Archive | March, 2013

A Mind in Pictures (part 2)

31 Mar

This is a continuation of this post. This is where the deep stuff starts to come out 🙂  As usual, click on the picture to get a larger one.


Yep, that’s Michael Klim’s chest exploding, giving birth to a baby that holds the world. Michael Klim is bald. I am not. So I added hair. I have an irrational distrust of men who shave their heads. Continue reading


A Mind in Pictures (Part 1)

24 Mar

From June 2011 to July 2012, I participated in a therapy group in a local clinic. The group met for two full days a week. One hour each week was dedicated to art therapy, during which we were invited to draw, paint, collage and so forth, usually based on some kind of theme. I’m going to publish here forty or so of the artworks I created in these sessions – half in this post, the other half to come. Each one took about forty-five minutes, so they represent a pretty unedited window into my state of mind. Click on the image for a larger version.


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An ‘Industry’ by Any Other Name (would still smell).

17 Mar

The current word of choice among those making theatre, for the theatre workplace, is definitely industry. It has become the default – so widely accepted that young students and not-so-young practitioners just refer to it as ‘the industry,’ dropping any reference to theatre, acting or even performance. In this post, I want to ask what unspoken assumptions go with that word, industry, and what the alternatives might imply.

I’ll admit it up front, I’ve never been a fan of the term industry since the Queensland University of Technology dropped the term art(s) in exchange for Creative Industries. Ultimately, you can of course call it what you want, but I think it’s prudent to be aware that what you call it affects how you perceive it, and how others perceive it, and legitimises a particular view of how theatre does and ought to work.

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10 Mar

Easter-time is gnocchi time, at least at the Pensalfini house in Brisbane.

Gnocchi were one of my favourite Italian foods growing up, and they’ve remained so. Gnocchi I’ve had in restaurants, including in Italy, have always been slightly disappointing… and those you can buy in supermarkets or speciality stores in vacuum sealed packets are not remotely worthy of the name.

Gnocchi are a kind of pasta which dates from Roman times at least, quite possibly of Middle-Eastern origin, though of course potato gnocchi would not have existed until the introduction of the potato to Europe in the sixteenth century. Continue reading

Shakespeare invented English

2 Mar

Well, obviously not, but it’s no more outrageous than the claims made, some in books by reputable publishers, that Shakespeare invented some thousands of words. Shakespeare may have invented some words, maybe even a few hundred, or he may have invented no words at all. The truth is we’ll never know. So what’s the source of these claims? Essentially it’s a confusion between written and spoken language, the assumption of the primacy of the written word, failing to understand that Shakespeare’s texts are now heavily edited, and a lack of understanding of how language changes and is documented.

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