Archive for January, 2005

Elhigrah: Stories from the Brisbane Sudanese Community

January 23, 2005

On at the MoB till the 6th February.

A set of simply told stories, wonderfully augmented with portraits of their new lives. Powerful examples of people getting on with their lives, if they’re just given their freedom.

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200km City: from Noosa to the Tweed

January 23, 2005

On at the MoB till the 30th January.

A modern history of the south east of Queensland, starring the car.

The exhibit is made up of a number of different perspectives of the area, how we live, how we travel etc. The most enthralling part for me were the nostalgic photographs and sketches of Brisbane being created, being able to recognize buildings and areas that are completely different today.

Isle of Refuge

January 23, 2005

On at the MoB till the 6th February.

Artistic responses to the treatment of refugees in Australia. What a digitally created set of escalators or a guy humping the ground have to do with refugees is beyond me.

Give it a skip.

I Heart Huckabees

January 23, 2005

A fun, quirky, sometimes interesting but ultimately sentimental story of the search for the meaning of life. Very much worth seeing.

Europe, A History, by Norman Davies.

January 16, 2005

After literally years of piecemeal reading, I’ve finally finished this history. `From the ice age to the atomic age’ is the best description I’ve read of its coverage.

The writing style is interesting, a little dry in the main text, but very human in the tables which litter each chapter.

It’s the sort of book that I’ll have to read a few times over my life to truly appreciate.

Veruca Salt

January 5, 2005

At the Zoo. Supported by Dakota Star and Lovejoy.

Lovejoy were great, I got into them pretty quickly. Especially their bass guitarist, there’s something very sexy about a woman with six foot of wood and steel hanging around her shoulders. And then there were the fishnets.

Next up, Dakota Star. It took me a little while to get into these guys, their pretentious (wearing headphones!) drummer was drowning out the lovely front woman.

And then, there were Veruca Salt themselves. Lovely Louise, and absolutely stunning Eva, doing the bass bit for the Australia tour.

Just don’t make me pick between the two bass players.

Blade Trinity.

January 4, 2005

Best Blade movie ever. Or at least, best out of all three. Sword fights, cool weapons, personal interactions. Some very chilling blackmail scenes, which is what vampires are about, at least in the WHO tradition.

Oh, and comedy!

Just awesome.

New Years Resolution

January 1, 2005

Be nicer to Tinni.

It’s OK, I’m sure I can hold out for the expected length of these resolutions.