The Hollywood hangover

Not far from where I live (distance is relative in the country) there’s a very photogenic relic from one of the Superman franchise movies. It’s the barn where the spaceship was hidden from Lex Luther (has to be one of the best villain names in popular culture) and it’s now home to a few dozen pigeons, some swallows and a dead sheep. The trench where the spaceship crashed to earth is still there as well.  Read more

Walking up a hill.

Lots of people walk and for various reasons … like getting to from one place to some other place. Getting fit. As a sport (I have always found competitive walking just a little bit absurd) and as a means to think. The thinking is the best part of a long walk. Putting one foot in front of the other lulls the brain into a false sense of security so you can grab those great ideas before they scamper off.  ListeningRead more

The Australian shearing shed

Up until 1888, all shearing in Australia, was conducted using the hand shears that have been used for centuries throughout the world. Frederick York Wolseley is credited as having been the first to invent and manufacture a mechanical device to remove the wool from sheep on a major scale. At a shearing shed called Dunlop, which was situated at Louth, New South Wales, the first mechanical shearing took place. After much resistance from the old “blade men” forty shearers undertookRead more

The Art of Conversation

Alain de Botton on the Art Of Conversation. First published on BBC Radio 4, July 17, 2011. It’s striking how bad most of us are at having a conversation. Chiefly because we insist in our belief that knowing how to talk to other people is something they’re born with rather than an art dependent on the acquisition of a range of odd and artificially acquired skills. We rightly accept that in improvisation in preparing a meal is unlikely to yieldRead more

Portrait photography

THE MIND’S EYE – Henri Cartier-Bresson.   Photography has not changed since its origin except in its technical aspects, which for me are not a major concern. Photography appears to be an easy activity; in fact is a varied and ambiguous process in which the only common denominator among its practitioners is their instrument. What emerges from this recording machine does not escape the economic constraints of a world of waste, of tensions that become increasingly intense and of insaneRead more

Frost Over Barraba

The little town of Barraba in North Western NSW has once again punched above it’s artistic weight with the running of the annual Frost Over Barraba Festival.  Read more