Posts Tagged ‘MX’

Day 227 – Not The Melbourne Express

I often wondered about the MX paper, it’s just given out for free at train stations in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane’s CBDs. I had wondered who owns it, what mind is influencing every public transport user in Australia’s 3 largest cities. Anyway I eventually googled it today and as it turns out it is owned by News Limited, who are a company under News Crop, the world’s third largest media conglomerate, owned by Rupert Murdoch. News Corps list of assets is huge and includes: Fox TV, Fox Studios, Foxtel (Australia), National Geographic Channel, Sky TV, MySpace, Donna Hay Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and HarperCollins Publishing, as well as most of the print newspapers in the UK and Australia. There has been much speculation about Murdoch’s close friendship with a number of world politicians from Margaret Tatcher to Tony Blair to Barack Obama and whether his backing of them has led to their success in respective elections or whether he changes his backing based on a prediction on who will eventually win.

His children have similarly interesting lives, oldest son Lachlan owns a team in the Indian Premier League and counts Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Baz Lurhman amongst his friends. James is heavily involved with his fathers News Corp company as well as being a non-executive director at GlaxoSmithKline and is closely associated with British PM David Cameron. His wife Kathryn works for a charity set up by former US President Bill Clinton. Another interesting report was his storming into the offices of The Independent newspaper in the UK with associate Rebekah Brooks to complain about an ad that stated ‘Rupert Murdoch won’t decide this election-you will’. Daughter Elisabeth is a film and tv producer married for a second time to Matthew Freud, who’s sister married Earl Spencer, brother of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Anyway that’s enough random facts from the word of Rupert Murdoch for one day! Who knows whether its all suspicion and innuendo, he does however support the Liberal party in Australia and its one reason why I’m glad Labour won, no one should have that much power.

Quote of the day: “When I was sixteen, I went to work for a newspaper in Hong Kong. It was a rag, but the editor taught me one important lesson. The key to a great story is not who, or what, or when, but why” – Elliot Carver ‘The World Is Not Enough’

Edited: Weird I wrote this and then the big controversary about Sarah Murdoch started and I hadn’t even mentioned her!


Day 198 – On the Train

For as much time as I spend on the train I don’t take many pictures. For one I guess it’s hard to take pictures and not be seen (my camera clicks too loud!) but also previously not a lot of train scenes interested me. I saw this one and straight away thought ‘take out the camera’! Just the way the people were staring out the window, the guy half falling asleep and the sign and bridge in the background. Anyway it’s got me a little more interested in train photos. After all commuting takes up so much of my daily life, its probably easy to switch off and not recognise the moments that occur when my head’s in the MX, deleting text messages (train journeys are usually my deleting text messages time!) or staring out the window myself.

I’d like to capture those moments of life that are often ignored or thought of as ‘time we need to pass through before the more interesting stuff happens’, capture it in a more interesting way and subsequently make my own time on the trains/buses more interesting!

More train pictures here

Quote of the day: In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost

Day 30 – Fried Green Brain Cells

If I never hear the words Gestalt psychology again it’ll be too soon! Today, after class, I headed to the library for a 6 and a half hour brain-frying session in an attempt to get one of my hardest assignments off the ground. In the end I did get a structure in place, research done and a few pages typed up. The flip side was I didn’t get a chance to take any proper pictures, the above is a slightly edited picture of my desk at Stanton Library from my mobile phone!

By the way, on a random note, for those that saw today’s MX, what the hell?! An phone-in confessional in France! Dial 1 for options, 2 to confess! And I thought D’unbelievables were bad, this is reeal life!

Quote of the day: “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicuras

Day 15 – Random

Strange day this! Was just back from work and there was an amazing sunset descending over Newtown, and quite obviously I had left my camera at home for once! Not to be defeated I grabbed it when I got home and headed off back out to find some areas of interest. By this stage, true to form, the sun had gone down!

I ended up wandering a street near home that I had never been down before taking random photos of people’s houses, telegraph poles, cars and kitchen windows. At one particular pole I heard a voice in front of me in the dark and when my eyes adjusted I saw a middle aged man leaning against the wall of his house with a beer and a cigarette asking me was I a terrorist or was there another reason I was taking photos of the telegraph pole beside his house! So I explained what I was doing and assured him that, no, i didn’t want to blow up his street and we got chatting, for about 90 minutes!!

I guess, because the only strangers these days who start chatting to randomers in the street are usually asking for money or people we don’t want to devote our time to, there is an air of suspicion when people we don’t know through any contact start to talk to us Steve was very interesting though, for an old guy his knowledge and understanding of the world was impressive. He gave me a history of the area and recollections of a time when half the neighbourhood would’ve been out on the street chatting and hanging out. It’s funny we, as a society, don’t live our lives like that anymore. Me personally I get a kick out of talking to other people (maybe because of a grocery shop upbringing) and think that apart from the creative impact meeting new people it also brings a sense of solidarity, friendship and community.

Anyway the picture I took, which is actually a mixture of 2, doesn’t actually mean a whole lot apart from the fact that I wanted to include the clouds as my head was up in the clouds for most of the day! 

By the way, the quote of the day has to be explained a little bit, if anyone of ye read the MX yesterday you’d understand. This quote appeared in an article written by a slightly bitter, yet randomly funny non-parent who criticised middle-class parents for thinking they were the only ones who knew anything about parenting.

Her quote: “Congratulations for having an unprotected root and advertising the fact to the world for the rest of your lives”