John Clare Writings

Monthly Archives: April 2013

Gig review: Ten Part Invention

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Ten Part Invention Venue 505 – Sydney Saturday 20 April 2013 First published on With a 27th anniversary looming, this much-loved ten piece band brought many old followers and a number who were both new and young to 505 (the ground level one: the old 505 still operates in its loft-like space behind Central […]

High Wind & The Australian Open

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The streets are full of lashing greens of many shades and the sky is darker with imminent rain than the road beneath the overarching trees. Grey bitumen, grey sky, frenzied greens. At mid-afternoon it seems closer to night than day. And why do these suburban cataclysms exhilarate and sooth the lone rider? Because he believes […]

John & Clare Streets

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This is perfectly true. If you ride out toward Glebe point along the Glebe Point Road then take a dive down to your left around Mansfield Street then weave around through the streets and lanes below Woolley Street which is near the tennis courts once owned by Lew Hoad’s family you will come upon the […]

Cloud Wall

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At Maroubra I sat on my bike and gazed out to sea. A wall of blue-black cloud had begun to rise from the horizon. It would slide up the sky, its leading edge quite straight, and then begin to arch over high above, due to the curvature of the earth. By then the rain would […]