Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Who will save your life? (Tracks movie review)

I finally got to see the movie Tracks, an utterly mesmerising film based on Robyn Davidson’s real life 2,700km trek across West Australian deserts. Having recently jettisoned most of my life’s possessions, I was a tad worried that the movie might compel me out onto the sandy plains. Thankfully my inability to function in temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius hindered such frivolity. Instead the movie left me engrossed in Davidson's life and pondering notions of humanity and the unpredictability of friendship.

Thanks to Tracks
 

Monday, 14 April 2014

Street Art helps Perth stand taller and encourages community engagement (Public Perth 2014)

It’s not often you get to be on the ground when a city ramps up another notch. I was incredibly lucky to be in Perth when 45 urban, visual, and digital artists transformed 30 walls. In the coming posts I’ll be showing how some of these works evolved. In the meantime here’s a taster of what happened during the week that Perth grew taller, and an example of how Street Art helps foster community engagement.



Street Art Public Perth Phlegm © The Ponder Room
 

Friday, 11 April 2014

Women invade The Hardware Store

Women are no longer uncommon sights in hardware stores, that’s true, but would you expect to see a hardware store overrun by women? Last week I entered The Hardware Store on Brighton Road in Scarborough, and found it full of people but only three men.



The Hardware Store © The Ponder Room


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Sometimes it's best not to ponder ...

Sometimes it' best not to ponder too much, it's better to just leave things alone, especially if they are near a police van.

Glove © The Ponder Room

Monday, 7 April 2014

Five things you can rely on at a John Butler Trio Concert

The John Butler Trio recently began their ‘Flesh and Blood’ album tour at the Fremantle Arts Centre in Perth. When an artist lives locally it’s easy to be complacent and think you’ll see them next time. The John Butler Trio is one exception, I always grab a ticket when they are in town. Sitting underneath the ghostly gums waiting for the band to start I pondered why that might be, what can you always rely on at a John Butler Trio concert. 

John Butler Trio © The Ponder Room



Friday, 4 April 2014

Invited into a prison cell for lunch

On two occasions I’ve been invited to the wrong side of a prison cell door. The first was a few years ago when I ventured deep into the bowels of a Perth prison to interview domestic violence perpetrators, an interesting and enlightening experience to say the least. My second, undertaken earlier this month, was a completely different affair, and one which I honestly hope you get to experience in your lifetime.

 

Prison lunch © The Ponder Room

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

First challenge for Aussies, the National Surf Life Savings Championships 2014

If you have a body fat count above 4% or are the slightest bit body conscious you might want to avoid Scarborough Beach this week. On the other hand if you are a connoisseur of fit bodies and mind blowing human endeavours, head on down who knows what you might find. 


Aussies 2014 © The Ponder Room