06.03.14 8:49 am
Island is Australia’s most dynamic quarterly of ideas, writing, and culture. It is also one of our oldest and most respected literary magazines, based in Tasmania, Australia.
Geordie Williamson is chief literary critic of The Australian and winner of the 2011 Pascall prize for critical writing. His book about neglected Australian authors, The Burning Library, was published in 2012 (Text Publishing). He recently won the inaugural Merlyn Meyer Biography Stipend for his new book, Kings of Rapa Nui, a history of his Scottish merchant forbears and their half-century of dominion over Easter Island.
Island 136 is Williamson’s first issue as Fiction Editor. It contains new short fiction from Jessica White, Ashley Hay, Laurie Steed, Paul Griffiths and Colin Oehring.
On his joining the Island team, Geordie Williamson said:
‘I have been either reading, writing about, or writing for, Island for years now. My respect for, and sense of engagement with the journal has only deepened over time—particularly with the arrival of the indefatigable and manifestly intelligent Matthew Lamb as Editor in 2012.
‘The paradox of our contemporary moment is that the margins have the most to teach the centre: about place, about localism, and about the ways in which we must resist the benign imperialism of the literary metropolis.
‘There is valuable news still to come from Tassie; and there is a depth of talent, as well as a magnificently oblique angle of approach to both home and the wider world that I find winning, and urgent. As the great man sings: “from little things, big things grow.”
‘I look forward to managing my small patch of that verdant market garden of ideas and words.’
Matthew Lamb—in his editorial to issue 136—states:
‘Why have we asked Williamson to join the Island team? Because he takes Australian literature seriously.’
WHO: Geordie Williamson and Island magazine
WHAT: Geordie Williamson to join Island magazine as Fiction Editor
WHEN: Island, issue 136, published March 15 2014
WHERE: All good book shops, or online http://www.islandmag.com
05.03.14 6:13 am
You and your friends are invited to the launch by Giles Hugo of Tim Thorne’s The Unspeak Poems and other verses at the Hobart Bookshop, Salamanca Square, at 5.30 pm on Thursday March 20.
Copyright © A.P. Fitzgerald
03.03.14 5:06 am
T’pockit, t’pockit, t’pockit, BARSOOM!! The dreaded mind numbing warning that
often preceded landing came `a juddering through Blodwin’s Osiris Space Pod
like a muted sonic boom. As the sleek craft spurted into the hovering
mists swathing Gannymede Minor his mind raced:
“Must be the Sniveling factor,” he thought as his steel grey orbs fell upon
the Hawking Temporal Differential Extrapolator stapled to his wrist. The
zirconium HTD had been a grateful gift from Kud, king of the ruminant Klingons
from the bicuspid stellar artery of the Anthrax Nebula. These unfortunates he
had saved from the Ringworld Moorlocks of Epsilon during the Sirocco and the
Fohn Wind Wars. He gulped down his fear and flicked a thoughtful glance at his
pregnant wife Barbarella that was glued to the computer console.
“Say it with flowers: give her some Triffids,” piped in the mincing voice of
JCN the super computer, who, like his second cousin HAL from 2001 was named as
an Irish acronym for IBM and could read human thought with consummate ease.
Meanwhile, back on Eo, the Gamma Mutants of the Omegatron had penetrated the
Sony Cobalt shield, and Hydra Blue and the Sleep Wizards were interfacing with
Kurt Vonnegut’s Tralfamadorians…… who could only communicate by farting and tap
dancing at the same time… which explains why when the first peaceful
Tralfamadorian landed on Earth and immediately ran to a nearby alfalfa farm to
warn the Scientologist occupant that his house was on fire, the redneck beat him
to a pulp with a nine iron and…...and..”
And, like garlic pizza, yodelling and boot scooting, SF is an acquired
taste, even though in a sense it’s been with us since most human beings lost
their tails, learnt to perambulate as bipeds and started telling the first mono
syllabic tales, probably with the visual aid of a dead gecko. According to the
mythologist Joseph Campbell, there are only twelve stories, and each is
borrowed from, warped, tweaked, and often immersed in loghorraeic jargon
and pseudo-science to become hi fi sci fi.
Humanity’s search for worm-holes and the meaning of the universe, its desire to
transcend its mortal coil and the constraints of gravity, or even its need to be
able to walk and chew betel-nut at the same time, reaches back to an era when
fire-side chats constituted not only the main form of entertainment but also the
best opportunity of learning how to survive puberty. When the greater part of
every day equated with a sustained sprint through an over-crowded zoo without
bars, when a twenty eight year life span qualified you as a geriatric, and
when death by tusk, tooth, claw, or simian SARS, was virtually guaranteed,
it’s not surprising our venerable ancestors wanted to escape to some imaginative
place, a better place or a more interesting place in their imaginations.
Freedom of flight: `here’s a cliff, so make like a Pteradactyl Grug’; or Icarus
attempts the Immelman turn with the wax in his ears; immortality (`Methuselah
makes a horse’s bottom of himself at his 601st birthday bash); and enterprising
sand viper snaffles Gilgamesh’s tad-awkward-to-replace elixir of life; conquest
(Charlemagne’s Paladins: Have Armies Will Travel); Heaven (a celestial
place with a good dental care system and no sabre toothed tigers); Xenophobia
(stranger danger)and the riddle of the stars, represent some of the themes
and ideas in the earliest Science fiction.
Way, way, back in time, when “Fast Food” was a reference to speedy gourmet
Marsupials or monitor lizards, the pride of the tribe were the story tellers,
but the only sure-fire method of curbing the wandering ways of these
yabberers was to poke out their eyeballs with a burnt stick. This
practice of the blind leading the bland became so widespread that the Celtic
word `bard’ for a story-teller also meant `blind’. These days Hollywood gives
these hacks three million smackers and locks them in a piano bar at the Beverley
Wiltshire with a laptop and ten crates of DOM for six months at a time to punch
out humanistic SF like Star Troopers and Cyborg, originally titled Jo Zeff and
his Full Metal Jacket.
All ancient societies had their concepts of Creation, ranging from the sexually
charged Big Bang theory to the more scientifically convincing Rainbow Serpent
and Ra. Astronomer, novelist and futurist Arthur C. Clarke even speculated that
nebulous cloud floating in the seventh heaven viewed through the Hubble Bubble
Technical Trouble Telescope may actually be composed of amino acids, those
gregarious little boogers that are the building blocks of life. He further
speculated that if he is correct, it could mean the universe was seeded, much
like your Johnny Apple-seed, but on a more ambitious scale. Let’s hope that if
he’s right, that most of the potential weeds get winnowed in the direction of
the sun or some lunar icescape with a diurnal range of 2000 degrees.
Likewise in his follow up novel 2010, Clarke opined that Europa, a celebrated
moon of Jupiter, might support life. This theory, like Europa, and the beers
served at my pub - “The Wookie and Child” - is said to hold substantial water.
The recent finding of a bottle of Mylanta tablets on Pluto have engendered a
Scientific rethink on the matter.
Unfortunately, with much SF today, the reader or watcher often gains a nagging
feeling of déjà vu…..didn’t I just say that? I mean, it’s always the twenty
ninth century (and I thought MY watch was fast), youth is still rebellious, more
of those ratbag gung Ho Outcasters want to take over the planet and vaporize
anyone with a mullett, essentials such as Moet and other creature
comforts still cost a fistful of plastic, there’s yet another heretical mystic
on the Jihad horizon, and as Woody Allen once avowed, Epsilon girls still prefer
French kissing to hand shaking. I also have to agree with him that what most
people want to know about the universe is not so much whether there’s life in
outer space, but, do they have Ray Guns?” Film title idea flash: Venus in Blue
Genes AKA Sheer Folly.
Science Fiction as a genre is a shape changer and a shameless plunderer of
everything from myths and magic to high science. Science versus Creationism led
to ripping yarns like the one about that big goombah, Frankenstein’s monster, a
man of many parts. Unknown to many SF afficionadoes is the fact that the first
SF story was not Goethe’s cerebral talking food opus “Die Meisterschnitzel”
but the sublime novella “The Dream of Ogg”, a pat mini epic written in
tapir-stool. Its protagonist was a precocious prehistoric Neanderthal Goliath
with halitosis -a “C’ Class Honours student of the University of Tundra and
Cavern who attempted to build a space ship made out of a mussel and oyster shell
midden to carry him out of the Dordogne Valley to greener pastures and forty
leagues closer to the burgeoning Pinot wine district. Not surprisingly the
would-be astronaut died of bivale cigeuretea just before blast off.
Given the onerous task of identifying some very readable SF literature (a
Visigoth to a Vandal: eaten any good books lately Genseric?), even
devotees, Sfans, Trekkies, Vogons and the like, would vacillate, obfuscate and,
most likely, oscillate before plumping for SF such as:
Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars series (Tarzan masters Physics) Wells’
Time Machine (Eloi! Eloi! oi oi oi! AKA “Cannibal Tours”; Herbert’s DUNE
(The Worm Turns); Robert Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land” (a Literary
companion for celebrity assassins in the U.S); Paul Theroux’s “Ozone” (3 Mile
Island goes continental); Orwell’s “1984” (Mogadishu on a Sunday night); “The
Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (A “How To” book for restaurant bolters at the
end of the universe); or Dan Simmons’ Hugo and Nebula award winning “Hyperion”,
in which budding Starship captain Het Masteen twigs that it’s time his tree ship
Yggdrasil branched out for Hyperion, where hurricanes hoften happen in pursuit
of the deadly Shrike…(I kid you not).
So when the temperature reaches “Fahrenheit 451”, drop the burning book and
seek out searing titles like H Potter inspiration “A Wizard of Earthsea” where
you’ll find Ged, a “Speaker for the Dead” who’ll tell you to head to Westworld
thence navigate the drowned “Riverworld” und……blah blah “und zo it goes” alzo
sprach sour kraut Vonnegut. Ergo, if you’re gonna read a classic, gonna read a
Jurassic, gonna read it in an attic…better read the guide first.
On celluloid though, the SF best” lists could comprise: “Metropolis” (New York
without the traffic snarls); The old eastern bloc’s Solaris (Spaced out Spouse);
“The Omega Man”(Charlton Heston’s last Swiss watch); “Logan’s Run” (The Old and
the Dutiful)”; “Village of the Damned” (Cuckolds Anonymous); “A for Andromeda”
(a B.B.C dramatization of the alphabet); “2001” (My Mentor Woth a Monolith, or
1470 man finds atomic inspiration before lunch); Ridley Scott’s “Alien” (Jaws on
acid); “E.T.(a Bell TELEPHONE CO promo spectacular);“Blade Runner”(`I Robot You
Jane)”; “Star Wars” (Merlin, Arthur and Mordred transmogriphy in a galaxy far,
far, away); the mind boggling 3D PANDORA (“Dances with Wolves” reconstituted
meets The Navii Gator and Beyond Blue); and the high tech/low plot Arnold
Schwarzenbeefeneggenberger blockenbusters “Total Recall” and the Terminators
(“It’s not a toomer!” I tink maybe it is) The sequels were both scary: “The
Governator”; and The Presidentinator”
Another film that could be included is the Close Encounters of the Worst
Kind megahit was “Independence Day - I.D. 4”. essentially summarised as follows:
(U.F.O’s. stop./ NYC RSVP E.T’s. Stop./ FBI, CIA S.N.A.F.U stop./ E.T’s
S.O.B’s. stop./ S.O.S I.B.M, F18’s. stop./ E.T’s D.O.A. stop/ U.N. A.O.K.stop.
Over and out.
Or, also on ID 4: Israelis, Palestinians and interested parties vigorously
reject Alien Middle East solution; Inter Galactic Terra-formers Poleaxed by
Computer Nerd; or “Feisty President kicks arses of Aliens with Altitude Problem”.
And as for the genetic engineering romp “Jurassic Park”, basically it was “What
Then there were major Directors’ shots at the genre:
Spielberg’s “Minority Report”-(Foxy Precog gets bad vibe about Cruise marriage);
SIGNS (Mel’s Field of Bad Dreams – If you build crop circles They Will Come);
and “Matrix Reloaded” and “Matrix Revolution” (NEOphyte Computer Whiz Hacks Into
Techno Babble and SFX MOTHERLODE). And with “I Robot”, “the first two rules of
robotics are that a robot cannot harm a human”. Riii—ight, Even Godiva’s Peeping
Tom, Blind Pugh at the Admiral Ben Bow Inn and Tutenkamen’s mummy saw that
Steven Spielberg’s disconcertingly discomforting take on H.G Wells’ “War of
the Worlds”, however, managed to be something altogether different again: a
chilling thrilling visual parable for the holocaust and other genocides from the
primordial murk of human behaviour and history.
Every viewer of this film possessing a modicum of grey matter and humanity,
regardless of their ethnic and cultural origins, was left in absolutely
no doubt about what genocide must be like for the victims.
And just like the S.S and all malevolent maggots before them and after them,
Spielberg’s alien Martians articulated the same timeless catch cries of all well
armed, strongly motivated and viscerally ambitious “Visitors”: We come in peace,
come in peace: Shoot to kill! Shoot to Kill!
In the past half dozen years the SF fare has been popularised and diversified
immensely, in terms of imaginative scope not so reliant on SFX. Of course
when you’re on a good thing in terms of Box Office receipts, general advice
says don’t mess with it! Which is why “Star Wars” released prequels like “Attack
of the Clones”, and why Terminator and its kind become franchises that could
even release Parts 11 and 12 if they so wished. There will, however, always be
some adolescent pap with laconic heroes comprised of teak or mahogany
propped up by high tech SFX excess as in “Transformers”, and a spate of teen
angst SF like “Twilight”-inspired “I am Number Four” (I vote to retitle it, “I
am Number two”)and forget the spate of expensive Hollywood schlock stuff based
on join the dots, writing by numbers scripts like “Battle for Los Angeles” and
“Chronicles of Riddick”. That said, there is also a growing number of thought-
Provoking and insightful audio-visual material for viewers who are tired of
seeing a predictable plot plodding from A to E, and who really hope for a plot
ranging from A to J via P and a secret LBJ home movie and the discovery of giant
mutant marine life in Fukushima.
There is arguably a rising standard in the best of SF branching into hybrid
genres (not “Cowboys and Aliens so much), including Comedy, Drama and
Other relatively recent offerings like SF comedy “PAUL” managed to break some
new ground despite trotting out myriad homages to so many Alien on
Earth stories that came before it, which included the story of Jesus.
The best SF comedies so far were the laugh out loud John Carpenter film
“Dark Star”, whose evil alien closely resembles a large $4 K Mart beach ball
with legs and attitude.
He deviously and hilariously torments the space ship’s crew, whose job entails
an endless trip through the galaxies exploding potentially unstable stars and
this crew’s very existence has been forgotten by NASA decades earlier. They
encounter an unexpected problem though when one of their talking bombs develops
a “personality disorder” and starts to channel Rousseau, Sartre and a plethora
of other philosophers and argues the logic of “his” purpose and his very
existence shortly after being armed for release and detonation. The countdown
continues with the increasingly “ticked off” and terrified crew desperately
trying to convince him his purpose is to head for the targeted star immediately
or “stand down”.
The ironic and darkly hilarious South Efrikaaner Dramedy/mockumentary “AREA
9” is almost as good. It features giant intelligent prawn-like aliens
incarcerated in a Soweto style township outside Johannesburg after their
space ship encounters mechanical trouble. Seeing these repugnant and terrifying
looking monsters being racially maligned by their intolerant tawny Soweto human
neighbours, and watching them having their citizenship documentation checked by
dull Government officials who address them by their newly allotted names, such
as Charles Potts or Alistair Smith, produced much spontaneous audience laughter
in the movie session I attended and was well worth the price of the ticket.
The new Tom Cruise SF film “Oblivion” is close to being the goods but some
critics and audiences have targeted a few the script’s burgeoning black holes
and that appears in Act 2, as well as its unevenness.
The film “Gravity”, by Alfonse Cuaron, is, however, a breath of fresh air
for SF lovers – though not so fresh for its two protagonists – and this
inventive original audio-visual alchemy truly mines space-junk for a golden seam
and it is film storytelling at its finest.
So, irrefutably, SF is a rapacious looter of the entire world catalogue
of histories, mythologies, yarns and ideas, but it has also added a new
dimension to literary storehouses for an aeon and a millisecond; and inarguably,
in Hollywood, When an Alien Stalks, Money Talks.
The Hobart Bookshop
01.03.14 6:17 pm
Hobart Bookshop and Carlton Street Press invite you to the launch of Michael Denholm’s In The Vineyard Of Tasmanian Art Volume Two - Tasmanian Art Since The 1960s.
When: 5.30pm Wednesday 12th March
Where : The Hobart Bookshop
Free event , all welcome
The Hobart Bookshop
22 Salamanca Square
Hobart Tasmania 7000
ph 03 6223 1803 | fax 03 6223 1804
The Hobart Bookshop
01.03.14 6:09 pm
Hobart Bookshop and FableCroft Publishing are delighted to present the launch, by Lian Tanner of two new novels by Tasmanian authors. Tansy Rayner Roberts’ Ink Black Magic and Dirk Flinthart’s Path Of Night.
When: 4.30pm Sunday 9th March
Where: Hobart Bookshop
Free event all welcome
The Hobart Bookshop
22 Salamanca Square
Hobart Tasmania 7000
ph 03 6223 1803 | fax 03 6223 1804
27.02.14 7:00 am
You are invited to the launch by Bruce Penn of Tim Thorne’s book The Unspeak Poems and other verses:
At the Aspect Tamar Valley Resort, Grindelwald on Thursday March 13 at 7.00 pm.
Scott Eathorne Quikmark Media W: http://www.quikmarkmedia.com.au
26.02.14 10:19 am
In the upcoming book, Herbert Peabody and His Extraordinary Vegetable Patch ($18.95, May 2014), Melbourne author Bianca Ross has crafted an engaging story that aims to connect children with where their food comes from. It’s a great story about Herbert Peabody, a local vegetable farmer, and his relationship with his niece and nephew as he teaches them the benefits of gardening and growing sustainable produce, with an emphasis on problem solving and community values.
Bianca has had a career in marketing dairy and juice products, and observed a disconnect between children and their understanding of where food originates, and has set to change that through writing the book. “Studies have shown that if children get involved with growing and preparing fruit and vegetables at a young age, they’re more likely to try different food,” she says, “so I saw an opportunity to inspire kids to grow their own food through having someone that they could identify with.”
The first book in the series, Herbert Peabody and His Extraordinary Vegetable Patch will be available at all good book stores on 1 May. The official website http://www.herbertpeabody.com includes teacher’s notes, colour-ins and gardening information for youngsters. For a review copy or to speak with Bianca please contact me.
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Grace Cherry, Le Fay, Oopsy Daisy
25.02.14 1:01 pm
We’re pleased to announce Naked Girls Reading now has a Tasmanian Chapter.
Reading for you at the first event is:
Join the girls at The Homestead
Elizabeth St Hobart,
Tuesday, 15 April,
as they read for you from some of their favorite books.
Pre sale tickets $10 online or from the venue
Door sales $15
Because you Can’t Spell ‘Literature’ Without ‘T & A’ // http://www.nakedgirlsreading.com// Check out our other chapters worldwide!
Naked Girls Reading is a group of beautiful ladies who love to read…naked. That’s really it. There’s not a whole lot more to it. Should there be?
I mean, sure, we also like to do it in front all of you voyeurs via photos, videos and very special live events, but you don’t have to look for something larger here – something pretentious or even seedy. Once you experience it, you’ll stop asking so many questions and just let the concept take you.
There’s something beautiful, something altogether more intimate, about a woman reading pretty much anything in her, well, altogether. It’s just that simple. So why are we still talking about it? Because people can’t seem to accept its simplicity.
Naked Girls. Reading.
or Girls Reading. Naked.
However you need to explain it to yourself is fine. And while you do, we’ll be over here…reading.
Australian Society of Authors
25.02.14 12:55 pm
The Commonwealth Government released the final Report of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) Inquiry into copyright and the digital economy on Thursday 13 February, 2014.
Importantly for the nation’s literary creators the Report reverses the ALRC’s earlier Discussion Paper proposal to remove the Copyright Act’s statutory licences for education and government – the means by which authors and illustrators are remunerated for copying of their work – and instead now recommends their retention.
However, the Report also recommends ...
Kylie Eastley Communications Manager Tasmanian Writers Centre
29.01.14 4:48 pm
Last night the Victorian Premier Dr Denis Napthine announced that Tasmanian writer, Henry Reynolds had been awarded the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non –Fiction. This prestigious award brings notoriety and $25 000 cash.
His book Forgotten War meticulously documents the conflicts between colonial settlers and the Aboriginals. Forgotten war draws on thirty years of research, and reflects the debate and change in our nation’s thinking about our own history.
Henry Reynolds is one of Australia’s best-known and most prolific historians. He grew up in Hobart and was educated at the University of Tasmania. In 1965 he accepted a lectureship at James Cook University in Townsville, which sparked an interest in the history of relations between settlers and Aborigines. His pioneering scholarly work, The Other Side of the Frontier (1981), was critical in changing understandings of the Australian frontier. His other books include The Law of the Land (1987), This Whispering in our Hearts (1998) and Why Weren’t We Told (1999). In 2000 he took up a professorial fellowship at the University of Tasmania. Since then he has written Drawing the Global Colour Line with Marilyn Lake and co-authored What’s Wrong With Anzac? Henry is a member of the TWC Management Committee.
Kylie Eastley Communications Manager Tasmanian Writers Centre
29.01.14 4:34 pm
Last night the Victorian Premier Dr Denis Napthine announced that Tasmanian writer, Henry Reynolds had been awarded the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non –Fiction.
This prestigious award includes not just the notoriety associated with the prize that is associated with the Wheeler Centre, but includes $25 000 in award money.
His book The Forgotten War meticulously documents the conflicts between colonization and the Aboriginals. The Forgotten War follows up on the story told in Henry Reynolds’ seminal book The Other Side of the Frontier (1981), which argued that the settlement of Australia had a high level of violence and conflict that we chose to ignore. The Forgotten war draws on thirty years of research since Reynolds’ earlier work, and reflects the debate and change in our nation’s thinking about our own history.
Henry Reynolds is one of Australia’s best-known and most prolific historians. He grew up in Hobart and was educated at the University of Tasmania. In 1965 he accepted a lectureship at James Cook University in Townsville, which sparked an interest in the history of relations between settlers and Aborigines. His pioneering scholarly work, The Other Side of the Frontier (1981), was critical in changing understandings of the Australian frontier. His other books include The Law of the Land (1987), This Whispering in our Hearts (1998) and Why Weren’t We Told (1999). In 2000 he took up a professorial fellowship at the University of Tasmania. Since then he has written Drawing the Global Colour Line with Marilyn Lake and co-authored What’s Wrong With Anzac?
28.01.14 4:48 am
Kim McCosker originally studied a finance degree, and although not directly involved in finance nowadays, has been able to use her business acumen to build a very successful business, and make Kim a ‘busi’ lady’ through her wellness work and her ‘four ingredients books’ she is celebrated on 3 continents and now visits England and the US each year.
Kim has a staff of 8 working for her, including her husband and while interviewing her I was privy to noting the various members of her family dropping by or leaving the house. It’s a smoothly run and happy home, satisfying Kim’s desire to work from home and to be the best mum she can. This commitment to working at home is the reason why she hasn’t been to Tasmania for about 4 years. Kim does however have contact with Facebook friends in Tasmania and her husband is reminding her that he wants to visit Tassie golf courses, so the hope is that she can combine a family holiday and work in a visit just as she did recently with her family to New Zealand but for now through social media she uses her ‘voice to bridge geography’.
Kim is also keen to bridge the gap that exists between healthy eating and the essential treats, emphasising that even small modifications can be introduced to a meal that make a ‘wellness’ difference.
Kim gives the example of how her boys love egg and bacon muffins and says without spoiling their treat we can make these healthier with a small step, such as using wholegrain bread instead of white.
A very simple morning modification to kick start the day and everyone’s digestive health is to have a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon.
Kim says its easy and simple to adapt recipes and meal plans to increase their wellness quota.
In Kim’s ‘Diabetic four ingredient book’ you will see the addition of agave nectar in some recipes. Agave is a natural sweetener, low in calories and GI index to make it diabetic friendly. Agave can be found near the tahini and rice syrup but if your supermarket doesn’t stock it encourage them to. Kim says more people asking for items to be stocked is the way to see these products in the mainstream. Kim cites the example of chai seeds that were unknown of some years ago but now are everywhere and most people know the benefits of putting some on our breakfast cereal.
Similarly quinoa, another staple ingredient of Kim’s recipes. Quinoa is a very important grain food containing nine amino acids which are responsible for forming proteins. Quinoa can be found in health food stores but has also gone mainstream and is stocked at chemist warehouse making no excuse for not having access to this potent food
Another ‘nine’ Kim talks about in her ‘4 ingredients Allergies book’ are the nine sources of allergens in food. It’s important to become familiar with these, which are ‘cow’s milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat and sesame.’
Kim believes Australians are well educated and we know we can enjoy everything in moderation.
Kim’s books are available from http://www.4ingredients.com.au/.
Kim has shared some recipes with us ...
Walnut & Raisin Drops
3⁄4 cup (75g) raw walnuts
1⁄4 cup (25g) raw cacao powder
1 cup (165g) raisins
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Process all ingredients in a food processor or blender until fine and sticky. Using a teaspoon, shape into balls. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Total Fat 2.8g
Saturated Fat 0.3g
Chicken on Sweet Corn Puree
4 large (200g each) corn cobs
4 x 150g boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons (20g) coriander seeds, ground
1 punnet (250g) cherry tomatoes
Remove the kernels from the corn by carefully cutting downwards. Steam the corn and puree with a little of the water from the steamer. Season to taste. In a nonstick frying pan, add 2 tablespoons of water and cook the chicken over moderate / high heat for 4 to 5 minutes each side, or until cooked through. In the last minute, add the coriander seeds and cracked pepper, turning to completely coat the chicken. Set aside to rest. Add the tomatoes and sauté until just softened. Serve the chicken on the sweet corn puree and top with sautéed tomatoes.
Total Fat 7.3g
Saturated Fat 1.2g
25.01.14 5:21 am
Jennifer Skelly’s surname gives a hint to this young lady’s pursuits. ‘Skelly is the anglicised version of the Gaelic name ‘o scholidhe or scolaire’ one translation being student’ and Jennifer has always been a student of life with a thirst for finding her own niche. Jennifer now finds herself moving from student to scholar and educator with her foray into writing and illustrating her book ‘A Compendium of Collective Nouns’. For those that are unfamiliar with the term, Collective nouns are ‘nouns that denote a group’.
Jennifer is a Tassie girl, born in Devonport and eventually leaving Tassie to spend some years on the mainland in Melbourne. It was there she met her husband, a photographer, who looking for a change happily settled in Tasmania with Jennifer where they both pursue artistic careers. Jennifer did begin a Fine Arts degree and later a degree in education but did not pursue either, instead she went on to complete a degree in Political Science and Japanese language followed by stints working in a finance company and as a graphic designer, editing brochures. Jennifer also dabbled in music event management but it wasn’t long before she found her true niche.
It was by accident Jennifer found herself become a successful illustrator and educator in her new book ‘Compendium of Collective Nouns’. The book has been a great success with all bookshops in Hobart stocking it and Jennifer herself is in demand as a speaker at schools. Jennifer who is a naturally quiet person wasn’t expecting to be speaking in front of audiences but she approached it with commitment and enthusiasm as she has approached all of her eclectic endeavours.
‘A Compendium of Collective Nouns’ is a quirky and original book embellished by Jennifer’s excellent illustrations. Jennifer explains the first recorded edition of collective nouns was probably written by Dame Juliana Barnes, a prioress who has the distinction of being the first woman to write a book about fishing. Dame Juliana’s ‘Book of St Albans’ which was created to catalogue collective terms for the sporty pastimes of the time, such as the 3 ‘h’s’, hunting, hawking and heraldry and the later addition, angling.
Over time many have people used their imagination to create collective nouns and so we have many different collective terms for the same animal. Some of the terms have stuck, others have disappeared but among those that remained there are some gems, brilliant examples of alliteration and creativity including ‘flamboyance of flamingos’, ‘Crash of rhinos,’ ‘Constellation of starfish’ and the very appropriate ‘Gulp of swallows’.
Jennifer’s book introduces collective nouns but doesn’t analyse them, instead it portrays a gorgeous, visual display of the collectives. For someone who didn’t believe she was a great artist Jennifer’s art is amazingly authentic . Jennifer sources the images for her art from stock photos on google images.
It hasn’t always been animals for Jennifer, she has also created a compendium series of old cars and even one on kitchen appliances!.
Jennifer visits the mainland every few months for her work and most recently back home Jennifer has been working on a ‘doodle illustration’ of famous Tasmanians such as Errol Flynn and Ricky Ponting and is surprised that many people don’t know they, and others she illustrates,are Tasmanian!
With the success of the first volume of ‘A Compendium of Collective Nouns’ Jennifer hopes to complete a second volume with another 50 images, which was her original intent, but eventually she realised 100 images were too much for one book and so broke it up into a more manageable project.
You can buy ‘A compendium of Collective Nouns’ from Jennifer’s web site
or at Salamanca where she has a stall every week.
The Hobart Bookshop
23.01.14 6:41 pm
The Hobart Bookshop is delighted to invite you to the launch, by Sarah Day, of Peter Timms’ Asking For Trouble, the first novel from this eminent Australian writer.
From the Harper Collins website: http://www.harpercollins.com.au/books/Asking-Trouble-Peter-Timms/?isbn=9781460701669
Darkly funny and brutally frank, Asking for Trouble is a surprisingly tender and moving novel about the corrosive power of secrets and the consequences of standing up to bullies.
When: 5.30pm Thursday 13th February
Where: The Hobart Bookshop
Free event, all welcome
For more information on this and other upcoming launches, please visit our website: http://www.hobartbookshop.com.au/upcoming/
The Hobart Bookshop
22 Salamanca Square
ph 03 6223 1803 | fax 03 6223 1804
19.01.14 6:51 am
In a world where a stray alphabet letter carries great import, it might be forgiven for concluding crossword champ Chris Astle lost the ‘C’ from the beginning of his surname. ‘Castle ‘just seems the correct calling for this king of crosswords.
David Astle is a frequent visitor to Tasmania. The keen bush-walker and word-smith gets to Tassie at least once a year. For over 30 years he’s been bush-walking and has explored the South West Track, Central Highlands and The Walls of Jerusalem among others. He thinks Tassie is a great place to visit whatever your stage of life, single or with family, he enjoyed visits here with his wife when she was his girlfriend and he enjoys family trips here now he has children.
So it is that David’s other passion the crossword in all it’s combination has something for everyone.
Over 100 years ago newspaper man Arthur Wynn was literally on to a winner when he was asked just before Christmas to find ‘something’ to fill a small space in the paper. It was a Christmas gift to word-smiths everywhere that continues to challenge and even guard against dementia by keeping the mind supple.
David’s new book ‘Cluetopia’ demonstrates that following through the range of clues to solve a crossword is very much like detective work.
In the business of crosswords there are two types the conventional ‘quick’ crossword and the ‘cryptic’ crossword.
Some of the clues in crosswords are ageless but others have become lost in time as their reference has become outdated.
One such case and one that is David’s favourite is the clue he found in a Yorkshire Post Crossword in 1927 which simply stated ‘young hostess’ after research David discovered the answer was ‘Ishbel’ who was the daughter of prime minister Ramsay Macdonald. Ishebel took on the role of hostess for her father when her mother passed away from blood poisoning. So well known and popular was she in her day that her name became a definition for any young woman in her situation. David bemoans the fact that Ishbel never had any children of her own because he says ‘she would have made a great mum’.
Another daughter takes prominence in a clue that has lasted. ‘Nina’ is a word to describe a hidden clue and is when a secret meaning or code is somehow woven into the crossword. The origin was from a real life ‘Nina’, the daughter of cartoonist Al Hirschfeld . Al would put his daughter Nina’s name into all his cartoons.
Some cryptic gems include the clue ‘Bradman’s famous duck( six letters)’, the reference of course to Walt Disney and Donald!
Also, the clue to answer the baffling question of TV favourite Inspector Morse’s first name. A cryptic clue is provided by a quote of the Inspector himself
‘my whole life’s effort has revolved around Eve’. From this clue can be found that
The inspectors name is ‘Endeavour’.
Anagram master David Bourke discovered more subtext in rearranging the letters of the clue to have the last word on the Inspector’s name as ‘report: name is uncovered’.
There’s a number of references in the cryptic clue ‘lean man with bad feet’. The solving of this clue encompasses the bible reference of Nebuchanesser’s feet of clay to Shakespeare Cassius of ‘the lean and hungry look’ to sport’s Cassius Clay. The reference to Cassius Clay is one that defies time and is as relevant now as it ever was and entering our language as the former name of Muhammed Ali.
This intricate clue which draws on the world of the Bible , Shakespeare and sport might be considered one that only a person with a well rounded general knowledge could solve but not all cryptic crosswords are so heavily laden with diverse references. David says you don’t have to be an Einstein to solve cryptic crosswords. A lot of cryptic crosswords concentrate on double meanings of words and are, as David says ‘a beautiful way at looking at words and can be enjoyed by everyone.’
Cluetopia is out now published by Allen and Unwin.
18.01.14 6:59 am
David Darcy has been to Tassie at least a couple of times, most recently doing a story on Tassie’s axe man and celebrity dog owner David Foster to be featured in the former David’s photographic book ‘Every Man & His Dog’.
David says Tassie is perfect for his work as a writer/photographer with it’s backpackers and tourist towns.
When I ask David why the book narrows it’s focus to be called men and do’ Every man and his Dog’ he agrees that both men and women have strong feelings for dogs but with men there is a mask to the depth of that relationship, with the men wishing to adopt a macho expectation as evidenced by their clowning around in pubs and saying ‘its just a dog’ when we know from the stories in this book the dog is much much more.
One of the reasons men seemingly get along so well with dogs is that dogs, and indeed all animals, adopt a non judgemental attitude and love unconditionally, its no wonder without all the human baggage we attach to relationships that the love between dog and man, or dog and woman is so refreshing free from the friction that can be evidenced in human relationships.
David discovered some interesting anthropological information in his compiling of this book. . His book looks at a cross section of poor to rich dog owners and found that the same attitude to dogs was expressed by both the poor and the millionaire. David gives the example of a multi millionaire who allowed his dogs free reign to jump all over the furniture of his expensive house.
Even men as tough as nails like Victorian Man from Snowy River stuntman, Gerald Egan,showed his emotional side when his love for his animals, dog and horse was so strong he decided to keep them with him via taxidermy.
This book has appeal to both men and women by illuminating the softer side of the male and perhaps proving that when it comes to dogs everyone is an ‘Everyman’.
‘Every Man & His Dog’ is out now, published by Murdoch Books.
The first Tasmanian meeting to discuss an exciting international cultural project will take place in Hobart on Monday, January 20 at 5.30 upstairs at the New Sydney Hotel.
A meeting in Launceston will take place on Tuesday 28 January, 7.45 am at Café Mondello and meetings in London will soon follow.
The project, which has confirmed experienced editors in both London and Tasmania will invite some writers from both locations and also call for submissions on the theme ‘cities and islands’ in upcoming months.
Transportation is an ambitious literary project that will publish, promote and showcase writers from London and Tasmania in book form for release in late 2014.
Transportation will draw on the long historic links between these distinct places and evoke the connection of historic and cultural significance. It will allow for a meaningful connection with the reading public, coupled with long term commercial viability.
07.01.14 4:20 am
Jesse Fink doesn’t get to Tassie as often as he wishes but he has memories of when he was here researching ‘Tiger Tales - Stories of the Tasmanian Tiger’, a book about the thylacine that he wrote with Col Bailey.
We spoke recently about Jesse’s most recent book ‘The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC’.
The book explores why these enigmatic brother enigmas created arguably the world’s most recognisable and enigmatic band.
A recognition that stretches from admiration by animals (sharks are known to be seduced by AC/DC music) to being fossilised! For AC/DC it means having their name ingrained in real rock as well as in the world of rock celebrity.
The real rock of archaeology sees some anthropoids named after AC/DC because, like the group, they are small and have travelled the world.
On a human level recognition of the band climbs to a monastery in the Himalayas where AC/DC t-shirts are worn under monks monastic robes. From mountains, to the flat of American football fields where their songs are sung as sporting anthems, the group has an ability to connect with people from totally different backgrounds.
AC/DC music is known to aid in therapy. Jesse Fink himself is proof of their music’s healing power. When he was going through a tough time he says he found only AC/DC music and lyrics could help him surmount it.
So what is it about these working class boys, emigrants from Scotland settling in Australia, that made them the world’s greatest rock band. They have sold over 200 million albums but continue to be an enigma, rarely granting interviews and fiercely protecting their familial territory like Celtic warriors of old.
They may emulate warriors of old but Angus is still the perpetual naughty schoolboy strutting his stuff on stage, Malcolm considered the brains and business acumen behind the band, arguably the worlds greatest drummer and George the businessman. The guys are a mix of the creative arts and shrewd businessmen. Jesse says while the guys may possess this creativity and business sense they are not overly sentimental and perhaps this is best demonstrated by the complete parting of ways that has occurred between them and ex band members all the while keeping their loyalty with their family.
Two things that may have influenced this is the boys Scottish working class upbringing and the clannish mentality it afforded with the idea of as Jesse says ‘stick it to the man’ but stick together as a family. Similarly George, rhythm guitarist, songwriter and producer who wrote most of the songs for the Easybeats, learned early the importance for looking out for one’s own family.
Fink’s discussion of the band also shines the light on some of those that contributed to AC/DC success such and maybe have been forgotten such as Tony Platt, the sound engineer and record producer and Mark Evans, the bass player who was with the band in their more formative years and and later parted company.
He also talks about the man who created the famous AC/DC logo, Gerard Huerta, Jesse says, has not had the recognition he deserves in creating one of the world’s most famous logos.
Jesse says for AC/DC there are two types of fans, those that hunger for any information on the band even if it might be critical and those who will not take any criticism about their beloved group.
Jesse has created a book that will certainly have these two groups of fans talking, and for the general reader it illuminates the story of a band Australia should be proud of as it’s own, possibly the greatest the world has ever seen.
‘The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC ’ by Jesse Fink is out now published by Random House.
03.01.14 6:26 am
Danielle Hawkins is a novelist who has not yet visited Tasmania, but with a best friend living here and a love for the natural beauty of our parks and mountains it may not be too long before she does.
From New Zealand, Danielle turned to writing when she found herself at home with her new baby. She decided to write a novel on something for which she was familiar that being her career as a vet.
So was cooked up ‘Chocolate Cake for Breakfast’ a title that would suggest quite rightfully a novel which is a gorgeous indulgence!
It was Danielle’s idea to focus on two people from ‘stunningly different backgrounds’, a vet and a much lauded and adored rugby player. The idea of an ordinary person, not your usual football WAG being romantically entwined with a famous rugby player was very exciting and full of possibilities.
Perhaps the meaning of her main protagonists names; For example, our hero is called Mark Tipene, Tipene being a Maori name meaning ‘crown or garland’ and the character Mark like most successful sportsmen is worshipped as a ‘king’ and as such has many symbolic ‘crowns or garlands’ for his proficiency in sport.
Our heroine Helen McNeil’s surname means ‘cloud or passionate champion’ and indeed although she may be clouded with her romantic liaisons she is ‘passionate’ about her work and a ‘champion’ vet, and as her first name ‘Helen’ would suggest she is ‘the bright one’
This brightness is demonstrated in a confronting scene when Helen takes Mark to assist her on a call. A calf that has passed away must be recovered in utero from its mother. Its startlingly honestly portrayed without embellishment, however for those not brought up in a farm environment it may be very confronting. Helen’s first date with Mark right away establishes her role and Mark’s as her assistant and how she is anything but the conventional footy WAG.
The couple’s careers cause some hiccups and with the addition of a course of antibiotics this dose of romance does not always run smooth.
To find out if our stunningly different protagonists do have a happy ever after you can read ‘Chocolate cake for breakfast’ which is out now published by Allen and Unwin.
Australian Society of Authors
22.12.13 5:05 am
The ASA was pleased to hear the Attorney-General’s comments in Parliament on 5 December in response to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC)‘s inquiry into copyright and the digital economy. “Australia’s creative industries are not just a vital part of our culture but a thriving sector of our economy. In 2011, PricewaterhouseCoopers estimated that the creative industries in Australia were worth $93 billion, which is around 6.6 per cent of GDP. The industries employ 900,000 Australians or about 8.8 per cent of the workforce, which makes them Australia’s seventh largest industry—bigger than construction and bigger than retail. It is important that, just like other workers out in our economy, those who make our great films and record our great albums are entitled to the fruits of their efforts.
“Without strong, robust copyright laws, they are at risk of being cheated of the fair compensation for their creativity, which is their due and the Australian government will continue to protect them. [...]
“I want to reaffirm the government’s commitment to the content industries. It is the government’s strong view that the fundamental principles of intellectual property law, which protect the rights of content creators, have not changed merely because of the emergence of new media and new platforms. [...] So in this changing digital world, the government’s response to the ALRC report will be informed by the view that the rights of content owners and content creators ought not to be lessened and that they are entitled to continue to benefit from their intellectual property.”
The Attorney-General has stated that the Government would be responding to the ALRC report in the new year.
Tasmanian Writers' Centre
22.12.13 4:50 am
Dear members and friends,
Thanks to those who were able to join us at the Lark Distillery last night for our end of year celebration. We were well entertained by a bunch of varied and interesting writers. Kate Gordon shared from her upcoming YA novel, Writing Clementine; Lian Tanner read from her new book Ice Breaker; Sarah Day read three inspiring poems from her new collection Tempo; Ben Walter read a short story that prepared us all for the upcoming bushfire season; Tansy Rayner Roberts entertained us with The Minotaur, a roller derby twist to the classic Greek legend; and Alison Alexander regaled us with the tale of Lady Jane Franklin climbing Mt Wellington. We also launched our program for the first quarter of 2014, which will be mailed to members before Christmas. It was also an opportunity to thank the many volunteers, staff and Board of Management who enable the Centre to offer a diverse and interesting program.
Office Closed for Christmas-New Year Break:
Our office will be closing this afternoon, (Thursday 19 December), for our Christmas-New Year break, and will re-open on Monday 20 January. If you wish to book in for workshops or events during the break please send us an email and we will attend to it when we return.
Kate Harrison Business Development Manager Island Magazine
13.12.13 9:13 am
Launching Island 135
We hope you’ll join us for a glass of sparkling Pagan Cider, cold drip coffee by Slow Drop (their debut appearance!), great discussion and food (did we hear someone say TacoTaco?) at Island’s launch party this Saturday, 14th December, 1pm, at Rosny Barn.
A great opportunity to meet your friendly Island staff, as well as author Jessica White, whose piece in Island 135 ‘From the Miniature to the Momentous: Georgiana Molloy and the Craft of Collecting’ is a wonderful piece crafted while undertaking the Ridgeline Residency earlier this year.
Please come and help celebrate Island 135 and another glorious Island year, and pick up a great Christmas subscription while you’re at it.
Our launch party is entirely free and everyone can (and should) attend but to give us an idea of numbers please RSVP.
Saturday 14th December
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13.12.13 4:05 am
Coral Tulloch’s ‘The Journey’ found its way on to my review desk accompanied by a jar of jam, so I wanted to spread (pardon the pun) the richness of this fantastical tale.
I spoke to the Coral Tulloch, the author and illustrator, recently and she is every bit as bright and colourful as her name would suggest. Coral tells me her mum chose her name from the woman’s weekly baby book and that Coral was a popular name of the 50s and 60s as the colour was used as decor for the kitchen and other rooms.
And so we can see an analogy where Coral takes us into the many rooms of our imagination and illuminates them with amazing colour and richness. We join her hero Bernard (named after her ex husband author Bernard Lloyd because the name is a bit unique and so suits perfectly her original fictional Bernard) and learn of his love for crumpets and plum jam (hence the delicious freebie).
Bernard’s mission is to search for a perfect plum jam recipe and the pole of inaccessibility. Along the way learning the most important ingredient needed in the recipe of life is right in front of, or should that be behind our eyes!!
Coral has adopted Tasmanian as her home after a visit as a schoolgirl to the Cadbury factory caused her to fall in love with in addition to chocolate,the landscape, including the extraordinary mountains and she found a sense of home and uniqueness even if the beauty surrounding her is sometimes distracting. Coral also managed to convert her friends to Tassie’s its magic having them visit regularly.
Coral has also worked on a successful book with Alison Lester about Macquarie Island called ‘One more Island’ that has netted 4 awards including the CBCA Eve Pownall Book of the Year Award.
‘The Journey’ has also netted quite a fan following with one fan frenetically moulding figurines of the novel’s garden whinger characters.
Coral is at the moment illustrating a book about Lord Howe Island, where she is drawing in black and white the story’s stick insect.
‘The Journey’ is out now published by Walker Books.
The Tasmanian Writers' Centre
11.12.13 5:29 pm
Join us to celebrate 2013 - Lark Distillery, Wed 18 December, 6pm
Dear members, friends and partners,
Please join the Tasmanian Writers Centre Management Committee & Staff in thanking the writers, readers and volunteers who make the Tasmanian writing scene so inspiring.
• 6pm Wednesday 18 December
• Lark Distillery, 14 Davey Street, Hobart
• Readings from some of Tasmania’s finest writers and live music from accomplished musician, Ralph Forehead.
We look forward to your company!
TWC Staff and Management Committee
09.12.13 5:20 am
An extract from James R. Boag’s new book:
USING THIS NEW AND EFFICIENT MEANS OF TRANSPORT
AIR SERVICE PROPOSAL
The waterside workers’ strike has again directed attention to the isolation of Tasmania during the constantly recurring social upheavals. Some time ago it was announced that the Civil Aviation Department was moving in the direction of establishing a service of seaplanes between Melbourne and Tasmania, and Lieut. McIntyre, who has just been appointed instructor to the South Australian Aero Club, was engaged for some time in making an aerial survey of the islands in Bass Strait.</b>
Recently Senator Sampson, of Tasmania, asked what was the position in regard to the proposed service, and in reply the Minister for Defence (Sir William Glasgow) stated that an experimental service across Bass Strait would be carried out by the R.A.A.F. in the Southampton (twin Napier- Lion) flying boats, which are expected to arrive from England towards the end of the year.
“Seeing that there are, as yet, not many seaplane services operating in the world, it will,” he added, ” be necessary to carry out a certain amount of reconnaissance and experimental work before we can establish a commercial air service between Melbourne and Hobart. During winter months Bass Strait will be difficult to navigate because of fogs. It will take some time to get this service established on the same reliable and practical basis as the existing services; but. the Government is keenly desirous of utilising this new and efficient means of transport to expedite communications generally, and to bring the outback portions of the Commonwealth into closer touch with the more settled districts. Care must be taken to give intending tenderers for Tasmanian services time to prepare their estimates, and also to ensure the successful tenderers can be relied upon to carry out their contracts.
The first of the Supermarine Southhamptons, ordered by the Federal Government, was recently subjected to special tests at Felixstowe (Eng), and underwent overload trials at a total weight of well over 18,000 lb. This figure is 3,300 lb in excess of its normal load, and gives the amphibian a useful load of considerably more than 50 percent. The Supermarine, according to a report received from the Air Ministry, behaved in “extremely satisfactory” manner.”
The Register (Adelaide) 24 November 1927
WHAT AN AEROPLANE!
I never thought I would see such a beautiful big aeroplane. It is the latest from De Havilland, a DH89. It has four engines and can cruise at 142 m.p.h. and climb to a height of 17,400 feet. It is the fastest British- built passenger aircraft in the world and now holds the speed record for flying across the Strait, 1hr 50 minutes.
Inside it is luxurious and it makes me think back to seeing Mr. Delfosse Badgery at the Elwick Show Ground, when I was a boy, flying his Caudron with a 45hp motor and not a thought of a passenger. How times have changed in twenty years!
ARRIVAL OF MISS HOBART.
The arrival at Launceston yesterday of the De Havilland 12 passenger aeroplane, Miss Hobart marked an epoch in the history of Tasmanian communications. With the De Havilland Dragon Miss Launceston she will commence on Monday the subsidized daily mail and passenger service between Melbourne and Hobart, supplying also the Bass Strait link for the England to Australia service to start shortly. The Miss Hobart, which is equipped with four engines, is the largest aeroplane in Australia. Her appointments are luxurious, and she holds a world record for performance. She made a record flight across Bass Strait yesterday covering the distance in 1 hour 50 minutes. The previous record was held by Mr. E. Chaselling, who covered the journey in 1hr 58 min in a Fokker machine. The journey could have been accomplished in less time had not 10 minutes been lost by avoiding a heavy rain squall, the pilot having to head slightly into the cross wind all the way.
The new aeroplane is handsome in appearance and is so neatly designed that her large size is deceptive when in flight. The four Gypsy Six engines are situated in a row on the lower wing, and each is of 200hp making 800 horsepower in all. Her external and interior appointments were much admired by those who witnessed her arrival. The 12 seats ranged one behind the other along the length of the cabin are of an armchair type, very comfortably upholstered, and covered in grey morocco leather. An attractive shade of grey predominates in the whole colour scheme. Passengers will appreciate the fact that the enclosure has been especially constructed to make it sound proof, and ordinary conversation can be carried on without unduly raising the voice. The provision of visibility is excellent and by means of patent appliances each passenger is enabled to arrange ventilation to his or her own liking.
Smoking is permissible, and the independent air vents are arranged so that non-smokers will not be inconvenienced by smoke. Lavatory accommodation is provided at the rear of the cabin.
The Mercury, 29th September 1934
It seems quite strange to me that for so many years’ aviators flew over Bass Strait in single engine aeroplanes and none came to much harm but, since machines have become bigger, with two and now even four engines, there seem to be more accidents. As a mechanic I wonder whether it has to do with the change from radial engines to inline engines, although there are many machines flying safely with Gypsy motors. There has been many a bent undercarriage and broken propeller and the amphibians have been down on the sea quite often but never, until now, has there been loss of life in a large passenger-carrying aircraft accident over Bass Strait. But now we are shocked that our most modern, fastest, biggest airliner has gone missing with paying passengers on board.
AIRLINER MISS HOBART MISSING ON JOURNEY FROM LAUNCESTON TO MELBOURNE
TWO PILOTS AND NINE PASSENGERS
LAST REPORT NEAR WILSONS PROMONTARY
Mystery surrounds the disappearance of the Holyman’s air liner Miss Hobart which, carrying nine passengers and two pilots from Launceston to Melbourne yesterday, failed to reach its destination.
The machine reported by wireless at 10.20 a.m. that it was approaching the Victorian coast. There is some evidence of its having passed over Wilson’s Promontory but nothing further has been heard of it.
A search of the coast by aeroplane yesterday afternoon proved fruitless. An Air Force flying boat and three other aeroplanes will continue the search. The liner was due in Melbourne about noon. It was one of the latest types of four engine aeroplanes.
Rachel Edwards, Ben Walter
06.12.13 10:36 am
A Tasmanian writing collective that maintains it does not exist was awarded ‘Best project by/for Young People in Tasmania’ at the national Express Media Awards in Melbourne last night.
The group, formerly known Under the Fat Man has has recently changed its name to Having Doubts After the Fact, a change in keeping with the participants’ desire to evade the milieu of contemporary Tasmanian, and by default, Australian literature.
Co-founder of the group, Ben Walter said “we were bemused and delighted that a national organisation chose to recognise the efforts of a literary collective that does not exist.”
The collective meets irregularly and casually in various Hobart locales including South Hobart and Moonah to discuss Tasmanian writing and incumbent, related issues including the use of the word ‘collective’ in lieu of ‘co-op’.
Express Media is the peak body in Australia supporting the writing and career facilitation of young writers.
Expat Tasmanian author, Tadhg Muller, said he had been observing the development of the group from afar “there is more than a passion for Tasmanian literature at play here, there is a desire to challenge and renew the island’s literary conventions”
Under The Fat Man was the only non existent Tasmanian collective recognised by the national awards.
Acorn Press Limited – http://www.acornpress.net.au
04.12.13 7:33 am
New Book Information
Title: Pieces of Eternity
Author: Michael P. Jensen
Edition: 1st edition
Formats: paperback and eBook
Publication date: 24 November 2013
RRP: $24.95 (paperback)
eBook price will vary depending on retailer
Acorn website quick link:
Does God have a sense of humour? Can Christianity make sense of our 21st-century world? What does it mean to be happy? Is it possible to survive in the jungle of office politics, or in the warzone that is social media?
In this provocative and stimulating collection of pieces from Eternity magazine, Michael Jensen presents an authentically Christian take on the way we live, work and think. With insight, humanity, and a humorous touch, Jensen takes us on a tour of the contemporary soulscape, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the music of Cold Chisel. He even argues that the atheists are right. Pieces of Eternity will surprise, delight and engage its readers.
Michael Jensen is a theologian, pastor and author from Sydney who is currently rector of St Mark’s Anglican Church, Darling Point. He enjoys popular culture, running, cricket and conversation. Together with his wife Catherine, he has four children.
Originally written for the Christian readership of Eternity magazine, these selected pieces have been edited by the author to appeal to a wider range of readers, including those with no church background. The contents of this book have been collated with the aim of providing a resource for evangelism and as a conversation-starter.
ISBN: 9780987428653 (paperback)
• Pages – 176
• Weight – TBC – approx. 270 g
• Dimensions – 210 x 148 mm
Availability from 24 November 2013:
• Paperback can be purchased through Acorn’s website (http://www.acornpress.net.au). Wholesalers can contact Acorn’s distributors, Rainbow Book Agencies.
• Ebook available for purchase through the following sites:
o Amazon Kindle
o Apple’s iBookstore
o Barnes & Noble
Kate Harrison Business Development Manager Island Magazine
04.12.13 6:33 am
The official launch of Island 135 is on Saturday 14 December at Rosny Barn from 1pm – 3pm.
All details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1416073688627171/
It is a free event, open to the public and there will be plenty of food, drinks and magazines for sale!
04.12.13 5:06 am
Download (TT presents the poems as downloadable docs, to get the emphasis and structure correct):
Six degrees of separation rain and wind:
The Race that Stops the Nation:
04.12.13 4:21 am