered corners of the Australian creativity. Do that Dance, is a two part radio documentary that explores that music that rose out of the inner suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne from 1977 to 1983.

Pel Mel live

Pel Mel live

Surry Hills venue Side FX in action

Surry Hills venue Side FX in action

Do That Dance – part 01 uncovered the Sydney scene and players. It inspiring 54 minutes highlighted a vital and exciting creative scene living, making and playing music post the Punk era. Inner Sydney at the time was a hub for a raft of new sounds with act the include The Severed Heads, Voit 465, Pel Mel, Tame O’Meares, Systematics to name a few.

The next installment is – Do That Dance – part 02 exploring the Melbourne scene and players. 2.30pm Sunday 25 July 2010, Radio National AM 631, in Melbourne or visit the ABC Radio National Hindsight website here for podcasts and details

Do That Dance
Australian Post Punk, Sydney and Melbourne 1977-1983.

visit the ABC Radio National Hindsight website here

Photography courtesy of the Hindsight gallery: Peter Nelson, Annette Jones, Janis Lesinskis, Anne Maree Rourke, Paul Doogood, Kate Buck and David Chesworth.

All credit to the production team at the ABC:
Presenter – Michelle Rayner, Producer – Sean O’Brien, Story Researcher and Producer – Sean O’Brien, Sound Engineer – Steven Tilley

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Alot can happen in a few decades


The remarkable thing that often accompanies a film clip is not the music. It is late again and one is writing a letter for Dean, and Rage is playing in the background. A couple of clips are played that that have fantastic backdrops, not for their technical detail, it is where they are filmed. ( one has to mention that Alice Cooper is now on the waves, with his ballad about woman and bleeding, bathed in red, of course )

Saturday Night by Australian Pop Rock outfit Cold Chisel is one of the bands last big singles before they parted ways released in 1984. The song has that book end quality about it with its confident sentimental tones. The clip has that relaxed, the party is over feel, as Ian Moss and Jimmy Barnes cruise through a Saturday night in Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross, and Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.

Having once lived in the Kings Cross neighborhood for several years in the 1990s, recent visits to the area after long spells has reminded one that this area has seen dramatic changes. In the back ground of this film clip reveals a part of vibrant street that is all but gone. Darlinghurst Road once had a buzzing retail strip that shared the strip clubs, porn shop and bars, with video game arcades, newsagents, a variety of food outlets, clothing stores, souvenirs stores, film processors, pharmacies and a large variety store. What happened in ten years? As the rents went up, the area got maybe to dangerous for local shoppers, or maybe a bigger shopping mall open up down the road, so departed the little guys that juxtaposed the seedy side of the Cross.

It is also worth mentioning the Oxford Street footage, shot during the Autumn Mardi Gras parade in 1984. At a time when people stood on Oxford Street itself and watched the parade pass through the centre lanes of a four lane street, rather than today where hundreds of thousands people line the footpaths from any vantage point, at least thirty people deep, and the parade itself is covered by a national television network and sponsored by a national retail bank.

In ACDC’s long way to the top clip the little city of melbourne has truly grown up in 40 years, got a lot taller, darker and slicker – and one hasn’t commented about the haircuts yet.

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It takes every kind of people to make the world go round

Robert Allen Palmer (19 January 1949 – 26 September 2003), born in Batley, Yorkshire, was an English singer-songwriter, in some circles he was known as the best dressed man in rock and roll. He was also known for his distinctive voice and the eclectic mix of musical styles on his albums, combining soul, jazz, rock, pop and blues. Palmer’s career started in 1964 and came to an abrupt end in 2003, he was a keen cigarette smoker.

To make the point we have contrasted – Andy Fraser’s – Every Kind of People from album Double Fun, with Gary Numan’s – I dream of Wires, on Numan produced album Clues.

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