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US Visit March 2012: The “I won a free trip” tour!

December 15th, 2011 1 Comment

Thanks, most unexpectedly, to the lovely folks at Virgin Australia¬†who are giving me a Free Trip to New York (i won a competition, would you believe it?) i will be heading state-side again early in the new year. I’m keen to meet with and talk cities, urbanism and geekery with audiences of artists, architects, urbanists, […]

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Thoughts for politicians in search of a cheap arts policy

September 27th, 2010 No Comments

Another one of my pre-election pieces for The Age. I really have been slack in updating things here. THE perception at election time is that politicians can get ahead only by rolling out the pork barrel and spending up big. But while we’d all love more money for the arts, there are a lot of […]

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Renew Newcastle on Sunday Arts Video

July 6th, 2009 2 Comments

The Renew Newcastle project that i have been working on in my home town of Newcastle was featured on the ABC TV Sunday’s Arts program. Over the course of the last 6 month or so we’ve set up a scheme that has taken over nearly 20 formerly empty buildings in Newcastle and made them available […]

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Broken Newcastle Map

April 8th, 2008 9 Comments

Following on from previous frustrations, I returned to Newcastle on the weekend. Returning to Newcastle after any length of time away, the startling thing is just how badly shattered the CBD has actually become. When you live in Newcastle it is easy to become almost blind to the fact that the majority of the two […]

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Does anyone in Newcastle have vacant real estate?

April 8th, 2008 6 Comments

Apparently not. I’ve long been advocating a more enlightened approach to liquor licensing in NSW and particularly in my home town of Newcastle. I’m convinced (and convinced i can convince most people) that a more diverse culture (and i mean everything from punk venues to jazz clubs) of drinking, dining, music, art and entertainment is […]

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