Saturday, September 09, 2006

Live Long and Prosper!

On this day exactly 40 years and 1 day ago (I intended to make this post yesterday but...!), the very first episode of Star Trek was aired on American TV. I was nearly 3 years old. However, American TV shows were usually broadcast 3 or 4 years later in Australia. I was 6 or 7 when Star Trek had its first run in Australia. It was groundbreaking (trying new things) TV, addressing such taboo subjects for the time as sexual equality & liberation, racial descrimination and integration, the futility of war, and even the explotation of the working class -- dangerous topics for the establishment (government & big businesses) to allow in the middle of the Cold and Vietnam Wars. (However, as a 6 or 7 year old, these topics were not the main attraction -- I was mostly interested in the monsters!) For this reason, the program ran very late -- around 11:00pm (just before the TV stations used to turn off for the night!).

[Oops! My boy's sick. He's calling me! More to come -- promise!]
A Poster Promoting the 4oth Anniversary I Spied on the Kintetsu Line

Friday, September 08, 2006

Groove Harvest

Let’s be honest: summer in Osaka is nearly unbearable – it’s so hot & muggy! Finally, there’s a taste of autumn in the air! Now is the time to turn off our air-conditioners and get outside – before it gets too cold!

A yearly autumn event that we never miss is Groove Harvest, a big outdoor music festival organised by our friend Simon, the man behind the monthly Inner Sky concerts at Covent Garden.

This year’s Groove Harvest is scheduled for Sunday, October 1st. There’ll be live Rock, Hip hop, Blues, & Salsa music, Hula Dance, Capoeira, & didgeridoo performances, lots of food stalls, and a flea market. Click on Groove Harvest to get more information in Japanese.

The background illustration for this flyer is by Rob Holbrook. A couple of years ago, Rob had an exhibition at our school. You can check out pictures from that event at the following link...

Rob's Work
Rob's Work
Rob's Party