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Monday, November 30, 2015

The Guardian reviews KING LEAR

King Lear’s unreasonable expectations drive Shakespeare’s plot. After abdicating in order to “unburden’d crawl toward death” Lear expects the fawning and flattery that only power can procure to continue undiminished. It doesn’t, and his suffering begins.

Sydney Theatre Company’s production, which closes its 2015 season, is weighted by high expectations too.


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Blake's Birthday

Happy Birthday, William Blake, November 28, 1757


(From William Blake was born in London on November 28, 1757, to James, a hosier, and Catherine Blake. Two of his six siblings died in infancy. From early childhood, Blake spoke of having visions—at four he saw God “put his head to the window”; around age nine, while walking through the countryside, he saw a tree filled with angels. Although his parents tried to discourage him from “lying,” they did observe that he was different from his peers and did not force him to attend conventional school. He learned to read and write at home. At age ten, Blake expressed a wish to become a painter, so his parents sent him to drawing school. Two years later, Blake began writing poetry. When he turned fourteen, he apprenticed with an engraver because art school proved too costly. One of Blake’s assignments as apprentice was to sketch the tombs at Westminster Abbey, exposing him to a variety of Gothic styles from which he would draw inspiration throughout his career. After his seven-year term ended, he studied briefly at the Royal Academy.

Blake’s description of a holographic universe, 200 years before we knew about holograms (from
Auguries of Innocence):

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour”
by Anne Kellas
is to be launched by Robert Cox

Date: Wednesday 16 December
at 5:30 p.m.

Venue:  Hobart Bookshop
22 Salamanca Square

Published by Walleah Press

Kings Cross Shorts 2016 START NOW!

Kings Cross Shorts 2016 - $1,000 minimum 1st Prize

Kings Cross Arts & Cultural Festival Inc (“kxacf”) has announced that as a result of a generous donation from a benefactor, the minimum first prize for Kings Cross Shorts 2016  will be $1,000 cash.

The Kings Cross Shorts 2016 winner will be announced during the week long Kings Cross Festival to be staged by kxacf in November 2016.

The basic rules for the film competition are:
* Film of 5 minutes duration
* Theme – “Kings Cross”
* Shot on location in 2011 postcode suburbs ( Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay and Woolloomooloo) and/or suburb of Darlinghurst
* Not previously exhibited
* Entry fee per film - $15

Entries will close mid October 2016 and a screening and award presentation night will be held in mid November 2016.

Further details will be announced as soon as possible.

The organising committee for the film competition headed jointly by Shane Briant and Magdalena Stamos are determined to bring additional sponsors on board to increase the prize pool.


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Rainer Maria Rilke Quote

Rainer Maria Rilke speaks for us all: “You must give birth to your images. They are the future waiting to be born. Fear not the strangeness you feel. The future must enter you long before it happens. Just wait for the birth, for the hour of the new clarity.”

Paris climate talks won't beat dangerous global warming but they will try to build a vehicle that can

Since Kyoto, the world has changed drastically.

As Australia’s lead UNFCCC negotiator Peter Woolcott pointed out last week, back in 1992 there were only three developing countries on the list of the world’s 12 biggest greenhouse gas emitters. Now there are seven.

China has replaced the US as the major global emitter and geopolitical power has shifted towards Asia.

So we need a new deal. COP21 in Paris is the culmination of years of work to get that deal done. This time, all countries are being asked to sign it and because the process works on a consensus approach, all parties need to agree or the deal dies.
The Climate Institute’s Erwin Jackson, who routinely attends UNFCC meetings, offered me a neat summary of how much further advanced the process is heading into Paris than at previous meetings.
At Copenhagen we had a draft agreement that was 200 pages long. At Kyoto it was 80 pages. At Paris, it’s 50 pages.
But there has also been a fundamental change in how the UNFCCC is trying to canvas agreement.
At Kyoto and at Copenhagen the UNFCCC was trying to impose targets to cut emissions from on high. This time the target-setting has been done by the countries themselves – a bottom-up approach.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Wilderness Society's PHOTO OF THE MONTH

IMAGE: Whale watching off Moreton Island, Queensland | Angela Schweikert
For a chance to see your own wilderness photo in the next issue of Wild News, email it to by Friday, 15 December with your name and short description. Good luck! Read the terms and conditions.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

'MIST' by Henry Thoreau


Low-anchored cloud,
Newfoundland air,
Fountain-head and source of rivers,
Dew-cloth, dream-drapery,
And napkin spread by fays;
Drifting meadow of the air,
Where bloom the daisied banks and violets,
And in whose fenny labyrinth
The bittern booms and heron wades;
Spirit of lakes and seas and rivers,—
Bear only perfumes and the scent
Of healing herbs to just men’s fields.
Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Tegan Bennett Daylight on Joan London

When I remember being a child and reading, I think first of sunlight, which I was always manoeuvring to be partly, though not wholly, in. This sunlight is always linked to quiet, to stillness. The sense of movement around me, but happening at a distance – my mother talking on the telephone (her voice louder as she strayed to the very end of the cord), or my sister using her sewing machine – the sort of movement that envelops you but allows you to be alone. The psychotherapist and writer Adam Phillips, referring to D. W. Winnicott’s essay ‘The Capacity to be Alone’ (1958), says that ‘the goal for the child is to be alone in the presence of the mother. For a long time this has seemed to me to be the single best definition of reading’.

Perhaps the best definition of good writing is the kind that recreates this safe aloneness, this suspended awareness of the self, this being lost but at the same time attached. We adult readers can go a long time between books that have this effect, and still be entertained and even inspired by what we read. But if we are lucky, every few years a book or a writer will appear that brings this sense back – a book that makes us feel as though that stillness in the centre of movement has been both captured and, in the act of reading, reproduced.

SNO120 - Exhibition of Non Objective Writing to 13th December