Australia Day

Interesting Google doodle today:


This is the story behind it:

Canberra student Ineka Voigt has won the national Doodle 4 Google competition with her design Stolen Dreamtime.

The design Stolen Dreamtime is based on the stolen generation — it is the image of a mother and she’s dreaming of her children.

Ineka Voight

The year 10 Canberra High School student’s winning design was selected from more than 26,000 student entries across Australia.

Google’s 2015 design competition called for Australian students from years 1 to 10 to draw a doodle for the search engine’s website homepage, based on the theme “If I could travel back in time I would…”

Lately I have lucked into a couple of episodes of NITV on the Road. Do look. One episode I saw featured the amazing Archie Roach.

There is must-see television on SBS tonight.

Tuesday 8.30pm, SBS

The sprawling district of Logan, on the southern edge of Brisbane, seems an unlikely location for a multicultural hotspot. But so it is. More than 200 different cultures co-exist there – more than in any other place in Australia – often not so comfortably. Until recently, Logan was also Queensland’s crime epicentre, beloved of the tabloid media for its running street brawls. So the good people of Logan decided to set themselves straight, with the community nominating music as the best way to bring people together and reshape their image. Enter the Queensland Music Festival, which came on board to orchestrate the staging of a massive public performance incorporating all the best that Logan culture had to offer: from musicians, singers and rappers to dancers and go-kart drivers (cars are a big part of Logan culture). Over two hours, both screening tonight, this terrific documentary follows the process, from auditions through to exhilarating final performance. The auditions alone provide a wonderful snapshot of both the area, and of human nature. There’s something very moving about seeing how many disenfranchised, disadvantaged and just plain shy people use music as their refuge. This is peppered with stories of personal hardship and redemption. It’s also inspiring to see what can be achieved when white folk from the city – latte sippers one and all – take the time to engage in genuine consultation and bring the whole city along with them. As a film, The Logan Project is simply but thoughtfully produced. Interesting shot choices, an eye for detail, tidy editing and a well-structured narrative that includes a great range of characters all contribute to making this an involving and engaging watch. The talent among the good citizens of Logan is certainly impressive – this is no half-baked singalong. But perhaps what’s most uplifting is simply the enormous enthusiasm and goodwill of everyone involved – and the evidence of just what can be achieved when those luminous qualities are effectively harnessed.