Archive for December, 2008

Ok Ok – I am a slack blogger but it’s the holidays and in a week my entire household will be packed into a truck – did I mention I am stressed?

I was thinking how slack I’ve been in regard to local arts – some might say ‘dismissive’  (actually they have). The Mahara Gallery is my local and I could have been more supportive. For a tiny underfunded gallery they do some pretty good shows. I was an idiot and missed the 2nd version of “the Real Art Road Show” there recently too. I see Matt Couper has a piece in it too which I would have liked to see. He was also the recent (very polite) recipient of an odd email from me (meant for another Matt) regarding a comparison of Star Wars to the Bible.

This is just indicative of the odd conversations I’ve been having lately

Topics include:
What is punk? Was Patti Smith punk ?(after seeing “The Blank Generation“)
Is the ukulele “deeply uncool”? Even after seeing this ? (hat tip Tony)
Star Wars, Tolkein, The Bible – contrast and compare
Best rock band of each decade from 1960’s to 2000’s
Why are Dunedin rental agents so awful?

Stemming from this I give you these gems

[The  rock band] debate could be like best religion or best pasta shape. Do you count non-theistic belief systems and gluten-free pasta? John Keys – saviour or admission of failure? Longboards, shortboards, bodyboards, body surfing or crowd surfing?…Rolling Stones or Beatles? Ginger or Mary Ann? Frida or Agnetha? Toss or Colin? ” – TC

“I heard those comparisons, too, but I don’t think they are so obvious. Plus, I don’t think people would accept a Hobbit as their Lord and Saviour! “– MB

India put the problems of suburban Palmy in perspective”. – TC

“I for one would welcome our Hobbit overlords”– Eusa

I’ve also come across a blog recently that is like hearing one side of a very personal conversation. Why?

I actually have many regrets about things I have not been able to do before leaving Wellington  – oh well. I’ll just put on Mr Vicious and Co and their version of My Way instead.

Dee Dee Ramone’s portrait of Sid

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The ukulele blog

Today we went to a Anything Vintage day at QEII Park. Ok – not much art but I kept thinking of the video I’d just seen of Gaylene Preston’s “War Stories” and Aunty Jean talking about the Marine camp at what is now QEII park and the tragic loss of life during a beach landing practice.

And that got me thinking of this ukulele song as performed by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.

Ok – maybe this blog should be “ukulele music in my life”…

I’ve been trying to play this today as I’ve just restrung my uke but my finger is 1/2 a cm shorter than it used to be and still quite tender so I have to work out a whole new way of playing. Slowgoing. For now I just like listening to Iz because its such a great song.

A friend was out on the waves today and this is for him too, because “facing the ocean” is a great concept for all of us, even those not braving the aquatic food chain.

NB: Item 2 of “4 things to do before I am 40” – Try surfing

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I guess I am more of a Solstice person than a Christmas one…still there’s plenty of Christmasy art around (and much less of the Solstice variety).

I found this interesting list when looking for a particular image. I couldn’t find what I was thinking of – a vague memory of the perfect Madonna and child but I did like this one:

The Small Cowper Madonna, c. 1505 Raphael

I like Mary’s expression, tiredness, sadness maybe. Although she isn’t looking at the child, its seems to me to be a mother’s face. They are both very blonde though…

All in all I guess you can’t go wrong on this subject matter when done by any of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

My 5-year-old daughter asked me today why there were no pictures of Jesus around even though its Christmas – good point actually. Too many Santas if you ask me. I wonder if there is a collective noun for Santas? A sleigh? A flurry?

Whatever tomorrow means to you and yours, try to relax and enjoy it.

I leave you with Dylan Thomas – A Child’s Christmas in Wales and “the close and holy darkness”

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I noticed*

I have given up hope of my books ever being shelved in order again and interesting permutations continue to arise. Yesterday I noticed that “All Visitor’s Ashore” was sitting right beside “Lauris Edmond: An Autobiography“.

 * I give up on numbering

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