Search Results: Brian Matthews

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Holy ground

    • Ralph Carolan
    • 06 June 2006

    Ralph Carolan visits The Temple Down the Road: The life and times of the MCG by Brian Matthews.

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    Fuel to burn

    • Brian Matthews
    • 05 June 2006

    As far as events in the Place de l’Horloge are concerned, Madame Gauguin is the one who knows all.

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    Butchering words

    • Brian Matthews
    • 31 May 2006

    A friend of mine, fond of fashioning his own brand of aphorism, announced one day, after what he claimed had been a long period of research, ‘butchers are much given to bullshit.’

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    George Orwell's homage to a fellow underdog

    • Brian Matthews
    • 29 May 2006
    1 Comment

    Almost exactly 60 years ago George Orwell published a wonderful essay called, Some Thoughts on the Common Toad... The point of the essay was to insist ‘that the pleasures of spring are available to everybody, and cost nothing’.

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    Winds of change

    • Brian Matthews
    • 22 May 2006

    Towards the end of a bleak, mid-February Friday, the wind started to groan through the narrow, village streets. Shutters creaked and in the valley below a filmy curtain materialised over the vines and blurred the outlines of the farmhouses.

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    Taxi cab tales

    • Brian Matthews
    • 14 May 2006

    Cab cultures, not to mention the cabbies themselves, vary widely around the world. The Australian habit of hopping into the front seat with the hack and exchanging a cheery word is not generally welcome in Paris.

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    Writing the bloody things

    • Brian Matthews
    • 14 May 2006

    We met as usual ... and some half hour or so into our conversation I said that while travelling into town I’d had a ‘terrific idea’ for a short story.  

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    Far canal

    • Brian Matthews
    • 14 May 2006

    Pundits who were left gasping by the announcements of Colin (‘Cry me a river’) Barnett  would have been less surprised if they’d read the last issue of the Okotsk Institute Journal of Research into Inexplicable Public Behaviours.

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    Lost in Atlantis

    • Brian Matthews
    • 11 May 2006

    ‘Could you tell me how to get to Cudgegong, mate?’

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    Inferno bound

    • Brian Matthews
    • 11 May 2006

    The timelessness of great art is not just a matter of it still being around every time you happen to look.

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    Bush tales

    • Brian Matthews
    • 10 May 2006

    David is making mud bricks. A small, young wallaby watches him from less than five metres away.

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    Things that go bump in the night

    • Brian Matthews
    • 08 May 2006

    Between 1 January and 1 October this year I slept in at least 19 different beds.

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