A busy week

January 21, 2009

On Monday night I went to Skeptics in the Pub where I heard a talk by Rebecca Watson (from Skepchick and the Skeptics Guide to the Universe) on Women’s Intuition and Other Fairytales. It was really good.

Last night I had a dinner with work people. At least I got free food!

Tomorrow night I’m going to a talk by Virginie Despentes called Exploding the Myth of Femininity. Virginie Despentes wrote the novel and film Baise-Moi (currently banned in Australia, I believe), a violent, rape-revenge fantasy that contains ‘actual sex’, OMG! I am planning on watching the film tonight so I’ve seen it before seeing her talk. She is actually talking about her new book on feminism called King Kong Theory.

On Saturday there’s a Zinefest at the Women’s Library which sounds quite fun. The Women’s Library currently has the exhibition Between the Covers: Women’s Magazines and their Readers (Until Wednesday 1 April 2009, entrance free), and as part of the Zinefest on Saturday, there is a comics exhibition and stallholders selling zines and comics (and other DIY media, I imagine) and workshops.

Details:
Zinefest
The Women’s Library
25 Old Castle Street
London
(Aldgate and Aldgate East tube stations)
Saturday, 24 January, 2009
12- 4pm
Free

Workshops:
12-1.30pm Self-publishing 101 (seminar room)
12- 2.15pm Screen Your World -Printing Desire (activities room) I believe the screen-printing workshop is booked out now.
1.30-2pm and 2-2.30pm Zine Tour (meet at reception)
2.30-4pm Radical Publishing Panel (seminar room)
12-4pm Comic Exhibition (cafe space)
12-4pm Stalls (mezzanine)

Check them out on myspace and We Make Zines on ning.

I don’t really make zines anymore and hardly read them, so I’m looking forward to picking some up on the weekend. I want to get back into making zines this year, so hopefully this will help kick-start it.


2008: An overview

January 4, 2009

-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.
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The ICA and some Craftacular stuff

December 2, 2008

Paul and I will be visiting the ICA twice this week – there is a members’ viewing on Tuesday night, and we’re going to hear some Detroit techno accompanied by NASA images of Saturn, which sounds pretty cool, I hope it’s not a disappointment.

Jen Smith is coming to town this weekend and I’m looking forward to seeing her.

On Saturday Bust magazine is having a Christmas Craftacular which I’m really excited about:
SATURDAY, 6 DECEMBER, 2008
NOON – MIDNITE
20 Phoenix Road, London
Near Euston Station

Shop, dance and be Merry! BUST magazine brings you an all-day, all-night shopping and music extravaganza featuring the nation’s hottest DIY talent. Down some drinks as you learn to craft and listen to DJs while you brwose the handmade wares, from jewellery and clothing to home decor and cards. Don’t miss: Learn to Stitch and Knit! // Tatty Devine Craft Clinic! // DJ Sets from Vinyl Vendettas, Golden Shivers, Shellac Sisters and Sheila B! // Goodie bags for the first 100 attendees, raffle, and more! Admission: £ 2

And Amanda (who I worked with at Chapman Taylor) is having a farewell thing Saturday night – she is going back to Australia.