Today in History: The American whaler Essex is sunk by a huge whale.

In the 19th century, whaling was an extremely dangerous occupation. On November 20th, 1820, the American whaler Essex was just about to […]

On my stereo this week: The Blackheart Orchestra, Tracy Chapman and Echo Del Tusker.

The Blackheart Orchestra – Sebastian. Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington, the multi-instrumentalist duo from Manchester, who perform as The Blackheart […]

Today in History: My Lai Massacre is exposed to the American public.

Please note that this article contains sensitive images of the My Lai Massacre that may be upsetting to some readers. […]

The Flanders Poppy: A symbol of remembrance and sacrifice.

The history of the Flanders poppy goes back to the time of the Great War. Red poppies were among the […]

Kristallnacht: The Night of Broken Glass.

Jewish communities throughout Germany were subjected to a night of terror, eighty years ago today, when Nazi thugs went on […]

Interview with The Bambi Kills.

In another life, Vanessa and Elly Velinsky, both played in their own respective bands – Vanessa from indie outfit With […]

Halloween Special: Cinemas Greatest Scenes: ‘The Closet’ scene from Halloween (1978).

John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) just might be the mother of all slasher movies.  It launched forty years of knock offs […]

On my stereo this week: The Bambi Kills, Crowded House and Pearl Jam.

The Bambi Kills – Lust. Discovering new artists across Melbourne’s music scene is somewhat of a pastime. Often I don’t […]

A selected film-by-film history of Warner Bros. Pictures: Mildred Pierce (1945).

Up until about a year ago, I had never seen a Joan Crawford film. Probably an astonishing remark for someone […]

Today in History: Henry Parkes’ Tenterfield Address.

On October 24th, 1889, at the Tenterfield School of the Arts, in rural New South Wales, Henry Parkes, known as […]