Books being made by hand...

Walter Stahl is making books with children at his holiday workshop at the State Library of Queensland. The kids’ illustrations are good and look even better in the photocopied books he’s making. Go Walter. He’s full of clever ideas especially with crocodiles.

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Very imposing. 

Very imposing. 

Pony Poo live...

Pony Poo played to a captive crowd at The Green Owl. There’s no denying we were rusty - some said ‘seized up’ - but the songs are evergreens. I say that. Debbie featured on drums and was like a clock.

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Free drinks for card-carrying singles.

Free drinks for card-carrying singles.

UV vs PMS...

This copy of What’s Up MuMu? reveals the damaging effect of ultra violet rays on children’s picture books. The spot colour has shown the weaker redder colour in the mix just doesn’t cut it. That is why I’m a strong proponent of jacketed hardbacks. Especially in sunny climates.  

Or just don’t leave books on a shelf by a window. 

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They’re not mozzies…

We travelled east across the bay and landed on the side that is sheltered from the northerly winds. The sea was flat but not glassy, and it didn’t take long for us to reach Horseshoe Bay where we stretched out on the beach. We flopped in the shallow water and floated on our backs and walked on our knees in the sand. The tide was on the way out and we had to move the jet ski every few minutes to keep it in water. White pippis were abundant and we collected what we could, keeping them in the footwell of the ski where the water gathers. The tide was against us and we left at high speed towards the bigger island to our east. The sea was greener there and deep where the ferry docks. Today, we’re covered in sandfly bites.

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Pippis a la Peel...

 These pippis were collected on Peel Island and cooked on our barbecue with chilli and salt and pepper and some butter and they were fine.

Make sure they all open. 

Make sure they all open. 

The eyes...

...follow one around the room. The effect is not that difficult to achieve and is one of the first things I was taught at art college along with where the student union was and to never expect to see stuff returned when loaned.

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Ink on newsprint with silver pins. 

Ink on newsprint with silver pins.