New Podcast Episodes! Token Skeptic and Urban Legendary Now Out

It's been a busy few weeks, so here's a quick rundown of what's been going on - and here's the podcasts too!Urban Legendary 13 - a lot of content from the live radio shows I've been doing on local community radio, RTRFM! Including some vox pop from a protest rally held in my town about the new freeway they're trying to get going... and it's not going so well for the developers.I also spoke to author Nic Holas is a person living with HIV whose writing focuses on the contemporary gay … [Read more...]

Perth International Arts Festival – First Impressions, Or Pride (In The City) And Prejudice (Of Heights)

Of course, with the Token Skeptic blog  hosted in the atheist-section of Patheos, you can expect me to go "ah, Dawkins, coming to Perth for the first time" - but here's a few things that might be of interest to anyone who is wondering about stretching their wings a little when it comes to events that can challenge their mindset, beyond yet another well-known-white-guy-atheist touring.I love me a good festival, which is pretty much why you can spot me running about, collecting tickets, s … [Read more...]

One Day I Hope Not To SoundHound Everything, Ever (Playlists Of A Wobbly DJ)

New podcast out real soon - in fact, if you subscribe as a Patreon (for as little as $1!!) - you even get to suggest some songs I could play on the radio this Monday (Sunday afternoon for everyone in the USA; Monday breakfast time for everyone east coast Australia).On the topic of playing music for everyone else - today I was editing some audio with a deadline of about an hour before it went to air, and I got to hear a bit of a conversation between two people who actually knew something abou … [Read more...]

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

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!

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!

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

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

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

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...]