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  • Australian War Songs

    Australian War Songs

    5 years ago

    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.

  • Dora Carrington and the Bloomsbury Group

    Dora Carrington and the Bloomsbury Group

    5 years ago

    Around the turn of the twentieth century a group of Bohemian intellectuals composed of artists, writers, and economists formed a kind of of clique, where they lived freely, more or less, according to their own rules and...

  • Miss Parker's Pain: the Romantic Heart of Dorothy Parker

    Miss Parker's Pain: the Romantic Heart of Dorothy Parker

    5 years ago

    Parker's clever, cynical approach obscured a deep-seated romanticism that is evident in much of her work; particularly her poetry about relationships, which formed a large part of her creative output

  • The Legend of the Mermaid

    The Legend of the Mermaid

    5 years ago

    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,...

  • More Strange Toys

    More Strange Toys

    7 years ago

    Following on from Weird Toys, I've been scouring the internet for strange, interesting and nostalgic toys...

  • Bauhaus Furniture

    Bauhaus Furniture

    20 months ago

    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...

  • Weird Toys

    Weird Toys

    5 years ago

    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...

  • Pedal Cars and other Desirable Objects

    Pedal Cars and other Desirable Objects

    5 years ago

    Mini-automobiles for children have been around almost as long as the real thing, ie; shortly after full-sized cars were modeled in the 1890's and were handcrafted from metal- steel and sometimes from wood. When the...

  • Ventriloquist's Dummies

    Ventriloquist's Dummies

    4 years ago

    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.

  • Hot Hairstyles of the 1960s

    Hot Hairstyles of the 1960s

    4 years ago

    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.

  • A Day in the Life of a 1950s Housewife

    A Day in the Life of a 1950s Housewife

    8 months ago

    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...

  • How to Talk Like a Film Critic: Glossary of  Film Terms

    How to Talk Like a Film Critic: Glossary of Film Terms

    2 years ago

    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...

  • Cigarettes and the Seduction of Women

    Cigarettes and the Seduction of Women

    14 months ago

    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.

  • Carl Barks: Disney Legend

    Carl Barks: Disney Legend

    6 years ago

    The creator of Duckburg, Scrooge Mc Duck, The Beagle Boys, Junior Woodchucks, Gladstone Gander and others - the legendary comic master Carl Barks, was one of Disney's most celebrated and talented comic book...

  • Seeing: Interpretation and Perception

    Seeing: Interpretation and Perception

    6 years ago's a strange phenomenum. In a nutshell it's being able to receive and interpret information about our surroundings through a camera-like lens connected by pathways to the brain.

  • Toy Robots

    Toy Robots

    6 years ago

    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...

  • Cling Wrap

    Cling Wrap

    6 years ago

    Everything you ever wanted to know about cling wrap...

  • How to Make a Song

    How to Make a Song

    4 months ago

    ~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...

  • Phillip Island Fairy Penguins

    Phillip Island Fairy Penguins

    4 years ago

    At just 40 centimetres the Fairy Penguin is the pygmy of the penguin world and found only along the southern coast of Australia and New Zealand, away from the ice and snow usually associated with penguin habitat. The...

  • How to Wear Different Styles of the Ponytail

    How to Wear Different Styles of the Ponytail

    12 months ago

    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.

  • I, Claudius

    I, Claudius

    5 years ago

    Political intrigue,assassination, espionage, ruthless ambition, love, war, murder, sex, religion, incest, rape, madness...the thirteen episode 1976 BBC miniseries , I Claudius, based on the epic books by Robert Graves,...

  • 1920


    5 years ago

    Colourful, exuberant, fun-loving....1920 ushered in a decade of great optimism. It was a time when the rules were broken, new territories explored...when women broke free from many of the sartorial and social...

  • Schopenhauer and the Poodles

    Schopenhauer and the Poodles

    5 years ago

    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