At the end of last year, I promised Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale I would see at least one show at the Ipswich Civic Centre this year. I’d been once before, to address a Rotary district conference, but never experienced a performance. I can now report that, as of last week, I’ve ticked off that particular new year resolution, having taken my son ‘Mr 12’ to see comedian and ventriloquist David Strassman. A couple of observations about the Ipswich Civic Centre experience.
Firstly, the motorway
from Brisbane was virtually empty on a Saturday
night. Unrecognisably so. Secondly, parking
near the Civic Centre was a doddle and cost
nothing. Thirdly, they allowed drinks in the
auditorium – very civilised!
The only criticism I’d make is that the stalls
seating is flat on the ground and could do with
being slightly sloped to improve the view from
the back. But that’s a minor quibble.
So now I’m going to ask you the question Paul
Pisasale put to me. Have you ever seen a show in
Ipswich? What about Cleveland? Or Logan?
As wonderful as Brisbane’s cultural venues
are – QPAC, the Roundhouse, the Bille Brown
Studio, the Judith Wright Centre, the Powerhouse
– it really is worth keeping an eye on other (often
council-run) venues across the south east.
Within a stone’s throw of Brisbane are
the Redland Performing Arts Centre, Logan
Entertainment Centre, Redcliffe Cultural Centre
and Ipswich Civic Centre.
Bands, comedians and plays regularly
include these theatres in their tours. In fact,
David Strassman only played Ipswich and the
Gold Coast this time around. There were no
And here’s a tip. If you spot a show going
from venue to venue, compare ticket prices.
Next month, British comedian Ross Noble is
$59 at Boondall but $14 cheaper at the Logan
Entertainment Centre. Guess where the
Howsons will be seeing him.
The Book Club
Muggleton is $40 at the QUT Gardens Theatre
but only $26 at the Logan Entertainment Centre
the following night!
What happened to yesterday?
There are many 50th anniversaries this year,
from the Beatles debut album
to the first episode of
Great Train Robbery and the assassination
of President John F. Kennedy. Iron Man
first appeared in Marvel comics, Coca-Cola
introduced its first diet drink (anyone remember
TaB?), we were introduced to touch-button
phones and Martin Luther King declared “I have
a dream!” And in Italy, Sophia Loren starred in
an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe-winning
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Of all those events, it’s the Sophia Loren
film that has my oft-tangential mind in a spin!
Have you noticed the way the media has started
veering away from those three words? Not
always, but increasingly.
A Friday news report will say something
happened “on Thursday” instead of “yesterday”.
I first spotted this some years ago on CNN
and BBC World News. Their presenters can be
anywhere from London to Doha, Hong Kong to
Washington. Their viewers are spread across the
world where it might already be tomorrow, or
can still be yesterday. It’s understandable, then,
that they might use days of the week in place of
yesterday, today and tomorrow.
But it’s creeping in here. Fairfax newspapers,
including brisbanetimes.com.au, seem
especially keen on the practice. Brisbane
Times managing editor Simon Holt confirms
“Primarily, it’s to eliminate
confusion. While most sites do carry a dateline
on the story, it’s not as evident as it once was
when we picked up a newspaper. The other reason is that newsrooms are
preparing content for multiple platforms. If
[an online story appears in] the newspaper the
following day, it requires all references to be
changed to ‘yesterday’. While this might not seem like extreme
double handling, you can see a need to
streamline the process.”
It’s not just the media. Have a look at warnings
on the Bureau of Meteorology website sometime.
And already I’m hearing it in conversations.
Sure, words come and go, and we can’t get
too hung up on our constantly evolving English
language. But what would a remake of Sophia
Loren’s 1963 film now be called? “Monday,
Tuesday and Wednesday”? It’s not quite the