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I remember the first time I heard John Coltrane

Trevor Hart fans will get the reference. Following on from Mark’s Valley Jazz Festival post last night, two bands worth seeing tonight are The Sarah Collyer Trio at the Bank Vault (corner Ann St & the Brunswick St Mall) at

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Posted in Brisbane, culture, life, music

Megan Washington @ the Valley Jazz Festival

The Valley Jazz Festival started on Tuesday night, back this year bigger and better with an infusion of promo and artist dosh from some dedicated fund raising from the folks at Jazz Queensland. I haven’t been down the road to

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Posted in Brisbane, culture, life, music

Foundationalist myths

Military glory – that attractive rainbow, that rises in showers of blood – that serpent’s eye, that charms to destroy… ~Abraham Lincoln Jessica Lynch has been testifying to Congress. “The bottom line is the American people are capable of determining

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Posted in Film, TV, Video etc, Iraq, USA, War

Lest We Forget

They shall not grow old, As we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, Nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, And in the morning, We will remember them. We will remember them.

Posted in Anzac Day

At least you can get a free bowl of chili on the Death Star

No, this isn’t a post about the McCain Walnuts! cabin on the Death Star, but Rupe’s corner of the dark side of the force. (Though, over the fold, you can see something of the cyber-savviness of McCain’s campaign wonks who

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Posted in elections, Federal Elections, Film, TV, Video etc, media, USA

(not) Everybody loves good neighbours…

I read yesterday that one quarter of Australians (or, to be more accurate, one quarter of those surveyed in the Human Beliefs and Values Survey) said they wouldn’t want gay neighbours, according to Love Thy Neighbour: How Much Bigotry is

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Posted in Australiana, culture, Lesbian and Gay, sexuality

Virginia Tech and (violent) creative writing

There’s been some discussion on the other thread of the fact that Cho Seung-Hui was a creative writing student. Let’s dispose of the claim made by some wingnuts, desparate to throw up a smokescreen to obscure the fact that gun

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Posted in Books, Writers & Writing, Crime, Disasters, education, Film, TV, Video etc, USA

The Straight Talk Song Express

John McCain has been taking questions from supporters. His campaign team should advise him not to.

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Posted in Film, TV, Video etc, Iran, politics, USA, War

You show me yours, I'll show you mine

The bizarro world refugee swap plan (whereby we swap Sri Lankan refugees who’ve arrived at Christmas Island and been shunted off to Nauru with Cuban refugees who’ve been intercepted trying to reach the States) has almost everyone perplexed. Though maybe

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Posted in immigration, Law, politics, USA

Ruddock wants to ban Star Wars

Well, possibly. HeathG at Catallaxy links to media reports of a new thought bubble from Emperor Palpatine…er…Ruddock to ban material that “advocates terrorist acts”. In the wake of stories in the Daily Terrorgraph about various Muslim clerics circulating rather inflammatory

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Posted in Crime, Howardia, Law, Middle East, religion, Sydney

What is it with Sydney …

… Sydney Radio, 2GB and Alan Jones? I’ve just been looking over the ACMA report on Jones’ broadcasts before the Cronulla riots. out of four complaints, ACMA upheld only one, relating to the broadcast on Wednesday, December 7th, when Jones

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Posted in Howardia, media, Sydney


I can’t be the only one who thought ‘Sarajevo’ when I first heard of the capture of British sailors by Iran. It had ‘casus belli’ written all over it. But that’s not how things have turned out … so far.

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Posted in Iran, Iraq, Middle East, USA, War

Thunderbolts from the heavens?

Legislators in Mexico City are moving towards decriminalising abortion. Scott from Lawyers, Guns and Money makes the central point well: The key question of abortion policy is always not whether women will get abortions, but whether non-affluent women will have

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Posted in Apocalypse, Developing world, feminism, Iraq, Law, Lesbian and Gay, Philosophy, politics, Poverty, religion, USA, War

Will he emerge from the bushes?

There’s a bizarre editorial in the bizarre New York Sun which boosts Dick Cheney for a White House run. It was a fine idea then and it still is — not because the current field is particularly weak, but because

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Posted in elections, Film, TV, Video etc, levity, politics, USA

US Supreme Court pushes EPA to regulate greenhouse

The United States, and Australia, are the big holdouts in the developed world on doing anything about climate change. However, the ground is shifting under the White House, as it has been shifting here in Oz. The latest development is

Posted in environment, Foreign policy, Law, politics, USA
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