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Chinese New Year

Posted: February 2, 2009 in Melbourne, Misc Thoughts
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Yesterday was the day that Melbourne celebrated the Chinese New Year, with lots of festivities China Town and Crown Casino. Although the first day of the year of the ox was last Monday, that was also Australia Day, hence the celebration being this weekend. Priscilla dragged me along to watch the events.

Firstly we headed to the city. We got a spot on the fourth level of the multilevel car park in Russel Street near the intersection with Little Bourke Street, where we watched the Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne’s Lion and Dragon Dance team and the Hung Gar Yau Shu Martial Arts School. Here former Lord Mayor John So dotted the eyes of the CYSM’s new lion before they performed the first of what was to be many lion dances of the day.

 

After CYSM performed they had to make way for the Millennium Dragon as well as some other lions and smaller performing dragons. The Millennium Dragon is relatively new, replacing Dai Loong in 2003 as Melbourne’s processional dragon.

 

We spent part of the afternoon at the Museum where we saw some of the history of Melbourne’s Chinese community. Most interesting were the various pictures of the Chinese debutant balls, in particular the 1977 one featuring Wyman Young who is now the head of the Martial Arts School, and the 1988 picture featuring Richard Louey, head of the CYSM. Priscilla and I thought that Wyman’s hairstyle was interesting in the 1977 picture; although I am sure he wished he had that much hair now.

After the Museum we had a quick bite to eat and then went home for a shower and to get changed. We then went to Crown Casino to watch the nights festivities. We watched Tommy Chung the Noodle Man make 4000 noodles whilst Harry, Crown Casino’s MC for the Hawkers Bazaar and Chinese New Year festivities, cracked really lame jokes.

Then it was time for Karaoke. Normally the karaoke has a separate stage and they are not usually part of the main entertainment. The karaoke was particularly bad on Sunday night but Harry kept the crowd entertained with his antics. Everyone especially liked Harry and the Mum of one of the singer’s hamming up whilst the daughter sang the Titanic theme song. Her singing was particularly bad and out of tune, but I’d still rather listen to her sing than Celine Dion.

Olivia won with her version of an ABBA song, whilst Ping here was runner up.

After the karaoke came the real highlight of the night. Firstly the Dragon Tenors performed some opera and Chinese folk songs, before soprano Shu Cheen Yu performed some more opera. The highlight was when Shu Cheen got the dragon tenors to perform the drinking song from La Traviata with her. When the tenors later performed an encore performance, they called Shu Cheen out to perform the farewell song. Then CYSM and HGYS came out to perform some more martial arts and dragon and lion dances to end off a great night.


This Joker story, which to my knowledge has not been reprinted since it was first published in the early 1980s, was written by Gerry Conway and has art work by the late Don Newton. Gerry Conway is the man who while writing for Spider-man in the early 70s, was responsible for the death of Gwen Stacy. His most notable contributions to Batman during his run as writer was the creation of Jason Todd and Killer Croc. Nowdays he is the creator and executive producer of Law & Order – Criminal Intent.

Don Newton is an artist who doesn’t get a lot of recognition, perhaps because he did not do a great amount of work before his untimely passing in 1984. For those who want to know more about Don Newton, visit the Art of Don Newton tribute site.

















Illustration Art Gallery have this signed watercolour by Sheldon Moldoff for sale for £275.00 plus delivery. The painting was done some time in the 1990s, when comic book art from the golden age of comics was all the rage.

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‘Shelly’ Moldoff began his career with DC Comics in 1939 assisting Bob Kane with Batman. He went on to draw many of DC’s most famous characters including The Flash, Green Lantern, The Spectre, The Black Pirate and Hawkman. Shelly was one of a number of artists who ghosted for Bob Kane who never received the credit that they deserved whilst they were working.


aston20martin20lmp1_b144ea3c-c99f-4654-a837-78f6f284415bDue to all the heat and my inherent laziness, I forgot to post this picture of Aston Martin’s LMP challenger for the Le Mans 24 hours in June. This Gulf liveried car has been made in conjunction with Lola and uses Aston’s V12 engine that should enable it to compete for the title of best petrol car. If it has some luck it may even be able to score a podium place, although the battle for overall victory will undoubtedly be between the diesel powered Peugeot 908s and Audi R15s.

Trolls

Posted: February 2, 2009 in Blogging About Blogging

Some people really, really, really give me the shits. In particular I’m getting really annoyed by people who just want to go around trolling the internet. These idiots have nothing better to do than go out of their way to annoy others and have nothing constructive to say at all. They go out of their way to intimidate and piss people off, just so that they can get their jollies and it really gets on my nerves.