Design is a culture, not a department – Ingrid Fetell

18/06/2011 § Leave a comment

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The Herd

01/02/2011 § Leave a comment

“The Herd are an Australian hip hop outfit from Sydney. Unusual for a hip-hop outfit they have a full band format which permits more dynamic live shows. The Herd are composed of MCs Ozi BatlaUrthboy and BerzerkatronUnkle Ho (beats), Traksewt(piano accordion, clarinet and beats), Sulo (beats and guitar), Toe-fu (guitar), Rok Poshtya (bass) and singer Jane Tyrrell. Their songs often feature politically-oriented lyrics.


Traksewt (Kenny Sabir)
Rok Poshtya (Dale Harrison)
Ozi Batla (Shannon Kennedy)
Urthboy (Tim Levinson)
Unkle Ho (Kaho Cheung)
Toe-Fu (Byron Williams)
Sulo (Richard Tamplenizza)
Jane Tyrrell

The Herd’s first single to attract Triple J airplay was Scallops in 2001, a song about ordering food at a take-away shop. Later tracks included “77%” which featured the line ‘77% of Aussies are racist’, referring to the number of Australians announced in a survey that agreed with the Australian Federal Government’s response to the Tampa affair, and Burn Down the Parliament, which was to be interpreted metaphorically, but was released the same week as the Canberra bushfires of 2003.”

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Native… – Noooooooooooooo!

15/10/2010 § Leave a comment

Im a native speaker of English!

The more I try to teach the language the deeper I comprehend that I wield the English language like a native. I know nothing of the gramar, I know nothing of the rules of reading different letters… it all comes naturally.  i’ve barely managed to figure out that when letter C is followed by E is pronounced as an ‘S’… and also when its followed by the letter I… I’m still testing that the same happens with Y: cycle, cyckle -no, cycle -no…. cyclone!

I very well might go mad soon.
Diagnosis: multiple language disorder? skhizein-tongue?
(Greek roots of the term ‘schitzophrenia’: skhizein (σχίζειν, “to split”) and phrēn, phren- (φρήν, φρεν-; “mind”))

Нау трай то вригт се реверсе
Now try to wright the reverse
(of the above)



29/09/2010 § 1 Comment

Street scenes in detail, from around the world which will appear in news buliten but ‘as is’ without commentary.

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A personal note

14/07/2010 § Leave a comment

So I’ve sold my car 8 days ago, still hasnt really sunken in, i still sometimes look for it parked outside my house, its a bit like relinqueshing a limb. Im working on the forever shrinking then expanding list of “final catch ups”, returning books, dvds, selling, sorting and tyding.

Somehow finding tasks that were forgotten years ago but now seem important to finish. I even finaly found time to send a parcel to the night manager of the Melbourne backpackers from a trip long-faded, to thank for a cd he send me that summer, with contact lost since, in one way it seems kind of pointless as my suitcase and bag stand ready but completely empty.

I suppose I’m filing what i regard as an era of my life away. I am embarking on the trip I’ve wanted to take since I was 10. Then, i was too young. Later, I was too mentally imbalanced from trials of the not-old-enough years. Later still, i hadn’t yet fully completed my education. 13 years later, the excuses have finally run out. Even the fear has exhausted itself (but only in the last short months).

Relisation of just how much this book from childhood has formed my character today pushes me forward, gives me hope that I might find some comfort.

Exactly 3 weeks from 11:15 tonight, I will set out on my expedition. Its an expedition because these are usually brave, well considered attempts to find some sort of truth. And this is a fact finding mission. In my case the camera is set to play the part of an objective observer (at least it is a little bit more neutral than me). I hope to make it into my ever present pet, who eats gigabytes out of my external drive – therefore it may have to be rationed.

We don’t know what we will find or what obstacles we will face – me and my pet. I spend my time trying to predict: intruding on long lost family for an impolite duration (up to 5 months), my shyness to film those who are sceptical, sound quality, and of course my (lack of) ability to face other people’s (let alone my treasured few relatives’) opinions of my nostalgia and nationality/extent of belonging.

When sorting my organiser and found a note (a sort of reminder) I made a year ago, when I was just realising that this trip was the only way forward for me. “My Vision: I had many enemies, I am following the one that I couldn’t loose.”

Thank you to all those who have offered their sincere and full hearted well wishes for this trip – there have been so very many – absolutely amazing.

Something to Look Forward To

16/06/2010 § Leave a comment

Hurray! BBC is promising another great program: ‘Home from Home’. It is about UK-ers from other countries travelling back ‘home’ to discover their roots.

It will start airing on 26th of June, the times can be viewed here. It will of course appear here in due time as well.

BBC: British Asians straddling two cultures

14/06/2010 § Leave a comment

“When I meet 21-year-old Asma she is perched on a simple rope bed.

The sound of goat’s bells jingle in the distance. Her village surroundings could not be further removed from her middle-class home in Edinburgh. Most second-generation Pakistanis come here and find themselves plunged into this unrecognisable world, yet they remain intrinsically tied to their roots.

“I somehow feel more at home here surrounded by my family,” she told me. “Your home is not where you live after all, it is where your heart is.”

And Asma looks every inch the Pakistani girl wearing a shelwaar kameez and a dupaatta covering her head. I wonder how many people recognise the strength of this bond.”

By Navdip Dhariwal
BBC News, Punjab

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