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‘Something to tease, something to please, something to test, something …..'

Some more Clarke & Dawe. This time commenting on the Australian General Election in their inimitable manner.

Let’s hope the Australians’ efforts at a general election are not warped by a captured corporate media and widespread electoral fraud …

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We have no intention of being so boring as to discuss the Brexit issue here. The whole sordid process is just too depressing but here’s the reason why that is so. When the campaign is run by the four most distrusted sources of information in the country it’s no wonder people turn off.

You’d hope they would have learned such simple facts by now, wouldn’t you?

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Ed Moses (American, b. 1926): Nambe #8, 1987-97. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 72 x 60 inches. Signed and dated in ink on verso. Provenance: Brian Gross Gallery, San Francisco; LA Louver, Venice, CA, tag on verso. © Ed Moses.

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George Bellows (American; Ashcan School, associated with The Eight; 1882-1925): The Big Dory, 1913. Oil on wood panel, 18 x 22 x 1/4 inches. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut, USA

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Samuel Palmer (British, 1805-1881): A Rustic Scene, 1825. Pen and dark brown ink, sepia mixed with gum arabic, varnished; 17.9 x 23.5 cm. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England, UK.

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Hans Hofmann (American, German-born; Modernism, Abstract Expressionism; 1880–1966): Equinox, 1958. Oil on canvas, 72-1/8 x 60-1/4 inches. University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA, USA.

It’s sometimes easy to lose the essential core of what the Olympics gives us beneath the welter of build-up, construction, hype, IOC corruption, zika virus stories and the horrendous costs that are being imposed on the Brazilian people.

At its core the Olympics generates compelling and extraordinary personal stories of triumph and exertion that extend the boundaries of human capability.

A slice of pure heaven. Every frame of this excerpt is golden. From the music to the staging, the humour of the setup and denouement, the context of Homers Odysseus transplanted to Depression era America and everything in between.

‘O brother, where art though?’ by the Coen brothers. Song; A man of constant sorrow.

Don’t forget to contact us with your winning social and community project stories, we’re looking to feature them in the coming weeks.

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