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Reading at the NZEPC Home & Away Conference

The NZEPC Home & Away conference was on in September 2010. It was a great meeting of the tribes of poets of New Zealand & Australia. & I got to read one night.

Other readings on the NZEPC site.


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Southerly Vol 70/2: Romance


Tristan Barkley had sworn off romance. Until a sizzling night with Ella Jacobs, his secretive housekeeper, made the millionaire rethink his decision. Yet when he learnt she was carrying his child, he proposed the only solution: subscribe to SoutherlyAustralia's oldest literary magazine.

If Tristan had only done that he would now be reading Southerly #70/2, the Romance issue, with poems in it from David Brooks, Bron Bateman, David Mortimer, Cath Kenneally, Peter Dawncy, Pi O, Jill Jones & Ouyang Yu.

Here's the more literary introduction you'll find on the Southerly site.

Is Australian romance an oxymoron? It has been long thought so; not for us Don Juan or Don Quixote but Ned Kelly and Tom Collins. Even when romance rears its alluring head in Australian fiction, as with Harry’s wooing of Sybilla in My Brilliant Career, it is often quashed as a distraction or delusion. More recently, celebrated texts of their times such asPuberty Blues (1979), Oscar and Lucinda (1988),Praise (1992) have confirmed the view that romance is difficult in Australia – and in Australian fiction.

Get it at good bookshops or online from (oooh new website!).

Apologies (not very heartfelt, one admits) for the intro rip-off to Mills & Boon's Bedded By Blackmail author Robyn Grady.

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Credit Lyonnais

Credit Lyonnais, originally uploaded by pureandapplied.

While in Paris (in October last year on our honeymoon) we stayed in an apartment in the district known as Opera, which is the home to many of France's financial institutions.

Each night we would sit in the window of our apartment having a wine, watching the street, and observing the workers in the Credit Lyonnais headquarters adjacent have meetings, talk on the phone, file documents, fiddle on their computers.

This fairly plain photo, taken on Friday night, Oct 14 shows one of those workers clearing her desk after being made redundant at the beginning of the financial crisis.

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Where The Wild Things Are Trailer

Hearing on twitter that Maurice Sendak's much-loved children's book Where the Wild Things Are is being produced as a movie creates excitement and anxiety in almost equal measures.

Excitement that a treasured story has been realised and extended, and anxiety that the production doesn't trample or dishonour the fondly-imagined world of the book. This trailer leaves me hopeful, at least.

YouTube – Where The Wild Things Are Trailer (HD).

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Fixie Figure 8 T


I love my fixie, I love
8s, I love Ts,
I love type.

More at Workerman.

Via @guchagucha

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Awesome funk mashup by Kutiman

This tour-de-force mashup using 22 sources prompted an amusingly triumphal take from 43 Folders (in the now-familiar theme of "the future of music is ours"):

Unsolicited tip for media company c-levels: if your reaction to this crate of magic is “Hm. I wonder how we’d go about suing someone who ‘did this’ with our IP?” instead of, “Holy crap, clearly, this is the freaking future of entertainment,” it’s probably time to put some ramen on your Visa and start making stuff up for your LinkedIn page.

Great mashups demonstrate two timeless truths:

  1. that deep talent will
    gleefully outwit, outflank and outrun the restrictive nature of
    copyright and IP law by funkin it up around the sprawling, fraying digital edges, and

  2. that the infamous backward-looking C-levels (do they even exist in Australia?) are internets roadkill, and folks like Kutiman are creating the funeral music.

Via 43 folders.

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Matt Laffan


Matt Laffan passed away on the weekend after several weeks battling health complications.

Matt was someone I didn't know
at all well enough, but he was quite a character and a dear friend of some of my dearest friends. He lead a very inspirational life and I know many
who will miss him for his humour and warmth.

"I don't regard myself as being a little guy and after people are in my company for a time they don't seem to have that thought either."

That was from his interview on 'Enough Rope' with Andrew Denton, March 2004.

From Matt's site:

When I was born with a rare genetic disorder
I was given time to live: A very short time.
They said I would not see out the week.
The prognosis was wrong but the sense of
urgency that was cast upon me at that crucial
stage of my infancy has never left me. I
am haunted by the feeling that tomorrow
has no guarantees so one better make as
much of today to ensure when tomorrow arrives
it has something good to follow it. The
hours are crowded into moments that sometimes
seem too slow, and then too fast.

I have been reliant upon an electric wheelchair
for my mobility since the age of ten, and
thus restricted, as it were, in some ways,
which has afforded me the opportunity to
see that there is no room in life to forgo
opportunities to live positively. Having
bid farewell to too many friends whom found
the living too tough and the dying too easy
despite everything they had I treasure each
of the moments that Life has to offer. The
key, for me at least, is enjoying and sharing
it as much as one can.

Read more about him at his site, and on ABC News.

UPDATE: Read Peter Fitzsimmon's obit for Matt.

Photo: from Matt's site.

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