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Creative revival in Europe

October 23rd, 2009 No Comments

There is a palpable sense of decline, decay and even a little despair in Europe. I’ve spent the past few weeks passing through major centres such as Dublin, London and Cologne and made a few side trips. The recession is hitting, creative communities are suffering and yet they’re demonstrating initiative and resilience at a time […]

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In today’s SMH

March 16th, 2009 7 Comments

It’ts been a little quiet around here as i’ve been on the road for most of the last couple of weeks. For anyone who might be interested i’ve written a little opinion piece in todays’ Sydney Morning Herald. The themes will probably be a little familiar to anyone who regularly reads the posts here. But […]

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Board room bars?

February 2nd, 2009 4 Comments

My musing from friday about recessions and their cultural consequences has been picked up in a few places. It’s been republished both in today’s Crikey and over at Larvatus Prodeo. Further to that post, I’ve been thinking a little more about the implications of the global financial crisis on our cities and our cultural life… […]

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The culture of hard times

January 30th, 2009 9 Comments

From my small air conditioned bubble in a sweltering Melbourne the abstract economic gloom of stock shocks and far away corporate collapses is getting less and less abstract with each passing day. Anecdotal reports of jobs drying up, businesses closing, incomes evaporating and people fast becoming un or underemployed are mounting around me. It is […]

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