I clearly remember the first time I heard The Band Played Waltzing Mathilda - Eric Bogel's poignant ode to the men who were maimed and killed in the Great War and in particular Gallipoli.
The legend of the mermaid has, in its way, endured and while few people may believe mermaids actually exist, they still appear in our stories, pictures, sculptures and other cultural references. When you think about it, it's a curious myth - a woman who is half fish. Why half fish?
Following on from Weird Toys, I've been scouring the internet for strange, interesting and nostalgic toys...
The Bauhaus was an avant garde design studio that operated in Germany between 1919 and 1933. Founded by architect Walter Gropius, the school incorporated art, architecture, and in particular, distinctive furniture that would become known as Bauhaus style.
The consumables we offer up to our children say much about what we are about in any given decade. Toys and products we may have happily given them yesterday, we might cringe at today and products we sell to children today would have horrified parents of the past.
Pedal cars have a long history as treasured children's possessions, items of beautiful craftsmanship, and even as prized collectors items for adults. Read more about the history and find tips for purchasing.
Ventriloquist's dummies, being so distinctively human and yet at the same time, so not human are just a little bit creepy...and in some cases, a lot creepy.
When actress Mia farrow had her hair cut by Vidal Sassoon during the filming of Roman Polanski's wonderful film Rosemary's Baby in 1968, powerful ripples of shock reverberated among the style-conscious.
Post-feminist revolution, 1950's housewives carry a certain amount of hip kudos. Now that we have equality (or a facsimile thereof) we don't have to be on the defensive anymore. We can wear a stiff, full skirt, vintage aprons, masses of lipstick, absurd hair and play at having afternoon teas and...
So you want to be a film critic? Well here's something to get you started; a general guide to some of the language of film criticism...
Although smoking is now socially akin to having two heads, when it was at its fashionable peak in the 20th century, many people were persuaded to believe it was the smart, sophisticated thing to do.
The little tin and plastic robots that came off the production lines in the US and Japan were technological mini-me's...representations of an artificial intelligence we hoped to create in our own image. True, they were only toys...but the concepts from which they were drawn were real enough.
Everything you ever wanted to know about cling wrap...
~Take a melody, some words...a burst of inspiration and stir gently~ That's all there is to it. No, not really...well it might be that easy for some, but not for others. Just so I don't feel like a total fraud, I should say at the outset that I've never sold a song, had one published nor had one...
All about Phillip Island's Fairy Penguins.
Ponytails and tight updos generally flatter the female face, as they work against gravity, pulling everything upwards. They can also lend a swan-like elegance and well-groomed aura to a woman.
When I look at pictures of Schopenhauer I see a man who has looked deeply into the world and doesn't like what he has observed