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The Demons of Buttecracke County

Posted May 22, 2013 into Lunch Time Video by John Birmingham

I missed the Opera House performance of this outstanding piece of work. But now it doesn't matter because it's been uploaded to the Hivemind.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 22, 2013

Simply wonderful.

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John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted May 22, 2013

Mr Bedak has all the deets. Unfortunately I played almost no role in this at all.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted May 22, 2013

Simon has a magnificent radio voice.

I love the art.

Simon Bedak asserts...

Posted May 23, 2013

Matt Taylor at http://www.sixty40.com/ did the pickies. Gabe Clarke, Eliza Sarlos and Que Minh did the producin', I did the script ably assisted by Dr James McNamara (whom, PNB, you met during your Syd lecture). The Maine/Sthrn accented female (well spotted Rog') & Queen Gresh was played by Lucy Goleby who was in 2nd yr at NIDA. The girl Gresh who couldnt catch and got blasted was played by Melody Smith (NIDA Playwrights Studio 2012). Jim McNamara played the gay guy and the solitary Gresh who'd never known solitude. Adam Hulbert did the live soundscapes and you can find him, possibly hugging a theremin, in a corner of iTunes where he and a mate do 'The Phillip K.Dick philosophical podcasts'. It was all performed live as the finale to the FBi Radio with Pictures event at Graphic 2012 held at the Sydney Opera House. Program here http://fbiradio.com/radiowithpictures/

Thanks for the gig Birmo. Heaps of fun

Bedes

Simon Bedak mutters...

Posted May 23, 2013

Matt Taylor at http://www.sixty40.com/ did the pickies. Gabe Clarke, Eliza Sarlos and Que Minh did the producin', I did the script ably assisted by Dr James McNamara (whom, PNB, you met during your Syd lecture). The Maine/Sthrn accented female (well spotted Rog') & Queen Gresh was played by Lucy Goleby who was in 2nd yr at NIDA. The girl Gresh who couldnt catch and got blasted was played by Melody Smith (NIDA Playwrights Studio 2012). Jim McNamara played the gay guy and the solitary Gresh who'd never known solitude. Adam Hulbert did the live soundscapes and you can find him, possibly hugging a theremin, in a corner of iTunes where he and a mate do 'The Phillip K.Dick philosophical podcasts'. It was all performed live as the finale to the FBi Radio with Pictures event at Graphic 2012 held at the Sydney Opera House. Program here http://fbiradio.com/radiowithpictures/

Thanks for the gig Birmo. Heaps of fun

Bedes

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Barnesm mutters...

Posted May 22, 2013

Is this the nanowrimo project story? The initial narrator sounds to me a bit like Tim Michin.

Great stuff.

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted May 22, 2013

The narrator is Bedes. He wore a tux.

Barnesm mumbles...

Posted May 22, 2013

Have you ever seen Bedes in a tux and Tim Michin in the same room together?

Therbs reckons...

Posted May 22, 2013

Bedes wears the same eye make-up. Totally indistinguishable except for the beardy bit. In fact I thought it was Minchin when the narrator entered the stage. What gave it away was the lack of a piano and the fact that I laughed during the performance.

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Therbs mutters...

Posted May 22, 2013

Fanfuckingtastic. Was in the front row pulling faces at Bedes but haven't heard it since. Until now.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted May 22, 2013

I deeply resent the fact that, with a little forewarning, I could have been there, too.

Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 22, 2013

What on stage?

Therbs would have you know...

Posted May 23, 2013

From memory Bedes' and co performance was only a week or so after we'd eaten and drank at Bondi Icebergs on the final day of Sculptures By The Sea with @BondiBoy66 and his brilliant family. (Sculptures being why the 'Bergs was so crowded).

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan reckons...

Posted May 23, 2013

From memory it was the very next week.

And, from memory, Icebergs was crowded because it was a beautiful, sunny day, and the 'Bergs just happenrf to be a fucking great place to eat and drink with friends.

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Rhino reckons...

Posted May 23, 2013

So funny that the sheriff mixed southern and Maine accents ...

Simon Bedak ducks in to say...

Posted May 23, 2013

...yeah Rog, we borrowed Clarrissa from Silence of the Lambs

Murphy puts forth...

Posted May 23, 2013

I read the original but I gotta say, as I tried to listen to this on my phone today I had to stop. The accents were just too painful to endure.

I suspect my experience was akin to what Aussies experience when we 'Murikans try to emulate their speech patterns with a chorus of, "G'Day, Mates! Shrimp for the Barby?"

Excellent illustrations though.

Respects,

Murph

On the Outer Marches

Simon Bedak asserts...

Posted May 23, 2013

I'm here with Dr Jim McNamara in our office Murph and we've taken that on board. Will run accents past a true Seppo' before attempting them before an international audience.

Sorry dude. Jim's wife's a Texan and gave it the thumbs up. But then she's probably biased xx

Matthew K would have you know...

Posted May 24, 2013

Have to say I had the same reaction as Murph, and I'm a Brit who's never been to Yankeeland. Or the South.

(Didn't manage to finish it because my laptop choked on it then British Telecom carked it.)

Simon Bedak ducks in to say...

Posted May 24, 2013

Thanks Matthew. I agree with you and Murph.

The Buttcracke County accent is unique, as is the Gresh's.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted May 23, 2013

All I know is that I yearn to see and hear more.

Seriously. It should be an annual event at the Opera House - a new chapter every year.

Seriously. How cool would that be?

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted May 23, 2013

My accountant would deem it very cool indeed.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted May 24, 2013

If not your agent.

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Simon Bedak asserts...

Posted May 23, 2013

Dr James McNamara and I will be happy to put together a sequel or any number of podcasts anytime. Born from the swamp at the Sydney Opera House, we've started a company named Ambergris Productions where we do the adaptations and performances. No big too big or too small. Hit up Dr Jim and I via jpjrmcn@googlemail.com

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted May 24, 2013

Then get to work, mate. The next chapter is clear enough: the Gresh send up a squad; they eat a bunch of peoplel; the sheriff organizes a red neck posse of colorful southern American country folk characters, armed to the teeth with weapons they bought and built themselves, and then -

the end, until chapter three at SOH November 2014.

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Bedes would have you know...

Posted May 24, 2013

Like it prof'. That's exactly what should happen. McNamara might hire a small corner of the Opera House for a one-off if there's enough interest.

BTW - JB - did you finish this yarn?

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted May 24, 2013

This yarn evolved into A Protocol For Monsters.

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National Punching Association

Posted April 21, 2013 into Lunch Time Video by John Birmingham

So much manlier than the NRA.

(Note, this video is courtesy of Anna, who emailed it to me). Modern family.

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tqft asserts...

Posted April 21, 2013

Never catch on - nothing to sell to buy congressional votes with

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MickH has opinions thus...

Posted April 21, 2013

Modern family. lol yep, can relate.

Try getting sms's from your 22 yr old daughter from her bedroom to turn the telly down in the lounge room!

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Bunyip would have you know...

Posted April 21, 2013

Just watched this back to back with the Daily Show's interview with John Howard re:gun control. "Humpty Doo"

http://vimeo.com/64432171

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w from brisbane ducks in to say...

Posted April 21, 2013

I'm a fan of the ancient art of running away.

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Flinthart asserts...

Posted April 21, 2013

JB: at the risk of immodesty, I'd invite you to look at my last blog entry. I took three kids to a TKD tournament today. Heh.

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TC is gonna tell you...

Posted April 21, 2013

Heh - love the final line. Love absurdity in general.

And modern families are all the rage. My 3 year took a photo of himself with my iPad, snagged a screenshot of his Play School scene and iMessaged them to my wife. I begged him to teach me how to take screen grabs on the iPad. He wouldn't tell me till I gave him a cup of milk. My wife saw how easily I'd been played and asked why I didn't just google it. Damn it.

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MickH has opinions thus...

Posted April 21, 2013

JB & Flinty

I used to connect to flinty's blog through the old 'Burger, and now of course I can't.

Can you print here again please.

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Matthew K ducks in to say...

Posted April 22, 2013

Never bring fists to a gunfight.... or something.

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Murphy swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 22, 2013

Personally, I like the finality of a bullet.

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JG would have you know...

Posted April 22, 2013

Haha, Murph. You cynic. I jest. I know you're American. You'll never be rid of the guns in the US. Hell, the NRA practically runs the country.

Funny clip. Laughed at the bird and the suicidal guy.

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Matthew K reckons...

Posted April 23, 2013

Strange how popular the NRA is. Almost like they represent a significant chunk of the population's views or something.

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Murphy reckons...

Posted April 23, 2013

The NRA, if memory serves, as 4 million paid members. In American politics, that is significant on its own. While I sometimes wonder what is going on with their executive decisions, I do not delude myself with notions that they are, "evil," and merely pawns of the gun industry. They are the voice of a significant portion of the population who do believe (believe being the term here) that they need the capability to defend themselves.

There was a debate a few months back on my FB between a lawyer friend of mine and some of the Ozians who drop by. The debate clarified one thing I had suspected, which is you folks actually believe your cops will be there to protect you from any problems. You have a deep seated belief in that fact.

Depending on which part of the country you go to here in the States, that belief simply does not exist. I know I don't have much faith in many of the cops I encounter during my daily travels, at least not at an organizational/cultural level.

And as I get older, I could punch them, but I'd rather plug them and be done with it.

Respects,

Murph

On the Outer Marches

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Lulu asserts...

Posted April 23, 2013

Murph, I have lived in Australia for many years but I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa (in the apartheid era). Even in a middle-class white family, "you folks actually believe your cops will be there to protect you from any problems" didn't apply. Despite that, my parents never owned a gun and if asked, they would probably characterise the NRA as gun nuts (with the emphasis on 'nut').

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Murphy swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 23, 2013

I'd call you nuts for not taking steps to protect yourself.

That said, in all seriousness, I do not presently own a firearm.

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