‘Plane’ old style advertising

In this the era of mega jets, online bookings and paperless boarding passes, this blog http://webexpedition18.com/articles/pan-am-posters/ by Nikola Lazarevic got me thinking of when travel was beginning to move away from ships as the primary intercontinental form of transport, to aeroplanes. The posters from Pan Am are evocative and I think give a real insight into how advertisers and marketers perceived not only their audience but their perceptions of the audiences' imagined view of the place...
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A tale of a cobblestone courtyard and a dank courtroom

Work experience. Remember it? Back in Year 10, when you got to wear a tie and jacket and act all, well - grown up. It was a couple of weeks out of school - getting yourself to and from 'work', doing what you knew would be exciting stuff, taking the world on. At 16. The courtroom Recently I had cause to recall where I did work experience in Year 10 in 1990. The second week was with a local lawyer, where I got, perhaps unsurprisingly, to file. I filed wills, I filed papers from near-endless piles...
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If my grandma could, she’d offer some advice

This week I’ve deliberately taken a bit of time out of Twitter, both because of uni commitments and also because sometimes it gets very addictive! In stepping back and reflecting, I’ve come to the realisation that when it’s used really effectively, Twitter is a great place to share information, news, and build a community. We’ve all got our own favourites who we instinctively look for in our Twitter stream or have in our own lists – the people or organisations who we know really offer themselv...
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Twenty years later, what have we become of us?

It's a sobering thought that for my school's Year 12 class, next year will be twenty (count 'em - twenty!) years since we filed out of school for the last time. Yesterday I was a kid on the bus, talking with some mates about how life would be when we were really, really old - like 21! Year 10, endless rainy days and the wonder of what lay ahead don't seem that long ago - and yet, they are. Have the dreams we shared as we sat at back on the Invicta bus at it trundled its way down Maroondah High...
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It may be ‘Only Life’, but this show is a (great!) big deal

The Australasian premiere of New York-based writer and pianist's John Bucchino's show 'It's Only Life' is very, very good. At the outset, let me say I'm a Bucchino fan. Ever since I heard David Campbell's rendition of 'Taking the Wheel' I've been intrigued by this seemingly effortless mix of thoughtful commentary on life and ripping music. I've got John's CDs, and follow John's news online. His music is poignant as it can be powerful; his lyrics uplifting, and yet, sometimes, incredibly sad. Li...
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And once, here, they played

On the road to Hamilton, between Lismore and Cressy, is a little place - so small that it'd be hard to be called a hamlet (it's so small it doesn't even get on the local shire's map). It is known as Berrybank. There is virtually nothing there, just a crossroads, with the CFA station off the main road a bit, the old shed sitting next to the newer one. Some silos by the railway siding further on. And a hall - that once, forty years ago, was a school. I'd not been to this place since I was a ...
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TV promos – social history – with garish fashions!

I love TV - must be a child of the 80s thing and having parents that let us watch enough - but not too much telly - as kids. I grew up with the late 70s / 80s staples - Early Bird Show, Shirl's Neighbourhood, sang with the National Boys' Choir on everything from Ernie Sigley to the 80s icon that was Young Talent Time - and along the way picked up a fascination with TV station promos. Yep - TV promos! Jingles can be really catchy; they grab your attention and make you feel like you're 'part' of ...
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A visit to the past – New York’s Tenement Museum

Social history fascinates me - from looking at the names of the men on the local honour rolls when I was a kid and wondering what happened to them, to stopping and trying imagine what it was like to live in Walwa at the start of World War II. It was this interest that had me visiting the New York Tenement Museum when I was in NYC two years ago. According to their website We tell the stories of 97 Orchard Street. Built on Manhattan's Lower East Side in 1863, this tenement apartment building was ...
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The village by the river

By any measure, it was just another small town, nestled below the hills, next to the Murray River. But to me a few weekends ago, it was a place I had to visit; a town I wanted to see; to somehow try and sense. To get a feeling of the men - a particular man - who once, many years ago, left this place on his own accord, and leaving his family behind, went off to war. He was killed in Tobruk. That bloke from Walwa. Walwa. It's not a name of a town that may necessarily mean much to you, and like...
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