If This Is Fascism, Leunig – I’ll Take Community Immunity, Thanks.

Kaz Cooke on Leunig

Leunig is a funny one, as they say over here in Australia.We all seem to love the man with the teapot and the duck; the aphorisms and the poetry, and the simple line drawings that have been around ever since I was a child. I even enjoyed seeing a documentary about him and his influence on Australian cartooning, done a while back.Then as an English teacher, this cartoon about creches was used in an examination ("thoughts of a baby lying in a child-care centre"), with the request … [Read more...]

REVIEW – Tim Minchin with Lucky Oceans And Friends Sonic Sessions at Fremantle Town Hall

Second row, Fremantle one-off gig. Definitely a special night. I got what was probably the last ticket available - this is for the Angry (Feet) gang!I'm a long-time Fremantle girl - I went to university there, I fell in love for the first time there, I know the place backwards as I've run around all of it when I couldn't afford to drive (and still do to some extent these days - just a little less since my local shops have improved in quality, the council built a huge library, and the advent o … [Read more...]

Questioning The Efficacy of Homeopathy? Be A Skeptical Pirate!

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For a call-to-action, you have to be pretty desperate to make fun of my support of local fashion designers when complaining that there should be more support for homeopathy in Australia: "We have a very special sceptic here Down Under. She is trained in media, partly in psychology and likes to be photographed in shirts or headbands featuring skulls for crying out loud. I never dreamed that my profession would be attacked and attempted to be brought down by someone dressing like pirate!" [Big … [Read more...]

Urban Legendary Podcast #10 – And Live On Radio Tonight!

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Just a quick head's-up as to what's going down - firstly, Urban Legendary Podcast, Episode #10 is out! Our bodies can express our identity – how we dress it, to what we put on it – is living art. Examining this body art/modification subculture is photographer Alia Coate’s latest exhibition – The Wearers. Her subjects from both regional and metropolitan communities across Tasmania illustrate body art as a form of identity. Alia joined me to discuss The Wearers. **** The Perth Freight Link is a … [Read more...]

Live-Blogging Ladies’ Comic Book Club Panel At #SwanCon

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The Ladies' Comic book club started when friends began when a visit by one of three originators to Melbourne to a pre-existing club, which led to the creation of the one in Perth. Violet couldn't be here today, but she is the one responsible for most of the photo graphics, the events and everything. Billie is also an artist too, which is useful for an illustrator's perspective.It's been two months open, but the club has been running since December, where they thought of the image and the … [Read more...]

Behind The Scenes And At The Start Of Perth’s #FringeWorld

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Women And Ghostbusters #NotMyGhostbusters

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Just a brief little blogpost on the topic (I'm heading out today to help behind the scenes at the Perth Fringe World Festival) in regards to what I think will happen with the film:There will be people (mostly guys, from what I see on Twitter) who don't like the idea of a reboot at all, let alone one featuring a primarily female cast. I dither about liking reboots myself - the next Fantastic Four doesn't thrill me, for example. I'm just waiting for the solid facedesk the world will make … [Read more...]

Podcast, Yet More Podcast And Australia Day Radio

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First, the podcast-y things:The pilot episode of a new project for the Atheist Foundation of Australia, the AtheistAus Podcast! It features:* A chat with Greta Christina about her new book, Comforting Thoughts That Have Nothing To Do With God. * International correspondent, Paul Fidalgo - whose secular and atheist news and cutting edge blogging can be found on iMortal on Patheos blogs and on the The Morning Heresy. * Local Australian news and a round-up on what's popular on the AFA foru … [Read more...]

It’s All Happening In 2015 – Radio And Podcast Update

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There's a number of my interviews starting to pop up more regularly on RTRFM, the local arts/culture radio station, this year. Not bad for a podcaster with a distinct science-philosophy tendency in her shows!I'll be on the air from 9am-noon on Mondays, in a live-to-air show called the Morning Magazine, for the foreseeable future. For those of you in the USA, that's 9pm-midnight East Coast time, and noon-3pm East Coast Australia time. I occasionally do an earlier show, called Snooze Button, … [Read more...]

At #GenghisConPerth and RTRFM’s #DistantMurmurs

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Open House Perth Adventures 2014

Ooof, it's been a busy, busy month - but I'm overwhelmingly happy along with "being busy" and it's going to remain that way for a while, I think, because not only did the book funding meet its target (I threw a bunch of thanks online via social media, but in case that was missed - thanks again!) but I'm getting closer to the end of term and have a draft book edited and ready for revisions already!Here's a few photos of what I've been up to over the weekend. This is the annual Open House … [Read more...]


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