Archive for the ‘I am glad this exists’ Category

All mixed up

February 17, 2010

I just found this on Tammy Rae Carland‘s website

and got jealous. Someone should send me a mix tape. It’s been a long time.

Hey, I haven’t posted anything here is a while – my daily tolerance of internet use is taken up with the Take Care site – but I’ve been adding more pictures of my zines and art in the side pages, if that’s of any interest to anyone. It’s a bit dodgey at the moment – I’ll make improvements as I come across/am able to find/produce better images. I’m so terrible at taking and archiving photos of my work. Anyway, there’ll be photos of my current project – a space laboratory thing that I’m showing in June – up pretty soon.

Speaking of Take Care, it’s been going astonishingly well. We’ve received 5 orders or something in the last two days (in terms of zine economy, I consider that something of a torrent of sales), and we’re going to be at the Blacktown Zine fair on March 13th (about the only zine fair in Australia we can afford to go to) – but more on that later.

And yeah, side effect of running a distro is that I get to read a whole lotta great zines. I’ll do another one of those zine recommendation posts soon.


Pirate Cookbook: Fundraiser for Black Rose

August 8, 2009

Black Rose are looking for contributions for a new cooking/recipe zine: Pirate Cookbook (2). Here’s the flyer – there isn’t a precise submission deadline yet, but I imagine it’ll be around the end of Septmeber. Please contribute, and harangue everyone you know into contributing, too.

Pirate cookbook Flyer

Irrefutable evidence found at rural NSW book fair: flying saucers exist!

April 13, 2009

There was a time when I really did love books – loved the sight and smell and feel of them…Nothing pleased me quite so much as to buy a job lot of them for a shilling at a country auction. There is a peculiar flavour about the battered unexpected books you pick up in that kind of collection…For casual reading – in your bath, for instance, or late at night when you are too tired to go to bed, or in the odd quarter of an hour before lunch – there is nothing to touch a back number of the Girls Own Paper.

George Orwell Bookshop Memories

There were many Girls (and Boys) Own books and the like at this years Taree Rotary Club Easter Book Fair, but I cast them aside in favour of this,


an eerily prescient publication from 1968 which showcases what the discerning and tasteful new home owner might make of one of Melbourne or Sydney’s dilapidated old terraces houses.


Like many of my favourite things it is simultaneously hilarious and depressing, as opposed to this


 which is just hilarious.


While admittedly I haven’t read any of it yet (but I might do in a little while, in the bath), I am particularly intrigued by the heading of this chapter. I can only assume that the author proves once and for all that policemen are from outer-space. Why haven’t we heard about this before? Obviously this book has been suppressed due to the many true things it reveals. Which is why the only place I’ve ever seen it is at the 2009 Taree Rotary Club Easter Book Fair.


And how do I know it tells the truth? Because there’s photographic evidence, dammit.


Irrefutable photographic evidence. Not of outer-space policemen, but of UFOs, at least. And some of the photographs were taken by a man claiming to be a doctor, which of course lends them even greater authenticity.

 ufo 3

As you’re probably aware, UFOs travel along power lines and interfer with the electrical supply that enters our houses. Principally they do this through the television, kettle and toaster. In this manner they are able to control your mind, your tea and your toast, and through them all other aspects of human society.


They also like landing in fields, in this case in Queensland, though there’s evidence of this happening all around the world. As Bill Bailey has pointed out, one way to solve the mystery of crop circles would be to create wheat that has the properties of Velcro, although that would mean that the spaceships would have to have the corresponding Velcro, which is a bit of a long shot.


The book also contains a helpful identification chart, just in case you spot a flying saucer that is disconcertingly non-saucer shaped: the tricky buggers! As you can see, UFOs come in many varieties and may appear as spades, baseball bats, the sun, the moon, rotary blades, NASA rockets, pills, beanies and a whole array of worryingly familiar shapes!


So be vigilant, stay alert! The truth, or something approximating it, is out there.

Mutiny zine turns three

April 13, 2009

and celebrates with a birthday party at Black Rose this Friday!


Ziney goodness

February 24, 2009

I’ve read lots of good zines lately. So, while I listen to the Raincoats through the tiny, tinny speakers of my new portable computer (I feel just like Penny in Inspector Gadget! I’m from the future!) let me show you some of them. I don’t want to write too much, so just believe me when I say that they’re all great and you should write to their creators immediately to obtain copies.


Fergus #15, P O Box 132, Bentley WA 6982. FREE – but send a stamp or something.

Fergus’ alphabetised zine mostly concerns her home suburb of East Victoria Park in Perth. It’s small but wordy and features at least one swear word or reference to teenage recalcitrance per page, which I approve of.


Ampersand after Ampersand, tiny paper hearts

Tiny Paper Hearts are zine making machines and this one by Amanda is very pretty, contains more home town musings and references Curly Wurlys on the first page, which I approve of.


Your Pretty Face is Going Straight to Hell #2, available from Paper Trail Distro

I’ve read three issues of this zine now, but this is still my favourite, about Tukru’s extended job and house search. Also features Moomins, which, you guessed it, I approve of.


D90 #2, email spurzine at gmail dot com for address

Excellent. I got this today, along with issue one. This zine is about mix tapes and has a fluorescent pink cover featuring a photocopy of a tape, which fulfils all of the criteria for an excellent zine, in my opinion. It’s a great read as well.

So, thanks everyone who’s traded zines and stuff with me over the last few weeks. My letter box has been very busy. Please keep sending me stuff and make my walk up the hill to Enmore Rd something other than an excuse to buy coffee.

Upcoming zine exhibition in Sydney

January 13, 2009

Ooo, this looks exciting. How I admire people who are talented and motivated enough to organise things like this. Susy Pow! of Bird in the Hand zine distro is organising an exhibition in an as yet unconfirmed location in Sydney, in March, featuring pages and excerpts from zines by as yet undisclosed zinemakers. You can read the call out on the Bird in the Hand blog and I’m sure Susy’ll post updates there as well.

Ba – umf

August 30, 2008

Marie Osmond performing Karawane


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