Quiggin plays City Hall

Tonight I went along to see a speech by John Quiggin, an Economics Professor from Qld University. The talk was one in a series put on by BrisScience, who provide regular free talks on a range of topics related to science. These have proved to be so popular that they have had to shift from…

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Booklaunching in Brisbane

This Tuesday night at 6.00pm, I am attending a booklaunch at the Avid Reader bookshop in West End in Brisbane. The book being launched is “The Infernal Optimist”, the latest novel by Linda Jaivin. I get to introduce the author, who will then speak a bit about her book. Please like & share:

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One

Very sad news of the unexpected death of Grant McLennan over the weekend, one of the two songwriters from legendary Brisbane band the Go-Betweens. The band’s six albums through the 1980s coincided with the time when I was most heavily involved with the Brisbane music scene. The Go-Betweens were viewed then – and still now…

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Brisbane Tunnel(s)

I thought the evidence was pretty obvious by now that spending massive amounts of money on freeways, tunnels and extra road space inevitably just leads to more people using cars, with a corresponding increase in pollution levels and a return to the traffic congestion levels that were used to justify the major roadworks in the…

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New runway for Brisbane airport

The Courier-Mail has run a lot of stories about the possible noise impacts of a new parallel runway at Brisbane airport. It is understandable that resident of inner Brisbane (like myself) would be concerned about this, but something that will affect everybody is the potential greenhouse emission consequences.

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The Streets of My Town

My hometown newspaper, the Courier-Mail, went from broadsheet to tabloid this week, which is a significant change. The paper has been running advertisements on Brisbane television to promote it. A feature of the adverts is the song “Streets of Your Town” by the Go-Betweens. Please like & share:

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Radio – live transmission

Tomorrow (Saturday) I get to relive a bit of my youth, when I spend an hour guest programming on Brisbane community radio station 4ZzZ from 5pm to 6pm, so if you’re in Brisbane, try listening in at 102.1 on the FM dial. I promise I won’t just play an hour of Nick Cave. 4ZZZ was…

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Premier Pete

When I was down at the shops this morning getting my mail and buying papers, I ran into Queensland Premier Peter Beattie and his wife Heather. (I may have mentioned before that I live in the adjoining suburb –he lives up the top of the hill and I live at the bottom). They looked like…

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Joh Bjelke II– the creative legacy

The article by Liz Willis* in the Sydney Morning Herald which I mentioned at the end of my previous post on Joh Bjelke-Petersen has prompted me to write a bit more on one specific aspect of the Bjelke-Petersen years – what Liz called “a remarkable oppositional culture manifested in music, theatre and art; media, comedy…

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Funding for Autism

After spending most of last week on the road, I was keen to have a bit of time at home, especially as I am travelling again on Monday, heading to Adelaide for a range of meetings before going to the Baxter detention centre again on Tuesday. On Friday night I went with some friends to…

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night creatures, sunshine and cricket

Do you play cricket? or ever wondered what happens when the night creatures come out to play in the sunshine? Tomorrow (Sunday) I engage in one of my far too infrequent attempts to do ‘other’ things that aren’t politics. I’ll be playing in a trial game for a not-overly-serious- but-still-formally-organised cricket competition. This cricket competition…

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Oriel Park – now & then

Thursday saw a slight change of plan, meaning I got to spend more time in Brisbane and even got a few hours free in the afternoon. I took my daughter down to the park for a while. For years, I always assumed I’d leave Brisbane and move somewhere else, but there was always some reason…

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