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“One day I met a woman who, through illness and ill fortune, faced eviction from her modest unit. She was a good woman, but could no longer pay her rent - the shortfall grew bigger week by week. She sat with me in her darkened lounge and sobbed. Earlier that same morning, I’d read in the newspaper that Gina Rinehart’s wealth had doubled in 12 months, to $10.3 billion. Hers...
Occupy Melbourne, Friday From the Ground
Blogs are abuzz with descriptions and opinions of the recent Occupy Melbourne protests and their subsequent forcible eviction by the Victoria Police. I don’t really want to go into an analysis of the motives behind the protests and why i support them as i feel all the necessary points have been made elsewhere, but instead, I wanted to use this post as an opportunity to describe for those...
Barbara Streisand = Torture
These blokes at music-review site Poncho spent 36 hours or so listening to Duck Sauce’s Barbara Streisand on repeat. Whilst initially a ploy to get more fans and interest in their site they couldn’t make it all the way (ending it at 34 and a half hours) when listening to the song became too harrowing. However, what grabbed me was its similarity to the ‘enhanced interrogation...
John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave
Following in the footsteps of the ongoing Occupy Wall St movement Melbourne too will see its city centre inundated with protesters expressing their frustration over a range of political issues. The equivalent demonstrations across the US have been met by police brutality and abject dismissal by right wing media. Australians have long had a reputation for general political apathy and...
99 Problems But A One Drop Ain't One
Every now and again someone drops an interesting mash up of boss reggae and some contemporary artist’s work (usually hip-hop but not always). I haven’t really had a good chance with this version of Jay-Z’s Black Album (and a selection of choice Studio One cuts) but the song selection is very impressive and its construction is impeccable. My one gripe with this stuff is that i...
Vybz Kartel A Murder Dem
So, Vybz Kartel has been picked up by the Jamaican constabulary and charged with conspiracy to murder, illegal possession of a firearm and the big one; murder! I honestly don’t have any idea how legitimate these charges are but they relate to his ongoing feud with Mavado and the death of business man and promoter Barrington “Bossie” Burton. Kartel is certainly not the first...
Gappy Ranks – Live Pon Di Espy
Last night a few friends and I made the trek to the Esplanade Hotel to see UK dancehall superstar Gappy Ranks. Dodging the short skirts, orange bodies and $5 pots we were greeted by a surprisingly sparse front bar of the espy. Despite the poor turnout Gappy gave an absolutely stella performance that was marred only by some technical problems had by his selecta, who never seem to be able to get his...