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Ologism Tour Guide

We took a moment to look up all the places we’ve performed and there are nearly 50 of them across Australia, so far. Zoom in - there’s often more than one pin in a single town/city. Check it out here.

Back in Batmania

Clearly time has been flying. We recently realised that we haven’t done a gig in Melbourne for a couple of years, but that’s all about to change. We’re doing one show only at Kaleide Theatre Wednesday 9 July, 7:30pm. We love Melbourne (and Melbournians), so it’d be nothing short of ace if you could join us. Tickets here or on the door.

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Our Tasmanifestation

We have just returned from Tasmania. A subsequent examination of our map of Tassie indicates that we covered 1,200 km, on our way through 4 performances in 3 busy, fabulous days. The tour was predictably exhausting and superb. If there was any doubt that the tour was going to be interesting, it was quashed when our first flight had to taxi back to the terminal (and at break-neck speed) to let an ill passenger off the plane. If we thought that it might not be cold, that was put to rest as a sharp breeze sliced its way off the ocean at Cape Grim. 

We were utterly blessed to visit the Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station and do a web-streamed gig. Many thanks to Sam, Nigel, Jeremy and the team for their hospitality, patience and ingenuity. 

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We’ve been to Burnie nearly every year for more than 10 years, so it was great to catch up with Ben and Drew and the nice people at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre and Merv and Del at Glen Osborne House too.

We raced to Hobart to share the stage at The Grand Poobah with Warning Will Robinson, which was a great night. Thumbs up to Juniper and Manu and WWR. We also enjoyed some very fine late night souvlakia.

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Massive thanks (and hugs) to Tim and the team at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research for their dock, enthusiasm, good humour and sausages.

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We went to Faraday’s Candle too, which was simply great. If you see it playing near you, get a ticket.

In short we worked hard, had a ball and met plenty of ace people. Thanks to everyone who came out – we can’t wait to get back.

The next generation, under our influence

We don’t do many shows for schools and we haven’t done one in Victoria for ages (seriously it’s been years), so we were pleased that about 400 secondary school students and teachers turned up to RMIT’sStorey Hall to watch the show. They were a great audience, so big thanks to them for being ace. 

We were also very pleased that we were able to secure the photographic services of Nick Pitsas to capture the moment(s). Here are a few choice shots from the gig and there are some more in our photos section.

Next stop, Tassie.

Windy web streams

CSIRO has an archive of air dating back to 1978. Researchers from around the globe can ask to use very small samples in their work, but of course there is a limited supply of any particular year. Limited because the air is different now, because atmospheric and geologic processes – and us - are constantly changing it.

So if you want some “standard” air, where does it come from? Tasmania, specifically Cape Grim on the north-west coast. Most of the winds at Cape Grim arrive from Antarctica and the Indian Ocean, without passing over any other major land masses. This makes them a standard or “average” global air source.

The Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station is jointly run by the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO and is crucial to our understanding of climate and atmospheric systems.

It’s also a completely beautiful and wild part of the world and we’re utterly stoked to be going there.

We’re not quite sure why we chose to visit a wind-swept coast of north-western Tasmania in June, but we urge you to tune in to our web-streamed gig on Tuesday 10 June to see how we fare. The gig will start some time between 12 noon and 2pm (AEST), depending on agreeable technology, so check our Twitter feed on the day for updates and the url.

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