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Liar Liar

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I follow the excellent Tony Martin on The Twitter. Today he posted a link to a video that he did for the GristMill folk. You may not know them by their business name, but you are likely to have encountered the work of Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope (THE LIBRARIANS and VERY SMALL BUSINESS). I […]

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Dramatic Pictures

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Most of the news coverage from the Christchurch Earthquake in New Zealand has been excellent. The stories are tragic and many of the images are harrowing. They raise in us, the audience, strong emotions. We want to help the people who are going through the aftermath of a terrible event. The ability to identify with […]

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Monetize Now!

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The Internet, like much of the aboveground bits of this swiftly tilting planet*, is chock-full of folk wishing to sell me their wares. Please note, the latter part of the previous sentence used to be, “chock-full of clueless dim bulbs trying to flog me their dodgy crap.” But it’s FebFast see and I’m trying to […]

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Fragile Egos – Handle With Care

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Some quick thoughts on the storm in a teacup that is the reaction to Ricky Gervais’s performance as Golden Globes host on Monday. In the approximately five years it has taken Gervais to become well-known in the United States he has made it clear that his sense of humour is neither polite nor deferential. Some […]

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Welcome to the Minitropolis

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This very week, I complained to a friend about not being able to buy a meal past 9.30 pm. We’d been to a flick that started at 7pm, it was after work so there wasn’t sufficient time to make or even buy dinner. By the time the screening was over, all non-fast-food options were closed […]

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Short Films: Local and Global

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If you’re a West Australian film type you’ll be at one of two places this evening, September 30th 2010. The first is at Luna Cinema in Leederville checking out the short films made by the graduating class of the WA Screen Academy and performed by the 3rd year students of WAAPA. The theme is Transformations. […]

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Tweeting Bond

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Last month I had an Orange Alert Man Flu. I was watching the James Bond-athon that Channel 7 has been running. It was LICENCE TO KILL (1989) which I had never seen before. I was feeling annoyed by its wretchedness, so I began tweeting about it. (Twitter haters may leave now.) Tristan from that excellent […]

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Slap Happy

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Some quick thoughts on the Slap Chop.  NOTE: If you don’t know what that is or how it works spend some time watching the famous infomercial (below). You’ll get it before the first minute is over. The Slap Chop seems okay. I don’t like it quite as much as Vince does. But Vince also likes […]

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Self-Paced

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When I was in Primary School back in the 1970s in Western Australia, I went to a school that taught reading comprehension in all the usual ways but also used an American teaching aid that we referred to colloquially as SRA cards, but an hour or research on the ol’ internet has persuaded me that […]

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Top Hat

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While World Cup Fever has swept your home and your nights are awash with chanting fans and the hum of the vuvuzela, Little Dorrit Fever has infected my abode. Fear not Dickensaphobes. Although I think this 2008 adaptation of Charles Dickens serial novel by television writer Andrew Davies for the Beeb has much to recommend […]