Archive for August, 2009

Framing Reality

Framing Reality

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I watch documentary film to look at something real—and preferably shocking—without having to leave my own city. Every film is constructed by an artist, but when they’re constructed from footage of real people being themselves, we expect not to be lied to. The ‘Framing Reality’ section of this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival indicates [...]

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Ciara: Fantasy Ride (LaFace Records)

Ciara: Fantasy Ride (LaFace Records)

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Fantasy Ride is Ciara’s third album. Known for being a tomboy, it finds her looking at her persona from several different angles. On ‘Never Ever (ft Young Jeezy)’, she takes a soft approach, rethinking a relationship that’s not going anywhere, while on ‘Like a Surgeon’, she uses metaphor to talk herself up the way a [...]

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Mandala

Mandala

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An exhibition of energy balancing artwork by Henri-noel Venturini. What is perfection? If we saw it would we know what it looked liked? This was a question posed to me by one of my lecturers this week. Considering he’s rather middle-aged and balding (but trying to make up for it with a mullet and beard), [...]

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Impact l Collision

Impact l Collision

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A British Corporate, Brecht and Buddha. It sounds like a savvy alliterative joke that should have a racist or religiously offensive punch line. Instead these three things are all sources for theatrical entertainment in Impact | Collision, the first season of plays emerging from the theatre department’s directing course this year. Three men have been [...]

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Public Enemies

Public Enemies

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Public Enemies had all the components to make a great summer blockbuster. Two of the most interesting and intense actors of today going head to head. An ability to comment on the current economic situation as its set in 1930s America. A director with a penchant for elevating crime stories out of their genre. Unfortunately [...]

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The xx: XX (Young Turks)

The xx: XX (Young Turks)

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Upon first listen, the xx’s debut album—helpfully entitled XX—seems like a breath of fresh air. The London four-piece’s modest and unassuming sound comes as a welcome change from the narcissistic posturing of other artists, while their blend of understated, ethereal pop-rock lacks the brazen, ‘in-your-face’ attitude that almost seems to be par for the course [...]

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Religious loons, baby-killers have reasonable debate

Religious loons, baby-killers have reasonable debate

by / 17/08/09 / 1 Comment

In the week that wasn’t at Albert University Somerset’s Albert University has done its part to tackle the topic of abortion, with the faculty of science playing host last week to a series of reasoned conversations between members of several fundamentalist religious sects and a group of militant pro-abortion lobbyists. The three day conference included [...]

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Otago set to slash and burn

Otago set to slash and burn

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And this time it’s not students playing with their couches University of Otago Vice-Chancellor David Skegg has told university staff to expect job cuts and the closure of some programmes in the wake of measures being undertaken by the university to make ends meet under new budget restrictions, the Otago Daily Times reported. The government’s [...]

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F1 Formula One: The Great Design Race

F1 Formula One: The Great Design Race

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In preparation for seeing F1 I did what any self-respecting man—who has a) never owned a car and b) has very little interest in cars—would do: watch Top Gear. There is one great clip where Richard Hammond is let loose with a Formula One car. For a man who has driven pretty much every car [...]

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Forensic Science

Forensic Science

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CSI is awesome. It makes scientists seem totally bad‑ass. Using high‑tech gadgets to build a water‑tight case of incontrovertible forensic evidence, and presenting said incontrovertible evidence to baddies who crumble and confess in the face of such incontrovertible‑ness is all in a day’s work for the white‑coated CSI crime‑fighters. One of the cases in the [...]

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