1911

…or 1903-04 on the Ethiopian calendar (የኢትዮጵያ ዘመን አቆጣጠር), hosted events such the Yellow Flower Mound revolt, the triumph of the Mexican revolution in Ciudad Juárez, the Italo-Turkish war; the births of Roy Eldridge, Robert Johnson, Prince Ali Khan, Liberace and Joseph Barbera of Hanna-Barbera fame; The Treaty of Berlin, in November, leading to the partition of Morocco between France, Spain, and Germany; The ‘rediscovery’ of Machu Picchu by American colonial expeditionist Hiram Bingham III, who later was caught up in nuclear experiments; the referendum on giving the Australian government the constitutional right to nationalise any corporation deemed to be a monopoly held but sadly not passed into law…

It was a classic year, and today we remember that.

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Midnight Oil

I enjoy politics and music and I’d like to talk about Midnight Oil, a leading Aussie post-punk/new wave/alternative band from the late 70s onwards surely due for a reformation; a truly inventive and deeply political band who are deservedly revered by fans of Australian rock music, and whose vocalist Peter Garrett was by the mid 1980s not only a gangly, lurching figure on American MTV, but also an influential player in Australian politics, a leading voice in a party that at the time commanded over 7% of the Australian popular vote (the NDP); and of course a man who found his way into (and subsequently back out of) the federal cabinet during the Rudd administration, the details of which should probably for decency’s sake remain a topic for another post, but suffice to say: it was 2007, the ALP had just kicked out the odious John Howard and had a fresh mandate for things like an ETS, an apology to stolen generations, and more decent treatment of refugees — or so we hoped.

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