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Friday, 31 December 2010

Moving Forward, Backwards Style - 2010 in review.



Hello Bigmouthies. Thanks to a browser hijacker and a bunch of other adware, malware, spyware and fuck-knows-what-else-ware, I can’t get online via my laptop, so the final blog for 2010 comes to you from my phone.

It's been a big year at Bigmouthery. This time last year the average daily traffic was around eight page views. Thanks to you, Bigmouthery took off, relatively speaking, in 2010. Page views sit around a fairly constant 100 per day, with a sustained spike of about 300 coming on the back of the Roger Avary exclusive in July.

This blog was going to be a bit of a clip show, looking at some of this year's most popular entries and rants. Unfortunately I can't do that right now, so I hope my thanks for your support will suffice. When you're sitting on 8 page views a day, 3 of which are probably your own, any hope that your blog will attract some kind of following is pretty hollow. I can't resolve to make the blog any bigger next year, but I can make it better. 2011 will see more entries, with a view to making Bigmouthery its own entity by the end of the year.

I'm not usually a New Year's Resolution kinda guy. Promising that you’ll make a life-changing decision (and stick to it) based on a tick of the clock that punctuates the end of a Gregorian year…always seemed odd. This year, though, it dawned on me that that's a copout, especially for someone who rarely devotes any time to changing anything except underpants for special occasions. With the last few days spent in relative seclusion, reflecting on a year that nearly ended without me in it, I had the chance to take stock. I don’t mean that to sound overly melodramatic, it’s just a fact. So in 2011 I am making resolutions. I may even tell you what they are sometime. By the way, if you ever have a chance to spend a silent few days solely in the company of cats and birds, take it.

My love and special thanks to my brother Conor, and my dear friends Chris, my soul sister Renae, Falon, Louise, Nick and my heart, Rhonda, for helping me make it through 2010 in one piece. Much love also to those from unexpected corners who offered their strength, support & understanding. I'm still here...due in no small part to you.

Before I go, please revisit the top 5 Bigmouthery blogs for this year, in order of visits:

1. Pulp FACTion - Roger Gets Out of Jail.
2. Owning Racism.
3. Marys Getting Married.
4. Bipolar Bumblebee.
5. Teabaggers - A Gobful Of Bollocks.

I also wish to make a correction to my 10 Best Albums of 2010 post. I had included Plan B's 'The Defamation of Strickland Banks' in the short list of entries that just missed out. It's definitely worthy of being on that list...and near the top too.

Happy New Everything, everyone.
Nxx

Friday, 17 December 2010

The 10 Best Albums of 2010.



Most everyone loves reading the 'best of' lists that dump on us in the last couple of weeks of the year. When they get to the end, though, many suddenly get pissed off because their favourite song or movie or actor or news event or celebrity stool sample wasn't included, or didn't place as highly on the list as they wanted it to...or the list features something they hate.

I always have a bit of a giggle reading internet comments like 'How could you not have Mischievous Pubes by Revolving Bum vs DJ Poo Poo? You suck!' Surely they can answer that stuff themselves: 1) they didn't hear it, 2), they thought it was good but not good enough for the list or 3) in their opinion, they'd rather shove a burning match down their nob/up their girl bits.

Anyway, here are my favourites for the year. I don't listen to Triple J so 'new' music comes either by accident or recommendation. Sometimes I get in early, sometimes I'm late. Either way, I hope you enjoy.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Under Milk Wood.



Hello. Been a little quiet here, mainly because I've been working on a play. I'll be back soon, meanwhile you can read an interview about the play here.

Hwyl.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

The Way to San Jose



Most people have a little store of humming tunes, a list of 'standards' that come to mind absent-mindedly when they are present-mindedly doing something else. One of the songs in low-rotation on my jukebox is 'The Way to San Jose' by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, most famously sung by Dionne Warwick. Dionne's often asked me if I know the way to San Jose, and in my little sing-songy moments I've asked myself the same question. Then, the other day, I realised with no little shock that I had no idea how to get there! How could I have lived all these years and not bothered to find out?! Criminal!

So...for those of you who live in my city, at least...here's the way to Sane Jose:

Taking the centre of Brisbane (or CBD) as a starting point you have two options. You can catch the Airtrain at Central to the International Airport. Alternatively, you can drive or take a cab. There are a couple of ways you can go, but remember, Dionne says we're looking for 'peace of mind', so let's take the more scenic, riverside Kingsford Smith Drive route.

Follow Queen St till it becomes Wickham. Keep going, through the Valley, Newstead and Brekky Creek until swinging right onto K-S Drive. Look at the boats. After about 2km, turn left onto Nudgee Rd (did you know that Nudgee is an Aboriginal word meaning 'place of ducks'?). Get onto the E-W Arterial and hang a big fat right at the big fat roundabout. Now you're on Airport Drive. Follow the signs to the International terminal.



I'll let you take care of your flight arrangements. Quite a few flights go to America. Luckily, you want one going to Los Angeles, which is normally the first mainland stop anyhow. The pilots will do most of the work on this leg of the journey and their routes are subject to change, so I'll just give you a rough directional guide:



Once on the ground and thoroughly poked, prodded, interrogated, blood-tested, tissue-typed and body scanned at Los Angeles International Airport, you have a variety of travel options to San Jose. Amtrak offers a train journey on the Coast Starlight line, starting at Union Station and conveniently ending in San Jose. There's a bus service from LAX that'll take you to the train. You can also fly and take the bus. Not simultaneously.

The hell with that, though, let's drive. The quickest route is up through State Rout 5, but we're going a longer way, taking in San Luis Obispo .




Leaving LAX hang a left on S Sepulveda. Take the Imperial Hwy West I-105 E ramp towards Imperial Terminal. Merge near Norwalk. Get onto the I-405 towards Santa Monica. Then one of the reasons for coming this way, the 101 at Ventura.
Keep going to CA-1 N exit near Hearst Castle. Hang a right onto Toro St, then right onto Higuera, just past Monterey. Turn onto Santa Rosa, then right back onto the CA-1 at Walnut. Left on Toro. Merge back onto the 101 and drive baby, drive...170 miles. Merge onto CA-85 N via Exit 377A toward Cupertino. Merge onto CA-87 N toward Downtown San Jose. Take the Santa Clara/Julian St exit 6, then the CA-87 exit on the left. Exit 6B approaching Julian, right onto West St James, 2nd left onto N Market and the first right onto Devine!


Now you know the way to SAN JOSE! Welcome!
(Warning: directions may differ depending on your point of departure.)

Alternatively, you could just stay home and listen to the song.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

More Than Mere Fractions.



Despite theatre being one of the great loves of my life, it usually doesn't get much exposure on Bigmouthery, for a few reasons...the main one being that others cover my city's arts industry far better and more comprehensively than I ever could.

In 2011, though, Bigmouthery will feature a new segment profiling some of our best and most beloved theatre 'identities'. It's true...some people have already said yes, poor blighters.

For now though, I must make special mention of a special man who has created a special and important piece of art.

Earlier today, Marcel Dorney was awarded the 2010/2011 Queensland Premier's Drama Award for his play Fractions. Last weekend the three finalists' plays (Marcel's Fractions, Unreliable Bodies by Philip Dean and Belongings by Rebecca Clarke) were performed as rehearsed readings at QTC's Bille Brown Studio. I was lucky, proud and extremely honoured to have been a part of the creative development and reading for Fractions.

I just want to dedicate a few minutes of Bigmouthery to congratulate Marcel not only for winning the award, but to thank him for creating a piece of theatre so immense, powerful and brilliant that it annoys me they're the best superlatives I can muster. In fact, to everyone involved in the Fractions 'experience', my love and thanks for making my first QTC experience one that, days later, still has me abuzz with excitement.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Your a Idoit Looser What Should of Knowed Better Then That



Aside from an old Facebook group called 'Save the Apostrophe', I try to stay off my high horse with regard to the English language. For one thing, I'm no expert. A quick trawl through the entries on this blog will reveal many typos (or maybe it's typoes?), slang contractions and the odd misspelling. (Read more...)

Thursday, 25 November 2010

God and Stuff - Part Three: Journey Man



The initial idea for this blog was a one-shot 'why I don't believe in God' post. After reading a few posts of a similar nature, I felt a greater understanding of my position would be achieved by sharing some of my personal history within the world of faith and religion. It was done partly out of a desire to give you, the reader, greater context, as well as a selfish hope that I may be able to offset the probability of inflammatory responses. On this second point, I failed.

Yes, there were people of faith who disagreed with my view and in so doing were measured, eloquent and respectful. But I know and respect these people...it was hardly likely to be any different. There was one commenter who, in accusing me of having the mental age of a 9-year-old, offered no argument (outside of ad hominem) and a number of typically hateful emails. One person even threatened to come to Australia and stab me to death. Delightful.

So if Parts One and Two didn't allay the potential for attack, Part Three may really piss a few people off. So let me just say this: in planning and writing this series, it has never been my intention to annoy or needle the faithful. While I find certain beliefs archaic, flawed and in some cases downright laughable, I respect wholeheartedly a person's right to follow the short and narrow path, even if that means sending the occasional death threat.

Welcome to Part Three, the final instalment of 'God and Stuff'.
Okay? Now, on we go...
(Read more...)

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Gay Marriage.



Same-sex marriage is not an issue that directly affects me. Actually, being 41, heterosexual and never married, it's fair to say that no kind of marriage directly affects me. But, my darling sweetie-faces, that's another show.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

God and Stuff - Part Two: Angry Apostate




The Jesuits are famous for a saying that starts, 'Give me a child until he is seven and...'.

It finishes variously with '..I will give you the man', '..he is mine for life' or '.. you may do what you like with him afterwards'. A more common and generic saying is 'Once a Catholic, always a Catholic.' I have always taken this to mean that, no matter how violently you may rebel against the church, its doctrine, its 'ways'...will always be at your core. (Read more...)

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Peter Cook.




Peter Cook is worth remembering purely because he was one of the funniest people that ever landed on this noisy blue mote. In the pantheon of comedy, he occupies the most capacious, yet replete, chamber. Entire books have been and should continue to be dedicated to him...not just his great and too short life, but his tremendous impact on comedy and overall 'funny'. (Read more...)

Sunday, 14 November 2010

God and Stuff - Part One: Catholic Boy.



When I came sloshing into this world in a torrent of water, I did not believe in a god. I simply did not have such faculty. Eight days later, I was, without being asked, sloshed with more water and signed up as a Christian of the Roman Catholic flavour. Over the next 15 or so years, in slightly less moist ceremonies, I was further indoctrinated. At eight came 'Reconciliation' and 'Holy Communion'. At 12, 'Confirmation'. (Read on...)

Friday, 12 November 2010

Essential, Affordable Condiments.



I note with a degree of sadness the closing of the Coffee Club at Indooroopilly. Not because I like The Coffee Club - along with happy-clappy-Praise-Jebus-and-stuff-the-collection-plate coffee chain Gloria Jeans it's actually kinda crap - it reminds me of the first meal I shared with a very dear American friend back in 2007. She came out here with her sister and sister's boyfriend for a holiday, and I'm sad to say that one of their first impressions of Australia was...our stinginess with condiments. (More sauce...)

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Stephen Fry is Not Tone Deaf



For the last 20 years I have made the BBC World Service my 'bedtime story'. Despite the up-to-the-minute yet often disomfiting reportage of war, rape and rapine, there's something very soothing and soporific about many of the presenters' voices. Not as effective as benzodiazepines, but much better than valerian or chamomile. (Read more...)

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Bigmouthery Hits 100 Page Views Per Day!



Ain't been round these parts for a few days, mainly 'cause my insides decided they don't want anything in 'em.

Turn up today to find that after a traffic plummet (by plummet, I mean from about 70 to 35 daily views) in the last little while, Bigmouthery, for the first time ever, has recorded over 100 page views in a day. It's due in large part to other sites linking to the little scoop about Roger Avary being released from jail back in July.




Yes, 100 page views a day is pretty shabby, but it's better than I hoped for this time last year. Tell friends, share links, join the Facebook group and follow on Twitter. One day Bigmouthery will be a proper website with all sorts of stuff going on all the time...I am not asking for money, I just need your help to get the word out.

Thanks to those who visit regularly and post the occasional comment and message of support. I really am aiming to make Bigmouthery into a more professional venture and it's people like you that make me feel it's somewhat possible.

Friday, 29 October 2010

Joy.



About five years ago, around this time of year, I was flying out the door to go to work. It was early. The false dawn, some used to call it. As I brushed past an opening in the hedge that served as a front gate, I noticed a little dot of colour poking out through the tightly-cropped greenery. An orange rosebud. I gave it the merest attention as I tripped on towards the bus stop to get down to the drudgery of the day.

Early that afternoon, poorly paid tedium complete, I returned home. The rose had blossomed into almost indescribably beautiful sunburst of colour. (Read More...)

Monday, 25 October 2010

Mahalia Jackson - First Queen of Gospel



If memory serves, I've once before shared a small anecdote about the time I was chided for having an improper fondness for gospel music. It was a few years ago, in the lunch room of a place I used to work. Music was the topic of discussion, specifically that which elicits a strong emotional response. I mentioned gospel music and a tight-faced, shallow-minded woman from the next table (with whom I had had a few previous verbal jousts on subjects that pique many of the faithful) piped up: "How can you like gospel music? You're not even a Christian." I replied, "I'm not a vegetarian either, but I like peas." (Read more...)

Thursday, 21 October 2010

For many of you, the idea of sending a blog from yr phone is no biggie. I've never done it before, so it's a little exciting, esp since I only have an n95 and until recently cd not access the intyplop from it. Don't expect too many of these phone blogs, unless I'm awestruck or livid and need to tell no-one and everyone immediately.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Rightly Timed Pause.



Mark Twain, possibly the first great stand-up comic, once said, "The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause."

While I regret my absence from these pages in the last weeks, it was rightly timed. It's long been my hope to build Bigmouthery into a blog that readers can visit daily, always finding something new, enjoyable, out of the ordinary and perhaps, on rare occasion, even a little enlightening. Circumstances, including an upcoming show rehearsal pic above), have once again conspired to limit my output.

In anticipation of possible slow times, I post-dated publication of a few pre-packaged generic blogs this year (celebrations of notable birthdays and odd events for example)in the hope they would keep traffic ticking over. While it's not dropped back to the eight page views a day I enjoyed for the first two years of Bigmouthery, page views have declined.

There will be new features and segments appearing soon, including interviews and profiles with some of my local theatre community's leading lights and inspirations, both onstage and off, and possibly even a day-to-day diary chronicling a new musical project I'm hoping to kick off during the southern summer, provisionally titled 'rxnxr'.

Bigmouthers...I need your help. I'm not one of those people who has as the cornerstone of their existence the doughily-formed notion that humans have been placed on this Earth for 'a reason'. Having said that, I'm still fairly certain that, purpose or no, I can contribute a lot more to this little misfit life than wading through the sludge of soulless hand-to-mouth day jobs and rat racery. I would love, in the next year, to make Bigmouthery a professional blog. To do that, I have to increase traffic.

Please, if you have a few minutes spare during your online trawlings and trollings, spread the word of Bigmouthery. Share your favourite entries with friends via email and social networks. Google the word 'bigmouthery' so it eventually appears in their autofill drop down. Slip it into conversations with friends. Anything you can do would be great, and hugely appreciated.

According to traffic ranking site Alexa, Bigmouthery is the 6,567,644th most viewed page online. Youporn.com, whose content I shall leave to your imagination, is ranked at 72. Now I'm not saying you should stop wanking, but I'm thinking if you can spare the time to look at grown up people who love each other very much expressing that love in ways both intimate and moist, you can help to push Bigmouthery into the top few million within the next 12 months.

If you do, I may even post some pictures of boobies.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Things I Seed This Week



A bit of a bitser today...

During the week a few things caught my eye. Here they are:

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Sexy Potato Salad - Bigmouthery Cooking Show!



Sexy Potato Salad. Can potato salad be sexy? Can food be sexy? And if it can, should it be allowed? These questions and more will not be answered today.

I'm just going to show you how to make what I believe to be the tastiest, most decadent potato sex salad you will ever eat. (Get your spud on...)

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Happy Birthday Hank.


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Hank Williams was born on this day in 1923. He was the greatest of the country stars. Although never officially the 'king' of country (that honour seems split between Roy Acuff and George Strait), Hank Williams is undoubtedly one of the finest country songwriters and performers in history. Happy Birthday, Hankie.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Yahoos - Part 2 (Audio Blog with Guest Presenter)


I couldn't be arsed finishing Part Two because, for now at least, I'm through the ghoulish Y!A Politics freak show phase. I did promise a Part Two, so as a little change of pace, here's an audio blog presented by my English friend Jon. Be warned that Jon does not hold back with the swears.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Is America a 'Christian Nation'? No.



While Part Two of 'Yahoos' marinates in 'drafts' waiting for me to summon the energy to invent new swears, here's a little something not altogether unrelated. (Read more...)

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Yahoos - Part One (May Cause Offence)



Yahoo! Answers Politics section is constantly under fire from its users for having a liberal bias. As you might expect from the melon-brained crypto-fascists who make such claims, it's a load of horseshit. Here's a cobbled together video montage of a tiny cross-section of contributions from the rabid illiterati. (Watch the video...)

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Stevie Ray Vaughan - 1954-1990

This small tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan post was set to auto-publish on Friday 27th but it didn't, so here it be...


Stevie Ray Vaughan died twenty years ago today. He had an almost unearthly ability to play the guitar.



Dedicated to the memory of the man and also to my brother Conor, whose love for Stevie and his music abides.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Pause for Thought.


It's been a rollicking old time this month on the 'mouthery. So I'm going to take a break for a few days.

Before I take off, I'll leave you with a few random bits.

1) To those of you who are surprised at the election 'result', don't be. Polling always suggested it was close, and with the general feeling being that the Greens were going to pick up a few votes, bear in mind that they were far more likely to nick 'em from the ALP than the Libs.

2) On this day in 1867, French poet Auguste-Marseille Barthélemy died in Marseilles. I first heard of the man about five minutes ago when I picked his name at random from a list of people who died this day in history. Here's one of his poems. The woman reading it could be talking about turnip and marzipan casserole for all I know...but it sounds lovely.

3) Tame Impala - Solitude is Bliss.

This is the best Australian band I've heard for years. With thanks to Belinda who introduced 'em to me...and it's for my friend Chris.



À Bientôt.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

I'm Still Me.



Bigmouthery is about to celebrate its second birthday. The occasion will be marked by measuring its height and doubling it to see how tall it'll be as an adult.

Today is my 41st. Sure, it's not round, but it's prime. How often do you get one of those? And why do we have such a fondness for round numbers anyway? A sense of symmetry?

Today's blog is about the asymmetry of life. (Read on.)

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

The Use of the Word 'Nigger'.



(The audio blog for this entry can be heard at the new Bigmoutheryadio Youtube Channel.)

The title of this post contains a word that many people, including myself, consider grossly offensive, but its use is at the very heart of today's post. (Read the entry...)

Monday, 16 August 2010

Welcome to Bigmoutheryadio!!!

I've started a new Bigmouthery channel. Hopefully this will be the start of something very special for those in the Bigmouthery universe and that universe begins to expand. There'll be audio and video blogs...and possibly a sketch or two. Here's an introduction to the channel, featuring award-inserting host, John Gengduhbendy:

Jumpin' Joe Kittinger.



Fifty years ago today, a US Air Force test pilot, Captain Joe Kittinger, took off in a helium balloon.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Election 2010 - What Else Is On?



There has been a small hint of surprise as to why no election blog, given that campaigns from various countries have been Bigmouthery 'stock in trade' since I started blogging a few years ago. I don't have very good answers. Part of the reason is...I'm selfish. The blog's readership has ticked slowly upwards this year, and it ain' no thanks to campaign blogs. Other topics seem to draw more readers...and I like readers. Yes, I'm as populist, self-centred & hypocritical as our political leaders. (More...)

Happy Birthday Noodle.




Look at the woman in this picture. Beautiful, isn't she? A vision. I mean, even though the goofball standing beside her is mugging it up with the big ol' parejo shoved in his gob, she's the one your eyes are naturally drawn to. Her name is Kaitlin. She's my friend. It's her birthday today. (More...)

Friday, 13 August 2010

Gervais@GG's - ReUpped.



Way back in January, I posted a little bit about Ricky Gervais' killer hosting of the Golden Globes. The best bits were posted on Youtube back then and I embedded the vid here, but, as ever, it didn't last long. I promised to repost if it ever became available again...and it has....so I have. (More...)

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

How to Hard Boil an Egg - The Bigmouthery Cooking Show!



Hello & welcome to the Bigmouthery Cooking Show!

Ever cooked a hard-boiled egg with that grey dishwater film around the yolk? Here's what happened...y'cooked it too long and fucked it up. It shouldn't be too hard to boil an egg....and it isn't...here's how:

1. Put enough water in a saucepan to completely cover an egg.
2. Bring water to boil.
3. Gently lower a room-temp egg(cold eggs will crack on contact with heat) into the water with a spoon.
4. Turn heat down to medium and cook for 7-8 minutes.
5. Take egg out (if your firwst instinct is to use your fingers then just get out of the kitchen and never go back in).
6. Place into a bowl of very cold water leave to cool for a couple of minutes.

I only use hard-boileds for sammiches and salads, like gado gado & my sexy potato salad.
There should still be a tiny little bit of moisture in the yolk. Like this:



I even like 'em with a bit more moisture, like this:




Either way, it's a damn fine egg. Next up on the cooking show, the perfect winter meal, bacon and cabbage.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

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If I'll be better than I was before
When I surface through the service door

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Thursday, 29 July 2010

Credit Where Credit's Poo Due.



Here's a little test for regular visitors: see if you can spot any differences on the site today. How keen is your eye for detail? I'll give you a few seconds to have a look around...

..aaaaand time.

How did you do? Did your eagle eye vision notice anything out of the ordinary? Yes? That's RIGHT, the Bigmouthery header has a little message on it. Look closely and see if you can read it...

...well spotted! It's a photo credit for the Bigmouthery header.

My 'friend' Nick Backstrom sent me a Facbook message last month seeking a photo credit on Bigmouthery. The message read:



I responded:



Undeterred, Nick shot back:



Ha ha, we both laughed, and left the silliness there. Or so I thought. After playing around with the photo to give it a slightly different look, I've now received another message from Nick:



Now I know that that rare time is upon me...the time to take him seriously. He will send the boys around. Nick keeps a stable of young men close by at all times and they are always more than willing to do his bidding.

The original photo (at the top of this entry) was taken in September last year on top of Mount Wellington in Hobart. It's a picture of me, taken on my dearly departed Nokia 6300 by...? Nick Backstrom.

So there we are. Hopefully I've avoided the wrath of Nick's minions.

And now, the man who went up a hill and came down Annie fucking Leibovitz.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Puffery.



Look at this hip urban gadabout. At first glance, he's the epitome of Zeitgeisty cool. The black shirt and jacket, the little badge on his lapel which almost definitely contains an inspired, pithy message, the popular-this-week snap brim fedora, the casual little black rectangle placed carefully over the eyes to ensure anonymity in an oh-so-public 21st Century world. Look at him. Look at him!

Suddenly, his reverie is sharply interrupted by a message on his newly-minted smartphone. He pauses, yet not for a moment does he hold his quiet insouciance in abeyance. He is the apotheosis of the modish metropolitic. But... (Read on...)

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

I'm Fuckin' Walkin' Here!



Very fortunate to be writing this. Nearly got turned into road pizza yesterday when a woman came within millimetres of my poor, pale (though sometimes still quick-reacting)carcass with her four wheel drive. (Drive on...)

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Wikipedia Vandalism, Aussie Politics Style



WARNING - THE FOLLOWING POST CONTAINS CRUDE, JUVENILE HUMOUR.

Hello everyone. It's election time again, so I thought it'd be nice to take a look at what the people are saying about the major players...and what better place to gauge public sentiment than Wikipedia, the people's encyclopedia. (Read on...)

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Owning Racism - Addendum


"What's your Christian name?"

It's quite a common expression, isn't it? 'Christian name'.

I've had it asked me so many times and never paid it a thought. After all, my name is a Christian name, despite the fact that I'm no longer an adherent of the Christian faith. My parents were Christians and they brought me up in a Christian church. I didn't change it after shedding my faith (although I wonder now what names we could choose from if that was a matter of social course? Lucifer? Generica? Twelve?)

Some time back I saw 'Christian name' printed on a personal details form. It got me thinking how some people of other faiths feel when they're what their Christian name is. I also wondered what the reaction would be in the following situation:

A: Your surname?
B: Basara.
A: And your Christian name?
B: Er...Mohammed.

The opportunity to ask has arisen a few times. I have asked my friend Taran, who is Sikh, if it's ever happened to her, but she's so cool with everything that she hasn't even noticed it.

Today I went to the chemist for some over the counter medication that required labelling. The woman behind the counter (who had been a bit unpleasant up to that point) asked, "What's your Christian name?" and I told her. The little pad she was filling in had 'Christian name' instead of First name', so I said, "Can I ask - what do you say if you have to fill out the details of a Muslim or a Hindu?" She appeared genuinely taken aback by the question. "I - uh - well - I just ask people their Christian name, why?" The 'why' was just a fingernail this side of curt. "Oh, it's just something I've wondered, y'know...cos their names aren't really Christian..." I trailed off. She picked up the cue: "Well, if they want to come over here, they have to expect-" and she stopped dead. I was a little shocked by where she was heading and she saw it. She looked very uncomfortable for a second, said "Um" and scampered away with the slip of paper. As she left, I muttered, "Okay then..."

She returned a minute later, tight-lipped. I did not press her further and I'm sure she was glad of that. What else needed saying? The poor thing had let her bigot off the chain and brought it to work with her.

Anyway...that's just a little anecdote related to the earlier post on this topic.

If you have any doubts as to whether Australia is a Christian or secular nation, take a wee look see at this.

Till tomorrow...