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A crisis is a terrible thing to waste (Help – i’m crowdfunding a book!)

July 7th, 2013 36 Comments

First let’s cut the chase: I’m crowd-funding a book and everything below is an attempt to get you to give me money or stuff.  Just go here and do it if you don’t want the long explanation. The longer version is I’ve spent the last two years working to build Renew Australia up into a successful  […]

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Lonely Planet: Newcastle one of the hottest cities in the world!?

October 31st, 2010 19 Comments

Sometimes something so amazing happens that you pinch yourself. As regular readers — and irregular ones, anyone who has known me or met me or had the misfortune to be stuck next to me in transit for an hour  – will know if i have one obsession in life it’s with my home town of Newcastle. […]

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Cities of Initiative, cities as festivals, hammers and nails

October 18th, 2010 8 Comments

I’ve been meaning to write a long essay about this for a while but stumbled at figuring out exactly who would publish it. So brain dump follows… One of the things that my friend, collaborator, enabler, and founding Renew Newcastle board member Craig Allchin has pointed out to me many times is that is that i used […]

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What’s so special about Opera? [My Festival of Dangerous Ideas Speech]

October 6th, 2010 7 Comments

What follows is the text of the speech i gave at the Sydney Opera House’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas. This is pretty much a straight cut and paste of my speech notes so it may not read all that well on the screen to others and is inevitably full of typos, poor punctuation and general […]

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In Praise of Unpopular Culture

October 5th, 2010 9 Comments

Hand made Nick Cave, by Lucy of Newcastle. MEMO to anyone tempted to frame a cultural debate as a choice between “high art” and “popular culture”: don’t bother; you are missing the point. It’s not just that the terms are frustratingly polarising or that they frame the world as a simple hierarchy of quality based […]

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Renew Newcastle and TINA

August 28th, 2009 No Comments

Classic TINA program from 2002 – my last year in charge. The 1st-5th of October is the time to be in Newcastle. Renew Newcastle is working up a series of events that will take place over the This Is Not Art Festival weekend. We’ll be running tours, talking about and showing off the project for […]

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Unpaid? Unremarkable.

March 31st, 2009 10 Comments

My comments here about the proposed billion dollar redevelopment of the Sydney Opera House have attracted more than the usual amount of attention as has Ben Eltham’s post about the same subject over at Larvatus Prodeo. Comments on both sites have come from people who are working or have worked at the Opera House or […]

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