Meshell Ndegeocello, Factory Theatre, Sydney. 25th March 2024

Meshell Ndegeocello has been on my mind since her side-shows in Sydney and Melbourne were announced ahead of two dates at Bluesfest in Byron Bay. You couldn’t get me to Bluesfest if you paid me big wads of dosh – the idea of spending three days in the company of thousands of increasingly sweaty and [...]

Meshell Ndegeocello reckons the world would be a better place if Dolly Parton were President!

Meshell Ndegeocello was at her go-to repository of auditory delights—Amoeba Music on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles last October showing off her tote bag of goodies as part of their irregular, funny and revealing "Whats In My Bag" sessions. The YouTube clip gives a pretty good idea of Meshell's catholic musical and artistic tastes - [...]

The NT News. The slow death of a once valued journal of record.

The first image on this post is today’s front page of the NT News. Below that is page 90, the back page of the same edition. Local, National and International reporting, The Neddies and Advertising By my (admittedly quick & nasty) tally of the content between pages one and 90, if you’d paid your full [...]

Joe Martin-Jard’s term as Northern Land Council Chief Executive Officer ends (updated*)

By Media Release earlier today the Northern Land Council (NLC) advised in relation to the employment of the Chief Executive Officer, Joe Martin-Jard, that: The Northern Land Council has announced that Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Joe Martin-Jard, is leaving the role, effective Friday.The NLC would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Martin-Jard for [...]

By |2024-03-14T16:51:45+09:30March 14th, 2024|Indigenous land management, Media, Northern development, Some places I've been, The Law, The Northern Myth|Comments Off on Joe Martin-Jard’s term as Northern Land Council Chief Executive Officer ends (updated*)

Ethnoornithology at St Louis Missouri, April 2024

Regular readers will know that I’ve been attending—and presenting—at various meetings of different ethnobiological and related associations over the past two decades, starting with Australasian Ornithological Conferences as far back as 2001 and (fairly) regularly at a variety of Australian and international meetings since then. COVID-19, work and a patch of ill health has prevented [...]

By |2024-03-12T20:45:13+09:30March 12th, 2024|Birds and people, Ethnoornithology, Fun stuff, Some places I've been, The Northern Myth|Comments Off on Ethnoornithology at St Louis Missouri, April 2024

Horse Trank and friends. Darwin Railway Club, 23 February 2024

A couple weeks back I had a night out at Darwin's Railway Club with three young women hitting strings and skins and a coupla bunches of old(er) blokes doing the same but without a pair of decent trousers (or a full set of teeth) between them. Notwithstanding those apparent shortcomings (pun intended) it was great [...]

Andy Albury: “I will kill again—it is what I do … ”

Part Two: The Queen v Albury [2004] NTSC 59  Andy Albury interviewed by NT Police This is Part Two of a series examining recent developments in the indefinite incarceration of convicted murderer Andy Albury. You can read Part One here. In 2004 the Northern Territory Director of Public Prosecutions applied to Chief Justice Brian Martin [...]

The Police can be a force for good—but guns are part of the problem, not a solution

NT police issue Glock 22, .40 calibre This Musical Dispatch from the Front is a guest post by my old—in both senses of that word—friend Frank Baarda,* a long-term resident of Yuendumu. Greetings, This is a tale of how IMHO the police should be and how it is. On our odyssey when we returned from [...]

By |2024-03-04T16:36:37+09:30March 4th, 2024|Crime, Northern development, NT Police, Some places I've been, The Northern Myth, Yuendumu|Comments Off on The Police can be a force for good—but guns are part of the problem, not a solution
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