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Collaboration

I have been very impressed by the development of the ABC website in recent years. I think the podcast service available since 2007 has been outstanding. I have even contemplated getting into bed with Phillip Adams. More recently I think The Conversation has added a new dimension to sharing news about Australia's university and research sector. This week I was directed to Australian Collaboration through a Diigo Teacher-Librarian alert. I am fascinated by the possibilities of open sharing and am thinking about a portal to share information to support lifelong learning. I believe that the ABC, The Conversation and The Australian Collaboration sites...

The Music in Us: Lake Boga Days

A few weeks ago Mrs Carey's Concert opened in Australian Cinemas. Another music film, Seriously Singing – a Cinderella Story, was premiered last week, launched by the Minister for School Education. Malcolm McKinnon made the film. Malcolm works mainly in rural communities. "Over the past 15 years, his work has encompassed oral history, urban planning, public and community art projects, critical writing and exhibitions. His current practice is mainly focused around documentary filmmaking and social history, motivated by an appreciation of living memory and local vernacular." Malcolm describes the film as an interpretation of "the story of a small town choir achieving national...

Affineur

I am keen to explore diverse contexts to develop my understanding of teaching, learning and coaching. Many of my posts over the last two years have looked at the relationships between performing arts and sport. In this post I draw upon a different context for my exploration of expertise. I do so from the wonderful world of cheese via the ABC's Cheese Slices program from the Massive Central And The Auverge. In that program I learned about Herve Mons and the role of the affineur. Jennifer Meier points out that: Many French cheesemakers make cheese, then pass it along to Affineurs like...

Performing to a Score, Performing to Score

This month's ABC Limelight Magazine (August 2010) has a discussion of performing Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. I am interested in the parallels between interpreting a musical composition and realising a game plan in sport. Jo Litson's article in Limelight explores the different tempos used in playing Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Richard Tognetti is quoted in the article as saying "the weird thing is that it's now an accepted practice to play it at a much , much slower tempo than what Beethoven wrote". Richard Tognetti has an annotated score of the Symphony from 1817. This score has the composer's metronome markings. Richard Tognetti...

Play and Display

Two items this week have prompted me to think again about Gregory P. Stone's distinction between play and display (American Sports: Play and Dis-Play, in Eric Larrabee and Rolf Meyersohn (eds.), Mass Leisure. Glencoe, Ill.: Free Press, 1958. See too his discussion of wrestling, 1971). The ABC reported that "Western Bulldogs coach Rodney Eade says he would not be surprised if AFL opponents were eavesdropping on his match-day coaching instructions." The report notes that "While other clubs use more secure digital communications system that are encrypted, the Bulldogs have a cheaper analogue system, which Eade said needed upgrading." Rodney Eade...

#HPRW10 Sharing

I have been thinking about a framework for my panel contribution at Day Three of #HPRW10.The topic for the panel to address is How do we make the research effort into high performance sport more effective? The abstract I submitted was: There is a wonderful momentum growing around the aggregation of effort in many aspects of social and professional life. Following on from my presentation at the NESC Forum 2009 I am going to propose that a connected network of practice is essential for sport to flourish in Australia. This connected network will be open and through aggregation will ensure that...

A Perfect Mess: on-line communication

I was driving home last night and came across an interview between Michael Duffy and David Freedman on Radio National's Counterpoint. David Freedman is the co-author of A Perfect Mess. In the interview David outlined his view on the messiness of life. The book "demonstrates that moderately messy systems use resources more efficiently, spur creativity, yield better solutions and are harder to break than neat ones." As I was listening to the interview I was thinking about how messiness has contributed to my learning. In the last couple of years, particularly post CCK08, I have accessed a variety of on-line...

On Filters and Censorship in Australia

This post started out as an attempt to use WordPress's new email feature. I was writing from early morning Mongarlowe in rural New South Wales when my Internet access froze and I managed to lose my email post! Events seemed appropriate given the topic of this post. Two posts in recent days have caught my attention in the discussion of the proposed filter (censorship) of Internet content in Australia. The first was by Josh Mehlman on the ABC's Drum Unleashed entitled Filter opponents: change tactics or fail. The second was by Senator Kate Lundy Further thoughts on the filter. Both...

Rude Interruptions and Merry Making

One of my earliest blog post in Clyde Street was about the Merry Makers. The Merry Makers have just held their 2009 Gala Concert. Photo Source Just when Lucinda Bryant was preparing the Merry Makers for their concert I came across another remarkable group, Rudely Interrupted and Rohan Brooks Photo Source A film about the group was premiered on 3 December on ABC. Neal Murphy has a great post about the group. There was an Irked Magazine post earlier this year too. You can meet Rudely Interrupted here: You can meet the Merry Makers here: It would be fascinating if the two groups were to perform...

David Crawford's Review of Australian Sport: An Update

Last week I summarised some of the early response's to the publication of the Independent Panel's Review of Australian Sport. This post updates further responses to the Report. Crikey has aggregated some of the articles posted from 17-19 November. A Wikipedia page appeared on 19 November. Len Johnson discussed the Report in his post in the Runner's Tribe on 20 November. Nick Bryant discussed 'Thirsting for Gold' in his post on the same day. This is an SBS post from 21 November that quotes David Crawford. Roy Masters discusses membership of the Australian Sports Commission Board in the Sydney Morning Herald on 21 November....