Articles by: Dermot McCaul

A Tasmanian Devil in Hollywood

A Tasmanian Devil in Hollywood

April 7, 2011

Arts, Film, New books:

The new books shelf in Arts continues to amaze and delight; and occasionally perplex and bewilder! A couple of new books about “Australia’s own” Errol Flynn set me to thinking…..… Read More ›

Doing nothing in Arts, and then some!

Doing nothing in Arts, and then some!

March 31, 2011

Arts, New books:

They say that you can’t, or shouldn’t, judge a book by its cover (a theory I don’t entirely agree with), and I suppose the same can be said for the title, but… Read More ›

The cat has left the roof…..farewell Elizabeth Taylor

The cat has left the roof…..farewell Elizabeth Taylor

March 24, 2011

Arts, Film:

They come and they go. In our age of celebrity culture it can be difficult enough just keeping up with who’s who, let alone notice the passing of names that might once have… Read More ›

Elvis returns, music from a ruined city, and other loud things in Arts

Elvis returns, music from a ruined city, and other loud things in Arts

March 18, 2011

Arts, Music, New books:

Return of the King : Elvis Presley’s great comeback by Gillian G. Gaar Elvis Presley had more comebacks throughout his glorious career than Nellie Melba had farewells, some more successful… Read More ›

Folk music indoors and out

Folk music indoors and out

March 7, 2011

Arts:

The Port Fairy Folk Festival is coming up later this month and continues its amazing tradition of presenting a vast array of performers and musical styles from across Australia and… Read More ›

Furious love, and a bit of Gunk Punk in Arts

Furious love, and a bit of Gunk Punk in Arts

February 28, 2011

Arts:

Furious love : Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the marriage of the century by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger   I’m sorry, but some titles are just irresistible, and when… Read More ›

All the world’s a stage, and screen!

All the world’s a stage, and screen!

February 23, 2011

Arts, New books, Performing Arts:

Am I giving away my age if I say that I grew up watching the marvellous Margaret Rutherford on TV in those wonderful Miss Marple movies, not to mention other… Read More ›

New books: industrious Victorians, artistic Italians and books best judged by their covers

New books: industrious Victorians, artistic Italians and books best judged by their covers

February 17, 2011

Arts:

I have always (unfashionably) had a bit of a soft spot for art of the Victorian era,  generally dismissed as kitsch, garish, old-fashioned, etc., etc., etc.; I know all of… Read More ›

When the Ballets Russes came to town

When the Ballets Russes came to town

February 12, 2011

Arts, Dance:

The National Gallery of Australia in Canberra is currently showing off its vast and extraordinary collection of Ballets Russes costumes; you have to hurry though, it closes in March. While… Read More ›

Singing cats, crooning pirates, departing friends and surreys with fringes

Singing cats, crooning pirates, departing friends and surreys with fringes

February 4, 2011

Arts:

A few new arrivals in the music collection; something old, something new, something revived…… Seussical: original off-Broadway cast, music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens A musical based on the… Read More ›