A tip on Australian male etiquette. When you’re standing at a urinal you should only ever look forward, otherwise, you might see things you might not want to see. (Or maybe you will!!) You shouldn't look left, you shouldn't look right, or even behind you. You shouldn’t talk. You should just look straight ahead. This … Continue reading Back to the 90s
"Do you mind if we ask how old you are?" was a question we asked two people today. Not normally a "polite" question to ask, but it seemed relevant, and we didn't think the people we asked would be offended. They both answered proudly. The first was an 84-year old man called Geoff Couzins. We … Continue reading How old are you?
While most garbage bins are dominated by advertising or messages from the local council, there's a handful of garbage bins in Lismore featuring the work of local artists. I noticed them only today, having walked through the Back Alley Gallery which I've previously blogged about. https://jamesobrien.id.au/2021/08/back-alley-gallery/ There was an article in a recent edition of … Continue reading Garbage Bin Art
Several times over the last few months I've walked past the offices of REDinc, located in Magellan Street, Lismore. I don't know much about REDinc, except they're a disability organisation based here. On their website, they describe themselves in these terms. REDinc is a not-for-profit community organisation established in 1991 by a group of parents … Continue reading Disability Art in Lismore
There is a beautiful piece of public art in Lismore which I adore. The work features a young Indigenous boy, with a broad smile, and a curious look in his eyes. It's part of the Back Alley Gallery which, as the name implies, features public art in the back laneways of the city. A couple … Continue reading Back Alley Gallery
“Are you from here?” is always a good question to ask someone you meet for the first time in a country town. In larger cities, people are much more likely to ask you what you do for a living. But in country towns, establishing where you're from usually means "six degrees of separation" can often … Continue reading Are You From Here?