Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sell out at Little Mindil!

It's been planned and argued for several years now but while I was busy raising a family and my trips into town have become minimal they managed to sell off the Little Mindil Beach area and turn it into a Parking Lot! Worse still the beautiful treed escarpment has now been laid to waste and nothing is left but bare rock and tree stumps!

Ironically I noticed the decimated escarpment while attending Marnie Jay's art exhibition "No Place Like Home" at Burnett House on Myilli Point. It's Ironic because Marnie's art celebrates the culture and atmosphere of old Darwin Town.

As I approached the Heritage Listed venue I was struck by the distinct lack of greenness where once there was a lush and thick canopy of Monsoon Vine Forrest!

Escarpment destruction
(Land Care - On The Edge.... or is it over the edge?)

Escarpment destruction
(Tree stumps and parking lots - Can Greed and beauty exist in the same place?)

Another Wild and Beautiful place in Darwin has been stolen from us!
It is obvious to many of us that the NT is a classic example of Machiavellian State!

Escarpment destruction
(Government Shame - Beauty defiled, Habitat destroyed.... access denied!)

Despite the lack of respect shown for the intrinsic natural value of the escarpment as habitat or as simply shade or at bare minimum screening, the act of defoliating the entire cliff face defies logic when you hear what the new land owners next move was... and I don't quite know what form of madness describes this act.

Apparently at a recent entertainment event held at the Casino, security guards stood at the fence line above the cliff and prevented people from gazing down on the Casino Lawns... a view they would never have had if the forest had been left in tact!

Here's a recent comment about this matter from an Opposition Party member.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Festival Time in Darwin

If you wonder what people do for entertainment in Arnhem Land, you should check this out!

(With apologies to Dunganda Street Sounds - They Rock!)

The Darwin Festival has just opened... If you weren't there you missed some great performances!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Brass Music

According to the song by R.E.M 'It's been a bad day'... Well it hasn't actually been a bad day yet... (6:00am) but I've been having a pretty difficult time for the last little while!

Due to family malfunctions I managed to miss out completely on seeing Neil Murray at The Groove! Due to suffering from physical, mental and emotional exhaustion I also managed to miss Jigsaw Collective and The Dukes who just happened to turn up to the Nightcliff Uniting Church Fashion Parade last Friday night also! I heard it was a real BLAST!
But eventually on Sunday Night we headed down to see Jigsaw at Mindil thinking they'd be at the mini amphitheater... we got it wrong...! (there were several performers there on the night all in different locations around the Market)
We went down to see the Jigsaw Collective but caught an amazing Navy Brass Band instead! About half way through my wife said that she'd found Jigsaw but it was too late! We were captivated by the USS Mercy Band! I didn't even think I liked brass Bands before I saw them perform!

Ben gets the Rhythm and de-stresses with some percussion

What a great afternoon!
New Orleans style Jazz was Pumping out of their horns and through the crowd like a wildfire! Finally some music to blast the stress away.

USS Mercy Band at Mindil
USS Mercy Brass Band (Playing some pretty sharp Jazz)

sax on fire!
The Sax solo goes on forever... This guy is on FIRE!