Friday, October 01, 2021

This is Alex Scott

Cartoon by Alex Scott, 28th April 2018

Cartoon by Bill Whitehead, 23rd February 2012

Alex Scott at a work party, 16th December 2017

Savannah Guthrie at the 2016 Today Show Halloween party

Broadcast cover band at the Crown, Baltimore;
29th October 2016, Halloween Covers Night

Come Sweet Death and other songs

I would very much like to write an unofficial history of the National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, the absurdly named faculty of artiness at the University of Auckland. My study would have particular emphasis on the petty squabbling and the managerial diktats. If any faculty members, past or present, have stories to tell, I can assure them of confidentiality. Many mysteries remain, such as why the prestigious Grand Gala concert of 2018 was cancelled. 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Lexie leaps in

From the vault:

Reasonable questions

Reasonable answers:

'One thing I’d change to make life better - recognition of all the unpaid work women do (financial recognition would be awesome but even just respect and acknowledgement would be a bonus).'

'An advancement I’m grateful for - increasing numbers of women in politics.'

'(a) Free sanitary products for all school age girls, (b) women as leaders of their countries.'

'Living Wage for contracted workers like cleaners. Some have to work 60+ hours a week to make ends meet. The work is hard and sometimes hideous. Ethical procurement practices in govt and business would improve the working lives of many women.'

'I want to see equal recognition (financial) for the professional roles which are held by mostly women, such as certain health, teaching and caring roles. I’m really thankful for the MeToo movement, and that we are beginning to see more of a focus on consent in ed and media!'

'More women to put their hand up to be leaders ...with more voices at the table more positive change will happen.'

'In answer to question one, I'd like to see an end to gaslighting and victim-blaming. As for the second question, I think I'm most thankful for the increasing representation of women in government.'

'And I'm very grateful for access to contraception and reproductive freedom, even though I know these are undermined in various ways'

'No violence against women would be great.. also as a female musician it would be great to see more representation in the music industry'

But duty calls:

The Monochrome Set:

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Editing for pleasure and profit

Alongside parts that have been completely finished are others that are merely sketched out, the whole being a draft with the exception of perhaps two chapters. Quotations from sources in no kind of order, piles of them jumbled together, collected simply with a view to future selection. Besides that there is the handwriting which certainly cannot be deciphered by anyone except me, and then only with difficulty. You ask why I of all people should not have known how far the thing had got. It is quite simple: had I known, I should have pestered him night and day until it was all finished and printed. And Marx knew that better than anyone else.

Friedrich Engels to August Bebel, 1883
Francis Wheen. Marx’s Das Kaptal: A Biography
London: Allen and Unwin, 2006, 38.


Saturday, September 25, 2021

A little learning

Mature students at the University of Auckland; a set of photos found on the University's website some years ago.

From top to bottom:

Awkward introductions with fellow students
Uncomfortable training module with the IT man
Meeting the trouble-maker.
Realising how much all this will cost.

At Clifton College, Sons of Raphael:

Friday, September 24, 2021

Two kinds of modern

Left, spear-fishers at the Wallace-Mitchell House; published in Australian Home Beautiful in 1953 and shown in Desire and Identity, an exhibition at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery of Chancellor and Patrick's work.
Below, a dead fish at Le Corbusier's Villa Stein.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Megapope question

What did Megapope do? Why has he been forgiven for what he did? Or has everyone forgotten that he did it? And who for that matter is Megapope?

Answers on a postcard to the usual address. This contest relates to an argument in January 2018 among a small group of opinionated and unpleasant Wellingtonians. Terms and conditions apply.

Dry Cleaning:

A lovely couple