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Journeys : Oct Nov 2011
Could this be the biggest oyster on Earth? Joe and Nicole at Get Shucked on Br uny Island reckon it soon will be. Their research tells them that the biggest oyster measured anywhere (from Chesapeake Bay in the USA) is 330mm from tip to tip. This monster, held by Get Shucked oysterman David Roser, is fractionally under that – but it’s still grow ing in its own special cage in Great Bay. Record-breaker or not, you’ ll go a long way to taste better oysters than Joe and Nic’s standard-sized ones, fresh from the farm. Don’t drive past! The craftiest of anniversaries The Tasmanian Craft Fair will mark its 31st year in 2011, and the stage is set for a celebration of artistic excellence across all forms, from blacksmithing to painting, jeweller y to woodwork, paper making to ceramics, and ever ything in between. This spectacular annual event is the largest working demonstration of arts and crafts in Australia, and in 2011 will be held from November 4-7 in at least 14 venues in and around the picturesque town of Deloraine. For further details, v isit www.tascraftfair.com.au “My kingdom for a horse!” RICHARD III 21OCT–5NOV Playhouse Theatre, Hobart One of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, Richard III is a powerful portrayal of one man’s Machiavellian rise to power as he cuts a swathe through the royal family in a bid to take the throne. A deliciously dark play, it is brutal, comedic and dar ing. Hobart Repertory Theatre is planning a spectacular and ground-breaking approach to this classic Shakespearean tale. Don’t miss out! www.playhouse.org.au We have three double passes to the evening show on Saturday 22 October. To enter, write your contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to Richard III, RACT Marketing, GPO Box 2271 Hobart 7001. Be quick – entries close on Monday 17 October. We have a copy of this book to give away – to enter, write your contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to Scotland, RACT Marketing, GPO Box 2271 Hobart 7001. Entries close on 3 November. A History of Scotland by Neil Oliver Surely, knowing the histor y of a place adds to your appreciation of it? I read Neil Oliver’s A Histor y of Scotland after spending a week walking through Edinburgh and dr iving awkwardly around the Highlands. Published to coincide with a BBC series, it’s an engaging introduction to the stor y of Scottish identity, beginning from the rock on which the nation is built, through the rise of the Picts and the Gaels, the long conflict with England, the development and fall of industr y and the re-inauguration of a Scottish parliament. Thankfully, the book is not just a coffee-table television companion, filled with panoramic images of Highlanders str iding defiantly over muddy mountains. Nor is it inspired historical wr iting, but it is more than useful for sorting out the mess of kings and castles in a thoughtful and engaging way. “The history is so thick in the air you almost have to waft it away from your face,” Oliver observes at one point. And perhaps it’s significant that instead of struggling through some virtuous histor y beforehand, I read the book after travelling to Scotland, hungry for more detail concerning the brief glimpses I’d had. Visiting a place can very much add to your appreciation of its histor y – it seems to work both ways. Perhaps too, the desire followed partly from an evening session in an Edinburgh pub. As the musicians took turns to sing or play traditional music, we were welcomed by an elderly man who was pleased to sing us one of his favourite songs, a Scottish ballad about transportation to Van Diemen’s Land. Here is the other side of the convict experience; those who leave and are lost. These are not quite roots, perhaps, nothing so familial. But certainly one of the cords that twists into my own Tasmanian narrative. Ben Walter In Tasmania today 50 October / November 2011
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