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VisasVisas

10 Aug 2000 | Published in India Blog, Writing

Visas. Be they the stamps that fill passports or the cards that drain wallets, one cannot go far without either.
My partner, Deb, and I obtained our Indian tourist visas well in?advance.
“After all” said our barely competent travel agent “we all know how slowly the cogs of Indian bureaucracy turn.” “Oh yes” we nodded knowingly, not actually knowing anything about cogs let alone ‘Indian bureaucracy’.
India’s bureaucratic cogs turned at record pace mincing us in the process. Our visas were granted within a week and, to our dismay, started to run immediately from the date of issue.
At least our travel agent managed [...]



CricketCricket

9 Aug 2000 | Published in India Blog, Writing

Standing room was tight in the dusty TV shop on the last day of the Chennai Test Match. An Indian victory was imminent and the local men were undivided in their attention on their cricketing heroes. That is, until Deb and I squeezed into the shop creating a painful dilemma as to whether to stare at the screen or this western woman who had just walked in the room. It may have been one of India’s finest cricketing moments, but here was a real live white woman with real live breasts to stare at. Hell, even a quick grope may [...]



YoshiYoshi

8 Aug 2000 | Published in India Blog, Writing

Travellers of all nationalities abound in India, each behaving in their own odd ways and carving out unique reputations for their compatriots.
Brits have a reputation for never leaving Goa, roasting in the sun and partying hard. Americans are known for… well lets just say I have witnessed one incredible hissy fit over black coffee (or nescoffee as it is known in India) costing one rupee more than white nescoffee. Australians are renowned for our rougher, perhaps uncultured, nature and I often found myself cringing on hearing one of us use the word “youse”.
One notable ambassador for his country who did [...]



Kumbh MelaKumbh Mela

7 Aug 2000 | Published in India Blog, Writing

When 30 million people get together to bathe at the confluence of three rivers (one of which is imaginary) one knows that it is going to be a pretty special day. According to the stars who read the stars, the 24th of January was to be the holiest day to be at the Kumbh Mela. As this was also the Maha Kumbh, occurring only once every 144 years, it was to be a most auspicious occasion. All who bathed were promised to wash away all their bad karma and perhaps even secure a direct route to heaven. I doubted that [...]



KarmaKarma

6 Aug 2000 | Published in India Blog, Writing

What goes around comes around. Though occasionally what goes around comes around before it even goes around, which can rather leave one wondering whether they are coming or going… in a round about way.
My partner, Deb, and I were fortunate enough to experience karma’s more subtle workings while on an attempt to navigate the unpredictable seas of India’s postal, banking and other bureaucratic systems.
Our previous postal experience had been a disaster leaving us convinced that the term ‘postal worker’ is truly a contradiction in terms in India. Neither rain, nor hail, nor sleet, nor snow actually inside the post office [...]




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Rocking out in Redfern
Rocking out in Redfern

Most of the lawyers at a music trivia night might have started practising law when Soundgarden rather than Schoolboy Q were moving the kids, but a music trivia night is for the young at heart, writes Anthony Jucha
The crowning event of Law Week this year was Redfern Legal Centre’s ‘Rock trivia fundraising event’.
The invitation encouraged contestants to “get competitive” and “get mean” and “claim the title of ‘Most Rockin’ Law Dudes Ever’.”
I was recruited to help out as a scorekeeper on the night.  I agreed… for the feel-good factor; for something to write about; and for a couple of cold slices [...]

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Launch of Adelaide Edition of Monopoly – Channel 10
Launch of Adelaide Edition of Monopoly – Channel 10

Launching the Adelaide Edition of Monopoly – as seen on Channel 10 News.

 
 
 
 

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Monopoly – ABC Radio 891
Monopoly – ABC Radio 891

A fun (half hour) interview with Sonya Feldhoff from ‘Afternoons’ at 891 ABC Adelaide about The Campaign for Real Monopoly – started by blogger Jonny Nexus to encourage people to play by the rules.
Click here to listen to Part 1 of the Interview
Click here to listen to Part 2 of the Interview
See also on ABC Radio’s page.

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Satire – What Makes a Man Bare All?
Satire – What Makes a Man Bare All?

Anthony’s 2004 Adelaide Fringe debut takes us on a journey that bares all. With musical support from Gary and Rob (and constant interruptions by Michael Hicks), the show features such unusual explorations as:
• why spotted ties send the wrong message
• the rejection letter poem
• the army, cocaine, grenades and me
• why thinking about work can actually increase arousal
• losing your virginity; beware the dark blue ring
• hard up at the puppetry of the penis auditions
• the brighter side of breaking your penis
• a long weekend sleeping out with the homeless
If there is a place in hell for you [...]