Poet Edwin Lee Mulligan tells the Dreamtime story of gas (in his words it’s a ‘poisonous lady’ we should not disturb), but it is more an elegy to a past that no longer exists. We have dredged up this mineral, along with others, and now the spirits are unhappy and the elders cannot “sing the rain”. In another segment we listen to Bill Grayden’s 1980 speech to the Aboriginal people of Noonkanbah; he’s chiding them for protesting about mining on their land, and promises the land will not be degraded. Of course we know now it will be – so many promises were broken and so many warnings about climate change went unheeded. It all makes for pretty bleak viewing. … [Read more...] about Cut the Sky review – angry and political story told through dance and theatre
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Writing on 15 September last year in the Base’s chatroom Tobin wrote: “Our whole purpose is gradual escalation and we’ve done absolutely fucking NOTHING. It’s time to stop fucking around and get serious. Between September 20-25 I want everyone who isn’t in a wheelchair to get out and act. Flyers, windows, and tires. Let’s take back our image of strength and cohesion.” … [Read more...] about Inside the Base: America’s neo-Nazi terror network laid bare
The Goop website explains: “This candle started as a joke between perfumer Douglas Little and GP—the two were working on a fragrance, and she blurted out, “Uhhh..this smells like a vagina”—but evolved into a funny, gorgeous, sexy, and beautifully unexpected scent. … [Read more...] about Candle that smells like a penis launches after Gwyneth Paltrow started selling a version based on her vagina scent
The £26bn calculation is based on the strength of the economy in March, when the calculation was last made by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), the government’s tax and spending watchdog. Growth has since slowed to stalling point, with a one in four chance Britain has already fallen into recession. The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) warned no-deal Brexit could cause a “severe downturn” and cause public borrowing to rise. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson says he’ll spend, but who will pay?
He has already engineered the loss of the Tories’ majority in the Commons and surrendered control of the legislative agenda to opposition MPs. His discomfort in parliament on Wednesday was palpable, although he tried to mask it with the usual repertoire of bluster. In one awkward peroration, the prime minister declared: “Britain needs sensible, moderate, progressive Conservative government.” Even by Mr Johnson’s standards it was a moment of exquisite hypocrisy, identifying precisely the Tory tradition that his agenda and methods seem certain to extinguish. … [Read more...] about The Guardian view on Tory purges: a historic betrayal