Health Check: why do I get a headache when I haven’t had my coffee? A study found the headache went away when participants were given decaf but didn’t know. nathan dumlao unsplash Merlin Thomas, Monash University Caffeine is our favourite drug. But if we miss out on our fix, it can be a real headache, in more ways than one. Caffeine is a stimulant. It quickly enters our brain and blocks the (adenosine) receptors that are responsible for dulling brain activity. By blocking the dulling of our brain, we feel a sense of invigoration, focus and subtle euphoria. These feelings can also enhance our performance of certain focused tasks, like driving or staying awake through the whole lecture. This is the upside of caffeine. The downside is how we feel when we are not getting our usual dose. Because of the anticipated highs of brain activity after our cup, the lows without it seem longer and deeper. The other problem is that caffeine is addictive. When we aren’t getting what we’re used to, we can feel tired, inattentive, irritable and moody. This is known as withdrawal. Many people regularly drink caffeinated beverages just to avoid feeling this way. *Donations to the Sydney Times to Support our Team! The Sydney Times is an important, Australian-owned News and Lifestyle platform. What distinguishes us from our competition is “We believe in serving our Community!” We pride ourselves on serving our community and delivering independent ”Facts NOT Opinion Journalism and Reporting ,..every working day!,.. We source and curate NEWS about Sydney and New South Wales,.. and the World and what makes us tick.We share and aggregate the really important news from overseas and we give you Lifestyle News,..Tips and Tricks to improve your life during tough times! Every dollar of support will be invested back into our Journalism and Guides. And maintaining and improving our platform so we can provide you with a different view of what is happening around you and an important alternative to the Mainstream media and their agenda driven platforms. We are an independent Community based News organization and we don’t represent the Developers or other vested interests-so please Join our Community and Invest in Sydney’s Future! By far the most common symptom of caffeine withdrawal is headaches. These are typically mild and short-lived, usually only lasting for a day or two, although they can sometimes last for up to week. They usually feel a bit like a tense band wrapped across your head and are sometimes called tension-type headaches as a result. However, caffeine withdrawal can also trigger a full-on migraine in some sufferers. Why we get headaches with withdrawal (as well as many other causes) is mostly because our face and head is the most active as well as the most sensitive part of our body. For our brain to accurately know what’s happening, the signals it receives from the senses have to be spot on. Any distortion of the signal and the message can become lost in translation, or even result in the wrong message being received. One theory for headaches is our fuzzy brain misinterprets some of the innocuous signals it gets from our head, and calls them a headache. Some level of caffeine withdrawal would be experienced by maybe half of all regular tea or coffee drinkers, if their regular drug supply would be completely cut off. The more we drink and the more regularly we drink caffeine, the more likely we’d experience withdrawal symptoms if we were to go without. However, withdrawal can happen even in people who usually drink just a single cup every day who then forego caffeine. Equally, only three days of continuous coffee drinking is enough to make you feel bad when the coffee runs out. Read more: Research Check: does drinking coffee help you live longer? Caffeine withdrawal only occurs with abstinence. Small amounts of caffeine (just a quarter of a cup) will keep the headaches at bay. Even if the espresso machine is broken and you have to have a (half-less caffeinated) latte, you won’t go into withdrawal. But if you’re going cold turkey, withdrawal headaches typically peak a day or two after removing all caffeine from the menu. Withdrawal does not happen within a few hours of the last cup, despite the protestation of the habitual coffee drinker. Of course, if withdrawal is really the problem, the remedy is simple. Any headache caused by lack of caffeine is rapidly and often completely relieved within 30 minutes to an hour of drinking a cup of tea or coffee. Some of this is the fix and the anticipation of it. In fact, Australian researchers have found giving someone experiencing caffeine withdrawal a de-caf, but telling them it’s caffeinated, is enough to make them feel better. Of course this trick won’t work if you buy the coffee yourself. Surprisingly though, caffeine also has some painkiller properties. Simple pain-killers such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, aspirin or paracetamol can be more effective when formulated with some caffeine (in each dose about two to three times that in a regular cup of coffee). For hypnic “alarm clock” headaches that wake sufferers at night, hangover-headaches and some migraine-sufferers, a cup of tea or coffee can be an effective pain-killer on its own. This analgesia is not just because we feel less stressed or less distracted by pain after a cup of tea or coffee. It turns out the same adenosine receptors blocked by caffeine are also implicated in the origin of headache as well as other kinds of pain. More than 90% of all adults drink coffee or tea, rousing us from our slumber and providing the revitalising energy to do the things that need to be done. It’s not hard to imagine the headaches without it. Merlin Thomas, Professor of Medicine, Monash University This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Tweet
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Enjoy Fresh Australian Seafood on a Budget! While Sydney Fish Market provides some of the best value and quality seafood in Australia, many people often still view seafood as one of the more expensive proteins out there. Studies show that most Australians are not eating the recommended amount of seafood each week, and often cost can be a barrier to Aussies getting their fishy fix! One of the best ways to enjoy seafood on a budget is by purchasing a type of fish you haven’t heard of before. While demand for fish like Barramundi and Flathead is high, thus driving the price up, there are a lot of species that are just as delicious but don’t have the same reputation, and are therefore much cheaper. Try one of these recipes this weekend and save some money in the process! Leatherjacket Thanks to their evenly distributed fat and decent oil levels, Leatherjacket remains one of our most versatile yet still one of our cheapest fish. Usually sold as skinned trunks (the skin is inedibly tough, hence the name), this fish can be cooked as is, as fillets, or in cutlets. Forgiving to cook, the options with this fish are plentiful – braised in sauce, encrusted with nuts and pan-fried, in a curry… you name it! You can consistently find Leatherjacket for under $15/kg: order it for home delivery from Nicholas Seafoods here. Leatherjacket with Burnt Butter & Capers Recipe Here Leatherjackets with Pistachio & Olive Crust Recipe Here Mullet Your favourite fish’s favourite fish, Mullet have been loved by those in the know for tens of thousands of years in Australia, everywhere on the east coast. All Mullet share an uncommonly high levels of omega-3 in their generously distributed fat, and it is the flavour in this fat that is the secret to their appeal. To get the most out of this fish, work with the fat by barbecuing, roasting, or grilling. At the peak of the autumn Mullet run on the NSW coast, the price can get as low at $2/kg, though they usually retail for closer to $5 to $8/kg for whole fish. Order your own from Claudio’s here (they will clean, scale, gut, and fillet it for you upon request). Barbecued Chermoula Mullet Fillets Recipe Here Mullet Baked in Paper Parcels Recipe Here Gould’s Squid One of Sydney’s locally caught squid, this species is caught out to sea, either by jig or trawl, and ranges across the entire southern half of Australia, with most of the catch coming from the south east. Due mostly to the fact that it is easy to catch in numbers, Gould’s Squid historically has a low price, with retail prices hovering around $8-12/kilo. This makes it one of the best value cephalopods available. As easy to cook as any other squid, the slightly thicker flesh allows not just calamari rings or a quick BBQ, but a slow braising in an oven for maximum tenderness. Squid & Fennel Bruschetta Recipe Here Crumbed Squid Rings Recipe Here Garfish Smaller, fast-growing fish species are cheap and abundant: think short-lived schooling fish that are low on the food chain like Garfish, Sardines, Blue Mackerel, and smaller varieties of Whiting. Small, short-lived fish tend to be more sustainable than longer-living varieties, and have the added bonus of generally being lower in price. Found in shallow, coastal waters almost everywhere in Australia, the Garfish is one of the few species in Australia that could be said to have lost popularity over time. This is almost certainly due to the preponderance of very fine bones coming off their spine, even though they’re so fine that they can be eaten with no discomfort. Order Garfish from Claudios (here), or replace it in these recipes with Eastern School Whiting, Sand Whiting or Blue Mackerel. Butterflied Garfish Fried in a Crisp Coating Recipe Here Skewered Butter & Mustard Garfish Rolls Recipe Here Click here for more delicious seafood recipe suggestions! SSS Class Gift Certificates We may not be able to host in-person classes right now, but you can still purchase a gift certificate for a future class! These make the perfect gift for any seafood or cooking enthusiast. Learn how to make dishes like Singaporean Chilli Crab, Seafood BBQ, Sushi and Sashimi, or Spanish Tapas – with our quintessential three-step process: watch, cook, eat! Purchase Sydney Seafood School First Floor, Waterfront Arcade Sydney Fish Market, Bank St Pyrmont, NSW 2009 Australia Tweet
eBev secures $2m Series A funding to accelerate growth Sydney-based eBev, Australia’s largest independent online beverage ordering platform and financing service for the beverage trade, has raised $2 million in a Series A funding round led by major institutional investor, Artesian VC. Founded in 2015, the eBev platform boasts the most extensive online beverage catalogue in Australia and has become the online hub for distributors, producers, importers, brewers and major wholesalers to showcase and sell their products to Australia’s biggest hospitality groups and independent venues. The company recently launched a new trade credit service, eBev Trade, which guarantees payment to suppliers within three days and aims to reduce credit risk and enable redirection of resources to business growth activities for beverage suppliers. Debuted in Q4 2020, eBev Trade has recorded a robust growth in 2021, onboarding over 1,000 venues and over 100 brands across all beverage types (including non-alcoholic), now selling via eBev Trade. Venues are already seeing the benefits of ordering from many suppliers in a single order on a single account, reducing the need to open and manage accounts with multiple suppliers, whilst also saving significant time in the ordering process. Ian Harris, CEO of eBev, said: “ The huge hit by COVID to the On-Premise beverage market on both the Venue and supplier side cannot be understated. eBev Trade will assist businesses get back on their feet quicker with improved cash flow and limited risk in selling to venues who are themselves struggling to get back to normal trading. Our platform offers tangible benefits to both sides of the beverage trade, with the further investment we now have the runway for our platform to really benefit the Beverage Trade community.” The fresh capital will be used to further push the company’s recently launched trade credit service, eBev Trade, and significantly accelerate its growth trajectory towards its goal of having all Australian licensed premises with an eBev account. “This capital raise positions eBev well to support our plans for aggressive growth in engaging both suppliers and licensed premises. We welcome the addition of the new shareholders and the deepening of relationship with our existing shareholders including the Artesian VC fund,” said Ian Harris. The latest round follows its first seed raise led by Sydney Angels in 2016. The deal was significant to eBev’s expansion to Melbourne and other states and the expansion of other beverage types such as beer, spirits, cider and non-alcoholic to the platform, the development of customer relationship management tools and system integration on both the venue and supply side of the beverage trade, and its new trade credit service, eBev Trade. Adrian Bunter, Non-Executive Director and Sydney Angels lead investor states,: “Since the first investment in eBev, we have seen it develop to become Australia’s leading online beverage marketplace covering almost all suppliers in the entire market and used by Australia’s leading venue groups. eBev Trade is solving a real problem in the market and has been getting fantastic feedback. It will be instrumental to suppliers and venues, helping them recover from the impacts of COVID shutdowns, and helping them grow their business.” With over 65,000 products from 700 suppliers and $150m worth of annual orders, eBev’s credibility in market is clear. With further investment to develop the platform and grow the simplified trade financing product, eBev Trade continues to simplify and empower the way the beverage trade does business. About eBev Founded in 2015, eBev is Australia’s largest independent online ordering and financing platform for the Beverage Trade. Simplifying the ordering process for thousands of hospitality venues whilst reducing business administration for both venues and suppliers sees over $150 Million’s worth of orders go through the platform a year. eBev Trade now further empowers our suppliers with simplified credit functions and guaranteed payment within 3 days. Tweet
HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION ANNOUNCES SHORTLIST, NEW AWARDS & RETURN OF CEREMONY FOR 2022 ACCOLADES Halliday Wine Companion, the industry benchmark for Australian wine, is pleased to announce the return of its annual awards, with this year’s highly anticipated awards to return in ceremony form at the distinguished Stokehouse in St Kilda on Thursday, August 12. After the enormous success of last year’s online stream, the event will also be broadcast locally and internationally via winecompanion.com.au on the evening. For the first time this year, judging for the Halliday Wine Companion Awards was conducted by the full and revitalised Halliday Tasting Panel, led by renowned wine critic and vigneron, Editor-at-Large James Halliday AM and the celebrated and award-winning wine expert Tyson Stelzer as Chief Editor. Back in March, all seven tasters – which also includes Jeni Port, Ned Goodwin MW, Erin Larkin, Jane Faulkner and Tony Love – came together to nominate candidates from their respective regions for all awards categories. The panel has jointly pinpointed the top-rated Australian wines, winemakers, wineries and viticulturalists from over 9,000 entrants, through a series of tastings, round-table discussions and collaborative decisions. The evening ceremony will this year present seven major trophies – with the new category of Viticulturist of the Year joining the six traditional awards, including Wine of the Year, Winemaker of the Year, Winery of the Year, Best Value Winery, Best New Winery, and Dark Horse Winery. In addition, the year’s top varietal winners will be awarded across seventeen categories, including Red Wine of the Year, White Wine of the Year, Sparkling of the Year, Shiraz of the Year, and Riesling of the Year, to name a few. This year, to recognise the incredible finalists considered for the Halliday Wine Companion Awards, the tasting panel is thrilled to share its curated 2022 Shortlist. Exploring the best winemakers, viticulturists and wineries that Australia has to offer, the Shortlist is a pre-celebration for the Australian wine industry, recognising the high industry standards of the Australian market. For the first time this year, Halliday Wine Companion has unveiled a People’s Choice Award, which will recognise Australia’s Best Winery Experience according to the people who have visited it. Voting will take place online at winecompanion.com.au and can be based on anything from a standout cellar door, fantastic restaurant, friendly staff, scenic views – or anything else that contributes to an overall incredible experience. Submissions are open until midnight, July 31, with each submission putting voters in the running to win a prize pack boasting the best of the 2022 Halliday Wine Companion Awards and much more. The People’s Choice Award winner will be revealed on August 7, prior to the 2022 Awards. The awards and launch of the 2022 Halliday Wine Companion guide will mark the release of more than 9,100 new tasting notes, available on the morning of August 13, 2021. 77 new wineries are featured in this year’s Companion, alongside refreshed star ratings and runners-up in every major award category, featured for the first time. More than 3,200 of these notes will be released in the 2022 Halliday Wine Companion, with the full 9,100 available on winecompanion.com.au After a challenging year due to COVID-19 restrictions and weather conditions, the Australian wine industry has faced its share of hardships. The awards aims to unify wineries, industry personalities, journalists, reviewers, retailers, sommeliers and wine lovers in solidarity and celebration of the wonderful industry. Award-winning wines will be available at online wine retailer Vinomofo from August 13, 2021. Alongside event sponsor Vinomofo, this year’s awards will see the return of event partner Riedel Glassware, alongside creator of the WinePreservation System Coravin and independent fine wine merchant United Cellars. The 2022 Halliday Wine Companion is available to pre-order now. For more information about the 2022 Halliday Wine Companion Awards, please visit www.winecompanion.com.au. @winecompanion www.winecompanion.com.au 2022 HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION SHORTLIST WINERY OF THE YEAR Cullen Wines Duke’s Vineyard Oakridge Shaw + Smith Bindi Wines Yarra Yering Yeringberg Moss Wood McHenry Hohnen Vintners Helen’s Hill Estate WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR Duane Coates – Coates Wines Scott Ireland – Provenance Wines Michael Dhillon – Bindi Wines Adam Wadewitz – Shaw + Smith Ian Hongell – Torbreck Vintners Glenn Goodall – Xanadu Wines BEST VALUE WINERY Castelli Estate Deep Woods Estate Castle Rock Estate Duke’s Vineyard Harewood Estate Lake Breeze Wines Mike Press Wines Stella Bella Wines West Cape Howe Xanadu Wines DARK HORSE WINERY South by South West Renzaglia Wines Valhalla Wines Galafrey Whistling Eagle Vineyard BEST NEW WINERY Battles Wines Pipan Steel Bellebonne LS Merchants Vino Volta Protero Corryton Burge Kerri Greens Lowboi Place of Changing Winds VITICULTURIST OF THE YEAR Michael Dhillon – Bindi Wines Vanya Cullen – Cullen Wines Mark Walpole – Fighting Gully Road Neil Jericho – Jericho Wines Mark and Peter Saturno – Longview Vineyard Ronald Brown – Maverick Wines BEST VALUE WINERY Castelli Estate Deep Woods Estate Castle Rock Estate Duke’s Vineyard Harewood Estate Lake Breeze Wines Mike Press Wines Stella Bella Wines West Cape Howe Xanadu Wines DARK HORSE WINERY South by South West Renzaglia Wines Valhalla Wines Galafrey Whistling Eagle Vineyard BEST NEW WINERY Battles Wines Pipan Steel Bellebonne LS Merchants Vino Volta Protero Corryton Burge Kerri Greens Lowboi Place of Changing Winds VITICULTURIST OF THE YEAR Michael Dhillon – Bindi Wines Vanya Cullen – Cullen Wines Mark Walpole – Fighting Gully Road Neil Jericho – Jericho Wines Mark and Peter Saturno – Longview Vineyard Ronald Brown – Maverick Wines Award-winning wines will be available at online wine retailer Vinomofo from August 13, 2021. Alongside event sponsor Vinomofo, this year’s awards will see the return of event partner Riedel Glassware, alongside creator of the WinePreservation System Coravin and independent fine wine merchant United Cellars. The 2022 Halliday Wine Companion is available to pre-order now. For more information about the 2022 Halliday Wine Companion Awards, please visit www.winecompanion.com.au. @winecompanion www.winecompanion.com.au Tweet
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‘I think Archie would be pleased’: 100 years of our most famous portrait prize and my almost 50 years watching it evolve June 2, 2021 6.11am AEST Updated June 2, 2021 4.08pm AEST
‘I think Archie would be pleased’: 100 years of our most famous portrait prize and my almost 50 years watching it evolve June 2, 2021 6.11am AEST Updated June 2, 2021 4.08pm AEST ‘I think Archie would be pleased’: 100 years of our most famous portrait prize and my almost 50 years watching it evolve Winner: Archibald Prize 1972: Clifton Pugh. ‘The Hon EG Whitlam’ 1972. Oil on composition board, 113.5 x 141.5 cm. © Estate of Clifton Pugh Joanna Mendelssohn, The University of Melbourne In 2008, when I first visited Canberra’s newly opened National Portrait Gallery, my first response was an overwhelming sense of déjà vu. I knew many of those paintings. They had once hung on the walls of the Art Gallery of New South Wales as part of the annual Archibald Prize exhibition, or been seen in the Salon des Refusés — home to the best of the rejects. Over 49 years I have seen the Archibald from both the inside, as a curator, and the outside as a critic. My first Archibald was in 1972, the year Clifton Pugh won with his portrait of Gough Whitlam. Along with other art history students, I had never been especially interested in this festival of popular culture, but as the recently appointed most junior of all curators my job was to administer the prize. It is fair to say the gallery trustees who voted for the winning portrait (all appointed by Sir Robert Askin’s Liberal government) were not fans of the newly elected Labor Prime Minister. But Pugh’s painting dominated the longlist, the shortlist and the final exhibition, where I took great pleasure in hanging it so it was the first work people saw on arrival. A finalist in 1969: John Brack, Barry Humphries in the character of Mrs Everage, 1969. Oil on canvas, 94.5 x 128.2 cm. Art Gallery of New South Wales. Purchased with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Purchase Grant from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council 1975 © Helen Brack Since then I have seen almost every Archibald, and although some of my colleagues continue to loathe the annual feast of novelty portraiture, I have come to appreciate it as an annual snapshot of the kind of society we are, and who our heroes may be. Proudly Australian As the gallery celebrates the prize’s centenary and the ABC prepares to screen a documentary hosted by Rachel Griffiths, Finding the Archibald, which looks at the history of the prize and asks what the selected paintings say about us, it is worth remembering exactly why Archibald bequeathed some of his considerable estate to create an Australian portrait prize – and to give thanks for his vision. The man born John Feltham Archibald in 1856, who later renamed himself Jules François Archibald because he loved France, was an Australian nationalist. As founding editor of The Bulletin he fostered the literary careers of Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson, Miles Franklin and Steele Rudd – writers whose work defined the country as we moved towards Federation. His illustrators included Phil May, Will Dyson, D. H. Souter, George Lambert and Norman Lindsay. All projected a sense of an independent Australia. At the beginning of last century, it was assumed an Australian’s success was made in England. 1939 finalist: Tempe Manning, Self-portrait 1939. Oil on canvas, 76 x 60.5 cm. Private collection © Estate of Tempe Manning In 1900, when private philanthropy paid for Henry Lawson to travel north to London, the Melbourne artist John Longstaff painted his portrait, purchased by the Art Gallery of NSW the following year. Longstaff then also left for London. Lawson soon returned home, but the absence of Longstaff and other talented Australians is one reason for the precise wording of Archibald’s will, enacted on his death in 1919. He wanted our artists to see Australia as home, so he carefully wrote the prize would be for: the best portrait of some man or woman distinguished in Art Letters Science or Politics painted by any artist resident in Australasia during the twelve months preceding the date fixed by the Trustees for sending in the Pictures … Those words have been the subject of argument by generations of artists, critics and lawyers. When Longstaff first entered the prize in 1921 he was ruled ineligible as he had only just returned from England. In 1988, the same rule disqualified Sidney Nolan as he, too, was a UK resident. A prize of the trustees As the prize must be judged by the gallery’s trustees, it is possible to track the nature (and prejudices) of those trustees by looking at the artists awarded it, as well as their sitters. The initial seriousness of the prize and its generous funding led to a bias towards the dull tonal work of W B McInnes who won a total of seven times. McInnes won seven times, first in 1921. WB McInnes, H Desbrowe Annear 1921. Oil on canvas, 107.5 x 104.2 cm. Art Gallery of New South Wales. Gift of the artist 1922 This record was beaten by Sir William Dargie with eight wins, the last one being in 1956 for his powerful portrait of Albert Namatjira, the first time a portrait of an Aboriginal person had won. The first winning portrait of an Aboriginal person. William Dargie, Portrait of Albert Namatjira, 1956. Oil on canvas, 102.1 x 76.4 cm. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. Purchased 1957 © Estate of William Dargie Photo: QAGOMA In 2020, Vincent Namatjira — Albert’s great-grandson — was the first Aboriginal artist to win the prize with Stand Strong For Who You are, a double portrait with Adam Goodes. Winner: Archibald Prize 2020. Vincent Namatjira ‘Stand strong for who you are’. Acrylic on linen, 152 x 198 cm. © the artist Photo: AGNSW, Mim Stirling Archibald welcomed women writers throughout his journalistic career and made a conscious decision to include both genders in his will. Many women entered, but it was not until 1938 that Nora Heysen won with a portrait of Madame Elink Schuurman, wife of the Consul-General for the Netherlands. The commentary that followed was especially distasteful as the artist, still the youngest ever winner at 27, had Schuurman wear a Chinese dress from her time living in Shanghai. In 100 years, the prize has only been awarded to women artists ten times. Six of those occasions have been in the last 20 years. Winner: Archibald Prize 1938. Nora Heysen ‘Mme Elink Schuurman’ 1938. Oil on canvas. © Lou Klepac Sadly, this lively painting remains overseas and is unavailable for the centenary retrospective exhibition. Read more: Friday essay: Nora Heysen, more than her father's daughter Another absence is William Dobell’s 1943 portrait of Joshua Smith, effectively destroyed in a fire many years ago. As is the way of artists, Dobell and Smith had painted each other’s portraits. The year’s two finalists were Dobell’s portrait of Smith, and Smith’s portrait of the poet Dame Mary Gilmore. William Joshua Smith ‘Dame Mary Gilmore’ 1943. Oil on canvas, 85.7 x 92.3 cm. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Gift of Dame Mary Gilmore 1945 © Yve Close Photo: AGNSW Lionel Lindsay, well-known as an anti-modernist, recognised the superior quality of the Dobell and so advocated for it, as did the only woman trustee, Mary Alice Evatt, recently appointed to the board by her brother-in-law, the Minister for Education. After Dobell’s victory two unsuccessful artists, Mary Edwards (later known as Mary Edwell-Burke) and Joseph Wolinski, were persuaded by colleagues in the Royal Art Society to mount a court case to dispute the result, claiming Dobell’s work was not a portrait but a caricature. They lost, but in the aftermath the Archibald became the most popular event for artists wishing to make their name. Paintings of ideas This year 938 works were entered and only 52 were hung. The inability to guarantee a sitter their portrait will be hung is one reason for the many self-portraits, portraits of fellow artists and family members. Read more: From Grace Tame to Craig Foster: distinguished public figures but only one politician in a telling 2021 Archibald shortlist These more intimate portraits have been among the most successful exhibits. For me, the most memorable of all is Janet Dawson’s 1973 portrait of her husband, the pioneering playwright, food writer, gardener, Michael Boddy. I was in the packing room when it was being unwrapped. I still remember getting a shiver down my spine. Even under plastic it was so beautiful. Winner: Archibald Prize 1973: Janet Dawson, Michael Boddy. Acrylic on bleached linen, 150 x 120 cm. © Janet Dawson It is an especially lush and loving work. At the time Daniel Thomas, the gallery’s senior curator, wondered if women secretly wanted to eat their husbands. One truth about the Archibald rarely discussed is the influence of individual trustees. When Wendy Sharpe won in 1996 with her exuberant Self-portrait as Diana of Erskinville, there had just been a changing of the guard with the appointment of new trustees. The announcement was delayed for almost an hour as the trustees deliberated. Word is, it was the advocacy of one of the newly appointed board members that gave her the prize by one vote. Wendy Sharpe. Self-portrait as Diana of Erskineville, 1996. Oil on canvas, 210 x 172 cm. Mr N and Mrs A Pezikian Collection, Sydney © Wendy Sharpe It is true to say the trustees of 1920 would not share the aesthetic values of much of the art in recent exhibitions. Celebrations of cultural difference and gender and the presence of many works by Aboriginal artists would almost certainly be beyond their comprehension. With the exception of the photo-realist works and the occasional academic portrait, realistic depictions of the subject are now the exception rather than the rule. But what would Archibald think? He was, above all, a man of ideas. He wanted us to look to our own history in preference to that of England. He wanted Australians to debate our artists, writers, actors – even politicians. I think he would be pleased. Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize is at the Art Gallery of NSW June 5 – September 26, then touring nationally. Correction: a previous version of this story misstated the heritage of Elink Schuurman. Joanna Mendelssohn, Principal Fellow (Hon), Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. Editor in Chief, Design and Art of Australia Online, The University of Melbourne This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Tweet
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Tokyo is heading toward an explosive spread of Covid infection never experienced before! Analyses of the infection situation and the system for health care provision Tokyo is heading toward an explosive spread of infection never experienced before. Over a period of about one month, the number of hospitalizations has doubled and the situation is starting to place a strain on the health care system. There is an urgent need to prepare crisis management systems not only for hospital care and designated hotels for recovery, but also for at-home recovery. Details of cases testing positive Positive cases (CUMULATIVE)231,096 persons Hospitalized3,399 persons Mild to moderate symptoms3,284 persons Severe symptoms115 persons Recovering at designated hotels1,813 persons Recovering at home14,783 persons Awaiting guidance on hospital, etc., admission9,708 persons Deaths2,301 persons Discharged, etc. (including those still recuperating)199,092 persons Tweet
One week until Census night 3/08/2021 With only one week to go before Census night on Tuesday 10 August, the Australian Bureau of Statistics is reminding people that they can complete their Census as soon as they receive their instructions. 2021 Census_Key_Dates_Infographic Andrew Henderson, Census Executive Director and National Spokesperson said: “This means you don’t have to wait to complete your form on Census night. We know people expect flexibility and convenience, so this makes it easier for people to fill in their Census when it best suits them. “Households across the country have started receiving Census letters with instructions on how to complete their Census online, or how to order a paper form. “In some areas, households will receive a paper form and we’ll supply a reply-paid envelope for its return. “If you are yet to receive your Census instructions, or would like to complete a separate Census form to the rest of your household, you can get a Census number or request a paper form on the Census website. “We want to make sure everyone is included in the Census, so we have provided a range of help and support options to assist people in completing the form, including on the Census website and over the phone. We also have braille forms, audio instructions, video guides with closed captions, and translation services available,” Mr Henderson said. Census data is a snapshot of who we are and how we are changing. It’s used to inform important decisions about social and economic services for individuals, families and communities. If you won’t be home on Census night, it’s important that you visit the Census website to report that the home will be vacant. You need to indicate whether the residents are staying elsewhere or travelling. For more information visit www.census.abs.gov.au. More information What is the Census? The Census, held on Tuesday 10 August 2021, is a snapshot of who we are and tells the story of how we are changing. It is one of the largest and most important statistical collections undertaken by the ABS. How will people complete their Census? People will be able to complete the Census onlinE A number of options will be available for people who need assistance to complete their Census form including help from Census staff, and phone and online help. Census staff will be in remote communities to help people complete the Census during July and August. What is new with the Census? People can complete their Census as soon as they receive their instructions if they know where they’ll be on 10 August. They don’t have to wait until Census night. There are two new questions in the 2021 Census—the first changes to questions collected since 2006. The new questions are on long-term health conditions, such as arthritis and diabetes, and on defence force participation. Conducting the Census in a COVID environment We expect most people will complete their Census online with no in-person contact from us. More information on conducting the Census in a COVID-19 environment is available at Keeping the community safe during COVID-19. How do people know if the Census instructions are legitimate? Census instructions will feature the official Australian Bureau of Statistics logo and the 2021 Census branding. Further information about what the public can expect from us is available at Avoiding scams and false information. Tweet
LAKE MACQUARIE AND THE HUNTER TO ENTER LOCKDOWN As a result of several positive COVID cases within the community, the Hunter and Lake Macquarie will enter a week long snap lockdown.The lockdown will include Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Maitland, Cessnock, Singleton, Dungog, Muswellbrook and Newcastle LGA’s and last for a week. The same rules that apply to the Greater Sydney region will now apply right across the Hunter meaning individuals should only leave their homes for work if they cannot work from home, exercise, essential shopping, to access medical treatment or on compassionate grounds. Ms Yasmin Catley MP – Shadow Minister for the Hunter said ‘While I understand the community’s frustration at this outcome, this is unfortunate but necessary to make our community safe’. ‘Please stay home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave and if you have even the slightest of symptoms go and get tested’. ‘We are a resilient community that pulls together in times of crisis and I know we will again to defeat this virus’. Financial support for impacted businesses is available via the Service NSW website or by calling 13 77 88. Individuals who lose more than eight hours of work are eligible for the federal COVID-19 Disaster Payment and can apply via Service Australia. Tweet