A Knees-Up, Exposés and Some Unkind Words One morning at last month’s classical:NEXT conference in Rotterdam, the Australian booth offered free grilled cheese and vegemite sandwiches, setting Australian culture’s international reputation back by 150 years. I mean who are these people and where did they get that recipe? If that is the word. -0- Economical though. One tiny jar in the luggage would have more than satisfied the entire conference. -0- Old news, but for the 2017 Tropfest film festival, a gender-blind selection process was introduced and 50% of the films selected were made by women. Last year, one selected film out of 16 was made by a woman – i.e. 6%. Founder John Polson wanted to rectify the imbalance but Jig’s reckons even he must be surprised by this outcome, an outcome all the better for simply levelling the playing field, not setting up affirmative action. Producer Jessica Campbell’s (23) and Director, Angela McCormack’s (22) film was comedy TAY MAN Well, it worked decades ago for the symphony orchestras. -0- Nigeria’s piracy problem is so ingrained that music thieves worry about rip-offs of their rip-offs, slapping warning labels on pirated CDs to insist that “lending is not allowed.” The New York Times -0- According to Music in Africa, there is a Zimbabwean proverb that says ‘if you’re ugly you must learn to dance.’ Why then are these Ethiopian girls going to so much trouble? Ivorian choreographer Alphonse Tierou writes that dance ‘has more power than gesture, more eloquence than word, more richness than writing, and because it expresses the most profound experiences of human beings, dance is a complete and self-sufficient language.’ -0- Jig’s know an Ivory Coast musician who says the same with music. We asked him once what music means to an Ivorian. ‘Everything!’ he said. And then described how it was at the centre of life’s rituals at every stage. -0- Is Jeremy going to run her through? Jeremy Corbyn in an election speech committed to giving every child the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. He still lost. Who can explain that?! -0- -0- ‘Jaywalk of shame. In a bid to curb jaywalking, some Chinese cities are using facial recognition technologies to beam offenders’ faces onto screens at intersections. [At the link you can see the screens.] The individual’s name, age and other personal information is also displayed on the screens, in newspapers and online (Hong Kong Free Press).’ You mean these city governments can electronically recognise every single citizen’s face and attach it to personal information and project it publicly? Guess city governments are not elected! But governments that have even such an aspiration are governments worse than, well, Tony Abbott. -0- The population of Shanghai last October was 24.15m, larger than Australia’s but a decline of 0.4% (say, Ballarat), on the previous year. Also 4.4 x Singapore, 3.3 x Hong Kong, 2.8 x New York.