2008: An overview

-Our ceiling collapsed thanks to inaction of our useless estate agent (don’t use Carlton Residential!)
-My photos were featured in the Schmaps online guides.
-The Australian government apologised to Indigenous Australians for the stolen generations and for past inhumane treatment. Now if they would just stop the intervention (or at least re-instate the Racial Discrimination Act so it actually applies to what they’re doing in the intervention) things could maybe improve.
-I got a spouse visa giving me leave to remain and work in the UK for two more years.
-I really got into podcasts (thanks to the ipod Paul gave me for Christmas.
-We moved into a really nice flat that is really close to amenities and train station, etc.
-We went to an Enchanted Woodland and we continued to explore and get-to-know London.
-I bought a very cool Atlantis Space Jacket.

I saw some really amazing art:
Yayoi Kusama
Louise Bourgeois
If Hitler was a Hippie how happy would we be and Fucking Hell by Jake and Dino Chapman
Blood on Paper: The Art of the Book
Paper Wars
Henry Moore at Kew Gardens
-William Kentridge films at Tate Modern
Anthony McCall light sculptures at the Serpentine Gallery
Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms
Street and Studio: An Urban History of Photography

And I attended some good museums:
Butterflies at the Natural History Museum
Darwin: Big Idea, Big Exhibition at the Natural History Museum
Brilliant Women: 18th Century Blue Stockings
Herschel Museum of Astronomy in Bath

Some good (and not-so-good films):
Forbidden Lies
Judgement Day: Intelligent Design on Trial
For the Bible Tells Me So
Black White & Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe
London and Robinson in Space
Paris, je t’aime
Waltz with Bashir
Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame
Electroma by Daft Punk (one of the not-so-good films)

I attended some talks:
British Graphic Novels with Bryan Talbot and Raymond Briggs
Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie on Lost Girls at the Southbank Centre
Neil Gaiman talking about Piracy Vs Obscurity
Is it always good to talk
Luce Irigaray: Sharing the Word (Helen and I didn’t really understand much, but then I don’t really understand her books either. Paul and Jess loved it.)

I read some good books:
The Myth of Mars and Venus by Deborah Cameron
God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens
Epileptic by David B
The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher Hitchens
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time by Michael Shermer
Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic by Esther Perel
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Comet Sweeper: Caroline Herschel’s Astronomical Ambition by Claire Brock
-Persuasion by Jane Austen
-Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Psychogeography by Merlin Coverley
Occult London by Merlin Coverley
Zodiac by Neal Stephenson
Opting In: Having a Child Without Losing Yourself by Amy Richards
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

I did a little travelling:
-Weekend in Valencia
-A weekend in Liverpool
-A couple of weekends in Bath
-A few days in Istanbul
-A weekend in Exeter

And best new music of the year (well, new to me):
Saul Williams – I saw him live and then bought two of his albums. I’ve been thinking of buying some of his poetry books.

In 2009, Paul and I might just move back to Australia, get married and have a baby. Who knows what the year will bring….

4 Responses to 2008: An overview

  1. barry says:

    i trust you’re gonna come visit me in Sydney when you come back!

  2. zinegeek says:

    Well, I have to visit family in Roma, Yeppoon and Canberra first. But I also would like to visit friends in Sydney and Melbourne!

  3. janettee says:

    do you know what city you might be living in, if you happen to move back to australia? (please be brisbane, please be brisbane)

  4. zinegeek says:

    We’ll be moving back to Brisbane (I’ve been hoping I will still have friends left there by the time we make it back!)

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