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Whatever we could say about Ella, she’d write it better. See,
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making three. Well we made it Francis – issue three, and I don’t think I’ve ever been as
proud as I am, to have my name on anything, as I am to have my name on this issue of
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MYTH, SONGS & STORIES The lost philosophies of Australia
who has helped put this together, I’m so impressed I could spew. Hobart I love you.
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ROOM JUST TILED WORDS ELLA KEARNEY ILLUSTRATION AARON WASIL
GUMTREE IS A HANDY WEBSITE, PARTICULARLY IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SUCH ITEMS AS A BATTERY OPERATED BIONIC ARM OR AN ‘ATTRACTIVE SCULPTED CERAMIC CLOWN’. ATTRACTIVE WAS WRITTEN IN CAPITALS. AMONGST THE DETRITUS YOU CAN ALSO FIND YOURSELF A HOUSEMATE. HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO GET THE BALL ROLLING… BEWARE THE CONTIKI TOUR/LYNX WEARING/FAKE TITTY LOVING GUYS: These guys often have an image of a car, of them looking stern but ‘sexy’, of their Bali trip, or with their tongue out, attached to their Gumtree profile. They also present the opportunity of living with them as a prize. Mike*, a Gold Coast resident, wrote on his profile ‘I have everything you could need to set up a new home except a kool new house mate on my level’. Oh, so what is your level Mike? Are you awesome? How does one attain your level of ‘kool-ness’? Perhaps when you meet Mike, he has set up a series of tests to see if you’re as cool as him, if you pass, you might be able to share in Mike’s Ralph collection and marvel at his unwavering ability to pick up with the biggest turds in the club. TELL ME MORE: After trawling the site I noticed that when advertising for a housemate people really go to town describing their personal attributes. ‘I’m reliable, honest, friendly, diligent, organized, tidy, trustworthy, laid-back…did I mention friendly?’ One lady rambled on about her likes and dislikes for a paragraph and tacked ‘room just been tiled’ on the end. Another person gave a detailed description
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of their astrological personality – ‘I’m a Leo/
spend endless hours with you. These can be
Virgo cusp, my birthstone is ruby, I’m a fire sign
the typical kinds of questions about cleaning/
ascendant…’. There was a trend in the Gold Coast
working hours/music but should also extend to
ads for people to make it explicit that they were
silent tests. Have some Arnotts assortment biscuits
Australian. One guy, Ryan*, listed the features of
on the coffee table, see how many they eat and
his house and finished with an explanation that his
which they choose. If they go for orange cream,
other housemate was a Kiwi – as though this be a
they’re either too embarrassed to put it back or
deal breaker for most.
they’re quite strange. If they say ‘fo sho’ (for sure) after everything you say, kindly lead them to the
CAN I GET YOU A DRINK?
door. Footwear is also a wonderful indication of
After getting past the initial e-mail or text message
character – if they are wearing what I like to call
it’s time to meet up with your potential housemate.
hybrids (shoes which are comfortable yet ‘smart’, which take you from day-to-night) they are going
to be pedantic do-gooders. Scratch a line through
This is where you try to come across as the coolest/
their name. Last but not least, set up a bonding
most intelligent version of yourself possible. If
activity like Twister or Monopoly. If they haven’t
anyone who knew you well was listening in, you’d
thrown their money at you toward the end of a
probably be slightly embarrassed. ‘So…Ella…what
heated game of Monopoly, you’ve got a good’n.
music do you like?’ Me: ‘(thoughts: Tupac, Biggie, a little Destiny’s…) …Oh, Radiohead, Hot Chip… you know’. You also want to come across as really easy-going, I’m so laid-back, ‘oh no I’d never come home drunk and fall asleep between you and your girlfriend, no, that’s not me…at all’. As tempting as it is to suck up, try not to make a comment about every item in the house, ‘Oh that toilet brush holder is nice, oh I like that toilet paper too…ohh are they sanitary napkins?’ This is, however, a good time to scan around the house and make judgements about the kind of person this homeowner might be. Dolphin corner = get the fuck outta there. Medieval ornaments/figurines = see dolphin corner. INTERVIEWER: You need to have a few questions prepped. This stranger will see you naked, drink from the same cup, hear you crying bout cha baby’daddy and
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What is the chemical symbol for sodium?
What year did Myer Hobart burn down?
A group of cats is called a clowder, a group of kittens is called a what?
Who is the lead singer of The Cure?
What year did Polaroid stop making film?
Who am I? I was nicknamed the ‘Australian Jim Morrison’, and in 1997 I died in a mysterious wanking accident.
What does LSD stand for?
In Seinfeld, what was Kramer’s first name?
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TJURUNGA BURNING WORDS ZANE PINNER ILLUSTRATION AARON WASIL
THE WIPING OUT OF THE TASMANIAN ABORIGINE WAS THE RESULT OF ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE GENOCIDES IN RECORDED HISTORY. THIRTEEN DISTINCT LANGUAGE GROUPS WERE DECIMATED IN TASMANIA, TO THE POINT WHERE WE KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT THEM TODAY.
One aspect that was lost, (amongst so many others) was their myth, songs and stories – their philosophy. Little has been written about Aboriginal philosophy, and even less about the belief systems of the Tasmanian Aborigine. The question is this; in losing this knowledge, did we miss out on an anthropological novelty – or did we destroy a key influence on the world’s cultural evolution, one that may have helped us avoid the grim issues that now threaten the survival of the human race? By killing off the Tasmanian Aborigines, did the colonists inadvertently doom all mankind? Consider how much our incidental immersion in religion and philosophy influences for the way we live now, even in the most unreligious of ways. For instance, if somebody tells me a juicy bit of gossip, my first response is often ‘Jesus!’ If I get a parking fine, my first response is ‘Jesus fucking Christ’. Not very religious and a bit offensive, sure, but my point is that the concept of ‘Jesus’ obviously exists somewhere in my consciousness. I know what Ramadan is. I’ve visited Buddhist temples and watched movies featuring Shao Lin monks. I’ve read the word ‘thetan’. I might never think about any of these things, but the fact is that these concepts
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have entered my brain at some stage of my life.
Aboriginal philosophy could be classed as a
Some may have influenced my behaviour in some
natural philosophy of narrative – natural in that
way, even unconsciously. I get drunk at Christmas,
it evolved intact amongst people who used it to
sure. I know a guy with Buddhist symbols tattooed
inform their understanding of the everyday world.
on his biceps, which means I avoid him at parties. I
You’ve heard of the Dreaming (or the Dreamtime).
find Tom Cruise funny. The point is that these ideas
A rough summary of the Dreaming, as I understand
have stuck in the collective consciousness and
it, is that it was a period in which reality was being
their reverberations are felt in our day to day lives
constantly recreated through song and stories.
and in the minutiae of modern culture.
The sharing of stories and songs reinforces reality and perpetuates the existence of the world by
It is undeniable that the culture we are immersed
recreating the creation of the land. Dreamings
in is the result of the influence of philosophy and
are both ‘written’ into and emanate from the
religion – and many other types of knowledge – on
landscape. Dreamings provide the blueprint for
an evolving species. Regional myths explored what
all that exists, provide explanations about the
it means to be human, our relationship with the
fundamental nature of the world, and most
universe and our relationships with each other.
importantly here, provide a tangible philosophy
Many of the myths were transposed, bastardised
– a guide to living rather than a series of abstract
and Chinese-whispered down through history.
propositions. In the guide to living, the importance
Because of this organic transference of knowledge,
of storytelling cannot be overstated.
the myths are spread throughout modern culture. Post-modern society seamlessly incorporates ideas
What if this set of beliefs was actually on the right
from an uncountable range of sources and many of
track to understanding the fundamental nature
the ideas that guide the laws and cultures of today
of human consciousness? Would it matter that
can be traced back to religious or philosophical
it has been surgically removed from the melting
myths. When was the last time you heard or read
pot of evolution? Philosophical ideas pulled the
the phrase ‘David and Goliath’? What about any of
human race through many stages of evolutionary
the following words: meditate, zombie, marriage,
development, by offering ideological frameworks,
nirvana, heaven? You can get six Heavens delivered
or ideas about how the world works, up for testing.
with a pizza. Truth. Take the idea that linear time is a fundamental part One philosophy evolved naturally and in isolation
of the human experience. You know how a calendar
(as far as we know), away from the influence of
works, right? The notion of linear time is indebted
the other belief systems which have cross-
to the Christian belief that the universe had a
pollinated into the major religions we know today.
beginning. World-views based in cyclical time have
This philosophy was left unspoiled by external
been held by Buddhists, Hindus and many other
influence for thousands of years. As a result, its
cultures throughout history. Interestingly enough,
ideas are markedly different from any of the
the world-view of the Aborigine has no reference to
established philosophies we are generally
time whatsoever; there is no temporal organisation
at all, and in this, Aboriginal philosophy is unique.
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This world-view directly challenges the assumption
wonder if we’ve got enough money to pay for
that time is a universal experience, and it raises
popcorn. Take a second to assess the story of
questions about how time is naturally experienced
humanity up to the present day.
– questions we could have had answers to. These ideas, regardless of which one you believe,
How do you think this story will play out? It’s
provided a way for us to think about time, to
hard not to be cynical; the environment has been
investigate it, and to incorporate our findings into
stripped and tortured, species are failing on all
sides, the oceans are nearly fished out and in the face of rapidly declining resources, the worldwide
WHAT IF THE WORLD MISSED OUT ON A SET OF IDEAS THAT COULD HAVE DRAMATICALLY INFLUENCED THE PROGRESSION OF THE HUMAN RACE? WHAT IF CHRISTIANITY HAD NEVER EXISTED? OR TAOISM? OR NAZISM? WOULD THE WORLD BE ANY DIFFERENT? YOU RECKON?
population continues to grow and grow. The division of rich and poor, the proliferation of military strength, more reality television – on the face of it, the future for humanity looks pretty grim. If you were telling the story of the world, would you have it evaporate in a blaze of war or rot away in desperate hunger? Newsflash: you are telling
One thing we may have missed out on, in the
the story of the world. But is it still possible to get
destruction of Aboriginal philosophy, is the ability
everyone on the same page?
to experience the world as a timeless global narrative. If every person based their decisionmaking on the progression of such a narrative, the story of the human race, then there would presumably be a much more utilitarian approach to the way we live our lives. Taking care of the environment would be of the highest priority. Avoiding war would be of the highest priority. Ensuring prosperity for all would be of the highest priority. Giving every individual the means to contribute would be of the highest priority. Instead, we’re eating, fighting and fucking humanity into the past. It is very easy to imagine the total destruction of the human race. If there was a global narrative which every person subscribed to, then the possibility of human extinction would be an abhorrence which we all worked continuously to avoid. Instead, we make movies about it and
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COOKING WITH... LISA SINGH AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY SENATOR FOR TASMANIA
AFTER RETURNING HOME FROM CANBERRA, LISA SINGH TAKES SOME TIME OUT TO UNWIND IN THE KITCHEN ON A SUNNY SATURDAY AFTERNOON. SHE PREPARES HER SIGNATURE ‘I’LL BRING THE’ COUSCOUS SALAD; A DISH AS FRESH AS IT IS HEARTY.
the same amount. Add a tablespoon of oil, a whole lemon, salt and pepper and two cups of water. Stir that up, make sure the couscous is covered, and let it sit for 15 minutes to absorb everything. Do this first and then you can make the rest while the couscous is soaking. Chop a couple of cloves of garlic, a red onion (two
if they’re small ones), and add to a large bowl some roasted capsicum. In an ideal world I would roast
my own, but to save time I get some nice marinated
ones from Italian Pantry in North Hobart which
Salt & pepper Garlic
Now I add two handfuls of basil, I have used
parsley before when basil wasn’t available, which
makes the dish take on a bit more of a sharper
taste. Now a handful of currents, I love the
sweetness they add. Then we add some slivered
almonds, these add the most amazing texture to
Red wine vinegar
Now we need to dress the mix – first I add the red wine vinegar, just a dash, like a couple of tea
This salad declares war on boring with its mix of
spoons, then the olive oil; you can never have
diverse flavours; rich vegetables are excited by
too much olive oil. I recently got some really nice
sweet currents, set against a filling backdrop of
Tasmanian olive oil from a vineyard on the way out
couscous which dazzles thanks to a charming use
to Coles Bay. It really is the olive oil that glues this
of lemon. It’s like turbo good. The summery dish
dish together and gives it a really smooth texture.
has been a long time favourite, explains the
Now finally I add a bit more lemon. By now the
couscous should be nice and fluffy, mix into the rest of the salad and serve. It’s a very attractive
‘My family cook a lot of curries which are so good
dish with specs of colour popping out of the
I wouldn’t dare to try and recreate them myself,
couscous. This can be served as a main course or
so when I cook for my family I usually try and
a side dish’.
make dishes that they wouldn’t normally make themselves. The couscous salad is always popular. Place half a box of couscous into a large bowl. Half a box is fine as a measurement, they’re all about
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PUSSY MADNESS INTERVIEW EDEN FAIRBROTHER PHOTOGRAPH DANIEL BUTCHER
an animal that might require a little more work. Yes a lot of people prefer kittens for the most part, but that’s usually when young families come in. And there is the cute factor of course! So what happens when people come in here, do they choose the cats or do the cats choose them? Well its really interesting to see what happens. We recently adopted out a five-year-old cat named Goblet to a family that came in with a disabled boy. The cat had never been raised with children and he got up and made a beeline straight to this child and sat on his lap. He did this twice, so he obviously knew that he had something to contribute to the family and this was the person that needed him the most. And it was awesome because he is going So I’m walking down the street and this cat comes
to enrich that boy’s life with the affection and love
up to me with all this affectionate shit, and I’m
they will now share.
digging it and she’s digging it and we’re both like diggin’ it all up on the footpath. Anyway, next thing
Yeah I have heard about the beneficial effects
I know I’m sitting crossed legs style out the front
of pet ownership but I cant remember what,
of some house in Batty P just chilling the fuck out
something about reducing stressssss?
with this cat, right. And I’m thinking, yeah I could
Absolutely, people with pets require less visits to
get down with this kind of sitch on the reg. So I
the doctor, lower blood pressure, less health issues.
made trax for the Hobart Cat Centre. This place is
This list goes on but they more or less benefit you
really dope, the chick who runs it is a kind-hearted
emotionally and physically. Plus having a cat is also
doll., she was nice enough to answer me questions.
just so much fun and they are great to have around!
It went down something like this; As the Cat Lady talked about cats some more I Do you think there is still a stigma surrounding
suddenly remembered that I am not even allowed
the adoption of felines from organisations such as
to have pets where I am renting, so I made like a
this? For instance, some people may be of the mind
celebrity power couple and split. I could get one
that the cats available here have had a rough life
and not tell the Real-O’s. Just chuck it outside
and may not integrate well with the family and its
when I have a house inspectsho and say its from
easier to purchase a kitten out of the paper?
next door if they ask. Real-O’s are always chicks
Well, I don’t think so much anymore as the
anyway and most broads like cats, so I should
operations in cat homes such as this have changed
so much, for the better. And it’s surprising to note that we have people come in who actually prefer
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MEET THE MUSIC CRITIC WORDS ERIN LAWLER ILLUSTRATION EDEN FAIRBROTHER
LOU REED ONCE SAID, ‘CRITICS. WHAT DOES ROBERT CHRISTGAU DO IN BED? I MEAN, IS HE A TOE FUCKER? MAN, ANAL RETENTIVE, A CONSUMER’S GUIDE TO ROCK, WHAT A MORON: ‘A ‘STUDY’ BY, Y’KNOW, ROBERT CHRISTGAU. NICE LITTLE BOXES: B+. CAN YOU IMAGINE WORKING FOR A FUCKING YEAR, AND YOU GET A B+ FROM SOME ASSHOLE IN THE VILLAGE VOICE?’
Who can blame him? What rock star, after all, would allow someone else to have authority over their work, and who are they to even try? Meet the music critic. He listens to an album or watches a gig, and breaks it down into categories by which to praise or condemn it. He is limited to use of clichés, sweeping generalisations and adjectives (many of which were invented for completely irrelevant purposes). In as little as 100 words he can disregard all of the love, pain, and
This spiel was recorded about a well-known music
time poured into an artists’ precious baby. Or he
writer in 1978 on a live album, Take No Prisoners.
can grant it worthiness, putting it, as Lou says, into
Lou Reed famously holds disdain towards music
‘nice little boxes’. He uses the star rating system
critics, and so is the predominant feeling towards
which is completely inappropriate for music, as it
them. This volatility comes, of course, mostly from
attempts to narrow down a diverse and subjective
musicians. It is likely that Lou Reed’s spitting,
thing, saying ultimately, and impossibly, whether
seething hatred may be a part of his mad troubled
it is good or bad. What intrinsic knowledge and
artist image, but he’s clearly got a bone to pick.
understanding justifies his final decision?
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There are a momentous number of music journos
mind, and the journalist’ job is to talk about it.
lacking any actual practical music experience,
It doesn’t have to be right, after all, and bad
making them, it is argued, incapable of doing their
press can be as helpful as good. After Bob Dylan
job. But as music is a pursuit that is ego driven and
switched to electric guitar, he was absolutely
self-indulgent by nature, perhaps I can suggest
destroyed by the music community. But now in the
that lack of said practical experience can only be
light of that historical moment, we see Dylan as
advantageous for a writer. In their separation from
a hero who surged fearlessly against the narrow-
the reality of the music’s influence and production,
they can keep an untarnished understanding of the needs and trends of popular culture.
A philosopher named Weitz argued that art is indefinable. It exists in societies that are forever
IT’S TRUE THAT IT IS A SYSTEM DEFINED BY BIAS, THAT PERSONAL OPINIONS BECOME AUTHORITY. BUT IF YOU HAVE MUSIC, AND TAKE AWAY THE JUDGEMENTAL MASSES, THEN WHAT YOU GET IS A TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE THING; COMMERCIAL RADIO.
changing their tastes and standards for art, and therefore can never fit in the same categories for definition. As music is something so complex and changing, we would be missing out hugely if there was not a large amount of discussion surrounding its habits. The discussions will be many and varied, and nothing will be gospel. People love to read
It is a perfect example of the music world without
contentious shit, and without the existence of
force of opinion. Sure, the songs are on there
arguments in the music world it will turn into a
because they are popular with certain audiences.
very dull thing.
But it turns into a catch-22, as songs are played repeatedly the audience comes to expect nothing
Music is a cut-throat industry, and I imagine that
more, and remain unaware of the vast diversity of
without music writers to complain about then they
contemporary music. Now I don’t want to go so far
would turn on each other. Rather, they are united
as to say that it is a brainwashing mechanism but I
in shared disdain and that, fellow opinionated pen-
also kind of do. Effectively, it’s not far off; if nobody
holders, is the way we want it to stay.
asks questions, then the business model takes precedent over musical talent. Our Lou also said, ‘I don’t know anyone actually who does care what a critic says’. Aside from the fact that he clearly does care as it makes him angry (sorry Lou, I love you), the reality is that musicians rely on press to get anywhere (with the exception of most artists who end up on commercial radio). It is a matter of getting awareness, and from there you’re in the game. In the end, you see, music is only a manifestation of the artist’s troubled little
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FILM & SUCKER MC’S INTERVIEW EDEN FAIRBROTHER PHOTOGRAPH RICKY POWELL BEASTIE BOYS 1986
ICONIC NYC PHOTOGRAPHER RICKY POWELL SPEAKS BRIEFLY AND CANDIDLY WITH EDEN ABOUT BRIEF AND CANDID THINGS. I love those photos from the early Beastie Boys tours; can you shed some light on your relationship with the legendary group? Yeah, they used to be really cool, and I had a blast chillin’ with them. But they changed/turned on me in the last couple of years, so I couldn’t give two fig newtons about them. They suck now; on, and
You have worked with some great hip-hop artists over the years, where do you think the future of the genre is headed? I think ‘hip-hop’ has run its course. I haven’t heard anything lately that made me go ‘OH DIP!’ I like doo-wop a lot more, personally. I hear you are coming to Australia soon, can you tell us about that? I’m coming in April, I believe. My maiden voyage. I’m doing my ‘World Famous Slide Show’ and then
off the mic.
I’m gonna be on some panel or something... in
Did Andy Warhol ever give you any career advice?
much looking forward to it! I’mma git OPEN! Thank
Were you and Basquait close? I met Andy Warhol like three times. Did I conversate with him? Not really, but he was cool. As for Basquiat, he could be snotty to people but he knew me from around and was cool with me. He would always oblige me with a photo-op when I asked him. I often wonder what those two, in addition to Keith Haring would think of today’s ‘art scene’... and today, in general... 24
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A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO REGGAE WORDS LUCAS MOY
SO, YOUR BEST OF BOB MARLEY CD IS SO SCRATCHED IT WONT PLAY ANYMORE? GOOD. IT’S TIME FOR SOME PROPER HEAVY BASS, A TROPICAL TEMPO AND RAGGA STYLINGS. REGGAE IS THE MUSIC OF JAMAICA, OF THE RASTAFARI. A DISTINCT SOUND WITH IT’S OWN RHYTHM AND UNIQUE MESSAGE, BEST ENJOYED LOUD AND BASSY. SKA, ROCKSTEADY, ROOTS, DUB AND DANCEHALL ARE ALL VARIOUS STYLES OF THIS JAMAICAN MUSIC, BUT THE ONE THING THEY ALL HAVE IN COMMON IS THEY SET THE PERFECT VIBE FOR SMOKING SPLIFFS AND CHILLAXING.
LET’S EXPLORE MY TOP 5 CHOICE CUTS. Dr. Alimantado – Best Dressed Chicken In Town Great roots dub album and possibly the best reggae album cover of all time. Max Romeo – War Ina Babylon Classic album of roots reggae, all killers, including the amazing ‘I Chase The Devil’. Scientist – Heavyweight Dub Champion Killer dub album! Mixing deep rootsy dub, delayed cuts of conscious lyrics and all with a heavyweight boxing theme! Snap! Abyssinians – Satta Massagana One of the most hailed roots albums of all time featuring the much used classic Satta ‘riddim’. Various Artists - When Rhythm Was King Excellent compilation featuring the original Studio One sound!
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ART NATHAN GREY
WORDS CLAIRE TODD IMAGES NATHAN GREY
‘I love giving people the wrong first impression.’ Nathan Grey is good at this. He wears a beanie, not a beret, chats about chicks, not colour compositions and he’s covered in grease, not paint. ‘I’m probably the least arty-farty, airyfairy person who paints.’ The emerging artist and bike mechanic enjoys testing people’s interpretations of his work. ‘I like making it not obvious.’ The Hobart local went to university, travelled to Canada, has painted hip-hop artists and politicians, and entered last year’s Archibald. Has all that gone to his head? Pfff. Nathan’s just doing what he loves and that involves a knife, acrylic and canvas. ‘You can do stuff that sells, like goldfish and cats and crap like that. But I just paint what I want to paint.’ Grey has started planning for a July exhibition at Handmark Gallery, but won’t bother thinking about his November exhibition in Vancouver until after that. In the meantime check out his website, nathangrey.com, or turn this page to see some cool stuff. You won’t see titles or a concept statement, just an upfront bloke’s art. ‘If you like it, buy it. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it.’ Nathan Grey will be exhibiting at Handmark from the 6th of July and at The Swamp Art Compostery in November. SODA ISSUE 03
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UNTITLED NATHAN GREY3 EACH OR 2 FOR
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HIGHLY COMMENDED ABBIE CALVERT
HIGHLY COMMENDED STEVE LOVEGROVE
SECOND PLACE KISHKA JENSEN
ONLINE PHOTO COMPETITION 2012
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FIRST PLACE ALEX BEEM
Damn, over two-hundred great entries made this a
Many entries were brilliant and worthy, we just
tough decision. There were so many amazing snaps
wish we had more shit to giveaway! So, Kishka
ranging in subject, format and style. Who should
Jensen gets a couple of packs of Polaroid film
walk away with an iconic Polaroid camera and film?
(guess we know what youâ€™re buying soon). If
Well, Alex Beem does! Great shot, cropping and
only we had more pages we would love to print
composition. As soon as we eyed his submission,
a selection of many other entries. Thanks to all
we knew we had a winner.
participants and Impossible Project.
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HOW TO: CHANGE THE OIL ON YOUR POSTIE BIKE WORDS TIM PRIDEAUX PHOTOGRAPHS MARTIN NESTER
Warm up your postie by pulling
Slide a catch tray under the
The bolt and washer will drop
mad stuntz around the block or
engine. See the largest bolt on
out and your postie’s hot, oily
the beach for about five minutes
the underside of the engine
bounty will gush out into
(warm oil drains better). Get your
– the one with a thin washer
the catch tray (or onto your
postie on to level ground and
underneath? That’s the oil
landlord’s driveway if you’ve
put it up on the centre stand.
drain bolt. Grab a 17mm socket
put the tray in the wrong place).
Undo the dipstick and remove it.
and loosen it a little. Undo it
Next, gently rock your postie
the rest of the way with your
side to side to get the last
fingers, protecting yourself with
a rag or nitrile gloves if you’re a complete pussy.
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Fish the bolt and washer out
You’ll need about one litre of
You’re all set for another
of the catch tray and reinstall
10W-40 motorcycle oil. Don’t
1500km. Your postie will
them in the drain hole. Don’t
use car oil – the additives can
love you. Now go ride around
go mental tightening it up or
ruin the clutch. Add the oil
the world or something. Oh,
you’ll strip the thread and give
slowly through the dipstick hole.
and dispose of your old oil
yourself a one-way ticket to
Check the oil level with the
responsibly, or the next dolphin
dipstick resting on the top of its
you meet will slap the shit out
hole. When it’s close to the top
mark, start the engine and let it run for a minute, then shut it off and let it rest for another minute. Check the level one last time and top it up if you need to.
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SWEET REVIEWS Lyte III White/Directoire Blue.
down quickly so that I could
Also originally released in ’91
wonder at every inch of her.
and re-issued in canvas featuring
With my hands gripping her
collaborations with sneaker
slender frame, I pushed gently
superstars; Alife, Ronnie Fieg,
and she thrummed with the
Slam Jam, and Sneaker Freaker to
waves as I ventured deeper and
seal in the juices in ‘07. Saucy.
deeper. Soon she was bobbing,
These rare kicks are Grade
up and down, salty and wet,
A – rad colours, split tongue,
the wind playing along her firm
ASICS GEL LYTE III
super fly, and go well with a
curves. Faster and faster we
pair of mild mustard coloured
moved, until the forces of nature
socks. I get mad heat on this
took over and I lost control.
I like my sneakers like I like my
fresh meat from the folk in the
She bucked wildly beneath me,
steak; rare. This is about a rare
‘ville, especially the ladies. They
exquisitely slippery, letting the
pair of sneakers gone missing,
salivate, buck and charge seeing
waves take her. They carried her
my Nike Air Max 180 White/
me in my new steers.
to a gradual calm and for a long
Ultramarine. Originally released
Maybe it’s the colour scheme:
while we drifted, until it was
in ‘91, then re-issued in ‘06 in
FC Barcelona. Hands off.
time to tie her up.
the USA and ‘09 in Australia.
5/5 WAYFARERS ADAM FITZGERALD
4.5/5 WAYFARERS ZANE PINNER
Ultramarine 8.5 (or knew how to
LASER S3 STANDARD WITH
THE GIRL WITH
identify them in the wild). Is this
THE DRAGON TATTOO
them? Can you pawn sneakers?
She was waiting on the beach,
This movie is sleek, horrifying
Dark times in my salad days. I
her pale lines gleaming in the
and sexy. And considering it is
needed to pull myself out of
late afternoon sun. She was
Hollywood’s version of a best-
this rut and find a replacement
waiting for a sailor – and I
selling Swedish book and film,
pair of kicks. I was hungry. But
couldn’t wait to get my hands
it’s bang on.
what choice cut can replace my
on her. Her cotton sails were
Stieg Larsson’s dark, twisted
180’s? Answer: The Asics Gel
the purest white. I took them
story (which like Harry Potter
I live in Huonville, so when rockin’ my 180s, no-one was really aware of the awesomeness they possessed. When they went missing, I too was lost. Who in this town would steal them? Did I lose them? Two months went by – stolen. Let’s not mince words. I’m convinced that I was the only person in my hood that had a pair of Nike Air Max 180 White/
person willing to risk wearing
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I read under protest but then
A website can vary greatly in
quickly became addicted and
content, form and function
yelled at anyone who interrupted
– from simple text based
me) has been brought to
documents such as a dictionary,
subtitle-free life brilliantly. From
to a completely interactive
the Bond-like opening credits,
experience such as a video
to the frigid images of Sweden
game, or an active social network
and its über cool inhabitants, the
with millions of users. Websites
film sucks you in then makes you look away again.
are a great source of information THE INTERNET
Disgraced journalist Mikhail
as well as entertainment. Now, using the internet, people can
Blomkvist is the main man. And
The internet is a communication
access information faster and
while he cleverly solves crime,
technology used to transfer
cheaper than ever before, and
flits between women and looks
digital information around the
because of this, the internet is
debonaire in a marf, attentions
world between billions of users
quickly taking over traditional
are drawn to another character,
everyday. It is used to access the
media and communication
Lisbeth Salander. She’s fucking
World Wide Web, send digital
industries including; television,
scary – but rocks. It is this
files and electronic mail, through
radio, telephone, newspapers,
complicated combination that
millions of different private,
and the postal system. An
makes her character compulsive
public, academic, business, and
exciting technology indeed.
viewing. Blomkvist and Salander
government data networks. Like
5/5 WAYFARERS DANIEL BUTCHER
sizzle, but not in a gross get-a-
digital photography, rubber, and
smoke alarms, the internet is a
It hasn’t completely followed
the script, but this will benefit
By and large the internet is
Larsson virgins as the original is
mostly used by people to access
convoluted enough. The movie
the World Wide Web, or ‘web’ for
is also long but you don’t notice.
short. The ‘web’ is a network of
Neither did I pick up any dodgy
documents written in a language
Swedish accents; the multi-
called ‘hypertext’, which you
national cast has nailed the
can view on a computer or ‘web
Swenglish. Points off though for
enabled’ device. When hypertext
Daniel Craig aka Blomkvist for
is viewed on these devices, it is
not having a better crack at
converted into dynamic media
content called a ‘web page’.
Yep, it was awesome, especially
Go see it then wash it down with
These web pages can include
if you had a ‘photo pit’ pass.
a nip of vodka.
images, video, text, animation
Damn that food was good.
4/5 WAYFARERS CLAIRE TODD
and are navigated using links.
1 LOST PAIR OF FAKE WAYFARERS
A group of web pages linked together is called a ‘website’.
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HOROSCOPES WORDS MIMI MCINTYRE ILLUSTRATION JAKE WILLIAMS
This is the time for that move
Emotions are running high, so
Venus is in your aspect placing
you’ve been planning, along with
utilise your passive aggressive
love squarely on the horizon.
the rest of the population who
streak. If your neighbours’
This is the time to meet ‘the one’
are going to spend the rest of the
partying is obnoxious, play the
and get yourself married and
year bitching about the weather.
bagpipes loudly till the wee
mortgaged before Venus buggers
So fuck off already.
hours of the morn.
This month the Bull is all about
Got a twin you don’t really like?
Venus and Jupiter are doing their
bull. Lie to everyone about
Bag ‘em and tag ‘em and send
thing. Good time to buy a puppy.
everything. Seriously good fun
them off to Mexico for a week,
to be had.
or you know, forever.
The curious lion is on the prowl,
Things are looking good on
The stars are ripe for new
and what is more curious than
the home front. But as you’re
endeavours. Take up cycling, an
human nature? Follow both
renting, who cares?
apparently healthy pastime that
Shane Warne and Liz Hurley on
will end with you being asked if
Twitter and marvel at the gross
you feel safe as a cyclist on the
stupidity of the universe.
roads in the Mercury Vox Pop.
Grab a dictionary and learn some
Creativity is in your aspect this
Time to put the cat amongst the
wanky wine terminology. Fifty
month. Unfortunately, you
pigeons and stake your very own
bonus points to anyone who
lack any creativity so this good
claim to fame. And what better
gives a fuck what the bead of a
fortune will be lost on you.
way then via the creation of your
champagne is like. 36
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