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We go ga-ga for Ruby Woo


The Puppini Sisters

Having recently discovered The Puppini Sisters, I cannot keep my mouth shut any longer: they are officially the coolest thing since ice.

The Sisters are a three-piece vocal group from the UK who are at the forefront of the Vintage Revival currently sweeping the country (and fast catching on here). Marcella, Kate and Steph give a 20s-30s-40s treatment to many well-known tracks, beautiful renditions of standards such asMr. Sandman and Bei Mir Bist Du Schon to simply incredible re-imaginings of songs like Crazy In Love, Wuthering Heights, Heart of Glass and, my personal favourite, Walk Like An Egyptian. Their most recent album, The Rise and Fall of Ruby Woo (a reference to a MAC Cosmetics lipstick favoured by the gals… and Robert Smith of The Cure, if you can believe their Wiki entry) also includes several original compositions which are equally stunning and showcase their close-harmony style to great effect.

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Posted by Robert on Feb 29th 2008 | Filed in Music,News,People,Style | Comments (0)

Australian Surrealism – The Agapitos/Wilson collection



 Max Dupain, Doll’s Head & Goat Skull. Silver gelatin photograph, c.1935

The National Gallery of Australia is currently hosting an incredible exhibition of Australian Surrealist works from the Agapitos/Wilson collection, offering the chance to view some of the country’s most outstanding yet rarely exhibited pieces of 20th century art from the likes of Dupain, Gleeson, Nolan and Klippel. 

As exhibition curator Elena Taylor tells us via the NGA website “The story of Surrealism in Australia has until recently remained largely unknown. It was only in 1993 with the National Gallery of Australia’s exhibition Surrealism: revolution by night that the extent of Surrealist practice in this country was revealed. That seminal exhibition led the Sydney collectors James Agapitos, OAM, and Ray Wilson, OAM, to focus their energies towards collecting Australian Surrealist art. Assembled with intellect and passion, their collection became the largest and most important repository of Australian Surrealist art in private hands.”

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Posted by Robert on Feb 28th 2008 | Filed in Art,Events | Comments (0)

Don’t burn your liberties… or your absinthe!

On the heels of much media coverage with regard to alcohol abuse and binge drinking, Perth Now – part of the News Corporation stable, has reported that some Western Australian bars are undergoing a self-regulatory move to prohibit binge drinking of straight spirits.

HOTELS are banning shots of liquor in a bid to ease alcohol-fuelled violence.

Straight nips of spirits like vodka, tequila or absinthe have been removed from sale in various Perth venues because they have been irresponsibly misused.

Health Minister Jim McGinty supports the measure.

He said the Government would consider supporting submissions to the Director of Liquor Licensing to force venues with a history of violence to stop serving shots of liquor.

Mr McGinty said the Government would also consider supporting possible legislation.

Now, the absinthe snob in me says that any move to shift the consumption of absinthe away from flaming shots to more genteel methods of consumption where a decent absinthe might be appreciated is a good move in the right direction.

However, the libertarian in me objects to the manner of its execution, which is bordering on a neo-prohibitionist attitude by a state government.


“Franz, du dummkopf- ve told you not to burn ze absinth!”

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Posted by Jonathan on Feb 25th 2008 | Filed in News,Regulations | Comments (0)

A film with brains… brains… brains…


“A young zombie named Otto appears on a remote highway. He has no idea where he came from or where he is going. After hitching a ride to Berlin and nesting in an abandoned amusement park, he begins to explore the city. Soon he is discovered by underground filmmaker Medea Yarn, who begins to make a documentary about him with the support of her girlfriend, Hella Bent, and her brother Adolf, who operates the camera. Meanwhile, Medea is trying to finish “Up with Dead People,” the epic political-porno-zombie movie that she has been working on for years. She convinces its star, Fritz Fritze, to allow the vulnerable Otto to stay in his guest bedroom. When Otto discovers that there is a wallet in his back pocket that contains information about his past, before he was dead, he begins to remember a few details, including memories of his ex-boyfriend, Rudolf. He arranges to meet him at the schoolyard where they met, with devastating results.”

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Posted by Robert on Feb 21st 2008 | Filed in Art,Events,News,People | Comments (0)

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