My mind hurts a little after reading this report, coming, …

Comment on Australia’s top furniture designer in 2017: Alice’s Elliat Rich by Alex Nelson.

My mind hurts a little after reading this report, coming, as it’s done, hard on the heels of a major local news story of young vandals trashing a prominent car dealership. The contrast could hardly be greater – on the one hand creativity, on the other destruction; inspiration versus mindlessness, positivity against negativity.
The symbolism encaptured by this story is more substantive than that of passing scenery which inspired this award-winning furniture design. I’m thinking of how inventive people that have come from elsewhere have drawn inspiration from their adopted home in the Centre to create works that win accolades yet for those who come from this place there is no purpose and meaning for their existence.
I’ve witnessed this over and over – all my life, in fact. Yet few seem to realise this; and I suppose it’s hard for most to be dispassionate observers of their own participation.
This contemplation aside, congratulations must go to Elliat Rich for her fine achievement.

Recent Comments by Alex Nelson

‘Catastrophic’ drop in construction work
@ Evelyne (Posted June 28, 2019 at 3:15 pm): Perhaps you should ask people working within the public service/bureaucracy about the difference between democracy and tyranny. On second thought, don’t bother – they all have to keep their mouths shut.

‘Catastrophic’ drop in construction work
@ Interested Darwin Observer (Posted June 28, 2019 at 8:04 am): Oh! Are we a democracy?

Alice to get first Aboriginal owned earth ground station
If I recall correctly, the Geoscience Australia Antenna commenced operation as a Landsat receiving station in 1979, so this year marks its 40th anniversary.
Our family was living at the CSIRO residence by Heath Road at the time, now the Centre for Appropriate Technology.
There was one funny occasion when my brother was wandering around in the paddock nearby the new facility, and wherever he went the antenna would swing around and point towards him.
I think he got a bit spooked by it but it was the technical officers in the adjoining demountable lab that were just having a bit of fun.

Architect of Katherine’s masterplan to be Alice council CEO
This is tremendous good news for Alice Springs. I shall put on hold my plans to move to Katherine 🙂

Car crashed into supermarket, alcohol stolen
Certainly not the first time that kind of offence has occurred at those premises!

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