Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Retro a go-go details

Here's the poster (below) for my latest venture into showbiz, Retro a go-go. Come along and shake your tushie to some of the greatest tracks ever recorded, including cool cheese, mod jazz, orgasmic pop, Hammond B-3, Acid Latin, TV themes, psychedelia and soul power (eg Carleen & The Groovers, pictured right). Be inspired by Sheena and Vivi who dance like mad kittens. And you've gotta come and see my new outfit which I actually BOUGHT for the night. Sheesh!

It seems blogger wants to reduce this image down a lot so here's the fine print:

Retro a Go-Go
Underground in the El Rocco
(at Bar Me, cnr Brougham & William Streets
Kings Cross) Bookings 9368 0894

Friday 4 April 08
8pm–midnight or something

The venue is a restaurant too and does great food at reasonable prices. Drinks are relatively cheap as well. Not that we encourage 'binge drinking', you know.

See post below for some fashion and style reference, not to mention fun on YouTube!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

New Mortal Sins to fill Hell?

This week the Catholic Church declared drug-taking to be a mortal sin -- even though I don't recall any of the ten commandments proscribing the practice.

They don't seem to include alcohol as a drug even though the edict was reportedly aimed at 'drugs which weaken the mind'.

Of course the new rules must have come straight from God as The Pope apparently has a hotline to the Almighty (or else he is suffering from serious delusions). So it seems that God must be on the side of ultra-conservatives and prohibitionists, and the Yanks who want to prevent harm by spraying half of Afghanistan with poison to kill the opium crops. What could possibly go wrong?

It makes me wonder, then, if God doesn't want us taking these substances, why He created cannabis, the Coca tree and the opium poppy, and made their effects so medicinal and/or pleasurable and/or addictive. Perhaps they are a divine entrapment strategy, like Adam and Eve's apple, or perhaps the numbers are dropping in Hell so it needs a bit of a boost. However this is unlikely as each soul is sentenced for eternity.

In addition, pharmacists were told they shalt not sell contraceptives (because obviously this would be worse than reducing the 60% AIDS infection rate in parts of Africa), and pedophilia by clergy had apparently been blown out of proportion by the media.

But it seems the media's continuing moral panic about drugs must be not only in-proportion but also divinely sanctioned.

Or is it just that The Church just wants to induce more people to return to religion, 'the opiate of the masses'.

Gee I'm glad we are subsidising World Youth Day so generously. And I guess that's put the 'moral' firmly back into the drugs debate.

Pictured is the atrocious el-cheapo WYD ad structure obscuring the western entrance of St Mary's Cathedral.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Shootings in Kings Cross

Click the headline for a link to today's SMH analysis of Sunday night's gunplay.

And here's a link to yesterday's report on the incidents by The Australian.

I wonder if Clover Moore is still keen on turning The Cross into a 'mother-and-child-friendly retail precinct'?

No doubt the nimbys will be calling for all criminals to install silencers on their guns.