Where were you this morning? We joined the Adelaide part of 'March in May', protesting against the way the government is running things and against the budget cuts to those that can least afford it in particular. The plan is to run these marches every two months, lets hope they get bigger each time until the government gets the message that people don't accept their cuts. A couple of my favourite placards were: "Due to budget cuts the light at the end of the tunnel has been switched off" and "We have a budgie problem", the latter accompanying a picture of Abbott in his budgie smugglers. If you didn't go along today, maybe go along in August? The organisers have a March in Australia page with details and links here.
Day three at the Melbourne Grand Prix. It is qualifying today and all the pre-season activity finally gets to mean something real. We probably had the best view of the weekend on this day, overlooking the first two corners from the opposite side to day one. I got more shots of the cars in action on this day and the rain during quali certainly added to the interest. So, to see the drivers actually trying as hard as they can, click here.
Day two at the Melbourne Grand Prix and we finally got to see the 2014 cars on the tarmac for the first time. The grandstand seats we had for the second day were overlooking the start/finish line on the main straight. Great view, but not so hot for getting photographs as the cars zoomed past at high speed right by the wall at our feet. Still, I managed a few shots and there are more of all the other stuff going on that day. Including upside down flying motorbikes! Click here for the day two photos.
So, not particularly surprisingly the Abbott government is intending to bring the budget back to surplus by cuts to Government spending, rather than fixing the degraded tax system we have thanks to Peter Costello's tax cuts during the Howard era. That's one way of doing it I guess, but the question is what are they going to cut? The answer is of course that they are going to impose cuts on idealogical grounds that mean the lower income families in Australia bear most of the burden once again. But, will this help our economy? As it happens there is no evidence from economics around the world that it will, in fact austerity budgets usually result in economies performing less well. So when you hear the government saying we have to fix our budget (we have one of the lowest debt levels in the developed world), to fix our broken economy (one of the best performing in the developed world), ask yourself whether the two things are actually connected and read this article.
It's certainly taking some time for me to go through the many photos I took at my first Grand Prix experience, but I now have a set from day 1, set-up day. No actual F1 action, but plenty of other entertainment and we got to walk the pit-lane and see the garages in action assembling the cars. The trip was a great experience and as I go through the other photos I post them here. So for day 1, click here.
Ah, my new favourite French (albeit rather itinerant) chanteuse, Clémence Freschard. Don't know how it has taken me so long to come across her as I've like her pals in Herman Düne for some time. Anyway, here is the upbeat title track off her new album (which for once is on vinyl and not just a home made CD).
When I was in my teens the two bands I listened to more than any other were probably The Cure and The Smiths. Whilst I still play both occasionally, they aren't top of the rotation these days. I was listening to 'The Queen is Dead' with the kids this morning though and it still sounds so great. Is that just nostalgia though, or do The Smiths still, matter? Well if you Google that particular conundrum, one of the hits you get is a review of a boxset of all of their albums. Perhaps more interesting though is the website it is on, I'd never heard of them, but it appears Isolation Records were a short-lived label of that name in the mid-2000's. Now though they have a website with info on various indie music that matters to people of a certain age, even a complete review of every album released by Creation Records! Anyhow, if you are that way inclined, check out the website at: http://www.isolationrecords.co.uk
So. Rather than leave everything to Facebook and all the anoyances that entails I have ditched my account and turned my old site into a blog. There are some rather old overviews of my past work, a few random pages on my interests and, by default, whatever random stuff I've felt like posting.